Saturday, September 17, 2022

Starbolts #599: The Ties that Bind




    Next week is a big week! Sara and Firaxil are finally going to have their baby in the epic 600th comic! While that is exciting news we do have some great news in this week's comic to talk about! After finally tethering Crystal and Marcus are thinking about marriage and taking that next step in their relationship. Given everything they've been through in just this year alone it makes sense to give the two some semblance of a happily ever after! We knew this was eventually going to happen anyway!

     It is funny how Marcus went right into the pond with his clothes on. He was a little ummm....distracted by the gorgeous redhead in front of him. I'm sure Angela and Kevin won't mind. Crystal tends to have that effect on people.

    We've already gone over how much the two love each other. I don't think it needs any further explanation. However, the tethering process made the two actually feel their love. They were able to touch it and understand it. They definitely can't wait to tell Sara and Firaxil what happened. Of course they'd be kind of busy at the moment. There's the whole "bringing their child into the world" thing. It'll be covered for sure. Just have patience!

    It's been a long time coming for the baby to arrive, too. Sara discovered she was pregnant way back in Starbolts #453.  So it's been about eight months since the events of that comic. With that said, I should really get around to updating the old timeline page, huh? Yikes. I can do that some other time!

Time for Starbolts #600! See ya there!

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Starbolts #598: Rock and Soul




    Wow! There are quite a few bombshells in this week's comic aren't there? The first and most obvious one is finding out that Valentina Ferrara aka Valentine once had a very romantic relationship with Sola. As you might recall. Sola was actually Sara's split personality and was dominant up until the day she was rescued. Before that day Sara watched all of Sola's antics and couldn't do anything to stop her. Sola was told not to go after boys after Clive scolded her and caught her with two men. So, she went after girls instead. Yeah, that worked out REAL well. You can't stop teenagers from doing what they want....

    There's definitely more to the story as we head into Starbolts #600. How is Crystal going to handle having her rival around? That and the fact that she was in a relationship with her twin sister? So much drama! 

    We'll have to worry about that later. The baby is coming! YAAAAAAAY!

See ya next time!

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Starbolts #597: Rock of Ages




    Well, Granite's back and he certainly make an impact on his friends, Valentine and Simon. What could he possibly want with Val? And why can't people just leave those two alone?! Seriously. Those two just want to be left alone and are constantly harassed by fellow former members of the Legion. At this point I think they need a restraining order on any and all metahumans, magic users and anyone else who tries to get in the way of them wanting to live happily ever after!

    Granite seems to want to rebuild the Legion. He also seems to have a fair bit more of his marbles than the last time we saw him back in Starbolts #350. I remember those comics. That was when the Legion took over the Watchtower and Syntax took control of the station's A.I. Good times! 

    Speaking of Syntax, it seems Holly has feelings for her former comrades, Simon and Val. That's interesting considering Syntax used those two when the bot went all "Cybermen" on London in Starbolts #208. Wow. Those comics were so long ago and here we are approaching Starbolts #600 in just a few weeks! This should be wrapped up by then. What could Granite want? Find out next time

See ya then!

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Starbolts #596: The Ship of Theseus




    For this week's comic, I decided to focus on the Agents for a change since we don't really see them that often. Usually they're in the mentor/parent roles for the Starbolts. It's good to see them his be the original generation of Earth's mightiest heroes as well. However, this week I wanted to show them reacting to all the recent goings on with the Starbolts AND give them one final victory over Terra Nova. That being the return of Pegasus.

    I originally titled the comic "A Small Victory". It seemed nice and everything. But, the more I thought about it, I was thinking Pegasus's return was like the ship of Theseus. Is a backup of Pegasus still Pegasus? That's an interesting question. The "Ship of Theseus" question was brought up in the last episode of "Wandavision". If you'd like to see that clip, check it out. Or watch the show on Disney+ That reminds me. She-Hulk has been awesome so far! So, is Pegasus really Pegasus? Yes, he is. He'll be getting a new body sooner or later. We seem to be making a lot of android bodies around here, huh?

    Before that scene in the armory, we had Andrea and Elaine talking about everything. Poor Andrea has been through a lot now that two daughters have been revealed to her. Everything worked out for sure. But, it still is a lot to take in. She will adapt to it all in time. Speaking of Crystal and Sara, I think they are definitely going to call Elaine the "cool aunt" and they will definitely want to see the new and improved Pegasus. You can't keep a good android down can you? Richard wanted to save him and well now he's back! What happens next is going to be pretty exciting as we march on toward Starbolts #600!

 Starbolts #541 and Starbolts #542 were referenced this week. Check 'em out!

See ya next time!

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Starbolts #595: Angela's Big Move




    Well, this week's comic got "muy caliente" near the end didn't it? Surprise! There's a pretty good reason for why that happened. Angela wanted to test her confidence out on Kevin since Crystal is very confident with Marcus. You can definitely see that in previous comics and in Starbolts #436 when she asked him to move in with her. Now she's attempting to get back to where she was with Marcus before he had Demonstorm in his head. He's had a lot of therapy. I'll be sure to reference it later! Angela basically wants to experience love and impulse the way her friend does. It seemed like a good idea.

    Right now let's turn our attention to Angela. She's not one to usually be so confident as Crystal. But, she's trying. Some advice from her brother, Mateo, certainly helped. I do like how the conversation came out because I missed having those two have some screen time. Angela is well on her way to taking a cue from her friends. Embrace being with your significant other and take charge when the moment seemed right.

    I do like her advice for Crystal, though. Taking Marcus out on a date with no powers of any kind sounds like a fantastic idea and it's bound to work in her favor. 

    As far as Richie goes, the poor kid was a pair of arms this week. I'll have to make it up to him somehow. At least the Centurion Force gave him a moderate amount of superstrength. Because of that, he's pretty good with the heavy lifting.

     If you'd like, here's the translation for the Spanish bits.

Angela: I will like living here with you.

Kevin: Yes. Me, too.

I think those two are gonna be okay as roommates! 

See ya next time!

