Saturday, April 23, 2011

"Return Stroke" Short Story Edition

Jai West channeling Damian by DLM (me)

False Dawn will return next month with the end of "Crossing Over."

With all the talk of "Flashpoint," I figured we'd take a trip to Central and Keystone Cities.

After losing his powers, Jai West cuts himself off from the world, and Wally doesn't know what to do.

"Return Stroke"-Comic Book Script

This story would ideally be published in a Secret Files and Origins book or perhaps a second story in an annual. However, it could easily be pushed to twenty pages for a script with a little more of the Zoom scene.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Breaking Out/In...

It happened to Geoff Johns, Judd Winick, Brad Meltzer, Gail Simone, Fabian Nicieza, Grant Morrison, Tony Daniel, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, and every single DC and Marvel author. I prayed to God it would happen to me.


Yep. You heard it! I’m published! Destiny’s Fate is now available on a BlackBerry, iPhone, iPod Touch, Droid Phone near you! Check out and By next week, it should be up on, as well as Kobo, iBooks, and Google eBooks. You can grab these through your Nook, eReader, or Kindle apps!

What’s DF about? Glad you asked!

Fate cannot be changed, Kainoa Ryder’s adoptive parents had always told him. There is a plan, a preordained chain of events that no one can alter. If someone tries, the consequences are grave, for he/she is rebelling against the laws of the Fourth Dimension or Time itself. The Ryders know. As Defenders of the Fourth Dimension, they protect all of Time’s events.

Kainoa only remembers his adoptive parents’ words as lies. Stolen by his biological grandfather—the former Resident Gatekeeper and head of the Defenders—and raised in Medieval Japan, fifteen-year-old Kainoa has harnessed the gift of Destiny, the ability to travel through time. Where others need the help of a device called an Anchron to move between time periods, Kainoa only needs a single thought, and where the Defenders protect Time, Kainoa can rule it.

An assassin who obeys without thought, who kills without guilt, Kainoa has seen his Fate to infiltrate, to assimilate, and to annihilate the Defenders of the Fourth Dimension—and his own family. Forced to return to his original time period—twenty-first century New Jersey—and confront his troubled past, Kainoa struggles against assimilation, for that would mean acceptance. And he can’t accept the truth: even he, the bearer of Destiny, cannot escape his own Fate.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

False Dawn #16: Class Is In Session.

False Dawn #16: Out of the Pan
Part Two of Five: Class Is In Session.
Short Story Format
Devin Leigh Michaels

You ever want to go back in time and change those little events you screwed up? Like the time you asked Jenny Miller to the dance, and she totally laughed at you in the middle of the school cafeteria? Or maybe when you gave your mom some attitude you know she didn’t deserve, and she grounded you until The Dark Knight was out of the theatres?

Yeah, this isn’t one of those times.

Standing before a blue-haired teen a little younger than Lance (well, depending on how you look at it), I double-take between him and Jayden.

“What—What’re you talking about?”

Jayden glanced at the blue-haired guy, an understanding flashing between them, before focusing his otherworldly eyes on me. Really, Jayden’s eyes are purple? “Your shadow powers. They can get you in and out of the Director’s faux-office, and then you can save—”

A metal door slams against the wall, and Jayden and I whirl toward the corridor just outside the lab area. The blue-haired guy’s eyes widen, and he muffles something to Jayden.

“Hey, you!” a new voice yells, and a blaze of laser fire burns our way.

Jayden grabs my elbow and yanks me back. With a yelp, I slam to the blue-hair guy’s feet.

Jayden looks up and nods. “We’ll be back, bud. Promise.” Then he touches two fingers to my forehead.

“What are you doing?” I demand, and then, my leg burns. It burns like hot, red fire like when Casia engulfs me with her flames.

Jayden interrupts, “I’m just gonna—”

“Ow! Ow! Make it stop! Make it—”

False Dawn #16: Comic Book Script

False Dawn #16: Out of the Pan
Part Two of Five: Class Is In Session.
Comic Book Script - Plot for 20 Pages
Devin Leigh Michaels

Ral finds the real reason for his recruitment into Project: Avatar, and he's none-too-happy about it.