Thanks a lot, guys.
After an entire year of slacking off, the last picture in the set consisting of Commander Blaze, Geargirl, Crystal and yours truly is finally done. And all it took was me getting sick to do it. Feh.
So, a bit about this handsome devil.
The New Era Outlaw was a character that I had envisioned for quite some time now, but could never quite pull off.
The first few cracks I had at him ended in complete and utter FAILURE, for two very good reasons.
1) He wasn't a cowboy.
2) He didn't even have guns, or believed in them.
...when that went over as well as a lead balloon with my test audience, I revamped him until he is what stands before you now....a smirking smartass gunslinger with an attitude and an ego the size of Texas.Codename:
The New Era OutlawReal Name:
Country of Origin: Texas, U.S.A.Team:
Acolytes (Combatant)Notable Powers/Abilities:
Fires concussive blasts of light from his guns. Power, rate of fire and accuracy all depend on the type of weapon used to channel energy. Capable of absorbing light from external sources, mainly the sun. Also capable of channeling energy in small, yet powerful bursts through the soles of his feet to gain a small boost in land speed (but GOD ALMIGHTY, does it wreak havoc on your SHOES!)BIO:
The wise-cracking cowboy of the gang, there isn't anything that the New Era Outlaw doesn't have a response for. Be it a cheesy one-liner or several blasts fired from his guns (or sometimes both), he always seems to be one step ahead of everybody he's up against.
...or so he would think. "Look before you leap" might be the motto of his fellow superheroes, but definitely not the New Era Outlaw, who'd have probably flung himself head first into some crazy situation, guns blazing all the way. Needless to say, it has gotten him into a lot of dangerous situations WAY over his head, and has caused his well meaning (and yet so frustrated) commander his fair share of headaches, especially when you consider the fact that the two often bump heads on how things should be done. And, more often than not, NEO's solution would be to shoot everything.
Of course, this doesn't mean that NEO is without compassion or a moral compass. He values life and vows to live each day to the fullest, especially in light of the tragedy that marred his life a good while ago. Despite his gung-ho attitude, he refuses to outright kill anybody (letting them wallow in humiliating defeat while he gloats over them is another story.)
Despite his wild nature, he has a soft spot for his fellow team-mate and partner, Crystal, and is more open towards her than his fellow compatriots. Commander Blaze is often wary as to how NEO's behaviour would rub off on the highly-impressionable Crystal, but, given their performance as a team, he wouldn't have it any other way.COSTUME:
Designed by Geargirl and Crystal, New Era Outlaw's costume emphasizes a classic cowboy look with a modern twist. His duster (jacket) conceals a finely woven mesh armor that can trap bullets and other objects. The yellow portions of his costume allow NEO to absorb and occassionally diffuse solar energy as his discretion, without excess build-up. In dark, shadowy areas, these portions can also glow in the dark.
Ironically, New Era Outlaw's eyes are sensitive towards light, and must wear tinted glasses to shield his eyes.PERSONALITY
Optimistic and outgoing is probably the best way to describe the New Era Outlaw....when he's not being an egotistical jackass, that is. He generally gets along well with his fellow Acolytes, always ready with a joke or random bit of nonsense to keep their spirits up on the battlefield. However, he can also be a bit annoying with his remarks (as Crystal and a random frying pan can tell you.)
Once he mellows out, however, he can be a very cool and receptive individual that's a genuine pleasure to have around. He is also genuinely concerned about his friends, seeing them as the family he's never had, and will go that extra mile for them. With that said, he is exceptionally fond of Crystal, whose kindness inspired him to join the team to begin with.QUOTES:
"Not that it'd do you any good, but once I aim these babies, I reckon you oughta run."
"I reckon so./I reckon not." (He says this a lot.)
"Who am I? I'm the New Era Outlaw. What is this, you ask? It's my shotgun aimed directly at your face. Any other questions?"
"Be quick or be history. It's as simple as that."