Saturday, June 24, 2017

Starbolts #355: The Secret Origin of Titanus


I hope you all brought tissues for this one because this is definitely a tearjerker. Imagine an alien family trying to find a new home for their people only to be flung halfway across the galaxy and land on a farm where the most uncouth people you'd ever meet lived. That's the story of Dennis. Er...I mean...Firaxil.  You might be wondering how he got super strength from all of this. Well, the beatings never really stopped. His Inobe abilities were still dormant but managed to give him superhuman strength and invulnerability. He adapted to some seriously tough situations.

When "Dennis" got older, he would revert back to his natural state by accident and would still be beaten more by the Arronfelds. The mutation basically turned off his adaptation abilities.  He's no longer able to do what Inobe can. Now what is he going to do with this information? Well, he is most likely going to search the stars for his people.

As far as Crystal goes, she was unaware of everything. She was most likely asleep when the ship landed and the Arronfelds kept the boy in the cave....near his parents' bodies. That was until the time was right and he forgot that he was an alien. Poor guy.

Next time we will have a video with Harmonica Jay on drums! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Spook Factor: Buffy the Animated Series

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Starbolts #354: Prodigal Daughter


Wow! There's a lot of family drama this week. About half of the comic could be an episode of Maury. Hell, maybe even Jerry Springer. There's no shortage of it this week, huh? I do have to admit writing Jed Arronfeld makes me want to punch him. I said on twitter how you know you are a decent writer when you really want to punch the guy who is not really a supervillain, but, a ignorant farmer from Kentucky who is bigoted. I should have Marcus superspeed punch him. Nah. That isn't the Starbolts way. Something'll happen to him, I think. And I don't mean that broken tractor. Broken nothing. That thing's sitting under a rock!

Sufficed it to say, we have surprises coming  next comic. I may do a video this week if the weather gets better. We shall see. I may flip a coin and figure things out. In the mean time, there are definitely some strange things in this cave and we're about to find out what it is. Questions will be answered so stay tuned!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Starbolts #353: The Next Chapter


As one chapter ends another begins! This week is a jumping on for new readers as I give everyone a quick glimpse as to what the 'Bolts is all about.  I originally had a long, long testimony by Whitefox and co and it seemed kind of boring. So, I spiced it up by having Marcus narrating everything. So, everything is in Marcus's point of view. Once that was over it was time to move onto the next chapter. We now will find out what Dennis's story is and judging by the signal they others in the cockpit discovered, it seems the file Clive had on her was accurate!

At least the team is getting back to business as usual. Their relationship with the government is still a little frosty. In time, it'll get better. Right now, the Starbolts have two objectives:

1. Find their missing friend.
2. Explore Dennis's background.

It's going to be an interesting summer! Welcome to the madness, new readers! I hope you enjoy the experience!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Starbolts #352: Magic vs Technology


Yes, Norad. You did miss something. Quite a few things to be exact. Still, we have quite a bittersweet ending here don't we? Jack went off to stop Cobra and Zarantha from bringing Soldier Six back to life and now Syntax is disabled! Well, Syntax is still technically in Norad's brain. It's gonna take a bit to get him/her/it out. There's still quite a bit of consequences for the 'Bolts to deal with. We still have:

1. The vacancy at the Department of Metahuman Affairs.
2. The whole "Is Dennis an alien?" thing.
3. Gladstone's secret.
4. The team being on the outs with the US government.

There's a lot more to explore in the coming weeks. So be sure to stick around. Jack will return some day. The 'bolts will definitely be going after him. Count on it!

See ya next week for a special jumping on point comic. I figure we are about due for one!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Starbolts #351: Fox on the Run


There's a lot of things going on this week! Jack and Cobra seem to be heading for a final showdown! Jack won't kill Cobra. He isn't like him. Besides, you don't kill off a great super-villain. That's just storytelling 101 right there. Jack wants to do it, but, he has to stand for something. Something WILL happen between them next week! You'll just have to wait and see what it is!

Next up is Crystal and the Whitefoxes. They have quite a happy reunion here. Andrea, though, is missing Jack. So in a way it is bittersweet. They are happy Crystal is okay, sure. But, Jack is still missing and is now facing danger at the bottom of the station.

At least the Legion has been caught for the most part! Just got two more rats to evict. That will happen in part three of this storyline's finale! Stay tuned for the epic conclusion! You don't wanna miss it!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Starbolts #350: Strange Bedfellows


Here's part one of the finale to the current storyline! I was going to have it be 60 panels, but, I wanted to add a few more bits to the second half before I do anything else. So what better way to end this part than on a cliffhanger!  How will Syntax beat Zarantha? Why is he/she being all nice? Will Jack and Cobra have their fight to the death? So many questions and they will be answered soon! Wait and see!

