Where does the time go?! Nu-Perspective, home of the revamps and updates of various underdeveloped, underutilized and all-but-forgotten Nubian (black) characters specifically, is back. We aim to showcase characters in fresh, contemporary and exciting ways both visually and story-wise. And this week’s guest is none other DC comic’s TYROC!!! Just for giggles, be sure to Google his original look and story, and let us know if you like what we did with him. Then see ya in 2 weeks with another Nu-Perspective.
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Real Name: Troy Stewart
Current Alias: Tyroc
Occupation: Legionnaire, Ambassador of Marzal
Place of Birth: Marzal Island
Base of Operations: Legion Headquarters (Earth)
Affiliations: Legion of Superheroes
First Appearance: Superboy #216 (1976)
Original Creators: Cary Bates & Mike Grell
Story: Marzal Island is a separatist colony of Earthlings of African descent, who centuries ago isolated themselves from the rest of the world in a pocket dimension out of sync with reality. With the rise of the United Planets, a noble effort to bring solidarity between all races and species across known space, Marzal sent one of its champions as their ambassador, Troy Stewart. Enrolled in the prestigious Legion of Superheroes, Troy adopted the codename “Tyroc” which in Marzal means “Scream of the Devil” due to his exceptional acoustic powers. Despite his prejudicial upbringing, Troy is emboldened by the Legion’s creed and learns to work side-by-side with non-Marzalian humans and even extraterrestrials. His years of valiant service proved Tyroc to be a formidable member and capable leader. Eventually, however, the prejudicial shortcomings and the political and judiciary restraints on the Legion became begrudgingly apparent. Tyroc recently returned from the 21st century on a secret suicide mission and approached Brainiac 5 for a solution to exact justice across the known cosmos without tarnishing the Legion’s reputation. With Brainiac’s blessings, Troy enlists some of his most trusted Legionnaires to create a special task force to deal with threats too dirty for Legion hands known as R.E.B.E.L.S.
POWERS/ABILITIES: Tyroc possesses uncanny acoustic-kinesis, on an unparalleled scale. His power’s most common usage is a powerful shriek of concussive sonic energy that can level buildings, disorient or even incapacitate foes. However, Tyroc can manipulate his sounds to manifest, among other things, pyrokinesis, teleportation, psychokinesis, aerokinesis and weather manipulation. Another auxiliary ability includes a sonar sense. His mastery over his power is so precise that he can to “spit” a puff of wind like a bullet, and manipulate ultra and infrasound to subtly influence those around him or liquefy solid matter. He can also inadvertently use this power as a means of self-propelled flight. Tyroc is in peak physical condition and has undergone training with the Karate Kid. With his body having greater enhanced stamina and lung capacity than a normal human, and reinforced inner-ear tissues.
PARAPHERNALIA: Tyroc has a standard-issue Legionnaire’s membership ring that grants terrestrial and extra-terrestrial flight, as well as a self-contained, nigh-impenetrable force field courtesy of Brainiac 5’s technology. The ring also has a built-in communication and tracking device, and universal information repository.
Fabian Wood (Writer)
Hailing from the eastern-most Caribbean island of Barbados, Fabian Wood has long since been fascinated by the power of storytelling to inspire and invoke emotions – whether in film, comics or video games. No longer content to be just an avid comic book reader and videogamer, he’s eager to exercise his literary acumen as an aspiring writer and reviewer.
Shawn Alleyne (Freelance Skillastrator/Instructor)
Born and raised on the island of Barbados, Shawn later relocated to Philadelphia in his teens, where he has lived ever since. He is currently working in the demanding field of freelance art as a Writer, Illustrator and Instructor. Shawn constantly seeks to promote the arts, and so formed the comic book networking group Xion and the art group Artmada. Shawn’s personal work is produced under the Pyroglyphics Studios banner, a name roughly translated to “Hot Images”, meant to reflect his gritty self-taught style.