Happy New Year Ranger fans!
Here is the promised synopsis for the first Ranger series, titled Rendezvous. This limited series introduces the 4 1/2 member crew of the ongoing title Ranger: Roadtrip. As promised, I'm also including some concept art and a character bio for Vaughn, one of the main protagonists of the series.
When a vicious turf war erupts across West Giga City 2 seeing the leaders of the Kido-gumi assassinated, Vaughn is suddenly thrown into a strangely prophetic chain of preparations and contingencies planned by his recently deceased father, Hachi, and “uncle” Gen. As the war rages on, things get oddly personal when he’s framed for murder drawing out an old ally, Akina Nakano-daikensui, a retired samouryu kensei. While exonerated from the crime, the setup itself, and a slew of clues left in the wake of the war force the two to cross paths yet again. Together, they go about overturning the underworld unearthing a secret society, a bitter vendetta, and two gifted youngsters caught in the crossfire.
Vaughn “the Kido” is the right hand of the Kido-gumi, a small but successful fence operation in the downtown Joseun district of West Giga City 2, California. The small gang, headed by his cowboy-obsessed father, Hachi Kido, and his shady “uncle” Gen, was struggling until “The Huge One”-- the great megaquake of 2170 that leveled half the city. The Kido-gumi nearly went broke providing truckloads of emergency supplies and rallying aid & relief within hours. With all the positive press Hachi secured deals with the city & police and ushered in an era of relative peace and success for the Kido. But after 29 years, things go sideways when Hachi and Gen are assassinated leaving not only the Kido in Vaughn’s care but also Gen’s 16-year-old daughter, Reggie. Vaughn must not only take charge of the Kido and figure out what to do with the teenaged handful, but also stave off attacks from rivals, assassins, and even old friends.
Vaughn is the only child of the late Amakagura, a legendary samouryu kensei of Nippon. Raised by Hachi in the States and trained by Domon, his mother’s master, he is one of the few American kenshutsu-jutsu (“sense technique”) practitioners, kenshutsu being a heavily guarded military secret of the Eastern nations.
Kenshutsu users can enhance their sensitivity to and spherically expand their bio-electromagnetic fields. In combat, this translates to a seemingly precognizant awareness of their environments and opponents. While Vaughn is an accomplished swordsman, he was not trained in the full arsenal of samouryu techniques, prompting him to incorporate gunslinging, explosives, and old-fashioned rope handling to even the odds.
Pictured above with his prized Sparrow GTR-1 monocycle. The “Sparrow” is a super-charged, special edition of Dutacci’s "Arrow" monocycle line-up (Super Arrow abbv. “Sparrow”) featuring a 6 cylinder, double “V-twin” dual-standard (“Hex pulse”), 1.1 Litre/1,100 cc engine.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for some Ranger on feminism, more concepts, and introductions to the rest of the crew!