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@  ▲ndrusi : (09 July 2020 - 09:56 PM)

King Nine, however, will not return.

@  Bass X0 : (09 July 2020 - 05:05 PM)

Bass_X0 will return after these messages ^^^

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 July 2020 - 03:37 PM)


@  -LittleAutob... : (09 July 2020 - 02:06 PM)


@  Otaku : (09 July 2020 - 07:47 AM)

@TheMightyMollusk Ah, but the series itself has pronounced "Bass" both ways. ;)  Oh, 90s English Capcom video game voice acting...

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 July 2020 - 03:14 AM)

Looking at my Titan Returns collection I can see they realised they didn't have to paint the Titan Masters after wave one, lazy bums.

@  Maruten : (08 July 2020 - 09:13 PM)

No, I'm going with "fish".

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 July 2020 - 04:19 PM)

He stated that it's in reference to the Mega Man character, so it follows the series' tradition of music names.

@  Cybersnark : (08 July 2020 - 03:59 PM)

The real question is if it's "bass" as in music or "bass" as in the fish.

@  Otaku : (08 July 2020 - 01:27 PM)

Well, at least now I know how to pronounce @Bass X0 's screen name. ^^'  Rather, I think I'd just forgotten.  In my defense, it really does look like an emoticon or maybe just "decoration", which is what a lot of folks add to their screen names online.  Usually because someone has the name they really want. XD

@  ▲ndrusi : (08 July 2020 - 01:27 PM)

Extremely unimpressed with your idea that someone making a negative observation you don't like means they "got triggered."

@  NotVeryKnightly : (08 July 2020 - 11:16 AM)

You know somebody asked "And this would be in relation to... what exactly?"

@  Bass X0 : (08 July 2020 - 11:15 AM)

Its because someone got triggered over my random musings instead of just ignoring them. If I read one of your comments that is of no relevance or interest to me, I don't feel the need to say so.

@  -LittleAutob... : (08 July 2020 - 10:56 AM)

All this over someone's username lol

@  ▲ndrusi : (08 July 2020 - 08:34 AM)


@  Tm_Silverclaw : (08 July 2020 - 06:34 AM)

It could be Bass 10-0

@  Nevermore : (08 July 2020 - 06:11 AM)

How do you pronounce yourself? "Bass Ex-O" or "Bass Ex-Zero"?

@  Bass X0 : (08 July 2020 - 03:23 AM)

I did almost go with Vile Bass X0, because Vile is cool too.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 July 2020 - 08:34 PM)

Bossk Saw

@  ▲ndrusi : (07 July 2020 - 04:16 PM)

Bass XD

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 03:43 PM)

And its not Bass XO, its Bass X0, as in Bass, X and Zero from the Mega Man series.

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 July 2020 - 02:33 PM)

@Trpodeca :( :(

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 July 2020 - 02:32 PM)

Thats what a gray rock is? Then I'm not one.

@  Trpodeca : (07 July 2020 - 02:12 PM)

Man I just learnt about what seemed like a really cool show, only to realize it was a dream and it dosen't really exist.

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 01:02 PM)

Just something I read that I wanted to share. I heard "gray rock" mentioned in a video, so I looked it up and that was the definition.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 July 2020 - 12:20 PM)

It's a fancy way of saying "Ignore annoying people".

@  NotVeryKnightly : (07 July 2020 - 12:15 PM)

Bass XO has a habit of pasting random drivel here as if doing so were profound.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 July 2020 - 11:30 AM)

And this would be in relation to... what exactly?

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 11:25 AM)

"One strategy for dealing with a narcissist or sociopath is to act like a "gray rock," meaning that you become uninteresting and unresponsive. You don't feed their needs for drama or attention. You don't show emotion, say anything interesting, or disclose any personal information"

@  Nevermore : (06 July 2020 - 07:23 PM)

Oh wow. Studio Series Offroad Bumblebee is awesome. His articulation is amazing.

@  -LittleAutob... : (06 July 2020 - 11:18 AM)


@  Maximus Ambus : (05 July 2020 - 01:10 AM)

I got Studio Series 39 Cogman yesterday and woke up to find he'd decapitated my titans returns figures.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 July 2020 - 10:19 PM)

If I had a sarcasm powered mouth.. ooohh waaaiiittt...

@  -LittleAutob... : (04 July 2020 - 05:01 PM)


@  Bass X0 : (04 July 2020 - 02:56 PM)

"If I had sarcasm-powered legs, I'd do a happy dance...!"

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 July 2020 - 02:39 PM)

The real clones were the friends we made along the way.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 01:47 PM)

So the Emperor in episodes 1 through 6 was a clone?

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 10:47 AM)

(And the 0th anniversary of the last time I couldn't do math.)

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 10:46 AM)

Today is the 24th anniversary of the day we fought off an alien invasion with the help of Will Smith.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 10:41 AM)

Oh the end of the Ottoman Empire of course.

@  -LittleAutob... : (04 July 2020 - 10:14 AM)

*ahem* 4th of July....

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 08:14 AM)

Nothing of importance has happened before, and nothing of importance will happen again.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 08:12 AM)

Nothing of importance happened today.

@  Telly : (03 July 2020 - 09:54 PM)

i want a "i survived 'rona and all i got was this lousy t-shirt"

@  TheMightyMol... : (03 July 2020 - 03:42 PM)

Slogan for 2021: "I Lived, Bitch."

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 July 2020 - 03:23 PM)

They should make the next book in the Survivors series 'I SURVIVED CORONA VIRUS 2020'

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 July 2020 - 03:23 PM)


@  Nevermore : (03 July 2020 - 06:59 AM)

Probably gonna assemble Devastator after work.

@  Nevermore : (03 July 2020 - 06:58 AM)

Ooooh. Overload arrived. He's surprisingly fun.

@  Bass X0 : (02 July 2020 - 04:00 PM)

He's sweeter than the average bear.

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And Then They Fight (Comic Series)

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#21 Blade Raider

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 12:22 AM


-Blade's lines about being disabled, please ignore them. It will be explained much, much later. It's bad writing.

-The background for the tournament is the back side of the TMNT lair playset used for the Safe House.

