@thespiritstalker: Thanks so much for reading! I appreciate the feedback.
I drew inspiration from several places. Like the team of soldiers was loosely modeled after the original Star Trek crew. And when they warp, visually I had the JJ Abrams movies in mind.
And your definitely right about the fights. I had anime like DBZ/GT, Gurren Lagann, Sengoku Basara, and Needless in mind. I also thought of video games like Asura's Wrath, Metal Gear, and Halo. When making them, I kinda just created the fights I always wanted to see.
Yes, the story is really long and can look like a task to read. It turned out that way because there was a lot that I wanted to develop in the story like Ultiman and Firo's relationship, the team's back stories, and the course of events leading up the final battle. I just wanted everything in the story to come full circle and make sense.