Wednesday, April 20, 2011

PUWERSA NG KALIKASAN

To commemorate Earth Day, and because YOU demanded it, here comes...


Puwersa ng Kalikasan ("Force of Nature") was an environemntal superhero team created by writer/artist Ron Mendiola. The series began in Kidlat Super Heroes Komiks #1 (June 21, 1993), published by Sonic Triangle Publishing, Inc.

ELEKTRO

Real Name:
Jason Manuel

The team leader, Elektro has the ability to discharge high voltages of electricity from his hands.

SIKLAB

Real Name:
Ferdinand Santiago

A PHIVOLCS employee, Ferdinand accidentally falls into an erupting volacano (!), but miraculously survives, his body infused with the power of volcanic fire. As Siklab ("Flare"), he can shoot flames of varying intensity, possesses great strength and the power of flight.



BAGWIS
Real Name:
Dr. Glen Arellano

Not to be confused with any other Pinoy Superhero of the same name (and there are a lot). The founder of the group, the nature-loving Bagwis ("Wing") is a brilliant scientist who dons a high-tech armored suit of his own design. His suit is equipped with rocket boosters that enable him to fly, and is armed with an array of advanced weapons and gadgetry.



MUTYA
Real Name: Katrina Cruz

Mutya (meaning "Jewel" or "Pearl") has the power to control water (hydrokinesis?) and can survive underwater for a week without coming up for air. Needless to say, she is a good swimmer. She can also communicate telepathically with sea creatures (but of course), and she has hair as strong as the toughest seaweed, which she uses to fight with.


BANGIS















Real Name: Renato Monares

The resident wildman, Bangis ("Ferocity") possesses the strength, agility and fierceness of a wild forest animal.

ADOBE

Real Name: That's it.

Not to be confused with a graphics editing program, this Adobe is a being made of living rock and pure metals. As such, he is highly-resistant to damage, has the strength of 50 men, and is adept at hand-to-hand combat. He is also the constant butt of his teammates' jokes.









ENEMIES OF THE ENVIRONMENT

DEKRIUS

Ruler of the 5th Dimension. He seeks to conquer the Earth by destroying its ecology, opening the portal between his world and ours in the process.



GRUDA













A savage werewolf-like creature. He likes rabbits... Dead.






















DR. DEAN

A scientist presumed dead in a nuclear accident, he returns as a cyborg terrorist out for revenge.




KUDOR
Dr. Dean's cyborg henchman.


DR. HIRES





A renegade scientist who takes over a US naval base.




MR. B



The overseer of an illegal logging operation.









MR. B'S HENCHMEN
3 guys and a robot.

MGA BARBARO

The self-proclaimed Hari ng Siyensya ("Kings of Science"), the somewhat ironically-named Barbaro ("Barbarians") are a group of high-tech alien conquerors from the doomed planet Vel-Rann.

DRED

The ruthless leader of the Barbaro.














ZEN-SORR
An android possessing super-sharp sensory capabilities.









MET-TAL
Composed of living metal, he can transform any part of his body into a weapon.












TALASS
The sword-wielding Barbaro.













GORGO
The Barbaro's resident powerhouse.

















CROSSOVERS

BATHALA (RAJA TEAM ONE)

The PNK occasionally teamed up with Raja Team One, the stars of their Kidlat co-feature Bathala, created by writer/artist Joseph Caesar Sto. Domingo. However, the Raja Team operated outside the law, which usually brought them into conflict with the government-sanctioned Puwersa.



FORCED CANCELLATION

After Kidlat Super Heroes' cancellation in 1994, the PNK returned the following year in a 4-page back-up story in Batang X Komiks #30 (November 13, 1995). It was intended to be the first installment in a new series. Unfortunately, their debut issue turned out to be the magazine's last.






COVERS





9 comments:

  1. THANKS for featuring PUWERSA NG KALIKASAN,... how about the covert action team, Raja Team One... ng BATHALA!

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  2. Thanks for posting these, Chief! Glad someone still recognizes my work. Brings back days of yesteryears.

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  3. You're welcome, sir. Expect to see some of your other works in the future. (^_^)

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  4. sir ron, baka pwewde niyo ito ipa publish ulit o di kaya ay do some improvements in terms of colors by using photoshop..i believe this way makakadagdag sa pagangat ng comics sa atin...God bless.

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  5. Hear! Hear! I remember loving this series when I was a kid. I just thought of googling this now and natuwa ako na may entry sila rito. Good job!

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  6. Also a fan of this group.. Although looking at the pages, the inconsistent colors make me wonder if the colorists really know their job haha! Ahh, the 90s :)

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  7. mga chief, baka puwede nating produce to as a comicbook hardcover compilation just like imported ones...

    looking forward to this project...

    komiks forever c:

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  8. Mga boss, saan po ba pwede humingi ng permiso para magamit ko ang mga charater sa Pwersa ng Kalikasan and Bathala para sa isang Boardgame design?

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