Saturday, June 12, 2021

Starbolts #535: Into the Blue Again

 

Hail!

    Well, it looks like Norad is in a pickle! Our android friend and Syntax have to deal with dying nanobots with nothing to lose. They used to be passive. What made them go aggro all of a sudden? We'll find out soon, I promise. It looks like the start of a new storyline featuring Norad and we will definitely delve into the origin of Syntax. I think you will find her to be a literal ghost in the machine!

    After Aquita's harrowing ordeal, it looks like it affected her more than she realized. A swim wasn't going to be enough to shake off the horror of seeing two black auras. She needed something more. She needed a reset to her brain. Thankfully, her husband was there and I don't think it takes a lot to figure out what they're doing by the pool.

    Aquita was swimming naked as she is comfortable with nudity. As Aquans swim a lot, they tend to not have the same view of nudity as some humans do. Sure they swim with clothes on. But, sometimes they like to swim naked as well. Also, if an Aquan woman were to show themselves as naked before a potential mate, that means they are ready to take a mate for life.

    In this case, Aquita wanted to swim naked as it was refreshing to her. Mateo showing up is an added bonus. After this is over, I wouldn't say she was cured. But, she is on the mend. It's going to take time and seeing a pink or blue aura will definitely help speed things along. Black auras tend to have a negative impact on Aquan psyches. It remains to be seen how this will effect Robkas and Kahlia going forward. The two are stuck with each other. But, I don't think they'll be happy with each other.

    At least we know Aquita will be fine. She has her husband, son, family and friends to help her. That's all we can hope for.

See ya next time for more on Norad and Syntax!

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Starbolts #534: Losing Your Tail

 


Hail!

    I should probably explain what Aquita said. Basically, Robkas has ruined his life. Aquans take sex very seriously as they are a telepathic race. They bond with their mates for life and thus have to be very selective in choosing their life partner. They do not consummate their union unless they are ABSOLUTELY sure. And it's usually the woman who initiates the mating ritual. If their love isn't pure, their bond is meaningless and the two become hollow. Robkas also mated with Kahlia in an attempt to make Aquita jealous. This backfired horribly and now he has to live with his decision. As far as Kahlia goes, she has no real feelings for him. They can't read each other and if they can't read each other, there is no bond. That is a hard concept for an Aquan to deal with as they are a race of telepaths.

    This isn't to say personality and chemistry don't also play a role. They do. This scenario is more about being able to connect telepathically to one another. An Aquan can obviously connect to another Aquan or a non Aquan as we've seen with Mateo and Jenna in the past. However, problems can arise if they can't adequately sense the other person. In this regard, Robkas and Kahlia are probably doomed as their telepathic needs can never be met.

    I hope that clears things up. Robkas is now stuck with Kahlia, a woman who has also mated with various Aquans for the wrong reasons. In a way, this makes them a perfect pair. Now, there is no stigma attached to it because it was their choice. They just can no longer read each other like I said. They have to live with their choices and she was never able to read him anyway.

    I think this lesson will affect Marcus the most because he has been in a relationship for about a year. When he gets back to Earth, he's really going to up the romance with Crystal. He is the youngest of the original Starbolts and so he still has a lot to learn about love.

    We also learned a bit about Aquan development this week. Baby Aquans start off sort of like tadpoles. I didn't have space in the sprite to put in a tail. But, baby Criam definitely had one. And his hands and feet were like dolphin flippers. The baby has a lot of developing to do. I'm sure he'll swim circles around his older cousin some day!  

    I also liked writing that scene with Aquita and her mother. We seem to be doing many scenes with the Starbolts and their parents lately. Huh. I should probably write one with Marcus and his parents. That'd be cool. Perhaps I will since Aquita's words hit home for him. He loves Crystal and she loves him. But, now he has firsthand knowledge about auras and what all that really means. He's gonna be a changed man. Probably for the better!

Time will tell!

See ya next time!

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Starbolts #533: The New Prince

 

Hail!

