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Manga DC 2012: The Flash by effektdmentality Manga DC 2012: The Flash by effektdmentality
Next up in my revamped Manga DC for 2012, it's the Flash! Back in '04, I had based his powers on a suit of futuristic armor that harnessed the Speed Force held within the hero's body. I realized that this puts a lot of the drama on the suit, and less of it on the hero. I also realized that a sprinter wouldn't want a set of bulky armor, so for the 2012 version, I trimmed down the silhouette entirely.

Hotaka Aren was the leading forensic scientist for the Tokyo police force. One night, Hotaka was finishing up in his forensics lab as a thunderstorm raged outside, and a bolt of lightning hit the building, sending a surge of electricity through the machines inside and creating a small explosion that splashed super-charged chemicals onto Hotaka. He soon found he had super-speed, and donning a specially designed costume made to withstand his incredible speed, Hotaka became the Flash!

- Visually, I was influenced by Super Sentai, Ultraman, and Mega Man. I also was influenced, particularly in the lean sprinter's body type, by Casshern Sin, which has begun showing on the new Toonami block of [adult swim] on Cartoon Network.
- The origin is pretty much the same as the American version of the Flash.
- "Aren" is a phonetic translation of [Barry] Allen. "Hotaka" is a Japanese male name, possibly meaning "step by step."
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Tsukasa57 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
gamerashell Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My favorite of the bunch!
AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This design shows a lot of energy, however Comic Editors would not like that only the eyes show. It's harder to show emotion that way, and only a few artists can capture that. You did a good job of that.
Intellectual-Soldier Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
looks cool to me? Do you plan on doing any Marvel manga?
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Cool one
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool design here.
Davidbatmanfan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really cool man and i love the Flash!:woohoo:
Nightshade475 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
i like the streamlining, and speed and lightning effects! i also prefer the original origin you had, that wasnt so similar to his mainstream counterpart's
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