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#1. Mickey “The Wall” Haas

November 1, 2009

(NOTE:  I am NOT an artist.  Not in the slightest.  However, I decided to try my hand at drawing my characters, despite a clear lack of artistic ability.  This shortcoming is compounded by the fact I have no scanner, so can only post blurry photos taken of my paper drawings.  So please, focus on the written profile over the dodgy pics!)

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Mickey Haas always thought of himself as just a regular guy.  Born and raised in the small town of Milligan Springs, just outside of Albany, Georgia, he worked as a mechanic at the local garage during the day, went out drinking at night, and was happy with his lot in life.  Then came the night where everything changed.  What happened exactly is unclear: some witnesses in neighbouring Albany reported strange lights in the sky, others talked of being woken in the middle of the night by the sound of distant explosions.  Whatever the cause, the result was clear.  Every man, woman and child in Milligan Springs was incinerated, killed instantly in what seemed like a concentrated blast of nuclear proportions.  Everyone, that is, except for Mickey.

No, Mickey Haas did not die.  But he was changed.  He slept through the eradication of his hometown and everyone he’d ever known, but when he woke up, he found that he was now 9 feet tall and about 4 feet wide, every hair on his body had fallen off, and his skin had turned a bright, glowing shade of yellow.  He had superhuman strength, and his skin and bones had become impenetrably tough and durable.  He was a nigh-indestructible behemoth.  With these newfound powers, a resourceful man might have sought to uncover whatever shady conspiracy resulted in the destruction of Milligan Springs.  A noble man might have used his powers to fight crime and devote himself to the selfless task of helping others.  An evil man might have embarked on a campaign of global conquest.  Thankfully, Mickey is not evil.  But neither has he ever been resourceful or noble.  He was always one to do what was easiest, and so he embarked on a life of petty crime, adopting the alias “The Wall”.

And for a while, life was good again.  The Wall went from town to town, from state to state, performing daring one-man heists.  He never killed anybody, he rarely even needed to hurt them.  All he needed to do was charge into the bank, through the walls, ignoring any gunfire, grab the money, and leave.  It all seemed very glamorous and exciting to him, but all that came to an end when the superhero that had been pursuing him finally got the better of him, and sent him to a maximum-security metahuman prison.

That was 10 years ago.  Now, Mickey Haas has been released back into society, early parole for good behaviour.  The discovery during his time in prison that a drunken one-night stand before his arrest led to the birth of a son has changed him.  He doesn’t want to be a criminal anymore.  He just wants to be a regular guy again, find a way to blend back into the real world and be a good father.  Easier said than done, given his condition.  Things are further complicated when he is contacted by a gang full of the new wave of supervillains – distinctly lacking in his “no-kill” moral code.  And so, for all his attempts to hold down a steady job and follow the rules, The Wall finds himself being tempted to jump back into the game for one last heist…

(Here’s an edited version of the picture above, tidied up on Photoshop by Jamie Fairlie:)


5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2009 12:33 am

    “9 feet tall and about 4 feet wide” WOW! This guy could the HULK a run for his money. Nice!

  2. johnlees permalink
    November 2, 2009 12:35 am

    Take on The Hulk? Nah. He might have the strength, but he lacks the motivation. 😉

    Thanks for the comment. Glad you like!

  3. November 1, 2009 9:14 pm

    good description. I understand what you are trying to convey perfectly. And don’t worry about the art. It’s cool that you are trying!
    Can’t wait for the next one!

  4. Crash! Landen permalink
    November 1, 2009 10:58 pm

    That’s be a neat take on the villain as protagonist. A reformed villain trying to resist sliding back into the old life. I could actually get behind that idea…

  5. johnlees permalink
    November 4, 2009 3:01 pm

    Sorry for the delay, but thanks for all your comments!

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