Saturday, April 20, 2019

Starbolts #430: Call of the Whitefox



Hail!

It finally happened! Clive has been captured and now the Starbolts can breathe a little easier knowing he'll be locked up. Still, there are a few questions that need to be answered. First. How did Sara get the ability to teleport? Second. What was that beeping noise? We'll find out next comic. For now the Starbolts are relishing in their victory. Clive Marshall has been caught. It seems that for all his bluster, he isn't that good at the supervillain gig. That's why he was behind the scenes. He was never a hands-on mad scientist.

Originally I was going to have the press in the last two panels. But, space was limited. We'll see a few reporters next time. Though, I honestly don't think Jack is going to let Crystal take Clive to the DMA. Not with her history with him. Let's just say it'd be a bumpy ride.

Either way, this comic sees Sara's return as a superhero. The question is what is she going to do with her new abilities. Time will tell! See you next week!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Starbolts #429: Liberty's Daughter




Hail!

Part one of Sara's epic fight with her father, Clive Marshall is here! Watching on the sidelines of course are her adoptive siblings, Jack and Crystal and her boyfriend, Firaxil. Sara seems to be quite outgunned here. However, pay attention to what happened in the last panel! Looks like someone's got powers back. Metahuman abilities can't be taken away permanently. We saw that with Jenna. If you recall, this is probably how she saved herself from Clive's clutches.

This week's comic was fun as I got to make an Iron Man style HUD for Sara. Lightning's all around her and she has Aquita in her ear. Such a dramatic moment. Let's hope she has what it takes to finish Clive once and for all. Gotta love that superhero landing in panel 13. =) Totally played the Avengers theme while working on it.

In other news, I have opened up a sister blog for this site. It's a genealogy blog. If you are interested in the field of genealogy or already are a genealogist, check out the fun over at All Roads Lead to Haverhill. I have a couple entries there and I plan to make many more. I basically go over my adventure in the field of genealogy, offer tips and other fun things. Check it out!

See you next time!!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Starbolts #428: Texts from a Superhero



Hail!

The next two comics are going to be nothing short of epic as Sara goes face to face with her birth-father, Clive Marshall. I say there's going to be two comics worth of action and drama because that's how long the battle is going to be. Trust me. It's going to be a long haul. So, set your calendars for the next couple weeks. Oh and get your popcorn ready! There is going to be some action coming soon!

Sam and I envisioned this comic to be a sort of jumping on point for new readers. Basically, we'd introduce the world to the Starbolts again just to give people an idea of what they are about. They are Earth's mightiest heroes and have dedicated their lives to training metahumans and non metahumans alike. They also protect the planet from threats like Dr. Clive Marshall here.

Going over the scripts for the comics again. Wow. There is a LOT of action here. See you next week for part one of the final battle between Clive Marshall and Sara Whitefox!

Oh, and I forgot to mention that Ellie is texting her best friend we saw in that New Years comic. Dunno if we'll be seeing her again. We WILL be seeing that techie again, though. Spoilers.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Starbolts #427: A Team Reunified



Hail!

With the threat of Terra Nova's return looming on the horizon, Shrall has returned to the team. Sara has also been fitted for her armor and is ready to take on the organization, her biological father and everything else that stands in their way. The Starbolts are whole once again and this time there is no stopping them.

I really enjoyed writing the "daddy/daughter" moment this week. It'll be a sharp contrast compared to what's to come this April as Sara takes on her biological father. But, first we're gonna have a montage with Ellie narrating. That should be fun! Stick around for that.

It's also a little weird seeing Tanis look so awkward with Sara nearby. Let's hope the bug gets over it, huh? See you next time!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Starbolts #426: Home Again



Hail!

Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home. Hang on. Who are those five people in that locker room? Apparently there is a sixth member of that group in a room marked "CAUTION". What's going on here? We won't have long to wait. But, it's clear that one of those people has the ability to alter others' minds. Could they be metahumans? Time will tell.

In the mean time it looks like Shrall has vowed to stick around and see that the Terra Nova/D.I.S.C.O.R.D. mess is resolved once and for all. He is after all a Starbolt. That memorial to his parents was really touching. I had feels writing that scene and making it in sprite form. Now that Shrall is helping out his friends, I think Terra Nova may need to rethink their resurgence plans.

