Sunday, April 30, 2017

Starbolts #348: Epic Betrayal


It was only a matter of time before Valentina had a face turn. Over the last few comic arcs with her, she's been getting less and less "evil" and more disillusioned with the whole villain thing. The same goes for Simon and it remains to be seen if she will also change sides. Note: This doesn't mean she will be joining the Starbolts. Far from it. If anything she and Simon will want to be left alone. Cobra is so not happy with this turn of events. We'll hear from him soon enough.

I'm not sure she changed her views on Crystal, though. She probably still thinks she is a slut and a dangerous person. Then again, she did just witness her saving Marcus's life. So, it remains to be seen how much of an impact this whole thing has had on her. Speaking of impacts. Did you notice Manta's eyes when he came out of the cargo bay? He's gonna want words with Zarantha after what she just put him and Aquita through.

In other news, I'll be working on a review of X-Men Blue and then Harmonica Jay and I will be teaming up for a review of another Archer and Armstrong comic! I was hoping for X-O Manowar, but, we couldn't find a single issue to talk about. Just trades. Still. Archer and Armstrong is fun. Not sure what to expect. I hope it's a good comic!

See ya next time!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Starbolts #347: Rude Awakening


It looks like someone is definitely gonna get it in the next comic. I can see it now.

Tornado: Babe, you're okay!
Crystal: *STABS Tornado.*

I think that would be the rated R version of what will happen. Right now she has more important things on her mind. She has to free her friends from the pods somehow. Meanwhile the others are fighting the Legion just outside the cargo bay. Crystal doesn't know that of course.

Speaking of Crystal, I'll explain her fantasy a bit. The way I see it is that all she wanted in life was a life with the first person who actually saw her. That was Marcus way back when. That's her greatest wish. She was able to break free of the fantasy because that's what she now has in the real world. She has Marcus, friends and two people who might as well be her real parents. The spell didn't work on someone who is already content with their life. Did she have drama? Yes. She's working through it. I didn't have time to show it, but, in her fantasy Dennis wouldn't have been mutated.

What ended up tipping her off was the sight of her dad in an Agents uniform. That wouldn't sit right with her. In the end, Zarantha miscalculated what Crystal really wanted in life. The others, though, may have trouble waking up. Though, this begs the question. What is Marcus dreaming of? We'll find out soon enough. They were sharing the same fantasy up to a certain point. Where? Who can say?

See ya next time!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Starbolts #346: The New Kids on the Block


This week the New Starbolts take center stage! Plenty of action from almost the entire team here. I didn't showcase Carra that much, but, she'll have more to do next week. Until then we have the newbies taking point against several of the Starbolts' deadly foes. And hey, they are doing a pretty good job here!

In other news, I'll be reviewing X-Men Blue soon so keep a look out for that. As far as X-Men Gold goes, the story is decent and everything. I'm admittedly hesitant over how I'll cover the controversy. I may say a couple things and just keep going. The controversy is still fresh in everyone's minds so I'll be covering Blue for now. And hey it's pretty fun!

So stay tuned for that and of course more Starbolts action. Had fun making sprites for Avian and a couple others. They were long overdue! Anyway, see ya next time! We're almost to the end of this storyline! And what an ending it will be! See ya!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Starbolts #345: Storming the Castle


If only the Starbolts had a wheelbarrow. That would be something! This week we have the newbies, Warrior and Avian arriving at the station! Will they be enough to stop the Legion? We'll see soon enough. Now we know where all the Starbolts are stored. Once they are freed, I am sure they'll be able to take back the castle. Er...I mean space station.

I kind of feel bad for Tornado. Kind of. But, not quite. He's a hopeless romantic. Emphasis on hopeless. And he thinks with other parts of his anatomy. Not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, either since he doesn't know when to quit. I'm thinking of having Marcus and Tommy here have a confrontation soon.

Right now we have the New Starbolts here to share the spotlight! I need to round out that team a bit more. Sooner or later another young teenage hero will join the ranks and bring the team total to six. I'm going for this New Warriors style vibe for the newbies. I have a couple ideas. We shall see what happens.

In the mean time, the 'Bolts are storming the castle. Think it'll work? It'll take a miracle.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Starbolts #344: World of Illusions


That ending, man. That ending! It was actually one of the first panels I put in when I did the comic as the illusions went through a couple drafts. I initially had a mishmash of various things confusing Crystal. Instead, I opted to go with something a bit more simple while still keeping the basic premise in there. I wanted Zarantha to egg her on about the life she could have had if Clive had his way and had her be a Terra Nova operative. That obviously didn't happen.

I also had the choice in making this comic an April Fool's Day comic because that's what today is. I put a poll up on my twitter and people were adamant that I didn't do one. A friend of mine said it is probably because my day is Saturday and it's a day I normally put stuff up. Except if it's a video. Then those go up when I finish. Truthfully, I couldn't think of a comic for the day and I didn't want to break where the story was.

I also took the time to upgrade some backgrounds. See the walls of the station and a few other areas? I decided I needed to make them more spacey and high tech looking. It worked out pretty well.  It's just various little details and I'll definitely be adding more for future backgrounds.

In the meantime, we got this week's comic and wow...someone's gonna get punched. Or sliced. If Crystal wakes up in time. See ya next time!