Saturday, July 4, 2020

Starbolts #487: Old Glory



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This week's comic is a very special 4th of July comic as it was released ON the 4th of July. I have introduced the original Iron Eagle and his partner Spitfire. The Iron Eagle I had in the comic before was not the original patriotic hero. This man is. And as it happens, they are the parents of the second Lady Liberty! That then makes them the grandparents of Jack, Sara and Crystal.

I hope that explanation makes some sense. =) After Iron Eagle and Spitfire died under mysterious circumstances, their friend Carter Danvers took their mantle and became Lady Liberty. Andrea was orphaned and was put into foster care. However, Carter made it a point to stay in touch with the young girl. They formed a friendship and have been reunited.

We'll be revisiting what caused the deaths of Lavarre and Tennant in a future comic. Stay tuned for that. I did like how I had the ghosts visit the grandkids. Did they suspect that their great-grandchildren were there as well? Who can say? I did have them in focus in one of the panels. I wonder if they suspected anything.


You can also bet that Sara, Jack and Crystal would be entranced by that newsreel footage of their grandparents. Terra Nova had a hate for their family since the days of World War II. And it turns out that they were a Nazi science division. They were formed in the 1920s as a secret society and just got absorbed into the Nazis.

It's funny. Ever since those days, the organization tried to stop Lavarre and his progeny. The grandchildren were the ones who finally put them out of business. Ah, the irony.

See you next time! Have a great holiday!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Starbolts #486: Saving Private Angelo



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In no time at all Team Magic saved the future Angelo from a very gruesome death. His mother sensed his presence and soon the two will be reunited! However, we have something special planned before that as we're coming up on the 4th of July. Stay tuned for something really cool and really in canon.

Back to this week's comic, though. Looks like the future look for the Centurions is cooler than the one they have now. I wonder what made them change their minds. Hard to say. But, the look really is cool. I might have Richie adopt the look. We'll see.

This arc is rapidly coming to a close and next week I'll be taking a break from the action with a special 4th of July comic. I hope everyone enjoys it! Stay tuned!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Starbolts #485: Back to the Future



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This week's comic has a little downtime before Team Magic heads to the future to save the future Angelo from certain death on the planet Illibrata. If you recall, that's why the future Angela went off the deep end and started killing her friends and family. If Angelo is saved, then she will be in a better place. We hope.

I also put some character moments in the comic to show a few developments. It seems that Stan played a bit of a matchmaker between two immortals since we last saw Idrak and Ethan together. Not a bad pairing, right? I didn't think so!

We also saw Kaori and her girlfriend, Selena talking and of course Marcus talking to Jack about what happened on D.I.S.C.O.R.D. island. A little character development goes a long way. But, for now Team Magic is on their way to an unknown future. What awaits them there? Fine out next week!

See ya then!

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Starbolts #484: Group Therapy



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Looks like being trapped in a void is a good place to hash out your differences. Hang on a second. What did the future Angela mean by the death of her first child? Hmm. We'll be looking at that a bit more closely. Firaxil is a little concerned about what that might mean. What could it be? Who is the father? What's going on? We'll see soon enough. Stay tuned for that.

Meanwhile, the Power Rangers managed to get Angelo's helmet. They just need Angelo. I do like the scene where present day Sara lays into future Firaxil with all the advice he used to give her. Turnabout is fair play. Sam helped with that scene and it turned out beautifully.

Not much else to talk about this week. Stay tuned because we're going to get some more revelations soon. Dendra is right. Sara DOES have a ton of secrets doesn't she?

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Starbolts #483: Comfort and Joy



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This week's comic has much needed downtime for a few of our heroes. I think that in order to change the timeline, the present day Angela is going to have to change a few things in order to avoid becoming her dark, future self. Now she and Kevin know that Angelo is their future son. What they do with that information is totally up to them. The future hasn't been written yet from their point of view. Changes are already being made to the timeline. What will happen to Angela now is anyone's guess. The question is how is she going to avoid becoming her darker self? She is going to have a lot of work to do.

