Sunday, April 5, 2020

Starbolts #474: Time's Up (Part 2)



Hail!

As of this comic, we just have one more time zone left to fix. After that, we'll be catching up with Manta and Crystal and then we'll have our epic showdown with the Professor and his so-called "Cult of Tukala". There we will see his true strength. It's going to take every Starbolt working together to defeat his army. We've only been dealing with the grunts. His really strong forces are with him and they are biding their time.

I hope everyone has been enjoying these trips through time. The comics are serving as a backstory for our heroes as well as a time travel adventure. This week we've gone over the death of the Aquan trio's father, Sirak. As you can see, he knew Aquita was pregnant with his namesake and gave Mateo his blessing. Poor guy never lived to see his grandson. =(

Rick Baxter eventually meets his end, too. Rick encounters M'anta and Jenna and he attacks in a fit of jealous rage. The man falls off of the roof attempting to kill our hero and impales himself on the statue of the Aquan God of Justice, Xazes. How's that for symbolism? =)

Hope everyone's been enjoying these trips through time! A few more adventures remain! Stay tuned!!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Starbolts #473: Time's Up (Part 1)



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Though this week's comic is a lot lighter in tone compared to last week's adventure, we still have quite a bit of drama. Kaori and Kevin are now mere hours away from ensuring that King Sirak is assassinated by Rick Baxter. The tension is in the air. What's worse is that the Professor has a small army of minions in the park. How are they going to deal with this? Two Starbolts against a small army? It's going to be tough!

I also thought this week would be a good week to show younger Crystal and Sara before the latter was kidnapped. They're at this point where they kinda like each other but won't admit it. I have to love Kevin's smile. He knows what their future holds! Sure it'll be a bumpy road. But, they'll be sisters soon enough.

Sirak's death is going to be covered next week. This is gonna be a tough one. Stay tuned!

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Starbolts #472: Let Freedom Ring

Trigger warning: This week's comic contains references to sexual assault and violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

 


Hails and horns!

                Well, we’re finally here. This was the time period that Crystal freaked out about the most back in Starbolts #464. As you can see, her fears were well warranted. Now we know the reason why she was crying in the flashback in Starbolts #304. Her boyfriend of three years, Cody Dillinger, attempted to rape her. It’s an act I do not condone and again I have to say that I do not like writing this character. This man is beyond redemption. He didn’t just force himself on her that one time. Over the course of three years he was very, very rough with her. Cody damaged her emotionally as well as physically. In fact, this is probably the last time we will EVER see this man.

 As writers, sometimes we have to write characters who for better or for worse are the scum of the earth. Sadly, the Starbolts don’t live in a fantasy world where people don’t get assaulted. It happens to people in the real world and I try to put some of that realism into the world of the comic. It is a sad situation to be in and I do not wish it on anyone. So, what do we do about Cody Dillinger? We will reference him in a future comic. He just won’t be appearing any time soon. Instead, I will share what happened to him after the incident that cost him his eye and gave him five scars across his face.
                Following Crystal’s rescue from Terra Nova, she went to Agents Embassy with Dennis, Marcus and Mateo. The teenager spent the night tossing and turning because of nightmares she was having thanks to her ex-boyfriend’s actions. Scared, she contacted Andrea and had her meet her in the mess hall. She told her about everything he did and Andrea had her get an emergency check-up with Dr. Harris right there. The check-up revealed that Cody had been very brutal with the sixteen year old for the better part of three years.

                Naturally, Andrea was furious and had asked Stan to press charges on Cody and to immediately adopt Crystal since her parents signed off all rights to her. Of course, this was way before it was revealed that she was really their birth daughter all along. Stan wholeheartedly agreed to take the girl in. Dennis was also placed under the Whitefoxes’ protective custody at that point because there was no evidence of a birth certificate. This was due to his own extra-terrestrial origin.

                The Whitefoxes soon sent Agent Phillip Smith of the Department of Metahuman Affairs and FBI agent Maria Cooper to arrest the twenty-seven year old for the statutory rape of a minor, sexual assault and child pornography. He was summarily sent to prison and won’t be released any time soon assuming he is even still alive in the Starbolts’ present time. Chances are he isn’t. Men like him don’t last long in prison. Sam, Mark and I agreed that he probably should be dead. So his final fate is that he was killed in a prison riot.

                Cody was the primary reason why Marcus and Crystal didn’t get together until recently. If there was no Cody, she would have gotten with him shortly after her rescue. There is a connection between him and Terra Nova and that’s a story for another time. It’s also very important to remember that he was wrong. She did find love again after three years of dealing with him and ten years of therapy. Now she’s with a man who loves her for who she is: A compassionate and caring woman. Marcus gets her and she gets him. That’s why they are together. They connect on an emotional level and that is way more than the purely physical relationship she had before. That was lust. What Marcus and Crystal have is love and that’s the most important thing. It’s just a shame that it took so long. But, she had scars that needed time to heal and he was with her every step of the way. They were best friends first and later became something more when they realized that their friendship was actually them falling in love with each other.