-Round 1: is straight forward. Star, who by the way did not actually go with us to Botcon that year but is here because he's a core cast character, wins because Archangel is new at this. Simple as that.

-There is a 2 panel verison of most of the main character's Kai Blasts, just for drama flare. This is mostly dropped later on.

-Round 2: If you haven't figured it out Metalsamamon was a MISB collector, hence the box. He's Kai Blast is the Wargreymon attack Terra Force, which is a real attack from Digimon. From time to time I'll do that.

-Round 3: Simple sword fight and I think it's one of the only battle without a Kai Blast in it.

-Round 4: Paladin has a Kai Blast named in the next comic. Honestly didn't think this through with these figures. A lot of them have limited articulation, so Paladin gets one that doesn't need him to move a lot. He takes Agent X down fast and we're all okay with that.

-I still like the arm and leg joke. That broken Go-Bot toy was made for this scene.

-Who could possibly be pointing at the Leader-1?! I mean, that Claw could be anyone!

Tomorrow: Semifinals. Plus, every single new character introduced is a Transformer.

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 12:52 AM


-Once again keeping fights short and fast.

-Round 1: Did I mention Wing Zero is British.

-Round 2: Silent Death is basically a invisibility Kai Blast. I like opponents like this that have a simple gimmick that I can play around with. The use of ink is a simple way to address the gimmick to while bringing in the 4th summon.

-Summon Character 4: Claw Jaw. He's based on Frog from Chrono Trigger. specifically original English translation that gave him a knight's speech pattern. You're gonna see a lot of Chrono Trigger references in TAOWAR. You might be wondering why not give this personality to Spittor, the frog. Simple, I didn't have a useable toy of Spittor at the time and frankly I wanted the personality to go to one of my favorite toys.

-Claw Jaw is the first summon to have a Kai Blast. Most of the others have one to.

-This also starts how summons work in battle. When they are K.O.ed, they just poof back to wherever they go. This stops them from being killed.

-Round 3: Yeah, I took myself out in the semifinals. I figured no one could complain if the 2 characters that weren't actually there in real life were in the finals.

-The first time the "organization" and "the Master" are mentioned. That term will be confusing later. Also learn Leader-1 is a rogue agent.

-By the time Season 2 starts, all but 2 Botcon '07 exclusive figures appear in TAOWAR. Ironically the 2 that have not made it into a comic are the only 2 I still own. So that Springer and Seekers, long gone.

-Box Set Name Drop.

-And now there's the B.i.S., the Bots in Silver. Yet another group shows up and like GI Joe I never got to focus enough on it. They are basically reserve Men in Black. Instead of hiding aliens from the world, they go to other worlds to track down their own. Because Transformers live on Earth they aren't hiding from the public at all.

Tomorrow: The finals, some pirating, and more lore to explain what a Go-Bot.

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 12:47 AM

-Hey look, a fight between characters from the same franchise, how novel.
-I think in one panel, a part of Thundercracker's flight stand can still be seen.
-The code name for X-Brawn is X-B because I realized that one of the forum characters was named Agent X.
-Random grunts that aren't bad guys doing the fun random grunt thing I love so much. I still have one of these figures because he's the driver to the R.O.C.C. being stolen and that is one of my 2 favorite GI Joe vehicles.
-So I guess I did add a little more on GI Joe in the main comic. I forgot I name dropped Mr. Saxon here. If you know what that name is a reference to, you are correct.
-So I have Jack Sparrow and Yoda stealing from GI Joe. This is some of the stuff I missed from TAOWAR. This wouldn't have happen naturally in ATTF's one comic one story format. This happens because it moves the plot forward.
-Yes, I am totally ripping off the first Pirates movie here and that's part of the fun.
-Final Round: TO THE DEATH! Yeah, this is a joke fight.
-I sort of wish I kept the Action Shovel around. Imagine the Shovel Knight jokes I could make. The umbrella comes back later, but I don't think the shovel does.
-Who yelled to kill him anyways? I like to think it was me. Not Blade, me, the writer.
-Lore time. I didn't know much about Go-Bots, not the origin story or anything, so I made something up that fit in the universe. Normally I like to transplant fiction as cleanly as possible, but here I decided to do something else because I wasn't familiar.
-Also, while I'm on the subject of in universe changes to fiction, Transformers have all already downscaled after the war ended in the 90's. That's basically the Maximal and Predacon upgrade, but without the name change (Maximals and Predacons exist as different factions). None of this is in the comic, just my behind the scenes logic.
-So Go-Bots are the term for Transformer actors in TAOWAR and also Transformers from Gobotron, which is just a colony of Cybertron.
-One thing I will mention here is that in universe, Shortround is a Go-Bot in that he's an actor. It's talked about in his profile. I have decided that those profiles will be posted once I know they won't have spoilers in them. Shortround's profile was my favorite of them, by the way.
-The destruction of Gobotron is something from a story line that I will probably never make, but I will leave the hints of it in just in case never becomes today.
-I just now noticed Blade's scabbard is not the normal one. I forgot I used this one.
-"Caribbean Crawdad" is my favorite wrong Desert Claw name. That honestly sounds like something Desert Claw's brother would be named...hmm...note the self.
Tomorrow: Lots of fighting as we end this little side arc.

