Saturday, June 23, 2018

Starbolts #396: The War at Home



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Civil wars often rip families apart and it looks like the same thing happened to Sabina's family. Her sister backed the side that was working with the bugs. That's definitely not a good look for them is it? Nope. No way. Still, I think she might turn a corner given what is going to happen very soon. Starbolts #400's script is almost done and to shake things up a bit things might wrap up in #399. We'll see. Right now it looks like the team is heading to a final battle with the rebels. Will they win the day and finally go home? We shall see!

I've been namedropping Sara a lot lately haven't I? This may have something to do with the next storyline I'm working on. My friend, Sam, and I created Sara for the prose story and we've been working on getting her back. We've basically planned out the next one hundred comics. So, you can expect more action and excitement.

For right now I am planning the next video. I haven't decided what I want to do. It might be X-Men Gold #30 or Action Comics #1000. Perhaps I should flip a coin.

See you next time!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Starbolts #395: Imperfect Copies



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I didn't think the universe was ready for two of Marcus and Crystal. Did you? I didn't think so. The poor heroes had their uniforms incinerated by Sabina. Oh, Sabina. Marcus is probably kicking himself for actually thinking that she and Firaxil were a GOOD idea. Don't worry about Firaxil. We'll find someone nice for him, soon. Sooner than he thinks anyway. =)

Well, we are on our way to #400 and I actually have the second half of the comic scripted. No spoilers, but, it should be good. Not just saying that because I am the writer. Next week we'll see more action as this comic marches on. So far it looks like Firaxil is wishing he HAD stayed back on Earth. Sometimes you just can't go home again.

See you next time!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Starbolts #394: Hostile Takeover



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At first it doesn't look like the Inobe know what they got themselves into. Now the tables have turned! Will the Xazes get to the others in time? Hope so. We got six more comics left of this story and I promise it will not disappoint. Still, I have to admit something. I think Sabina just can't get it through her thick skull that Crystal does not like her much.

There's a very simple reason why Crystal and Marcus kissed and she doesn't get it. It isn't lust. It's more the fact that Crystal is stressed out at the moment. She was happy to see the one constant she has in her life right now because she knows she's gonna have to deal with her parents SOON. She is not looking forward to that, my friends.

Oh and when I made that Avengers pose, I totally had the theme going. I had to add those lines in there because it was a great opportunity to do so. Now I think I might watch the first Avengers movie.

See you all next time!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Starbolts #393: Driven Heroes



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You are not prepared for feels this week. No way. I had a hard time revisiting Starbolts #19 and redoing the panels from way back then. I may have made some changes. If you want to see the old version, click here:  https://www.deviantart.com/art/Starbolts-19-World-in-Chains-315054168

The first thing I upgraded was  Princess's version 1.0 armor. She now sports a purple getup. Then I changed the background. Man, this comic has gone through a lot of changes from #19 to now. It's almost four hundred comics later and now things have definitely changed. I figured I'd show just how Sara died because we needed a refresher and it's going to come into play later. If you guessed that the next arc is going to be about Sara, then you are correct.

However, before we get there our buddy Firaxil is going to have to go through a trial by fire that will tax him emotionally and physically. I hope he can handle it.

Meanwhile, Crystal has been dealing with Sabina. She's more than just a drop-dead gorgeous ginger. I can tell you that much. Marcus is charging to her rescue, but, it looks like she's doing fine. She could do with backup. After all. The Starbolts work best as a team. Really love how the last panels turned out. Sara would be proud. And next comic things are gonna get BROKEN!

See you then!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Starbolts #392: The Chase Begins



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Looks like Firaxil is back to where his adventure started. Back in the interrogation room of an enemy starship. This time his sister and Sabina are with him. Chances are pretty good that his stay at "Hotel Bad Inobe" is going to be a mercifully short one. We have eight comics until the shattering conclusion of this storyline. Then we move on to another one and I think you all might know what is to come.

Do the bad guys really think negative memories of Sara are going to effect him? I don't know. We'll see just what those memories are next week.

There's also a few things you might have noticed. I added a timeline of events crucial to the Starbolts universe and I edited a few character biographies. I figured it was about time. =D I mean why not? You need a solid basis for things.