In other news, I am thinking up ideas for my 50th Comic Showcase. Plans are slowly coming into view.  I still have my 49th vid and that will be a review of an issue of Archer and Armstrong. Harmonica Jay will be helping out with that one! =D

Gonna be a busy couple of weeks! Stay tuned for more excitement!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Starbolts #349: Slaves to Emotion


We are one comic away from the exciting conclusion to this storyline! Lives will be changed forever in the grand finale of this epic event! Right now it looks like Norad is going through a bit of a problem. Syntax is really a fembot that wants to procreate with Norad. Strange notion considering she basically abused him several times throughout her appearances. I know love hurts but this is ridiculous!

I enjoyed making the background for inside the computer. I was thinking of the movie Tron and thought that would be a cool thing to make. Now I wish I had one of those light cycles from the original movie. I had one of those as a toy a long, long time ago. It's somewhere in the attic now I believe along with a great many things.

It also seems like Val and Simon do not exactly have a healthy relationship. Not when she's constantly using her pheromones on him. She's gonna have to stop at some point. I do like Crystal giving her a WTF look. For her love is work. Valentina here makes it too easy and that's the big difference with those two. Methinks Val needs to see a psychiatrist.

See you next time for the exciting conclusion!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Starbolts #348: Epic Betrayal


It was only a matter of time before Valentina had a face turn. Over the last few comic arcs with her, she's been getting less and less "evil" and more disillusioned with the whole villain thing. The same goes for Simon and it remains to be seen if she will also change sides. Note: This doesn't mean she will be joining the Starbolts. Far from it. If anything she and Simon will want to be left alone. Cobra is so not happy with this turn of events. We'll hear from him soon enough.

I'm not sure she changed her views on Crystal, though. She probably still thinks she is a slut and a dangerous person. Then again, she did just witness her saving Marcus's life. So, it remains to be seen how much of an impact this whole thing has had on her. Speaking of impacts. Did you notice Manta's eyes when he came out of the cargo bay? He's gonna want words with Zarantha after what she just put him and Aquita through.

In other news, I'll be working on a review of X-Men Blue and then Harmonica Jay and I will be teaming up for a review of another Archer and Armstrong comic! I was hoping for X-O Manowar, but, we couldn't find a single issue to talk about. Just trades. Still. Archer and Armstrong is fun. Not sure what to expect. I hope it's a good comic!

See ya next time!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Starbolts #347: Rude Awakening


It looks like someone is definitely gonna get it in the next comic. I can see it now.

Tornado: Babe, you're okay!
Crystal: *STABS Tornado.*

I think that would be the rated R version of what will happen. Right now she has more important things on her mind. She has to free her friends from the pods somehow. Meanwhile the others are fighting the Legion just outside the cargo bay. Crystal doesn't know that of course.

Speaking of Crystal, I'll explain her fantasy a bit. The way I see it is that all she wanted in life was a life with the first person who actually saw her. That was Marcus way back when. That's her greatest wish. She was able to break free of the fantasy because that's what she now has in the real world. She has Marcus, friends and two people who might as well be her real parents. The spell didn't work on someone who is already content with their life. Did she have drama? Yes. She's working through it. I didn't have time to show it, but, in her fantasy Dennis wouldn't have been mutated.

What ended up tipping her off was the sight of her dad in an Agents uniform. That wouldn't sit right with her. In the end, Zarantha miscalculated what Crystal really wanted in life. The others, though, may have trouble waking up. Though, this begs the question. What is Marcus dreaming of? We'll find out soon enough. They were sharing the same fantasy up to a certain point. Where? Who can say?

See ya next time!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Starbolts #346: The New Kids on the Block


This week the New Starbolts take center stage! Plenty of action from almost the entire team here. I didn't showcase Carra that much, but, she'll have more to do next week. Until then we have the newbies taking point against several of the Starbolts' deadly foes. And hey, they are doing a pretty good job here!

In other news, I'll be reviewing X-Men Blue soon so keep a look out for that. As far as X-Men Gold goes, the story is decent and everything. I'm admittedly hesitant over how I'll cover the controversy. I may say a couple things and just keep going. The controversy is still fresh in everyone's minds so I'll be covering Blue for now. And hey it's pretty fun!

So stay tuned for that and of course more Starbolts action. Had fun making sprites for Avian and a couple others. They were long overdue! Anyway, see ya next time! We're almost to the end of this storyline! And what an ending it will be! See ya!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Starbolts #345: Storming the Castle


If only the Starbolts had a wheelbarrow. That would be something! This week we have the newbies, Warrior and Avian arriving at the station! Will they be enough to stop the Legion? We'll see soon enough. Now we know where all the Starbolts are stored. Once they are freed, I am sure they'll be able to take back the castle. Er...I mean space station.

I kind of feel bad for Tornado. Kind of. But, not quite. He's a hopeless romantic. Emphasis on hopeless. And he thinks with other parts of his anatomy. Not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, either since he doesn't know when to quit. I'm thinking of having Marcus and Tommy here have a confrontation soon.

