Weird Days (1 issue, cancelled)
In the first issue Calatin and Levy are opening the Buttery Toast for another day's business, when a 7'5" Char'r alien named Scian walks through the front door and informs them he's been forced to make an emergency landing outside the Toast. Sure enough, his interstellar cruiser, the size of two semi trailers stacked on top of each other, is "parked" out front.
Calatin starts to tell him that if he wants to hang around the Toast he's gotta buy something, but is interrupted when a trio of robot assassins (from the planet Mesoid) burst through the front door and start shooting lightning guns at Scian. Scian leaps for cover, then bashes the head of one 'bot with a handy 15 pound bowling ball. He then draws his lightning gun and a firefight ensues.
Calatin, cussing to the combatants that "they'll have to pay for that" for each piece of furniture that's zapped, ends up picking up the downed 'bot's lightning gun, and zaps the 2nd assassin. Levy throws margarita mix in the face of the third and the battle, and issue, is concluded.
The second issue was almost fully scripted1 (there were arguments about how the issue should dovetail into the larger planned epic), partially drawn, and a cover even drafted (see below), but the series was canceled before the issue could be completed.
Despite an ambitious space opera plot, the Calatin character turned out to be kinda boring, of little interest outside of his natural habitat of the bowling alley. Scian was slightly more interesting, but mainly as a representative of the Char'r species and culture as a whole, on which Dauntless had planned to expound upon infinitely.
Levy Euclid turned into a bit of a fan favorite, for reasons unknown, since there was probably less development of her character than of Shaw's. But it probably had to do with some sketches and concept art, released to the public before the series was canceled, which adorned her in a snug top with a hammer and sickle emblazoned right below its plunging neckline.
And besides, Dauntless Comics was reaching a sordid state of creative bankruptcy. The concluding issues of Tales From... were some two years gone already, and all they had to show since was a failed tie-in in Weird Days, itself the product of a ridiculous 14 months of development hell. The "comix" phase of Dauntless Comics was to just around the corner...
1 In Issue 2 Calatin threatens to break a pool cue over Scian's head if he doesn't pay for the damages done to the Buttery Toast. Scian protests that he doesn't have any currency on hand, but that he could get some from his home world of Char'r. Calatin is skeptical of Scian's reliability, and asks him if he knows how to wash dishes. Scian suggests Calatin come with him to his home world to get the money. Calatin is even less enthusiastic about this idea but Levy prods him into accepting on the basic of "it'll be fun." And so, the three take to Scian's ship and take flight… to the stars!!!
On board Scian's ship he recounts that the robot assassins were from a machine world called Mesoid, a tributary planet of the Jusiame, a supernatural warrior race which rose to prominence several decades ago. The Char'r have been at war with the Jusiame for several years now, and although things are not going terribly, the outlook isn't exactly good, either.
The world of Char'r turns out to not be as wondrous as Levy, at least, had hoped. The entire planet has been conscripted into the war effort, and resembles little less than a massive factory and armory. Scian procures a "satisfactory" payment for Calatin (a fistful of gold) and the ship begins a considerably more subdued return trip to Earth.
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