Take A Chance: City of Heroes

If there is a such thing in the world as a comic shop that actually puts its comics out on Tuesday, today is the official launch date for Take A Chance. Really, it’s probably tomorrow, but today is technically Publication Day.

In celebration, I’m posting a series of Chance icons I’ve done from issue #1, and some of the very first Chance sketches by Ardian Syaf (who, as we all know, has gone on to do brilliant things with Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files comic book!), along with some (very brief) character sketch notes about some of the major players.

As it happens, it seems that the comic shop I normally shop at will not have Chance in until after Christmas, which means I’m going to have to turn to you, my faithful readers, for pictures and reports of Chance In The Wild. I’ll figure out some kind of contest or prize or something for pictures posted in the comments thread here. :)

Everything else behind the cut. :)


This (clicks through to a larger version) was pretty much the very first piece of Chance art I ever got from Ardian. It came with an apology for being late–he’d wanted to deliver something “a little more complete” than roughs, and so turned this and a fully complete page one in at what amounted to the last minute in my audition process. We changed the mask, but…there she was, large as life on my computer screen. It’s been just about three years since then and I still can’t quite get over it.




Another very early sketch. I think this was the first one Ardian did that wasn’t part of a page–just working to get the feel of the character as we threw around mask ideas. Chance isn’t superpowered: she practices two styles of martial arts and works out, and I wanted that to be part of her physicality. She’s not a fragile character (except maybe mentally), and the art reflects that, which makes me unendingly happy.




I wanted Murkowski to, above all, have a solid, reassuring presence. I told Ardian he doesn’t necessarily actually *look* like Denzel Washington, but he’s got that kind of air about him. I believe it was when she saw this sketch that shook her head and said, “You and your cops” (which is totally fair: I’ve got quite a slew of cops in my fiction, and I’m not sure why), but I must say, when *I* saw this sketch I said, “Oh my God, I’ve got a crush on my own character.” Again, this was Ardian’s first sketch for the character, and he delivered what I was after.




Clearly a name change here–Static, or Static Shock, at least, is a copyrighted character, so my electricity guy ended up being Tazer, which I’m perfectly happy with. He’s one of the new heroes: a character who’s developed superpowers and who feels he should be out Fighting Crime with them, even if he hasn’t got the foggiest idea how to fight. I asked for a bleach-blond Adrian Brody for this character, in part because (er, well, because I like big noses, actually, but it sounds better if I say) I wanted to avoid everybody having really perfect features the way they tend to in comics. The end result is I have a crush on Tazer, too. :)



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  1. I went to my comic store today, a little store in Central PA, and they had my copy in my subscription box! \o/

    While I was waiting my turn, I perused the New Issues shelves, and was dismayed not to see it in the Ts. I was all set to scold the clerks when I glanced at the Cs and saw it. It had a nice little note saying “Take a Chance…on Take a Chance!”

    Next time I go in I’ll tell them what I think and praise them for treating it well. :)

    FYI, I love it! I’ve never been a huge comic reader. Here and there as I grew up, Strikeforce Morituri in college, the Serenity and Supernatural comics now, and most recently Buffy and Dresden. Chance sucked me right in and I can’t wait for the next issue!

  2. D. James Strosh

    My comic store guy ordered five copies of Take A Chance #1 at my suggestion. When I went to the store on Thursday to fetch me a copy, there was only one beat-up issue left. Ah well! At least I was able to get me one!

    Enjoyed the story and the artwork! However, I thought that Chance’s victory over Eric Black was a little anti-climatic. One big boot and it’s all over? Ach!

    Otherwise, I thought the rest of the book was wonderful. Great characterizations for all the main cast members. Chance is a woman whom we can cheer and feel for.

    Ardian’s artwork was very moody and lively. It’s kinda reminiscent of some of the art we used to see in those early Image comic books.

    Overall, I thought it was a great introduction to Chance and her world. I look forward to issue #2 and beyond!

  3. *laughs* Well, I was running out of pages! :)

    Thank you for encouraging your comic shop to order five copies, and YAY for them selling! That really does make a significant difference. Thank you *so* much, and I’m glad it was generally satisfactory. :)

  4. Anthony Nutt

    I bought your comic here in L.A. When I got there there were only two issues left the display copy and the one I bought. I enjoyed the story and art work. Keep up the good work. I am looking forward to the next issue.

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