Frenemies

Frenemies features seven rivals competing to find a sinister missing planet which could gift them intergalactic power! It stars stunning characters drawn by Yishan Li (Image, Dark Horse) and written by me, Monty Nero (Titan, Marvel). It evokes sci-fi classics like Alien, Star Wars, Flash Gordon, 2001, & Indiana Jones via comics like Supercats and Saga. You can buy it here or read pages online, with new pages appearing Monday to Friday..

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Cai Questionnaire:

STRENGTHS: Sexual technique. Charm. Weaponcraft. Linguistics.

FLAWS: Overconfidence. Sweet tooth.

HOBBIES: Dancing. Drinking. Comics

BIGGEST FEAR: “Armadillos. I had a nightmare about a giant one when I was about 10 and I’ve been terrified of them ever since.”

PET HATE: Rudeness

SECRET DESIRE: “Ever since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to open my own comic store.”

BEST FRIEND: Hunter

NATIONALITY: Chinese

Cai is a mischievous sexual adventurer – with a dark secret. As a Phd student at Camford University she develops an unhealthy interest in Professor Min Yeong which borders on the obsessive. Charming and well liked, she might just be too good to be true.

Delphine

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Delphine Questionnaire:

STRENGTHS: Science. Toughness, Allure. Needlecraft.

FLAWS: Duplicity. Vanity. Temperament.

HOBBIES: Sex. Cosplay. Needlecraft. Sometimes all at once.

BIGGEST FEAR: Being poor.

PET HATE: Smalltalk. Poor fashion sense.

SECRET DESIRE: “Living in my own exclusive diamon-encrusted nightclub.”

SIGNIFICANT OTHER: Sunny

NATIONALITY: French

Delphine is an acerbic cosplay princess with a lust for science and social climbing. She’s currently dating Sunny, who she loves like a favourite pet, while keeping her options open when it comes to sexual partners. She’s determined to turn her intergalactic adventure to her financial advantage, if she can survive the horrors of deep space.

Carlton

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Carlton Dunbar is an irascible Professor of Mathematics at Camford University, desperately searching for his young son. His tireless pursuit of a single theory unifying quantum and particle physics is driven by grief, and has made him the foremost scholar in his field. His ruthlessness brings him into conflict with the others, especially when they discover the real reason they’re stuck billions of light-years from Earth. But his motives seem heartfelt, if tragically confused.

Hunter

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STRENGTHS: Science. Toughness, Allure. Needlecraft.

FLAWS: Duplicity. Vanity. Temperament.

HOBBIES: Sex. Cosplay. Needlecraft. Sometimes all at once.

BIGGEST FEAR: Being poor.

PET HATE: Smalltalk. Poor fashion sense.

SECRET DESIRE: “Living in my own exclusive diamond-encrusted nightclub.”

SIGNIFICANT OTHER: Sunny

NATIONALITY: French

Hunter’s a rich, bi, sporty, US entrepreneur whose motivations are as dark as his family history. He worked closely with Sunny to develop the technology to scan for alien artefacts, but it’s not clear how much he actually contributed beyond general ideas and funding, He and Sunny are close when the story begins, and he’s also been a good friend to Cai. But he doesn’t get on with Professor Carlton Dunbar at all, which is hard as he’s supervising Hunter’s Phd. Hunter sees himself as a positive, bright, helpful leader – but self awareness never was his strong point.

Jamelia

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STRENGTHS: Endurance. Singlemindedness. Mental resilience.

FLAWS: Stubbornness. Inexperience.

HOBBIES: “Folks who don’t respect the sanctity of the cutlery drawer. Forks go in the fork bit. Putting them in with the knives is basically one step away from anarchy.”

BIGGEST FEAR: “That someone in my family gets Alzheimers.”

PET HATE: “Lazy bastards”

SECRET DESIRE: “Starting a rodent rescue for unwanted guinea pigs and rabbits. I’d be very, very happy mucking out beasties all day, and letting them live out their retirement in the sunshine.”

BEST FRIEND: None

ENEMIES: Delphine.

NATIONALITY: Irish

Jamelia Jackson’s is a genius from Ireland, unwilling to compromise in the face of annihilation. Her unbending principles guide her decisions, throwing her into conflict with others of a more practical persuasion. But her motives are always good, and she might just have the steely resolve to succeed when others falter.

The strength of a rhino. The cunning of a weasels. The agility of a mountain cat.

Sunny

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Sunny is the youngest character – a brilliant, shy, child prodigy questioning his whole identity. Half English, half South Korean, he doesn’t really know his father, and has a strained relationship with his mother Professor Minerva Yeong. He is the least confident member of the group, even though he has the most ability. He has the sharpest mind, the best academic record, and is a protege of Professor Dunbar. Sunny designed the alien scanner the Frenemies all use, though Hunter will tell you it was a joint effort. He’s also utterly in love with Delphine, who holds an unhealthy influence over his decisions.

Minerva

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Professor Minerva Yeong is a wildly eccentric English explorer,  Professor of Art History, and trailblazing lesbian punk.  Rumours swirl that she moonlights as a paranormal expert and tomb raider. But her glittering career has come at the expense of a difficult relationship with her son Sunny, and she has no significant other. Minerva has the most experience of extra-normal adventures and strange new worlds, which leads to conflict with Carlton over who’s leading the team.

New story pages daily Monday to Friday.

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