Comic 1134 - King of Swords ( Reversed )

8th Feb 2015, 9:00 PM
King of Swords ( Reversed )
Average Rating: 5 (21 votes)
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cattservant 8th Feb 2015, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

He's laying a big one,
and it already stinks!
Centcomm 8th Feb 2015, 10:40 PM edit delete reply

with flies and maggots :D
Sheela 9th Feb 2015, 1:39 PM edit delete reply

They could use it as fertilizer for years !

.. decades even!
highlander55 9th Feb 2015, 4:56 PM edit delete reply

Even a Murderturd would run away gagging from the smell!
Stormwind13 8th Feb 2015, 9:14 PM edit delete reply

I do not like the way that conversation turned!

Watch yourself, Maxus!
CptKerion 8th Feb 2015, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
I'll bet Maxus is prepared for this contingency?
Timotheus 9th Feb 2015, 1:38 AM edit delete reply

He does if he's any sort of general in that sort of situation.
Centcomm 8th Feb 2015, 10:40 PM edit delete reply

there is a decidedly dark turn to the conversation here thats true :D
Haegan2005 8th Feb 2015, 9:28 PM edit delete reply

Talk about kicking over the ant hill. And using extra large boots!

A wee while back I mentioned how I felt that Decimus would react to having what he felt was control over his life taken away from him.

Basically he sees anyone that says NO as an impediment to his plans. He simply cannot tolerate refusal. His ego cannot handle it.

I agree with Stormwind13. This is about to be a Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times..."
Centcomm 8th Feb 2015, 10:40 PM edit delete reply

I think everyone lives in that curse.. :D
Computant 18th Aug 2016, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
I would argue that even with the Trump V Clinton horror we are currently suffering, modern times are very much not interesting. That said, who was it that said an adventure is someone else being miserable far away from you?
I suspect most Americans-or citizens of any civilized nation of the present-would not do well in actual "interesting times."
The best way to tell if you are prepared for disaster. Answer the question how much water do you have stored?
Lukkai 9th Feb 2015, 10:00 PM edit delete reply
I get the feeling that he's about to kick over the ant hill.
Then turn to face it, inhale deeply and ram his head down the remains as far as he possibly can.
Outlaw 8th Feb 2015, 9:45 PM edit delete reply

I just caught back up.
Excellent stuff, as always.
Great art + Great story = Great comic.
Centcomm 8th Feb 2015, 10:37 PM edit delete reply

YAY! thank you glad to see you here !
Haegan2005 8th Feb 2015, 9:49 PM edit delete reply

Cent, I am beginning to understand just how much work creating a comic is. The irregular pace of releases for me and the realization that a buffer is not likely to happen any time soon, makes me respect just what you and Rose do 5 days a week.

DLKmusic 8th Feb 2015, 9:59 PM edit delete reply

Amen to that, Haegan. and it's not just the consistent output, it's the consistent TOP NOTCH output, on 2 separate strips!

Btw, I would like to check your strip out too, would you mind posting a link?
Haegan2005 8th Feb 2015, 10:28 PM edit delete reply

It is a text based story, so the standard is different. It has been 20 or more years since I seriously took a pencil to paper, and it shows. I did a head sketch of Andrea and showed it to my wife.

She asked me what it was... Needless to say, I then chose another way to craft a story here!

The Devious Duo work well together and produce what I consider to be movie level scripts and plots. So far I have yet to see one subpar strip and I am beginning to see just how much work goes into each one before they release it.

I sent you a PM!
Centcomm 8th Feb 2015, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

Its New Britain

Being helpful !

Blushes at the compliments.. Rose writes really really well! :D
Haegan2005 8th Feb 2015, 10:49 PM edit delete reply

I did not want to post it directly without your permission. Thank you though for the pat on the back!
Centcomm 8th Feb 2015, 10:51 PM edit delete reply

No biggie :D its actually a pretty good read :D :D
Fairportfan 8th Feb 2015, 10:15 PM edit delete reply

...oh, yes he can...

