Four hands, three guns, and a puff of smoke

From the pages of "Cyber Force Invades Freak Force" comes a character that sums up the "Image Era" perfectly:

Stryker

Four total arms, all but one filled with a gun pumping lead into some faceless enemy. And such versatility -- is this a Freak from Freak Force (the extra arms) or a Cyber from Cyber Force (the half-metal face)? Whichever, with all those guns he's clearly a Force of some sort. Add in the impossibility of just how these limbs fit onto one side of his body and you've got a paragon of Image-ocity.

(Freak Force © and trademark 1994 Erik Larsen and Gary Carlson. Cyberforce and Stryker © and trademark Top Cow Productions, Inc.)

6 Responses to Four hands, three guns, and a puff of smoke

  1. I’ve been looking for his action figure from the Legendary Comic Heroes toy line everywhere, but I can’t find him in my area. Sucks.

  2. Really, Hades? My Wal-Mart has three of him–they won’t re-order the set until they get rid of what they have, and I guess nobody wants Stryker.

  3. from were is this character, is very similar to a X-MEN character. i dont remember his name but i will search a picture of him. (sorry for my bad english im from Argentina)

  4. Is it really four arms or is it just supposed to be a (poorly executed) attempt at showing a rapid fire action sequence of three shots from the same gun with one arm?

    Tell you what though, that’s not what disturbs me about that panel/cover. What struck me right away…

    (dare I even mention it? I expect you can edit it if I’ve crossed the line)

    …is the poor concept of layering/background that has produced the effect of a golden oversized strap-on (ahem) ‘appendage’ for the lady. And what’s up with her way too lose belt?

    …Did it work? Did the belt question distract you from my first observation? No? Didn’t work for me either 😉

  5. I agree with you Dan. It’s hard to ignore that when the illustrator made such a mistake as to make the woman look as though she has.. A male feature, *Cough*. It sort of just ruins the entire picture when layering is made like that. Ex: The woman, or when maybe someone with wings is standing behind a normal human or something. (Yeah horrible example, but I’m rushing here) Also if you look closely enough it looks somewhat like they’re not even running, it almost looks as though they’re gliding in the air a few inches above the ground. If I were to rate this image I would give it a 4/10.
    (I’m not trying to be completely mean and rude so please don’t yell, well type at me saying I’m a mean rude *explicit* something).

  6. Dang Dan, I didn’t even notice that the first time around. That’s … wow. I originally had a whole riff on that stupid belt she’s wearing, although I deleted it after feeling like it didn’t really fit the post. But I didn’t even notice that “foot”. Youch.

    And yes, those are actually three arms on that side of the guy’s body, that’s just how he’s built. I don’t even want to think about the deodorant mess that’s going on there.