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That's all there is, there isn't anymore.

It's been fun doing this comic all these years. And stressful. And rage inducing. I miss it already, but for now I'm taking my bow and settling for the series ending I've planned since issue 15. I'd appreciate any comments you guys have to give.

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Anonymous's picture

Wow... It's over... and I'm still confused... So, that was wade in that test tube?

JD's picture

Not him in his entirety, but something that will add into what's used to make him eventually. I just thought the last line needed some kind of imagery to accompany it.

Anonymous's picture

it actually looks a little bit like the ol' hawk is making a toast... and about to drink the contents of the test tube.

Anonymous's picture

Awesome. Plain and simple awsomeness. I remember finding that bizarre and weirdly drawn comic. I remeber thinking; 'meh, what is this thing?' And I remember seeing Blackhawk falling on the grounds, dead. And I thought 'This is a comic I'd like to read!' I enjoyed it, more or less, I left it and returned, I liked the characters, the story, the background (except for Plot Twist... too Deadpool. Even the parts where he's not Deadpool he looks like Deadpool) And this end, and it's final page are the perfect finale. Now, I hope to see you in the professional comic-book world, and I hope to see you high in there!
Good comic and good luck, as I had when I found The Acrobat!

Anonymous's picture

BTW, you inspired me about trying to get in the comic industry. I haven't got as far as you, but your quest makes me believe that it's possible!

JD's picture

I'm glad you were able to overcome the hurdle of the initial issues -- even I find them odd and embarrassing. When I was younger I had an over reliance on established characters and "homage", so a good chunk of the concepts are weaker for it. I did what I could to grow them into their own creations, but some fared better than others.

Thank you for the support, and I hope to have you as a reader on whatever I do next.

Anonymous's picture

... Acrobat changed my life, lit. I don't wanna see it end... but it must.

JD's picture

FOR THE GOOD OF HUMANITY.

Anonymous's picture

You either die The Dark Knight or live long enough to become Batman and Robin.

Anonymous's picture

Great comic, sad to hear that it's over, will miss the Acrobat :(

JD's picture

Thanks. I will too.

Anonymous's picture

Wow this was great dude. I'm sad to see it end, but great job with this.

JD's picture

Thank you.

Gene's picture

Bravo!!

JD's picture

Thanks, Gene.

Anonymous's picture

Man, it must have been weird to finally work on this page. Great work.

JD's picture

You're telling me. I had that episode of Batman TAS, robin's reckoning, playing while I inked it, which made it double-weird.

Anonymous's picture

Really nice stuff, way better than a lot of the stuff the big hitters put out. Now go back and re-draw the beginning. ;¬)

Kidding. It's kind of nice to see the development of your art, and if you keep progressing at this rate you'll be one of the best around. And that's just the art side, your writing's at least as promising, and creators who're so talented in both disciplines are a rare breed indeed.

Thanks for sharing all this with us.

JD's picture

Thanks, Weshtery. As embarrassing as this amount of transparency has been, I've enjoyed being able to show everybody my arc of improvement in my craft. I hope to continue it with whatever I do next.

Anonymous's picture

This is great. and leaves a lot of questions.

Is Kid Lazer (Lopez/claudio) a clone too? Seems too convienient to have a sidekick with exactly your powers.

I did have this thought that Midnight might take BlackHawk's cowl.

Enjoyed it IMMENSELY.

JD's picture

Thanks. I left an explanation for you over at drunkduck.

Anonymous's picture

Are you gonna make a new series cause I'm gonna miss the acrobat:(

JD's picture

Yeah. Right now the plan is to take over and finish AVERY, which can be viewed in it's last incarnation on my Deviantart.

http://literacysuks1.deviantart.com/art/Avery-200162771

Anonymous's picture

This is how you end a series.

Beautiful finish.

Anonymous's picture

A brilliant ending to an Amazing story. First Dan now you. You hook me in and leave me wanting more. I re-read the entire story from the beginning again. You've come on leaps and bounds in your art style through Acrobat's adventures. I look forward to your next project.