                You can bet that once the others found out about this event, they were not happy. Marcus definitely wasn’t. Jack even went to so far as to check Cody out at the prison where he was being held. The Starbolts rallied in support of their friend because that’s what friends do.  Sure she was a difficult teenager. But, they knew her story and truth be told Jenna almost had the same thing happen to her.
                At least with Jenna things turned out to be moderately better. Rick Baxter was a jerk to be sure. But, he wasn’t a rapist.  We’ll be seeing more of him when we cover the death of Sirak J’arrsti. He is another person I really don’t enjoy writing. I’m not going to say who was worse. BOTH men are slime and at least Rick is definitely dead. Let’s just say he got the point and took it right to heart. Mwahahaha!

                With Jenna’s story, we got the origin of the Starbolts. Immediately following that day, Jenna, Mateo, Marcus and Kevin were brought together to form the Starbolts. Less than a week later Aquita, M’anta and Shrall arrived on Earth. The rest as they say is history. And that’s really what this comic has been about the last few weeks. Basically, we’re getting a crash course in Starbolts history by dealing with the bumps along the way and of course dealing with the threat of the Professor. He certainly seems hell bent on trying to undo the past. What is his deal? We’ll have to wait and see!
More time travel adventures are coming! Stay tuned!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Starbolts #471: Moral Combat



Hail!

This week's comic has a few moral dilemmas for our heroes. Norad wrestled with the possibility of changing the timeline and Angela had her own insecurities with her powers to deal with. This Professor really does know the Starbolts well. What is his motivation? It seems that he has his eyes set on not just M'anta and Jenna but Firaxil and Angela. Could the whole team be in trouble?

There seems to be a lot going on this week and all will be revealed in time. The events the teams are going to are all in chronological order. So, next week we are going to see Jenna deal with her school issues and unfortunately we will be heading to the time period Crystal freaked out about a few comics ago. Trust me when I say it was well warranted.

As always, I will put a disclaimer at the head of the page. It's not going to be one for the faint of heart and I definitely took no pleasure in writing it. But, it needed to be done.

See you next week, gang! 

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Starbolts #470: Race against Time



Hail!

This week's comic has quite a few Easter eggs in it. First we have toddler aged Crystal and Sara making a cameo appearance in the beginning of the comic. It's about a week before her death. Her first death, anyway. We'll be covering that next week along with Firaxil's shuttle. I'll be pairing up the next couple time traveling exploits. I'm doing that so we can save time and have space for a special event happening on July 4th!

I wanted to have a full comic this week for D.I.S.C.O.R.D. island because I wanted to show Marcus meeting up with his hero, Air Raid. Marcus idolized him just like how Crystal idolized her own mother, Lady Liberty. I can see five year old Marcus running around playing "Air Raid" much to the annoyance of a certain murderous snake.

Ty and the rest of Soldier Six were heroes to the Starbolts who knew them and of course to the Starbolts who came after them. They were their predecessors after all. They were the original young heroes with attitude and Jack couldn't be any prouder to be part of that once again.

Anyway, we have a few more time travel adventures to get through. Stay tuned because there's drama ahead! Like there wasn't enough drama this week?

See ya then!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Starbolts #469: The Call



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The Starbolts second mission through time has yielded quite a few important plot points. First, we've learned that the Professor intends to fix dramatic events. Why? Well, the minion has asked Jack and Takashi to ask M'anta. What does he have to do with this? Could the Professor have misinterpreted something he said or did when he visited him all those comics ago? It's possible.

The second thing we learned this week is that Jack is the one who called Soldier Six about the murder of Kevin's mother. Little bit of a predestination paradox there. I'll need to avoid those. It couldn't have been easy for him to call and hear his former girlfriend's voice. Definitely not easy. Chances are good that he hid in the bushes before he left and watched himself interact with his old friends. Poor guy. It should be noted that this comic takes place about a month or so after the incident at Harris Labs. That year was a bad year for the Agents!!

At any rate, two out of nine time travel adventures have been completed. These events are all going in chronological order. So, the next place we're visiting is D.I.S.C.O.R.D. island with Marcus. Will more secrets be revealed next week? Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Starbolts #468: Making Aquarius Great Again



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Sorry this week's comic was a little later than usual. I came down with a nasty stomach bug right when there were about ten panels left to work on. I couldn't very well work on everything. So, I had to delay it a couple of days. And despite all that, I think this week's comic turned out good.

I'll give you all just one guess as to who Yeena is pregnant with at the end of the comic. If you guessed Aquita, you'd be right. She was conceived shortly before the end of the Occupation of Aquarius. By the time she was born, reconstruction was underway and by the time the twins M'anta and Shrall were born two years later, Aquarius had begun to finally heal from the wounds inflicted on them by the insidious Mosqukatara.

The bug queen here just wanted to make Aquarius great again. Problem is that she was enslaving everyone. The planet is free and now Jacob and Firaxil can head back to the future. One timeline has been restored and there's eight more to go! Get ready for more temporal hijinks!

See you next time!