Next comic we will check in on Sara and after that? Well, we shall see. Enjoy the ride, everyone! It's gonna get exciting!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Starbolts #425: Surviving the Experience



Hail!

There's a reason why Angela Arlandero is considered to be the most powerful member of the Starbolts. She is an empath who can force the truth out of people, generate a light form and fire energy blasts. That is pretty strong. Probably not a good idea to get on her bad side and she, like the other Starbolts, have been having a bad week. Sara's clone, Psyche, would say that they're still loud. They're going to be loud until Terra Nova is finished.

Shrall is going to make good on his declaration to stay on Earth while the team sorts out the Terra Nova situation. After all he is a Starbolt and Queen Tayalla understands that her husband will do whatever it takes to make sure they are gone for good. After all they could easily set their sights on other planets and the King is not about to allow that to happen.

At least Sara and Ellie appear to be on the mend. Sara apologized for her actions from a couple comics ago. She was working on anger and that wasn't a good look. At least they are on the road to finally becoming sisters. Perhaps.

More drama is coming next week as we follow Shrall on a feels trip!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Starbolts #424: Welcome to the Starbolts, Ellie





Hail!

Hot off the heels of my Captain Marvel review comes the newest comic with the newest Starbolt taking center stage! Welcome to the Starbolts, Ellie! Hope you survive the experience! Ellie's powers are the ability to touch metal and take on its properties. However, this could be expanded upon in the future with other elements. Basically she'd be able to turn into any element. If she touches stone, she'd become stone-like. Since her powers just started, she has a long way to go before mastering all  of the things she can turn into.

Not only do we have Ellie getting her powers this week. We have her meeting with the newbies. I think Richie and Ellie will hit it off. Don't you? Hey. Stranger things have happened. For those of you keeping score, the powers of the newbies are as follows:

Kenji: No powers
Richie: Flight, some super strength and energy blasts.
Carra: Super strength and heightened senses
Adam: Telekinesis
Donna: Super strength and flight
Ellie: Absorption of elements

Not a bad crew. I have a feeling Ellie's mom would not approve of this. Oh well. Who cares?

Now that her powers have been revealed, I think it's time for a sister/sister talk. Stay tuned for that! See you next time!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Movie Thoughts: Captain Marvel

Hails and horns!

I just got back from seeing the first Marvel blockbuster of 2019 and that movie was Captain Marvel! As many people know, I like the character of Carol Danvers. She's one of my favorite Avengers of all time and let's face it a very complex character. In the comics she struggled with alcoholism like Tony Stark. She lost her powers at the hands of the X-Man, Rogue and bounced back more powerful than ever. Without a doubt, Carol Susan Jane Danvers is a fighter! And this movie brings that message home!

Captain Marvel covers so many elements of the character it's hard to really explain. We see her open snarkiness. That's always a pleasure. We see her bravery and empathy. We see many things that have made the character who she is. Aside from her amazing powers, she is a woman who is driven to be the best she can be. That's something to be admired. In many respects Carol is basically Marvel's version of Wonder Woman.

The movie itself has many twists and turns. There's plenty of action, comedy and drama. There's also a few twists and turns. It happens whenever Skrulls are involved. And wow the effects on those green-skinned aliens were pretty amazing. I hope we see them again now that Marvel Studios and Disney are hard at work securing the rights to the Fantastic Four and X-Men. Imagine Reed and his family taking on the Skrulls. That would be cool.

I also think with the movie taking place in the '90s it sets up a lot of the things that happened in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I won't spoil it here. You'll just have to see it for yourself. All in all Captain Marvel is a fun ride and I'm glad I saw it. It's definitely a worthy addition to the MCU franchise. I don't think there's ever been a really AWFUL movie in the MCU. That's something to be proud of. I look forward to seeing Carol once again in Avengers Endgame. Thanos honestly has to watch out. She's coming.

And since this movie will most likely get a sequel, I hope we see her friend, Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman. A guy can dream can't he?

Now then should you go see Captain Marvel? Yes. Go see it. There's plenty of action and it's got a really good story to tell. The CGI for young Coulson and Fury are also good. Marvel has found a winning formula. I don't think they'll be slowing down any time soon.

