This article originally appeared in slightly different form back in March as part of my Patreon's biweekly blog feature Bloggo.
In previous Influential columns, I regularly focused on books or characters that have a prominent role in comics history. But sometimes, there's characters with far less history that can prove just as important to the development of my characters, universe or storytelling. One such unit is a little known team of characters known as the Nova Posse.
The Nova Posse were a group of intergalactic adventures in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures' Dimension X (which is another galaxy in that continuity.) The team didn't exactly have a lot of appearances. They arrived on the scene in issue 48 and teamed with the Turtles for the next two issues of galactic adventure.
The characters were built with broad strokes and limited personalities, but the visuals and the Starjammers-esque personalities always stuck with me. I've long been a fan of the star-spanning super-team concept and the Nova Posse connected that concept with a small military unit surprisingly well.
It's an impressive feat that the creative team of the book managed to establish the characters so quickly.
Here's their simple introduction from the pages of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures 48. Chris Allan did an amazing job presenting characters with limited line work in an era where ultra-detail was the norm. He made the team look fascinating even if he kept their personalities fairly simple.
In my latest Quadrant release "Star Quadrant" we meet a new crew of space mercenaries in Vreexel, Quay, Big and Mort, the crew of the Dwarf Star. The unit owe much to the simple designs of the Nova Posse, built with broad strokes but with bits and pieces of history and characterization to make them real figures. And while one of them doesn't make it through "Star Quadrant", I hope to bring more of their adventures to the world in time.
Because unlike the Nova Posse, the Dwarf Star wasn't built for a single appearance.