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 11:27 PM

-First panel is a Kai Blast. Dreadwind's Kai Blast just splits everyone into pairs. This one just exists to be a plot device for one-on-one fights.
-Most of the fighting is off panel. Mostly characters that have had a couple of fights already.
-W's dramatic flair is based on Sailor Moon's catch phrase.
-I think this is the only time W. legit wins a fight.
-Weirdwolf's Kai Blast is just a fist attack to go up against Archangel's fist attack.
-Archangel's dramatic flair is, of course, based on Domon's catch phrase from G Gundam. Of these dramatic flair lines, Archangel had the best one.
-Hey, Rock Lee is doing something. Shame his toy sucks so I can't show any of it. I do like the ninja way line though. It's so dumb.
-Kai Blast: Cog of Fate. I was being literal with that name. Leader-1 didn't have a modern toy until recently, so I made his power set summoning based. The Cog just seemed to be a good match for Leader-1 and worked with what I was needing. I believe I might not have considered it a Kai Blast or just thought Leader-1 didn't know what Kai Blasts were at the time, hence his way of explaining it.
-Blade and Tuskie in a sword fight...and Blade loses said sword fight.
-Blade's dramatic flair is straight up just Darkwing Duck's catchphrase. Wish I had done something to it.
-Yeah, I ended Blade's battle with Shortround. I really like Shortround transforming another Transformer as if he was a toy.
-Leader-1 can transform! Leader-1's flight stand is one of the worst hidden. I did that on the re-edit. Speaking of, I believe this was the last re-edited comic. Expect smaller font tomorrow.
-So the Seekers and Agent X-B are out, either captured or injured. Sadly, Agent X-B hasn't appeared again, just haven't had the chance to use him. Agent S will be back though and I'm not not with Weirdwolf or Dreadwind just yet.
-Final joke for the arc is of course sneaking a reference to the movie joke about W.
Tommorrow: Things slow down as the gang regroups and plans for the final battle. Also, the beginning of setting up future stories.

#25 Blade Raider

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 03:32 PM

Oh what the heck, here's some Filler Funnies (2-6). Most of the early ones are in continuity, but none are important.
First one is right before the Botcon arc.
#3 is when the comic changed forums to the Axalon Underground and this was just the silly joke for the switch.
The last 3 for today are really dumb jokes for the first Transformers movie taking place at the end of the Botcon arc. Personally I think the first one is the best of these.
I'd post more now, but 7-9 all take place in the next arc and make reference to the status quo of that arc. Side note, 9 is one of my all time favorites and yes I will be posting it when we get there.

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 12:11 AM

-This is when I made it a rule that only a select few characters knew they were in a comic, maybe W.
-Star and Archangel really should've been reversed in this scene. Star is more likely to make the Trek joke and probably knows more about cars than Archangel in real life.
-That Cookie Monster picture is something Wolfangel drew. She had given me a pack of cardboard and this drawing was randomly in it, so I decided to use it.
-Call back to the Village People and Gung-Ho line from arc 2. Also an excuse to do the YMCA poses with these toys.
-A recap of all of Blade's summons including showing off the Kai Blasts of Seaspray and Deepdive. I won't go over the Kai Blasts here because frankly the comic explains them. They get used in fights later. There is no useless summon.
-There's a mention of Shortround not taking much damage because he's the same Element as the attack. I never go into full details on those, but have a text file on them. All you really need to know is Fire and Water are weak to each other and Wind and Earth are weak to each other.
-Here's when Gnome Prime comes back. I don't think he really does anything until season 2, he's just a background character.
-For a couple of issues here I forgot to give Claw Jaw the knightly lines. I don't know why.
-Roger is here to be a blogging droid and get W. out of Blade's hair for the next event.
-New character...who isn't named until next time. Let's call her Thief for now. Thief is made of Microman (In this case Micro Lady) parts. I was new to importing toys and this is what I could make with the blank bodies. Her figure changes a few times (all of which are better if you ask me) as Microman toys of that era were far more brittle their GI Joe counterparts. Anyways, she came from my desire to have another woman in the cast with different goals.
-Oh look, it's Team Rock-Arm Bullet and Gasket. Using the Japanese name on these characters because I watched Galaxy Force over Cybertron.
-Arm Bullet's Kai Blast is what he uses in the anime.
-Summon character: Terragator. Since each Summon has a use, Terragator was an obvious choice. Giant shield. Also, I like that toy. He has a huge range of motion on 3 of his 4 limbs. Plus he's half turtles. Turtles are awesome.
-I love this Team Rocket bit. It's in character to. They had those fans in the show. I did a similar bit once in ATTF with Soundwaves. That was weird comic. Don't get to use to them. This duo doesn't really do anything after this. I might bring them back one day as I do still have these guys.
-Thief gets shot here. Aside from the summoning scroll, I think this is the first time there's been any blood. This being more of an action comedy comic at the time, it's barely there. Just enough to get the point across. Much later that changes some.
Tomorrow: The plot thickens, confusing names, and my unresolved issues with my past work.