Go see the movie! Oh and keep an eye out for that Stan Lee tribute. You'll get misty-eyed, true believer.

EXCELSIOR!

Oh and the movie does have a pre and post credit scene. Check those out! Bye!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Starbolts #423: Daughters of Liberty (Part 6)



Hail!

Both sides are gearing up for their eventual battle and all I can hear when the armor comes down is the Avengers theme. Sara is going to wear that suit when she fights her father and it looks like he'll be using a leftover Manhunter armor. Hmmm....This could be an interesting fight. Safe bet who's gonna win here.

So now Sara has access to a cool armor we haven't seen Jenna wear in quite some time. This is going to be a match for the ages!

Hold on! That's not all! It turns out that Ellie is metahuman. What kind of powers will she have? Well, we won't have long to find out. So, stick around! Man, I can't get that song out of my head!

See ya next time!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Starbolts #422: Daughters of Liberty (Part 5)




Hail!

This week’s comic is full of drama isn’t it? Just wanted to say for the record that both womens’ problems aren’t completely solved this week. They still have a long, long way to go. Needless to say both Sara and Crystal have been profoundly changed by the people in their lives never giving up on them. They’re ready to move on from being what Terra Nova wanted them to be. That’s what this whole arc has been about. They’re no longer the daughters of Terra Nova. They’re the daughters of Lady Liberty.

Stan and Andrea Whitefox raised the two from the age of sixteen or so. Check the timeline for details! It was actually Andrea who gave Crystal her middle name. The way I see it is Terra Nova’s birth certificate for her was as cold as you can get. Her parents only gave her a first and last name. There was also a clause in there which made them relinquish all rights to the child after five years. Mary was Andrea’s mother’s name and Crystal had to be adopted right away. So, they needed to create a new birth certificate with “Crystal Mary Whitefox” on it and that’s how she got that full name. Sara on the other hand had to deal with Elisabeth insisting on falsifying records and all that. Both sets of blood parents are charmers aren’t they? Well, both Elisabeth and Clive had better watch out. The Daughters of Liberty are coming!

Fast forward to this week’s comic and we have Crystal looking for comfort and answers. A lot of people in her life screwed her over. She knows her adoptive parents and brother wouldn’t hurt her. She just didn’t feel human during this mess. So, I created a Peter Parker/Mary Jane style scene for the two. Thankfully that couple is back together in the comics because I’d be ranting about that right now. Haha! Sara’s scene is more akin to something Black Widow or even Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) would deal with as she was poked and prodded more than Crystal. In a way Crystal is a bit like Carol Danvers then. I’ve tried to convey that Carol/Jess style relationship in the comic and I hope I succeeded.

We’ll be seeing more of the Daughters of Liberty next week as the mini-arc concludes! See you then!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Starbolts #421: Daughters of Liberty (Part 4)



Hail!

This was an especially difficult comic to write and sprite. We just found out what "the bad thing" was and that Clive killed his own daughter. Medics were able to bring her back. But, still. The damage was done and Sola was born. We also learned that Crystal spent a considerable amount of time with the Marshalls before returning to Kentucky. The Arronfelds most likely brought her to the Marshalls consistently for the first five years of their lives.

They spent the next ten separated from each other and only find each other again when they were teenagers. How did Crystal forget her friend? That's a question for another time. My co-writer, Sam, suggested that time played a role. However, this was a pretty traumatic event. Could this memory be repressed in Crystal? It's hard to say.

Right now both women are going to need some comfort and that's what next comic is going to be about. The bomb has been dropped and now Sara and Crystal need to put themselves back together again. Here's hoping Marcus and Firaxil are up to the challenge. Spoilers: They are.

See you next time!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Starbolts #420: Daughters of Liberty (Part 3)



Hail!

Part three of Sara and Crystal's adventure is here and it's a bridge to what's going to happen in the next three comics. As you can see the three are heading toward Sara's childhood home in Belchertown, Massachusetts. Yes, that's a real town with a real colonial history. Check it out. It's right outside of Worcester.

Anyway, it seems that Ellie here may be a meta herself. What will her powers be? Will she be a meta? Time will tell. For now the crew is on their way to Sara's home. Jack wishes he was going. But, I don't think he's going to like what Sara and Crystal are going to find. He won't like what they found so far. That's for sure.

