Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Influential 8: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures

The heroes and villains of the Adventures Universe illustrated by A.C. Farley.
There’s no doubt about it: some of my most influential years as an adolescent were spent as a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The cartoon debuted in 1987, but didn’t really expand to all markets until 1989. I distinctly remember discovering it during its first experimental week of daily syndication over the summer of that year, right after moving from my home of the first ten years in my life to a school district I absolutely hated. In sixth and seventh grade, the Ninja Turtles quickly became my refuge from the shit that threatened to overwhelm my young life.

But I already was gravitating to comics. I already knew G.I. Joe and Transformers were far better comics than cartoons. I also knew the Ninja Turtles came from comics as I had read the first, third and fourth volumes of the First Comics color collections of the twelve issues that launched the Mirage series. I quickly got a hold of a couple Mirage comics but living in a town of a hundred in the middle of nowhere, Iowa, did not make access to comic specialty shops easy. Thankfully, Archie Comics came to my rescue.

Ninjara is awesome.
Art by Chris Allan.
After an initial three issue limited series in 1988 (probably my first exposure to the characters outside toys), the series started bimonthly in 1989. I bought a few issues but it was shortly after the arrival of the amazing artist Chris Allan that I became hooked. I started with the “Midnight Sun” arc, which introduced The Warrior Dragon, Chien Khan and the Turtles’ soon-to-be-ally Ninjara. The mix of international culture, cool characters and crazed action was everything I wanted in a comic. Allan’s clean line art in the era of a billion hatch lines drew my eye and I was irrevocably a fan of the series.

Mirage veteran Stephen Murphy wrote the series pretty much throughout. And while he often let the series get preachy (though with no depth given to his causes), he wasn’t particularly out of line with the messages of that era’s Archie Comics. The series rarely spent much time in New York either, instead often feeling like a travelogue as the Turtles made their way across the country, the universe and even up and down the timeline.

They met a plethora of allies that would become the Mighty Mutanimals and encountered a bunch of badass threats not seen on the cartoon: Null, Armaggon, Maligna and the like. Krang was barely an afterthought, Bebop and Rocksteady rarely appeared and every time Shredder resurfaced, he was a terribly deadly threat. It was a far cry from the comically inept villains from the cartoon.

When I first started to write novels and short stories set in the Quadrant Universe, I was a bit all over the place. A lot focused around the city of Federation, the so-called Champion City, but as I introduced new locales in Epsilon, A Dangerous Place to Live and various soon to be re-edited and released projects like Mean Streets, Out For Vengeance and Long Hot Summer, I realized that I would never be able to cover every individual story I wanted to write. Many of the heroes whose stories I wanted to tell were quickly consolidated into one super-team: F.O.R.C.E. But that book could never travel to every corner of the universe I wanted.

So I looked back at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures as a resource. I created the four brothers of the Quadrant as a tribute to my already named universe, but also as a celebration of the importance of the number FOUR to comics. And when I looked back at foursomes far and away from Marvel’s classic set, I started to take on the nature of how I wanted the team of Quadrant to interact with the Quadrant Universe. They would see all of it as their adventures continued and TMNT Adventures was definitely the main source of that idea.

Nowadays, IDW Publishing is releasing a pair of monthly Ninja Turtles titles that combine the very best of the Archie and Mirage runs with some great new ideas. I recommend them to everyone. But those books will never be even a quarter as inspirational to me as the classic days of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures.

If you're interested in the series, the first limited series and 50 issues are now collected in trade by IDW with more to come. Pick them up here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Great Art: Kamen Rider

I've been on quite the Kamen Rider kick as of late. I have a fondness for the visual style of the series, although my connection to it is really only a few bootleg episodes on the early days of streaming internet video and the action sequences from the often otherwise nauseating Saban show Masked Rider. But lately, I've been revisiting the character, perhaps because I'm revisiting an anime and tokakatsu-inspired novel of late while also developing a motorcycle riding superhero of the 1970s. Whatever the reason, I've been looking at some great Kamen Rider art. This piece appears to be by a Chinese artist who apparently goes by the name Tú Bì (according to Google Translate), which in English means Painted Wall. While I literally have no other information about this individual, this piece below is one of several featuring the character in multiple iterations. (If you've got any additional information on the artist, please share it in the comments section. I would love to learn more about them! )

Click for the full-sized version.
Anyone interested in more on the series should check out this handy web resource or check out the first volume of the original comic that inspired it all on Comixology.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Kickstart the Week 43: Purge

I like to look at quality Kickstarter projects on Monday mornings on a semi-regular basis. These are projects I think look cool, though I rarely have any extended knowledge of the work beyond the basics of the Kickstarter and its creators.

