hi---- the mermaid AU for mike and nanaba! take my money, take it! the mermaid AU sounds awesome, where are the goods?! j-just give me some of the headcanons ya got...!
If @trash-god doesn’t stop drawing amazing art of our AU then I’m gonna be forced to fuckin’ write it.
The basic premise is that Mike is cursed and turned into a sharkman (i.e., mermaid lmao) by some assholes who want to convince his parents to sell their land (easier to do when their heir is “dead”) but who aren’t willing to, you know, actually commit murder.
He lives a long time like this–20+ years. His parents think he died at sea and he can’t get to them to tell them any different, since he can’t be out of the water too long or risk dying. He spends most of those 20+ years trying to avoid being captured or killed and…trying also not to isolate himself too much because it’s real fuckin’ lonely out there alone… The only thing he still has that’s his is a knife, which he keeps on a cord around his neck (and which he’s needed to use to get out of a net).
Eventually he washes up on shore close to where Nanaba lives with her father. He’s covered in debris and seaweed and she kind of hopes what she’s found is a dead shark good for Eating (and won’t Father be pleased if she brings something so amazing home with her??).
Unfortunately Mike is only half shark and…not edible.
You know what I love about Luke Cage? I love how it looks at black masculinity and the consequences of adhering to hyper masculinity. Growing up as a young black man (and later understanding my sexuality as a gay man) I've never felt like I should need to perform my masculinity to certain expectations. In the black community, there is an expectation that black men need to be strong (i.e. emotionless, or tough) in order to move freely in the world. In school a lot of black kids believed that they needed to be strong and tough in order to be something. (Possible spoilers under the cut)
A variant cover and some of my interior page work on DMC #1, shipping in October, 2014.
Also in this anthology:
Story: Damion Scott
Story/Consultant: Ron Wimberly
Cover: Sal Buscema & Bob Wiacek
Character Design: Shawna Mills
Graffit: MARE 139
Art: Jeff Stokely, Chase Conley, Mike & Mark Davis (Madtwiinz), Shawn Crystal, Chris Sotomayor, Felipe Smith
If we try to protect only ourselves without looking out for those people closest to us, then we lose. Pop never forgot his people. Where some people saw hard rock kids, he saw precious jewels. He reminded me that diamonds are formed by pressure, covered in dirt. But then you polish them and they shine. Pop saw the shine in everyone that walked in his barber shop.