Joel Rio is the humble research assistant of Dr. Robert Bly, or so he claims. When Shelby Bly shows up at the museum after her father’s abduction by Blair Nimway and her GEEVA henchmen, Joel will offer to aid her on her grand adventure. He previously aided Dr. Bly as the elder archaeologist attempted to come out of retirement and return to his adventuring ways. Now Joel will help Shelby in her quest to find the mysterious Vril so that they may use it to bargain for Dr. Bly’s safe return from Blair Nimway’s grasp.
The concept of Joel Rio has undergone many changes and has been renamed almost as many times. What you see here are the finalized concept renders of this character. That means what you see here is how Joel Rio will look like in the final graphic novel. If I can find the first/earliest concept renders of Joel (I seem to recall him starting out as a much dorkier looking character), I’ll add them here for comparison/reference.
Now I am working on his alternate outfits (gotta change clothes once in a while as the story progresses). Once those new outfit concepts are complete (and they don’t include spoilers), I’ll add them here in the section below.
Below you will see the alternate outfits and other variations of this character that will be needed for the graphic novel. In the novel, the characters change their clothes as needed like normal people rather than wearing the same outfit in every scene. Some of the following alternate outfits are finalized concepts but others I am still working on so these may be subject to change. Click an image below to zoom in.