Purge art by Larry Stroman.
I first talked about Purge nearly a year ago when creator Roosevelt Pitt Jr failed to fund the first issue of his series, a revival of a 90s independent comic character. Pitt spent the year since that time working to get the first issue completed on his own dime, especially impressive considering the art by industry veteran Larry Stroman inside the issue. The new Kickstarter seeks to fund the printing of the first 1000 copies of the comic and features a far more reasonable goal for a relatively unknown name in the comic field.

Just as before, this book looks absolutely gorgeous from top to bottom with art by Larry Stroman, Mshindo Kuumba and the Xong Bros. Check out the full video below or head over to Kickstarter for more details.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Cosplay Friday: Kaneda

The idea of a Kaneda cosplay is awesome enough, but this unnamed cosplayer makes me think an American made version might not be so bad.

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on this week!

What's Up for August 26, 2016

What's Up is a simple post where I give you links to the books, comics, movies, games and/or music I have been enjoying as of late. Feel free to check them out if you would like to enjoy them as well or give your opinions of these works in the comments below (though do try to keep it spoiler free.)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

F.O.R.C.E. Files 5: Ferret

The Ferret was a Golden Age character without a lot going for him. A hodge-podge of other heroic concepts, he had any powers the writer decided a ferret might have. Then he also had super strength, was bulletproof and strangely could fly. He wore a mess of a costume: blue shirt and leggings, black trunks, red belt, yellow cape and a brown ferret mask.

He isn't exactly the caliber of the Living Legends.

In the early 90s, he was updated by the folks at Malibu Comics along with a bunch of other Centaur characters for their superteam called The Protectors. They kept his name, his secret identity and literally threw out everything else. He was a rockstar figure with the attitude of Wolverine and powers along the same lines.

I came at my version of The Ferret with the same noble savage concept in mind. But I didn't want to throw away his history as the police commissioner turned terribly costumed vigilante. As the former Cal Denton takes the lead, hints drop of a mental break somewhere in his past.

Even as he faces those problems, he's summoned by Legend to work on a team tracking savage killers across the Southwest United States. His ferret abilities serve him well in the battle when the enemies stand revealed, but even they might not be enough to prevent certain tragedy.

To learn more about The Ferret, check out F.O.R.C.E. 5: Ferret, available today at Amazon! You'll be glad you did, as this book sends repercussions throughout the entire F.O.R.C.E. saga.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This guy gets an update tomorrow...

Though he's had an update from a comic company in the past, this golden age character is one I haven't touched until the pages of F.O.R.C.E. Tomorrow he takes the lead as a new story debuts. Stay tuned for details...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Great Art: X by Dean Zachary

Blame this one on final edits of the new chapter of F.O.R.C.E. With my own version of the classic Centaur hero Ferret nearing his first lead story, I started to look back at the work of the guys most famous for working on him as part of Malibu's Protectors. That gave me last week's Tom Derenick art. It also gives me this week's Dean Zachary art.

I absolutely loved the art Zachary provided for The Ferret in a short lived solo series. He went on to work on an issue or two of Night Man, the Hawk & Dove miniseries that introduced the Hawk and Dove no one wanted, the short lived and much missed by yours truly Stargods with the late Scott Clark, and most recently, the reboot of Atlas Comics' Phoenix. But I found this piece he did for Dark Horse's X on his website and it may be one of my favorite pieces of art I've seen from Mr. Zachary. Enjoy, and stay tuned for the debut of the Ferret in the next chapter of F.O.R.C.E. in just a few days.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Teel James Glenn's road from comic hero to pulp writer

Twenty years ago, he dressed like this for a certain comic publisher.

Now he is one of my favorite writers, and I guy I am proud to publish in many of Metahuman Press anthologies. He is also the first person I interview as part of a new series of long form discussions.

