IRONWOOD: Firecracker

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! I hope you’re having a better time than I am, because I’ve come down with a nasty cold. Seriously, being sick during the summer is the worst.

You’re probably not going to read this directly on the Fourth, however–and that means that all the planning I did to introduce this American-themed character on a national holiday was probably a waste of time. But never mind that; if you’re still reading, you probably want to know about her.

I can’t reveal much, as this character (a vigilante loosely inspired by Captain America and calling herself “Firecracker”) has a secret identity crucial to the plot of Ironwood. Like Vincent, this masked combatant often works against the local law enforcement (which is ridiculously understaffed when compared to the city’s massive criminal network). Unlike our protagonist, however, Firecracker has the purest of intentions and simply wants to create justice and order out of the chaos that is Ironwood. She’s a patriot, too, and vandalizes the worn-down city with paintballs of red, white, and blue to prove her point. If that seems a little illogical… well, that’s because it is. Teenagers are crazy.

Finally, as Vincent’s friend Tommy would say: “Ten bucks says she listens to country music.” I’d take that bet.

IRONWOOD: Characters

I don’t want to make this post too text-heavy, so I’ll get right to it. As one might discern, each character resides in the city of Ironwood, Nevada–a Las Vegas wannabe that has been declared a ghost town by the Mineral County government.

Starting on the left is Indigo Roth, a biker and con artist not unlike our protagonist Vincent Cannon in his youth. Her present appearance depicts her four years prior to the events of Ironwood, in which she and Vincent had a brief short-term relationship. She’s dressed to kill in heels, a duster-like jacket and her iconic Cavalier hat. Despite aiding Vincent when he returns to Ironwood, many characters don’t trust Indigo, or even see her recklessness as an outward threat.

Tomás “Tommy” Flores is the most eccentric of the bunch, and is Vincent’s longtime friend. Though Vincent doesn’t always understand his awkward social skills, sporadic bursts of ADHD, or obsession with aviation, he’s always taken Tommy under his wing and shown him the way through the world. When Vincent left four years ago, Tommy followed suit and pursued his passion by attending flight school in Reno. Nobody believes him when he claims he can fly a plane, but he knows that someday he’ll prove them all wrong.

And lastly: a unnamed character who will be revealed later. As with Indigo, she appears here as she did in 1985. I can’t tell you too much about her just yet, but if the above sketch is anything to go off of, she’s skilled with a paintball gun and seems adept at fighting for her cause. The question is, what cause?

IRONWOOD: Vincent Cannon

At last, Harold McClinton (last seen in Keep Running) makes his long-awaited return… but as a totally new character! Meet Vincent Cannon, Private Eye–a 19-year-old detective enlisted in some of the most dangerous work in the state of Nevada.

It’s 1989, and after a past life riddled with grave mistakes and even worse consequences, Vincent has moved to the city of Ironwood. Here, among the rows of cranes and buildings currently under construction, he finds a ruthless criminal underworld, a mysterious vigilante movement, and even a previous partner-in-crime detective work. When his line of work takes a turn for the worse, though, he’ll also have to find hope in the darkness and a reason for fight for what is right.

I understand that all of that was a little dense (read it again if you have to!), so, if you want to get a feel for what Ironwood will be like, I would recommend listening to Brandon Flowers’ “Digging Up the Heart” from his latest album The Desired Effect. As for my other projects (The Forging, Moon Man, and The Steampunks), related songs would include “Warriors” (Imagine Dragons), “The Moon-Atomic” (Angels and Airwaves), and “Radioactive” (Imagine Dragons, but preferably the Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling version) respectively.

That’ll be it for now–and for this week, probably… I’m heading to Utah for another family reunion. Hopefully I’ll get some sketches done there, though! Until then…