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The Case Files: Dagger

The fourth Guard story is 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.

This one is important for introducing my trans character who eventually goes by Brown Widow and my Muslim superhero who gets named Flash-Man. I also wanted to do a story where the team is split over several locations fighting the same battle. Pairing up Reina with the future Widow in one area. Victory and Monster inviting the future Flash-Man to help them in another. The rest of the team going into Mexico proper to lay down a hurting. The story introduces a few more supporting players and some important bad guys. I think of this as a transition story as I expand the teams size in the next story.

I like writing Flash-Man more than I thought I would even though that developed in future stories. Brown Widow’s introduction chapter I thought was good, especially because before writing it I had no concept of how to approach her. There is no personal favorite chapter but I did enjoy dozens of scenes and I really liked writing the big fight scene with the heavy Tiro Certero.

Story runs 18 chapters and around 135 pages.

Read the story HERE! If you haven’t started at all, check out the Case Files and start now!

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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.

Case File 004 Mix

This is my personal mix for the 4th Guard story Dagger. Parental advisory warning I guess.

100 Miles and Runnin’ by NWA
Heat by 50 Cent
Howlin’ For My Baby by Howlin’ Wolf
Rabbit Heart by Florence + the Machine
On the Run by Dr. Steel
Right Now by KoRn
Anything (Viva!) by Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel
Where the Birds Always Sing by the Cure

UPDATE

Those who have been following know the deal but for new readers I take a hiatus between stories to recharge and continue working to be ahead. Now I’m pretty well ahead in the series but not as far as I’d like. Part of it is the length of some the stories coming up and my own life and laziness. Here is where I am.

005-Is done. Just needs HTML coding.

006-In early third draft.

007-Second draft finished.

008-Starting third draft tomorrow.

When I started serializing the Guard I had 001-004 done and in the can as well as the first draft of 005 finished. I wanted to have 006 finished while on 008 second draft but things didn’t quite work out.

Still, it is ready and over the next few weeks I’ll tease details as well as continuing to plug the series and do my 004 mixtape. So the site will still be running.

Case File 004: Dagger-COMPLETED

The third story in my Young Adult Superhero series the Guard has finished.

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.

Start reading HERE or if you prefer Tumblr HERE.

I you are new to the series you can start from the beginning with RISE OF THE GUARD

Its been three years since the dawn of the superhuman age. When a runaway known only as Araminta finds herself the target of mysterious men she is rescued by the worlds first superhero Reina Titán. Araminta is then introduced to a group of teenage heroes who have banded together to take down the terrorist organization known as the Teiwaz. An evil society that has infiltrated the United States government and is kidnapping and experimenting on teenagers to build into a future superhuman army. Only this young group of heroes have what it takes to stop them.

HERE or on Tumblr.

Check back Tuesday for an important news update.

Part 18

   Frank and Araminta moved down the hallway of the base, engaged in talk about the news. It was the morning time and Frank had gotten up early to work out. After finishing he made his way to the game room to find Araminta toying with one of the coin-op video game machines the team acquired-Super Puzzle Fighter II. It was alongside Super Street Fighter II, Ms. Pac-Man, Final Fight and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game. Frank had requested a pinball machine or two while Antoine wanted a Tekken, a Neo-Geo machine and a Dance Dance Revolution. Reed really had no preference as long as the game was fun. It was in the game room they got the call about coming up to the Executive floor.
   “I guess we’ve been lucky for the most part,” Araminta said in regards to the treatment the team had received from most local law enforcement.
   “Yeah but they’re gonna crack down eventually. Probably first with the soloists. Its a matter of time before they get harder on us. We are outlaws,” Frank pointed out.
   “But the good kind,” Araminta joked.
   “Absolutely. Those are the best kinds of outlaws. Fighting for justice in a world where the security of the state is more important than the liberty of the individual,” said Frank.
   “You’re not going to get political on me? If you are I have to go away. I know nothing about politics.”
   “Fine, fine-how about this-Elijah and Jessie went out last night. To a club,” he mentioned.
   “Really? How did I not know about this?”
   “You knocked out early, before they left.”
   “No troubles I hope,” Araminta commented.
   “GOOD MORNING!” Jessie shouted in joy as she crept up on the pair and put her arms around their shoulders.
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Part 17

