P:R Approved: Jon Morris’ Red Tornado!

Note: Today we turn our attention to P:R Regular Jon Morris‘ recent week spent doing different re-designs of DC’s Red Tornado. Dubbed DC’s “dullest character” by Morris, he’s taken the bucket of bolts and refashioned him into five unique and creative redesigns. It’s not a matter of which one you like, but which one you like most! – Chris A.

21 comments on “P:R Approved: Jon Morris’ Red Tornado!
  1. They’re fun pieces of art, but it mainly feels like the artist is making fun of Red Tornado, as opposed to taking an actual stab at a redesign. The only one that looks somewhat serious to me is the third one. The last one is also pretty interesting, tonally, but his head reminds me too much of Roger on American Dad. Adjust that shape, and I’d be curious what his story is.

  2. The last one looks decent, but the rest are a joke. Don’t get me started on the second one. Why do female robots not specifically created for sex need giant boobs and a tube top? Pretty sure you could just have it wear its typical clothes and people would still get it – because, you know, it has boobs now.

  3. The first one is definitely the best :) I’d love to see him take on some ultra grim-dark takes-themselves-far-too-seriously villain and somehow defeat him/her, a-la Squirrel Girl.

  4. Oh WOW! I love all of them! Since RT is a robot I think he could change the outbody and mechanism at anytime provided the personality stays the same. So I think ALL of these are kinda possible! Each treatment has its own appeal.

  5. Thomas Fummo: The first one is definitely the best :) I’d love to see him take on some ultra grim-dark takes-themselves-far-too-seriously villain and somehow defeat him/her, a-la Squirrel Girl.

    “HI! I’m Red Tornado!” ^__^

    “Go away Red Tin Can, we don’t have time for ga-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYEEEE!”

    “Oh dear, that bad man flew far away. Oh well. I’ll just go get him and take him to prison.” ^__^

    Yes, this is one of the best ideas for this kind of character

  6. I’ve always loved the particularly wacky origin of Red Tornado, and his place in the League as a 3rd tier player. Not everyone should be a Superman or Wonder Woman. This is a cool cross section of potential reimaginings. I like the repeated redesign of the logo for each– a nice touch. A character like this has an awful lot going for it from a redesign point of view. As long as he’s red, a robot, and has wind powers, he’s a recognizable character!

  7. I really dig the one with the big crazy cyber arms. The female really looks like its intended to fit in with the Female Furies or Jack Kirby’s 4th World stuff somehow.

  8. “Dubbed DC’s “dullest character” by Morris(…)”

    REALLY? I just hope he’s joking. He must be. Red Tornado was my personal favorite JL member as a kid. I just recently caught on TV an episode of “The Brave and the Bold” co-starring him that was EXTREMELY endearing.

    Nice art BTW.

  9. I love these! These are all so great and all offer such a great variety of tones through which the character could be put through. While it’s more of a reinvention rather than a redesign outright, I just love the second Red Tornado. It has such a great vibe to it! Kirby would be very proud and very impressed, Jon. While I’m on the subject…

    Alex Odell: The last one looks decent, but the rest are a joke.Don’t get me started on the second one. Why do female robots not specifically created for sex need giant boobs and a tube top? Pretty sure you could just have it wear its typical clothes and people would still get it – because, you know, it has boobs now.

    You have to go to Jon’s blog in order to see what his thought processes and inspirations for each individual Tornado is, but to save you the trouble; thats not actually a robot. Its a Fourth World inspired reinvention of the character with a backstory somewhat similar to Big Barda, whose costume was obviously of great influence to Jon’s design.

    I also have to say, I find the rest of “critique” perplexing. Just what constitutes as “typical clothes” for a superhero to you? Latex? Spandex? Civilian wear? Armour? Something traditional? Something new? Something less revealing? Something more revealing?

    In a genre that has more than 75+ years of history and a plethora of characters who have all gone through drastic styles and costume changes, there really isn’t such a thing as “typical clothes” within the genre. It basically sounds like your saying “Anything but what has been presented”. A critique this does not make; it basically sounds like you’re whining.

    Also, I do understand where you’re coming from in regards to the design’s body, I really do. Your right, not every superheroine needs larger breasts. That being said though, women in real life come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The problem is when said variety is not represented within comics. There are very good reasons why female characters like Power Girl, Amanda Waller and Jubilee are fan favourites, among the many reasons is because they showcase said variety, something creators should take more time to do with characters regardless of gender.

    Personally, I don’t see anything offensive with Jon’s design. In fact, I’d say she looks rather healthy.

    Oh, and please, don’t call people’s work a joke. Not only is that beyond disrespectful, but artists and writers and musicians put a hell of a lot of effort into their work. If you don’t like something, try to be more constructive than that.

  10. Adam: I also have to say, I find the rest of “critique” perplexing. Just what constitutes as “typical clothes” for a superhero to you? Latex? Spandex? Civilian wear? Armour? Something traditional? Something new? Something less revealing? Something more revealing?

    My issue is that when artists genderbend or create a female version of a superhero, they always seem to feel the need to change the costume of the female version’s into a belly shirt, or a mini-skirt, or a boob window, or a barely-there stripperific leotard. Readers don’t need cleavage to know a character’s a chick. Why does female version = sexy clubwear?

  11. I don’t know the character, but visually 2 & 4 are my favourites.

    Love the Mignola-style used in number 2. And if Mignola’s shown anything it’s that you can use cool, serious looking characters and still make them funny (SCREW-ON HEAD!).

    Awesome stuff.

  12. Anyone have the link to his blog where he explains his designs? I don’t see it on his Tumblr, and the link provided in this post takes me to a blog with only six entries, none of them RT.

  13. For some reason I really want to read a series based on the last drawing, Red Tornado as a down on his luck ex superhero just trying to enjoy his cup of coffee who keeps constantly getting dragged into battles.

  14. “DC’s dullest character”? I’m sorry, but how many other DC characters have a nintend do you know that have a nintendocore metal song dedicated to them?
    That being said, the fifth one with the third one’s arm and cape would be a great look for this supervillain’s-robot-turned-hero.

  15. I love the idea of RT taking a female body, mostly because why not? He’s just an elemental in an android body. Why can’t it happen to be a female one?

  16. I think they all look great, each able to fit a different kind of story looking at different aspects of the superhero mega mythology.

  17. Alex Odell:
    My issue is that when artists genderbend or create a female version of a superhero, they always seem to feel the need to change the costume of the female version’s into a belly shirt, or a mini-skirt, or a boob window, or a barely-there stripperific leotard. Readers don’t need cleavage to know a character’s a chick. Why does female version = sexy clubwear?

    I get where you’re coming from, but I don’t understand what that has to do with his design? The only “skin” that’s showing is some shoulder, clavicle and neck. It’s not very revealing, and nothing says “sexy clubwear” about her. It’s pretty tasteful look.

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