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JLI - Doctor Light Redesign by Femmes-Fatales JLI - Doctor Light Redesign by Femmes-Fatales
Justice League International redesigns, part 3 of 8.

Having asked you all pick your favourite reserve Justice League members from a selective list, Doctor Light landed third last. Out of 70 votes, she received 8.

Astronomer and single-mother Dr. Kimiyo Hoshi made a name for herself within the science community with her brilliant observations and smartly-written dissertations. She became a popular fixture on television programs as a science expert and eventually came to work for the United Nations. Amanda Waller had been observing Kimiyo for some time due to her metahuman abilities and when the time came for Waller to assemble her metahuman strike force Kimiyo was one of her first choices. Kimiyo reluctantly agreed to becoming a superhero after learning that her children would be properly taken care of and that her paycheque would roll into seven figures. Though Kimiyo is largely standoffish with her teammates, she is an extremely resourceful woman whose powers are invaluable as part of the Justice League International. Still, her teammates largely call her a certain four letter word and she's referred to as "The Dragon Lady" by Booster Gold though she clashes most with Fire because Kimiyo feels Bea lacks a certain class that Kimiyo carries herself with.

As with Captain Atom, redesigning Doctor Light was a bit of a chore. She's had very few costumes and it's difficult to creat something for a character who already has an iconic look. However, I really did my best to modernize her and really create something stylish and streamlined. I used the basic black-and-white colour scheme she's known for wearing and worked it into something I think looks rather cool. I made her headdress smaller, changed the design of her costume and gave her some rather cute boots. I think the boots are my favourite part. I also made sure to really ensure that she looked Asian. That's something I always strive for. I don't want Asian characters when I draw them to look Caucasian as it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

Remember, all the other DC Comics redesigns can be found in my gallery. Check 'em out! Also, the biographical information here is a speculative and creative re-envisioning based on what I would do with the character so naturally this info is more or less non-canon.

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jarvik2009 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
love her costume design. black and white can be really stunning when used well like this
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it.
GHV2 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
I shame I wasn't aware of the poll, Kimiyo would had earned 9 votes if I had been aware. Love the way you re-imagined the costume because as you said, her look is pretty defined and thinking of a different way to approach it can be hard. 

The fact that you switched the usual coloring of her symbol to black rather than the typical white is a nice detail, I recall one costume of hers did the same but I honestly hated the whole designed as it looked pretty generic. Also the shimmer on the kneepads and the studs on her pelvis and headpiece are also fine touches, I dislike when artists just draw them as if they where part of the costume's fabric rather than actual studs (for a lack of a better word). Honestly, Dr. Light is a personal favorite of mine let it be because of her sharp tongue or her no-nonsence personality and I'm always happy to see artist giving her some recognition. Great job, love it! :)
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I really appreciate you taking the time out to comment on this. Not enough people do that so I want to let you know just how much it means.

As with a lot of the characters I've redesigned as of late, Doctor Light is a vastly underutilized character who doesn't really receive the attention she perhaps deserves. I also feel like she's really undefined as a character because of this. She's very abstract for a lot of people and many like her due to her powerset rather than personality. Unfortunately, her stories are hard to come across and she's not the easiest to research. I've been lucky enough to have read a good chunk of her stories. In terms of her costume, it's really awesome to actually get a breakdown of what people like about the design. I wanted to do a little something different so I'm glad it went over well at least according to you. I also wanted to really create a texture for her costume and give it a sense of having a construction hence the details such as the shimmer on the studs and kneepads. I take it you like the design itself too.

Again, thanks so much for the comment!
Spoiler-Ticket Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do wish I could find more with her in it. Like her as one of the main characters and not just standing on the side.

But onto this awesome costume! For one I feel as though you designed this well enough to recogonize her even if her name wasn't in the title or part of the picture. But you still added those changes that give the costume it's own unique touches and style.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you could go back and find the Justice League Europe issues where Doctor Light appears, you'll find she has a fairly substantial role in that. I know she was also part of the Doom Patrol at one point but since I haven't read those issues I can't speak to her treatment. I assume you probably read the Blackest Night tie-in to Justice League of America. She was a major character in that issue. It is lamentable that Doctor Light hasn't really been a major player at all in her history though.

Anyway, I thank you for the kind words about the art and design itself. I'm glad you like the costume and that you actually feel it helps to create a recognizability for the character. It's not an easy task.
Spoiler-Ticket Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah Blackest Night tie-in was all I've read of her. It was sadely all I could find with her in it at the time. I will have to try though and found those Justice League Europe issues though. Really just want to learn more about her character.

I wouldn't doubt that it isn't easy but the way you design their costumes it feels like it just comes naturally to you.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, at that time Doctor Light was actually a member in the Justice League of America title so she appeared in quite a few issues. I can't speak to her characterization in it though since I dropped the title around that time. DC Comics was getting on my last nerve with how they'd been treating Black Canary at the time so... XD If you have any comic book stores that sell super cheap back issues, you may be able to find those JLE issues at super discounted prices. You could also theoretically find the first Justice League International TPB as it also features her in a few issues. She's on the cover actually.

I mean, Doctor Light is a VERY finicky character. She was a pretty big player in the Crisis on Infinite Earths (which is where she first appeared) but was written as being very unlikeable. To put it bluntly, she was a bitch. She had a lot of arrogance and treated others as if they were beneath her. This behaviour continued up until Justice League Europe where she was then written as being nicer. This change was ridiculously described as being because she'd kicked an addiction to... and I'm not joking here... diet soda. At the time, Power Girl was at her nastiest and bitchiest so to try and change her character the writer developed this awful plot device wherein diet soda reacted poorly with the biology of superpowered women and made them bitches. Yeah, stupid right? Anyway, Kimiyo kind of disappeared after the JLI/JLE era before eventually becoming a member of Doom Patrol then she disappeared again until she was re-introduced into Justice League of America.
Spoiler-Ticket Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do know of a comic store that sells some back issues so I'll have to go looking for that! Thanks!

Oh geez that is so dumb. I think I even remember reading about the diet soda thing. Wasn't there a thing also where Doctor Light became a better hero because of Supergirl's sacrifice in Crisis on Infinite Earth (or whatever she first died in) but then when Supergirl was erased maybe thats when they put in the whole diet soda thing.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Let me know if you have any luck finding anything.

Yes, Supergirl died in Crisis on Infinite Earths. It's funny, I own that TPB but I've found it so hard to get through. There are so many characters and it's just overly complicated.
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