Wednesday, August 02, 2006
As you may know, I'm a reviewer over at Project: Rooftop, a Dean Trippe joint where people give superheroes makeovers. As one who is usually dishing out the criticism, I felt like I'd better pony up sooner or later, and submit a design of my own.
Liberty Bell was one of the legions of patriotic superheroes to come out during World War Two. Originally, she was pretty much just a good scrapper who was alerted to danger by the ringing of Philadelphia's own Liberty Bell. Later, it was shown that she drew strength from the bell's ringing. Still later, she gained the boilerplate power of shooting sound waves out of her hands.
I like to think of Belle as super-infantry on the frontlines, and so I've stuck her in a practical-but-stylish ensemble that wouldn't stand out too much among the grunts: jodphurs and a modified Ike jacket. The early Belle was modeled on Veronica Lake, and I couldn't see improving on that. Going a little past the mandate of a P:R makeover, I've fiddled with her powers a smidge. Libby now has a great big bronze bell to haul around, and uses it to generate the soundwaves which she super-powerly manipulates into blasts. A degree of enhanced strength is implied by the fact that she can schlep the thing without much effort. She has a hammer, because the bell doesn't have a clapper.
We'll see if someone chooses to review it. I haven't hesitated from bring the harsh in a couple of my reviews, so I'm kinda nervous.