One storyline ends and another begins as we celebrate the comic’s 550th issue! We start with Jack and Anya wrapping things up in Gronzy before heading back to Singapore for a much needed vacation. Seriously, they need one after dealing with Dimitri and Emil. Those baddies won’t be seen again for quite some time. Especially since one of them is quite dead. However, we may be seeing Piotr and Natalia again some day.
Now let’s talk about Jack and Anya. Jack is a little broken due to the cybernetics in his body. Even after Aquita and the finest doctors enhanced him to the point where he is close to human as possible, he still has some issues. Something as simple as breaking a glass would mean more to a cyborg than it would for the rest of us. So, Anya is doing whatever it takes to make Jack feel human. The night was always going to end in romance anyway. The wine incident just kicked it into high gear. Now that’s love. She wanted to show him he can’t break her. It’s a shame about that rug, though. It’s just as well. It wasn’t coming back with them anyway!
Onto the next story! It looks like we finally find out who the void witch was and it looks like it was Cecilia all along. How is she a void witch? What’s her story? We’ll find out next week for sure. In case anyone is keeping track, this is now the fourth woman Zarantha has screwed. I think she has an issue with people with hair. I really do.
See you next time as we delve into Cece’s background!
Patron Ricky joins us this week to talk about Internet drama, a bunch of whiny Canadian Christians trying to get a principal fired, and we talk about the big reason this episode is named the way it is, thanks to the World Health Organization (“Who?” “Yes.”)!
Our show’s theme is “Broadway” by Josh Lippi & The Overtimers
Our show’s artwork is by the talented Becky Hopkins!
Whew! What could be worse than facing a genetically enhanced hulking monster that killed your grandparents? Jack found out firsthand that meeting your girlfriend’s parents is always going to be the hardest think you ever do in your life. Jack has never done that before and this week he performed that task admirably. Sadly, he never had the chance with his first girlfriend, Scarlett. They were always “too busy”. I wonder if they even know she’s gone. That’s a story for another time.
This is a pivotal milestone in Jack and Anya’s relationship and Starbolts #550 promises to take it even further. What’ll happen? You will just have to wait and see.
As far as this comic goes, we got a look into the background of Anya Petrov. She was an orphan who lost her birth parents in an explosion in Kiev. She was raised by two former spies. Eagle-eyed readers should get the first names of the adoptive parents. I wasn’t about to go with the stereotypical “Boris and Natasha” or even “Ivan”. Their names come from the real names of two very awesome Russian superheroes, the Black Widow and Colossus. Even their character designs draw some inspiration from Piotr Rasputin and Natasha Romanov.I thought that was clever. =D
All of the loose ends are wrapped up and now we’re going to celebrate Anya’s joining the ranks of the Starbolts in #550. After that we’ll be getting a special Halloween-like storyline for Sara and Crystal. Stay tuned!
It certainly seems like Dimitri did not want to come home. What will await him now that he’s back on the soil of “Mother Russia”? Nothing good, I wager. At first he will have what will no doubt be an excruciatingly long debriefing. Then he will be tried for his crimes of abandoning his post, assault and everything else. Once they get Jack’s report, he will most likely be put in a gulag as he feared. We probably won’t be seeing Dimitri for a very, VERY long time.
The good news is that now Anya is free to be a Starbolt! Hang on a second, though! She wants Jack to meet her parents? That’s not going to go the way he expected. More on that next week. Does she mean her literal parents or something else? We’ll keep you guessing until next week. After that it’s onto Starbolts #550. I can’t believe we’re there already! It seems like yesterday we were at Starbolts #500! Time flies when you’re having fun!
Well, this is an interesting turn of events. It looks like Jack has decided to finally embrace his heritage and become Iron Eagle after all. When he met his grandfather in Starbolts #504, he was adamant in refusing to pick up the shield. What happened? What changed? I’ll explain why in future comics. Right now Dimitri has to be delivered to Moscow. It doesn’t take a lot to imagine what his superiors are going to do to him. Suffice it to say Dimitri’s debriefing will be quite unpleasant. At least the monster that killed the first Iron Eagle and Spitfire is dead and their spirits can rest easy knowing it can no longer threaten the world and their daughter, grandchildren and unborn great-grandchild.
I’ll also answer where the creature came from another time. We know that Terra Nova made the monster. Was he one of Clive’s creations? No. He just likes to clone hot girls. That’s just ten shades of creepy right there. Don’t worry. He never did it for any form of gratification. He thought of Sara and Crystal as weapons. Nothing more. So, where did Emil come from? That’ll be revealed in time. Do stay tuned for that!
It’s finally come down to this. The monster responsible for the deaths of the first Iron Eagle and Spitfire is loose and has come to finish what he started. If he has his way, he would go after Sara, Sara’s unborn child, Crystal, Andrea and the first Lady Liberty. Helping him on his quest, of course, is Dimitri. Dimitri is not quite right in the head at the moment. You can thank the Russian variant of the super-soldier serum he ingested for that.
The American variant gave Jack and his sisters some of their fantastic abilities. The sisters received high endurance and resistance to injury as well as Jack. The three of them also “blossomed” early as puberty was a trigger for the serum as I explained in the comic. It should be noted that when Sara and Crystal eventually joined the Starbolts, no one noticed any super-soldier-like tendencies until the great reveal that they were the twin daughters of Stan and Andrea Whitefox.
Of course Clive Marshall was giddy at the prospect of getting two super-soldiers in the employ of Terra Nova. That’s why he experimented on the both of them. He wasn’t about to miss his chance to really examine what made the girls tick. At least he’s in jail now along with the rest of Terra Nova’s inner circle. There’s still much the Starbolts have to clean in the wake of Terra Nova’s dissolution. That green guy is definitely one of them as he did kill the three Whitefoxes’ grandparents.
Jack is now face to face with their killer. It’s up to him to stop him before he kills again.
Now that we know what all three Whitefoxes inherited from their mother. What have they inherited from their father, the world’s greatest sorcerer? Stay tuned and find out!
The lovely Mel Paradise joins us as we discuss the recent abortion ban in Texas, the enraging actions of American conservatives, and a guy who tried to claim that Osama bin Laden was “woke”, actually. All this, and more!
Our show’s theme is “Broadway” by Josh Lippi & The Overtimers