It's that time again. A new issue of The Incredibles, written by Mark Waid and myself and with art by Marcio Takara, is in stores now. I think. Honestly, I'm hearing some mixed reports. Let's assume it is in stores. And therefore you must acquire it.
This issue introduces a new villain to: Mezmerella. Originally, she was known as "Hypnotica", but this needed to be changed at the last minute due to the name being trademarked as part of some goth toy thing. And when I say "last minute" I mean it. Aaron Sparrow (editor, overlord, keeper of the three satchels of unspeakable evils) contacted me while I was in Disneyworld on my Honeymoon for input on a name change. My wife actually rattled off the name, and I threw it in with the rest. Mark and Aaron outvoted me and "Hypnotica" was no more. Sad.
I had a very specific look in mind for the character. So I had Eric (Jones) cobble together a quick sketch for Marcio.
And here's Marcio's version:
I'm really happy with the results on this one. Both Eric's original design, the interpretation by Marcio and the final colors... all came out great. But poor Mezmerella/Hypnotica. I wrote her background story on my iPhone while sitting in the lobby of Country Bear Jamboree at DisneyWorld. And her history... it is not a happy one.