 On another note, I had planned to do a video for this weekend, but, I think I am going to focus on this storyline for a while. Been having a lot of fun working on the comic and I think a break might do me some good.

So look forward to next week's comic! See ya then!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Starbolts #391: To Catch a Centurion



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Good lord. Someone needs to shut the Arronfelds up once and for all. I think the Inobe will do just that. I haven't decided whether or not to send them to Rura Penthe, a prison planet or Chiron Beta Prime.  Crystal knows that this is for the best and it's a good thing Andrea is going. She's in full mama bear mode. Nothing is going to stop her and it certainly won't be these two low level Terra Nova agents who still hang on the belief that their organization is viable. It isn't. It was absorbed into D.I.S.C.O.R.D. a long time ago. But, you can't really expect them to care now can you?

Meanwhile we have the bad Inobe captain wanting Firaxil. What could he possibly want with him? Why is he so obsessed with him? That guy is a loon and he will be dealt with sooner or later. Right now they have a little problem with Manta's crew. I had the Starbolts man the key positions on the ship because the Alliance folks weren't on duty.  Shrall is also on New Inobus overseeing everything.  Should be a crazy few issues as we march on toward Starbolts #400! Stay tuned!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Starbolts #390: Family Ties



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This week Crystal had to make a difficult choice.  In order for there to be any relations between the Alliance and the Inobe, the Arronfelds MUST be turned over to them.  It wouldn't be an easy choice even for someone who doesn't like her parents to begin with. She'd be turning them over to another culture. The Arronfelds have already committed crimes on Earth. After all they were low level members of Terra Nova. They had a daughter who was supposed to be indoctrinated into that terrorist organization, too.  It's a tough choice.

I wanted this comic to also show much of a mama bear Andrea can be. We'll be seeing more of that in the future. Poor girl needed Marcus hugs at the end. This comic shows a lot of  development between the two characters as we begin our march to #400. Firaxil and Crystal will finally get the closure they need and will move on from this mess. What will happen next? Stay tuned!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Starbolts #389: The Agony of Memory



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This was a hard comic to work on. First off we have Firaxil still reeling over the voices in his head. Sabina tells him to move on and he talks to Aquita. However, what he and the others don't know is that Sara is being tortured by Clive! A while back a robot version of Clive joined the Legion in attacking the Starbolts. That was a robot. This is the real deal.

Clive has always had a sick obsession with Sara in the prose version of the story. He held her captive for twenty years until she escaped and joined the Starbolts. Three years later she was captured and everyone presumed she has been dead for two years. Obviously that's not the case. Sara is alive and well.

Now, what could this mean for Velocity? Remember her? She was stated to look a lot like Sara. She has a connection to this mess. Trust me. And we're going to find out who the girl in the bikini is, too. Next storyline. This one will wrap up in #400. Then we're going to dive into the next one. I think you might have an idea of what that one will be about!

Stay tuned!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Starbolts #388: Rise of the Royalty



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Talk about backing the wrong horse! The bad Inobe don't know what they're getting into do they? I have a feeling something bad is gonna happen to them. Well, not just a feeling. I know what's going to happen. Don't back the wrong horse, kids. You never know what they'll do to you. Sure they promise all kinds of rewards. In the end, the baddies are gonna get what they deserved.

It's nice to see both Inobe captains again. This time one of them has a name. Dessel is the one who met with the bugs. Hooboy is he in for a rude awakening. Well, he will kind of deserve it. There's no question there. I also showed how the bugs evolved. You can see the full story here: http://starbolts.blogspot.com/2013/12/starbolts-216-coming-attractions.html

It was a long time coming f or the bugs. They basically WANTED to evolve. They feel it was their destiny. How it happened is a question for another time. They just changed to include the humanoid form and now the galaxy has to deal with it.

Now we come to this part. Firaxil is hearing Sara in his mind. What is up with that? Why do I keep torturing this poor boy? It'll be worth it. That's all I can say for now. After all angst + drama= cool stories.

See you next time!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Movie Thoughts: Avengers Infinity War

I just came back from the movie of the year! I'm just going to flat out say that I loved Avengers Infinity War. This blog isn't going to spoil anything. Of course it kills me that I can't spoil it. I don't want to be dragged and hung in front of the Internet for spoiling things. Lord knows what happened to the other people who have done that. They disappeared never to be seen again!

