ATC Volume II: Down Below
With the first batch of episodes completed it was suggested that we return to the format of a single multi-chapter story arc to span the Adventure Team Chronicles second year. The idea was to mirror the structure of the long-running 3 3/4 Joe comic written by Dave Lane. I was enjoying exploring the different team members in the one-shots and proposed a mission that would eventually call for the entire team. My template for working six to eight characters into three-page installments came from the old Justice Society of America and later Justice League comics. The heroes would a) identify a threat, then b) separate, or pair up, to tackle different aspects of it, before c) coming together for a finale. Because that was not complicated enough I bookended the story with a prologue and epilogue set in the present day.
Reviewing my notes and emails from 2012, including a brief synopsis of 12 proposed installments, it is clear that, while the start and end points stayed pretty fixed, where we went in between is something else entirely.
While I remain less than satisfied with the big picture there are bits I am very pleased with, including some great artwork from my collaborators. To er, ... illustrate this, I have added a gallery to episode 14 which shows the various stages a comic page goes through from script to print-ready. Basically how other very talented people make my words look good.
Note: Episode 16 is a stand alone story and with be in Vol III.