Saturday, June 25, 2016

Starbolts #313: The Great Escape


What's this? Two blog entries in a single week?! Yeah, it's weird of me to do that. I know. I was working on the video and working on this comic at the same time. So, I figured I'd get both up in the span of a week. Not a bad deal. I wanted to resolve a couple things and I think I did a decent job.

This week, we find out what happened to Crystal when she sent the message. Now she's somewhere near Townsville, Australia with this guy who is a mercenary. We'll learn more about him in the next comic.

I also resolved a bit of the Tornado arc for now. He's not going to give up on Crystal that easy now is he? I don't think so. The guy's a jerk and he got what he deserved. Well, at least now all files related to the Starbolts have been purged from the Legon's computer system, Raven's back home and Crystal kind of is, too. Just on the wrong continent.

The story isn't over, yet, though. We've still got more. MUCH more coming! Stay tuned!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Starbolts #312: For the Starbolts' Eyes Only


This week, the Starbolts find out what was in the message Crystal sent and what it means for both her and Dennis. Dennis, as you can see, isn't taking things very well. He's obviously angry! Rightfully, so! I purposely had Andrea be the one to console him and talk to him about everything because like I said earlier Andrea has basically been Crystal and Dennis's mom. I suppose it might be because when the two joined, Jack was on ice and so she took in the two as surrogate children. Perhaps one day it'll be more. Perhaps....(Foreshadowing.)

I also wanted to show a scene with him because I wanted to show that there is a connection between the Arronfeld kids and the Whitefoxes. These scenes will become important later in the story.

Then there's Umbra. What could he be up to? Do you think he could be trusted? Maybe cautiously trusted? Implicitly? Maybe. I don't think anyone's gonna be buddy-buddy with him any time soon. Least of all Marcus. We KNOW he doesn't trust that caped nut.  He may not have a reason to trust him. But, if Crystal doesn't trust him, he isn't going to. Besides, do you want some stranger poking around a file that concerns her and her brother? That's best left to friends she can trust. This has become an internal Starbolts matter and Umbra doesn't need to know everything. Still, you have to wonder what he wants with Dennis. Marcus is right. The dude is a creep.

Still, M'anta is sensing something from him. What could it be? Umbra is hiding something and M'anta can't quite figure it out. Yet. I'm thinking Umbra has mental defenses and they are gradually being broken down. Since M'anta is a telepath, he'll figure it out. So will Aquita. Dude picked the wrong team to hang out with this week.

Next time I delve into Captain America #1: The controversial comic. That should be fun. I have a theory as to how the story will play out. Stay tuned! And after that we'll learn Crystal's fate at the hands of the Legion!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Starbolts #311: Secret Messages


There's a lot to cover this week since I've referenced a few past issues in this comic alone. The first one is Starbolts #125. That comic had a flashback to when Cobra killed Scarlett, a member of Soldier Six. The baddie just doesn't seem to like gingers. Notice everyone in that panel's mouths dropped? I bet they were thinking "Oh, snap!"  I just needed to have Crystal twist the knife in there just a little bit. She knows all about Scarlett and what Cobra did to her. Expect her to reference it a wee bit more in the coming comics. She may be stuck on D.I.S.C.O.R.D. Island for a while. But, she is NOT going to make it easy for the Legion.

The next reference comes a lot later in Starbolts #273. That was when Dreadwing restored Spectra's speaking ability to her. Of course batboy is going to twist the knife in Crystal since Doctor Harris, an Agent of S.T.A.R., could not heal her. There's a lot of twisting and turning of knives to be had this week, huh?

Next week promises to have a bit more drama as Marcus reads the file Crystal sent and plays keep-away with Umbra. I have a few possible names for next week's comic. I'm thinking "For the Starbolts' eyes only". But, first we're going to see Crystal take on Princess. Pretty sure this cat has still got her claws.

Speaking of cats, I have changed Crystal's codename on the hero's profile page. Soon she will be known as Wildcat. The circumstances surrounding the name change should be good. So stay tuned. The Wildcat is on the prowl!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Starbolts #310: When the World Comes Crashing Down


Earlier this week, I mentioned on Twitter that I was going to drop a train on Crystal. Not a literal one of course. This one was full of drama. First off, her adopted brother, Dennis, is an alien. That's a shocker! It also explains why he didn't change like Jenna and Adam when Jade Skull converted them a while back. Poor Crystal.

Now we find out the exact circumstances of her parents trying to sell her to Terra Nova. Crystal is going to bonk some heads when she gets back to Earth from wherever this is. I really dig the "Kirby Krackle" I made on the background. The floating island is of course D.I.S.C.O.R.D. island. How did it get there? We'll find out soon.

There's a lot going on this week that's for sure. I may even have the writer of that file, Clive Marshall, show up. He's a character from the prose Starbolts stories and he's a right nasty piece of work, let me tell you. From the file, you can tell he is cold. He has a connection with certain members of the Legion, too. We'll find out more about that soon enough, too.

Oh and Crystal has diamond hard claws now. They are like cat claws in that they retract but they aren't as indestructible as Wolverine's. They are diamond-like and come out of her fingers. She's going to wonder how she got them and there is an answer for it. Right now she's running on pure adrenaline and fighting the urge to crumble into a heap and cry.

She almost did and Tornado sneaked up behind her. Luckily she took care of it and got him good. ;-)

Video next week with Harmonica Jay on drums!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Starbolts #309: So Many Twists and Turns


What a tangled web we've weaved here in Legion headquarters. Raven is working for Umbra. Poor kid, by the way. He accidentally allowed Cobra to be reborn. Ouch.  Crystal is working for the Starbolts. Is anyone working for the Legion? Eh, maybe anyone who isn't a double agent.  Everything is not how it seems! Hell, maybe Valentine really likes Crystal! Yeah, right. Let's not go crazy, here. She doesn't like her. AT ALL.

Initially, I was going to make the computer lab look like that Cerebro computer area you see in the X-Men movies and in the Incredibles. That being a round room with a central computer terminal. It's cool. Too cool for the bad guys. The Starbolts will probably get one like that at some point. This room is enough as we got that interactive map of the world in the background. Not bad for the baddies, huh?

So, what did Crystal see in the file? We'll find out next week. It's a little shocking and connects well with Dennis's file. Oh, my yes. Still, what does Terra Nova want with the Wilson farm? I doubt they have a recipe for decent grits.

Either way, something has shocked her to her very core. She doesn't even care Valentine's behind her right now. She's too busy reading and having her heart be ripped to shreds. Not a good day for Crystal, I think. I hope someone speedy can pick up the pieces.

Stay tuned next week for Crystal's reaction.