Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Walking into the Quadrant

I call my shared universe of metahumans the Quadrant Universe for a couple reasons. Four is an important number to the universe as I have four major locations for my adventures (only two of which I have regularly featured so far: Federation and the New Salam-Valhalla metroplex), each with one of four mysterious figures connecting it to the rest of the universe. These figures are a secret right now, but one of them should be revealed fairly soon in an upcoming historical novel set during the War of 1812.

But Quadrant isn’t just named after those factors, it also shares its name with one of my super-teams. The team of Quadrant was designed to give me a place where I could expand the universe without necessarily writing a bunch of novels with a bunch of different characters. The adventures of Quadrant allow me to show off a new team of metahumans as they travel the glob—and the universe—to unlock mysteries and discover more about their own origins.

I chose Quadrant because some of the greatest super-powered teams in publishing history come in fours. Marvel’s Fantastic Four are easily the most famous, but other units like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the comic version of KISS have much more influence over the design of my team. I embraced the strange weirdness with an occult tinge from the Dark Horse era KISS comic while the old Archie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures helped inspire how I would write the four brothers raised in seclusion. It also served as a bit of a guidepost in showing me how to write a story of young heroes without major resources as they spanned the world on their adventures.

Currently, I am publishing Quadrant as standalone volumes each with a full adventure. The first three of five volumes are currently available and volume 4 will launch just next week. You can catch up with their adventures as they fight a ninja cult, uncover a shadowy killer and battle fishmen in the Rio Grande. Each is only 99 cents now. Check out the links below to try them out.

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  1. […] talked in detail last week about the importance of the Quadrant series to my writing. I even penned a brief introduction to the four members that make up the team. But that was last […]