Comic 1076 - Confess your sins....

21st Sep 2014, 9:00 PM
Confess your sins....
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Howard 21st Sep 2014, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
Never got to post first before :P So yea if grey girly there is what they call "sound" I would hate to see what they consider "unstable"
Centcomm 21st Sep 2014, 9:53 PM edit delete reply

no kidding right?
Sheela 22nd Sep 2014, 12:37 AM edit delete reply

I worry that we do get to see the unstable ones too.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 2:14 AM edit delete reply

you will ..
velvetsanity 22nd Sep 2014, 5:50 AM edit delete reply

Bah. Malati's just messing with the slime's head. Not that the slime has the sense to understand her situation
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 9:27 AM edit delete reply

hehe :D
antrik 11th Oct 2016, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
Hey, we are in Prince Headcase's dominion here -- on a relative scale, Malati *is* sound...
jamie59 21st Sep 2014, 9:23 PM edit delete reply

Is that blade coming out of the back of her wrist?
Centcomm 21st Sep 2014, 9:53 PM edit delete reply

Yep the blade actually exits though the back of the hand she does have to tilt her hand to bring it "inline" because the blade is stored in her forearm. :D
Sheela 22nd Sep 2014, 12:41 AM edit delete reply

Let me guess, she was part of a certain canadian Weapon X program that also had a runty little cigar smoking man in it ?
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 2:14 AM edit delete reply

yep .. :D
velvetsanity 22nd Sep 2014, 5:52 AM edit delete reply

Wait, Malati was built by William Stryker? Wow she's old! Not that I'd ever admit that outside of the peanut gallery. She's aged too well :D
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 9:28 AM edit delete reply

Heh - actually ive never revealed how old the Cassians are.
Stormwind13 22nd Sep 2014, 2:05 PM edit delete reply

Does that blade detach from Malati?

Because it looks like a knife, more than a claw. So made me think of Sten instead, velvet. And Malati probably could fit into Team 13. :-p
mjkj 21st Sep 2014, 9:50 PM edit delete reply


Those two really are a pair. :D

Centcomm 21st Sep 2014, 9:53 PM edit delete reply

but she is scary :D
Sheela 22nd Sep 2014, 12:41 AM edit delete reply

Who is ?
CeCi ?
mjkj 22nd Sep 2014, 1:23 AM edit delete reply

Well, only to dari at the moment - and it seems to hit home, finally.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 2:15 AM edit delete reply

just a bit :D
Haegan2005 21st Sep 2014, 9:56 PM edit delete reply

(pulls his coats on and turns up the heat) Dang, they give me chills.

Someone is taking lessons from Rose.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 2:15 AM edit delete reply

hehe hands him blanket.. my work is done here :D
Stormwind13 22nd Sep 2014, 3:09 AM edit delete reply

I'm with you Haegan. I wouldn't want most of my ENEMIES subjected to Malati's presence! Never mind someone I cared for (like Dolly does for Lynn).
Dragonrider 22nd Sep 2014, 9:24 AM edit delete reply

AW DAMN! Am I the only on that thinks Malati should be put in charge of this Glee Club? If she had the right equipment she would make and idea wife. I love her attitude, looks and body, she ROCKS! BTW I think Noctis gets a bit of enjoyment in watching Malati work not that she would ever admit it. Also I would give good odds Malati is the most efficient inquisitor Nova Roma has.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 10:55 AM edit delete reply

I think Malati would be ok with this..
Stormwind13 22nd Sep 2014, 2:01 PM edit delete reply

You can do that, Dragonrider. I'm not a big fan of glee clubs. And that would be one way of getting rid of them.
cattservant 21st Sep 2014, 10:07 PM edit delete reply

It's a big world Dolly Blue!
Sheela 22nd Sep 2014, 12:42 AM edit delete reply

It's a good thing then, that she brought her own attack-droid !

Dolly Dagger and CC Ryder to the rescue ! :)
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 2:15 AM edit delete reply

hehe :D
Draginbeard 21st Sep 2014, 11:51 PM edit delete reply

Malati, she meets and exceeds the personal qualities for what I consider truly Evil. The sooner she is destroyed, the better for everyone else.

This is the kind of villain Karma was created to deal with. Very often in spectacularly violent ways.

Im really hoping her and Teedee face off and destroy each other. It would be a fitting end for both of them, and one hell of a battle for the rest of us to witness!
Sheela 22nd Sep 2014, 12:49 AM edit delete reply

It's strange, but I don't get a truly evil vibe from Malati.

