Comic 1755 - Access Updated

6th Jul 2022, 12:00 AM
Access Updated
Average Rating: 5 (6 votes)
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Ryu Santos 6th Jul 2022, 12:13 AM edit delete reply
ROFLMAO! So there is someone who can twist Centcom's arm.

So much for Britta's empire. Must really be frying her brain to know Andrea now pretty much outranks her.
mjkj 6th Jul 2022, 12:33 AM edit delete reply

*lol* Centy works her magic...

...and Andrea is baffled...

...glad to see Andrea will be able to work the case - my question: is she still able to come back when killed or is this after she lost her 'curse'?

*lol* pronouncing Homeship Aster in the Epiphyte's language seems not so easy for humans...

@alt text: aaaaawwwwwwww... that would have been too precious to see...
Centcomm 6th Jul 2022, 4:13 AM edit delete reply

to be fair.. this version does not have that ... ability so she has to be content with avoiding death.
mjkj 6th Jul 2022, 5:37 AM edit delete reply

Thank you for clarifying this, Cent
robnot 6th Jul 2022, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
O.M.G. she don't have black , white , or platinum access.. she went straight to CentCom access.!!
sigpig 6th Jul 2022, 9:24 AM edit delete reply

The only thing higher is Plaid Access...
Lurker314 6th Jul 2022, 1:01 AM edit delete reply
THIS is how diplomacy works when something both small and important is at stake. Complete with the initial refusal.

And yes, this is even more fun than downward flying lessons!
Ictuan 6th Jul 2022, 4:04 AM edit delete reply
Andrea's facial expression in the last panel perfectly captures her complete bewilderment about what just happened.

On the bright side, Seeker Olive directly requesting Centcom put Andrea on the case instead of one of Cent's angels has got to reflect positively on her next performance review. I mean Seeker Olive choose Andrea over Centcom's best angels. That is high praise.
MirrorField 6th Jul 2022, 4:24 AM edit delete reply
This is the sort of case that's going to either boost Detective Valorian's career into stratosphere or crash it like a meteor. And that's before worrying about security implications (Why did Epiphytes want her specifically? Is she compromised in some way?) or potential diplomatic consequences of failure.
Evervigilant 6th Jul 2022, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
I think the Epiphytes chose her because she actually cares. Simple as that, she wants to know who did it and why and bring them to justice. She has no deep motive, political goals, or prejudices / preconceptions.
MirrorField 6th Jul 2022, 7:35 AM edit delete reply
Of course the epiphytes chose her because she cares. They're telepaths and could literally see that she didn't have ulterior motives or that kind of stuff. Might also be that epiphytes have problems "reading" androids and thus wanted a real human whom they can 'read'.They'll also know (and probably understand) if Valorian does her best but still fails due to ill fortune or simply because the case is unsolvable.

It's New Troy's own security apparatus and it's paranoia which may become a problem in future for Valorian. How vengeful Coburn will be in future is also a question mark. Don't you love high-visibility political cases?
megados 6th Jul 2022, 5:13 AM edit delete reply

Aaand Andrea is completely blown away. Her expression in the last panel is priceless.

Seeker Olive's position is impressive. Not too many get to tell CentComm what to do. "We don't want any of your constructs; we want Andrea."

Re: Alt text, I can imagine Britta's reaction to be a silent, tiny-fisted, wide eyed, teeth gritted, Coburn Slow-burn.
*Andrea turns to Britta* "You know all those forms and stuff you mentioned? You should get going on those.
Britta: (((!!...)))
Gilrandir 6th Jul 2022, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
A couple of stray thoughts about a fun page.

It is always instructive to observe people’s reactions to CentComm being decisive. I particularly like the tiny Coburn ‘speech balloons’ conveying her reactions, even though we cannot see her expressions. Nicely done.

I am puzzled about what makes Seeker Olive so impressed by Detective Valorian, compared to one of CentComm’s angels. After all, a central theme of this webcomic has been that Humanity is about who you are, not what you are made of. Why would there be a presumption that any of. CentComm’s angels would be any less caring, compassionate, or motivated than Andrea? Especially when they can be constructed to order.
Some Ed 6th Jul 2022, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
I feel like MirrorField's comment above is probably the big reason. The epiphytes have problems reading androids. Even if the epiphytes *could* read androids, CentComm's crystal children are sufficiently integrated that she could effectively alter their behavior irrespective of their feelings, with basically no warning.

But I doubt that androids are particularly easy to read even apart from any meddling from CentComm. As intractably difficult as telepathy is, the vast difference in how human brains work versus androids virtually has to have an impact on how and even if telepathy could work at all. We've seen at least one person who has an ability to do telepathy with machines, but Dr. Silver can't do telepathy with humans as far as we've been shown. It stands to reason that the epiphytes would also be limited to being able to read one sort of mind or another.
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