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Starbolts #594: Spacecops




    This week's comic is dedicated to a family friend who passed away a few days ago. Her name was Marina and she was a friend of the family for many years. When I started working on this story in the mid 1990s, she provided much needed tips and advice for characters I was working on. For example, she thought it was clever that I was thinking of making insect-like aliens called the Mosqukatara and basing them off of mosquitoes that were basically eating us alive at the marina where we talked. She had a boat close to ours and I would visit every time I was down. Marina was a fan of comics, too, and we'd talk comics and movies when they were released.

    When I started turning my story into a webcomic in 2008, she thought that was pretty cool. I showed her the first comic and she was entertained. Over time I showed her more and more comics and she appreciated how the stories evolved over time and how the characters seemed more "human" with each passing strip. She always liked the Stan Lee approach to character and world-building. This meant that there would be a human aspect to the character regardless if they were a human who could shoot fire from her hands or if he was a blue-skinned alien from an aquatic planet. 

    I last sent her a comic over the fourth of July weekend. It was this one, Starbolts #588. I don't know if she ever got the chance to read the strip. But, I like to think that she did. She was always one to offer advice or tips like I said. She never had a harsh word to say about the comic or story. She encouraged me in all the ways that matters and helped me fine tune the story into what we have today. I'd like to think that she would be glad I'm still going strong since I'm almost at my 600th comic. 

    She had some great thoughts on the comic and I really wish I could share some of my recent ideas with her. But, it is what it is. The only thing I can do now is continue and what what I've always done. Produce the comic and hopefully she's up there watching me. It's all I can hope for. Rest in peace, my friend. I'll miss you!

    As far as this week's comic goes, I think Sara just single-handedly altered police procedures for an entire planet. Her parents would be so pleased. Not to mention the Alliance. They probably take a dim view on torture and would be pleased that the practice of torturing prisoners will be abolished in the very near future. Sabina is a hard sell. So, it's definitely going to take some time. Alliance worlds were probably urging them to change their policies and so having Sara act as an ambassador here kind of made their case. Even while pregnant and on another planet, she's still a Starbolt.

    I do appreciate how we have Firaxil watching Sara and his mother Dendra cook dinner. If you think about it, it's an amazing sight to see because two years ago he thought BOTH women were dead. Now here they are alive and well and making.....I honestly have no idea what that is. It looks like lasagna crossed between some kind of pie. I'm not sure where my brain was when I decided to make that panel. I'm just going with it. At least it's edible and enjoyable? Then again Sabina called it adequate....

    It's hard to believe Starbolts #600 is six comics away at this point. Time flies when you're having fun! Tune in next week as we continue down that road! It's sure to be a fun comic! Trust me! But, first we have a few more character driven comics to churn out. Do stay tuned!

See ya next time! 

RIP Marina.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Starbolts #593: Heart of Hearts




    This week's comic has a couple things going on. First up is Angela and her conversation with the Centurion Force. At the end of her talk, she was enveloped in a white light. This means that she once again has superpowers aside from her empathic abilities. Angela is no longer overpowered, though. Instead of forcing the truth out of people and turning into a being of light, she now has the abilities that come from being a regular Centurion. This means that she can:

* Fly

* Shoot energy blasts

* Open a stargate

* Has a moderate degree of superhuman strength

    I think that's more than enough for our angel! She may have been a tad overpowered and this was a good way to scale her powers back some. But, that's not all! She is now an avatar of the Centurion force and is a Centurion who isn't attached to any world. This means that she doesn't need to have the red and blue armor with the bucket. She'll have an uniform of her choosing. I'll have to decide what it looks like and I have some ideas running through my head.

See Starbolts #515 for the promise she made to the heart of Illibrata. You might notice a change in the cave in that comic and in this week's. Well, that's because when the heart was mended and sent to the nanobots, the area in the cave healed and as a result got much brighter than before.

    Next we see how our fastest man alive, Marcus is doing. He's doing pretty well all things considered. Don't get me wrong. There were probably nights where he was very restless. Thankfully, Crystal is on hand to help her boyfriend in any way. She's with him through thick and thin.

    Still, I wonder how Marcus fighting Codystorm managed to get rid of Crystal's many nightmares. Was it a coincidence? It's hard to say. Maybe it's a bit of both. If you remember during the fight in Starbolts #582, he was fighting Crystal's fear of Cody and not so much Cody himself. He did something and he wasn't sure what it was. At least it turned out for the best. She no longer has any hangups and that's a good thing. 

    As far as Crystal goes, here we see her being more confident than she's ever been. She's modeling in a transparent blue gown Yeena gave her. She has found modeling helps her confidence. She needs the confidence if she's to explore her feelings. Don't forget. The spells she used to have kind of blocked some of those feelings.

    I guess in a way the two Starbolts are in the same boat. Both need to relearn a few things. Thankfully, they have each other. That's all anyone can really ask for!

    Man, Danar is gonna flip if he sees those pictures....

See ya next time!

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Starbolts #592: Return to Illibrata




    Tenera was pretty much relegated to being a taxi driver this week, huh? To be honest I'd rather ride in a space taxi than take a cab around Boston. It probably smells a fair bit better in the shuttlecraft. Anyway, it looks like Sid is finally going to get a stern talking to about how he treats ladies. The Agents and Starbolts couldn't get through to him. So, perhaps Shrall might. It worked for Tanis! I wonder what Shrall is doing differently than the others are at this point. Either way, he may come back to Earth a changed man! I kind of wonder what Shenra wants him for. We may catch up with him. We may not. It depends.

    Kevin and Angela are finally on Illibrata and now they can visit the heart and update it on everything. How will it react to the sudden change of events? Angela is no longer a threat to the planet or the heart. Perhaps everything will be fine now. Time will tell!

    It does suck when people have to deal with bureaucratic nonsense, though. At least they corrected their mistake. Check out Starbolts #513 if you want to see what incident Angela was referring to! More action is coming next week! 

See ya next time!