Check out my extensive interview with the urban swashbuckler himself, Teel James Glenn, over at Medium.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Cosplay Friday: Reiko Hinomoto

As I sit here and contemplate a new work featuring female wrestlers as the leads, I cannot help but think about the PlayStation 2 game Rumble Roses. Reiko Hinomoto is the star and cover girl of the franchise as well as probably the cleanest cut of all their characters, despite how much skin is on display. She is cosplayed here by Minami Tachibana. Characters owned by Konami.

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on this week! Look below to see her alternate identity after the jump and don't forget to check out NXT Brooklyn and WWE Summer Slam this weekend, more about which you can read at The Wrestling Weekday.

See her evil alter ego after the jump!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

F.O.R.C.E. Files 4: Cyber

Like many of my characters, Cyber's existence dates back to my teenage years. His origins lie in several different manga characters that were popular at the time, all of which featured human beings bonded with alien symbiotes with a more armored tone. Or at least, characters whose origins I thought were that, as most were just pictures I would see in various geek magazines, as my actual manga purchases in those days were rather limited by my budget.

He started as a teen hero, but as I crafted a heroic universe with several years of history, I think he became more interesting. John Sprouse was basically a total screw-up with little future. He was a punk that failed at school and, outside some limited skills as a mechanic, was never going to amount to much. He knocked up his girlfriend while still in high school and was pretty much set up for a dead end.

But as a super powered hero, he started to find some success, even as it basically turned him into a deadbeat dad. Eventually he started to reconnect with his lost girlfriend and child, even as his alter ego of Cyber became more widely known. He becomes one of the initial members of F.O.R.C.E. and one of a few heroes that uses the new compound for the team as a home for himself and his family. 

That is the situation as F.O.R.C.E.'s base comes under attack in F.O.R.C.E. 4: Cyber. Check out the full story now on Amazon and Smashwords! It's only 99 cents so give it and the entire F.O.R.C.E. saga a read.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The timeline of the Quadrant Universe!

It is time. After producing dozens of stories set in one shared universe, I felt it was time to share a timeline of those events. I have tried to limit spoilers as much as possible, but some are necessary to the narrative and must be included. All of the works listed here are available on Smashwords, Amazon and/or Wattpad. If you have any questions, be sure to ask them in the comments below.