    The new prince is finally here and his name is Criam J'arrsti. Longtime readers will remember that Criam was the name of Aquita, Shrall and M'anta's grandfather. The elder Criam was the one who liberated Aquarius from the Mosqukatara. You can read about his heroic sacrifice all those years ago here. Now he carries on the name for a new generation. Will he be king? It's hard to say. He WILL be meeting his cousin, Sirak, next week though!

    Speaking of next week. Expect Aquita to FINALLY confront Robkas over his latest ramblings. It's a safe bet she's just going to give him the cold shoulder as he usually does. And of course Kahlia is no prize herself. Seriously. She hit on Marcus on live television. Oh and to make it worse Crystal probably saw it. She knows Marcus would NEVER stray. However, she does have just cause to beat up that lady. Kahlia clearly has issues and she and Robkas were made for each other!

    I'm also planning on doing a long awaited scene with Aquita and her mother. I really want to make one before they head back to Earth. Stay tuned for that and of course future comics!

See ya next week!

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Starbolts #532: When Similarities Attract

 

Hail!

    Only a complete and utter douche like Robkas would have a political announcement at the same time a royal birth is taking place. But, it gets worse. They're in the same building. I want it known that the Starbolts are right to chastise Robkas due to his crimes. He has been a constant thorn in their sides since his return ages ago. The man has some serious issues and the Starbolts don't tolerate him. Why should they? He kidnapped Aquita, brainwashed her, took part in several attempts to take over either Earth or Aquarius and countless other crimes.

    Then there's his girlfriend. It looks like Kahlia Motres is cut from the same cloth. M'anta asked Firaxil to do a quick check on her file before he arrived at the beach. It didn't take long as he used his Centurion helmet. The helmet includes an uplink to any criminal database depending on what world the Centurion is on and Kahlia appears on the list. She did some time. But, is she really reformed?

Who knows? I wonder if Robkas and her even have a future. They do seem to deserve each other.

Either way, next comic sees the birth of the new prince! Stay tuned!

See ya nest week!

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Starbolts #531: Unexpected Arrivals

 

Hail!

    This week's comic brings us two unexpected arrivals for the Starbolts. First off we have Angela and Kevin having a long awaited and much needed reunion. Things were tense for a while since she went to Demonsk without his input. That put a little strain on their relationship. Thankfully, they worked things out and are getting back on track. As for that little cave they went to, well....it's an underwater cave. I think they'll have privacy there. Much needed privacy. The cave was discovered by Aquita and she and Mateo have made it into a love nest. How did she find out about it? Good question. I doubt the princess would have told her.

    It looks like Robkas is back in town with a new girlfriend. Her name is Kahlia. We'll be hearing more about her in the next few comics. What is Robkas's endgame here? He wants to be senator, right? Is he using her to get the job? OR is she using him? It's hard to say. Basically, Kahlia is an Aquan version of Crystal with zero inhibitions. He should be careful. Then again, perhaps he's also in on it.

    I really liked how that sunrise panel came out. It took a few tries. But, I think it works. See ya next time for more of what Robkas is up to now that he's back. What does this mean for our heroes? Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Starbolts #530: Flight of the Phoenix

 

Hail!

    This week's comic got a little steamy didn't it? Well, it makes sense given our fiery heroine and her husband have good cause to celebrate. Jenna is now fixed and the two are very happy about the results. There's a reason for that.

    Aquans thrive on physical and telepathic contact with their mates as they mate for life. It had been about a year since Jenna's transformation and in that time M'anta couldn't touch her or touch her for very long. A kiss would only be brief because of the temperature of her skin. Physical contact was out of the question and sleeping next to her was like sleeping next to a heater.

    They tried being intimate telepathically and while that worked to some degree, she was missing the physical closeness with her husband. He also missed being physical, too.

    The scene gives new depth to their relationship and by extension Mateo and Aquita's since they are a mixed couple too. The only difference there is that Mateo is a human male. 

    Still, I wanted this comic to show a new depth to M'anta and Jenna's relationship. Their love was tested by the whole "Jenna becoming a living inferno" scenario. Now that she's back to normal. Who knows what will happen? Time will tell.

    Meanwhile, it looks like Shrall and Tayalla's baby is about to make his or her debut next week! The original Starbolts and Firaxil are off to Aquarius to witness the birth! It should make for a fun few comics. 

