For the past few years, the vigilante Red Sinner has been obsessed with finding the man who killed who she once was along with all those she loved.
But Jack the Blade has been one step ahead of her, leaving a trail of bodies everywhere he goes.
Now she is close to catching him, but in doing so, she may have crossed a line that only one other like her has. Will her career be marred by this? Or will she find a way to have justice prevail once and for all.
This issue includes special appearances from several figures in the world of “Future’s Guardian” as well as legends in the world of Champions Online and even a guest appearance promised by the writer.
So yesterday (as of this post) was the “main event” for DawnCon 8, otherwise referred to as “DawnCon Prime”(in reference to the “prime boss” in video games) when the big things happen.
I (David 2) was there representing Battlerock Comics, as my third year as an invited guest, complete with my own convention lanyard, which everyone still talks about. I mean, you can’t be considered a convention “guest” if you don’t have your convention badge and lanyard.
By the way, people keep asking where I get my lanyards, and the answer is simple: WalMart. Go to the office supply section. Then I fire up Microsoft Publisher (same software used to make our comics), load up the convention graphic and add in a “label” with the guest name and who or what they represent. Print it up, trim it, put in in a pouch and hook it to the lanyard.
But back to the virtual convention…
I was in Champions Online inside Champions Headquarters in Millennium City as my “heroic” character John Battle. It was still several hours before my interview, so we listened to the two hour special broadcast from Louis Friend and his Super Sounds of superhero music from both TV and movies.
Then we had “Dawnconmination”! A special exhibition match that took place in Carl’s Gym between two characters, hosted by Pogoman.
As an invited guest, I felt obligated to be there to cheer on the combatants, who seemed to spend more of their time trash-talking than to actually fight. Still, at least it was better than a Dragon Ball fight.
Afterward, I jumped on my patriot bike and flew back to Champions HQ for the “DawnCon Prime” event.
I was joined by Von from CoX Comics as we were both interviewed on Dawn Radio by Mad Vyking. We each talked about our respective comics, how we got into doing them, our history with shared universes, including Galatea Future’s crossover with her counterpart in the world of Star Trek Online, and her current activity with “The Crucible” at CoX Comics.
That led to the first of 2 surprises.
The first was a special dramatic audio from the forthcoming “Battlerock Comics Presents” #3, which will be online on July 29th.
The second surprise came from Von.
Issue #41 of “The Crucible” is now live!
This issue wraps up Galatea’s encounter with Watcher Twelve, Tombstone Zero, and the “family” that could overpower her at the end of Issue 40. She does make it home to Millennium City, but it’s how she gets back that will surprise you.
After our interview, I stuck around long enough to hear Mad Vyking interview Louis Friend before I had to be called away.
There’s still one more day of events as of this post, and it will cross several MMO mediums, so there’s still something for everyone online to help celebrate DawnCon.
I want to thank Mad Vyking and the folks at Paragon Dawn and Dawn Radio for having me as an invited guest. It is always a pleasure attending these conventions. I will say they are a lot better than FoxbatCon. And you’re not being overcharged for nachos and soda.
For today only, participating comic book distributors will be providing exclusive free comics from major publishers such as DC , Marvel, Dark Horse, and Archie Comics.
Although all of the titles published through Battlerock Comics are free, we certainly encourage comic lovers to patronize these stores, not only for the free publications, but also to see other comics and merchandise that these stores offer. Who knows? You may find that one comic you always wanted to read but never got the opportunity to.
Meanwhile, we have some news regarding the next issue in the works here.
It’s been a while since her first encounter with the infamous Jack the Blade and, when she isn’t helping out other heroes like Starlett, our crimson vigilante has been busy tearing through the various gangs in Millennium City looking for him. And it’s not gone unnoticed.
But where has Jack been hiding? Why can’t she find him after all this time?
Keep checking here for more news and information on all things connected to Battlerock Comics.
It’s finally come down to this! Starlett and Red Sinner will finally make their move against the blackmail team of VoxPop 2.0 and the Hometown Hero. After all that Starlett endured these past few issues, she will finally be able to free herself from their clutches.
But will they be able to bring the duo to justice?
