Art is starting to come in from my collaborator, Dan Houser, and as you can see it's some great stuff. The art for the Field Guide is already a great fit, because Dan has defined the house style for ICONS, but now it's going to be, quite frankly, better than anything in ICONS.
For those watching at home, volume 2 will detail:
- The Descendant is a hero who has inherited his title from an older hero who has died, lost his powers, turned to evil or retired. This gives the new version a history, but also big shoes to fill. He may have started off as a Sidekick.
- The Divine Hero is a character whose powers stem directly from a living religion like Christianity, Islam, or Judaism.
- An Embodiment personifies a universal force, such as Justice, the Earth, or Speed. He or she is very powerful but also has to answer to an even more powerful boss.
- The Ex-Con is a former villain or petty criminal who now fights crime. He may be a good guy who got mixed up with the wrong crowd or a real scoundrel who is working for justice only under duress.
- The Femme Feline is an especially popular sort of Animal Hero. A woman with a cat motif, she is morally ambiguous and flirty.
- The Feral Hero is a Jeckyll & Hyde character who tries to do good but struggles with a dark, animal nature which leads him to kill.
- The Focused Hero is a normal person with one super-power – such as flight, invisibility or great strength -- which he has learned to master.
- A Gadget Guy or Gadget Girl is usually a scientist with a collection of weapons and other equipment, including a vehicle.
- The Handicapped Hero overcomes a serious disability through advanced training, superpowers, or just raw guts.
- The Jungle Hero is a Tarzan-style hero who is caretaker of a hidden land and who often has animal-related powers