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Dr. Donovan Hale by DNA-1 Dr. Donovan Hale by DNA-1
Dr. Hale embodies both the Lovecraftian investigator archetype and also the classic rough n' tumble pulp adventure/explorer. Besides being a top notch strategist and capable fighter, he had another major advantage over the other characters in our MOBA: the magic book he carries with him has made him privy to the meta-story in which he and all the other characters have found themselves. In a way, this makes him the central character in the fiction. We thought about him as a possible face character for the game.

Fun fact: the idea with his handguns is that they'd flare up with magical power (derived from his book) when he pulled them from their holsters. Makes him a little more interesting than your standard pulp character, imho.

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Love the idea behind it. His leg looks a bit swollen. Shame about the project.

The red-tinted glasses and bowler together make him seem villainous, like a person with a shaven head and soul patch; the glasses seem more matching to a wide-brim hat (but that wouldn't match the idea of the character), and the bowler may be better alone. It does make him seem more capable in his trade, though, from a certain other contextual angle.
MediaPixels Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Love the mix between old and futuristic.
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic--thanks! :)
Lord-Darcy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Aha, an online Battle Arena =) You can ignore my question on a previous photo. Still would love to play it though.
BlackReper Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Lovecraftian inspired Superhero? SAY NO MORE!! *FAVORITES* 
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ha ha--thanks.  :)
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PathosGlasbeard Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is probably my favorite of all your MOBA characters (although they are all very creative!) I like the fact that he is strangely familiar but has this entirely new twist to him.
DNA-1 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Right on! For us, he began as something of a dark horse but ended up as one of the most beloved in the whole series of characters. The idea of a guy dressed basically in civilian wear seemed like an unlikely choice to me, but damn if it didn't end up being more intriguing than some of the other more outlandish characters. Lesson learned. Thanks for your comment!
ZekeHero Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
I would love to see stories starring this character. He's got a real Dylan Dog/Doc Savage/Wild Wild West vibe about him that I'm really drawn to. Is there any chance he'd be used in some sort of serial or further stories beyond the MOBA?
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