The Rangerverse is a world that I've been writing, building, researching, and concepting, for over 10 years. What started off as a sketch while waiting for a class (above) turned into an expansive concept with over 10 series planned and starring more than 30 leading heroes and heroines.
Ranger is a series of action-packed, multi-cultural, cyberpunk, wild-west, hip-hop, feminist, graphic novels with limited and ongoing titles. The first being a limited series titled Rendezvous. Ranger gets into stuff from breakdancing and motorcycle gunfights to speculative history & political intrigue to civil rights & LGBTQ issues.
It all starts with...
The Alpha Gene
Hundreds of years ago, in 1800, the Alpha sequence emerged. This gene gave fully-expressed carriers superhuman anatomic abilities. Its X-specific nature meant 2 X-chromosomes were typically required for full expression (see tetrachromacy) resulting in 1 in 10 women gaining these abilities with men trailing at a 1/1,000 ratio. Superhuman, female-driven, warrior culture advanced and persisted into the modern age-- blades can be thrown faster than bullets, tanks can be cloven apart with swords, aircraft can be downed with specialized bows & arrows, gifted runners can break speeds of 60 mph, high-tensile muscle strength gives select individuals bullet-proof resistance, bio-electromagnetic control/sensitivity can sense attackers and track projectiles, and the particularly eagle-eyed can see over distances of up to 2 miles via unassisted ocular magnification.
The year is 2199.
Four hundred years of prolonged warrior-dominated culture and world-wide civil rights movements reduced world wars, halted imperialism, and staggered weapons development further into the modern age-- to where WMDs were developed concurrently with global internet networks and wide public access to mass communications. The result was a series of cold wars worldwide as arms and intelligence races went underground and world powers established themselves in a fragmented and suddenly transparent system.
As imperialism ground to a halt by 1850 and isolationism and international suspicion stunted trade lines and tourism from developing sophisticated infrastructures-- visas became incredibly difficult to acquire, vehicles and fuel are scarce and prohibitively expensive, and the seas & wildlands are untamed & unsecured-- thus, international travel is a luxury that is neither cost-effective, nor safe, for the average consumer. For those who are willing to risk the dangers and can cover the extensive costs, the Ranger system was established to provide a scalable, free-market security solution. Ex-military and soldiers of fortune could apply for a Ranger license if they had secured capital, vehicles, starting costs; and pay regular insurances, taxes, and exorbitant fees to open-carry weapons, access ports, utilize designated routes, and practically buy their citizenship. In the high-tech job market, for most soldiers and combat veterans, a Ranger license is one of the few, legitimate ways "out” to a more cushy lifestyle. Rangers run the gamut in specialty from small-time, bounty-hunter operations to large-scale, luxury private security and tourism companies.
As my Kickstarter campaign draws near, I'll be updating this blog with new developments, character concepts, and other samplings.
Feel free to the community section and stay tuned next Wednesday for the Rendezvous synopsis and an introduction to the first of the series' 4 protagonists-- Vaughn "the" Kido.