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Freedom Four Annual #1

Welcome, Sentinels fans! Here's the place to discuss the ongoing Freedom Four Annual comic that we're putting up a page at a time here on our website!

I know that many of you have already seen the comic as part of the Infernal Relics and Enhanced Edition kickstarter, but please do not spoil things for the readers who haven't seen the whole thing yet. Don't discuss things which haven't happened yet! Thank you.

So, enjoy your discussions, share your tales of the Multiverse, and keep reading! Thanks!


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Edited by: Christopher on Jun 11 2014 - 5:55pm
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2 pages? 2 Pages?! You little tease!

Well, at least it got me googling James Shirley.

Looking forward to more!


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I can almost guarantee you will not find the James Shirley that page is referencing. No, it's not the 17th century playwright/author. 

Sorry to disappoint. There will be a new page each Tuesday and Thursday! I could have just put up the cover today, you know...


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I'm not disappointed, I'm grateful that it's going up at all for us non-kickstart backers, thanks for sharing more of the multiverse with us.


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Christopher wrote:

I can almost guarantee you will not find the James Shirley that page is referencing. No, it's not the 17th century playwright/author. Sorry to disappoint. There will be a new page each Tuesday and Thursday! I could have just put up the cover today, you know...

Huh... So, it goes:

Monday: xkcd

Tuesday: Freedom Four

Wednesday: xkcd

Thursday: Freedom Four

Friday: xkcd


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No new comic page this Thursday... Curse you American holidays!

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Up now! Sorry for the delay. The holiday took a 24 hour toll!


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I would like to say that I am glad that Legacy is the type of older man who calls people he's just met "son." 

I'm a backer, so I've read ahead, but I've got to say, what I like best about this comic are the insights into the personalities of the characters. I hope you guys make more comics, I especially want to see some with Haka and Tachyon... perhaps some sort of holiday special? 


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I know that yesterday was Christmas and what-not, but I was hoping for a Christmas Special or something for the comic... wink

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Unless I missed it before, page 13 is new!

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Page 14 is here.  The Wraith...Woo Hoo!

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The only bad thing about this exciting page is that it makes me want to read Mystery Comics #29!


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The only bad thing about this new website is the fact that the Sentinels' comic is updating on the other site!


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Just wondering if the confrontation (page 20) is the end of the comic (in a 'tune in next time / to be continued' sort of way) ?

Or if it's simply a matter of not yet having had a chance to update the next page last week?

 

Not a problem either way, just wondering i should be obsessively loading up the comic page every day or not... :D


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Keep loading. The annual has a definite conclusion.


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Is it just me or has the comic been wonky lately? First of all, I don't think there's been a new page every Tuesday and Thursday (I think it's mostly Thursdays that have been lacking). Secondly, when I checked it today, the url said that it was page 22, but the actual page says that it's page 23. 

Any idea what's going on?

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(re page 23) I know it's a common enough phrase, but whenever I see "Oh Boy" I can't help but think of Dr Sam Beckett leaping into a new host body and coming upon an awkward situation.... :)

(and if no one gets the reference, I'm about to feel very very old..... ;) )

 

 


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Believe me - plenty of people will get the reference. cool


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Ha!

Page 26 could almost be a representation of most of my games.

Panel 1 *Use Razor Ordnance to damage Blade*

Panel 2 *Make hilarious quip to my fellow gamers*

Panel 3 *Use throwing knives to damage Blade*

Panel 4 *Someone points out Blade has Backlash field in play, grin sheepishly, take damage at wrong place in game turn, draw card to end turn*


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So... that's it? If so, I liked this! a lot of great character moments. Tachyon's "ithinkthey'remadatmeforeatingalltheirsnacks" line made me laugh out loud a lot more than it probably should have. Will there be any more comics in the works?

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Comic was pretty cool. A comic for Vengeance explaining Legacy's death would be well appreciated.

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I would have liked to see the Freedom Four actually fight side-by-side a bit more - I'm a sucker for big superhuman brawls, and besides, it would feel a little more like an SotM game - but it was fun to see these comic-based heroes in a comic environment.  Plus, Tachyon is the best thing ever.


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lol. fan letters was unexpected and fun!

you could make a whole "Ask the Heroes" or "Ask the Villains" column with them answering questions (as if real) if you ever had time and creative energy ;-)


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fba827 wrote:

(as if real) 

They aren't?


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Pydro wrote:

 

fba827 wrote:
(as if real) 

 

They aren't?

the questions, i mean that answer the questions as if the questions are real.

yeah, that's what i meant all along. :)

 


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Generally speaking, real people behave as if they are real.

Nightmist and Visionary might need some help, though.  They both have problematic relationships with reality.

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P.S. Also, Omnitron-X technically doesn't exist yet, so one might argue that it's not real regardless of how it acts.

P.P.S. Also, Legacy's mentioning of bleach as a "sidekick" indicated that, from his point of view, perhaps Bleach is not real, given that the only sidekicks from Sentinel Comics exist in a strange quantum state of unknown possibility.


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A non-cannon colum to ask the heroes questions...That sounds freaking awesome!

Writen replies would be sweet, but what would be even better would be comic panels of them responding and such(ASotM Tumblr account would be awesome for this, if such an account doesn't exist already.), maybe giving us just a bit more to go off of. But I can understand if they just stick with text, they can't have all the art power going to something like this and not to developing more cards...Could they?

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Ironic wrote:

P.P.S. Also, Legacy's mentioning of bleach as a "sidekick" indicated that, from his point of view, perhaps Bleach is not real, given that the only sidekicks from Sentinel Comics exist in a strange quantum state of unknown possibility.