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Starbolts #591: One Door Opens, Another Closes




    Looks like people are splitting off again. Kevin and Angela will be going to Illibrata and we will definitely be following their adventures there as we race to Starbolts #600. What awaits them on Illibrata and will the heart be grateful Angela no longer possesses its phenomenal cosmic powers? I hope so! It looks like those two have taken the next step in their relationship. Things are going well for them. It's nice to see our couples move on in their relationships. A couple more milestones for the couples may be on the horizon. Stay tuned!

    Tanis is also set to return to Aquarius. Do you think Angela and Kevin will give him a ride home? It's possible. One never knows. He might just end up taking the bus. At least he's finally made peace with his mother, Medea and that's really all he asked for. Note how he called her "Mom" instead of "Mother"? Baby steps, Tanis. Baby steps. He'll be okay, I am sure.

    Now, I bet you are wondering who that mysterious woman at the end is. She's been popping up a lot in recent comics. She seems to have a connection with our heroes. Is she friend or foe? Or neither? What could Medea want with her and why are they forming a coven? Patience, true believers. All will be revealed in time. Keep the faith and keep reading!

See ya next time!

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Starbolts #590: Faith of the Heart




    It's been a long time coming and finally Angela has the heart of Illibrata out of her! For those who don't remember, the heart is the source of all the Centurions' powers. Angela's father is a Centurion and so she inherited some of his abilities. When Demonstorm performed his ritual on her and transferred the power to him, it corrupted the heart. Things seemed okay for a while until it was found that having the heart of Illibrata be corrupted and inside a Terran would eventually cause great disasters. I have many comics covering this. But, you're going to want to check out this comic where Angela confronted an older version of herself from a timeline that has officially ceased to exist. Check out Starbolts #481: Arguing With Myself.  

    Basically what just happened was this. The heart has been transferred from Angela to the nanobots. Since the nanobots are logical beings with no emotions, they cannot be corrupted and thus can handle the heart with no issues whatsoever. As a result, their lifespan has probably increased, too. If you recall, their lifespan was cut short thanks to being part of Norad.

    So, what will become of Angela now? Well, she is still an empath and she's still a Starbolt. Right now all she wants to do is be with Kevin and not have to worry about her phenominal cosmic powers hurting anyone. However, she's still the daughter of a Centurion. That's never going to change. Who knows what will happen in the future?

See ya next time as we march headlong into Starbolts #600!

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Starbolts #589: Angelic Return




    Angela is officially back home after training with the Centurions. Now the question on everyone's mind should be whether or not her powers will be sapped by whatever plan Cece and Medea cooked up. What does their plan have to do with the nanobots, too? These are all logical questions and Sam and I will be answering them as we march headlong into the countdown to issue #600! Other characters might be returning by that point. One never knows.  

    Check out Starbolts #523 if you want to see Medea's original explanation about how the heart of Illibrata and everything works. Will she lose her powers as a result of this procedure? That's up in the are. What do you think will happen?

    Either way, Kevin is clearly happy to see Angela again. I'm sure he's wrestling with a few issues. He'll be there for her through everything. Count on it!

See you next time when we fix Angela and save the universe at the same time! See ya then!

Oh and we should probably check in on Marcus and Crystal at some point. Mexican food sounds good right about now!

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Starbolts #588: Born on the Fourth of July




    After this week's comic I bet you are wondering if Jack really is on the road to becoming the new Iron Eagle. Time will tell. Right now he's still dealing with everything that's happened in the past year. The entire Whitefox family has to come to grips with the fact that Sara and Crystal were Stan and Andrea's twins all along. In fact, I suspect that while Marcus and Crystal are away at the ranch, she is probably doing some soul-searching while he has therapy sessions with Angela. Sara definitely is doing some self-discovery. I think they might all need a breather in order to take stock in what has actually happened. It's a lot to take in.

    For the most part, Jack seems to be still angry over his old "friend" Snake's betrayal. It was bad enough that he killed Soldier Six on Discord Island. He's also responsible for the abduction of the embryos as seen in Starbolts #455. The soldier is definitely not happy here. Who can blame him?

    We do get a bit of a glimpse into what could have been when Andrea talks about Scarlett and her conversation with Jack in the flashback. Scarlett had no memories of her parents as she was brought into "Project: Liberty's Children" at a young age alongside Jack. They could have been anyone. She latched onto Andrea as a surrogate mother much like Crystal did. If Scarlett had lived and if the embryos were not stolen from Harris Labs, the twins' lives would have turned out very differently. Count on that! 

       The flashback probably takes place just after Mateo and Jenna were born as they are the oldest of the original Starbolt kids. Jack and the rest of Soldier Six were hyper-aged and at this point were probably physically teenagers.

    See Starbolts #458 to see the outcome of the reveal. Between now and when Jack sees Snake again (And you know he will) he has a lot to sort out. How will confront Richard? We shall see. His actions also impacted Andrea who considered him a son. So, it's going to be tough for everyone.

   We'll have time to go into detail soon enough. Tune in next time for a return of an old friend.

See ya next time!

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Starbolts #587: The Path to Redemption




    Wow. This week's comic might have the largest number of references to past comics than any other comic I've done in the fourteen years I've been doing the comic. Let's link them all here!

Starbolts #237: The Amazing Dragonfly: Where Garazo helped Tanis shortly after his transformation.

Starbolts #437: Sinister Temptation:  Where Tanis gets seduced by a mind-controlled Shenra.

Starbolts #440: Bringing the Party to Terra Nova: Where Tanis foolishly chases after Shenra and endangers a very crucial mission. 

Starbolts #500: Home of the Brave: Crystal's first outing as Lady Liberty.

Starbolts #547:Flight of the Eagle: Where Jack kills the monster that killed his grandparents, the World War II era heroes Iron Eagle and Spitfire.

Starbolts #579: Livin' on a Prayer: Where Tanis's face gets fixed.

    I think that's everything and it certainly looks like Medea is on a redemption tour. You have to remember she was a reluctant accomplice to Demonstorm's villainy. She never sought out to harm anyone and simply wanted to be left alone. However, the dark lord had other intentions. He married her for power and to basically keep an eye on the last void witch in his realm. Her son, Tanis, was not born from a loving union. In fact, he was grown in a test tube and artificially aged to young adulthood. So, if you really think about it....Tanis is like two years old.