75,000,000 B.C.: Mad Maddie recruits a unit of dromaeosaurs to be her new army. (Mad Maddie.)
1817 May: Lester Champion and Montgomery Rivers found River City.
1838 October: Montgomery Rivers is murdered by order of Jedidiah Finch, who takes control of the burgeoning River City.
1844 February: The monster created by Victor Frankenstein stumbles upon a mysterious monastery. They help him find a semblance of peace and a name: Caine. (The Monastery: Not a Monster.)
1862 September: After Jedidiah Finch is murdered by segregationists, his daughter Esther leads a group of women known as Finch’s Fury in the wholesale killing of every man involved with the crime.
1865 December: An unknown scientist implants brain matter from Abraham Lincoln into a mountain gorilla he names Aperaham. (Ape Lincoln.)
1885 August: The mysterious Hawks gathers a  group of Western heroes: the mysterious Hawks, Bin Yang (known to most as Yin Yang), Firehair, American Eagle, Bat Masterson, Billy the Kid, Black Phantom, the Cisco Kid, Pecos Bill, Presto Kid, Redmask, the White Rider and Virgil & Wyatt Earp. Together they face down their generation’s incarnation of The Wild Hunt, though at the cost of the lives of Redmask and Eagle. (The Wild Hunt.)
1898: The Murphy Mob forms under the leadership of “Happy” Harry Murphy.
1908 June: In the wake of the explosion in Tunguska, Citrine and Doctor Cosmic travel to the site. Their investigation uncovers a newborn metahuman whose birth caused the event. They take the child to St. Louis, Missouri, to leave him in the care of William and Maude Carson. (Citrine in Tunguska.)
1909 February: His family murdered, newsman Silas Fitzpatrick has his throat slit and his body dumped in the river by the Murphy mob.. He survives with the aid of Dr. Koga, though his vocal cords are irreperably damaged. Koga trains him in the martial arts and he starts to interrupt Happy Harry’s criminal enterprises first as Silence Dogood and later as Silent Silas.
1915 August: After discovering Harry’s hideout with the aide of Meredith Mann, Silent Silas and Happy Harry face off on Harry’s riverboat headquarters. Both die in the explosion that sinks the riverboat into the harbor.
1921: With the rise of crime in the wake of Prohibition, Merry Mann takes justice into her own hands and forms a team of vigilantes that all serve as the masked crimefighter The Hood.
1934: The Regal Hand of Gold and his Ten Fingers organization quickly take over the River City underworld. They hunt down, torture and murder the Hoods.
1935-?: Richard Irons becomes Federation’s first costumed defender, the non-powered Pugilist.
1937 March: Diamondstone the Magician and Absalom encounter the supremacist group turned cult The White Light and break up a local organization, unaware of the group’s wider membership. (The New Adventures of Diamondstone the Magician, “The White Light.”)
1937 August: Armless O’Neil serves aboard the Heart as it travels into Africa at the behest of Harold Prynne. There it discovers the legendary Palladium, an artifact that protects an army—or a ship—from attack. O’Neil helps the Heart and Harold’s daughter Genevieve escape from a Nazi strike force and Mahdist rebels by using the Palladium’s power. (Blood Price of the Missionary’s Gold, “The Palladium.”)
Cover copyright
Pro Se Press.
1938 February: In one of his earliest adventures, Thunder Jim Wade, Red Argyle and Dirk Marat team with marine biologist Doris Nixson to investigate the disappearance of the Seaspray. They uncover an army of shark-men led by Tidakada, an aging sub-mariner kept alive by a suit of armor. (The New Adventures of Thunder Jim Wade, “The Invisible Pirates.”)
1939 February: The individual that would become Mister Haunt is trained in mystic arts from a young age. (Mister Haunt: Out of the Shadows.)
1941 April: The Regal Hand of Gold ends the threats of the Hood against his organization, as he kills Merry Mann himself, by burying one of his golden daggers in her back.
1941 August: Merry Mann’s estranged daughter Gloria Travers returns to the city to find her mother’s killer. Alongside the secret agent known as X, they brought down the Regal Hand’s operation, though the criminal fled to Asia. X recruited Gloria into the Pacific theater special operations force known as the Rangers of Freedom.
1942 January: Albrecht Stein succeeds in creating an artificial man to serve as the hero of the United States, but died before the man could awake at the hands of attacking Fifth Columnists. His son Andy consumes part of the same formula that created the artifical man. Together they become the city’s new defenders Yankee Doodle Jones and Dandy. Under the auspices of spymaster Uncle Sam, they battle an organized Fifth Column known as MEDUSA.
