Saturday, February 2, 2013

Starbolts #181: Beauties vs. The Beasts

Know how there's a tumblr that says "DC women kick ass"? Well, here Starboltsverse women kick ass! Jenna has full knowledge of how Aquan ships operate and that's how she managed to pretty much cripple the command ship of the Aquan fleet. The teleporter takes a bit more time to figure out. Still, this was one fun comic to write. As I said before, I don't do damsels in distress. I know some people have a hard time writing women in comics. I don't know why it tends to be that way. What I do is try to combine their instincts with the dialog. They can be caring and still tough. See Jadzia Dax, Kira Nerys and other female Star Trek characters to see how it can be accomplished.

Those are good models for writing female characters, I think. Hell, even Sarah Jane Smith from Doctor Who fame is a good choice. As well as other characters. Literature is full of strong women and while it has been overshadowed in recent years, they are out there. Here, I show just how cunning Jenna is when dealing with Dark Manta. Same with Angela. It's all about execution and how to best handle a lady writing wise.

In comics, we've had several ladies in Marvel that have also kicked ass. Invisible Woman, Storm and Shadowcat to name a few. In the hands of a good writer, women can be written very well. It's up to the reader and viewer of a television show to pick out the best ones.

Anyway, I have a bit of news. If you head over to You will see that Linkara has decided to pass the writing torch of Lightbringer to another person. What does that have to do with me? Well, Lightbringer did cameo a couple times in comics over the years. Just minor appearances here and there since I didn't want to overdo it and bug Lewis for a cameo/crossover every single day. I have more sense than that. I know Lewis worked very hard on the character and I hope whoever takes over the reins does a fantastic job with the character.

I'd do it myself, but, to be honest it wouldn't be fair to Lewis. I focus my time on the Starbolts and I have a TON of characters to work with. I'm afraid that Lightbringer would get lost in the shuffle and I don't want that to happen. He's a good character and I'm not even sure he'd fit in the Starbolts universe very well. Supers have been around for a long time and Lightbringer is his world's first hero.

His artist is also a good guy to work with. His work and his comics are good. Serge works really hard on his stuff and whoever gets a chance to work with him will have a very talented artist. I hope whoever takes over Lightbringer keeps that in mind. Despite the harsh criticisms the comic gets from people, the comic IS a good read. The character is unique. The universe is as well. Not many people start over from scratch in universe building.

Whereas my story has always been about a continuing legacy of heroics, Lightbringer has always been about how the world sees heroes for the first time in the modern age. It's rare to see that in this day and age and it'd be tough to see that light fade. (Pardon the pun).

Here's to you, Lightbringer. The Starbolts will be waiting to see who takes charge of their white spandex wearing friend and good luck to whoever takes the reins!

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