    Scary, right? At least he now has his mother steering him on the right path. It should be good for both of them. Their relationship is clearly on the mend here. Medea is also looking to fix Jack after fixing his sister, Crystal. It's probably a good thing that Sara isn't on Earth at the moment. She'd probably say she could fix herself. 

    It looks like we might be on our way to fixing Angela now that Cece and Medea have come up with a plan to save her heart and thus save the planet Illibrata from its future fate. That dark future we got a glimpse of back in the late 400s has already been altered for the most part. Fixing Angela now will irrevocably change the future for the better.

    As far as Garazo and Medea go? Yeah. Medea's not REALLY interested in Garazo. She wanted to teach her son a valuable lesson. And I think he learned it quite well. 

    We've got some time before Angela gets her powers in order. Next time we're going to see what's going on with Jack. Is he trying to become the next Iron Eagle? What will his mother have to say about that?

Tune in next time and find out. See ya then!

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Starbolts #586: School Days




    This week we catch up with Cece and Walter and see what's going on with those two. From the looks of things, it seems that Walter is no ordinary butler. You'd be right about that. He once served at the behest of Scotland Yard as one of their agents. There's also a bit more to the story. Do you think he could have worn the Cobalt armor for Richard? Hmmm....It's a possibility. I wouldn't put it past Richard to let him wear the suit if he needed to. Like if there was a meeting he couldn't get away from or anything. But, that wasn't what Cece was going to ask him about. No, this was something else. I'm not entirely sure what it is yet!

    Too bad her questioning was cut off by Crystal's call. As you might have guessed, she still needs some training in the tethering spell. She will master it, I am sure. It just takes time and patience. We'll be catching up with her and Marcus in a few comics!

    In the mean time, it looks like things are progressing well for Ellie and Richie. No, the two aren't dating. They're just really good friends. I do like that tamale in a hat bit. It reminds me of one of Jeff Dunham's puppets, José Jalapeno on a Stick. I'd probably vote for him, too. I mean we could do a lot worse than what we've got.

    Ellie plans on sticking around and I think we've got some great things in store for her and her friends so stay tuned!

See ya next time!

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Starbolts #585: The Cold Shoulder




    This week we get a little sidetracked from what's going on with Ellie to bring a new metahuman the Starbolts need to deal with. Her name is Cynthia and she has ice powers. Apparently, she's also a little off. We'll find out more about her story in the coming weeks. Could she be connected to Ellie in some way? Could she render that dating website plan the Starbolts had for TK moot? It's hard to say.

    Still, it was cool of Garazo to give Takashi a very epic introduction wasn't it? Now everyone is going to want a cool intro by Garazo for their Department of Metahumans profiles. Too bad Crystal and Marcus aren't there. You know they'd be all over that type of introduction. Especially Marcus.  

    It's still good to see the Starbolts on the case when a new metahuman pops up. As you saw last week, the academy was getting a lot more new students. We could see many more in the future. After all, one metahuman/magic user/non powered person they can help means one less villain in the world. I don't think the world would be able to handle Cynthia if her powers went out of whack. The whole world would become a winter wonderland.

See ya next time!

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Starbolts #584: Kids in America



    Looks like we got two storylines going before we head into Starbolts #600. Will we have time to fit them all in? Probably. First we have the final conclusion to the "Heart of Illibrata" arc. This may see Angela finally return home from her time with the Centurions. Will Medea help? Well, she's helped four Starbolts in what I'd like to call her "Redemption Tour". She might as well, right? What does she have to lose?

    The next arc involves Ellie and her mother. As you might recall, Elisabeth was the head of Terra Nova until she was stopped back in Starbolts #441. Incidentally, that raid also brought the Starbolts four more recruits to the New Starbolts team. Behind the scenes more students have been added to the academy as you can tell by the panel showing all of the kids.

    Eagle-eyed readers might notice Syntax is among the students as well as a Setleth, a Dovianni, a couple wizards from the Order of Korun and a couple random teens. More kids are likely hiding behind the speech bubble. So, there's probably thirty kids in that classroom. There may even be more! It is an academy after all. Sam and I felt the need to make it feel more like a school by adding more kids.

Now, with that said....Who could Ellie be talking to? Find out next time!

See ya then!

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Starbolts #583: Heaven is a Place on Earth




    This week Crystal and Marcus are off on a well deserved vacation. After what he endured at the hands of Demonstorm, can you really blame him? Yeah, he and Crystal are going to need some time away. But, don't worry! They'll both be back for the special 600th comic coming soon. A few other Starbolts will be returning by then as well. It seems like everyone is scattered these days. Angela is in space. Firaxil and Sara are on New Inobus. Now Marcus and Crystal are off to the Arlandero ranch.

     Don't worry. I'm sure there really isn't any disastrous consequences to the bonding ritual. It was a line. And a good one at that. It probably only works for witches or something.

    Meanwhile Medea has fixed not one but TWO Starbolts. This could be her redemption tour through the ranks of the Starbolts. Could she be the one to fix Angela? That remains to be seen. We may be focusing on her as we start on the road to Starbolts #600. We may even check in on our friends here. Yes, I know they said they wanted to be alone. But, hey. Why not, right? 

Stay tuned! More Starbolts goodness is coming your way!

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Starbolts #582: Love is a Battlefield




    This is it! Marcus is finally free of Demonstorm's control and is well on his way to bonding with Crystal.There is going to be some serious celebrations next time for the two of them. So, be on the look out for that. I think it's well deserved and I think everyone reading this week's comic would agree that it was a long time coming. 

    I'm not sure what Marcus is doing with his speed powers. He's not tapping into the speed force as used by The Flash or anything. His powers are from a mutation and not from anything else. So, it remains to be seen if this would be transferred to the real world.

    As far as the scene he experienced, it all occurred in the time it took for him to accept Crystal's bonding gift. I'm reminded of that song by Jim's Big Ego, "The Ballad of Barry Allen". It seems quite appropriate for this week's comic!