For the past few issues, Starlett has been blackmailed by the two-man team of the Hometown Hero and his tech partner, VoxPop 2.0. This blackmailing has resulted in her breaking up with her boyfriend, John Battle, as well as forcing her to change patrol schedules, change her civilian work schedule, and even forcing her to resort to wearing her original flirtatious outfit.
And while Starlett has been been spending her time with the Hometown Hero, risking her life as he simply watches her take on the criminal element, she also knows that his partner is always watching her digitally, tracking her every movement online. Worse yet, she does not know who this partner really is, or that he has a connection to her from a decade ago.
While she has employed the help of Red Sinner to identify and put this duo to an end, the Hometown Hero has been busy himself, doing everything he can to further integrate himself into every part of Starlett’s life, including her work with Major Cross and Project Mycroft.
Not to mention making more changes to Starlett’s attire with the help of a local tailor…
Meanwhile, VoxPop 2.0 has his concerns after the warning in the last issue by his patron and he is trying to secure his own exit.
But will he need it? And would he be able to escape what is clearly coming for him?
“Future’s Guardian” #23 will be online on Friday, March 25th.
In this story, our lonely spirit has his solitude interrupted by a rather boisterous individual. But what this old possible supervillain doesn’t know is that Aaron Nile has a connection to the holiday season that nobody would expect.
The tribulations of Starlett continue, as the Hometown Hero and VoxPop 2.0 make the vigilante’s life more and more difficult. Boundaries are blurred as the blackmailing duo continue to break down Starlett’s personal and vigilante roles.
With John Battle out of the picture, who can Starlett turn to for help?
Meanwhile, Red Sinner is unable to track down VoxPop. Can Cassie Dare somehow do what Red Sinner cannot?
It’s not easy for heroes to keep two lives. Either they wear masks as heroes to protect their civilian identity, or they wear disguises in their civilian identity to keep people from identifying them as heroes.
Think about Galatea Future. For most of her life before she went to the world of Champions Online, she really didn’t have a secret identity, because she didn’t have a personal life outside of who she was as a hero. Yes, in those early years in “The City”, she had a secret identity as a tailor apprentice, but that ended up being scuttled when she disappeared for five years and her civilian identity was presumed killed. After that, she was simply “Galatea” That’s what that whole universe knew her as.. Then, after she arrived in the world of the Champions, she was given a new civilian identity of Athena Rose Fairmore, but even that is a disguise for who she really is.
In fact, as we see in this preview of “Future’s Guardian” #22, Galatea’s civilian identity as a bestselling writer reaches new levels as she goes from pure fiction to crime drama.
Then there is Starlett. A former movie stunt-actor turned vigilante, Dee Risk tries to balance her personal live as a club DJ with her vigilante life as the sword-wielding Starlett. In this case, Starlett is Dee’s disguise.
But, just like the character in Athena’s latest book, Dee’s secret identity as Starlett was discovered by the wrong people, and they are using that to control her. And in this scene, that includes showing up at her civilian job in Club Caprice…
It’s clear that lines are being crossed, but how long will this go on, and to what extent will she be pushed?
Plus, we get another look at a certain “mad scientist” from Issue 21 and his creation.
What is going on with him? And how does this affect Galatea Future?
You’re just going to have to wait and see…
“Future’s Guardian” #22 will be going online on “Black Friday”, November 26th.
After being shanghaied out of the world of Champions Online by Emil Witt, attacked by a super-powered thug in Bigg City, and then literally thrown out of a collapsing universe (yet again for her), Galatea and Twelve end up in Twelve’s home reality of Tombstone Zero. A reality that appears to resemble the Old West with robotic horses.
But our former incarnate has no time to see the sights. She’s been recruited to help Twelve’s group fight World War II fascists in another universe where the bad guys have escalated from making nuclear weapons to making dimensional ones.
It should be noted that the events of this issue take place before the events of Issue #18 of “Future’s Guardian”, but there are also references to Galatea’s past that were seen in Issue #20. Twelve’s people know who Galatea is and what she’s done, including taking down one of their hunters. But that was all before she came to the world of the Champions and lost all of her incarnate abilities.
So the question is… Is she still powerful enough to handle this mission? You’ll just have to read on to find out!
“The Crucible” is a series published by CoX Comics, written and created by Von Phillips (aka .Ra) and a member of the City of Comic Creators along with David 2. Check out Von’s website for more comics and some really cool 3D renderings.