Saturday, August 17, 2019

Starbolts #445: The Final Fate of Terra Nova


Finally Terra Nova has come to an end and Elisabeth King was unceremoniously carried out of her own building! That has gotta suck for her. Well, it's what she deserved after getting a shield thrown at her. Yes, that's a Captain America reference. When Wildcat throws her mighty shield....

Eh, it doesn't have a good ring to it. Never mind. At least the team is back together again and now they can concentrate on bringing the Odantas back. Look for their revival soon. And now that Crystal has a minute to breathe, look for her to come to grips with the magnitude of what just happened. I mean...she beat Terra Nova! That is awesome! Next week we begin Operation Odanta!

See ya then!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Starbolts #444: Cat and Mouse


We're getting close to the end of Terra Nova here as Crystal and Elisabeth King prepare to face off. However, it looks like she's more interested in talking about the shield on the wall. Keep talking, lady. You're gonna eat that shield if you aren't careful.

The comic took a while as I wasn't sure how to best show the stairwell. It's an okay design. Could have been a little better, I think.

Anyway, enough about that. We got a fight next week!

Oh, and the guys that Draco torched? They dead. So very dead.

See ya next time!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Starbolts #443: Shenra's Revenge


This week we learn a bit more about Shenra's past. She was originally going to assassinate Demonstorm around the same time Sara was kidnapped. So now Gladstone has TWO kidnappings under his belt. What is it with that guy and kidnapping women? He's got serious issues. Well, now we know that Emil was the man responsible for brainwashing the metahumans under Terra Nova's control AND Shenra herself. Naturally, she didn't take the news well and the guy lost his head. Literally.

As far as Firaxil's parents go, we'll be seeing them soon. The "gold" team has been sent on a rescue mission while the "blue" team is in the tower. This is a reference to how the X-Men were split in the early '90s. And it's also a reference to how the Avengers were once split into West and East coast divisions.

This comic also showed practically every Starbolt. That was pretty amazing. I haven't had the chance to put everyone in one comic in a while. Just missing Anya. She's just off being a spy somewhere. =)

I do like that brief conversation Marcus had with Tanis. Expect more from those two in the near future. Shenra has some things to work out and has a mad hatred for the son of Demonstorm. I don't think they'll be friends any time soon. The speedster, meanwhile, is just not having it with him. He's nervous and wants to see Terra Nova end.

It will end. And soon. See ya next time!!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Starbolts #442: Surprising Revelations


What's a raid on a Terra Nova facility without a few surprises, right? It shouldn't take long for anyone to figure out who Subjects EX001 and EX002 are. A few questions remain. If they are held captive by Terra Nova, then whose bodies were in the cave? We'll find out the answers to these questions in Starbolts #446 and beyond.

Needless to say Firaxil is going to be extremely excited about this. I left him out of the comic this week as he had his hands full with TN goons and Draco. There wasn't any place to put him. Although, I could have swapped him out for Shrall and Crystal's panel.

Still, I had a little bit of fun writing Tanis's parts. That kid is a lovesick puppy and is going to get a stern talking to. Again. Will it be Sara who gives him another lecture? Will it be Marcus? Who knows?  Needless to say Shenra isn't quite receptive to Tanis's advances considering she is with the Resistance and he is the son of her world's supreme ruler. I don't think they hit it off very well, either. It's unfortunate. But, it should be understood (By him.) that Shenra's situation is very different from Sara and Crystal's rescue. And their experiences differ as well.

So with Tanis's antics in almost costing a VERY important mission to fail and this startling news, it looks like things are starting to get tense at King Pharmaceutical. Stay tuned for more!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Starbolts #441: The Raid on King Pharmaceutical


The raid on King Pharmaceutical has begun with a bang. No jokes from Crystal this time. She's all business as she leads an Aquan ninja, a soldier, a space cop, a samurai and an empath into battle. Crystal is determined to put Terra Nova out of business by any means necessary. However, it looks like there may be a wrench or two in the works.

First: Elisabeth is ready for Crystal aka Whisper. She is going to do whatever it takes to stop her and possibly even recapture her. Not a pleasant thought. Oh and take note of that shield in her office. That shield has some important significance. I won't say how or why just yet. Feel free to guess!

Second: Then there's Tanis. That boy has a one track mind doesn't he. He wants to save Damselfly aka Shenra. But, it looks like she can save herself. That and it seems that the two are not going to have a good relationship going forward. What's gonna happen?

Stay tuned! The battle has just begun!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Starbolts #440: Bringing the Party to Terra Nova


Everyone is up to speed on Elisabeth King being the head of Terra Nova. They have plenty of evidence as provided by Sara. They are now able to run a preemptive strike against King Pharmaceutical! That starts next week and man what a strike team we have:

Firaxil, whose parents were killed by Terra Nova and who is now one of the most powerful members of the team.
Jack, adoptive brother of Crystal who is also a super-soldier.
Takashi, a master computer expert.
Angela, one of the most powerful members of the team.
Shrall, a telepath and master swordsman.

And Crystal, who was raised to be an assassin by Terra Nova.  This is an X-Force level team here. This is a team you send in to do damage. Crystal made this team with one purpose--to destroy Terra Nova. With a team like that, how can she lose?

Well, it looks like Tanis is on his way to join his friends. He might throw a wrench in the whole operation. Actually scratch that. He will definitely throw a wrench in the operation if he isn't stopped.

Meanwhile, it looks like Ellie took the news about her mother as best as she could. What is she going to do next? Well, it looks like Sara and Ellie's relationship took a good turn at least. It's all she can hope for.

Next week, though, look for some serious action. Play some tunes while the raid begins. I recommend "Ride of the Valkyries" or something about a lab experiment fighting against her "masters". This is gonna be GOOD!

Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Starbolts #439: Legacy or Birthright


I think we can all appreciate Crystal's invisible obscene gesture in that last panel. I blurred it out as much as I could so it could be noticeable and still censored. Probably would have been better if she turned her hand visible. But, she promised that she wouldn't be seen by Doctor Marshall.

So, now we have the truth. Elisabeth King is really the head of Terra Nova! Who saw that one coming? It was probably a little obvious considering her mad hatred for anything metahuman, her familiarity with Clive's work and the fact that she had been ignoring her daughter Ellie ever since she came out of the metahuman closet. Rest assured the Starbolts will be raiding King Pharmaceutical very soon. Like next comic. Nothing like a preemptive strike! And what a strike team it will be.

Sara, of course, has to remain on the sidelines because of her probation. She'll be there, though. She'll be the woman in the chair guiding the team to defeating Terra Nova/D.I.S.C.O.R.D. once and for all. She's also firmly entrenched in team science now along with Kevin, Takashi and Aquita. She's going to publish her findings. It may even have a forward by Aquita. Think of the press that will get. Talk about hitting the mad scientist where it hurts.

It's just as well. Marshall deserved it. It's a fitting end to this madman. His science experiment revolted and next week Terra Nova's OTHER science experiment will revolt. Sucks to be Terra Nova.

See ya next time!