Public Domain Hero Week II - Five heroes and villains from the public domain re-imagined.
Cymradia, a distant dying world home to the hyper-intelligent life forms known as the "Brain-Lords", after centuries of existence the world is now barren and dying. The Brain-Lords are left with no option but to take a new world (or more) with brute force, yet evolution has left them weak and feeble in regards to physical strength. So a last-ditch effort is set into motion, where specimen of multiple life forms are collected from throughout the galaxy and are subjected to experiments to find the ultimate warrior race to enslave and utilize as a weapon.
Marcia Reynolds, an average young woman on her way to her first day of work in a secretarial position, is among the humans "collected" for the experiments. She is deemed to have enough potential to undergo genetic manipulation to resculpt her into the peak of physical perfection. Codenamed "Futura", she is forced into a series of test and challenges with other subjects who have undergone the same process. After witnessing many of her fellow subjects die in these brutal tests, she would step up and lead a rebellion.
Overwhelming the Cymardians with their superior abilities, the subjects are able to escape the dying world as it finally dies, splitting apart and spraying it's volcanic innards in a final violent eruption.
Marcia is now lost in space trying to find a way home, as well as survive being targeted for revenge by the few surviving Brain-Lords.
- Futura (created by Chester Martin) first appeared in 1946's Planet Comics #43
I liked the story for Futura and saw it as a neat start for a space-adventure, but the key problem with the original is the design of Futura herself. Physically, she is a dainty supermodel in high heels and her costumes are just plain crazy. (In all the art I could find, she was either in a blue bra and panty outfit, or a barely there red lingerie number.)
I wanted to make her a muscular strong figure, but not a bulging Hulk. I also decided to give her a suit closer to an athlete's, something that would show off her body - but not so much in a sexual manner. I also thought that subjects of an experiment would have color coded clothing that is simple and function over style. Lastly I gave her purple-eyes, a side-effect of the genetic manipulation that gave her her newfound power and abilities.