P:R HeroesCon Challenge: Warren Newsom’s Batman of Raan — The Zoor!

Note: Back in June at our panel at HeroesCon, P:R co-founder Dean Trippe and P:R regulars Vito Delsante, Joel Priddy, Joel Carroll, Mike Maihack, Daniel Govar, Ming Doyle, Joe Quinones and Ron Salas gathered for a spirited discussion on comic book costume design and an overview of some the panels best contributions to the site. At the end of the panel, we challenged the attendees to a special contest, one that was limited to just them; create the Batman of Rann. First, the description. “If Adam Strange is the Superman of Rann, then what would the Batman of Rann look like?” It seemed as though the attendees were excited. A couple of questions were raised (“Is it Batman on Rann or a native that thinks he’s Batman?”) and then we sent everyone off. It’s been a few months since the show, and our first submission is from long-time P:R fan Warren Newsom…and it’s killer. 

Here’s what Warren told us about the design:

If Adam Strange is the “Superman of Rann” (an alien who becomes the champion of his adopted planet), then the “Batman of Rann” should be Rannian-born, with a fierce pride in his homeworld and the accomplishments of its peoples. His attitude should be that Rann does not need an off-worlder to come to its rescue, and it surely does not need an Earth man’s seed to repopulate its cities.

Baak Gan — “the Batman of Rann” — was born among the fierce Zoor tribe and educated in Ranagar. A scientist and archaeologist, Baak has a vast knowledge of his world and its people and is an expert in the martial arts of the Zoor and other Rannian cultures. Secretly using ancient Rannian technology (which he hides beneath his robes) to augment his skills, Baak fights for justice on Rann as — the Zoor!



 

 

4 comments on “P:R HeroesCon Challenge: Warren Newsom’s Batman of Raan — The Zoor!
  1. Nice idea, but not much of a design. Those colored straps on black bodysuit are pretty cool, but the rest of the costume is just a bulky cloak.

  2. I definitely prefer the action pose to the bigger, action-ready illustration. The cloak is a great compromise for the cape, and I’m glad this design isn’t too on-the-nose as an obvious alternate version of Batman. It gives the character room to create his own identity and not just be tied down as another Batman Inc.-esque copycat. I’d like to see more of the outfit beneath the cloak, and at least a peak at the ancient Raanian technology he uses. Great job!

  3. Jim Gitman: Nice idea, but not much of a design. Those colored straps on black bodysuit are pretty cool, but the rest of the costume is just a bulky cloak.

    And an oddly restrictive, yet bulky coat, as well. Granted, Batman’s cape would probably not flow the way it does in real life and tend to risk getting grabbed or caught on things, so there’s a good bit of suspension of disbelief, there.

    But the cloak here just looks too unwieldy for that level of suspension. I don’t know much about Rann, though. Maybe there’s some level of difference in the planet’s characteristics that could make this work… Or a nod to the Zoor designs that I don’t know about that’s going on here.

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