Meanwhile Crystal and Marcus are doing their best to relax. The poor guy saw his hero die in front of him. It's going to take him a while to recover. Crystal is doing her best to pay it forward to him for all the times he helped her. I think he'll be okay. It's tough when the heart of the team has to go through some trauma.

Speaking of trauma, it looks like dark Angela went through some. I see a group therapy session in the void. Stay tuned for that! It should be noted that the Centurion powers get immediately nullified upon entry into the void. That's why Firaxil immediately reverted to what he was wearing when he put on the spaceman suit. That would be his tux. Man, that wedding was ages ago wasn't it? We need to get that boy married. Soon.

See ya next time!

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Starbolts #482: What is Ilibrata?



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So, as it turns out the Chief was actually Sara from the future! Amazing, right? Actually, the hints were all there if you knew where to look. Remember how she was:

1. Friendly with Crystal before her time jump.
2. Was REALLY not looking forward to sending Mateo and Angelo into her sister's dark past.
3.  Her conversation with Norad in her own past almost gave it away.

Those hints and others peppered throughout the arc almost gave everything away didn't it? Well, at least we know Sara's fate in the future as well as the fate of Firaxil, Crystal and Angela. However, the Starbolts will be changing Angela's fate very, very soon. If this works.

What exactly is Ilibrata anyway? Well, it turns out it is a planet. Sam and I were thinking that the world is like a combination of DC's Oa and Marvel's Xandar. Both planets are the home of the Green Lantern Corps and the Nova Corps respectively. Both worlds yield the key to some serious cosmic power. I tried to make Ilibrata as funky as possible with rings around it and a cloudy atmosphere.

The sky on that world would be amazing. Everywhere you look, you'd see the rings. Would be a breathtaking sight. Will we visit this planet? Well, Nightstrike and Stan are going. So...yes. Yes, we are going. When? Soon!

See ya next time!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Starbolts #481: Arguing with Myself



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This week Angela gets involved in a real Freudian nightmare as she is arguing with herself. It seems that the death of Angelo is what caused future Angela to snap and kill everyone she knew and/or cared about. Clearly she is not mentally stable. One question remains. Who or what is Illibrata? It's definitely a place. I can say that much. We'll find out more about that next time!

At least Kevin and the present Angela have been reunited. She seems to be safe for now. But, she is probably thinking of ways to NOT become this darker and insane version of herself. Time is a fickle thing isn't it. It's like a river that's always moving. Well, actually from a non linear, non subjective viewpoint it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff.

In any case, Angela is going to do her best to make sure she doesn't turn into her darker self. Here's hoping that works out! For everyone's sake.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Starbolts #480: Letting the Dust Settle



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This week, we've decided to let the dust settle a bit while the team looks for Angela and "Dark Angela". They needed to come to terms with the time traveling adventure which has been going on for many comics now. Andrea had her reunion with her mentor, Carter, aka the first Lady Liberty. She wants to hear all about her protege's children. This could get awkward really fast. How is she going to explain all of what happened to Jack, Sara and Crystal?

Meanwhile, we have Mateo talking about his time traveling experiences. That was probably a tough thing for him to talk about. You don't just forget seeing something like that. If you check out the comic, just remember there is a viewer discretion message still in effect.

The cutest part has to go to little Sirak talking to his returning grandmother. She had been missing for most of his life. So, he's basically a chatterbox at this point. I get the feeling he's going to love the story of how his idol, M'anta, saved her. Older Sirak in the mean time probably remembers this day. Sirak and Rose really want to be in the mess hall with their family. But, they can't because of time travel rules and everything.

As for the Chief and Firaxil? I wonder if anyone can guess who she might be. She and future Firaxil seem to be close. Hmmmm....

More on that AND both Angelas at the ranch next week! Kevin is a man on a mission. Let's hope Sara's bad feeling is unwarranted. See ya next time!!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Starbolts #479: Fallen Angels



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We interrupt this invasion of the purple people eaters to bring you this very important clash of the titans! It looks like Angela went Dark Phoenix in the future and went a little off the deep end doesn't it? We'll find out more next week.