1943 July: Dandy, annoyed by the increasing paranoia of Yankee Doddle Jones, leaves River City to work full time as part of the Young Americans with Johnny Rebel and Yankee Boy.
1944 April: Deciding the entire government of River City were MEDUSA agents, Yankee Doodle Jones removed them from office and took control of the city. The other local superheroes The Enchanted Dagger, The Echo, The Dragon and the visiting Californian hero Barry Kuda worked together to stop Jones, but the resulting explosion damaged much of City Hall and left the Dagger and Echo dead alongside Jones.
1944 October: A time lost Cent Bryant meets Raymond Gunn, the Golden Age Lightweight. Alongside several heroes including Ape Lincoln, they battle Boss Cross and keep him from using future tech to take control of the country. (Lightweight: Beyond.)
1944 November: Pilot Jacob Redhawk Moore returned from the Pacific theater and aligned himself with crime boss Duke Angelosetti. He quickly manipulated the Duke and helped him take control of the entire city.
1946 June: Jane Dodge crashes her plane in the African jungle. Rescued by the witch doctor Tembo, she transforms from a normal pilot into the Jungle Goddess known as Rulah. (“The Rise of Rulah.”)
1949 January: Duke Angelosetti dies of an apparent heart attack brought on by a drug given to him by Redhawk. Redhawk takes complete control of River City’s underworld.
1950 April: Reporter Gail Porter is targeted for death by Redhawk after seeing an execution carried out by Redhawk and his men. She seeks the aide of private invetigator Jonathan Jones, nicknamed the Crime Crusader, to keep her alive. The teenage vigilante Tomboy helps them escape death at the hands of corrupt police. She leads them to Redhawk’s penthouse home. Jones and Redhawk ultimately tumbled from a twentieth story window, both dying to end Redhawk’s reign of terror.
1950 August: Transformed into a werecat by a mysterious witch known as Lizette, Nita Dell fakes her death and uses her powers to unite the warring gangs under her leadership. Her werewolf henchman Brett Hannigan serves as a front to her operation.
1954: Keith Spencer is transformed into the atomic hero Captain Flash. He uses his powers to battle criminals, even as Nita Dell sends costumed villains after him. He would defeat all of them, but Nita seduced him. On a Christmas holiday retreat in Colorado, she slit his throat and abandoned his body in a remote area.  
1954 May: Mister Haunt encounters an old training partner turned killer, Nikola. (Mister Haunt: Out of the Shadows.)
1955 - 1963: Tired of being treated as a lesser being, Ape Lincoln embarks on a life of crime. He’s finally captured by the first incarnation of the Defenders of Democracy. (Ape Lincoln.)
1962 April: Will Walden stumbles on an experiment that activates his powers. Shortly after he discovers the flying saucer and dubs himself UFO. With the help of the Challenge Squad, he defeats Stonecold before he can destroy the city of Federation. (UFO: A Timeline Story.)
1963 May: Davy Daniels first encounters Jackson Landon, the Atomic Werewolf. He helps the Werewolf escape his government pursuers and begins to journey with the monster and man. (The Atomic Werewolf.)
1964 - 1971: Daniel Barnes serves as an agent to Project Stargate, a black ops unit of the CIA focused on individuals with psychic abilities.
1966 May: The Challenge Squad first meet the Westar Kid. They team with the space cowboy to prevent the alien destroyer known as the Manchurian from destroying the Earth. (The Arrival: A Timeline Story.)
1967 February - May: Freed from prison, Ape Lincoln costars in the film Rulah, Jungle Goddess, but pulls his name off the film in disgust before its release. (Ape Lincoln.)
1967 July: The anti-war movement causes divisiveness in the ranks of the Defenders of Democracy, but they are manipulated even more by the arrival of the goddess Aphrodite. (Summer of Love.)
1971 November: Under the alias of Dan Cooper, Barnes hijacks a 727 and extorts money from the government before parachuting out over Washington state. He immediately went into hiding.  
Art by Nik Poliwko.
1982 March: Airboy is freed from the Airtomb, where he’s been entrapped but still alive for decades. Saves Japan. (Pulpsploitation, “Airboy: Time Enough For Love.”)
1982 April: Rasputin pays a visit to Coop in Key West and warns him of the return of an old threat. Coop battles Romero and barely escapes with his life. (The Good Fight 2: Villains, “The Second Life of D.B. Cooper.”)
1983 May: Ape Lincoln joins the Defenders of Democracy. (Ape Lincoln.)
1982 October: Coop is forced to team with the assassin Valentina to transport the remains of The Heap across Miami. Airboy arrives to retrieve them.  (Legends of New Pulp Fiction, “Miami Heist.”)
1988 August: The American Arsenal breaks his government programming while hunting down the criminal enterprise of the villain known as Second Coming. (The American Arsenal.)
