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New Looks for the BlackGuard

01 Dec 15
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Our last update featured some concept art showcasing the looks for the new villains appearing in the next BlackGuard story arc.  Those were cool, but if you know the BlackGuard, they don’t like to be outdone.  So of course the team has a few new looks to show off themselves.

Staples (GOSP)

Jonnie Staples

Sequoia

Sequoia

O.D.A.N.

O.D.A.N.

Eli Mercer

Eli Mercer

Afia Melanin

Afia Melanin

Darius Doome

Darius Doome

Geronimo Jones

Geronimo Jones

Until next time, peace.

Abbey Road

Even More Promo Art!

09 Sep 15
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It’s been a few weeks since the last update but the artwork’s still coming.  Before we get into that though, I just wanted to let everyone know we will be making major changes to the website soon.  The home page of the blog will become the main home page, and the blog will become our main place for news and updates.  The BlackGuard comic will still be on the site, it just won’t be the first thing you see anymore.  We’re also going to separate the comic into issues instead of story arcs when the change happens.

Anyway, we have two more entries in the Famous Fours series, starting with one of the most commonly remade pictures, “Abbey Road”.

Abbey Road

The BlackGuard walk Abbey Road

Also, the front cover of Fantastic Four #1

Fantastic Four

The Blacktastic Four!

Other than that we got some more duo shots, featuring the semi-friendship of Darius Doome and Jonnie Staples…

Doome and Staples

The “buddies” of the BlackGuard

And the only two responsible people in this messed up team, Eli Mercer and Sequoia.

Sequoia and Mercer

The Logic and the Leadership

Observing The BlackGuard Entry 13: Eli Mercer and Sequoia

06 Sep 12
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I guess every “family” must have a mother figure and a father figure. This leads me to Eli Mercer and Sequoia.

Naturally, I see these two as the parents of the team because they are the two most responsible and level-headed. It has nothing to do with their relationship with one another. After all, Eli is old enough to be Sequoia’s father (or grandfather).

I imagine Sequoia, like many people her age, learned about Eli (as The BlackFist) through history books, television, and the stories of her parents. As the case tends to be with iconic figures, these tales probably presented Eli as a symbol instead of an actual person. It’s always difficult to accept one’s idol for the person he or she really is. I’m not saying that Sequoia thinks any less of Eli since working with him, just that she has had to learn to accept the real Mercer, flaws and all. It appears she is not only accepting of his shortcomings, but comfortable enough to address them sarcastically to his face. I’m not usually one to make pop culture references, but she has become the Geoffrey to Eli’s Uncle Phil, if you must.

Eli heavily depends on Sequoia to help keep The BlackGuard running, perhaps more than he realizes. You see, Eli is a “big picture” type. He has vision. He knows where his people are, and where they need to go, but he is not a fine details person like Sequoia. If I can use a nautical analogy, Eli is the ship and its captain. Not only is he capable of carrying those dependent on him through turbulent waters, but he also commands the crew and leads them from one destination to another. Sticking with the same analogy, Sequoia is both his map and compass. One cannot navigate without some sense of direction and a knowledge of possible obstacles in the path to one’s destination. Of course, this dependency works in both directions, as a compass and map without a destination or means of transportation are of little use.

Sequoia is a very intelligent, responsible individual with a keen eye for detail, making her an invaluable tool in Eli’s plans for the BlackGuard. However, she depends on him, just as he depends on her. Where Sequoia sees a path littered with puzzles requiring solutions, Eli sees a destination that must be reached no matter what, and that is someone Sequoia needs to follow.

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 12: O.D.A.N. and Sequoia

27 Aug 12
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Now here is a relationship that requires very little insight: Odan and Sequoia.

One does not have to be a genius to see that Odan and Sequoia come from opposite upbringings. Sequoia grew up surrounded by educated, well-mannered individuals. Odan grew up around hoodlums. Sequoia graduated from college with honors. Odan has not stepped foot in a school (unless you count a dojo) since early puberty. Sequoia speaks clearly and articulately. Sometimes, I feel I need an interpreter when conversing with Odan. Needless to say, Odan and Sequoia tend not to communicate with each other very well.

I guess I should at least attempt to add a little depth to this observation. Both Odan and Sequoia tend to have a steady stream of information coming into their heads. Both actively make an effort to keep up to date with whatever they consider to be their source of “the truth”. Sequoia’s truth comes from literature. She’s not foolish enough to believe that any one book is entirely honest or accurate, but she does believe the more she reads, the closer she comes to the truth. Odan’s truth comes from the streets, by way of music, television, and word of mouth. Odan will tell you himself that, if anything, the hood is honest, and sometimes brutally so.