This week, however, we learn the origin of her powers. Angela is the child of a Centurion and sometimes their kids tend to have cosmic potential. What's odd is that Jaime, Mateo and Richie never got this cosmic level of power. I suppose that means that there is a one and four chance of going super cosmic. Oh! I just had an interesting thought. Remember how Clive Marshall wanted her to be in a breeding program? I wonder if he knew just how powerful she could be. This Dark Angela is severely overpowered. Let's hope she can be stopped!

More on her origins and of course more on how she came to be this way soon!

At least she effectively ENDED the invasion of the time traveling purple people eaters.

See ya next time!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Starbolts #478: Temporal Collisions



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This week's comic has a startling turn of events as we find out why The Professor has been messing with the time period. It turnsout that there was a fight in the future between Firaxil and Angela that was the cause of it all! In order to prevent that dark future from happening, the Professor took it upon himself to change reality. Well, now the Starbollts know what is to come. Angela essentially becomes Dark Phoenix.. Can the Starbolts prevent it from happening?

We shall see. We'll also find out how she got this powerful to begin with. Stay tuned!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Starbolts #477: The Parental Directive



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This week, the Agents have assembled to fight the foe no single superhero could withstand. They are the mentors and parents of several members of the Starbolts. Do they have what it takes to defeat The Professor's forces? Time will tell. However, there are still a few mysteries. Why were the drones so focused on trying to kill Angela? What is her part in all of this? Throughout this entire storyline, Angela has been a focal point. We'll find out the answer a lot sooner than you might think!

As for the Agents themselves, I had some fun putting the sprites together. The first Lady Liberty is actually using the Mark 16 armor Jenna and Sara used. The Arlanderos' father was a Centurion and that will be an important issue in the not too distant future. Many of the Agents actually passed down their powers to their children. Sara got Stan's teleportation ability. Marcus got superspeed from his mother.  It's very interesting how it all came together. The Starbolts owe a lot to their parents. Let's see if they can finish the job.

It should be clear that many of the parents appeared with their corresponding child except for Takashi, Kaori and Norad. Norad was created by Kevin and Takashi and Kaori were adopted by Ganetsu, the man in green in the last panel. We have quite a roster of heroes. Here's hoping they can defeat the Professor's forces.

AGENTS ASSEMBLE!

(And yes. The team is basically like the Avengers but with some differences.)

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Starbolts #476: Heroines in Peril



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Earth's mightiest heroes, the Agents of S.T.A.R. have all assembled! Who are they? I only show a small number of them in panels 39 and 40. They are:

* Stan Whitefox
* Andrea Lavarre
* Richard Dastara
* Elaine Dastara
* Avery Johnson
* Rebecca Johnson
* Gregorio Arlandero
* Gloria Arlandero
* Nisson Odanta
* Dendra Odanta
* Ganetsu
* Benjamin Harris
* Phil Smith
* Maria Cooper
* Garazo

Sirak and Yeena were also members of the team. Now the queen is back and brought with her the original Lady Liberty. I forgot to mention that honorary members of the team are Jaime Arlandero and Ariel. Missing from the line-up is Kevin's mother as she was brutally murdered by her husband.

 Judging by what happened to Sara, Shrall and Anya, the Starbolts are going to need all the help they can get. The elder team will do whatever it takes to protect their children. After all, they are Earth's mightiest.

This week's comic has a lot of links to past comics. We've got references to:

Starbolts #52: The Aquan Front
Starbolts #429: Liberty's Daughter
Starbolts #430: Call of the Whitefox
Starbolts #445: The Final Fate of Terra Nova
Starbolts #447: The Legacy of the Shield

I think that was the most throwbacks I have ever included in a comic! Well, can you blame me for being a stickler for continuity? Enjoy the comic this week because next week our heroes begin a fight for their lives alongside their Agents mentors. See you next time!