(Whatever it is...)
Centcomm 8th Feb 2015, 10:37 PM edit delete reply

( insert evil laugh ) tm
Dragonrider 8th Feb 2015, 10:18 PM edit delete reply

@catservant there ain't enough deodorant soap, air freshener or body lotion to reverse the stink of a douche bag.
@centcomm Glorious Leader superb incentive me want one of those for a birthday present.
Centcomm 8th Feb 2015, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

heheh I take it you liked the one of Calliope .. expect more :D
Dragonrider 9th Feb 2015, 9:26 AM edit delete reply

You'll really send me a >>real live<< one of those for my birthday?
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 12:06 PM edit delete reply

depends on how much she fights back ...
Thomas 8th Feb 2015, 11:03 PM edit delete reply
Kinda surprised this didn't happen earlier actually.
Centcomm 8th Feb 2015, 11:34 PM edit delete reply

hehe .. predictable eh? maybe hes going to send flowers?
Draginbeard 8th Feb 2015, 11:16 PM edit delete reply

At least there is someone who can deflect his rage at least in the short term.

The thing that worries me most about the prince (keeping mind he is a villain and meant to be loathed) is the 'Scorched Earth' mindset vibe he gives off.
Centcomm 8th Feb 2015, 11:34 PM edit delete reply

hes read some of the rules for evil overlords and does not believe in leaving enemys to come back and haunt him later..
Mark_L_A 8th May 2015, 8:18 PM edit delete reply

Did you mean this one?
mjkj 8th Feb 2015, 11:23 PM edit delete reply

So, he is planning to assassinate Maxus...

...bad move...

Centcomm 8th Feb 2015, 11:34 PM edit delete reply

it would be .. yes indeed..
mjkj 8th Feb 2015, 11:50 PM edit delete reply

It is good that new allies have arrived...
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 12:05 PM edit delete reply

Lukkai 9th Feb 2015, 10:03 PM edit delete reply
I'm... actually not entirely sure if he's going after Maxus...

..Or after Maxus' love. He's intelligent enough to remember her, just twisted enough to do it and blinkered enough to think it's actually a good idea.
Rashala 8th Feb 2015, 11:53 PM edit delete reply

Oh DEci you MORON!!!.......

He is Going there.......*facepalsm* Riight TIme to kill him and All hail Acantha!
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 12:05 PM edit delete reply

well .. hes not exactly a moron .. just.. driven.
Stormwind13 9th Feb 2015, 3:01 PM edit delete reply

Anyone that antagonizes Maxus can't be TOO bright, CentComm.
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 4:58 PM edit delete reply

remember what happened to the last guy that ticked off Maxus ..
Rashala 10th Feb 2015, 4:55 PM edit delete reply

I stand by a Kali performing this *System check priorities and loyalties subroutine check..........Complete *walks up *SNAP* Deci goes limp All Hail Acantha!
DLKmusic 9th Feb 2015, 12:29 AM edit delete reply

Has anyone besides me noticed that he's pulling Noctis and Malati, as well an Nox and Hrist.... OFF counter-espionage?

DUFUS, You just kidnapped a princess for all intents and purposes.... why don't you put a friggin bullseye on your chest while you're at it?

I was worried that Noctis and Malati would have a chance of stopping Dolly and CeCi... Isn't that convenient?
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 12:05 PM edit delete reply

There are other cassians.. they may not be those four but they are still capable .
Lukkai 9th Feb 2015, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
They are however not having a hunch or been talked to by their comrade about it. So it really would take some probable danger away from Dolly and CeCi at least for a while.
Morituri 9th Feb 2015, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
Never interrupt your enemy when he is in the process of making a mistake.
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 12:04 PM edit delete reply

Unless that mistake would result in the deaths of MILLIONS of innocents.. think of what would happen if Cent actually went on the offensive and chewed though Romas troops and annihilated every single living thing .. much like Aeneas killed every living thing within 5 K of his AIS complex.. What Acantha didn't mention to Lynn was he killed EVERYTHING.. Men.. women children anything human. and though he may have been insane .. he still did it..

Cent could do the same thing .. she would not even slow down - she might think.. this is a shame.. but in the end it would all be just ash.
DLKmusic 9th Feb 2015, 2:53 PM edit delete reply

(insert theme from "The Terminator" here)
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 4:57 PM edit delete reply

Classic or the most recent ?
DLKmusic 9th Feb 2015, 6:57 PM edit delete reply

Classic! of course! Insist on the ORIGINAL Soundtrack, accept NO substitutes!
Timotheus 9th Feb 2015, 1:37 AM edit delete reply

I keep having this strong feeling that someone has been cribbing from the Classics Illustrated Life and Times of Caligula.

