P:R Redesign: Dou Hong’s The Negotiator!

Note: Artist Dou Hong returns to P:R with a revitalizing take on a DC character most of you have probably never heard of. But fear not, Hong makes this a character you’d want to read. The Negotiator is the herald for the Reach, an ancient warlike race that created the scarab that Jaime Reyes wears as the Blue Beetle. The Negotiator has been popping up recently in the Young Justice cartoon series, and Hong’s redesign here makes me clamor for more in comics. – Chris A.

13 comments on “P:R Redesign: Dou Hong’s The Negotiator!
  1. One of the things I love about anime is the range of emotions you can see in their faces and how those can be downright wacky even for villainous characters. I say the same thing here. The emotions drawn into the Negotiator here are awesome. He’s smug and totally out of his element all at the same time. I almost wanna side with him. On top of that, that outfit is simple, casual and kinda Jedi. I like that once you remove the cape, it almost looks like something he’d be wearing daily. How many superhero outfits can still l00k like casual clothing without being made of casual clothing? This reminds me of Gene’s outfit from Outlaw Star in all the right ways. I also like how it’s drawn with elements that I can pull from manga and anime, without being derivative of it. Back when I was drawing, I could only dream of finding a balance like this. Kudos Dou

  2. I don’t know the character but the costume is very cool,I just dislike the manga style expressions,they don’t fit in comics and manga style in comics thread has ended in the 90′s

  3. Not familiar with the original design, but this is a cool look.

    Itlas:I just dislike the manga style expressions,they don’t fit in comics and manga style in comics thread has ended in the 90′s

    That’s ridiculous, all art styles have a place in comics. Cross-cultural inspiration and eclectic influences will never and should never go away. You’re entitled to your preferences, of course.

  4. dnwilliams: Not familiar with the original design, but this is a cool look.
    That’s ridiculous, all art styles have a place in comics. Cross-cultural inspiration and eclectic influences will never and should never go away. You’re entitled to your preferences, of course.

    I love manga,and I love comics,but I want the first in japan and the second in USA,japanese expressions make me laugh in manga and anime but i don’t want to read Spiderman,Thor or Batman with those ridiculous expressions,and like me there are a lot of people who think the same.
    This is not cross cultural inspiration,this is lame copy of a style that doesn’t belong to this part of the world.

  5. I love this. It totally has a culturally Blue Beetle feel to it. The lines, seams and just the general cut of the uniform is very pleasing to my eyeballs. I’m going to go see what this guy looks like normally to compare.

  6. Itlas:
    I want the first in japan and the second in USA
    there are a lot of people who think the same.
    This is not cross cultural inspiration,this is lame copy of a style that doesn’t belong to this part of the world.

    It is cross-cultural inspiration. That is quite literally what it is. One culture adopting the techniques of another in a shared medium. Having some kind of arbitrary stylistic segregation based on nationality is absurd, no matter how many people think that’s the way it should be.

  7. On top of that, it gives him a wider range of emotions to express. In a medium like comics, how could that ever be a bad thing?

  8. I don’t quite understand why he wears a different shirt with the cape, i guess to create a better color balance and to better distinguish the shapes… nitpicking aside it is an awesome look.

    Itlas, you are mistaken, many European BD styles use this kind of exaggerated facial expressions, and have been using them way before manga started flowing into the western market. Also, given that old Japanese woodcuts and ink drawings inspired movements like Art Nouveau and the posters, prints and proto comics, the mix was there before the first Superman was put on paper. And then this new era manga are actually derived from American animation (Disney) which already contains all the exaggerated facial expressions you can manage.

    Drawing comics THE MARVEL/DC WAY is just one style that i would like to see from time to time, but not in every superhero comic.

  9. Yes, perfect! It’s slick and functional and even gives him a distinct silhouette. The black rimmed white circles on green almost give him a Brainiac feel, and I’m loving the Asari ‘do.

  10. Mario Silva: I don’t quite understand why he wears a different shirt with the cape, i guess to create a better color balance and to better distinguish the shapes… nitpicking aside it is an awesome look.

    I think that’s not a shirt, but part of the cape.

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