Saturday, February 25, 2017

Starbolts #340: Nature's Fury



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This week special thanks go out to Rob Walker and Kaylyn "MarzGurl" Saucedo for a quick lesson in Japanese. What happened was I initially had Takashi say "Seiko!" in panel 28. It turned out that the more logical word should have been "yatta!". Let this be a lesson for you, everyone. Google translate doesn't always give you the best translations. It does however allow one to look up dirty words. That was a perfect use of my time! =D

Anyway, it's clear that Jack Lantern and Spectra's powers have been amped up a thousand fold. Jack's vines can move about as if they have a mind of their own and Spectra's light now has been forced into some kind of heat ray. Crazy stuff is going on with the 'Bolts. All hope isn't lost as Dennis has entered the fray. That means next comic is going to have a lot of people getting broken. =D

See ya next time!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Starbolts #339: No Rest for the Wicked



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There's quite a bit to talk about in this week's comic! First, we have the origin of Crystal's uniform. It looks like Mrs Johnson has gone the Edna Mode route in her retirement. Don't be surprised if she doesn't include capes in her designs. No capes! Why? Well, we all know why.  With Crystal back at home, it seems more likely that Zarantha would be discovered. That's why she decided to have those four Legionnaires try to take over the station. Will they succeed? Who knows?

We'll find out soon enough. In the mean time, check out my friend Bradley Nephilum's video spotlight of Comic Showcase and the Starbolts webcomic. He posted a video about his top five favorite creators! You can watch it here:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sqyC6QBxG8

Good stuff! Perhaps he'll appear on Comic Showcase some day.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Starbolts #338: Dawn of the Wildcat



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This week Crystal gets a long overdue promotion! After all she has had to deal with, she was about due for one. She would have had a higher rank if it weren't for the years of insubordination. Those days and her days as "Wraith" are behind her. She is now known as Wildcat and it seems her new look has the ability to turn some heads.

It should be noted that the costume is similar to the one she wore in the Christmas comic. But, there's a few slight variations. The major one being that it turns invisible when she does. There are other differences to be sure. Marcus in the mean time can't seem to pick his jaw up off the floor. Hahaha!

But, wait! There's more! Andrea and Stan are making plans to give Crystal and Dennis one last surprise! It seems they are going to take the two into their family. How will Crystal react? We'll see soon enough.

I originally had Crystal talk to them about bringing her in. But, I think going about it this way would be better. I didn't want to clog the comic up with too much going on. So, one thing at a time. The new suit comes first!

I also liked writing that bit with Aquita and Mateo's son. That was fun and showed that Crystal has indeed come home. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to reattach Marcus's jaw in time for next week.

See ya then!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Starbolts #337: Friends in High Places



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I look at that Hulk smash scene in panel 26 and just smile. That took some time to do and it came out good. I was obviously inspired by the scene in Avengers when Loki was *ahem* smashed around by the Hulk like a rag doll. Good stuff. I don't think Backdraft will be getting up any time soon. It looks like Dennis had more fun than anything. Don't mess with his sister, man. You'd get broken. Quickly.

Next week, we're going to have a bit of downtime so our heroes can catch their breath. Marcus and Crystal are home and the Starbolts still have to contend with the Legion, the resurrected Cobra and of course Crystal's nightmares. All of that will be wrapped up soon. That along with Dennis's own mystery. The story isn't over yet. More is coming! MUCH more!

Stay tuned!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Starbolts #336: And Into the Fire



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This week's comic had a few rough drafts before I settled on this one. The first rough draft had forty panels and had Backdraft burning down or attempting to burn down the Johnsons' house. I didn't like where that one was going so I decided to change it up with what we got here. The scene in the bedroom is from the first draft. I wanted to keep that in because I wanted to show that Zarantha is still putting the screws into her as it were. One of these days Crystal is gonna have it out with that wich. Perhaps sooner than you think.

I wanted to keep the scene with Marcus in as it shows where the relationship is at this point. Crystal's still scared. They've been on the run for a week now in comic time. They both want to come home. Hopefully some help will come in the next comic. They do have friends in high places and are on the outs with the DMA as well.

I also haven't decided what Backdraft is. Is he a guy in a suit? A metahuman? A demon? Who can say? I'll have to think on it. It's obvious that he doesn't like the city of Boston. Then again residents of Boston don't like the city of Boston! More of him next time. Next week we're gonna have a review of Nova #1. So, stay tuned!

See ya next time!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Starbolts #335: Out of the Frying Pan



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 Jack, Jack, Jack. You've been going through a lot the last couple comics haven't you? Well, it's the life of a superhero.  I had fun making the conversation between father and son. I feel like I haven't had many scenes with Jack and his dad. This week presented a good opportunity to bring it to the forefront. I also referenced the last time he saw Scarlett. Well, a clone of her anyway. This was way back in the 120s of this comic. Long time ago and a bit of a different art style, too. The sprites have come a long way since then. Jack, I think, doesn't want to lose Scarlett for a third time. He's trying to move on. But, I guess the snake is still trying to dig the knife deeper. It's going to come to a head sooner or later.

Next week, we are going to see what Cobra and Zarantha have planned. Who is this "he" they are talking about in the last couple panels? What could "he" be doing? And what is the bait for our heroes? The story continues and more excitement is on the way.

Stay tuned!