In the real comics Red was being used by his creator, a mad scientist named T.O. Morrow; here I replaced him with Brainiac. I had recently purchased the Skyline DC character cards and collected a set in my town's library.One of the villains featured was Brainiac, as shown here. I liked the look, and thought it was not above him to alter Red Tornado ala T.O. Morrow and use him to attack the Justice League. This worked especially well when I continued Len Wein's story with Steve Englehart's. Mr. Englehart had re-established the Red Tornado as a tool of a living machine called The Construct (featured on the cover of JLA #146, shown elsewhere on this page). Instead of introducing him, however, I simply morphed the villain of #106 into the villain of #146, ie, Brainiac from the beginning!
In case you are wondering, my adaptation of JLA #106 ends immediately after page 37. In the original, the JLA faces T.O. Morrow in one page. It's here that I switch to the climax of JLA #146, where the Construct attempts to destroy his tool, and instead empowers him and helps him realize his humanity.
These are two of my favorite comic-books, and I think I did a better than adequate job adapting them to "my" universe. The story has a cohesion that I'm quite proud of, and now I'd like to toss out a few specific scenes I like or thought I did well.
I almost never did changes to the panel format. I hit on the idea of doing this panel without any lines in order to help accent Red's sense of loneliness. I almost never did changes to my panel format, so I tried this figuring that if I didn't like it I would simply draw in the lines. I was happy with the way it looked and kept it in, obviously. When I come across it in the story, even now, I stop and think, "wow, that really works."
Speaking of voices, Brainiac's voice was even more of a pain to write than Red's special font was. If I had brought Brainiac back I would not have had him speak in these syl-la-bil-lic style a-gain. Uggh!
One very specific change I made was to change the race of John's romantic interest, Kathy Sutton. In the DC comics she is very definitely caucasian. I have said before that I wanted to make "my" universe more diverse, so since race really had no place in her personality as it has been established, I changed her. I do like that I did it, too. They look good together.
And here's the last panel of the story again. In this we have the Red Tornado realize that he is not a machine. He proves that by NOT using his mechanical voice any more AND by calling the Elongated Man by his first name, Ralph. I liked that.
And to close out this Afterward....the covers of the two stories I adapted!
|Red Tornado joins the JLA (#106)|
|Red Tornado re-joins the JLA (#146)|
|Red Tornado joins "my" Justice League|