Hello! If you have been keeping up, then you know Erika Richardson's hero name has changed to 'Astralfinch'. I made the decision because I only uploaded the trailer and first chapter, so there was still time to make such a drastic change. I'm sure some of you liked the name 'Arkangel' but X-Men already featured a hero like that, and apparently there is another My Hero Academia fan video called 'Archangel'? So we needed something new to make this comic stand out more. It doesn't change the story, or character at all, and actually the name is more unique. I feel like it fits in Horikoshi's hero society better. So sorry for this change, but I think it was the right move.
Now, let's talk abut our villain, Mr. Vanish. His real name? I don't even know. It really is best for his current profession to be nameless, since he is the guy you hire to take care of everything. Assassin, private investigator, arms dealer, black market distributor... the list goes on. His unique quirk allows him to go anywhere without being detected, and can easily kill anyone that gets in his way. Erika and Mr. Vanish share a similar trait of having super versatile quirks. Erika can make multiple air weapons out of air currents and Mr. Vanish can not only vanish whenever, he is quick about it too. You do notice his time interval extends a bit, and that is from his quirk tiring him out. The 'vanish quirk' does remind you of Kurogiri, but Mr. Vanish can't use his quirk on other people like Kurogiri does. Mr. Vanish can only move other people if he is touching them and even that is tricky for him, so he doesn't do it often. We do know that Mr. Vanish (for the most part) has to see where he is going to activate his quirk. Kurogiri can warp people anywhere without seeing where he is gonna put them. I'm not worried about my characters having similar powers to other characters in Horikoshi's world, because Horikoshi establishes that people do have quirks that resemble other quirks. Which makes sense if we consider quirks work like basic genetics, in that people have similar hair color or noses to one another, but share no clear blood relation.
Mr. Vanish is an interesting character and has a lot going on in his brain. You already get the sense this guy is a little crazy, but you don't know to what extent. His response to Erika is very playful, much like a cat with a bird in their clutches. He likes seeing it try to fly away before catching it again. She tries to be inventive, but facing against a guy with that quirk and speed would be hard for any seasoned pro. Mr. Vanish gets a lot more intense as the chapter progress, and it makes for some exciting fights.
His look hasn't really change from the original design either. Mr. Vanish needed a more 'Japanese' feel to him than Erika, so I tried to make his outfit stylish. I used the same type of jacket and t-shirt for another original character of mine. Also the hairstyle is a common one I use for men with longer hair, which is kind of a signature. The star on his left cheek was a last minute decision when getting his final look down, and its a nod to another original graphic novel I have been working on since I was in eighth grade. I'm excited for you to know more about this guy, cause he has a rather unique point of view on hero society.
Thanks again, and remember to make the world you imagine!