Will Sara and Crystal find Clive? Will they find more than what either of them bargained for? Tune in next time and find out!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Starbolts #419: Daughters of Liberty (Part 2)



 Hail!

This week Sara and Crystal learn that they are more alike and share more of a history than they previously thought possible! If you look at one of the flashback panels you'll see baby Sara and baby Crystal holding hands. Once we get to the present you see the two holding hands again. It's really unfortunate that they had to find out this way. Crystal was basically supposed to be the Jenna of Clive's version of the Starbolts. Funny how that didn't work out.

How did Clive find out about the Starbolts program? The answer to that question will be revealed in time. Looks like the girl I introduced in the New Year's comic is Sara's sister. Her name is Ellie and we'll find out just how she fits into all of this next week.

As for Crystal and Sara? Well, they're both hurting. They're both gonna need support from their real families once they get back to the Watchtower. The girls finding out that they were nothing more than experiments has got to sting. This mini arc has been called "Daughters of Liberty" for a reason and it'll continue being called that for a few more comics to come.

It's gonna get even crazier by the end of the mini arc! Stay tuned!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Starbolts #418: Daughters of Liberty (Part 1)



Hail!

The trial is over and Gladstone has been dealt with! Sara and Crystal, however, have stolen Gladstone's car. Well, he won't be needing it any time soon! He deserved it. You can't deny that. Now the two have come face to face with the woman who knew Marshall the best. Her name is Elisabeth King and she is Sara's birth mother! Don't expect her to be nice or anything. The next comic will explain why. It's clear that Sara got her attitude from her adoptive mother.

The comic is called "Daughters of Liberty" as the two daughters of Andrea are teaming up for this little adventure. Traveling from DC to Leicester took a while, though. Honestly, it would have been easier to just use a shuttlecraft. But, I guess if you have the opportunity, you steal Gladstone's car. Oh well.

It looks like Elisabeth has made quite a name for herself. Look at this house. Pretty amazing. More surprises will be in store next time so stay tuned!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Starbolts #417: The Mad Scientist's Agenda



Hail!

All of Clive Marshall's plans are laid bare before the world. He planned to use every metahuman girl he could find to create a master race of metahumans with Firaxil. He is one sick man. The Starbolts will be dealing with him in time. Right now they have a bigger fish to fry and his name is Gladstone. Sufficed it to say next comic will have him face the music. I don't think he'll be getting out of this one. The Starbolts will be less than lenient and I think everyone'll be lining up for a piece of the general.

You might be wondering where Jack and Norad are in the scene in the room. They're actually keeping an eye on Gladstone. Jack figured something was up with him as he read the room. He saw how Manta and the other Aquans were behaving. So, the soldier thought it would be a good idea to keep an eye on the guy. And for good reason!

Tune in next time for some feels and some baddie getting his just desserts. Meanwhile, you gotta feel bad for Sara. Firaxil's at the center of this mess and she just found out a mad scientist is her father. More on that next time, too. Lot of drama this week! Stay tuned for more!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Starbolts #416: The Terra Nova Girls



 Hail!

Four hundred comics ago, Sara disappeared and a clone was put in her place. The clone died and that set the stage for what has happened all these comics later. Now it has been revealed that not only is Clive Marshall a mad scientist who wanted to experiment on metahuman girls. He is Sara's biological father! I can't imagine the family reunion will be pleasant. I suppose people could have seen it coming. Who can say? The truth is finally out there and who knows what will happen next.

The nine people who knew the darkest parts of Sara's past are: Stan, Andrea, Crystal, Firaxil, Jack, Kevin, Manta, Aquita and Shrall. It's not like the others were purposely left in the dark. They were just not in the know. It really doesn't make a difference now that the truth is out.

As far as Marcus goes, he was told not to sit with Crystal because the press and Gladstone have this hate for Crystal. They see her as a bad girl because of her Terra Nova past. The DMA has all but cleared her record and a special note was put in her ledger about how she helped to finally put her own parents away. I joke with Sam and say that the Arronfelds are on Rura Penthe, the ice prison from Star Trek VI. I'm not too far off. Trust me. =D

Well, here's part one of the trial. Look for part two coming soon! Stay tuned!