1990 January: Months after the Defenders of Democracy split, Ape Lincoln is given official American citizenship and named special advisor to George H.W. Bush’s Department of Metahuman Affairs. (Ape Lincoln.)
1992 July: Ape Lincoln opens technology innovation firm GorillaTech (Ape Lincoln.)
1998 June: Still only 14, Therese Waters’ metagene activation leads her to become a metahero for the city of Detroit, Go Girl.
1998 July: Kanu Ashanti meets the entity known as Veldt after discovering a village in his home country of Axion were murdered. She leaves him to discover the mystic spear and become Sagai. He uses his new weapon and powers to hunt down and kill the marauders before they reached Axion’s capital of Zimba Wei. (The Spear.)
1999 October: Karate Keith Morgan dies while rescuing four young boys from a horrible testing facility. His essence is combined with an alien entity in order to escape. The hybrid Keith raises the boys in his partially disabled starship buried beneath the Mississippi River. (Quadrant 1: The Hidden Demon.)
2001 September: Freedom Patton inherits the American Legacy. His life in Illinois is ruined by the thousands of dead souls speaking constantly to him. He travels to New York in hope of finding answers. (A Dangerous Place to Live.)
2002 January-February: Arriving as a vagrant in New York, Freedom Patton stumbles into a relationship with social worker Iniri Granatella. After rescuing exotic dancers Eriko and Renet from Vin’s hit squad, he has a one night stand with both. They’re attacked by Vin again later and Eriko is killed before Freedom stops Vin once and for all. Able to read his guilt with her psychic abilities, Iniri kicks Freedom out. Freedom starts back on his travels of the streets of America. (A Dangerous Place to Live.)
2002 July: The hero Legend first becomes active as the true defender of Federation.
2004 January: After learning she was seven weeks pregnant with her new husband Jake Brooks’s son, Go Girl retires and leaves Baltimore in the charge of The Constellation, a new hero. She gives birth to Jaden three months later, the pregnancy sped up by her powers.
2004 April: Jenny Evers-Werth meets an alternate version of herself, that reveals her shifting powers. Dubbing herself Jenny Everywhere she starts shifting between dimensions and times. (Jenny Everywhere: Past Prologue.)
2005 July: During a party on an alternate Earth, Jenny Everywhere comes under an attack by a massive troll. While shifting it away, she stumbles on to the alternate realm of Anywhere, where she is arrested. (Troll-Hunted: A Jenny Everywhere Story.)
2008 April: The lost 40s era meta-heroes nicknamed The Living Legends by the press appear in the middle of Times Square during a live performance by the pop star Leila. They are quickly taken into custody by ACTION and helped to return to life in the 21st century. (Living Legends: Old Soldiers.)
2008 October: Daredevil is discovered in Riccapoor. After decades of torture at the hands of The Claw, he renames himself The Coward. (Living Legends: Old Soldiers.)
2010 June: The small community of Hunter, Texas, is transported into an alternate dimension. (The Road to Tornado Town.)
2010 October: John Sprouse merges with a sentient alien biosuit and becomes Cyber.
2011 February: After his girlfriend Lisbeth tells him she’s pregnant, Cyber rushes off and encounters Fever, another biosuit-hybrid. The biosuits encourage the two to mate, a decision Cyber soon comes to regret when he learns Fever is a dangerous criminal. (F.O.R.C.E. 4: Cyber.)
2011 April: Fiona Hazzard inherits the name of the Domino Lady as she uses her traceur skills to uncover the identity of her parents’ murderer. (Modern Pulp Heroes, “Domino Reborn.”)
2012 May: Nicholette Burton inherits the Doc Tesla name after the death of her father Stanislaw Tesla. She battles and destroys the invading Alvatron robot. (F.O.R.C.E. 2: Doc Tesla.)
2012 May: Following the death of The Constellation at the hands of Max Power, Go Girl dons her costume again to defeat Max Power. She continues as an adventurer part time for several months until recruited by F.O.R.C.E. (F.O.R.C.E. 3: Go Girl.)
2012 October: After leaving Federation in the wake of Supergeneration’s criminal ties being revealed, Freedom Patton stumbles into hunting down the young Annabelle Montalvo in small town Iowa. He encounters ex-girlfriend Iniri Granatella and together they stop a planned secession led by Atlas. (A Dangerous Place to Live.)
2012 November: In the wake of Powerhouse’s defeat and Backoff’s death, Legend rethinks his career until he meets Looker. (F.O.R.C.E. 1: Legend.)
2013 January-May: Athena rebuilds the Epsilon team in the wake of the near destruction of Seaside City. They face down the machinations of Rubicon, ACTION, Nephthys and betrayal from within. (Epsilon.)
