(Re-)Introducing the All-New, All-Different Red Ghost! =)
Zdrastvooyte, komrades! You may not know me here at CBR but I used to hang at the FF page of Comicboards.com, around the end of the Waid/Weiringo run. I had no interest in the JMS run, had some access problems, and finally Marvel's writing and editorial decisions just went ahead and killed off any and all interest I had in comics (well, what they were publishing as mainstream continuity; the Marvel's Ulitmate line are somewhat palatable). Likely, it's permanent. Now, I just get by on the Ultimate line TPBs/reprints, back issues, and fond memories. I cancelled my service at the comic shop and just go to Borders or Barnes & Noble. :\
While I was there, I came up with a new, up-dated version of the FF foe and my namesake, Red Ghost, one who was Asian -- Chinese or possibly North Korean -- rather than Russian.
What with China in the news so much so far this year what with the Olympics, Tibet, and now the unfortunate earthquake (tho part of me wonders if they didn't cause it to take heat off the other two things), it got me thinking about him so I figured to bring him out of mothballs. :)
So here he is again for the first time... The Red Ghost!
I haven't done much additional refining on him since then because of what I mention above, but I do figure that since the regular Marvel universe is now a steaming pile of dermo, I really favor him being the Ultimate Red Ghost rather than a "II".
I'm fully sure about the origin of his abilities, whether mutant, accident, or technological. Actually, not technological as in devices to achieve intangibility and invisibility, but I kinda like the idea that he was enhanced genetically as China is a leader in that field with stem cells etc. in our own world. If he is the Ultimate Red Ghost, maybe, to echo Kragoff's duplication of the FF's space trip, it was achieved duplicating Reed's N-Zone transporter experiment. He could have even been part of the Baxter Bldg students or staff, spying all along, tho why the Army would have a Chinese national in such a position is questionable. Then again, there have been real world accusations of theft of US nuclear secrets going to China, so...
I'm still not fully convinced about the presence of any Super Apes despite everybody else's apparent fondness of them. Not that I'm not fond of them myself, but just as an attempt to make things more up-to-date and grounded. Possibly 3 goons which accompany him often, dressed in all-black body suits with only a rectanglular opening for their eyes, doing support type work like piloting vehicles, operating wenches, etc. There may be a secret to these guys, of course, who never say anything but do their share of grunting, but I'm not going to spoil anything. ;)
He is, probably a governmental/industrial espionage agent, stealing technological secrets and such which puts him in frequent conflict with the FF. I've also incorporated someone's idea as part of his belt buckle: imagine it round instead of square and see if you recognize it. There could be a world-domination plot now and again just for fun.
I still haven't made up my mind about any hair, tho some have said that being bald and having that collar makes him look like The Vulture (which I think might be feathery). Iron Maiden at comicboards said he looked like Grant Morrison - LOL! Still either is okay by me I guess. The collar may be really wool, like a bomber's jacket, rather than fur like Kragoff's tho that would tie the two together visually. It may be that he has hair, possibly white, but that he makes it invisible for a certain look and as part of a diguise. He does the same sort of thing with clothing rather than rely all the time on invisibility. Possibly because Sue can see invisible things when she looks for them, but I kind of am toying with the idea that his invisibility operates on a "different frequency" as hers so that neither can see the other. Not really sold on it however.
He also carries some invisible weapons now and again, both modern such as hi-tech guns, traditional oriental like shuriken, and combinations thereof like collapsable bo staves. You think he's just flailing around empty-handed until he gestures just so and you get an invisbile nunchuck to the jaw, or that he's just reaching out and suddenly you're tasered.
The original Red Ghost didn't turn invisible exactly, but this guy can either as an second ability or because of such a high degree of intangibility achieved thru martial arts training, focus, and other mystic "ancient Chinese secrets." :p That could explain Sue being unable to see him because maybe he's not so much invisible as extremely intangible; could Sue see air, for example? It's what allows him to maintain invisibility on a number of things for extended periods while occupied with other things as just mentioned above.
I'm also toying with ideas about his speaking, his language skills, like possibly he doesn't speak but uses gestures and signs to convey ideas to Reed and crew, not that he's mute/deaf neccessarily; it's just kinda bad-zhopa and/or kinda spooky. If and when he does speak, it's typically in Chinese, altho he probably certainly understands and therefore speaks English, and when he does there's a spectral quality to his voice. At the very least, he's a man of very few words. (I know that goes against the standard of loquacious Marvel characters, but hey.)
In case you're wondering if he goes around shirtless, no; I just haven't been able to come up with with an suitable idea for his shirt. I do love Pascual Ferry's work in Ultimate FF, the Psychoman/Surfer and God War arcs on everything but if they made FF tees and clothes after his designs, whoo poberi ! =) If he ever comes by the board or lurks and wants to play around with it, I'm certainly not going to say 'nyet'. =o
His true name is also currently unknown.
That's about all the new stuff I've come up with or decided on.
There was a color version but it got lost but I'll get around to (re-)coloring and/or refining this sketch and would like to do variations of it like the eminent Jared/Ronnie Thunderbolts does with his sketches: sans trechcoat, trench with hood, skull-headed (where he makes his face and other flesh invisible), etc.
I know my drawing skills may leave something to be desired -- somebody said it was too manga, but hey, I like hybrid manga -- but I'm more concerned with what people think of the character concept and idea(s) than my artwork.
(Hm, I suppose I'll have to start learning some Chinese words now instead of Russian.) :p
PS - If you do any discussing of mainstream Marvel stuff from around or after Waid's Galactus/Power-switching story, please mark them or the message as spoilers. I may be around just a little to talk about things here or there but I really don't see myself hanging out like I used to when I was more involved with comics. Unless of course Marvel went ahead and made my guy a replacement for Kragoff; that I would definitely wanna hear about! =p Roy-al-ties! Cha-ching!
First time here actually (tho I did originally say "Hello again" in Russian because of the other comics site), but thanks none the less.
Also, apologies for not realizing I couldn't get the image to show up here; when I first posted the message, it showed up fine, but now I see that outside linking is a nyet-nyet. Here's an internal link:
You do realise the Red Ghost is apparantly making a comeback in the Black Panther book, because we've seen his tech used by the villain, and it looks suspiciously like Red Ghost science.
No, I didn't. Altho I'm vaguely aware that Panther has his own book, I'm not involved with (mainstream) Marvel comics anymore, and not aware that Kragoff had any particular science of his own. Some idiotic retcon that he never actually had powers but was all done with tech and that the Super-Apes were robots probably. :rolleyes: Spaceba, but nyet spaceba ('Thanks, but no thanks' of course).