Back on topic. Did I like the movie? Yes. Yes, I did. I did have some minor issues. Let's get that out of the way. There were a lot of characters and the scenes did shift from group to group. I suppose that's fine. When you have a cast as large as this, you need to split up the action. Sometimes it can be a wee bit disjointed. In the hands of a lesser director, it wouldn't work. The Russos did a good job. My only complaint is that they just split the action so much. But, it makes sense. Everyone got ample screen time.

The movie is clearly a part one of a two part epic. I'm not going to get into any details but yeah you can tell that there is definitely going to be a part two of this story. The adventure is going to continue. This is the set up. One can only imagine what will happen next. I expect there to be a payoff in the end. So many things happened in the movie.

The other thing to note is that when you go see this movie, you may want to see the other Avengers movies, Captain America Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy , Doctor Strange and Black Panther to fully understand who everyone is and what their deal is. If you see those movies, you should be good. Even if you haven't seen those movies, the Russos do a good job explaining who is who.

The action was good. The drama was great. The story overall had a lot of depth and the action you come to expect. Marvel does it again and I'm not saying this as a fan of the movies and comics. I have yet to see a really, truly awful movie from Marvel Studios. The hype train is real. You should really see this movie. It's got action, adventure, drama and really good character moments. Will I see it again? Well, I am seeing it on Monday. =)

Check the movie out and check back here for the next Starbolts comic! See ya then!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Starbolts #387: The Inobe Centurion



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Presenting the newest member of the Centurion Corps, Firaxil Odanta!  As Crystal said, the new look suits him. However, there are a few things going on this week. First off. What is the deal with the telepathic voice? What's going on there? And what is going on with the Inobe meeting with the bugs? By the way, that's the captain of the ship Firaxil and Sabina made their escape from. What is he doing with them? We'll find out next time!

There is one other thing to note before I go. Last week I spent a lot of time working on an archive for the comic. You can see it here:  http://starbolts.blogspot.com/p/comic-archive.html

All of the comics are there and I know some are on deviantart. There's a reason for that. Back in 2009 or so I was just posting the comic there and this site didn't exist until I reached a certain point. It should be okay, though. The comics are all in one spot for you all to enjoy.

This storyline will most likely end at Starbolts #400 and what comes next will be a lot of fun! Do stay tuned!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Starbolts #386: Should I Stay or Should I Go?



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Looks like Firaxil is now the newest member of the Centurion Corps! We knew that was coming didn't we? Now he has to open the doors and save his friends! It also looks like it's a no-brainer when it comes to him staying on New Inobus or going back to Earth with the others. Sabina is just not his type. The Inobe are a cool race that hide their emotions. They have them, sure. They've just learned to hide them better than our buddy Firaxil can.

It's just as well. Someone is calling out to our newly minted Centurion. Firaxil was never going to be without powers for long. Now someone is calling his name. Well, his Terran name. What does this mean? We'll find out in the comics ahead. I've been working with a friend on the upcoming story after this is wrapped up in a neat little bow. I won't divulge what it's about. I will however say that after all the hell I've put him through, he's going to be happy. Eventually.

As far as Sara goes, Sara originally died in the first Demonstorm arc way back in Starbolts #19. You can read it here: https://cferra1.deviantart.com/art/Starbolts-19-World-in-Chains-315054168
Note to self. I need to find a way to put the old Starbolts comics on this site. Not sure how. But, I have an idea. Expect a new page with an archive of my comics soon!

You can also expect a retooling of that scene some day, too. Not a fan of the style I used back then.

Enjoy the comic! I'll see you next time!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Starbolts #385: Flying with Danger



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First, I want to get something off of my chest. By now you probably saw my tweetstorm about Channel Awesome and why I decided to not post my blog there. If you haven't, check out the thread here:  https://twitter.com/Cferra1227/status/976296789669167104

Basically, things came to light and though they don't affect me they affect my friends and that's something I can't support. To reflect the changes, I have removed the ChannelAwesome.com link on my site. I just can't support them any longer. I will however still be supporting Film Brain and the Last Angry Geek as they are friends of mine. That's not about to change.