   Mr. Monster breathed in the fresh air around him. He smiled, looking up into the darkening sky and then around his lush surroundings. A beautiful green backdrop couple with a couple benches and lights of the lamps. Mr. Monster looked to his teammates, Red Sprite and Kid Victory who were engaged in conversation. His eyes turned to Reina Titán who kept looking around, waiting for their company. The team were at a popular park in Virginia awaiting a clandestine rendezvous of sorts. Their teammates-Araminta, SubHuman, and Huntsman waited aboard the Tuskegee-1 in case they were needed but it was doubtful they would be called upon.
   Mr. Monster walked over and hugged Reina. She returned the gesture as he started rocking side to side.
   “You want to head back down to Mexico?” he asked her. It had been four days since the group split into three and went about shutting down locations being used by the Daga Cartel. When they had gotten back together to exchange information, the news of Daga’s twisted torture games with extra-terrestrials bothered Reina so much that she skipped school twice to go to Mexico and administer more pain on the Cartel. Red Sprite urged Reina to stop-not wanting her to go down by herself. Kid Victory eventually order Reina Titán to stop. With the intel they had gathered and shared allowing federal agents on both sides of the border to better monitor the Cartel better, Reina causing chaos would hamper that progress in surveillance.
   Reina Titán, holding her man close answered, “I want bad people to get whats coming to them.”
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Part 16

   Red Sprite had little problems facing off against Montalvo’s men as she entered the compound. Most turned tail and ran and the few that stood were quickly dealt with. When she arrived at Montalvo’s office he was clearing out his safe-documents, cash and gold. As he saw her, he smirked, went to his mini bar and poured a drink. Once he downed it he poured another one and he took his seat at his desk. Red Sprite watched him invite her and so she took the seat across from him.
   Montalvo smiled and spoke in Spanish, “I have to admit, I am disappointed in my own organization. I honestly thought we could provide stronger opposition. I should have known better-the time you and Titán came to Mexico those years ago you walked all over everyone of the old Cartels best men. While our weapons got better you two are still in a league of your own. Now with the others-free to operate from rules and regulation-there was no chance for us, was there?”
   “You were told to watch yourself. That your movements, your operations, anything with the scent of Daga would be observed and documented. That if you pushed hard we would remind you of your station,” Red Sprite said.
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Part 15

   Red Sprite had decided to skip the various shady business’ in Sinaola and go straight for the El Jefe. This was due to how quickly Reina Titán stomped over part of Cartels manufacturing wing in New Mexico. Not just that but also the details left behind by unprotected computers and snitches who will be looking to make deals. Araminta was once more in awe of Reina’s unequaled power and also scared that instead of building to the big clash like she expected they were, as Reed said, ‘skipping straight to the final stage.’
   The plan was to send Huntsman in first. The trio stayed outside the lavish mansion and waited as Huntsman flew overhead and fired a half dozen warning shots to draw out the brunt of Daga forces which included the robots Reina warned about. The description Reina gave of the machines did not do them justice. Golden machines with strange physiques and red visor eyes. Huntsman hollered a ‘WHOOOO’ as he engaged one of the three robots.
   Red Sprite signaled for them to go in. Araminta used a gate to drop them on the other side of a large stone wall and as they landed they split. Red Sprite was to go around the front while they took to around the back with the knowledge to incapacitate as many as possible as to turn over to the proper authorities. SubHuman had the lead with Araminta following him with one hand on the hilt of her blade.
   “Here we go!” SubHuman shouted before blasting down a pair of armed men.
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Part 14

   The police cruiser was holding a sparkling conversation between Kid Victory and Mr. Monster about the merits of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained all while newly christened Flash-Man sat in the back listening to a conversation he really did not care for. Kid Victory was in the driver seat going through some of the problems he had with the film while Monster listened keenly from the passenger side.
   “I agree on several points you made however the white savior dies and ultimately Django is the one who saves his wife and burns down CandiLand. In one manner of speaking you could view the King Schultz character as a wizard who points our potential hero in the right direction to save the princess,” Mr. Monster responded.
   “Really? Fairy tale?” asked Kid Victory.
   “Why not, Schultz does brign up the Broomhilda fable. As to some of your other points I totally agree that its not the truest depiction of slavery but how many negros have seen that movie and were taken back by the brutality. Not all black men and women are as educated about what our ancestors went through as we would like to imagine,” Mr. Monster said.
   “I still think its a waste of such talented people.”
   “At least those talented people are working. I’d rather a white man try and fail with diversity in entertainment than wait around for studios to hire more black writers and directors to make black films. In some cases those black creators don’t even put out material that invites these kinds of talks,” he responded.
   “Any comments from you?” Kid Victory asked.
   “I have not seen the movie because I could not careless,” Flash-Man shot back.
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