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Every superhero needs some kind of support- whether it’s Alfred and Lucius Fox with Batman, Jarvis with Iron Man or Mickey coaching Rocky you need someone there to get you through the tough times. In the case of Reynard City you have three key members of the hero’s support team: Dr “Anty” Antibiotix, Rotecol and Monsieur Tux.
Some people may ask “How come the three foxes got superpowers and they didn’t?” One answer is bad luck. The other (to paraphrase a certain Liam Neeson movie) is that they each have “a certain set of skills” as you will see below!
Dr Anty runs the Alternative Medicine Clinic in Reynard City. On the surface he seems like a normal doctor (and yes, he is modelled on Morgan Freeman in the Dark Knight!) However he is also a bit quirky and his good intentions do not always go to plan.
One key aspect of his work is that he provides therapy for the heroes. This idea partially came about from an episode of Lois and Clark: The Adventures of Superman, that sees Superman unwittingly influenced by red kryptonite when he sees a therapist. After all superheroes always seem very solitary figures and I liked the idea of them having someone to talk to!
But Anty is more than just a shoulder to cry on- like Getafix in the Asterix comics he also provides a variety of potions and cures to help the heroes when need be…
Issue 7: Anty talks to Sal to find out why she chose not to find the others right away. But is she telling the whole truth?
Bonus issue: Revelation- Dr Anty tries to get Sal to open up. Unfortunately he learns a little bit too much…
Issue 22: Assessment- After Sal is arrested (can’t say any more, see the previous issues!) Anty is assigned to discover if Sal is truly ready to go back to being a superhero, forcing her to confront some uncomfortable truths in the process!
Fun fact- The name Rotecol comes from the German word for “red cabbage”. No idea why I went with that name but it seems to fit.
As with Anty on the surface Rote seems like an ordinary, surly mechanic. However underneath it all he is also a genius, capable of producing incredible gadgets that can save the day just as the heroes need them. His look is modelled on Kris Kristofferson- now I know a lot of you will think “he’s a rip off of Whistler from Blade.”
You are half right-Kristofferson played Whistler in the Blade films but that’s not why I modelled him on Kristofferson. The reason is my Dad and older brother are big fans of his music and indeed there is one song in particular that is key to this character.
Rotecol is the inventor of the warp engine and he built into a vehicle known as The Explorer (the warp will be explained more when we profile Warp King!) However his obsession with creating this device is what ruined his relationship with his wife and family.
What does this have to do with Kris Kristofferson? Well he wrote a song called “Darby’s Castle” in which a man becomes obsessed with building a dream house for his wife, unaware that his obsession is ironically what drives him apart from the woman he loves the most. In Rotecol’s case this irony is compounded as he realises the danger of travelling through the warp. Therefore this makes him quite a tetchy character and this does mean he has a tendency to clash with Anty, although they usually manage to come together for the sake of the team…
Issue 8: The Signal- Mega Fox hypnotises Rotecol, using him to summon Warp King, the ruler of the dimension between time and space.
The Explorer Diaries The story of how Rotecol built the Explorer and what it cost him in the process
Tux has not appeared in the comic too often- he is a mysterious fellow who communicates solely in French (this was influenced by a scene in Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai, in which a hired assassin is friends with a French ice cream seller, despite the fact neither can speak the same language). Tux loves to cook but he also loves his friends- he is committed to making them feel better with his food.
While we haven’t seen much of him yet there is more to come from him…
Issue 5: The Search For Sally- Vibes meets Tux in a cafe in Reynard City where he loses his job due to his obsessiveness.
Do you want to know more about Anty, Rotecol or Monsieur Tux? Post a question in the comments and we’ll add them to the blog!