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
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.
Given the heavily feminine concept of the Ranger series, the leading roles are largely driven by empowered women of various ethnicity, shapes & sizes, and orientations, comprising over 60% of the cast.
As a creative with wide-ranging interests from civil rights & politics to science & health to bboying & fashion, Ranger is a dense world. The series is as focused on social commentary & history as it is speculative technology and action.
As a feminist, something I wanted to address was an issue that has always particularly perturbed me – the “stripperific” portrayal of women in popular, mainstream media and comic books. For those unfamiliar with the term, the concept is well-defined by the guys and gals over at tvtropes.org.
I mean to balance utilitarian and fashion-forward fare and create a setting where near-future functionality and radical silhouettes are as important as the historical accuracy of the side-arms and the cool-ness of the robot suits– I am not interested in unnecessary over-sexualization. The female commandos from my US military series Ranger: FORSEC are not an inexplicably garbed stripper squad, they dress in appropriate military clothing and the robes and armor of the samouryu are based on real-life designs.
Reggie HondaReggie’s lived on her own for as long as she can remember. She’s gone by many names and has been moving almost every year since she started going to school. Unable to make any real friends and always under close watch by her spook-of-a-father, Gen, she wrote off his paranoia as gang-induced, overprotective insanity until the day his worst nightmares come true and all his bizarre preparation suddenly seems particularly effective. After his death, her would-be-assailants lack any clues or leads to follow leaving them scouring West Giga City 2 looking for their target without so much as a name or a face. So extensive is Reggie’s cover-up that when Gen’s post-mortem contingencies land her in Vaughn’s care, despite their close relationship, Vaughn has never met, seen, or so much as heard mention of the now 16-year-old girl. However, a bodyguard and a well-hidden record were not the only protection Gen passed on, Reggie is a full inheritor of the Tetsu-Hada "Iron Skin"-- a rare Alpha “bloodline” trait giving her a bulletproof body-- shedding some light on Gen’s shadowy past and the targeting of Akina & the Kido-gumi.
Hey Ranger Fans! Moved the blog over to medium!
Medium's interface is way more readable, it actually feels like you're reading a comic/magazine on screen!
Will be taking this blog down shortly. Thanks for following along and see you over at the new site!