Anonymous's picture

"...A future where your kid sidekick shoots me in the chest and becomes a super villain who kills you while this clone I'm making tries to live normally in spite of his secret life as a super hero..."

Anonymous's picture

Who was funding Aegis!?

JD's picture

It was a whole arc that got canned with the ending of the book. I fit in as many planned stories into the last bit as I could, but some things had to be cut. The small scene with the reverend in issue 25 was going to be a 2 issue horror style arc with Wade and Cass traveling to the small town pre-slaughter.

Anyway, short answer: The government was funding them in order to carry out covert missions and somesuch. They'd eventually contact the Bee and order him to carry out a mission that he isn't comfortable with, causing all funding to be cut and leading to Aegis being replaced with a more modern Ultimates style team.
The ultimates style team is corrupt, however, and Aegis overthrows them with the help of Acrobat. And so on.

Alternate explanation: Plot Twist funded them with his gambling winnings, luring the Bee to find him, hire him, and give him a superhero costume.

Anonymous's picture

Reading all 30 issues in a 3 day archive binge, I'm impressed with a few things.

1) The maturity of the storytelling.

2) The vast improvement in the art from page 1 issue 1 to page 24 issue 30. Mr. Smith, I applaud you.

3) The guts to end the story instead of just keeping it going.

You mentioned a couple times you hope to be a professional comic book creator. In my view, you already are, man.

JD's picture

Thanks a lot, man. I'm glad you were able to still get enjoyment out of all the old stuff.

jdmakescomics.com is where all my recent stuff is at, if you want to keep following along.

Anonymous's picture

So just read the shit out of these comics during a small exile in China and I have a few things to say:

1) I love cassie more than I ever thought I could love a fictional female character... God the things I would do to her... fictionally...
2) plot twist and plot hole are fantastic.
3) I loathe Ghosts stupid ass
4) I love acro. And this whole comic. Seriously I am distraught that its over
5) MIDNIGHT MIDNIGHT MIDNIGHT
6) and finally I HATE KOSTMEYER! seriously just shut up you fun sucking vampire. You're a pretentious, pedantic comic book reader. And thats the worst kind. Stop making like you know how to write the comic better than JD. You make me sick. Everyone else is cool though.

Sweeet story mang.

JD's picture

Whew. First of all, thank you so much. Second of all...

1) Bluh!

2) Thank you. I was happy with that whole idea as a way to differentiate him from Deadpool. I could have done more, but it is what it is.

3) Ha. A lot of people did. I have an affinity for those cartooney jerkass characters...Guy Gardner, classic Flash Thompson, Biff from back to the future. Every bone in my frail, nerd-ass body should be against em, but I'm not.

4) I'm writing a new superhero comic for what it helps. jdmakescomics.com is where it should be dropping ...eventually. I have some paying art gigs bouncing around that might distract me from getting it off the ground for a few months.

5) midnightmidnightmidnight.

6) Ahhh-ha. I had my grievances with kostmeyer at the time -- I felt he was being picky for the sake of, I guess, but I've cooled down about it. I still don't entirely agree with everything he had to say, but I appreciate that he did. Having that kind of critical eye on my writing makes me want to push it and think things out more, and in the longrun that just makes the comics better rather than killing the fun.

Anonymous's picture

So I read a bit of your neon noir and its great man. Good shit.
As far as kostmyer goes I stillthink hes a nit picking Ass. Very often on things that everyone else seemed to get EXCEPT him. If you want writing and character feedback in a non pretentious way hit me up.
I would love to see a revisitstion of acrobat. I seriousky haven't read a comic I enjoyed as much as this since invincible.
Also fon your website I learner your a Seattle(or bothell) boy! Good to see such talent coming from so close. I live in Seattle. Its the greatest.
anyways lo e the work. Keep it coming.

Anonymous's picture

Are u going to make that new series avery on this website?