Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Liberty Belle


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.

11 comments:

Scott said...

Granted, it may look cool to be carrying around this whopper of a bell, that sucker will be getting in everyone's way. Better to just have the hammer and let the "Ratzis" be the bells.

Anonymous said...

Her boobz are 2 small. Wher's her boobz?

Joel Priddy said...

She must have left them in another jacket.

Anonymous said...

Boobz rule my tool.

Joel Priddy said...

If it makes you feel better, feel free to assume that, under her jacket, she's wearing nothing but paste-on dogtags.

Anonymous said...

Boobz.

Joel Priddy said...

Mom? Is that you?

mattg said...

Very nice, Joel. This is exactly the sort of thing that comics needs -- interesting female characters wearing practical, yet cool costumes. Well done!

Joel Priddy said...

Thanks, Mr. G!

Gus and Fer said...

Ah... I once had a bicycle named Veronica. It was a tribute to Ms Lake, not Ms Lodge or anything uttered by Elvis Costello. If I could embed the link, I would, but alas:
http://www.athleticum.ch/s05/
content/produkte/
produkte_detail_d.asp?souid=648&prid=4865
The code is ugly but Veronica is just the opposite. Her boobz were the least of her fine features.

Joel, I am just now checking out Project: Rooftop. I find it to be fully bitchin' - will your version of Liberty Belle be included soon...?

Joel Priddy said...

Nice set of wheels.

Project Rooftop is kind of a grab bag. All the submitted files go into a pile, and it's up to the individual reviewers to pull out whatever they feel like writing about. Sometimes a piece will sit there for months before someone picks it. And, of course, lots of pieces never get picked.

But things have been a little slow around P:R lately, submissionwise, so I think Libby has a decent chance of showing up soonish.