Thursday, January 29, 2015

Author's Reflections- Comic #280

In order to try to give the Decepticons more reinforcements I wanted to add in the latest Starscream repaint Hasbro named Acid Storm. It was a loose homage to a background character that harnessed acid rain seen briefly in one episode of the Generation 1 cartoon, and though they were both green, the cartoon model had bright neon green compared to the dark camouflage green on the toy. I easily could have changed the name of the toy and added him in at random but the thought crossed my mind that it would be funny if the ‘acid’ in the character’s name was about stomach acid instead of acid rain. It was one of those ideas that immediately grew and writing the backstory became effortless…extremely, unforgivably silly, but effortless. Acid Storm was going to be the byproduct of an energon cube and Onslaught’s vomit…but then why would he look like one of the Decepticon jets? The answer immediately became obvious with Skywarp around. When you gotta go, you gotta go right? It was one of my lowest common denominator ideas but I ran with it and it was pretty well received, especially once Acid Storm began to evolve as a character.

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