See ya next time!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Starbolts #529: Rise of the Phoenix

 

Hail!

    Jenna has risen like a phoenix from the ashes and so that will be her new code name. It suits her and that bird-like costume is purely a coincidence. I think I'll make minor alterations as time goes by. Perhaps I'll include a bird-like image on the chest.  The white spot is where her mouth would go. It's not a full helmet. It's a decent design. I'll probably change it a little. Phoenix is also a cool code name, too.  I was struggling to think what I could use for a name and then I thought Phoenix was cool. Sure a member of the X-Men has used it. But, here's the thing. Jenna hasn't been replaced by a cosmic entity nor is she going to go crazy and destroy stuff. Her phoenix is more like the bird of legend and less like the X-Men character.

    M'anta and Jenna definitely had a happy reunion here and we'll be sure to catch up with them next week. We'll need some closure on that front and maybe we'll see the suit in action! No maybes about it. I want to see those wings! That should be cool! I also liked writing that bit with Richard and M'anta. Richard is basically a surrogate dad to him now that his father Sirak is gone. So he's been helping the poor guy out when he's troubled. Sure he's eccentric sometimes but he cares and that's the important thing!

    Though, part of me is sad that we never got to see Bruce Springsteen play for Crystal. HAHAHA! Nah, I think she's fine either way.

See ya next time!


Saturday, April 24, 2021

Starbolts #528: From the Ashes

 

Hail!

    It's finally begun! Jenna has been cured of the ailment that has plagued her since the mid 200s of this webcomic. It all started way back in Starbolts #239 and ended with Jenna's powers getting out of whack. Ever since her victory in Starbolts #275, her powers have been out of control. So, now what? What's going to happen next? Well, like a phoenix she has rose from the ashes. She's not going to be reclaiming her role as Lady Liberty as Crystal has settled into the role. She'll create a new name for herself and we will see what that'll be in the next couple of comics. Phoenix has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

I really liked how the interaction with Stan and Jenna's father, Richard played out. As you can see Sara was smiling a bit in one of the panels. If there wasn't confirmation that she takes after her father, then that'd be it. 

Anyway, now that Jenna is finally cured, what's nice for our fiery heroine? Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Starbolts #527: Fighting My Way Back

 

    Firaxil has finally returned from his two month-long mission to New Inobus and as you can tell he missed Sara very much *ahem*. Yeah. Probably would have been a good idea to wait a little bit before barging into the middle of class, Firaxil. Just saying. Then again the big guy misses his wife. Who can blame him for barging in like he owned the place. 

    As you can see we have ten New Starbolts. That's almost the same amount of teens the Starbolts had before adding Tanis to their ranks. The Starbolts had fifteen. The New Starbolts might get there at some point. That's always a possibility. New metahumans are popping up every day. Who know who else is out there? And since Terra Nova is gone, it'd be a lot easier for the Starbolts to find and locate metahumans for training.

    Next let's talk about the new Inobe Centurion. We didn't want to leave poor Victo alone right after he got his powers. So, we gave him a week before Firaxil headed back home. Makes sense. He'll do a great job as a Centurion and if worse comes to worse, he can always ask Firaxil for help.

    Slowly but surely the Starbolts are returning home. Next up we check in on Jenna and finally get her powers straightened out. 

See ya next time!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Starbolts #526: A New Deputy in Town

 

Hail!

    This week we're checking in on Firaxil and it looks like he is homesick for Earth. Specifically his wife and unborn child. There has to be a way to remedy the situation and the Centurion Corps found an easy solution. Victo Gavren has been made a deputy Centurion! I just hope he won't be douchey like John Walker on Falcon and the Winter Soldier. That reminds me. I'm gonna go on record and say that the U.S. Agent is the Avenger with the most punchable face. He narrowly beats out Starfox and that dude's gimmick is charisma. U.S. Agent was never my favorite Avenger. Probably should have made a top ten worst Avengers video back in the day. Walker would definitely be at the top followed by Starfox.

