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lirvilas
18th Jul 2016, 10:00 AM

It's all over except for the crying.

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jamie59
18th Jul 2016, 10:06 AM

Don't look good for Chuck.

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lirvilas
19th Jul 2016, 5:25 AM

Chuck's got a few more minutes left on the meter.

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ProfEtheric
18th Jul 2016, 11:31 AM

Damn.

No seriously, damn. This is effing EPIC. Dirty, nasty, but epic.

And is that RIP Hawke?

Damn.

So the Wicked Weasel is going to go after the supervillain, eh?

Damn.

I love the broken panels, btw.

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lirvilas
19th Jul 2016, 5:28 AM

Gimme a couple days to try to achieve that word you're using... I'll agree that this page is pretty dirty. Was a little concerned that "Cannon" was out of character, but then again he's seen a whole bunch of his co-workers killed over the last month or two.

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TheD-Wrek
18th Jul 2016, 2:14 PM

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lirvilas
19th Jul 2016, 5:29 AM

Heh, I love droppin' memes in the comments section.

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anonymous coward
18th Jul 2016, 2:58 PM

I'm holding off on the applause until the right moment, but I'm tempted to start early here.

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lirvilas
19th Jul 2016, 5:30 AM

Oh hell no, this thing ends with a whimper not a bang. No applause necessary.

Also, update days may become unreliable as I rush for the exits on this work.

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Seabiscuit
19th Jul 2016, 6:11 AM

Holy damn. This is SO epic. That paneling especially! Holy shit! You can really feel the battle action.:D

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lirvilas
19th Jul 2016, 12:28 PM

I will try to live up to your expectations, Seabiz. Got a whole lot more gunfire to go before this thing is over!

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Spelledeg
21st Jul 2016, 12:42 AM

OH NO. DO THE THING CHUCK. DON'T DIE.

Rad paneling, man, and so much blood. I don't know that there'll be much celebrating at the end of this though. This is a readily sinking ship.

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lirvilas
21st Jul 2016, 7:15 AM

Thanks! The paneling is purely a function of Manga Studio's polygon panels and panel divider tool.

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steveha
21st Jul 2016, 6:10 AM

Could someone please translate the Russian language in the first panel? I'm sure it's Cyrillic and just looks like "B mope" but is something a bit different.

BTW in comic 120, I didn't ask what Grigori said because I recognized that one! I don't know Cyrillic but "bozhe-moi" is the way it's usually written in Roman letters.

http://movies.stackexchange.com/questions/2336/what-did-black-widow-say

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lirvilas
21st Jul 2016, 7:13 AM

"Bozhe moi" = my God

That mess at the top of the page roughly translates to "to the sea", the meaning of which I'll leave you y'all... has something to do with the number 10,000.

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steveha
21st Jul 2016, 4:53 PM

Well, this Wikipedia page is sort of interesting now:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Thousand_(Greek_mercenaries)

Wow, I didn't realize that the novel and movie The Warriors was loosely based on the story of The Ten Thousand.

I did know John Ringo's novel The Last Centurion explicitly references it... I dunno if you are among the John Ringo haters or not, but that novel has parts I'm sure you would enjoy.

Warning: John Ringo is not a fan of Hillary Clinton; and HC appears, fictionalized and with a name change, as President of the United States... who makes disastrous decisions that cause a lot of horrific problems. If that would detract from your enjoyment of the book, stay away; You Have Been Warned.

Otherwise, I'd say go read it. It contains a semi-collapse of civilization (deadly global flu pandemic on top of global cooling), Strykers fighting tanks, tanks fighting tanks, irregulars fighting regulars, sexy babes, one of the most epic booby traps ever, and logistics. And yes, the logistics do get kind of interesting. The action starts when a single Stryker company is tasked with guarding a major logistics base (with materiel to support six brigades) in Abadan. They actually manage to do this for a surprisingly long time, but eventually they need to bug out, and thereby hangs the major plot of the book.

Goodreads gives this book a 4-star rating, but if you look at all the votes, the majority of votes are 5-star but there are plenty of 1-star ratings. A whole lot of people really hate this book or really like it. Me? I've read it about ten times.

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lirvilas
21st Jul 2016, 7:28 PM

I haven't read sci-fi in years; the real world intervenes too readily.

Speaking of which, I'm sure Mr. Ringo is just as interested as me in seeing how the actual HRC presidency shakes out... I've yet to hear of a sci-fi author who successfully predicted Pokemon Go--or for that matter, the collapse of the Soviet Union.

That all said, I'm bound for some serious plane hopping in the near future--I'll consider it.

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steveha
22nd Jul 2016, 4:57 AM

The Last Centurion isn't really science fiction. I'd call it "military fiction" more than anything else. No new science or technology appears in the book; the fighting is all with weapons that were current in 2008 (no F-35 planes or whatever). There is a long section describing what happens in the imagined semi-collapse of civilization, which some people on Goodreads said was interminable and they couldn't get through, but which I personally thought was as interesting as the military stuff. You can argue that "global deadly flu pandemic" plus "global cooling" add medical and climate elements -- Science! Therefore, Science Fiction! But you could equally argue that The Posidon Adventure was a science fiction movie about tidal waves and the center of gravity on a cruise ship (Physics! Science!).

Now, if you are willing to read some military SF... let me recommend a book you can read for free. Freehold by Michael Z. Williamson is the story of a libertarian planet (named "Grainne" but everyone calls it "Freehold") that resigns membership in the UN (now an interstellar government) and the UN decides to put its boot on their collective neck. The events are seen through the eyes of a woman from Earth who flees to Freehold because she was framed by a corrupt superior officer in the UN military. She has major culture shock but learns to fit in and eventually to love Freehold and to fight for it. The last part of the book, where Freehold carries off whole bunch of planned attacks simultaneously to shock the UN, was IMHO very well done. Sadly, the soldiers don't have access to any SF super-weapons; their weapons aren't that much different from what troops have today, and they just have to fight. Combat, sabotage, sex, politics, and military training and logistics.

There's a sort-of sequel, a re-telling of the same story that is written from the point of view of a Freehold special ops soldier who wreaks incredible havoc on Earth as part of the planned simultaneous attacks designed to break the will of the UN to continue prosecuting the war. Talk about asymmetric warfare... the chaos a few dozen highly trained and motivated people cause is epic. He does his job well but he's human enough to not be happy over the suffering he causes. This novel is called The Weapon.

http://www.baen.com/freehold.html

http://www.baen.com/the-weapon.html

I'm going to try to do Wiki markup and see if it works:

[Freehold -- free download](http://www.baen.com/freehold.html)

[The Weapon](http://www.baen.com/the-weapon.html)

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Rd Ashes
21st Jul 2016, 12:39 PM

So this is how it goes down for Chuck, huh?

:-o

At least it's glorious. Let's see this thing happen...

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lirvilas
21st Jul 2016, 1:04 PM

Chuck's not down.

Not yet. Maybe not ever. Do you really think that all these sad little cardboard cutouts of characters get to take down Chuckie Poo?

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