ok, got some progress! (my aim is to post something every day, or, baring that, every 2 days tops)
I was really inspired by the pic for the soundtrack cover, where it's got Noel, and some sort of hardware with speakers shoved all over it. It, and the design for mu-12 came close to an idea I'd had in my head for almost a year now, but hadn't put to paper (which was itself inspired by 'we are in control' by Hybrid), so the chance to do it for this just seemed to gel.
What I've got so far is rather rough, I'm still sketching constantly, changing ideas (as you can see from the work I'm posting). I'm a bit concerned that the character itself isn't REenvisioned enough from the original, since most of it is simply an amalgam of all 3 forms of noel/mu-12, input here would be nice. Also thinking I'm gonna play with the colours a bit, since I want to keep it recognizable, but be different from the original scheme, input here would be nice too.
I'm also wondering about adding a guitar of some sort, but I'm concerned it's not 'fighty' enough.
and my current concept