    Poor Marcus, though. He was asked about his sex life in front of her father. Talk about awkward. I don't think he was keen on revealing the details in front of ol' Stan. But, between you and me he secretly enjoyed seeing the young man squirm a bit. Of course Stan approves of Marcus. But, it's okay for him to tease his daughter's boyfriend every once in a while. I think he saved face just in time.

    Marcus never met Cody and this week we get to see an inkling of what that confrontation would be like. Our speeding friend is definitely not afraid of that abusive jerk and here he proves it. Cody was just a manifestation of Crystal's fears. Her fears combined with Demonstorm almost did him in. But, he prevailed and now it's time for the two to bond. 

 See ya next time for the romantic payoff!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Starbolts #581: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun




    There is a lot going on this week! First we learn that it'll take more than just sexy times to cure Marcus of his Demonstorm infestation. Marcus and Crystal will have to partake in a mystical bonding ritual which should solve his problems. It'll also bring the two closer together in terms of their relationship. It'll be well worth it. Crystal just needs some training and she'll be back in two shakes to help Marcus with his problem.

    Marcus should be well taken care of with Mateo, Aquita and Sirak helping him out. He just got another boost of oxytocin. I think he should be okay for now. But, he can't keep this up forever. Crystal will have to act fast if she is to save Marcus. And you know that woman is driven to save her boyfriend. Whatever it takes. 

    Now we come to Tanis shaking the box Demonstorm's stored in. I have to say it is cathartic. The whole scene is also a way for Medea to bond with her son. I feel like Medea was never really given a chance to bond with Tanis because of how his father treated him. Technically speaking he's only a few years old even though he has the appearance of a young adult. Demonstorm and Braun artificially aged him after all. Tanis finally has the chance to vent out his frustration. I think there's a chance for both victims of Demonstorm to bond now that the tyrant is out of their lives. We'll see on that front.

    It is nice to see Medea and Cece being catty with one another. They are two sides of the same coin and I think Cece might be taken aback by Medea's strategies. Medea wants to atone for all of Demonstorm's misdeeds and I think Cece will understand that in time.

So much stuff happened this week and we got more in store for next week!

See ya next time!

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Starbolts #580: The Danger Zone




    This is the week we learn more about Medea and I think it makes the Starbolts' old villain a great deal more sympathetic. Think about it. She was forced into a loveless marriage by a man who probably killed her sisters, her fellow void witches. She half-hardheartedly took part in various conquests. She never set out to be evil. So, she was forced into all those things by a man who would rather conquer a planet than be focused on other pursuits. It's really no wonder she acts the way she does. I get the feeling she'll stay in that gray area. We shall see.

    So far she's opened up her backstory to Crystal and I think that might score points with her. In fact, now that she knows that she also talked to her spells, she might feel a bit differently. 

    Time is really of the essence now that Demonstorm's voice is getting a wee bit louder in Marcus's head. Will sex really be the cure-all here? I'm thinking "No." There's going to be something more to it than that. Just sit tight. Medea has a plan!

    I hope everyone's been liking the '80s song titles. It's building up to something. I mean Marcus and Crystal's song IS an '80s song, soo....I think you can guess where I'm going with this.


Saturday, April 30, 2022

Starbolts #579: Livin' on a Prayer




    If you're wondering if Medea is always on, the answer is clearly, unquestionably, undoubtedly, definitely yes. Medea is always "on". The woman clearly has issues and we'll be exploring why in the next comic. The Starbolts often referred to her as their "Rita Repulsa" from Power Rangers. However, there's more to her than meets the eye. Is she more than just a very sultry void witch? Yes. Of course she is. I wouldn't write a character like this unless there was a valid reason for her behavior. You might want to get tissues, though. You aren't prepared for the feels that are coming soon.

    At least she seems to be making amends for her past misdeeds. She offered to help Marcus with no strings attached. She changed Tanis back to normal after being transformed into a humanoid bug-man in Starbolts #195.  The witch has been performing some extraordinary acts of kindness as of late. Trust me when I say that the Starbolts are a bit cautious and probably will keep her at arm's length.

    Still, how awkward was it to have a former villain embrace Crystal RIGHT after commenting on her appearance. She sensed she was a void witch. But, that doesn't make her comments or actions okay. I foresee her butting heads with Cece when she comes to Earth. Cece is a more reserved void witch. Medea is not. There's gonna be some drama coming with those two. At least she's willing to help Marcus. However, there may be a method to her madness.

Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Starbolts #578: The Power of Love




    Crystal is clearly a woman on a mission and throughout the writing process and creation of this comic, I had Huey Lewis's "The Power of Love" in my head. The lyrics that pop out the most definitely relate to this week's comic are:

"It's strong and it's sudden and it can be cruel sometimes. But, it might just save your life!" 

     I think that aptly describes what's going in this week's comic. Marcus is in trouble and the only way to keep Demonstorm at bay is the power of love. I know it's corny as hell. But, work with me here. Demonstorm is a being who is incapable of love, right? He doesn't understand it and has never felt it. He sees it as a weakness. So, the love Marcus has for his friends and his girlfriend, Crystal, keep him going. It's the only thing keeping him from having Demonstorm take over his mind and body.

    Demonstorm is still trying to play on Marcus's fears and the team is doing their best to keep the speedster's hope's up. Here's hoping it works! Without the kissing!

    Next comic will see the return of Medea. What has she been up to since the last time Tanis visited? We shall see! See ya next time!


Saturday, April 16, 2022

Starbolts #577: Take on Me




    Crystal seems to be very confident this week. Her plan is not without merit of course. It remains to be seen if Medea will indeed help the Starbolts. Stan seems to think she will. He's been doing everything in his power to help his student free himself from Demonstorm's control. Stan even enlisted the aid of Cece and unfortunately that doesn't seem to be enough at the moment. Hopefully, she can save the day. We shall find out soon enough.

    Marcus's love for Crystal seems to be the only thing keeping Demonstorm at bay. Crystal's gonna have to ensure his defenses are up by any means necessary. She's been pretty darn confident lately. Hopefully, she doesn't come across as overconfident. There's something to be said for her willingness to do whatever it takes for her love. She knows he would do the same for her. 