Right now we have the New Starbolts here to share the spotlight! I need to round out that team a bit more. Sooner or later another young teenage hero will join the ranks and bring the team total to six. I'm going for this New Warriors style vibe for the newbies. I have a couple ideas. We shall see what happens.

In the mean time, the 'Bolts are storming the castle. Think it'll work? It'll take a miracle.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Starbolts #344: World of Illusions


That ending, man. That ending! It was actually one of the first panels I put in when I did the comic as the illusions went through a couple drafts. I initially had a mishmash of various things confusing Crystal. Instead, I opted to go with something a bit more simple while still keeping the basic premise in there. I wanted Zarantha to egg her on about the life she could have had if Clive had his way and had her be a Terra Nova operative. That obviously didn't happen.

I also had the choice in making this comic an April Fool's Day comic because that's what today is. I put a poll up on my twitter and people were adamant that I didn't do one. A friend of mine said it is probably because my day is Saturday and it's a day I normally put stuff up. Except if it's a video. Then those go up when I finish. Truthfully, I couldn't think of a comic for the day and I didn't want to break where the story was.

I also took the time to upgrade some backgrounds. See the walls of the station and a few other areas? I decided I needed to make them more spacey and high tech looking. It worked out pretty well.  It's just various little details and I'll definitely be adding more for future backgrounds.

In the meantime, we got this week's comic and wow...someone's gonna get punched. Or sliced. If Crystal wakes up in time. See ya next time!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Starbolts #343: Big Bad Luck


There's a LOT of stuff going on this week. First we have Crystal getting the best of Cobra and sneaking around him, Dennis getting beaten up by a smart Granite, Ariel and Warrior returning and coming to save the day, Gladstone being a jerk and finally Norad getting blown out of an airlock. It's a crazy week to be sure. Well, it's gonna get even crazier soon!

Next week, I'll have a video out. I'm thinking it will be a preview of things to come since X-Men Prime isn't out, yet.  Or it will be a top five X-Men stories. We shall see.  Still thinking about what I want to do.

In the mean time, enjoy this week's comic! Things are gonna get even crazier. And really what exactly does Zarantha WANT with Crystal? Weirdo.

See ya soon!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Starbolts #342: Rise of the Machine


It turns out that Clive has been a robot all along! Or has he? The first rule of villains is to never kill off a main one. Bring them back to torture the hero again and again. Especially if they are pretty damn awesome. Clive is that. Where is he the real one, though? We'll find out sooner or later. Right now our heroes are still in a bit of a jam. It doesn't help that Tornado still seems to have the hots for Crystal. Man, is he in for a rude awakening. As my editor said, he needs to get punched. A LOT! I think Bluestreak'll do it eventually.

You may also have been wondering where Syntax has been during all this. Well, he was living in a hard drive all this time. Now he's back and is in control of the station. What does he have planned? Who knows. I'm so tempted to make some references to Skynet and Hal 9000.

In other news, I am planning out my next reviews. They will be for X-Men Prime, X-Men Gold, X-Men Blue and this new mysterious X-Men book coming out. Gotta make up for the lack of X-Men books I've covered. I read Extraordinary X-Men, sure. But, it will be nice to see the X-Men back on track for once in the wake of the Inhumans vs X-Men event comic.

Until then enjoy the comic! Someone's gonna get punched! =D

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Starbolts #341: Evil's Many Forms


Looks like Clive has met his maker this week! Or did he? No spoilers from me. You'll just have to wait and see what happens next week. Still, I really like what I did in that last panel and of course Angela lighting up the cargo bay. She didn't have much to say as she was concentrating on that one energy form and of course brightening up the room.

Well, even if the Starbolts escape, they gotta deal with the Legion now usurping their role as Earth's greatest heroes. Well, we shall see what happens as the drama continues to unfold!

In other news, I am looking forward to reading X-Men Blue and Gold. Expect video reviews of both comics in the not too distant future!

Enjoy this week's comic. Man, that is no way to get ahead in life....

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Starbolts #340: Nature's Fury


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


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:

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

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Starbolts #338: Dawn of the Wildcat


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


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


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


 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!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Starbolts #334: Flight of the Snake


The new year in Starbolts action starts off with the hunter chasing the snake and the snake offering the hunter a prize. He didn't take it, but, his choice could have some lasting ramifications. Good lord I wrote Cobra as a jerk this week. Well, it fits his character. He would twist the knife a bit. Jack probably shouldn't have allowed him to monologue as much as he did. I guess maybe he was just looking for something of his old friend. Anything. Could he have been that desperate? Possibly. Either way, we know why Anya hasn't been in the comic recently. She'll be back sooner or later, I think. We'll see.

We'll also see if Cobra revives Soldier Six or not. Again. They were cloned before.....

Anyway, this comic takes place at the same time as Crystal's run in with that gang. We should be realigned next week. Lots of stuff is gonna happen so stay tuned for more Starbolts excitement!