From the prince, I do get the "evil vibe", but while Malati is crazy violent and psychotic in her own way, I keep getting the impression that she does it mostly because she believes that it will make things better for the masses (and partly because of programming) and that she'd be just as happy as a farming android if that would make the "whole society of Nova Roma" a better place.

It's a strange distinction, I admit, but I think what makes the prince truly evil is his drive to hurt everyone for his own personal gains. Whereas Malati has a purpose outside herself.

True, she has a sadistic streak a mile wide.
And she probably breaks a lot of eggs to make an omelet.
But ultimately, she *is* creating an omelet, the prince is creating nothing but death.

Malati is one of the "good guys" !

... sorta.

Besides, she runs on fun-particles !
Can't beat that. :)
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 2:16 AM edit delete reply

I would say reserve judgement on Malati "just" yet she may be no Angel . but she ( Like all our cast - is complex )
Draginbeard 22nd Sep 2014, 2:50 AM edit delete reply

We are going to have to disagree then. Malati doesn't just have a sadistic streak, its a murderous one. She unnecessarily tortures her assignments to death, and finds it amusing. That crosses straight through 'The Ends Justifies the Means' and firmly puts her in Charles Manson's school for the chaotic and evil.

Fighting for survival I get, but even that starts to weigh heavy on your soul, or at least it should.

Frankly, 'the ends justifies the means' argument stops holdin water as soon as killing becomes a common and everyday as eating breakfast. At that point, its being done because 'thats just how it is'.

As far as holding judgment, you have written a character who finds torturing people to death (again, unnecessarily) amusing. This is not the mark of someone deserving the benefit of the doubt. She LIKES killing the helpless, and using fear for shits and giggles. Her actions deny any good faith I might have for her.

I'm not trying to be difficult, I have strong, personal views on morality.

In my view, actions trump intentions.

If you do bad things to make something right, you walk a razors edge to keep from becoming what you are fighting against.

If you enjoy doing bad things, but do them in the name of something just, you have stepped off the edge.

Coming back from being a monster, thats the hard part. Maybe you can come back, but then again, maybe you can never truly balance the books.
velvetsanity 22nd Sep 2014, 6:03 AM edit delete reply

What 'bad things' has Malati actually done? So far, all she's done is talk (though admittedly she's using psychological tactics that are likely intended merely to scare Dari into behaving...assuming Dari has the sense nature gave to a lump of gravel, which she clearly (to us, at least) doesn't...)

Dolly's done far worse to Dari already.

As far as what's suggested in previous conversation regarding Malati killing people...she's a Cassian, bound to follow the orders of 'prince' drekhead. She does what's required of her, yes. My impression, however, is that she's really not all that interested in the killing and maiming. She *did* say a few pages ago that she prefers being respected instead of feared.

Honestly, I feel you're ascribing evil intent to someone who strikes me as being the sort whose favorite TV show is anything that's labelled as a Halloween episode (particularly the ones involving pranks, like they used to do every year on Roseanne). And maybe also Tim Burton films and the Addams Family. Spooky stuff as opposed to psycho slasher B-horror gorefests.

As far as 'the end justifies the means'? IMHO, that argument only holds water when it's applied to doing what's necessary for survival (or self defense, in a more immediate situational sense)
Draginbeard 22nd Sep 2014, 7:20 AM edit delete reply

Page 1190, Last Panel. Malati is describing what sounds like one in a string of subjects for the week. By having her hand "wrist deep in is guts" and making a joke of the way his body was reacting to her killing him.

Noctis even stated the way she killed him was unnecessary. He was the third done in this fashion that week.

The orders she is following are sick enough, but she takes her time, goes above and beyond heinous blood shed, ENJOYS what she does. That is evil.

And another thing that is contrary to what Malati says vs. her actions... she would rather be respected than feared, and yet appears take pleasure instilling fear into people.

Am I the only one who sees this for what it is?

Dragonrider 22nd Sep 2014, 9:48 AM edit delete reply

I tend to agree with Velvet and Sheela also remember the environment they are in, a "Church" that Harvests body parts, a prison that allows women to be lobotomized and raped to have children until they die (P145), a praetorian guard that is allowed to take what ever liberties they want with the life, limb, bodies and property of the elite and common both, an insane ruler who thinks all that matters are the ruling triumvirate of Me, Myself and I. I stand on my earlier thoughts and those of the two ladies.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 10:54 AM edit delete reply

not ignorning - but im keeping my words out because I actually know whats going on.. and all I can say is "one of you are right" >_<
Stormwind13 22nd Sep 2014, 1:58 PM edit delete reply

I agree with you Draginbeard. I was thinking pretty much the same thing. That passage showed me the 'true' image of Malati (in my opinion).