#27 Blade Raider

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 10:11 PM

-I apparently have unresolved issues with this comic. Please enjoy me bitching about how awful I think half of this comic is.
(Note: I'm partly playing it up for laughs so please don't think I'm being hard on myself)
-My god this scene can be read as super creepy.
-I just realized what Claw Jaw did off panel would look like...I wrote this with the intent of him playing the part of half a medic (the other half being Blade's Joe training). Just for the record. If you don't know what I'm implying, good.
-So Thief is topless. I will defend this part as, you know, clothes get in the way of treating wounds. And yes, just topless.
-Well, and the gloves were removed, but that's for a different reason. Those gloves are Thief's Mystic Aids.
-The worthwild part of this scene is Blade getting hit in the back of the head with that briefcase. He deserved that.
-See, he even says he deserved it...and then follows up with a douchy excuse. Hit him again Thief! I hate that line. I almost changed it to, but no, I'm eating crow here. That line is awful.
-So this scene was my attempt at some anime pervy comedy. Something you'd see in early Dragon Ball or Tenchi Muyo or the like. I think it almost works, but what doesn't work I find in poor taste now. If I had cut Claw Jaw and that one line, I think it would be okay. I will defend the briefcase to the head part though. That part works and if it stopped there, it would be so much better. How it it though, Blade comes off as kind of a jackass.
-I do like the thank you part here just because I find a lot of anime do forget that part and it makes both characters look bad.
-So Destro is still around. That can't be good. Why yes, I'm trying to change the subject.
-Thief is making a Rider 1 henshin pose here. That was completely unintentional. I knew what Kamen Rider was, but wasn't familiar with Rider 1 yet.
-Kai Blast: Seal/Release. It's explained later how it works so let's talk about what it's based on...Fullmetal Alchemist hand clap + pocket dimension. Done. Sorry, I'm still kind of mad at myself-I mean Blade. I do love this Kai Blast though. Thief has a stock pile of stolen weapons she can summon. It's versatile.
-Blazing Sword. I wish I had come up with a better name for these, but I didn't. They never even catch fire. I just couldn't think of anything better at the time.
-AND THEN THEY FIGHT! (I said the thing)
-Stop hitting on her, Blade. You already copped a feel. Kick his ass, Thief!
-Oh thank baby Jesus, it's something else. W. and...a Smurf. What?! This is the first time this Smurf ever appears. He appears in Filler Funnies later in Tom and Jerry like strips, but where he came from? Never explained.
-GP is like the Smurf, except he does come from somewhere and is going places someday.
-Searching for the Black Pearl. Can I read that comic instead? Okay, this is actually a good scene. I'm just salty now.
-If I wanted to, I could bring back Spay-C and Dreadwind with modern toys. I think they make a cute duo and this is the only scene they share.
-Confusing term time. One of the "Masters" (later called the Four Masters in this comic) is being sent. THE Master is the leader of the organization. I should've renamed something here.
-I like to think Blade is being kicked in the balls right around this point.
-So Cobra is also still around. That can't be good.
-Kai Blast: Diamond Touch. Had to get Wolfangel one. She uses Earth so that I don't ever have to make W's useful again. Diamond Touch turns things into diamonds. Simple as that. I honestly don't think it was inpired by anything. I just needed a Kai Blast for her.
-The PS3 line is a reference to a stunt my brother pulled to propose to Wolfangel...I guess that's a spoiler to real life?
-A tie?! Ugh, I hate myself-I mean Blade. Remember, Thief is wounded. She would've totally kicked Blade's ass if not for that.
-Oh yeah, her name is Thief. Yeah, I was hiding it in plain sight in these notes. There is a reason why she's called that. I might share it later, but it's a nerdy reference that I think some people could guess.
-"Thief, huh?" You little cliche weaboo shit.
-New character: Ceus. I think I took the the Latin word for purple and shorten it. I just needed her to not be named Arcee and needed a bike and partner thief.
-Did I mention there was time travel? And mixed time travel to. Here we have the Back to the Future kind while name dropping Time Lords.
-This story is picked back up between seasons 1 and 2 is Tales of the Time Thief. I wanted Thief to stand on her own and not be just "the girl." Honestly, I think it's a better intro to her than this.
-Back to the better comic, time for good cop/bad cop. I wanted Archangel and Wolfangel to have more panel time together. I actually love everything about this scene. The failure bit, the off screen cat, the way they finally talk. Good stuff.
-Oh look who's here, Mr. "I Got Hit With This Briefcase and Met a Girl." Ugh, and you're talking about Family Guy to. You disgust me.
-Exposition Trooper, the second best kind of trooper. The organization is now named. DE-MOS just sounds cool (plus, it's Latin for demon). It's spoken as "DE" as in "decapitate" and "MOS" as in "Cosmos". If you ever forget, remember "DEcapitate CosMOS"...what is wrong with me tonight?
-Leader-1, the Minicon, is here. It had to happen. What's funny is I don't think I got one until Botcon 07.
-Oh great, now Agent X is back...screw it, I'm transferring all my hate to him. It's the only why I can survive!
-I've spent most of this issue wishing bodily harm on myself. I now know why people make themselves Mary Sues.
Tomorrow: The Master and the Masters master the art of mastering who are the Masters while baiting the Master.

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 05:48 PM

Bonus Filler Funnies today. I meant to post this earlier, but got busy. Tonight will be the next comic.
First one was done to showcase the customizing I did between issues. It's mostly accent colors related the the character's Element, but the biggest change is Archangel's hat is finally green and white like the real world hat my brother wears at cons (and yes, it's Bleach hat).
Second comic is just silliness and one of the rare times a Kai Blast is used in a Filler Funny.

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 10:20 PM


-If that logo on the chair looks familiar, that's the Logo in the top left corner of any of the covers ATTF has. It is the DE-MOS logo.

-You didn't think I forgot to put in Bugbite the Go-Bot in this plot about Go-Bots, did you? Honestly, he was written in late. Otherwise he would've been in the Botcon arc.

-Bugbite is one of the Four Masters and the one mentioned last time. 4 four are seen by the end of the season.

-Who is THE Master? He's a random collection of Joe parts I had lying around. No, you're not going to get a better answer out of me then that right now.

-The background in THE Master's room is the insert background form Lio Convoy's box.

-"Holy father of Prima" is one of those made up Transformer swears I always hoped would catch on and I still use it today.

-Technobabble technobabble technobabbleup. It's all to set up the next season. Is it important? Yeah, it's just exposition for a different, or rather larger, story.

-Agent S being able to use the chips means that yes, he will be in season 2.

-There's a plot hole here that I can't talk about until later.

-W's speech had to happen. It's literally happening on July 4th and he's a President. All it needed it to be is full on hammy and I think it did it's job well.

-FINALLY! Someone said it! The villains collectively call the heroes the "Bush Raiders." It's the joke that keeps on giving. It is never explained, no one every laughs, no one except Blade ever reacts to that name as anything but a name. At the time I was planning to start calling them TAOWAR in season 2 with a forced acronym like DE-MOS has. Bush Raiders was just going to be the joke name until the real name was put in. The group is never called TAOWAR. Not once.

-I kept Weirdwolf around for one reason, I wanted him and Yoda to fight.

-And so the final battle begins. This was a similar to the first Go-Bots fight, but the idea to make it different here was to follow W. as he broke through the enemy forces while interacting with most of the characters. I feel it could be better, mainly with some odd angles, but I think it can be followed well enough. If nothing else, it was fun to make.

Tomorrow: Yoda vs Weirdwolf and fighting in the Oval Office!

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 02:19 PM

You may be wondering what THE Master is doing right about now. Well, I have a Filler Funny for that and it's one of my favorites.


