Saturday, May 27, 2023

Starbolts #633: Kyodon Against Humanity



    Looks like Kyodon and Ellie are about to engage in a very deep conversation about life, the universe and everything. Will she be able to convince the giant turtle to cease her rampage? Let's hope so. Let's also hope that Ellie's anger toward her mother doesn't get the better of her. Sure she has every right in the world to be a LITTLE mad at her. However, there is a mission to complete. Though, it would help if humans didn't interrupt the action with their silly helicopters. 

    As alluded to way back in Starbolts #611,  Eleanor is indeed in a romantic relationship with one of the techies that work around the academy and Watchtower. Her name is Tricia and they've been going out for a while. How they've managed to keep it a secret is a bit of a mystery. Then again it's not like the telepaths are going to pry into the brains of those around them. That's an invasion of privacy. Still, I think her friends would be most happy she's in a relationship with someone who clearly cares for her. Will it be enough to convince Kyodon to stop her rampage? Time will tell, my friends. Time will tell.

 In the mean time, the scene is set. The players are ready. Let's see if Ellie can dance!

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Starbolts #632: To Fight a Giant Turtle



    This week the Starbolts are gearing up to fight a giant fire-breathing space turtle. How do you even fight something like that? Angela tried talking to her back in Starbolts #290 and successfully quelled her rampage. Since her powers have been diminished, I don't think the same trick can work a second time. So, the Starbolts had to come up with an alternative lest their city becomes a parking lot.

   The call went out to the young and innocent among the Starbolts. They are the ones who could potentially stop Kyodon before she causes too much property damage. It's a good thing Crystal and Jack went to see the mayor before the turtle arrived. After what happened in Starbolts #618, can you really blame them for taking action here to prevent a crisis? No, no you really can't!

 I really like how Yeena is stepping up to the plate in this story because she's basically one of the only few Agents who haven't been kidnapped. It falls on her to advise the Starbolts in these matters. However, it looks like the former queen is about to take matters into her own hands with the help of Pegasus. Will they be able to find the Agents? Let's hope so!

Oh and I should point out that the coordinates I put in the comic is a real world location. It's not an island. It's actually open ocean about three hundred miles from Kiribati. Thank you, Google Earth!!

See ya next time as we'll see if Yeena and Pegasus can find the Agents of S.T.A.R. AND if Ellie and Richie can stop Kyodon before it's too late.

See ya then!

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Starbolts #631: Teenager in Crisis



    Kyodon is about to make landfall in the city and the Starbolts have to prepare for her arrival. How will they stop her? She has already judged M'anta, Shrall and Aquita for not leaving when they could. So, it looks like the beast may be out for their blood. Things are looking bleak for our heroes. How will they stop her?

    Well, the answer may come from an unlikely source. I'm not going to spoil anything right away. However, the clues are in the conversation Yeena had with Ellie. It looks like Yeena is two for two in this storyline when it comes to dealing with characters who have a traumatic past. If you recall Crystal had a similar talk with her royal highness back in Starbolts #622. Yeena is pretty good with the advice and it looks like we got some insight into what motivates Kyodon.

    It seems that the giant turtle is like a genie. She has to obey whoever is controlling her and so far no one has been able to do it. I imagine Shrall and co were trying to free her from the bonds ever since she was first released. What would it take to FINALLY free her of the control of others? Something's gotta help her and I'm sure Kyodon would be quite relieved to finally be free after so many centuries of doing the bidding of various ne'er do wells. Time will tell.

 Ellie's reaction to everything is pretty well justified. Can't blame her for not being a fan of her mother right now. I'm pretty sure those two will have a LOT to talk about soon.

So much more drama is coming up. Stay tuned, true believers!

See ya next time!

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Starbolts #630: Kyodon on Earth



    We have some major revelations this week, don't we? The first one is that Elisabeth wants Kyodon to find and eliminate all metahumans starting with the academy. That is clearly bad news for the Starbolts. Her first target would ultimately be the academy and from there she'll be going worldwide while Terra Nova has their mock trial for the Agents of S.T.A.R. There's no other word for it. It's clearly a mock trial!

     At least Kyodon was kind enough to warn the avatars of the Gods to not interfere. Yeah, they're not going to listen while a giant space turtle is hunting their friends down. Terra Nova also warped her mind. It's going to take a lot of convincing to get her to stop her rampage across the globe! Let's hope our heroes can stop her before it's too late.

    Now we know just how the Gaea has been doing its magnificent feats and emerge from battles relatively unscathed. Now we know why a decades old spaceship has been able to withstand all that punishment! The ship was being run on pure Centurion force derived from a Centurion prime! That's a lot of cosmic power and whoever has been siphoning off the energy has been using it quite haphazardly. Something's gotta give and I'm sure Gregorio would want his powers back.

 The trial of the Agents of S.T.A.R. is on the horizon and it's just funny to think that the baddies think they have a legal leg to stand on. Who's gonna be the lawyer? Lionel Hutz from the Simpsons? Who would honestly take this case? Yeah, this is a farce and I'm sure the Agents know that.

