project rooftop


It only took most of the month but my submission for the projectrooftop Batgirl redesign contest is finally done.  She even has a hastily written backstory, soak it in!

When Bruce Wayne was a young man, before donning the iconic cape and cowl, he was harassed by notorious Gotham biker gang the Street Demonz during his annual trip through Crime Alley.

Seeing them turn towards crime Wayne decided to sponsor their class in attempts to set them back on the right path.  Unfortunately he failed, with the Street Demonz later going on to run the Ventriloquist’s vice den and drug-running operations.   Wayne’s actions did resonate with one young biker however, who retired from the gang to open a garage and pass down the values he learned to his young daughter. One night, years later, the remnants of the Street Demonz approached the reformed mechanic trying to strong arm him back into the gang, needing to shore up their ranks after a disastrous battle with Scarface and the Ventriloquist.  When he refused he was brutally beaten to death in front of his hiding daughter. Inspired by the Bat she spend the next five years learning to defend herself and tuning her father’s beloved 1956 Harley-Davidson KHK, hitting the streets in a home-made costume as Batgirl to avenge her father. After taking out the remains of the of the Street Demonz, and dismantling the another Crime Alley biker gang, The Marlons, Batgirl garnered the attention of Batman himself who sponsored her, upgrading her to a reinforced jumpsuit with panels that can be illuminated and retractable glide cape to go along with a Waynetech-tuned Ducati Diavel.  Her new helmet contains an array of visual modes as well as a holographic display, a camera above the visor and two hi-intensity spotlights and light bar above the camera.
Batgirl reimagined as Kōmori Shōjo. Soon after Akamori’s Bat Clan began its crusade to take back the streets of Osaka, a copycat emerged on the nocturnal scene. A talented female fighter began to patrol the red-light district, beating up thugs and abusive brothel owners. Her technique was skillful but her stealth left much to be desired. Akamori soon uncovered her identity as the samurai daughter of the new magistrate, Jūbei Got.

Unable to make her quit, Akamori recruited the young Bachiko Gotō to his cause. She took to her training in ninjutsu quickly, and is now the clan expert in disguise and espionage. Her quick wit and courage are her greatest assets, and have won her considerable attention from Akamori’s ward and star pupil, Daisuke Guren.


When the new 52 came out I was pretty non-plussed and besides the lack of diversity in the Justice League (which I’ve talked about previously) I was kinda bummed out that the costumes all looked like they were bought from the same store. And given that all these big characters had such varied and interesting origin stories I thought it was weird they all fell into each other’s lives looking like a team already. So I designed some new costumes, here’s my take on the DC trinity… first up: Batman.