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 10:37 PM

-Starting with Yoda and Weirdwolf. Weird Fist gets an effect this time. While I wouldn't call it great, it's better than no effect like last time.
-Kai Blast: Lightning Force. It's just a form of force lightning on the sword. If you haven't noticed, a lot of the enemies and side characters get Kai Blasts that are there just to move the fight along.
-Weirdwolf is beheaded. I can't remember if I went with this because he was a Headmaster or because it was the only thing I could take off the body. Might've been both. Either way, he's treated as dead. If you don't like that, pretend the Weirdwolf in that one ATTF is this Weirdwolf afterwards.
-Sort of Kai Blast: Wrecking with Power. It's the same thing that Hot Shot does when he uses his Cyber Key, so I guess it counts. Either way, heavy arms moments are always fun.
-In a random moment of character growth, Tuskie objects to being an executioner. I honestly think Tuskie might've been happy the Bush Raiders showed up.
-How is it that I have 2 Leader-1s in this comic and they aren't the confusing names?
-So yeah, the Minicon is a junior. I'm sure someone saw that coming. Also, I'm sure someone out there guessed that Rollbar was just there to die.
-Had to get one rhyme out of Roadblock. He's one of my favorite Joes after all.
-Even Leader-1, uhhh the Go-Bot, thinks things have gone to far. Meanwhile Bugbite is going to force a fight however he can. Did Cy-Kill leave Leader-1 behind? I honestly don't know.
-I like Shortround's line about Bugbite. He was the least wanted in the set at the time.
-C-C-Combo time! Okay, this is actually one of my favorite things to do in fights. Characters stringing together attacks to beat the living crap out of something. In this case it ends with the Cog getting cut in half. And not in the way Ratchet can fix.
Tomorrow: The final battle against Leader-1!

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 09:33 PM


-Oh hey, There is a little more of Arm Bullet and Gasket. I forgot.

-The Renegades aka I did it first Hasbro! This is a group of Joes from the early 90's. The ones I had as a kid.

-Captain Grid-Iron > Duke. At the very least better than the Duke in this comic.

-Couple of Forum Characters are here as well mainly to give Wing Zero an attack that works.

-Don't worry about Spay-C. He isn't dead. He's a zombie.

-I want to use Stretcher again some day. The idea of him using a stretcher as a weapon/shield/etc. is great.

-So Leader-1 got a power up. That's the Justice League Watch Tower playset. Fun fact: I use to display it between Unicron and Primus both in planet mode...think about that.

-I destroyed a screen shot of ID4 for that effect.

-So yeah, we have some more minions for Leader-1 here.

-For something different I decided Claw should fight someone else other then W. Also, the scorpion drone from Arc 1 is under Claw's command now.

-Kai Blast: Midas Claw. Yeah, Claw gets one. It's based on the ability of Soi Fong has in Bleach that's an instant death attack if it hits twice. Here I combined it with the Midas touch.

-Claw Jaw is talking correctly again...while fighting Mousers.

-That droid came with the flame parts. I set up the fight just to use them. It would look great if not for that huge stand in the shot. Why did I never make more of an effort to crop thos out?

-The MASSIVE ONE POINT OF ARTICULATION droid became a recurring character in Filler Funnies and specials. He's so unabashedly one note that I loved using him whenever I could.

-W is being useful again...it just feels wrong.

-"Buttons" I think we all know where this is going.

-I forgot a to comment on the Weather Channel back at the beginning of the Botcon arc. At the time Archangel would always be watching the Weather Channel and pretty rarely anything else. We loved giving him shit about that. His come back was always "there's never reruns."

-Anyways, I love this small talk while waiting on an elevator in the middle of a battle joke. It cuts the tension in all the right ways.

-Yep, "buttons." I also like W. whistling nonchalantly while walking away.

Tomorrow: The Season 1 finale. Twists and turns and the real final battle. Also, Blade's awful, awful, hat.

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 08:55 PM

And now the season 1 finale.


-Bill Clinton is here. Why? Because I figured I should make fun of both sides. I think this is the only time he ever appears.

-I do love this Stretcher bit. Seriously wished I used him more.

-Oh yeah, did I mention the Renegades are made up of Blade's old squad? Inserting Blade into the squad I watched as a kid is probably one of the more Mary Sue thing I've done with him.

-And this is why Midas Claw is a thing. I had a Golden Jack Sparrow toy and wanted to use it. Rollbar's death felt cheap so I decided to add an extra loss to the heroes with this.

-So THE Master is dead. That pizza joke is his longest appearance. Guess he was just a filler boss for Cobra Commander. What a waste *whistles nonchalantly*

-Cobra Commander name drops the next arc.

-A nice call back to the "not-I'm Mary Poppins y'all" joke. I also like Blade admiting he sucks at his job.

-And Bugbite is the final boss. I mean, he is one of the Four Masters. He also found Weirdwolf's sword gun thing so he'd have a weapon.

-Kai Blast: Mind Storm. This is overpowered, but only because I wanted to end on a one-on-one fight. I don't think it's based on anything, I just needed it to happen. I want to say mind control was in Bugbite's Botcon bio or the Botcon comic.

-Command Line. I needed for Blade to have something special. The original idea was armor. I wanted to use a MSiA Gundam Astray Red Frame as armor but didn't have it. Thought about using the Kicker figure, but didn't for some reason. Eventually I used a modded Transmetal Rattrap...you might be thinking "that's not Rattrap" and you are correct. The sword I was using with Rattrap broke while shooting the comic. The alternate fight scene will be posted next time.

-The toy I ended up using in the final comic, High Score 100, was a rush job to finish the comic. I have named this form the Boomeraider. Next time Boomeraider appears it has a completely new paint job.

-Command Line itself is a reference to the show ReBoot where Matrix could issue voice commands to his gun using that phrase. It's also the old green a black computer interface which seemed right for the type of thing it is.

-The "henshin," of course, comes from Kamen Rider (and Japanese Beast Wars). I was watching Kamen Rider Kabuto at the time. That show had so much style with it's transformations and I wanted that.

-Adapted Darkwing Duck's bit for this. This was much better than just stealing the other catchphrase.

-Speaking of Darkwing Duck, check out that mistake of a hat. What was I thinking with that hat and cape?! If Boomeraider wasn't such a good name, I'd call this Hipster form.

-Everything Blade tells Bugbite about Command Line is bull shit. In season 2, Command Line is explained in much greater detail. Everything here is just me trying to make it clear that Blade isn't a full on Transformer.

-One thing I like about this version of the fight is the summon combo. It's not in the alternate fight.

-Once I knew Bugbite was the final boss, I planned for him to go out this way, gun downed by the whole cast after losing an arm (I love ball socket joints).

