Note: Frequent P:R contributor Declan Shalvey has been tearing it up at Marvel drawing Thunderbolts, and he recently got the opportunity to redesign several classic villains for the beta team of Thunderbolts, called aptly enough — Underbolts. Shalvey shared these designs with us, as well as his thoughts on each. Jordie Bellaire provided colors for each. – Chris A.
I stayed pretty close to Shocker’s original costume; just tried to streamline it a bit. He had these areas on his torso that looked like suspenders, so I got rid of them. I actually tried to make this costume more similar to Kev Walker’s costume design for Fixer, to give some continuity to the team. I thought the big metal belt he had was very awkward, so gave him a little dial that is also his T-Bolts communicator. In the book, I ended up separating his gauntlets at the wrist, to give more dexterity to his hands.
If I recall, writer Jeff Parker described him as ‘a raging monster in fine Victorian apparel’ or something to that effect. I like the contradiction of how bestial he is along with how refined his wardrobe is. I thought the little hat and cane added a lot of class.
Man, that was a challenge. Trying to figure out a way to incorporate boomerangs in a somewhat believable way into that costume was difficult. In the end, I tried to place them in areas that complimented the design of his figure. The white area on his chest is essentially an upside-down boomerang, for example. The rest of the design went on from there. I had his face covered completely in an earlier pass, but Jeff wanted his expressions to be readable, so I made a boomerang-ish visor to cover his eyes, leaving his mouth visible.
This is totally Kev Walker’s design, I just had to figure out a way to draw her.
I looked up the original costume design and proceeded to scratch my head for a while. I tried to make his armour more shell-like, so that it could lift and separate for various uses. I incorporated design elements from the original costume but left out all the needlessly complicated parts. My first pass was much closer to the original design, with the helmet and blue goggles, but Jeff wanted me to change up the look. He pointed out how many black characters in comics have blue goggles and once I noticed that, we both wanted to stray away from that.