Stay tuned for a legal drama coming soon!

See ya next time!

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Starbolts #629: The New Terror of the Deep



    Kyodon has arrived on Earth and she is not happy! We last saw the giant fire breathing space turtle way back in Starbolts #290. It took Angela and her then limitless cosmic power to quell the beast's rampage back then. Now? I think it's gonna take more than just a little convincing for her to stop now that she's on a different planet. She didn't take kindly to being abducted and her wrath will be quite tremendous as Jaro explained.

    Speaking of Jaro, can you believe how smarmy this guy is? The dude is trying to get somewhere with the boss of a terrorist organization. But, is it really a crush or an attempt to curry her favor? Probably the latter. I don't see Jaro really having any feelings for Elisabeth. Still, it is kinda smarmy isn't it?

    Either way, the baddies are back on Earth and you might be wondering why they didn't kidnap Yeena when they had the chance. She was an Agent and a Starbolts parent. I guess they don't really see her as an Agent and decided to not take her. That will be a grave mistake as we'll see soon enough!!

    It's also a good thing Richie escaped with the kids and everyone when he could. I can't imagine Sara's wrath if something happened to Dendra. Well, actually I can. Can you say "Dark Phoenix"? Looks like things are heating up and the snake just doesn't care who he hurts at this point. 

Prepare for Kyodon's wrath next week, though. It should be a good one! 

See ya next time!

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Starbolts #628: Different Perspectives

 Trigger warning: This week's comic includes a scene involving the sexual abuse of a minor and grooming tactics. If you or anyone you know has been sexually abused, please seek help.



    This week's comic has a trigger warning because once again Cody is in it. I don't think I'll be able to ever do a comic with him in it that doesn't have a trigger warning up top. At least this week we've found out a few new things about him. The first and most obvious thing is that he was hired by Ruby to be Crystal's "bodyguard". Well, the "bodyguard" got a little too close to his charge and things happened. Our heroine was clearly impacted by these events and we know that eventually she was saved by Marcus and joined the Starbolts. She eventually fell in love with Marcus and the rest is history. Still, it's hard to see/read these stories with Cody. But, this bit of the tale had to be told because of what'll happen when Crystal inevitably confronts Ruby. He was hired by Terra Nova and he decided to take advantage of the situation. Once Crystal finds out about all this (And she will) you can bet that heads will roll.

    As you can tell by Ruby's conversation with Elisabeth, she felt perfectly justified by her actions. Ruby was and still is consumed with jealousy since she has a bitter rivalry with Andrea. It's probably a one sided rivalry. But, it's a rivalry nonetheless. Ruby was supposed to train her to fight Andrea. Things didn't go as planned and Crystal thankfully escaped. Though, she did come out with some scars.

    I also have a bit of a scenario of what happened after the tryst. Crystal ran from Cody's apartment with her ripped dress and tried to run away from everything. She did NOT enjoy her time with that man at all. She tried to run away and was caught by Ruby's henchmen who dragged her back to her house kicking and screaming. In the heat of the moment, she forgot about Firaxil (then known as Dennis) and just needed to run from everything. After that moment, things went downhill until she was rescued and I don't think I'll be writing about those moments. It depends, I guess. I really don't like revisiting Cody.

    At least Crystal is on the mend these days. She's planning on using Jeb as the "guest of honor" at the Terra Nova "funeral". As you can imagine, it won't be a pretty. It will be cathartic, though given all the things she went through under their "care". 

    I do like how the two flashbacks mesh together this week. They're in the same time period but a different perspective. Hence the title. But, while Ruby felt perfectly justified by her actions, Crystal bore the brunt of the decisions. Things are going to explode soon and we'll see some intense fireworks!

See ya next time!

Oh, and it should be noted that Cody died in Starbolts #504 and is now roasting in the bad place for all eternity as seen in Starbolts #506.

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Starbolts #627: The Worst Inobe



     I figured a bit of levity was in order this week after a few comics where tragedy seemed to follow our heroes. Enter two criminal Inobe whose shapeshifting abilities have been severely limited as punishment for their crimes. Don't get me wrong. They're still dangerous and one Inobe on a starship can cause a lot of damage. However, these two have inhibitors implanted in their bodies that deny them the ability to change form or limit the form they can take. They turned into pink blobs when they beamed on board and that was the last time they were able to transform. Alton and Yelva didn't think things through, did they?

    Meanwhile, it looks like Cobra is on his way to Earth and has challenged the Watchtower to a battle. He can try to fight them. But, we know that he'll fail miserably. Or will he? There will be plenty of action next week. So, stay tuned! And hey is that Pegasus and Yeena with him? Hmmm....I wonder what they're up to.

 I do like the brief character bit I put in for M'anta and Jenna. As a telepath, you can imagine the thoughts of his teammates are filling his mind and are distracting him a little. He needs to focus so that his team can win the day. Let's hope he can maintain focus.....and not turn into an amorphous pink blob.

See ya next time!!