First there was Shaft. Try to find one person who hasn't made the connection with Shaft, the Blaxploitation bad-ass.
Then there was Hammer. That's another black character who is burdened with an amusing name for American audiences.
Personally, I'm hoping the next Castlevania hero is Foxy Brown Belmont. I would play any game she was in.
For the comic revamp, I ended up swapping out the background (only because I couldn't find the background I originally used, despite having all my sprite maps backed up). I went with an Aria map here, which was continuity appropriate for the characters.
In tightening up continuity, I also swapped out Nathan Graves for Genya and Yoko, since it made more sense for the comic. I also used a different Hammer sprite (since I now have a complete rip of his), and used an official Soma sprite (the original comic used a fan-hack -- this version puts everything more in line with Aria of Sorrow).
 
    

When evil spreads across the land, and darkness rises and the monsters roam. When the creatures of the night make beautiful music, and the things that go bump in the night go bump with greater enthusiasm. When the world is in peril and is in need of a hero...

These guys are, sadly, the best the world can hope for. These are the adventures of the heroes of CVRPG. They mean well, they try hard, and occasionally they do the impossible...

They actually do something heroic.