Everything Decimus does makes perfectly logical sense for his own goals. The fact that they would be disastrous for his nation, his external plans and goals for that nation, and everyone and everything else around him is immaterial.
His personal desires far are more important than them.
Stormwind13 9th Feb 2015, 3:55 AM edit delete reply

Very good points, Tim. Douchebag does seem to think he is more important than anything else. As long as he is supreme his world is good.
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 12:00 PM edit delete reply

of course.. He believes that HIS way is the best.. and the ONLY way :D
Lukkai 9th Feb 2015, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
He's no Nero then. What archeologists and history researchers have slowly pieced together over the last decades show that that guy was actually a way better emperor than the pr made him look. And rather popular among the plebs.
That is not to say he didn't have his quirks and clearly some touch of the mad when it came to his art. And he also was a Roman Emperor with all the ruthlessness that involves. But among them, he seems to have been pretty decent.
Some Ed 5th Jun 2017, 5:55 PM edit delete reply
No, they don't make sense for his own goals.

The operative principle is: Means which preclude the desired End cannot ever be justified by that End.

The tactics he wants to use would not just hurt his people, they would also get him killed, regardless of the defenses he's erected.
Hornet 9th Feb 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
And when the legions of Roma march on the Black Palace under Maxus, the prince will still be wondering where he went wrong. Poor blind fool.
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 12:00 PM edit delete reply

there was a emperor who even as he died he did not realize WHY they wanted him dead.. :P
Guest 10th Feb 2015, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
Heh. If I may steal from fiction (some dark science fiction in this case):
"I don't have time to die. I'm too busy."

(Don't know how accurate I remembered that one after all these years.)
jas 9th Feb 2015, 8:04 AM edit delete reply

No one can stop a madman from being a madman but Kali sure is giving it the old college try! However, the Fail is strong with Decimus...
Hornet 9th Feb 2015, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
Interesting concidering the usually the shodowy vizer that's steering the disturbed leader into the arms of insanity, depravity and self destruction.
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 11:59 AM edit delete reply

And in this case Kali is doing her BEST to keep him on keel.. >_<
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 11:59 AM edit delete reply

OK good one Jas ... Teedee wants to steal that line ... :D
Phil 9th Feb 2015, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
Hello, Phil here!
So... I kinda like the new Kali.
I can like her as a newly innovated character.

Still like the old one a LITTLE better.
But the new one's okay ;-)
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 4:56 PM edit delete reply

I can live with that :D
CptKerion 9th Feb 2015, 3:52 PM edit delete reply
Why do I get the sense that you guys are bullshitting us and really planning to have him try to whack someone other than Maxus?
Rose is probably sitting there doing the pee-pee dance with anticipation of dropping the big reveal just like last time.

And if they are planning to try to wack Maxus, I get the sense you guys like him too much to let the prince get away with that.
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 4:56 PM edit delete reply

because Rose likes to do that dance :D and Im the evil centcomm?
Stormwind13 9th Feb 2015, 5:30 PM edit delete reply

Definitely, you are EVIL. I can't see Rose dancing though. Just doesn't feel in character for her.
Tokyo Rose 10th Feb 2015, 3:47 PM edit delete reply
Melody_Whyte 9th Feb 2015, 4:10 PM edit delete reply

"You are the only one I can trust, Kali. You cannot betray me."

Sorry, Deck. I'm 98% sure she already has and is now labeled as a classic double agent. So blow that out your ass, motherfucker.
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 4:57 PM edit delete reply

heh Perhaps.. but remember Kali still has to deal with Directives.. :P
highlander55 9th Feb 2015, 7:37 PM edit delete reply

@Cent.. Her Directives should include some type of fail safe in case the Reigning jackass is likely to get everyone in New Rome killed by an unwarranted (read idiotic) war.
Lukkai 9th Feb 2015, 10:11 PM edit delete reply
Probably has, at least to protect the rest of the bloodline.