-And now the other 3 Masters: Lord Zedd, Baroness, and Darth Malak. Bugbite is replaced next season. I always enjoyed making Zedd and Malak fight.

-Hehe...Stretcher makes a Cowboy Bebop reference.

-Oh god that hat. It's even worse on the normal Blade figure!

-Oh hey, I guess Agent X-B did appear again.This is the last time though.

-Just tying up loose ends here while having fun with a press conference.

-I love that there's a note about me not forgetting a plot point followed by a foreshadowing scene I DID forget about. Thankfully, I have found a way to address it in the finale.

-Credits. Neat idea, but dumb for this comic. What can I say? I wanted a post credits scene.

-Remember that plot hole I mentioned? Yeah, Blade has a computer inside him and Archangel knows about it, but doesn't mention it. I had already planned this before that, I just should've wrote it better to foreshadow the twist or had someone else say it.

-I think this is where it becomes clear that there isn't a good starting point other than the beginning. As of right now this paradox has not been resolved and I can not allow myself to continue with new stories of these characters until I'm finished with it.

Next Time: Alternate final battle and Filler Funnies 10-14. I plan to take the weekend off, so expect those Monday night.

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:23 PM

Today is a few little things.
-So I think I've explained what happened to this fight last time, so I won't repeat myself here. Instead, I'm going to mention that I do consider both fights canon in that Blade does have both forms and it doesn't really matter which one is in the finale other than the fact that this one is missing a couple of panels to end it properly.
-Also, you can see some flight stands in this as I didn't want to go to the trouble of removing them for a deleted scene.
-At some point I re-customized the Rattrap. If I ever use the form in a new comic, I'll be using the update as it had some come new things like a head crest and the tail connected to the backpack (It helps with balance, which is how the sword broke in the first place).
-Think this is the first Filler Funny with little to no connection with the comic. Later ones don't even have a TAOWAR character in it at all.
-This one was born out of me owning Final Fantasy VIII toys and not knowing what to do with them since they are in a completely different scale than everything else I own (even today). Plus, I just really wanted to use the dialogue boxes. I just wish I had trusted myself to do it without the stands.
-A little St. Patrick's Day comic. I would've saved it to post on the holiday but that's 11 months from now. Fun fact, at the time a forum member I knew didn't get the joke because he lives in a country without the pinching thing.
-This was based on a game night that happened.
-The 4 at the table are Forum Characters. It's been a while and I honestly don't remember which figure went to who off the top of my head.
-Starting here the Filler Funnies are considered non-canon-ish. The intent was they all just take place in a time skip after season 2, but some just will not be able to fit.
-Forum character: Roadbuster. This is the first of a few Tom and Jerry hunt the Smurf like comics. Roadbuster just happened to be the star of most of them.
-Much like FF7, this one is to switch Lord Zedd's toy to the then new Super Legends Lord Zedd toys. I do not own either of these toys anymore, though oddly enough, I do have a 4" Lord Zedd now...and have never used it in the comics.
I have some family things happening right now. It's the not good kind that I could use a distraction from, so I'm going to try to keep on schedule, but if I miss a night, that's why.
Next Time: The spin-off Tales of the Time Thief. I had made a teaser image for it back in the day, so might as well use it again.

