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lirvilas
3rd Aug 2016, 10:00 AM

Sorry, folks. In order to clarify an issue brought up in your comments I was required to post this "interjection" and therefore there will be no update on Wednesday.

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ProfEtheric
3rd Aug 2016, 10:25 AM

Ouch. This looks like RIP Charles Braun...

Dang, sir.

Even if it isn't lethal, I love the irony here. Tona Zehm, who was once shot by Sonja Semianovna, now stands between a gunman and said Russian coastie (and her beloved).

Also, Tona looks to have just saved Maerc. I presume that comes with some serious reward...

(Dammit. I really wanted ol' Chuckie to bulletmurder Maerc...)

Masterful buyback, also.

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lirvilas
3rd Aug 2016, 2:02 PM

IMHO the irony is that Chuck is one of the few people who was crazy enough to keep up with bad girl Tona, the daughter of Maureen Zehm who enjoys making grown men embarrass themselves.

You will see more of this Tona in the future, because there's a political metaphor in this scene... I'll let you find it. #trolling

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jamie59
3rd Aug 2016, 10:28 AM

Serous hate of adams apples.

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lirvilas
3rd Aug 2016, 11:11 AM

You know what they say about checking for them...

heh

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Spelledeg
3rd Aug 2016, 11:26 AM

I SEE WINGS ON TONA.

Dang I just got my comment on previous page in time to see this.

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lirvilas
4th Aug 2016, 5:51 AM

That's lens flare, Spellz.

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Spelledeg
4th Aug 2016, 6:32 AM

I don't quite believe you. But I'll what happens next page. It looks a little like more than lens flare to me.

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lirvilas
4th Aug 2016, 10:15 AM

War is Peace. Ignorance is Strength. Spellz, you must believe me, there's nothing there.

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Garthvader76
3rd Aug 2016, 10:19 PM

Face shots are good too.

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Rd Ashes
4th Aug 2016, 9:50 AM

Wow, saved her boyfriend's, girlfriend's boyfriend!


OH NO
CHHHHHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCKKKKKK!!!!

D-8

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lirvilas
4th Aug 2016, 10:17 AM

Oh, I'm sure he just got "winged" and he'll be completely fine.

(I appreciate your high tolerance for my trolling of dem feelz.)

ComPLEETley fine. Yessir.

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anonymous coward
4th Aug 2016, 9:57 AM

Daaaaaaaang. If I am interpreting that right, in the long run Tona killed the less dangerous and vicious asshole. Oh well, if you're going to go up in the world of politics it's bigger monsters all the way up with startlingly few exceptions.

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lirvilas
4th Aug 2016, 10:28 AM

Counting only named characters, there's four monsters in this room. As we can see by the rending of hair and gnashing of teeth here and on previous pages, one of them (Chuckie-poo) elicits sympathy, making him more dangerous than most.

But there's only one of these characters who's left a trail of bodies in her wake across all five of my longer works and shows no sign of becoming remotely "expendable".

Fuck Maerc.

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anonymous coward
5th Aug 2016, 8:42 AM

Fair, but I'm remembering what Maerc said in 119 about his checkered business history and public image, and that things have costs in lives. Let's move past this slaughter, and all the many crimes and abuses that MSV was responsible for, that belong on Maerc's head. Those are probably enough to exceed Charles Braun's lifetime score, but there's more: When it wasn't engaged in outright blackmail and other such off-brand efforts, Maerc's business was selling variably justifiable intimidation and violence for variably justifiable purposes. What about all the many injustices that those services enabled?

We are responsible for the conditions we influence in proportion to that influence. Chuck is a simple thug, albeit an amazingly deadly one. Maerc is an ambitious, duplicitous, opportunistic, amoral, and treacherous oligarch who seems to be working his way up to despot or... demon lord? Overall, the comparison in scale of damage they operate on has a far wider impact, with particularly many more, bigger and distant secondary effects, for Elliot Maerc.

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steveha
5th Aug 2016, 9:56 AM

We can want to see more comics featuring Chuck without actually liking or approving of him as a human being. I think we all want to see more comics featuring Chuck, but frankly the world would be a better place without him in it. It's blackly funny that even his coffee runs can have a body count, but the odds are good that his body count does not include 100% bad guys.

But it's really a shame he failed to take down Maerc. The world definitely would be a better place without Maerc in it.

I still want to see the story of how Sonja became "Katya" and got her job. It's hinted that she made a phone call that led to Eric MacDonald being shot and left for dead, and I'm wondering if that act led to her getting put in charge of MSV. And she's pretty casual about saying "Torture me some clues." Although she is easy on the eyes, the world would be a better place without Sonja in it.

Is Tona really a monster? I'm not convinced that the world would be a better place without Tona in it. She's shot a bunch of people but (leaving out whatever happened when she was a soldier in the Middle East) the world is, net, a better place for her shooting the people she shot. Tona seems to be loyal to her friends and she seems really torn up over what happened in the Middle East, so she's not a sociopathic killing machine, even though the story keeps involving her shooting people.

My favorite line from the original Lethal Weapon movie: "Did you ever meet anyone you didn't kill?" There's lots of people Tona hasn't killed.

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lirvilas
5th Aug 2016, 10:43 AM

@AC, @Steve: Ah, was going to go into a bunch of the thought process on my characters but I think that would really be a disservice to y'all as readers and consumers of this product. "Show through superior art" not "tell in teh commentz section" being the operative paradigm.

In other news:

I'm still not convinced that you guys are two different people.

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steveha
5th Aug 2016, 2:56 PM

As far as I know, I'm only me.

And, I'm pretty sure I'd know it if I were also "ANONYMOUS COWARD".

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anonymous coward
6th Aug 2016, 4:59 AM

But absolutely everyone should be. Anonymity rights man!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anonymous_post

Might want to check your assumptions though, the doc asks me if I'm pregnant when I visit the emergency room.

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lirvilas
6th Aug 2016, 5:40 AM

@AC: Crap, I hope you are well. I'm sorry to hear that you're going to the emergency room.

Also, the most vicious assumptions I make about y'all get shared by PM only... RD, where you at?

@Steve: What's that Kirkland corporate motto? "WE ARE LEGION. WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE. WE ARE COSTCO."

Sounds like something Anonymous or AC would use.

Anyway, sorry about assuming... but as you've undoubtedly already picked up I'm ProfEtheric's alt account.

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steveha
6th Aug 2016, 10:06 AM

Speaking of the Borg... here's one of my favorite bits from Robot Chicken. Features the voices of Patrick Stewart as Picard, and Chris Pine as Captain Jake.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4ApQrbhQp8

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Centcomm
5th Aug 2016, 3:55 PM

wow.. ok this is a bloody turn of events!

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lirvilas
6th Aug 2016, 5:41 AM

Says the creator of frikkin' Decimus. :p

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