    Back on topic. Some time has passed since Firaxil left Earth and he is anxious to get back. Don't forget. This was all Sara's idea. Well, he needed to stay with his parents for a while too. Now, will Gavren be up to the task of being a Centurion? Or will he end up like Walker? Time will tell. Tune in for the action next time!

 See ya next week!

 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Starbolts #525: Coming Home Again

 

   Hail!

    Well, it looks like there is a new development in the Tanis saga as he wants to stay on Earth with the Starbolts. Will they let him stay? Probably. We'll see more of him, soon. But, we're going to jump ahead to New Inobus for the next couple of comics so we can see what Firaxil is up to. Then we'll be going to Aquarius for the birth of Shrall and Tayalla's baby. April is going to be a busy month for the Starbolts. 

    At least we have some progress in the form of Ethan Knight taking interest in what's going on with Angela. What exactly is "void magic"? Why do so many people call it a myth? There are so many questions. Could "void magic" be responsible for Angela's condition? And what about Jenna and Norad? It seems like many Starbolts are broken this year doesn't it? Well, it keeps them all human. That's all I can say!

Keep it here for more Starbolts action this month and beyond! See ya next time!

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Starbolts #524: Angels Don't Give Up

 

    Hails and horns!

    Well, as one adventure comes to a close, it looks like another one begins. Along for the ride to Earth is Rudo. What could he be up to? We'll find out soon enough. Right now Angela's story has come to a close. But, don't worry. We WILL be revisiting her in the not too distant future. Next week we'll be seeing what Firaxil is up to. Could it tie with the current storyline? MAAYBE! Depends on how you look at it.

    As far as Tanis goes, I wonder why he's going to Earth. Maybe he's looking to make amends? Maybe he's looking for a way to help Angela? Maybe it's both? Hard to say. Who doesn't love a good mystery? Actually, who doesn't love a good retribution arc? That's what this story is looking to become. See ya next time!

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Starbolts #523: Medea All Along

 

    Who's been pulling every evil string? It was Medea all along! Yeah, I may have picked that up from Wandavision. Great show. You should definitely check it out on Disney +. Now we have Falcon and the Winter Soldier and that looks promising. Gotta love MCU goodness. It's been so long since we've had anything MCU related and I welcome it!

    Back to the comic. It looks like Medea has been celebrating the loss of her husband, Demonstorm. I don't think she's "grieving" so much as enjoying herself. She was never really in love with him and never really wanted to go along with his evil schemes. She was always sort of just there. Is she complicit? Oh, yes. Very much so. She could have stopped so much hurt and destruction. But, she didn't. She's still a villain. I don't think she's much of a threat now and besides....I think she's enjoying her time with Taurol. I wonder if Tanis will like it if he's his new daddy.

    However, it looks like we might have some problems coming soon as Rudo walked into the transdimensional gateway. Where is he going to go? We'll find out soon enough. Trouble is brewing!

    Angela still has some issues to work out. We didn't feel like we should end things as easily as that. Will she'll be fixed? Stay tuned!

 See ya next time!

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Starbolts #522: Ritual Revealed

 

Hail!

    If things on Demonsk couldn't get any worse, now Tanis and Angela have to go and find Tanis's mother. Where could she be? How was she the power behind the throne? We'll have to wait and see. Is Medea even still alive? So many questions. So little time. They will all, of course, be answered.

    This week's comic also references the nanobots who attached themselves to Norad way back in Starbolts #27. Longtime readers might remember them being a part of Norad and if you can translate part of the passage, it says that the nanobots have a lifespan of only five years. It's been two years since Norad fused with the creatures. Uh oh. I hope Team Science can fix him up before time runs out!

    For now let's focus on next week. Will Angela find the answers she seeks? Will they find Medea? Stay tuned! 

See ya next time!


Saturday, March 6, 2021

Starbolts #521: Rudo Awakening

 

Hail!

    It's been almost eight years since Starbolts #200 and finally we've learned what happened after the door closed between Demonsk and the Starbolts' home reality. A "son" named Rudo was born and he definitely lives up to the name if is attitude is any indication. Someone needs to teach that boy some manners. And that someone should be Tanis. Don't let Rudo's attitude distract you from the main goal of this story and that should be finding out what Demonstorm did to Angela way back when the comic was starting! We're close to finding out the answers to all of her questions!

