Man, our next podcast is shaping up to be the RakshasCast.Griffith said:He can certainly make himself quite compact, as evidenced by his first appearance and the incident on Zodd's wing among others, though he's still physically all there, which implies that besides his drapings there's really not a lot to him. The panel where he appears like a shadow on the ground is interesting, but a big vague and stylistic (especially with the speech bubble obscuring it). It begs the question how these traits will manifest in his transformed state, if at all. Maybe he'll become a super Tapasa in a bit of irony. =)
Yeah, while they otherwise don't have much in common, Rakshas is also quite unique and his one form so far already seems quite special compared to your average Apostle (though you could say that about so many of them now I may need to refine my definition of "average Apostle").
Despite all this debate, Rakshas' body is still basically a blank canvas to me. I'll be surprised and pleased by almost anything (Spider-Man Carnage homage aside...). But what's interesting is that Miura's not actually painting on a blank canvas. He's left a few clues about what's under that cloak, which may as well be a curtain while Miura finalizes the design for public consumption.
-Bone-cracking sounds associated with him compressing his body
-Sharp appendage pokes through cloak
-Slinks when moving
-Three eyes (not just a mask)
So all these little hints scattered since his first appearance have to be consistent with whatever form we eventually see. And then the real fun starts: His transformed figure, where all bets are off.