    Firaxil and Sara are taking a quick vacation away from the drama on Earth. Think of it as a well deserved mini vacation. They'll be back sooner than you might think. Keep an eye out!

    For now it's back to Demonsk for Tanis and Crystal. What will they find? Will Medea be willing to help? They last saw her back in Starbolts #523. That was very...interesting comic. Here's hoping she doesn't have a "grown-up headache" this time.

See ya next week!

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Starbolts #576: Shadows of the Night




    There's a lot to unpack this week so let's get started. I'm trying something new with this body possession thing. There's a cliche where someone is possessed and he or she doesn't tell anyone right away. Marcus isn't that person. Marcus WANTS Demonstorm out of his body as soon as possible. He isn't too keen on having him around and you can bet that he will make his stay in Marcus's brain as unpleasant as possible. How? By doing the exact opposite of what Demonstorm tells him to do. Thankfully, the lord of Demonsk doesn't have access to Marcus's higher brain functions, yet. All he can do is watch and whisper lies in his ear. It would take time for the possession to fully take hold. So, the Starbolts are on a race to stop him from completely taking over their friends' body. 

    Crystal is prepared to do whatever it takes to get her boyfriend back. What this means is up in the air. What will she intend to do? Well, the answer will come in the next few comics. I won't spoil anything. But, now Crystal is confident and Marcus wants Demonstorm gone.Crystal is right. She's been through hell to get to this point and you know she's going to fight like hell to get him back. He called her unpredictable. He hasn't seen anything, yet!

    I picked Pat Benatar's "Shadows of the Night" as a title because it seemed appropriate to what's happening with Speedy. Take her hand, Marcus. You'll be alright! Demonstorm is clearly the shadow of the night here. He has no concept of "love" in his heart. He's going to learn that he definitely picked the wrong Starbolt to possess!!

See you next time!

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Starbolts #575: Need for Speed




    There's a lot of stuff to unpack in this week's comic isn't there? Let's go into details, shall we? Yes! Let's!

    First up we have Takashi and Kaori. Takashi seems to be okay after his ordeal. He's at peace with his relationship with his adoptive sister and she is, too. It's going to take time to shake off what he went through. I have no idea what he was tinkering with. I just figured I'd put a giant robot head on the table. It's just a very random thing. =D

    Next we have Firaxil and Sara talking about her clones; Sola, Velocity and Psyche. I think Firaxil wants closure in regards to Velocity and Psyche since they died in his arms. Sola might be another story. I suppose they'll be picking up the conversation when they get to New Inobus. They'll be going there for a quick vacation in order to take in everything that's happened to them so far. From learning she was a Whitefox to becoming a void witch, Sara has gone through so much in a short time. She needs to breathe!

    Poor Marcus has a lot to deal with with Demonstorm running through his head. Here's hoping that is resolved soon. I'm gonna have to do a huge romantic payoff for him and Crystal once this is over. It'll be a long road. But, I am sure they'll be fine!

    For an unexpected twist, we have Cece and the Dastara's butler, Walter. That's a bit of a surprise coupling coming out of left field. The way I see it Walter met Cece and she appeared to be a very pretty young woman. He had a crush and Walter being the gentleman he is felt it was improper to proceed since he was a bit older than she appeared. Well, now the tables have turned a bit as SHE is considerably older than him. It's definitely a strange tale.  We may see more of that relationship down the road.

    For now, though, the Starbolts have a friend to fix. Four people went into that room and only one got messed up in the head. Here's hoping they can fix the team's heart!

See ya next time!

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Starbolts #574: Night Terrors




    The Starbolts may have defeated Demonstorm but it looks like this latest adventure left an impact on the team's heart, Marcus. What are they going to do about Demonstorm influencing their friends' thoughts? How will they find out. It looks like he wasn't as defeated as they thought he was. They're going to have to do something. What are his plans for Marcus? Has Takashi also been affected? These are all great questions and the answers will all be revealed in time. Stay tuned! This Demonstorm arc isn't quite finished, yet!

    Crystal did her best to be the supporting girlfriend she always is. Marcus always helped her and she likes to pay it forward. Chances are she will do whatever it takes to get her boyfriend back to normal. But, what will she do to get it done? How is Demonstorm playing with Marcus's fears?  

    At least M'anta seems to be on the mend. He's in good hands with his doting wife, Jenna. The tank he's in has more stuff on the site that I didn't get a chance to show. There's a bed and a monitor for his vitals. Why wasn't he sleeping in it? Not sure. Maybe it wasn't comfortable?  And like the floor is? I dunno if it's as solid as you might think. I'll have to iron out the details of this "healing tank" M'anta is in. I don't know why but I really like how the stairs came out. I also imagine a little platform and that's how she slid in. I probably should have included a ladder or something.  Not only is Jenna wearing a special breathing apparatus designed by her father, Richard. She is also wearing special contact lenses which allow her to see underwater quite comfortably. Pretty cool, right?

      Demonstorm's influence is still being felt despite his defeat. Let's hope the team can help Marcus!

 See ya next time!

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Starbolts #573: The Final Fate of Demonstorm




   Ding dong Demonstorm is gone! FINALLY after all this time and all these adventures Demonstorm has finally been vanquished! Or has he? He's trapped inside of a box which is a doorway to a pocket universe. In that pocket universe, Centurion powers do not work. Is there a way out? That remains to be seen. This may or may not be the end of Demonstorm. After all he did come back after being stabbed by M'anta way back in Starbolts #200. Wow. That really was a long, long time ago! Time flies when you're having fun!

    This final  confrontation  with Demonstorm also sees Tanis redeeming himself in the wake of his actions since his return. Will he be reinstated as a Starbolt? Possibly. Right now he's still got his own issues to work out.

    Speaking of issues, there will be a few comics focusing on the fallout of the adventure the Starbolts had in the impossible palace. Are they okay after their ordeal? Some may be in worse shape than others. We'll see. Right now the Starbolts should revel in their amazing victory. However, there is always a chance he might return. You can't keep a good villain down!