    Still, I can't help but wonder what brought Tanis back in Starbolts #215. I guess that really is a mystery for another time. Kidding. I actually DO know what brought him back and Tanis knows too. He just isn't sharing right now.

    Anyway, tune in next week as Angela finally finds out what the deceased lord of Demonsk did to her.

See ya next time!

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Starbolts #520: Visiting Scenic Demonsk

 

Hail!

    Welcome back to scenic Demonsk where the hellish landscape has been replaced by lush forests and the people have been forced to be happy as if their lives depend on it. Because it totally does. Well, it looks like a lot has changed in Demonsk since we last saw it in Starbolts #200. Demonstorm himself appears to be gone and someone who claims to be his son is now in charge. Who is he? We'll find out more about him and what he did to his people next time.

    The mood of the people drew inspiration from the '90s film "Demolition Man" where Sylvester Stallone's character wakes up in a seemingly utopian future where people are far too chipper for their own good. It's a decent action movie and it's got a nice moral to it. Check it out wherever movies are available. Or look it up on YouTube.     

    Back to the comic. It looks like all may be lost for Angela. I hope whoever this guy is can help. Is he friend or foe? Tune in next week and find out!

    See ya next time!

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Starbolts #519: To the Other Side

 

Hail!

    This week Angela and Tanis are on their way to Demonsk to find out more about the ceremony that nearly killed our favorite Latina superheroine. What will she uncover in the wasteland ruled by a cruel tyrant? Hopefully, she'll find the answers she's been looking for as we return once again to Demonsk! It's been a long time since we've been there! We haven't been there since Starbolts #200!

    Some comic notes to think about. In my head, I'm thinking that they had a portal set up to try and get Shenra back home if she ever needed/wanted to return to Demonsk. That's why a basic portal was set up. That and to keep tabs on Demonstorm. You always have to be prepared when dealing with him. He may return. One never knows!

    Another note to talk about is the Centurions'  inaction during the Aquan Occupation. They were aware of it and didn't act. Gregorio was a young Centurion during its final years. Would he have made a difference? Oh, yeah. But, the Corps decided he was needed elsewhere. Thankfully, the Aquans do not hold a grudge! And they managed to overthrow the bugs eventually. Perhaps the Corps has the uncanny ability of foresight?

    Now than that's out of the way, I wonder if Kevin is really as okay with this trip to Demonsk as Angela told everyone. Time will tell. Tune in next week as we once again go to the other side!

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Starbolts #518: A Romantic Interlude

 


     Hail!

    If you've guessed that Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth" is Crystal and Marcus's song, then you'd be correct! It's a good song and when Crystal was little she'd listen to the singer all the time just to spite Ruby and Jeb and the song's lyrics really suit Crystal to a tee. She was afraid to love before and now she isn't. She's got her rock and nothing is going to stop her.

    So, it's been about a year since Starbolts #303 when Crystal and Marcus kissed for the first time and what a year it's been. That comic came out when I was just thinking about elevating Crystal to main character status and I'm glad I did because there was a lot of story potential with her. Since she was elevated, Firaxil (then Dennis), Sara and Jack have all gotten great character moments.

    Crystal has gone through a lot and her character has become a LOT better in my opinion. And that's good because you want your characters to grow and change. Everyone changes for good or bad. But, in the end everyone needs a rock to keep them steady.

     What's next for the happy couple? Well, we'll just have to wait and see because next time we go back and see what Angela is up to. See ya next time!

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Starbolts #517: Breaking the Dimensional Barrier

 

    Two years ago (comic time), some serious drama occurred within the Starbolts. Jack and Crystal lost their sister. Dennis (Now Firaxil) lost Sara. And of course Angela had a brush with death at the hands of Demonstorm. This comic calls back to Starbolts #17 through Starbolts #26. In the real world, this was way back in 2009. It's fun to revisit these stories and upgrade the sprites to today's standards. You'll notice Tanis is wearing his old costume but with a modern twist. Demonstorm himself also looks different from how he looked back in those days.