2013 June: Artemis awakens in the Nevada desert after over a thousand years’ rest. She encounters and battles the disfigured Adonis, a man that hates the gods’ fickle ways. (Modern Gods: “Deserted.”) Along with her vassal Kimani, she travels to Las Vegas to confront Adonis’ boss, but he’s already left the city. She learns of his plans however when her new recruit Naomi leads her to the disguised god Ploutus. (Modern Gods II: “What Happens in Vegas.”)
2013 April: During an attempt to steal a time machine at the EAGLE storage facility The Hole, Mad Maddie escapes Ebony Edwards with the device but is sent millions of years into the past. (Mad Maddie.)
2013 September: In the wake of the Long Hot Summer, Legend leads F.O.R.C.E. in its first official mission against Thun-Dar the Living Hurricane. (F.O.R.C.E. 1: Legend.)
2013 October: Donna McAvoy is exposed to an experimental vampire blood formula. It transforms her into a vampire hybrid. She takes the costumed name Dracula after a battle with the Man in Black that created her. (Horror Heroes, “Dracula: Half-Life.”)
-Doc Tesla leads a F.O.R.C.E. unit to the Seaside Island of Sacagawea as they confront a dangerous metahuman setting off alphium deposits as major explosions. (F.O.R.C.E. 2: Doc Tesla.)
2014 January: With dead things rising up from the sewers of New York City during an unseasonably warm week, Go Girl and new F.O.R.C.E. recruit Pegasus encounter and barely survive a battle with Lord Hex. (F.O.R.C.E. 3: Go Girl.)
2014 February: Marie Malis, The Editor, kills a crime boss known for his ties to human trafficking. (The Editor.)
2014 March: Ophidian arrives on Earth and is put in F.O.R.C.E.’s care. Fever infiltrates F.O.R.C.E. Headquarters the same night along with a strike force of Sirian troops. Ophidian aids Cyber in defeating the dangerous aliens, but Cyber lets Fever go when she reveals the existence of his son. (F.O.R.C.E. 4: Cyber.)
Art by Brent Sprecher.
2014 September: Kevin Mathis becomes the costumed hero Lightweight. Over the next several months he learns to use his gravity powers in battle and meets his future girlfriend, Howl. (Lightweight: Senior Year)
-The unit known as Quadrant first goes public to rescue Emma Briscoe from the ninja organization known as Hidden Demon (Quadrant: Attack of the Demon.)
-Ian Page escapes from a GENESIS facility. He gathers up other metahumans on the group’s watchlist. Together they battle Doppelganger and continue a loose affiliation over the days and weeks ahead. (Walking Shadows Book One.)
2014 October: Cyrus Kanakarides and Marilyn are kidnapped by Melinoe and brought to be judged by the gods Pluto and Persephone. Garrett “Stomp” Vos apparently dies saving civilians during the explosion at Whitey’s. (Walking Shadows Book Two.)
-In search of answers about the Hidden Demon’s true loyalties, Cinder travels to New York. Lucien Moon is killed before he can be questioned, but alongside Vijaya Kulkarni, heir to the Gandiva, they stop the assassin Shadow Fire before he can escape. (Quadrant 2: Life in the Big City.)
2014 November: Kodiak travels to Islington, a ciudad máscara, on the border of Texas and Mexico. He encounters the legendary hero Jaguar Maximo, Furia and Asesino Azteca. Together they battle an infestation of Deep Ones under the control of Pisces. (Quadrant 3: The Creeping Horror from South of the Border.)
2015 February: While investigating a figure with ties to their origins, Quadrant and the entire city suddenly pause in time. Only Enigma escapes the timestop. After a brief visit to the mysterious entity known as Veldt, he uses his psychic powers to stop Tempus Dux from destroying the city. (Quadrant 4: The Future Shock.)
2015 April: Ape Lincoln is pulled back into adventures when he’s attacked by the Sons of Booth during a TED Talk. (Ape Lincoln.)
2015 May: After months embroiled in the conflict between the Eloi and the Morlocks, Lightweight apparently dies in the destruction of both units. (Lightweight: Black Death)
2015 June: Lynda Adams meets Ben Browning at Arnold Cove. Their whirlwind romance is complicated by the ancient scientist Akhenaten as he seeks to dissect Ben for his unique Deep One hybrid heritage. (Horror Heroes 2, “The Beach House.”)
2015 May-?: Lost on the alien world of Nill, Kevin Mathis scrambles to survive among warring alien factions. (Lightweight: Beyond.)
2015 October: While investigating Lightweight’s disappearance, Millicent Bryant and a new Lightweight encounter a revived Carolyn Bates. Cent is transported into the past while the new Lightweight is captured. (Lightweight: Beyond.)
2016 April: Kazuhiro Kojima meets Loli and first gets the mystic weapons he uses to defend Neo-Tokyo from kumori. (I Was a Teenage Metahuman, “Neo-Tokyo Twin: Kaz’s Story.”)