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 06:50 PM

I have places to be tomorrow evening, so I won't be posting tomorrow night, but tonight I'm posting 2 comics which happen to be a full story. I had already wrote the notes before deciding this, so some notes might be phrased as if there's a day between them.
-These comics was made right after the first arc of season 2, so some of the effect upgrades and the like are already in use (like motion blurs instead of lines in fights). I'm placing it here because it flows better here then in the middle of things later.
-That teaser took place between the cold open and the first scene. I had a new Thief toy to use and it made since narratively to get her in warmer clothes.
-I don't think you ever see this version of Thief without the tunic on. Shame because there's a cool blue shirt under there that breaks up the black and white. I changed her again later because this one can't used the different hands (I had to photoshop it once or twice). One day I may use this one again when she doesn't need to use Seal/Release much.
-The "perverted little imp" is not Blade, but really should be.
-So where are we? We're at the End of Time. I always intended for it to be that, but never wanted to commit to the name in case I wanted something different, but I know it will be called by name later so might as while name it now.
-So Heinlad has a bar. Why? The toy came with sake and he has time powers. He's kind of perfect for a bartender at the End of Time.
-If you were wondering where Huffer from the Botcon 07 set was, here he is. The last two, Alpha Trion and clear Mirage have never been used and are the only 2 I still own.
-New character: Empp (Imp with a strong "p" sound at the end). I wanted to make a character that is just an asshole to everyone except Thief who's also super powerful so others have to put up with him. I made him tiny because Navi from Zelda jokes were a thing (probably still are). Empp refers to Thief as "My Lady" to note that he is loyal to her. He picks insulting nicknames and the like for everyone else.
-So on the topic of "My Lady" I could never get a super clear answer on the best way to phrase it. I feel "Milady" probably gets the point across better in text form, but My Lady was the term I choose and I don't plan to change it because from what I understand they are both acceptable.
-All of Empp's spells are writern in Predacon and I believe they translate into Latin. I would have to cipher one to be sure if it's Latin or English and I will if I ever need to make a new one.
-One thing I didn't account for with Empp was just how tiny the toy is. It's hard to keep him in frame a lot of times. He can float, but a lot of times that means I have to photoshop him into panels which is also a pain.
-Hey look, a Time Gate. Yeah, I'm mixing in some Chrono Trigger here. It's my favorite game and the easiest time travel effect to use. And yes, the End of Time is from Chrono Trigger to, though I expanded it to include a sort of town.
-Shredder makes such an odd episode reference here, but it was to remind people that he did collect porcelain in the 80's cartoon.
-Shredder and Krang are allowed to destroy the 4th wall as that is in character for them.
-Bebop and Rocksteady are hitting on Thief. That's creepy and strangely in character for them.
-Ah, one of the running gags with Empp is stomping on him. Mainly Thief does it, but I think 1 or 2 others might as well, probably Ceus.
-So "normal" Shredder never appears with other figures in this as he's human and I was trying to keep my scale rules at this point. Later he's modified so it's allowed.
-They're using Transformer tech, which can only mean one thing. Mutation toys are awesome.
-The octopus line is a reference to the short lived, completely insane, Ninja Turtles anime where Shredder calls Krang that a lot. That anime is so insane.
-Our last scene has a new character...and his horse! I'll talk about him next time.
-This is the first fight scene I've posted of TAOWAR to have motion blurs instead of lines. I honestly think it doesn't add much without a sound effect to the point that I sometimes just don't blur it at all and let the sound effect do the work.
-Thief gets to be all badass here. Because most of her other appearances are to help progress the story, I fear she may be a Mary Sue. The finale will sadly not help that because I'm going to have to use her to get speed up the plot. I wish I had used her in Filler Funnies more to get more character quirks and the like in there.
-Drawing laser lines here for bullets. Honestly, better then the tiny bullets with a line behind it.
-Thief explains Seal/Release fairly well. The only error here is that she say "home" when it should be a pocket dimension. Her home  (currently) is the End of Time.
-I wanted to get rid of Ceus's time travel function for plot reasons and just having a character that can freely time travel like that could be a problem. While Empp can open Time Gates in most places, it takes a lot out of him and it follows Chrono Trigger rules that doesn't allow a lot of overlap.
-New character: Scar Forte, the Enneagon. He's a bounty hunter. There's not a lot to say about him until later, so let's talk about how old this character is. When I was a kid, I would call the mysterious character in a mask Scar. The first toy I ever gave this name to was a HEAT Viper while playing Star Wars. If they had done a modern update of the HEAT Viper sooner, I might've used it for this Scar. Forte was added later for the same reason Raider was added to Blade, because it's to generic otherwise.
-The name Enneagon was added to give him a title, probably as a nod to the Gung-Ho Guns of Trigun. If I remember right Enneagon is two Latin words fused together. I know one of them is 9 and I think the other is weapon or something. He has 9 guns total, hence the idea.
-Designwise, this version of Scar was basically a ninja decked out in guns. Some other versions of Scar (most of which have never seen the light of day) include the aforementioned HEAT Viper, a ninja ninja in RPG Maker, and at least 2 different characters in Guild Wars (one is a short Norn).
-I do like the banter between Thief and Scar here.
-Worth noting that Scar isn't normally a time traveller and was given the vehicle for the job. He prefers horseback.
-At some point in time Thief stole Zelda's sword and Link's shield. To try to keep away from Mary Sue status, she does not get the Master sword.
-So...I destroyed a Cybertron Menesor years and years ago to make a 2003 Shredder/Ch'rell custom. Here I switched the head back and used it as a Krang body. I don't regret it, but I do miss having an unmodded Cybertron Menesor.
-Banrai is named after a Ninja Turtles weapon. Like Blazing Swords there's no relation, but at least this one is the right type of weapon unlike Blazing Swords.
-I'm not super happy with the motion blurs here. Just a bit much in some places. Otherwise, I think it's a pretty good 2-on-1 fight. Maybe a little more banter would've helped.
-Empp, being an asshole, probably knows exactly what that button does.
-The last joke was a strange reference. For the 25th anniversary of TMNT, Playmates reissues a handful of '87 toys. In all the promo images, Shredder's legs were flesh colored, not black like the original. When the toy came out it was correct, but it was a fun to joke about pantless Shredder.
-Oh hey, the updated TAOWAR logo from season 2. It's not used until arc 2 though, so this is the first use of it. Since DE-MOS has that cartoon villain like emblem, I wanted TAOWAR to have a star based emblem to use in the logo. It has a bit of the ReBoot Icon and GI Joe star mixed in it. When I went over to pages, I decided to drop the emblem from logo.
Next Time: Blade, W, Springer, and Roger are in a Better World, a Cobra World.

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 11:49 PM

It might be next week before I start season 2. I had an idea for a short And Then They Fight that I'm going to try to make tomorrow, but for now, here's a Filler Funny from way back that has not connection to anything. It's just good old toy crossover fun.

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 09:15 PM

Wasn't able to get that comic made today, so instead it's time for 2 specials and a Filler Funny that are connected to each other through a forum character called JW%. He ran a sprite comic on the forum, so some call backs might be toward one of those. This of course was all done in good fun.
First up, the One Year Anniversary Special. It's a yard sale of season 1 stuff. There's a lot of forum characters along with Sgt. Slaughter, Batman, and a few others.
-Fun Fact: I have sold a lot of these toys from this comic.
Next up, an Indiana Jones parody starring Star the Wanderer. Again, most forum characters.
Finally, the Filler Funny where JW% complains about being the butt of some jokes. Again, this was all done in good fun.

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Posted 05 May 2018 - 04:37 PM

Time for a new And Then They Fight (you know, the title of the thread).















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Posted 07 May 2018 - 10:49 PM