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Starbolts #475: A Dangerous Time



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This week's time travel adventure takes place during Starbolts #17, a comic that's over ten years old! In comic terms, the event was only two years ago. Looking back at that one and coming here shows just how much the comic changed. Everything changes in ten years. Styles change and even character designs do. I wasn't a fan of those old character designs. It's a good thing I got some new ones. It is cool to look back every once in a while, though. 

So, we're finally done with the individual time periods. Now M'anta and Crystal can complete their missions without interference from the Professor's minions. If you remember, M'anta has to save his mother, Queen Yeena. And Crystal has to save the first Lady Liberty. That should be a fun comic to do. Ideas are buzzing around my head and I will probably work on the comic soon.

Now, what about this week? Well, we had a cameo from Shenra. Shenra, if you recall eventually gets kidnapped by Gladstone and spends two years as a prisoner of Terra Nova. Eventually she is freed and now is hanging out with Shrall since she has no way of getting back to Demonsk.

Pretty heavy stuff is in store for her. But, we can't dwell on that. Yeena and the first Lady Liberty are about to be saved! Then the Professor will finally make himself known! Get ready for a huge brawl!!

See you next time!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

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



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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



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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



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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!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Starbolts #467: Dark Times on Aquarius



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The time traveling Starbolts are off on their adventure and their first stop is the Aquan Occupation. This was a dark time in Aquan history. For sixty years, aliens known as the Mosqukatara enslaved the people of their world. They were forced into labor camps, slums and exterminated for following their religion. There were other atrocities the bugs committed. The water was heavily polluted and that forced many to take shelter on land.

However, where there was strife there was hope. Sirak, Yeena and their resistance cell was one of many that oversaw the liberation of many camps, saved countless lives and preserved their planet for sixty years until they were liberated. Firaxil and Jacob have arrived at a crucial point in time. The Mosqukatara's losses have been mounting for years. All that was left was one final push to drive the insects from their homeland.

We know that the cell was successful in saving Aquarius. However, something is up with Yeena. I'll reveal what that is, soon. Readers might want to keep her in your mind. She'll be coming up a lot in future comics. Notably the ones concerning Sirak's eventual assassination and over course her rescue.

You might also want to take note how M'anta and Sirak share the same wardrobe. M'anta is wearing his father's armor. Heroism does run in the family. Actually, it runs in many of the Starbolts' families.

See you next time for part two of our trip to Aquarius! 

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Starbolts #466: Time for Time Force



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And they're off to various points in time and space! Where are they all going? Well, here's a list of who is going where:


Number
Time team
Time period
1
Mateo/Angelo
Crystal’s farm
2
Aquita/Dendra
Jenna burns down school
3
Marcus/Rose
D.I.S.C.O.R.D. Island
4
Firaxil/Jacob
Aquan Occupation
5
Angela/MJ
Firaxil and New Inobus
6
Jenna/Sirak
Angela’s death
7
TK/Jack
Kevin’s mom’s death
8
Kevin/Kaori
Death of King Sirak
9
Norad
Sara’s death

The only ones not going on a mission are Sara, Shrall, Anya and the newbies. They'll be staying behind to monitor the crazy adventures through time and space. Let's not forget that Crystal and M'anta have their own missions to save Carter and Yeena respectively. That isn't to say the others won't have important things to do. They will. Oh, they certainly will if Stan and Andrea are planning something. They won't be left out of the coming conflict! And what a conflict it will be!

You might ask why Shrall wouldn't go to Sara's timeline with Norad. Well, it was decided off screen that the android has no emotional impediments at this time. He'd be able to solo it with no problem. No emotional issues. Shrall and the others have another job to do!

So, yes. Marcus is the heart of the team. There's this thing with the DCAU that if the Flash were to ever die, the entire Justice League would turn evil. This plays on that principle. Call it the "Speedster Principle". =)

At any event, the stage is set. We'll be going to these events in chronological order. So, the first event we're going to is event #4, the days of the Aquan Occupation. Fun times ahead, readers.

See you next time!