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Joel Rio is the humble research assistant of Dr. Robert Bly, or so he claims. When Shelby Bly shows up at the museum after her father’s sudden abduction by Blair Nimway and her GEEVA henchmen, Joel will offer to aid her on her grand adventure. He previously aided Dr. Bly as the elder archaeologist attempted to come out of retirement and return to his adventuring ways so Shelby believes Joel to be trustworthy. Now Joel will help Shelby in her quest to find the mysterious Vril so that they may use it to bargain for Dr. Bly’s safe return from Blair Nimway’s grasp.
This is the third Superfly concept of Joel and hopefully the last. I once again changed the color of his shirt, this time to a mixed brownish purple. The previous colors just didn’t work for various reasons. I also updated the shaders and coloring of his various leatherwear (belt, gun harness, and belt pouches). I think I’m finally, finally done with this concept. Now I can use him in some Promotional Art!
Below you will see some of the alternate outfits and other variations of this character that will be needed for the graphic novel. In the novel, the characters change their clothes as needed like normal people rather than wearing the same outfit in every scene. Some of the following alternate outfits are finalized concepts but others I am still working on so these may be subject to change. Click an image below to zoom in.