Alright, going to try to get back on track this week. Let's start season 2.
-First cold opening. Until I turn over to the page format, most of the comics have one from now on. Here it's just the recap, but later one are normally short 2-4 panel scenes that focus on a character(s) or world building.
-The last time segment turns into Robot Chicken for a little bit. Problably goes on a little to long.
-Remember how I said Agent X had a comic on the same forum? That's what the last "channel" panels are from.
-The proper last time is just highlight panels from season 1. They are unedited and you can see how some things became hard to read over the years.
-If this comic had Trump instead of W. it would be too real.
-This is when I made Scarlett's real name officially Renee O'Hara because calling her Scarlett in a world without GI Joe didn't make since to me. Nega-Scarlett
-I really like this intro for Springer. Shame he does so little in this season.
-All things consider, that wasn't a bad effect for the gun firing and hitting the Night Creeper.
-I definitely overdid the motion blurs here and there.
-Technically a new Kai Blast here: Flash Step. This is a common anime thing that doesn't always get a name. I know the name itself is taken from Bleach, but it's meant as a catch all for all those anime super speed/teleporting tricks.
-Remember the tower from the very first arc? Well there's one in New York city to and it's DE-MOS' main base.
-"the virus" is Mega-Byte from ReBoot. I highly considered him for the role, but he never ended up appearing...maybe one day.
-God, Lord Zedd is huge in that body.
-Oh yeah, Cobra Commander changed toys. It's still the one from lat season, I just liked changing it up since I had a bunch of variants.
-Holy crap! I just suddenly remembered where that Red Crystal/Stone came from! It's from Agent X's comic. He used it as a macguffin and when he was done it was sent for my universe. I don't remember the context of it in that comic. If said comic is out there, it's pseudo-canon at best.
-I still like the "no unstable crystals" line.
-New-ish Character: Dr. Mindbender. This is the one from GI Joe, though may version ends up with a couple of running gags. The main one is the diner gag. Also, like CC he goes through a toy or two. It took a while to get a modern era Mindbender.
-I love Springer stuck in the manhole.
-I decided the resistance needed 4 original characters and one pre-existing character. The original characters are Clamcake, Roz, Jugdement, and T-8X (he's in the next comic). The pre-existing character is Donatello, of course. Most of these characters' backgrounds are in future comics, so I'm going to stick to the real world origins here.
-New-ish Character: Donatello. I do sort of regret doing this paradox so early as characters like Donatello are introduced backwards. Anyways, this was a what if Donatello based on the 2003 series. I based the custom figure on the episode Same As It Never Was where Donnie is sent to an alternate future where he disappeared and the others are in very bad shape. This was generally designed as what if he didn't disappear and lived through the same crap. It's a little different in TAOWAR, though.
-New Character: Judgement. He's not named until the next comic. He exists mainly to fill the role of a silent strong type. In fact he's mute. I probably could've used Snake-Eyes here, but I'm glad I didn't due to future events.
-New Character: Roz Proudfoot. Roz is inspired and named after by two characters played by Peri Gilpin, Roz Doyle from Frasier and Jane Proudfoot from Final Fantasy The Spirits Within. I needed a grounded character that thought we were full of it and I needed a weapons expert. She's among my favorite characters created for TAOWAR.
-New Character: Robert Clamcake. This character was named from a joke. I bought the 25th AWE Striker and I could not remember the driver's name (It's Crankcase) and started calling him Clamcake. When customizing him into Clamcake I decided I wanted him to be older so gray hair and I decided to change the figure into a black man to get some more diversity.
-Kai Blast: Fist of the Ice King. It's a punch Kai Blast that's an Ice Element. It's based on Fist of the Beast King, Leomon's special attack from Digimon. Also, the photoshoped arm in the effect is actually my arm.
-New(?) characters in the last panel as a cliffhanger. I think you can tell who the center one is from the catchphrase alone, which can only mean the infighting at DE-MOS is going to get fun soon.
Next Time: The search for the timeline negatives begins!

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 08:47 PM


-New Character: T-8X "Tex". Mentioned him last time. He's a medical droid and a Texan. Why? Because the cowboy hat fit. I actually always loved this droid. It was my favorite Action Fleet figure (from the Hoth set) and I was so happy when Legacy made a new one. Of course Legacy had to shoehorn it into an Episode 3 wave, but we all know he's from Episode V.
-Judgement's name is explained here. I think it's worth noting he's the only one with a code name in the resistance. I wanted to try to get more normal names in the mix.
-As noted in the title panel, a year has past. The comic has not left this year of 2008.
-Like the Kai Blasts, The Timeline Retrieval Unit is named so because it abbreviates to TRU or Toys R Us. This is the last time I do this. Both of these stores are dead. Maybe I should name something that abbreviates as Wal-Mart...
-Yeah, for ease of story telling, I gave droids sparks. I've said before, though never in the main comic, that Roger is Blade's droid and Tex is Roz's droid. Slavery is already a question with droids and giving them sparks probably doesn't help that.
-So the TRU exists to bring in the main cast that got left behind and meet their negatives.
-I picked the number 13 for the chips so I'd have as many as I needed and if I needed to I cause destroy the rest.
-...the Smurf is still here.
-I love this next scene. It's funny and develops characters in a fun way. But first let's talk about the new characters.
-New characters: Führer Claw and Hanz. Führer Claw is Desert Claw's dad so I based him on Henry Jones Sr, but as a Nazi. Like Desert's toy Führer's toy has broken thumbs, so I gave him no hands. Hanz is a henchmen and also Nazi. There's not much else to him.
-The masked man that keeps saying that catchphrase is still not named. Who could it possibly be?! I honestly don't know why I'm hiding it.
-Okay, now for the Tuskie part. I've mentioned Tuskie's character development before, well this scene is when I knew what direction I was taking him in. I gave Tuskie motive here, his family...of Tusken Raiders. Keeping with Tuskie being a tweak of the word Tusken, his wife and child are Gafflina and Stickley aka Gaffi Stick. Not going to lie, I still love these names.
-I love the married Tusken line and Hanz reminded Tuskie that he's a Nazi. I don't mean to gush over my own work, I just really like this scene.
-So Clamcake's toy has a fist. I decided that should be part of his character and the it's one of the reasons he got Fist of the Ice King. The comic goes into it here and in a few issues, but never that much.
-This scene is to get to know the new heroes a bit more. No jokes unless you count Tex being Texan.
-Judgement is the main Flash Step user. If you see any heroes using it, this is who taught them.
-So the original timeline is still kidding. I did this scene because of the time skip. It'd be strange if a year didn't pass in both timelines and I needed to explain how the original one wasn't completely gone. What happened in that year of the original timeline is explained later.
-The Turtles and the Renegades are presnt with the main cast here to tie it together better. I told you Donatello was introduced backwards.
-I wish the sound effect for switching timelines was "pop" not "poof"
-Here's the set up for the rest of the arc. Find the Negatives and get the gang back together and adventures are to be had.
-Roger has battle drones. He's been building them in the time skip.
-And now it's time to focus on the Pirates of the Caribbean and how they fit into TAOWAR. The simple answer is the crew is cursed and that's about as deep as it goes.
-There's the first "this is Sparta" joke. It's sadly not the last.
-New characters: Darth Nova and Yuna. Star's negative is a Sith Lord and his apprentice is a rival of sorts for Scarlett. Next comic has a lot of fun with them.
Next Time: The first main comic where Blade doesn't have a speaking role and only appears in a single panel. Also, hijinks on the Black Pearl play set!

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