P:R Redesign: Denis Medri’s Steampunk Daredevil, Black Cat, Electro and Mysterio!

Note: One of the big new talents here at P:R in 2012 has been Denis Medri. From his rockabilly takes on Gotham’s Finest to his new set re-imagining Marvel’s street heroes in steampunk garb, Medri has fast become a fan and P:R staff favorite. And now Medri returns with more in the steampunk vein, doing this great rendition of Daredevil, the thieving Black Cat and Spidey villains Electro and Mysterio.Daredevil’s mask is emblematic of the level of thinking Medri puts into his design, making it more than just a collection of steampunk stereotypes and delivering something more. – Chris A.

19 comments to “P:R Redesign: Denis Medri’s Steampunk Daredevil, Black Cat, Electro and Mysterio!”
  1. I appreciate the Daredevil treatment, as the image implies a logical flow from lawyer to masked vigilante. The Black Cat isn’t particularly innovative, but the incorporation of period costume pieces (corset, poofy pants, hair style, etc.) is really very nice and works as a cohesive unit. The Electro generators made me smile. And Mysterio? — (shrug) I like it. I expect there will be others here who will complain about the diving headgear, but he’s a weird character anyway and very difficult to reinterpret.

    I would really like to see a few frames of character movement and interaction. These are lovely static poses, but I’m hungry for a real comic book adventure now.

  2. Electro reminds me of Dirk Dastardly for some reason, not a bad thing, as I think he’s the best from this set.

    For the most part I’m not feeling Daredevil or Blackcat, maybe because I feel that technology type characters are best suited for a steampunk redesign. These two seem like they fit more with Yasming Liang’s Elizabethan Batwoman.

  3. I don’t typically like steampunk, but wow. Daredevil and Black Cat are both absolutely pitch-perfect (in fact, Black Cat does look rather like certain ladies of easy leisure in the 19th century are reported to have looked). Those big Tesla coils (?) on Electro are a thing of beauty, and the combination of Jules Verne-ism and Orientalism in the design of Mysterio is very intriguing.

    These two seem like they fit more with Yasming Liang’s Elizabethan Batwoman.

    “Elizabethan” would mean hosiery and neck ruffs on the men and enormous gowns on women, just for the record.

  4. 13strong: Well, Liang’s Batwoman is definitely Elizabethan (and awesome, by the way, if you haven’t seen it yet).

    I’m a huge fan of the diving helmet on Mysterio. It’s probably the best approximation of the surreal creepiness and/or hilarity of his having a fishbowl for a head I’ve seen.

  5. Someone has to hire this guy for a line of Elseworld/What if comics. I really want to see his 50’s Batman as an on going series.

  6. This Medri guy’s a fucking genius. Everything he’s done is grade A rocket sauce. Someone get this guy a job in comics already.

    Beyond his awesomeness, I have some comments:
    1. I think the mask on Daredevil would look better with a color differentiation of the eyes from the mask. Maybe it’s just me, but it looks weird all one color.
    2. Mysterio has never looked so good. This version needs his own comic.
    3. Nice stripe placement on the Black Cat’s crotch.

  7. That Daredevil is beyond steampunk. It’s absolutely timeless. You could have this character running around now with nary an askance look. I love it! The rest are good period pieces, but I agree that Electro is the best transition to a period design. Good on ya

  8. Once again, Medri is on top form with these designs. As before, however, there is one design which rises to attention in the cohesive partnership between form and function: Electro. Clearly, Denis was inspired by the phallus when creating the sleek, rigid design of the nodes atop those golden rivets, just as Robert J. Van de Graaff would have been when he first deisgned the generator which rides atop Max Dillon.

    One of the most daring moves by Denis Medri, when developing this aesthetic, was to create a visual narrative that goes beyond Dillon’s dominance of electricity. Most evidenced by the lightning bolt erection on his forehead, framed by the fragile orbs of his goggles. Max Dillon’s impotent career is elegantly jutaposed in Medri’s reiteration of engorged lightning-rod symbolism. This is a man (Dillon) who is struggling with mainting his swollen pockets for fear that he will be caught in Spider-Man’s sticky eminence and so often is. Because of that, Denis has created an outfit which epitomises Dillon’s battle with his dysfunction, both literal and metaphorical. Maxwell Dillon is a pitcher, not a catcher of hard times and he’s ready to slap it in anyone’s face should they mock him. It is here that a mere redesign becomes distilled mythology.

    Those huge gloves that Dillon is wearing initially made me think of Herman Schultz, since he is the lover of heavy padding. However, I suppose it makes sense that Electro would neeed to insulate himself AND also have enough dexteriet to restrain Spider-man long enough to give him more than just a tingle. I do think it is worth noting that the design seems to be lacking a concentrated delivery system for Dillon’s electrifying attacks. Despite the proud stature of the machine strapped-on to him, it appears to only fire wildly and without direction. Perhaps Medri was inspired more by the excited papilla? Or is this yet another layer to his complex commentary of Dillon’s criminal role in a steampunk society?

    On Daredevil: Excellent design. I would own that waistcoat if it existed corporeally. I wish more artists would pay homage to Murdock’s origins as the son of a boxer and a working class child. Designs witch highlight the influence of his father’s profession are few and far between. A shame really.

    On Mysterio: Love it. The diver’s helmet is inspried. But, seriously, those fingers just look like obscene urethra. Good lord.

  9. Ah, I was previously mistaken in my dismissal of Denis’ decision regarding the design of Quentin Blake’s blinking digits. It we consider the motif being expressed throughout the design, it is clearly a representation of mankind’s attempt to open our “third eye” as wide as possible, to reach that sweet nectar within. This is further compunded by the diving helmet: Mysterio wishes to explore the canals of of that glorious opening and dive headfirst inside men everywhere. I believe, in the time-period which these outfits connote, such a mystical process was referred to as “sounding”. Bravo Medri, bravo.

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