Let’s Review: Black Hole Bill’s escape!

It’s time for another Let’s Review blog entry, where I look back on pages from our Archive and reflect on the thought process behind them.  Today I won’t be talking about one page in particular, but the thought process behind an important scene from STAR POWER & THE SEARCH FOR BLACK HOLE BILL.


This story was going to revolve around Galactic Defense’s attempts to recapture Black Hole Bill, so I needed to have him escape from custody.  This was going to be tricky because he needed to outsmart a police force that outnumbered him, but I didn’t want him to look like a badass doing it.

Black Hole Bill was never meant to be a sympathetic character, so I wanted him to achieve his escape without an impressive action scene.  In lots of other sci-fi comics, the bad guy would escape by dispatching of “the cannon fodder” guards one by one in a scene that not only makes them look dangerous, but super cool as well.  So not only did I want to avoid making Black Hole Bill look awesome, I wanted to keep Galactic Defense from looking incompetent.

Galactic Defense is dangerous to criminals.  They have to hide from them.  They can’t operate out in the open because there’s a real danger of getting caught for breaking the law.  I am sick and tired of the badass villain dispatching guards, officers, and other peacekeepers like they’re helpless novices who have never faced real adversity before.  I could have gone that route early on to make STAR POWER a comic about the Millennium Federation needing her help, but we decided to make a competent and noble peacekeeping force instead.  This is an optimistic future, not a bleak one.

I think we pulled off the scene rather well.  Black Hole Bill got to outwit Galactic Defense without making them look stupid or like cannon fodder.  His escape was a distraction so he could make a break for it, not murder everyone in sight.  I think it made the bit of violence he indulged in all the more effective because it was focused only on characters we knew.

About Michael

Michael Terracciano loves comic books, superheroes, outer space, and telling stories. His friends call him "Mookie." He spent the last ten years as the author and artist of the fantasy webcomic, "Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire." He enjoys spending time with his wife and their three cats. His favorite planet is Jupiter because it's awesome. He wants having superpowers to be fun again, and for this to be a universe you want to escape to, not from. He hopes you enjoy reading Star Power.