Now then back to the comic. There's a lot going on here, huh? We have plenty of action and what amounts to a death race in space. I was going to call it "chicken" but that's when two cars are facing each other. This is different.

There's a bit of foreshadowing here, too. What do the cosmic entities want with Firaxil? Time will tell!

See you next time!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Starbolts #384: The Return of the Royalty



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Looks like the bugs are back and in a big way! They got a new, more humanoid look. Their personality seems to be heavy on the arrogance. I wanted to give the new Mosqukatara more of a Cardassian/Romulan feel than the generic bug-like alien. Plus it was getting annoying having to have them talk like thizzzzzz. I wanted to evolve them a few steps forward. Now they are back and it means big trouble for the Alliance.

It's probably for the best that Sabina's plan never went into motion. Good thing, too. Things would have been kind of messy. At least Crystal knows how to diffuse the tension a bit.  The story is gonna heat up next week so stay tuned!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Starbolts #383: Man or Monster



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Sorry for the delay in comic production. In case you haven't heard, New England was hammered by a late winter storm. We were without power here for  a couple days. I had this comic in my mind ready to go. The problem was I couldn't do anything about it. When the power came back I went right to work in creating the comic. I had some help from Sara's creator, Sam.

Like I said last time I've been toying with bringing her back. I don't really know at this point. We'll see. I'll have to think on it. In the mean time enjoy this feels trip. Note that Firaxil is wearing an Alliance uniform. That's because he umm...lost a little weight inside the chamber. Let's leave it at that.

We're due for another major storm soon and I dunno how that'll impact things. Hopefully it won't be as bad as this last week was. Knock on wood!

See you guys next time!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Starbolts #382: Titanic Memories



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This is a blast from the past! For new readers let me explain. A long time ago when the comic was in prose form the Starbolts had another member of the team. Her name was Sara Edwards and like Jenna, Jack, Kevin, Mateo and Marcus she was the daughter of two famous heroes who fought for freedom over land, sea and air. (Yes, they were Agents of S.T.A.R.) Sara was to be in the Starbolts Program until Terra Nova kidnapped her as a baby.

Her parents searched high and low and ended up leaving the Agents. Sadly they couldn't find her and the organization ended up raising the baby. She grew up and was later rescued by Dennis and the rest of the Starbolts

Dennis and Sara had a long history together as they were a couple and when the time came to put the comic together, Sara was killed off during the first major arc. Sara was created by my friend, Sam and we thought it'd be best for Sara to be written out of the story for the time being. I recently talked with Sam and we thought we'd bring Sara back in a way.

I already sort of toyed with the idea of bringing her back when I had Velocity, a speedfreak like Marcus, turn up and she looked like Sara. You might remember that story. That plot thread is still dangling. I really need to resolve that at a later date. Not sure how, yet. I WILL, though. =D It'll just take some time.

Enjoy this week's comic! I'll see ya next time!
 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Starbolts #381: A Reunion in Space



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It looks like the Starbolts have finally reunited with Firaxil! However, it looks like Sabina has her own agenda. What is she going to do? She plans to convince her new friend to stay and fight. To what end? We'll find out soon enough. She's still a good guy. I think. I also think she may be doing this for the wrong reasons. The Starbolts will help in any way they can since the bugs also threaten Earth and the other worlds of the Alliance. This plan could be all for nought. Then again she doesn't know that. Still, you can expect some comedy out of this. Man, if Marcus ever sees this faux Crystal there could be some serious comedy. Or a sitcom-like misunderstanding.

In other news, my Youtube Channel has lost monetization thanks to YouTube's new policy of taking a torch to a molehill. I will still make videos. They just won't have any monetization on it. I just need a ton more subscribers to get the necessary amount to warrant monetization. So, if you like my stuff on YouTube, go like and subscribe to my channel. Link is in the links section of this site.

That's all for now! See you next time!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Starbolts #380: The Dragon Awakens



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WOW! A lot happens this week doesn't it? I didn't want Firaxil to be separated for too long from his friends. So next week expect to see a reunion between him and the other faction of the Inobe. The question is... How are the Starbolts going to react to this other group of Inobe after having been attacked by one Inobe ship already? Here's another question. How will THEY react to Firaxil's friends?

