I don't remember Arturo picking up any arrowheads in "Blood and Splendor," but if Torme says he did, then he could have done so off-panel. I don't doubt Arturo-2 stole everything that was Arturo's, including his friends and his life.
The Acclaim comics, in my view, are mostly awful, but it's not due to a lack of talent. Writer DG Chichester wrote some of the best DAREDEVIL stories after Frank Miller. I'm not familiar with Jeof Vita and Jeff Sommers, but Andy Mangels wrote some magnificent STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE novels and I don't even like ENTERPRISE. Mangels also did amazing stuff with the post-cancellation ROSWELL novels.
Artist Dick Giordano is an industry legend. Bernard Chang did beautiful work illustrating WONDER WOMAN. Dennis Calero is a splendidly atmospheric artist who captured the spirit of the four sliders and probably should have drawn every page of every SLIDERS comic ever. Artist Butch Guice did a magnificent job on CAPTAIN AMERICA and was also behind the visual identity of the Victorian detective series RUSE.
Guice is also significant to me personally: he drew DC/MARVEL: ALL ACCESS #1 which featured Superman and Spider-Man (!) fighting Venom together (!!!). It wasn't the first comic book I read, but it was the first one that made me look for a comic book store so that I could find the next issue. Recently, he's been doing great stuff on SAVAGE AVENGERS.
The SLIDERS comics had enough talent to tell the greatest SLIDERS stories of all time, so the fact that they did not tell even passable SLIDERS stories most of the time is likely due to difficult circumstances. The mad rush to hack out product is probably why the characterization is so shaky, why the artwork is so unfinished, and why the writers keep defaulting to superhero comic book style over winsome dramedy. It's possible that FOX and Universal's licensing departments gave them an extremely limited window to submit material for approval, or perhaps the licensing fees meant the comic book had a budget that didn't allow for more time and resources.
There's also the fact that Acclaim Comics was, creatively, a well-run comic book publisher in my opinion. They developed the brilliant QUANTUM AND WOODY and other great titles. The Editor in Chief was Fabian Nicieza, a gentleman with a reptuation for decency and professionalism in comics (a field where that can be hard to find). Nicieza also had a hilarious run on CABLE & DEADPOOL years later.
Former employee Valerie D'Orazio, an editor at Acclaim, described what a fun, enjoyable, reassuring and talent-supporting environment it was in her autobiography. She also noted a party with an open bar where she got wasted and has no memory of how she got home and when she returned to the office, Nicieza gave everyone a firm but loving lecture about how they had to consume alcohol responsibly and take care of each other at events and act like a team rather than a bunch of unhinged college kids.
Acclaim went bankrupt, not due to the comics division, but due to the video game division's poor sales crashing the rest of the company, although the comics were having across the board distribution problems in getting the books into stores.
Acclaim looks to me like it was a good company. All these writers look pretty solid to me, even the two I've never heard of, Jeof Vita and Jeff Summers, did a joke documentary about their SLIDERS comic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9& … V4VnURlMdc
All these people should have told great SLIDERS stories. The fact that they didn't tells me that the creators and the publisher were unable to do so due to a situation beyond their control. I am absolutely sure they did the best they could with what they had.