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The Guard Returns May 2nd with Relics

The YA teen superhero saga the Guard returns with the 5th Case File Relics on May 2nd.

The Guard has expanded their ranks. Not only are Flash-Man and the newly christened Brown Widow members of the team but several other superhumans and vigilantes have joined up. The new members get costumes, names and develop their skills and learn to work as a unit. However the transition and training period is short when two big cases come down.

The first case takes Reina Titán and her team to Manhattan to track down an enemy she has history with, a stranded alien named Fliopt. A gifted mage who has utilized his talents and knowledge of alien technology to become one of the most in demand gun runners on Earth. Fliopt has come to Manhattan is in search of a treasure that he could use to bury his competitors and anyone who may choose to stand in his way. Joining Reina’s team includes Mr. Monster, Huntsman, and Flash-Man as well as a trio of new members. Kestrel, a female vigilante of Native American descent. Gravity Woman, a black superhuman who can manipulate the gravity around her. Also Ichi Senshi, an Asian martial artist who can create swords from spirit energy. However the weapon Fliopt seeks maybe to much for the team to stop.

You can expect to see everyone in the first few chapters before the cases come down. The 6th case fie will feature the other half of the team which is Kid Victory, Red Sprite, Araminta, SubHuman, with Brown Widow, Water, Bravado, and El Hijo De La Bestia. Details on them and the other new members soon enough.

If you have not tried the Guard there are already 4 complete stories that you can view in the CASE FILES section. Come check it out, its free!

The Guard Case File 005: Relics

The newest case file will debut May 2nd.

003 Mix on 8tracks

Update

Finally started the coding on 005. Because blog sites don’t provide easy to use INDENT option I have to manually do it. Also need to control the breaks between the paragraphs. I’m only a few chapters in but thats almost 4 weeks of chapters.

On 006 the third draft (proofing/revisions) is close to finished.

007 is ready for its third draft treatment.

008 is currently in its second draft which has been slow. Outside real life I’ve been working on some other stuff. I will put a bit more focus on it soon. I will say its about half way done.

By the time 005 is done I should actually be moved on to whats happening after 008, will start a series of shorter stories which is the plan.

Case File 005: Relics

The Guard has expanded their ranks. Not only are Flash-Man and the newly christened Brown Widow members of the team but several other superhumans and vigilantes have joined up. The new members get costumes, names and develop their skills and learn to work as a unit. However the transition and training period is short when two big cases come down.

The first case takes Reina Titán and her team to Manhattan to track down an enemy she has history with, a stranded alien named Fliopt. A gifted mage who has utilized his talents and knowledge of alien technology to become one of the most in demand gun runners on Earth. Fliopt has come to Manhattan is in search of a treasure that he could use to bury his competitors and anyone who may choose to stand in his way. Joining Reina’s team includes Mr. Monster, Huntsman, and Flash-Man as well as a trio of new members. Kestrel, a female vigilante of Native American descent. Gravity Woman, a black superhuman who can manipulate the gravity around her. Also Ichi Senshi, an Asian martial artist who can create swords from spirit energy. However the weapon Fliopt seeks maybe to much for the team to stop.

Start date tba. I’ll tease the rest of the new members next week.

Upcoming Case File

Title is Relics.

The story is the longest at 29 chapters.

It will be a jumping on point. However I like to think every story thus far could be read and pretty well understood by themselves. Thanks to the trusty profile and glossary pages.

There will be new characters. Teases soon.

More details to come, including start date.

Case File 002 Mix now on 8Tracks

Rhythm Nation[single edit] by Janet Jackson
How to Make A Monster[Kitties Purrformance Remix] by Rob Zombie
Egyptian Cowboy by Electric Six
The Devil His Due by Chris Randall
Filth Pig by Ministry
She Rides by Danzig
Bury My Body by the Animals
Bara No Soldier from Bubblegum Crisis

Case File 004: Dagger

The Guard is a YA saga about a group off teenage superpowers and vigilantes who come together to stand against criminal empires. The last story to be completed was entitled Dagger. Here’s the write up.

A series of attacks on US government instillations has George Blackwell seeking help from the Guard. This leads to the team of young heroes going up against the ruthless Daga Cartel-the number one criminal empire in Mexico. The Daga rose from the cartel wars to stake its claim and now they are looking to further expand their powerbase. This means new weapons, new soldiers and more control of the drug trade throughout the Americas. With the cartel having operations not just located in Mexico but also in several states the team is forced split up. Along the way they team with a couple new heroes-the Spider Woman of New Mexico and the worlds only known speedster.

Read it HERE or start from 001 HERE.

The fourth story, I don’t remember exactly what lead to it. I was speaking with my uncle, who had been assisting by reading the chapters and giving feedback or pointing out mistakes, and I guess we were discussing what had been going on with what he was reading and I was giving a loose idea of future ideas. After that discussion I must have decided I needed another story before I expanded the cast. Something that allowed me to spend more time with my main 7 heroes, I’d say 8 but even though Professor is important I don’t have her in the same room very often. I also used this story to tease the additions and bring in the two newest heroes of Flash-Man and the SpiderWoman of New Mexico April O’Day, who gets a hero name next story.

I had wanted a Muslim character way back. I don’t know why, I guess its just a rarity in superhero comics even though we are now seeing Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel or Simon Baz as Green Lantern. While I was working on the first three stories I was conceiving possible future team members and somehow I got on the idea of a Muslim hero with super-speed. I’m a sucker for team constructions and the speedster is important to Justice League mythos but also Justice Society and to a lesser extant Avengers. Where Huntsman name is a nod to Transformers, Flash-Mans name is a nod to Megaman more than it is the Flash. I’m not the biggest Megaman fan but he always had cool sounding villains. With April, I took the name from an old Romance Comic I saw the cover of online. I like names and that stuck. Why I made her a spider woman, I don’t know. Why I made her trans was simply to beef up the LGBT+ representation. Half the characters are not exactly defined with Jessie being openly bi but dating a male teammate.

With the Daga cartel I wanted a bad guy that was simple, like the Teiwaz, but were in a position where their elimination would cause problems. A reflection of how the cartel drug wars in Mexico. As terrible as it sounds, there needs to be one main criminal force because if there is not, the fighting for territory causes even more destruction. I don’t know if I made that point well in this. However I like to think I made new baddie Tiro Certero pretty badass.

Check out the story. Next week I’ll start teasing case file 005 and possibly have a start date.

I’ll post 002 mix later this week with 003 and 004 next week.

Case File 001 Mix-now from 8tracks

10 tracks long.

Sailor Moon Theme
Mystic Lady by T. Rex
Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks
Blowin’ Sky High by Berlin
Forest Green by Mike G.
(Can’t You) Trip Like I Do by Filter & Crystal Method
Mice and Gods by Clutch
Disposable Teens by Marilyn Manson
Dare by Stan Bush
Real Hero by College & Electric Youth

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