Saturday, February 25, 2023

Starbolts #620: The Secret of the Gaea



    Wow! There are quite a few reveals this week, huh? There are bound to be more surprises around the corner. For now let's just unpack what we have here. First off we have the revelation that the ship that crashed and was sent to Area 51 was an Aquan vessel attempting to find help since Aquarius was under Mosqukatara rule. The bugs ruled the planet for several decades and was liberated when the queen was killed. You can see the final battle in Starbolts #467 and Starbolts #468.  In the daces before that, Criam sent soldiers out into the Alpha quadrant looking for help. One ship unfortunately made its way to Earth and well....the results speak for themselves. 

    As it happens, the facility where the ship was built and where the aliens were taken was actually the place where Sara and Crystal were born. Their future caretaker, Cece, visited the same facility in October of 1983 when her brain was zapped by Zarantha and she became the pair's nanny. You can see the action in Starbolts #551. Looks like a desk was conveniently added to the room in the intervening decades. That was nice of Terra Nova. Too bad about the smell. I'm not sure what it could be. Might just be bad ventilation for all we know.

    Finally, it looks like Ruby was Andrea's old nemesis, Masque. This unfortunately means that the villain carried Lady Liberty's baby. I don't think Ruby did it out of the kindness of her heart, though. No. She did it because she wanted the child to grow up to kill Lady Liberty. The tables have turned and now Crystal is Lady Liberty. She's not happy to learn that Ruby was Lady Liberty's arch nemesis. But, it is cool that Sara and Crystal were born on Halloween. This makes them Scorpios. That would explain so, so much, wouldn't it?

    Jack looks comfortable in his role as Iron Eagle. He's definitely going to be put to the test. Running damage control is one thing. Going up against an old "friend" will be something else. So much stuff going on this week. I do wonder how Sara's doing and how she'll react to the news that Clive didn't deliver her. Time will tell, my friends!

See ya next time!

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Starbolts #619: Damage Control



    You knew this was coming. Jack was on the road to becoming the new Iron Eagle and the destruction of the mansion really kicked it into high gear. Snake has no idea what he's in for now that his old "friend" has embraced his grandfather's legacy. This was something Terra Nova feared and why they tried to kill him on D.I.S.C.O.R.D. island all those years ago. Snake is in some deep trouble!

    I think the conversation between Scarlett and Anya was pretty good. It's not often someone gets to talk to their boyfriend's dead ex. Not too awkward at all AND they at least have that shared love for Jack in common. So, that works. He's lucky he has two ladies looking out for him. And the best part is that Scarlett and Anya don't have hard feelings toward each other. Anya has to do what Scarlett can't and just be there for Jack. She will. Count on it!

    Now, about that ship Holly mentioned. We know that Terra Nova hasn't shied away from using alien tech before. They did have Firaxil's parents captured. The alien ship is not Inobe. However, the ship did belong to a race we have seen before in the comic. No spoilers yet. But, sufficed it to say, people are not going to be happy.

    Why would Terra Nova use alien tech, though? All will be revealed soon. It's just interesting that a terrorist group like that would use technology from an alien ship to suit their needs. Interesting, indeed. The question is who owned that ship and will the Starbolts be able to find it? Stay tuned!

See ya next time for more damage control! And doesn't Jack look spiffy in red, white and blue?

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Starbolts #618: Big Badaboom



    Wow! Things have certainly escalated for our heroes haven't they? The Dastara mansion was unceremoniously demolished and it looks like Cobra has teamed up with none other than Elisabeth King, the former head of Terra Nova. Yeah. I'd say the Starbolts definitely have their hands full in this story arc. Jack and Crystal already have an axe to grind with Snake. Can you imagine how they're going to react when they find out Elisabeth was the one helping him? Oof. Heads are gonna roll for sure. 

    Andrea was definitely right to be angry with Elisabeth. That one lady made it her mission to deny her her children. We'll probably get to the reason why sooner or later. She's not the only one from Andrea's past who may make an appearance. I can't say any more. But, you can imagine that she won't be too happy to see that person again.

    Snake is definitely out for revenge here. This goes back to that quick conversation Scarlett had with Crystal a few comics ago. You can't let revenge consume you.  If you do, you'll end up never feeling satisfied. Crystal will take those words to heart. Meanwhile, I think Jack will probably up his game and become Iron Eagle a lot sooner thank expected. Will it happen? Well, his former best friend forced his hand. So, I would say....Yes.

    As far as the mansion goes, it'll be replaced and built back better than ever. They may need to make some adjustments to the old arc reactor. A few more security measures would be a good thing. Not to mention a fail-safe or two. Jenna did some quick thinking and saved her mother's armor while everyone else saved her father's armors. Look for some character drama next week. Let's hope our heroes can find their parents before it's too late!

   See ya next time!

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Starbolts #617: Broken Directive



    It took some doing and now Pegasus's memory subroutines are finally unscrambled and it looks like the one who scrambled them in the first place was none other than Richard Smythe aka Cobra. Who didn't see that one coming? ;) Obviously, the Starbolts and the Agents are all in danger. What other plots has the snake cooked up for our heroes? Whatever they are, they can't be good! 

    Can you just imagine what Norad uploaded into his father's database? He caught him up to speed on ten years of Starbolts adventures. He missed out on M'anta, Aquita and Shrall's parents joining the Agents of S.T.A.R. Had he been incapacitated in a year or so, he'd have probably taken those two hostage. He was only able to take Crystal because of her genetic similarities to her parents, Stan and Andrea. 

    Either way, Pegasus is back and is ready to help the Starbolts with any problems Cobra might throw at them. You can bet that the "Parental Directive" is going to also see some slight tweaks here and there once this mission is over and done and their parents are found. Here's hoping they're found soon because something big is on the horizon. Stay tuned!

See ya next time!