I think he was just making a joke about keeping his mostly white uniform from turning into a mostly slightly off-white uniform. I dont think it was a comentary on whether fabric whiteners exist in that particular universe haha

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Foote wrote:

I think he was just making a joke about keeping his mostly white uniform from turning into a mostly slightly off-white uniform. I dont think it was a comentary on whether fabric whiteners exist in that particular universe haha

Wait, so the codename of the kid on Potential Sidekick ISN'T named Bleach? Aww...

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I'm excited for more of the comics, especially the character specific ones or at least a little backstory as they are introduced. I'm afraid that I would read the comics faster than they would be able to be made!


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This whole first comic can basically be summarized as "Why Tachyon is the most adorable character".


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It's really interesting to look back at this comic in the light of the Iron Legacy timeline.  There's an amazing contrast between the two.  

Here, in the Freedom Four Annual, it looks like Blade's serum makes Legacy realise that he has to reach out to others for help.  He can't depend on his superpowers to fix everything anymore.  In the fight at the end, he doesn't really function as more than bait/distraction, but that's a role he's willing to play to defeat Blade.  Self-sacrifice is something he's quite alright with (though it clearly has to be useful self-sacrifice, as seen from his earlier escape in order to get others to help).  It's the loss of someone else's life in the Iron Legacy timeline, a loss that no willingness to self-sacrifice can prevent, that throws him completely out of kilter.  Or, again, if circumstances deprive him of his superpowers, as in the FFA, he can still use his best human qualities of leadership and giving a good example to improve the situation.  But when he's not deprived of his superpowers, but still can't save his daughter, he ends up completely at a loss - and, as Iron Legacy, rather than reaching out to others for help, he takes everything on himself.  In a situation of physical weakness, he remains strong mentally.  In a situation of mental anguish, his only solace is physical strength.  I think it makes him a very well-written character.

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Don't forget that with Pauline gone he is the last Legacy, there will never be another.

That means any justice his line will ever bring to the world is through him.

I think a combination of seeing that his current methods couldn't save his daughter, the anger at himself and villains for her death and the idea that everything was on him created Iron Legacy.

I agree he is a fantastic character, I don't think there's another Brand level hero that engaging.

But then Legacy doesn't have actual comics from the 1950's and 60's floating around wrecking his cannon with terrible character development.

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I'm glad that comes across. The Legacy story was one of the first things I wrote for what would become Sentinels of the Multiverse, and showing that depth of character through action and behavior rather than straight-up telling is important to me. 

Thank you for sharing.


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phantaskippy wrote:

Don't forget that with Pauline gone he is the last Legacy, there will never be another.That means any justice his line will ever bring to the world is through him.I think a combination of seeing that his current methods couldn't save his daughter, the anger at himself and villains for her death and the idea that everything was on him created Iron Legacy.I agree he is a fantastic character, I don't think there's another Brand level hero that engaging.But then Legacy doesn't have actual comics from the 1950's and 60's floating around wrecking his cannon with terrible character development.

I agree that it's the double trauma of losing his daughter and ending the Legacy line that seems to fuel his awful change.  He's a failure as a father, because he couldn't protect his child.  He's a failure as Legacy, because he didn't ensure the safe transition of powers from one generation to the next, as all the previous Legacies did, and they managed to do it with fewer powers than he had.  

Plus, he must've felt some anger at himself for not permanently ending Blade before his daughter was killed, fuelling his harsher approach.

All the Sentinels characters are interesting, but Legacy grabs my attention more than any of them.  There is so much about him and his family that's incredibly fascinating. 

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I'm glad that comes across. The Legacy story was one of the first things I wrote for what would become Sentinels of the Multiverse, and showing that depth of character through action and behavior rather than straight-up telling is important to me. Thank you for sharing.

Oh wow!  :D  I admire you hugely as a writer, Christopher.  Showing rather than telling that kind of character development is something I can only hope to emulate with a lot of hard work.

I am not a huge comics nerd (sadly!), so a lot of references in Sentinels pass me by - but the mechanism of the Legacy line seems like a brilliant way to have more than one hero of the same name, compared to some of the other methods I've seen.  It makes me wonder so many things, though.  It's known that the eldest child gets the Legacy powers, which seems to imply that at least one Legacy had more than one child.  What was life like for the Parsons child or children who didn't get those powers?  (And what kind of person voluntarily enters such a family - what kind of person marries a Legacy?)  And how does genetics "know" to manifest in that way, with just the first child?  There seems to be something a bit magical about it.  I would love to pick your brain about the various Legacies and the people connected to them, but I patiently assure myself that many things will emerge over the course of the storyline that you've planned out, and you shouldn't be rushed in showing us those things.  :)  Whatever doesn't come out by the time the story's over, well, I'll bombard you with questions about that stuff then!

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Whatever doesn't come out by the time the story's over, well, I'll bombard you with questions about that stuff then!

Sounds like a good plan to me.  C:

Trust me: there's going to be a LOT more story stuff on the not-too-distant horizons.


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Christopher wrote:
Trust me: there's going to be a LOT more story stuff on the not-too-distant horizons.

Awesome!  Can't wait to read about that.  Thank you so much for replying.  :D

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I'd like to see another "Ask Christopher questions in the next X hours" thread! The last one was a blast.


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I can remember a thread at one point that diverged into increasingly wild theories about "What happens if a Legacy has twins/triplets, etc as their firstborn?", and wondering whether they'd both/all get the powers, if the powers would be split between them, or if only the first one to actually be born would get the powers while the other(s) had none. I don't think any conclusion was reached but it was interestingly nitpicky anyway ;).


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I must find that thread immediately!  To the search function!  *Sentinels Comics symbol spins in and out of the screen*

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