Saturday, May 30, 2020

Starbolts #482: What is Ilibrata?



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So, as it turns out the Chief was actually Sara from the future! Amazing, right? Actually, the hints were all there if you knew where to look. Remember how she was:

1. Friendly with Crystal before her time jump.
2. Was REALLY not looking forward to sending Mateo and Angelo into her sister's dark past.
3.  Her conversation with Norad in her own past almost gave it away.

Those hints and others peppered throughout the arc almost gave everything away didn't it? Well, at least we know Sara's fate in the future as well as the fate of Firaxil, Crystal and Angela. However, the Starbolts will be changing Angela's fate very, very soon. If this works.

What exactly is Ilibrata anyway? Well, it turns out it is a planet. Sam and I were thinking that the world is like a combination of DC's Oa and Marvel's Xandar. Both planets are the home of the Green Lantern Corps and the Nova Corps respectively. Both worlds yield the key to some serious cosmic power. I tried to make Ilibrata as funky as possible with rings around it and a cloudy atmosphere.

The sky on that world would be amazing. Everywhere you look, you'd see the rings. Would be a breathtaking sight. Will we visit this planet? Well, Nightstrike and Stan are going. So...yes. Yes, we are going. When? Soon!

See ya next time!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Starbolts #481: Arguing with Myself



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This week Angela gets involved in a real Freudian nightmare as she is arguing with herself. It seems that the death of Angelo is what caused future Angela to snap and kill everyone she knew and/or cared about. Clearly she is not mentally stable. One question remains. Who or what is Illibrata? It's definitely a place. I can say that much. We'll find out more about that next time!

At least Kevin and the present Angela have been reunited. She seems to be safe for now. But, she is probably thinking of ways to NOT become this darker and insane version of herself. Time is a fickle thing isn't it. It's like a river that's always moving. Well, actually from a non linear, non subjective viewpoint it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff.

In any case, Angela is going to do her best to make sure she doesn't turn into her darker self. Here's hoping that works out! For everyone's sake.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Starbolts #480: Letting the Dust Settle



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This week, we've decided to let the dust settle a bit while the team looks for Angela and "Dark Angela". They needed to come to terms with the time traveling adventure which has been going on for many comics now. Andrea had her reunion with her mentor, Carter, aka the first Lady Liberty. She wants to hear all about her protege's children. This could get awkward really fast. How is she going to explain all of what happened to Jack, Sara and Crystal?

Meanwhile, we have Mateo talking about his time traveling experiences. That was probably a tough thing for him to talk about. You don't just forget seeing something like that. If you check out the comic, just remember there is a viewer discretion message still in effect.

The cutest part has to go to little Sirak talking to his returning grandmother. She had been missing for most of his life. So, he's basically a chatterbox at this point. I get the feeling he's going to love the story of how his idol, M'anta, saved her. Older Sirak in the mean time probably remembers this day. Sirak and Rose really want to be in the mess hall with their family. But, they can't because of time travel rules and everything.

As for the Chief and Firaxil? I wonder if anyone can guess who she might be. She and future Firaxil seem to be close. Hmmmm....

More on that AND both Angelas at the ranch next week! Kevin is a man on a mission. Let's hope Sara's bad feeling is unwarranted. See ya next time!!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Starbolts #479: Fallen Angels



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We interrupt this invasion of the purple people eaters to bring you this very important clash of the titans! It looks like Angela went Dark Phoenix in the future and went a little off the deep end doesn't it? We'll find out more next week.

This week, however, we learn the origin of her powers. Angela is the child of a Centurion and sometimes their kids tend to have cosmic potential. What's odd is that Jaime, Mateo and Richie never got this cosmic level of power. I suppose that means that there is a one and four chance of going super cosmic. Oh! I just had an interesting thought. Remember how Clive Marshall wanted her to be in a breeding program? I wonder if he knew just how powerful she could be. This Dark Angela is severely overpowered. Let's hope she can be stopped!

More on her origins and of course more on how she came to be this way soon!

At least she effectively ENDED the invasion of the time traveling purple people eaters.

See ya next time!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Starbolts #478: Temporal Collisions



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This week's comic has a startling turn of events as we find out why The Professor has been messing with the time period. It turnsout that there was a fight in the future between Firaxil and Angela that was the cause of it all! In order to prevent that dark future from happening, the Professor took it upon himself to change reality. Well, now the Starbollts know what is to come. Angela essentially becomes Dark Phoenix.. Can the Starbolts prevent it from happening?

We shall see. We'll also find out how she got this powerful to begin with. Stay tuned!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Starbolts #477: The Parental Directive



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This week, the Agents have assembled to fight the foe no single superhero could withstand. They are the mentors and parents of several members of the Starbolts. Do they have what it takes to defeat The Professor's forces? Time will tell. However, there are still a few mysteries. Why were the drones so focused on trying to kill Angela? What is her part in all of this? Throughout this entire storyline, Angela has been a focal point. We'll find out the answer a lot sooner than you might think!

As for the Agents themselves, I had some fun putting the sprites together. The first Lady Liberty is actually using the Mark 16 armor Jenna and Sara used. The Arlanderos' father was a Centurion and that will be an important issue in the not too distant future. Many of the Agents actually passed down their powers to their children. Sara got Stan's teleportation ability. Marcus got superspeed from his mother.  It's very interesting how it all came together. The Starbolts owe a lot to their parents. Let's see if they can finish the job.

It should be clear that many of the parents appeared with their corresponding child except for Takashi, Kaori and Norad. Norad was created by Kevin and Takashi and Kaori were adopted by Ganetsu, the man in green in the last panel. We have quite a roster of heroes. Here's hoping they can defeat the Professor's forces.

AGENTS ASSEMBLE!

(And yes. The team is basically like the Avengers but with some differences.)

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Starbolts #476: Heroines in Peril



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Earth's mightiest heroes, the Agents of S.T.A.R. have all assembled! Who are they? I only show a small number of them in panels 39 and 40. They are:

* Stan Whitefox
* Andrea Lavarre
* Richard Dastara
* Elaine Dastara
* Avery Johnson
* Rebecca Johnson
* Gregorio Arlandero
* Gloria Arlandero
* Nisson Odanta
* Dendra Odanta
* Ganetsu
* Benjamin Harris
* Phil Smith
* Maria Cooper
* Garazo

Sirak and Yeena were also members of the team. Now the queen is back and brought with her the original Lady Liberty. I forgot to mention that honorary members of the team are Jaime Arlandero and Ariel. Missing from the line-up is Kevin's mother as she was brutally murdered by her husband.

 Judging by what happened to Sara, Shrall and Anya, the Starbolts are going to need all the help they can get. The elder team will do whatever it takes to protect their children. After all, they are Earth's mightiest.

This week's comic has a lot of links to past comics. We've got references to:

Starbolts #52: The Aquan Front
Starbolts #429: Liberty's Daughter
Starbolts #430: Call of the Whitefox
Starbolts #445: The Final Fate of Terra Nova
Starbolts #447: The Legacy of the Shield

I think that was the most throwbacks I have ever included in a comic! Well, can you blame me for being a stickler for continuity? Enjoy the comic this week because next week our heroes begin a fight for their lives alongside their Agents mentors. See you next time!