||Artwork by James Beaver
When I added an old Vigilants pic to the gallery, I digitized Phenomenon's old face out of the picture for a few reasons. One was because I hated how that face turned out and the other reason is that it wouldn't be right considering how his new design is as a masked wrestler who isn't seen without it. He was born into a lucha legacy back when I made him but he became a regular superhero. When I was redesigning all my characters, I decided to give him this look to add variety to the team's outfit style. You can see bits of inspiration from two of my favorite wrestlers: Rey Misterio Jr. and the original Psicosis. Another thing thrown into the mix was a luchadore I'd designed back in 1991 as part of a "fighting game wishlist" project. His name was Super Tigre and that's where bits of Phenomenon's mask comes from. He retains his still-mysterious powers but now has to strain a bit more to use them. His fighting skills still make him a threat when he's not using them so it all balances out.