See ya next time! 

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Starbolts #572: The Coming of Centurion Omega




    What can I say about this week's comic? How about "Yikes!" Or "Oh, no. What are they going to do now?!" Well, fear not my friends because Tanis is on the way to save the day! The next comic looks like it's going to be his chance to shine and redeem himself in the eyes of the Starbolts and perhaps even himself. Will he step up and confront his father?

    Speaking of Demonstorm, I think it can be safe to assume he may have reached the second form in this boss battle. Let's hope the Starbolts can defeat him! 

    Meanwhile, what is up with Marcus? He's been kind of cold toward his girlfriend ever since he snapped out of Demonstorm's vision. Did something happen to him? Time will tell because we are definitely going to tackle that issue in the the next few comics. Stay tuned for that. I won't spoil anything. But, we shall see what's going on in the speedster's brain very soon.

    As for M'anta, I think he'll be fine once he has a dip in a pool or something. He was already dehydrated from flying over the lava pit. Fighting Demonstorm just worsened his condition. We shall see if he'll be fighting fit in no time. 

    See ya next week and we'll see if Tanis can finally stop his father before anyone else falls!

Stay tuned!

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Starbolts #571: The Secret of Demonstorm




    Wow! It looks like the boss battle is about to heat up! We've got a crazy reveal for Demonstorm. It appears that he definitely has the Centurion force at his command. The question is what is he going to do with it? Well, he's going to have a fighting mad Inobe to deal with before he can do anything. His Centurion abilities combined with his primal magic make him more dangerous than ever. What if he were to access the third magic form known as void magic? Yikes. he'd be unstoppable!

    At least he had access to void magic for a time. If you recall, Ethan Knight said that Medea's books were based on void magic. This meant that Medea herself was a void witch. I doubt she was going to say that out loud. One of her books is now in Cece's possession. Perhaps she can find a way to undo all of these problems with the heart of Illibrata and everything. We can only hope because I don't think Demonstorm's former wife is in any position to be helping ANYONE right now!!

    Firaxil is temporarily in his "Hulk" form. This is going to be an amazing battle! He promised himself that he'd never let Sara see this form. I guess desperate times call for desperate measures. Tune in next time to see how the fight goes and trust me it is going to be AMAZING!

See ya next time!

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Starbolts #570: A Captive Audience




    Demonstorm does not know how to read the room does he? Well, since he is a tyrant and everything he doesn't adhere to societal norms like caring for peoples' feelings. He's ruthless and just flat out doesn't care about other people. He really does believe that killing the council before they actually DID anything was a good plan. There may be some debate about it of course. However, his strategy going forward was just plan wrong.

    Poor Tanis had the best reaction we could hope for. He's justifiably freaking out over his father's return. Will the two confront each other? Time will tell. Right now it looks like the Starbolts are trapped in a box and their fearless leader is in for the fight of his life. Will it be their final battle? That remains to be seen.

    Demonstorm and Manta clearly have different philosophies. Where one is kind and just, the other is cruel and malicious. Does he have a point? That's up for debate. Right now we're about to have a world class rumble! Stay tuned!

See ya next time!

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Starbolts #569: The Doors to Demonstorm




    The Starbolts have finally come face to face with Demonstorm! However, they are all rightfully confused because the last time they saw him he looked completely different. They'll be asking all sorts of questions next week. The first being "How are YOU Demonstorm?" Expect some shocked faces in Ops, too. Remember Tanis has been watching everything and you can bet he's going to have something to say about his father's resurrection. The last time he saw his "father" he said his name was Rudo. He is gonna be confused. That seems to be Tanis's lot in life.

    As for the others, am I the only one a little creeped out by Demonstorm's sudden interest in not just being a hero but his interest in the ladies on the team? That just made my skin crawl a bit. So gross, right?

    Now the team has gathered together and it's time to see what their old "friend" is up to. He murdered most of a town to get their attention. I doubt they'll be quick to forgive Demonstorm for his actions. There will be no redemption. As if that was even possible!

See ya next time!

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Starbolts #568: Real Talk




    Wow. Demonstorm is in deep trouble. He managed to anger an "S" level Starbolt. If Manta has trouble facing the mad tyrant, you can bet Firaxil will be on hand to help finish the job. Our Inobe friend is NOT happy with the vision he saw and nor should he be. Firaxil seeing his wife dying and knowing the sex of the baby is what made him realize the vision he saw was false. Hopefully, after a talk with Sara he will be on the mend. Demonstorm is going to learn the hard way that Firaxil is no longer the Starbolt he used to be.

    Of course he isn't the only Starbolt put through the wringer. Marcus may have had half of his problems resolved by a talk with his best friend. However, the other half of his soul needs mending and we'll be covering that in the 570s. There's still a lingering issue with Crystal that needs to be dealt with. Poor guy. There will be ramifications for him to be sure. I know Crystal will be on hand to mend his broken heart. 

    Speedsters tend to be the heart of the team. Look at the Flash in the Justice League. Not so much the Avenger known as Quicksilver. That guy is a bit of a jerk. Flash on the other hand, though a jokster, is the heart. If he dies, the Justice League quickly becomes the Justice Lords or some other dark reality is formed. That's what Sam and I were getting at with this scene. He's the bright light amidst all the crazy the Starbolts deal with day in and day out.

    Then we come to Takashi. He harbored feelings for Kaori and Demonstorm preyed on them. He was a lot easier to mend than the other guys. Crystal gave him some good advice. I think he'll be just fine given some time. They all will. For now they need to find Demonstorm and end this madness.

See ya next time!

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Starbolts #567: The Incredible Growing Palace




    Uhh, Demonstorm? I don't think Stan and Andrea Whitefox put their students in THAT much danger when they were training them. Yes, there were some death-defying situations. But, they didn't involve pits of lava and crashing walls. That kind of thing just wasn't done. If anything, their training regiment was catered to their own skill sets. Sure they had challenges similar to these but I don't think the mashers moved THAT fast! Clearly Demonstorm here is insane. Wait until the Starbolts finally confront him. It's gonna be a doozie. First they won't recognize him. Second they'll ask "What the hell?"