I wouldn’t go so far as saying Odan and Sequoia do not like each other. I just don’t think they can currently relate to each other. I do think that both, since joining The BlackGuard, have discovered a world entirely different than the ones they come from and may yet find some common ground.

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 8: Afia Melanin And Sequoia

26 Jun 12
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Today, I continue my analysis of the social interaction amongst The BlackGuard by looking at Afia Melanin and Sequoia.

Afia and Sequoia have a relationship unlike any other in the team due to the fact that they are the only two females. I feel that a kinship has formed between these two ladies as both try to maintain their sanity while surrounded by outlandish males.

That’s not to say they always agree with one another. Sequoia is a thinker, and Afia is a “do-er”, as one might call it. Where Sequoia prefers to analyze a situation and gather all information before acting, Afia often jumps to conclusions (and then to action). Sequoia has no qualms about pointing out flaws in Afia’s logic, something most people, especially those without superhuman abilities, would be reluctant to do.

Afia, however, does not take her usual confrontational tone with Sequoia as she does with others. It appears Sequoia may actually be capable of talking sense into Afia from time to time. Though Afia tends to value brawn over brains, I believe she may actually respect Sequoia for her intelligence. This could be due to the fact that Sequoia has a vast knowledge of African history and culture.

One thing I find intriguing is the occasional admiration Sequoia has for Afia. She may not follow her logic at times, but Sequoia is still fascinated by Afia’s dominance on not only the battlefield, but in just about every argument she ever has. I believe there’s a repressed side of Sequoia that looks up to Afia. She’s the defintion of an empowered woman.

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 6: Staples And Sequoia

30 Apr 12
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Today, I want to discuss the peculiar “friendship?” of Sequoia and Jonnie.

Originally, I saw Sequoia as having the same relationship with Jonnie as she does with Darius. Like Darius, Jonnie often has an obscured view of reality, which greatly contrasts with Sequoia’s sensible nature. However, where Sequoia chooses to simply ignore Darius, she often competes with Jonnie in a game of wits. Both of these two seem to appreciate the art of a perfectly timed quip (often at the expense of Mercer), so any “conversation” they have is normally a sparring match of one-liners and jabbing insults, with each mocking blow causing the smirks on their faces to grow.

As a former student of mine, I am well aware that Sequoia enjoys laughing at others more so than just laughing with them. I find it quite intriguing that, of all the members of The BlackGuard, Jonnie seems to be the one that can make her laugh simply by berating another teammate. I would say that she’s simply amused at the target of the insult, but I notice that the jeers directed by Jonnie are often the ones that cause her to quietly giggle to herself.

It is their common love of sarcastic gibes that causes me to believe there is a mutual respect between Jonnie and Sequoia…… and possibly something more.

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

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Observing The BlackGuard Entry 3: Sequoia And Doome

20 Mar 12
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In today’s entry, I’ll be discussing the odd dynamic between Darius Doome and Sequoia.

This has probably been the most difficult relationship to analyze thus far, most likely due to the lack of communication between these two. It is as if they speak two different languages, with Sequoia speaking the language of sensibility, and Darius speaking the language of… well, crazy.

Darius is, undoubtedly, insane. He revels in insanity. He surrounds himself in it. If it’s normal, Darius Doome is not interested in it. As a result, he seems to disregard Sequoia almost entirely. Her rational way of thinking is of no concern to him. If anything, he seems to be just as confused by her view of the world as she is of his. Oddly enough, through Darius’s eyes, Sequoia is the crazy one.

One thing that I find interesting is how little Darius’s insanity concerns Sequoia. Sequoia seems to be the glue that holds The BlackGuard together. She tends to hold the responsibility of keeping everyone on the same page. Her method of dealing with each teammate differs from person to person. Her way of keeping Darius on track is doing absolutely nothing at all. She may not understand most of what goes on in that fractured mind of his, but if there’s one thing she gets, it’s that Darius loves a unique challenge. As long as The BlackGuard continue to face dangerous (and unusual) opponents, such as this “Crucial The Ape”, Darius is prepared to face it. Ironically, the most unstable member of The BlackGuard, is the one Sequoia worries about the least.

– Dr. Hugo Cranium

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