Saturday, November 12, 2016

Starbolts #330: That Old Black Magic



Hail!

That old black magic casts a spell on you! This week we delve a little into the backstory of Agent Smith aka Safeguard. Agent Smith, for those of you who are wondering, is not his real name. His real name will be given soon enough. Still, you have to wonder what he does as "Safeguard". That will be revealed in time, too. We only know that he's a former CIA agent who is a bit of a superhero fan. Kind of like Phil Coulson from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a way. He's been watching the Starbolts from afar since this comic began in 2008.

I wanted him to have a connection going as far back as the first major storyline I had in this comic. I also took the opportunity to update Demonstorm, Medea and Angela with the sprites I use now when I showed the old storyline.

Fast forward to the end, it looks like Zarantha is planning something with Dennis. That can't be good. That REALLY can't be good. Want to find out what happens? Come back after the Thanksgiving break and find out! Things are going to get crazy around here!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Starbolts #329: Titanic Rage



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Meanwhile back at the ranch, Takashi and Kaori have their hands full with Dennis. Looks like his rage is about to reach a fever pitch. Garazo had to be the one to talk him down. But, is what he said enough? Eh, probably not. I'm thinking he'll REALLY get angry when he goes to Kentucky with the others. Good thing a veritable army is going because they're gonna need to keep a watch on him AND Crystal. Crystal, they can deal with. I'm not sure they're gonna be able to handle Dennis's rage. Especially since something big is coming for him on the horizon. The truth about his origin will be revealed and you can bet he won't be happy with the results.

I also took this time to focus on Takashi and Kaori a little. They're secondary characters, yes. But, they deserve a spotlight every now and then. The next storyline will have more about those two. They have an interesting backstory that ties them to some Japanese legends.  It's pretty cool.

Next week we'll be back with Crystal, Marcus and the mysterious Agent Smith. So, stay tuned for that! See ya then!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Starbolts #328: A Nightmare on Birch Street



BOO!

Happy Halloween, everyone! Yes, I know it's the 29th. Oh, well. Well, here is this year's Halloween comic as promised!  Looking back at it, I gotta ask myself where I come up with things like this. I never really liked horror movies growing up. I guess I just wanted to create a nightmare where Crystal's parents who are monsters in their own way into actual monsters. This got a little creepy. Especially since the parents killed the Whitefoxes. AND then I have dead Andrea and Stan say "We won't accept you." Jesus.....That's messed up. Even for me.

At least we sort of have a happy ending. Crystal climbs into Marcus's bed. I was going to have an aerial shot of them in bed but it just didn't look right.

Poor Crystal, though. Monstrous versions of her parents plague her and it's no thanks to Zarantha. Will her plan work? Time will tell. Crystal doesn't seem unhinged at the moment. Just wigged out. Here's hoping she gets enough resolve when she meets her real parents soon.

This nightmare is in continuity with the current story. So, chances are it's gonna bug her for a while. Poor Crystal. Why must I torture my characters so?

Because without drama stories would be boring. See ya next time!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Starbolts #327: Race to the White House



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This week's comic was a lot of fun to do. First off, I had to try and duplicate the White House's Rose Garden. Not easy since all of the images I found had it at strange angles. I did the best I could and I think it turned out great. Secondly, it looks like the Starbolts and Agents of S.T.A.R. have severed ties with the DMA. At least for now. They're gonna go after the DMA next since it has been compromised and who knows what will happen next.

We'll have to wait and see what the repercussions are since we have that Halloween comic coming up next week. That will be a lot of fun. Like last year's Halloween comic, it will tie into the current storyline.

As far as this week's comic goes, we have Nautilus once again losing to the Aquans he claims to hate. I'm thinking he should lose to Shrall some day. Just so all three Aquan Starbolts can have a crack at him. Poor guys doesn't know what he got himself into. We also learn a bit about Princess. Yes, she is a snob alright. Eh, not much can be done about that.

Anyway, stay tuned for the special Halloween comic! Should be good. AND SCARY!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Starbolts #326: Secret Meetings



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That nameless aide never saw it coming did he? Now he's swimmin' with the fishes. This is why it's important to knock when you see a closed door. You never know who might be having a meeting with his minions. Oh, well.  Chances are Nautilus killed him right in the office BEFORE dumping the body and meeting Mateo and Aquita in the park.

I picked Mateo and Aquita for the DC mission as we haven't seen Mateo much.  Plus, Mateo is Marcus's best friend so I figured he should be on hand to help his buddy and his new girlfriend out.

In other news, I have several comics ready to go. Here are the "solits" as it were:

Starbolts #327: Race to the White House:

Can the Starbolts reach the White House before the Legion does?

Starbolts #328:

Special Halloween comic! Like last year, this one ties into the current storyline!

The next few comics are going to be action packed! What does Legion's new status mean for our heroes? Stay tuned!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Starbolts #325: America's Most Wanted



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It's just Marcus and Crystal's luck that their first date had to end so quickly.  Had it continued, who knows what would have happened. Well, I do. In another draft of the comic, I had Crystal explain how she was unsure about a relationship. Marcus would have said that was her mom talking. It's very CW as Smith here put it. I wasn't sure how to end it from that front. So, I decided to mix it up and give us this comic. She will be talking to Marcus about those feelings the next comic, I'm sure. Plans are in place for that one.

Crystal's still unsure given her past and everything. She may be flirtatious on outside. But, she's still scared on the inside. Her real parents messed her up pretty bad. Someone'll have to put her back together again. And that someone is wearing a Red Sox cap, blue shirt and black pants.  I tried to make the cap like a Red Sox cap. I think I did okay.

Then there's Agent Smith. What can I say? Is he on the up and up? Yeah, he is. I didn't want to make him a baddie. No one wants to have that trope. We will be finding out more about him soon. I like to think of Smith as the "Agent Coulson" of the Starbolts universe. He'll be really excited to see the two once they get back. He's just all business in the field.

I'm not sure where Crystal got those glasses from. I wonder if the shuttle had a glove compartment. It could be possible. You never know. Anyway, we'll be learning more about Smith next week and possibly what the others have been up to. They're investigating the new head of the DMA and I don't think they're gonna like what they find. Especially Jack.

See you next time!