    This week's comic showcased all four members of M'anta's team. M'anta is understandably frustrated and annoyed with everything since he thought Demonstorm was gone. Jenna got to showcase her new armor. Jack blasted a hole in a wall. Norad can still use some old tricks despite being in a new body. Pretty useful don't you think? I think M'anta will be okay given some time. He apologized for his outburst right away and that's good. But, he's still determined to stop Demonstorm. I think that dunk in a fish tank will be well deserved!

    I know I said I was going to include the reasoning why Firaxil did what he did last week. We will get to it. I guess I got a bit carried away this week with the pit of lava and the smashing walls. We will get to it next comic. I promise.

    So, while everyone is fighting for their lives, Demonstorm is getting a cup of tea. I got nothing. The man is clearly not playing with a full deck. 

See ya next time!

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Starbolts #566: Shattered Glass




    This week we visit the greatest fears of Crystal, Takashi and Firaxil. Crystal didn't have any trouble seeing through the illusion. She had her fill with Zarantha poking around her brain many, many comics ago. It all came to a head back in Starbolts #373. Since then Crystal has been training with Aquita to block out mental tampering. It's always good to have a telepath on standby just in case things go south. She's going to have to help Marcus now that he's free of his illusion. I think she'd be up to the task.

    As far as Takashi goes, he may have had a thing for Kaori. That kind of went by the wayside as they were both adopted and raised by the same man, Ganetsu. Does he still harbor those feelings for Kaori? It remains to be seen. For now they just love each other like a brother and sister would even though there is no blood between them. And I would think he'd be happy for Kaori since she found love with Selena. Demonstorm was just trying to mess with his head.

    Now we come to Firaxil. He wasn't having any part of this illusion was he? We'll find out why next time. He was not particularly thrilled seeing his home wrecked and his wife near death. But, something made him realize it was just an illusion. We'll see why soon enough. 

    Our heroes have a serious beef with Demonstorm. They're mad and he'd better watch out for these four Starbolts.

See ya next time!


Saturday, January 22, 2022

Starbolts #565: The Infinite Palace




    The Starbolts have arrived in town and are ready to face Demonstorm. One group has already succumbed to one of his tricks. How will Marcus and the others escape from their own fears? Hard to say. But, you can bet Crystal is not happy with having her mind messed with. Marcus certainly isn't. He doesn't take kindly to having his mind messed with, either and is going to fight every step of the way. Demonstorm's illusion is already starting to crack and that's a good thing. On the outside he may be a joker. But, he's actually very smart and is a hero. Demonstorm underestimates him and that may be the key to his own undoing.

    I do like that we have a "Scooby Doo" reference with Crystal's group. Crystal would clearly be Daphne. Marcus is Shaggy. Firaxil is Fred. That just leaves Sara as Velma. There are probably stories out there on the Internet where Shaggy ends up with Daphne and Fred ends up with Velma. You never know and I'm not going to look for them!

   It's probably best to just leave those aside. Next week we'll be seeing more fears and what M'anta's team is up to. As for Demonstorm himself, he is there. He just likes to play tricks on our heroes.

See ya next time!


Saturday, January 15, 2022

Starbolts #564: Demonstorm Lives!



     Well, now. Demonstorm is back and he still has his twisted idea of what a hero should be. If you remember from the Starbolts "tournament" comics which ran from Starbolts #153 to Starbolts #200, Demonstorm had this crazy idea that he should be the hero. The thing is though at heart he is an evil, evil tyrant with none of the morality which makes a person a hero. He goes about it all wrong and now thousands are dead because of his misguided beliefs. Charming, isn't he?

    M'anta expressed some guilt of course when killing Lord Demonstorm. He has a heart. Of course he would feel guilty over taking a life even if it's his enemy. Now that he's back, he feels less guilty. This may be a problem. We'll see what happens when he confronts him once again.

    Crystal is right, though. Evil comes in many forms. Tanis doesn't have the monopoly of sucky "father" figures. The "men" who raised Sara and Crystal were far, far removed from their actual birth father, Stan. The girls wish they were raised by him and their mother. They don't wish what they went through on anyone. I think Tanis understands that now. We're going to see how this all will play out very soon.

    This is also the second time Jack has his grandfather's shield. Is he trying to be the next Iron Eagle? We'll see. First things first. The Starbolts have an interdimensional tyrant to stop! Good luck, team! You're gonna need it!

See ya next time!

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Starbolts #563: Next Steps


    A new year has begun for our heroes and it has started with a bang! It certainly didn't take long for the danglers Medea talked about last time to turn up did it? Keep in mind that these are two pretty big danglers. There are others I talked about in the comic and you can be sure they'll be dealt with in the coming year. For now let's take a look at this comic.

    Crystal is ready to hit the ground running in her training. She has never been more focused in her life now that she knows who and what she is. She knows that with her great confidence, comes great responsibility. She just wants to be able to use it the right way. And she will. Her boyfriend, Marcus, of course will support her and help as always. It's just another hurdle for her to face and she will meet it head on!

    Sara is taking a more pragmatic approach as always. She'll be catching up to her sister in no time. She just needs time to carefully analyze the situation. It's funny how both twins are identical in terms of physical appearance (minus the hair and eyes) but they take different approaches to everything. For the longest time, Crystal didn't know who she really was and she wants to explore everything. Sara does, too. But, she is taking the more analytical approach. They are twins. Just sometimes they don't always do the identical thing.

    Now there's Tanis. The book he gave Cece is going to help Angela with her problem. That will get resolved, too. Poor kid, though. He's reacting to the Starbolts craziness and is wondering what is going on. He SHOULD be used to this kind of thing. Problem is he never really embraced things.

    I kind of wish I could have done a comic involving Marcus vs the tracksuit gang. That would have been funny! But, perhaps we'll see them another day. 

    The scene has been set for a new year full of Starbolts adventure. The players are ready. The orchestra is engaged. Now let's see if they can dance.

See ya next time!