Malati wasn't trying to intimidate or impress anyone at that point (Noctis was the only one there at the time). So I believe it is Malati's TRUE nature.

In that case Malati is REALLY scary, probably more than Kali. Possibly even worse than Douchebag. He is crazy, but Malati seems to ENJOY it. Which makes her something of a monster. Her words sound a lot like things I've heard from serial killers.
Tokyo Rose 22nd Sep 2014, 2:34 PM edit delete reply

Small correction: She said it was the third one this month, rather than week. (And could have meant either calendar month or 4-week period.)

Also, keep in mind that "she said" is part of that sentence. ;)
Stormwind13 22nd Sep 2014, 2:48 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, but that goes back to my point Rose. If Malati had been trying to intimidate or impress someone, I could see it as being fabricated... or largely so. Since she was talking to Noctis, I think she was just talking shop. And had no reason to lie about it.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 3:44 PM edit delete reply

Well other than Trolling Noctis.. something she isn't above doing.
Draginbeard 22nd Sep 2014, 4:08 PM edit delete reply

Thanks Stormwind, I was beginning to think I was out here by myself.

Rose, 3 in a week or a month, does it really make a difference? Malati is joking about "rummaging around" a live persons guts, with her hand....

Stormwind is exactly right, this definitely comes off as shop talk, and Noctis is not in the least surprised at how Malati is performing her duties.

Roma Nova palace is a bloody madhouse, and Malati is one of its many patients.

Stormwind13 22nd Sep 2014, 4:31 PM edit delete reply

Welcome, Draginbeard. No, I definitely see where you are coming from.

I sure hope some of the commentors don't run into a real serial killer or they will be the killer's next victim I fear. :-p
Sheela 23rd Sep 2014, 9:52 AM edit delete reply

Ah, but you're forgetting that she is *not* human.

If you instructed a non-sentient robot to kill a human, would it be evil, or would it be you whom is evil ?

And if the robot takes pride in how good it is at killing (which is what it was programmed for) is it a bad thing ?

It's not like it has a choice.
Draginbeard 23rd Sep 2014, 12:12 PM edit delete reply

True, except these creatures are not basic machines with limited awareness, following their programming.

These two are fully sentient, complex (as Cent reminded us) beings, able to act on their personal impulses' and feelings.

The way the scene on page 1190 was shown, and from the direction the conversation between them was heading, it appears that Malati was going out of her way to destroy her subject, not efficiently, or quickly (I get the impression that Noctis carries out her duties in a more efficient and prideful fashion), but Malati was willfully destroying a life in a slow, brutal fashion, with the intention of gaining personal pleasure from the experience.

Again, the scene portrayed was just between Malati and Noctis. It was shown in a quiet, relaxed, water cooler moment. It felt like we were being given a glimpse of just how malicious Malati is, and setting things up so that we knew her preference for blood and pain in the scenes still to come.

You can call that prideful if you like, but that doesn't make her actions it any less evil.

I am enjoying this turn in the story, and finding a new character to love to hate. Malati is, to me, quite the monster.
Sheela 23rd Sep 2014, 5:03 PM edit delete reply

aye, she is a monster, but so is CeCi !
A cuddly monster, she may be, but a monster none the less.
Centcomm 23rd Sep 2014, 5:30 PM edit delete reply

Several points.. Malati enjoys Trolling people .. this also includes Noctis.. Keep that in mind.

However .. on that note. Malati does enjoy her job. and takes pride in it. But shes just as willing to not kill if told to do so.

Yes she may be a monster.. what does that make the people that constructed her.

And yes Ceci is also a "Black Angel" designed for wet works..
Draginbeard 23rd Sep 2014, 7:06 PM edit delete reply

I don't know what you mean by 'trolling'.

In my mind, I think of trolling as in trying to insult, heckle, or upset another person. Usually anonymously, in a crowd, from a safe distance of some sort.

All we've seen so far, is Malati and Noctis kicking back in their office, chuckling over a particularly brutal murder. Meeting Dolly, Dari, and Ceci. Within 10 seconds, Malati is already in Daris face, terrorizing her.

I don't know how else to say this, but my definition of evil is someone who enjoys inflicting terror, pain, and death.

Malati, as you've presented her thus far, fits that description.

Thats it.
Sheela 24th Sep 2014, 9:41 AM edit delete reply

Trolling is a specific form of bullying, and can be done both from afar and face to face.