    The question on everyone's minds should be "What will Angela find in Demonsk?" Will she find the answers she is looking for? Will the people of Demonsk even help her? Only time will tell.

    And yes it looks like Tanis and Crystal aren't going to be friendly any time soon. She blames him for what happened to Marcus. I don't think that's going to be forgiven quite so easily. We shall see.

See ya next time!

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Starbolts #516: The Glue

 

  Hail!

    After talking with the Source, Angela  has to seek out Tanis and Shenra. Perhaps they can tell her more about the ritual that killed her back in Starbolts #17.  Wow. That was four hundred and ninety-nine comics ago! I guess it's better late than never. If you recall, this was around the time Sara vanished too. I told Sam recently that it seemed like a lot of stories refer back to those days. It was two years ago in comic time. But, in the real world it's been about a decade. That's crazy to think about. Time flies when you're having fun.

    This week, we check in on Shrall, Tayalla and his mother. The latter seems to be adjusting to life well after being displaced in time. You can be sure that there were many parades and interviews with the Queen once she returned to Aquarius. You can also be sure that the first Lady Liberty, Carter Danvers, has been going through the same thing!

    As far as the Source goes, we now learn more about it. The Source, I think, is basically a small sun and has been around since the Big Bang. In fact, the Big Bang is probably what created the Source to begin with. I would go into more details. But, those are for another time. We got a meeting with Tanis and Shenra coming next week! Stay tuned!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Starbolts #515: The Heart of Illibrata

 

Hails and horns!

    Well, it looks like Angela discovered a shocking secret deep in the heart of Illibrata! What did the source mean by "its heart"? Whatever set it off like that has a lot to do with what happened to Angela WAY back in Starbolts #17. She died at the hands of Demonstorm and was eventually brought back to life. The comic was from mid 2009 and like Sara's supposed death around the same time period, this is yet another deep cut into the history of the webcomic.

    I've been enjoying writing these deep cuts and of course spotlighting the older Agents. It's a good idea to flesh them out as characters. As for Angela? Well, she is definitely has a lot of stuff going on. We'll see what happens next for her and delve into that connection she has with Demonstorm. 

Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Starbolts #514: Illibratan Lore

 

Hail!

    This week Angela and the readers learn about the Centurion Corps. Sam and I thought about their origins quite a bit and came up with something that was more or less a combination of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, the origin of Marvel's Nova Corps and a few other things tossed in for good measure. I have to thank Sam for helping to flesh out the story and what a story it is!

    He'vet was the first Centurion and thanks to him his society changed dramatically. The Corps was founded over ten thousand Terran years ago and thanks to the Force, Illibrata began to evolve quickly into a golden paradise. However, we know what awaits the ringed world in about twenty to thirty years. Remember, it was slated to go BOOM and Angela's son, Angelo, was there to witness it. Check out Starbolts #486 for details.

    Yeah. Things aren't looking too good for Illibrata, huh? Things are going to have to change on that planet if they want to avoid that fate. Can it be done? I suppose anything is possible. For now let's see how Angela does meeting with the "Source".

See ya next time!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Starbolts #513: Breaking Down the Asteroid

 

Hail!

    And welcome to the first Starbolts comic of 2021! This year starts off with a bang as we continue exploring the origin of Angela's phenomenal cosmic powers. Sam and I have also been showcasing each Agent and this week we see just how powerful Gregorio Arlandero is. His power level is easily up there with the likes of the Richard Rider Nova or even the Hal Jordan Green Lantern. Greg here is legendary and we'll be exploring just how he got his powers and other events of his life next week when he and Angela visit Lu-Tem.

    Too bad Richie and Tenera can't go and visit. It's a rank based privilege and the two of them aren't quite there yet. Gregorio has the rank of Centurion Prime. That means he can go to the temple and see if his daughter can break the seal. Will it work? Well, time will tell. Still, it is good to explore the Starbolts universe outside of Earth for a bit. We need to know more about Earth's mightiest heroes and why they ARE Earth's mightiest.

See ya next time for some cosmic backstory!