Comic Book Creator’s Challenge — Character 1: Bruiser — Nevermore
This guy’s name is Nevermore. He’s half-Native American and has a Raven theme going on. He grew up in Baltimore, but headed to the Northwest to get in touch with his NA roots, and that’s how he ended up being a superhero. In Pacific Northwestern NA tribes, Raven is seen as one of the most prominent mythological figures, often believed to be the creator of the world and friend to humankind.
The Poe reference is from Nevermore’s life in Baltimore. Poe is everywhere in Baltimore (that’s why their football team is the Ravens), and so when Nevermore adopted a Raven mantle, he also took on the reference from his hometown.
Why a raven? I have a book that has a “game” in it. You roll dice to generate a bunch of random elements from plants to animals to “elements” like fire. Among the results were ravens, clouds and cyclones, skyscrapers, and places of worship.
Nevermore’s powers are divinely-granted, discovered as a result of connecting with his NA heritage. He has super-strength, durability, and the power to leap and glide. He can’t fly, but he can create the appearance of flight. He also has the talons on his hands and feet for some extra oomph in his punch. Finally, he has some limited control over the wind. Tossing around the idea of making some of the feathers into throwing weapons too.