Gallery – Portal Characters

You may have seen the comic book covers I've put together in various posts. Lady Justice was revealed yesterday in Chapter 35. I've assembled all three covers in a new gallery. As I finish the others, I'll add them there. Right now, I have Justice, Lady Justice, and a Bravo company JTF Agent in Harris armor. Hopefully, I can finish all the recruits before the end of the first book.In a future blog post, I'll explain how I make the characters using 3d (Daz3d) and 2d (Photoshop) programs.The Gallery link is on the main menu.

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Portal – Chapter 35

Lady Justice barrel-rolled to the right and flew higher as the green tracer fire opened up from the ground. The colonists had several machine guns pinning down Bravo company on the ground and shooting at her and Turbulence in the air when they came too close. She was still chasing one of the airborne Enhanced from the colony but he was trying to shake her off by pulling her in the colony’s killzone. She first thought he was a low-category Flyer, his flying skills were erratic and unpredictable,  but when she fired her lightning at him, he dissipated. She was chasing  an Air Elementalist, a powerful...

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Comic Cover – JTF Agent

They are the apex of law enforcement, the Harris armored JTF Agent. Armed with the M4, the JTF Agent enforces Enhanced laws and protects the United States from Enhanced criminals. The Harris armor is rated Level V on the NIJ scale against physical and kinetic attacks. The Harris fiber suits are sealed to protect against elemental powers and NBC (nuclear/biological/chemical) weapons.Agents are recruited from the CIA, FBI, ATF, and special forces to face the biggest challenge of their lives. If you think you have what it takes to protect humanity, call your local JTF recruiter today!Click the image...

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Military Jargon – What does it mean?

Read only after you have completed Chapter 34. One of the great things about writing on the Internet is the ability to provide information that is common knowledge to the characters but not to the reader. In Chapter 34, Bravo company and the Enhanced recruits engage an anti-Enhanced registration colony. For some, the conversations might be confusing due to the military jargon. This is an explanation of the terms and concepts.Bravo company - In the JTF, a company is typically made up of four (or more) teams and designated a letter. Bravo is simply the designation for 'B'. Bravo is easier...

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Portal – Chapter 34

The mission went sour the minute the convoy stopped and deployed Bravo company. The JTF agents were under heavy fire from the colonists, not 30 as expected, but closer to 100. Michael heard several calls over the radio that colonists were armed with AK47s and heavy rifles, likely bolt-action Russian Mosins. The also had several machine gun emplacements firing on the convoy. In anti-Enhanced groups, the most popular caliber to kill Enhanced was the .308, the same round that killed Atomic Power, or the similar .30-06, or Russian equivalent, the 54R. The Russians had very few Enhanced within their...

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Portal – Chapter 33

After Apocalypse, the economies of the United States and the world collapsed and infrastructure fell into disrepair. With the increasing costs of military and defense spending against hostile nations, hostile Enhanced, and sometimes both, and the decline of tax revenues, the areas outside of the larger cities were abandoned. In Indiana, old, broken-down cars, overgrown weeds, and violent criminals littered  the interstates connecting other large urban areas, Chicago to the northwest, Cincinnati to the southeast, and Dayton to the east. Unless the JTF supported the mission, local and state police...

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Happy Thanksgivings

Happy Thanksgivings to everyone in the United States and around the world.Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed...

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Portal – Chapter 32

Michael quickly showered and dressed after the workout. He did not have time for Justice’s showing off, he needed to get to the infirmary for more testing. He enjoyed his time with Preacher and Trauma. Preacher was usually out in the field, but when he was in the office, he kept Michael updated on the happenings around the city. He even visited Michael’s mother once to see if she was okay. “We have to do something about those people,” cried the woman on television during one of the 24 hour cable news shows. Michael could not read her name but her group, Mothers Against Enhanced, was blazoned...

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Portal – Chapter 31

“And eight,” said Scimitar as he pulled the weight bar up. Five of the male recruits class were in the gym, part of the required strength training. Scimitar and Michael were at the bench press, Cortex and Net on the incline press, and Justice on the leg press with a stack of 100 lb plates attached. The room smelled of sweat, the air moist with each strain of muscle. The old radio in the corner on a crooked shelf was twenty years old, at least, with a broken cassette and record player but the radio tuner still worked and nobody cared enough to replace it. The local rock station was blaring...

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Portal – Chapter 30

Lady Justice was gasping for air, trying to keep up with Dart and Turbulence. They had been flying hard and fast after several days of lectures, static demonstrations, and short flights around the state. This was the longest she had flown and her body was aching to land. She had to bank left again as she almost flew directly behind Turbulence. Although many powers were similar, the mechanics and effects of powers varied greatly. Dart, Turbulence, and Lady Justice all had the ability to fly but not always the same way. Dart had the ability to minimize wind resistance against his body as he changed...

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