In any event we have a new starship design for the bugs. That's not the only thing that's been redesigned. The ship's front looks like a bug. That's why we only see the huge oval from the side. It's world's better than the last design of the ships.

I added a character moment for the Aquan trio. They're still dealing with the death of their mother at the hands of those creeps. Gonna be a drama-filled storyline. I can tell you that much. Would you expect any less? See you next time!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Starbolts #379: A Fox in the Hen House



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They're baaack! Yes! The Mosqukatara have returned after being absent from this comic for quite a few years. In all fairness this was because I was working to redesign them. For new readers, the Mosqukatara are insectoid aliens who once enslaved Aquans. They didn't stop there, though. They also held worlds belonging to the Dovianni and the Setleth. Eventually those worlds were freed and the races on those worlds forged an intergalactic alliance akin to the United Nations or the United Federation of Planets in Star Trek.

Now the Inobe have allied themselves with the bugs. Do they know what the bugs DID?! Keep in mind that this is the bad guy faction of the Inobe that allied themselves with the ruthless creatures. They are in the middle of a civil war. That reminds me. What is Firaxil up to? We'll find out soon enough. An old enemy has returned and I don't think it will sit well with our heroes.

See you next time!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Starbolts #378: A Standoff in Space



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Looks like the Inobe have decided to initiate another part of their plan. This would be to infiltrate the Xazes. One small problem. How are they all going to stay hidden on a ship full of telepaths? That's not gonna be easy. They'll be found out pretty quickly. Expect a fight on the decks of the ship. This is far from over. Just like that guy said.

I feel bad for killing two redshirts. Er...GOLDshirts. Seems like an awful waste to me.  The captain here seems like he's the most fanatical out of all the Inobe we've seen. There still are a couple questions.

1. Was that the same Inobe ship that had Firaxil as a prisoner?
2. WHO IS THEIR ALLY?!

Well, I know the answers. We'll just have to wait and see to find out! Stay tuned!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Starbolts #377: The Inobe Civil War



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Looks like the team has stumbled upon an intergalactic civil war. I'm sure there's no cause for concern. Unless you happen to live in any of the nearby systems. Again there is a reference to the mysterious ally. Who are they? What do they want? They apparently know about the Alliance and have been spreading lies.

We won't be finding out next week as I'll be reviewing Darkhawk #51. Speaking of Youtube, I have to say yes I am annoyed about the whole thing. All it takes is one bad egg to cause a problem. In this case it was a few. I'll be losing monetization on my videos like a lot of people. It's annoying, I know. I'll still put videos online. I also talked to some friends about Patreon. We'll see. In the mean time I'll still post vids and comics.

See ya next time!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Starbolts #376: Hidden Truths





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To say "Well, that escalated quickly" is a bit of an understatement. It looks like Firaxil has jumped from the frying pan and into the fire. Now he has several new questions. Who are the Inobe's new allies? What grudge could they possibly have against Earth? What is Sabina's role in all of this? So many questions. So little time.

I also wanted to make this comic my yearly jumping on point for new readers of the comic. This is just to give them a bit of info as to who these people are. They're the next generation of Earth's heroes and it looks like Firaxil has found himself in a bit of some drama. Who said you can never go home again?

This storyline is heating up and will continue next week. After that I will be reviewing Darkhawk #51. So stick around for that. Been a while since I talked about that comic character. Enjoy the comic!

See ya next time!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Starbolts #375: To the Final Frontier



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A new storyline begins! I really do hope Crystal doesn't get spacesickness. That would not be good. Anyway, the 'Bolts are on their way to find out what happened to Firaxil after they lost contact with his ship. In the coming attractions comic, we found that he had been abducted by his own people. What could they want with him? Time will tell of course!

Meanwhile, check out the new spaceship. Its design is based on a couple ideas I had for a more streamlined spaceship. It's cool. What makes it even cooler is that it has landing struts. It's a lot smaller than previous ships I designed for the comic. I kind of like it.

Enjoy the comic this week! We're gonna be in for a wild ride!