A famous troll would be Bill O'Reilly from Fox News.
His job is basically to get people on his show and then make them loose their temper.
He is what all trolls aspire to be ... a well-paid troll !
plymayer 22nd Sep 2014, 12:09 AM edit delete reply

She will be luck if she lives very long. A transfer to cell block 1138 could be safer.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 2:17 AM edit delete reply

It really would ..
jas 22nd Sep 2014, 7:29 AM edit delete reply

I like Noctis' design and I love Ceci's reaction to Malati ("Yyyeah, she goes on the 'watch' list")! Dolly's reaction to them is pretty classic, too.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 10:52 AM edit delete reply

that you :D glad you like her :D
Stever 22nd Sep 2014, 7:37 AM edit delete reply

Haha! Never! XD
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 10:52 AM edit delete reply

dpallee 22nd Sep 2014, 9:32 AM edit delete reply

Pretty creepy stuff going down....very good staging on your art. great page.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 10:53 AM edit delete reply

Thank you very much!
DizzasterJuice 22nd Sep 2014, 10:37 AM edit delete reply

I agree, these people are disturbing.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 10:53 AM edit delete reply

Not the same way as Bidi .. LOLOL - thanks for the compliment :D
Matt Knab 22nd Sep 2014, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

Yes, I am definitely liking Malati. XD
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 1:54 PM edit delete reply

I kinda like her too .. shes so.. creepy cuddly :D
Stormwind13 22nd Sep 2014, 4:28 PM edit delete reply

CentComm, you are VERY strange sometimes. Cuddly is NOT the term I would use for Malati. :-p
Haegan2005 22nd Sep 2014, 5:42 PM edit delete reply

(shiver) I think I need a few more blankets and a few plasma grenades for warmth here...
Centcomm 23rd Sep 2014, 5:27 PM edit delete reply

Hands him a fusion heater :D
Dragonrider 22nd Sep 2014, 1:31 PM edit delete reply

Just had a "What if moment" Wonder if Malati is under the influence of Rose at all? Might explain some of her distinctive behavior.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 1:54 PM edit delete reply

heh in a rare moment .. Rose is in no way connected to Malati or Noctis. They are there own beings.
Stormwind13 22nd Sep 2014, 1:48 PM edit delete reply

No, CentComm she is NOT cute. CeCi is cute, those two are just SCARY.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 1:54 PM edit delete reply

Rashala 22nd Sep 2014, 1:49 PM edit delete reply

Hmm mAnti-fun particles....

Does that mean TEdee runs on Profanitium? *Profanity particles*
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2014, 1:55 PM edit delete reply

Yes she does... Yes she does Rashy old boy..
Stormwind13 22nd Sep 2014, 2:07 PM edit delete reply

Does that mean Rose runs on Profanitium too, Rash? :-D
Tokyo Rose 22nd Sep 2014, 2:35 PM edit delete reply

Profanitium has to come from somewhere, right? . . .
Stormwind13 22nd Sep 2014, 4:26 PM edit delete reply

So Rose GENERATES Profanitium? Actually, that makes sense. :-D
cattservant 22nd Sep 2014, 9:19 PM edit delete reply

Don't inquire about the actual process.
Phil 23rd Sep 2014, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
Scary thing is, Malati is the good cop
Stormwind13 23rd Sep 2014, 5:10 PM edit delete reply

I'm not sure there IS a good cop, Phil. Not in Nova Roma. If so, it might be KALI.
Phil 24th Sep 2014, 11:31 AM edit delete reply
(dangit, I didnt notice that the "title" input for comments, is completely ignored. Sadface. Obviously, my prior post was supposed to be titled, "Good cop, bad cop")

Now for the mindbender.. in polite society "good cop" is the one who follows the law, and "bad cop" is the one who breaks the rules/law.
With the assumption that its the "bad cop" that's going to hurt/kill you

But in Nova Roma.. you might be better off with "bad cop", using those definitions.

So in retrospect, it suddenly got even more confusing to say which of them is "good cop", and which "bad" :-}

Perhaps they're both "bad cop". With slight modifications of
"badLY INSANE cop" and "badASS cop"
(but they're still both going to kill you)
Centcomm 23rd Sep 2014, 5:26 PM edit delete reply

Its Quiet ones you have to worry about :D
XMinusOne 23rd Sep 2014, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
Heh! I can just hear Malati saying "Heere's Johnny" as she walks into the Sand Rat's cell. In Nova Roma's dungeon, no one cares if you scream. In fact, they expect it.
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