Characters of Color – Sheva Alomar

“Don’t worry. I may not be as big as you, but I can still hold my own.” — Sheva to Chris after gearing up for the mission

“Hey, I never argue with a lady with a shotgun.” – Me

 

 

Hey all, remember the Gamecube? Nintendo’s purple (I got the black one), cube shaped console that was a good system but was stuck in the shadow of the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Do you also remember the Resident Evil series back in the 90’s and early 2000’s? Scary to be sure but the controls, dated graphics, and uninteresting story was scarier still. Well in the twilight (no bad movie jokes please) of the GC’s life span they released ‘Resident Evil 4’ and changed everything. RE4’s innovative combat controls, action based pacing (instead of pain in the butt puzzle solving), and modern graphics breathed new life into the IP (and kept the GC going long enough for the Wii to take the virtual ball and ran with it for years).  However if you asked anyone the one thing wrong with the game is the character Ashley Graham. Basically a walking Albatross; she couldn’t fight, couldn’t shoot, in the way all the time, whined like baby, and we had to protect her every step on the way. So when ‘Resident Evil 5’ was announced and there was going to be a partner for players to help in the adventure; all Res Evil fans everywhere demanded the partner be the total opposite of Ashley Graham –  thus Sheva Alomar was born.

 

 

Raised by a West African anti-government guerrilla group and recruited by the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance Sheva is no stranger to action. Skilled in many forms of firearms, explosives, CQC, and first aid she was able to keep Chris Redfield alive, put down a wide variety zombies and mutants, and finally put down that megalomaniac wannabe Albert Wesker – all in the same game. I’m not sure if she’ll make it into the next game but a) she should and b) Capcom announced that Ashley Graham will never be in another Resident Evil game ever again so yay for that.