But he's not really there yet. Close though.
GMG2Dave 9th Feb 2015, 5:34 PM edit delete reply
He's not going after Maximus, he's going after Irene Maxia, Maximus' wife/girlfriend. Think about it, he takes her, he takes Maximus out of the equation simply by threatening her life, or even worse, his "attention". Infiltration specialists to get to her, psych warfare to completely freak him out, it all fits.
Stormwind13 9th Feb 2015, 5:43 PM edit delete reply

I pray you are wrong, Dave. If you are not, there will be a smoking crater where the Black Palace used to be. Maxus, Douchebag, Kali and Irene will all be gone too. Maxus would NOT stand for threats against Irene.
Centcomm 9th Feb 2015, 7:40 PM edit delete reply

If Decimus even looked crossways at Irene there are not enough cassians or men to stop what Maxus would do to the prince. he would rip him limb from limb..

Not saying the prince isnt .. insane enough to not try.. just.. throwing it out there.
GMG2Dave 9th Feb 2015, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
So far, the royal douchebag has proven remarkably adept at underestimating people reactions to his actions, so I sincerely doubt the thought would cross his feeble little mind that his plan wouldn't work.

And if Decimus where to take Irene, would Maximus go on a rampage if he knew that at best, the end result would be her death?
Hornet 10th Feb 2015, 2:55 PM edit delete reply
Cassians might face off against Maxus. Standard issue soldiers and human palace guards? No, they'd be following Maxus in the hunt for the runnaway princeling.
velvetsanity 9th Feb 2015, 8:27 PM edit delete reply

My guess is that Calli is his target. After all, he seems to want a focus on stealthy infiltration and "neutralization" aka assassination. "Nobody tells me 'no' and lives"

Or else he's planning on forcibly returning Lynn and Acantha to the palace so he can (a) have Lynn call her mom (probably with the intent of heavy coaching from, say, several Cassians) and (b) have that dinner he's planning for the purpose of making them throw up all over him by proposing to them. Both of them. At the same time.

Also, called it! He has a death wish.
Tokyo Rose 10th Feb 2015, 3:50 PM edit delete reply

"... have that dinner he's planning for the purpose of making them throw up all over him by proposing to them. Both of them. At the same time."

There's a fetish for that. I wish I didn't know this.
velvetsanity 11th Feb 2015, 12:16 AM edit delete reply

Kitty 9th Feb 2015, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
Hmmm, what were those directives, again? And is there room in them for some loose interpretation? ;)
Skweeee 9th Feb 2015, 8:47 PM edit delete reply

Ha! I'm so detail oriented. I had my nose to the computer screen trying to make out was on that screen in the background.
Lukkai 9th Feb 2015, 10:12 PM edit delete reply
Looks like a map to me.
Skweeee 9th Feb 2015, 10:23 PM edit delete reply

I love maps!!!

i have a problem...
Timotheus 10th Feb 2015, 1:03 AM edit delete reply

It looks to me like there was a great deal of traffic congestion around St Louis with a possible storm front moving in.
Tokyo Rose 10th Feb 2015, 3:55 PM edit delete reply

The storm front is just the physical manifestation of the unholy fury called down by the sinister geometry of St Louis's street planning. It's all specifically designed to fill commuters with pervasive rage, which in turn powers the dark summoning. I think one of the dudes who was in on the planning committee was named Crowley.
Mister Black 10th Feb 2015, 4:35 PM edit delete reply

St. Louis does that too?! I thought Oklahoma City was the only place designed to summon the Lord of a Thousand Faces...
Stormwind13 10th Feb 2015, 4:53 PM edit delete reply

Having lived in the St. Louis area for the last couple decades, I take exception to that, Rose!

You think someone PLANNED St. Louis streets? HA! St. Louis wasn't planned, so much as a bunch of little river towns grew up and ran into each other (though largely gracefully). St. Louis isn't a CITY as much as a bunch of towns that run together. Each has its own flavor though (my favorite is the Hill, great Italian restaurants, which I have been visiting for even longer). Many have their own unique charms... And problems.
Lukkai 10th Feb 2015, 6:09 PM edit delete reply
@Skweeee: There was this nice little shop in Edinburgh, selling a lot of old maps (or copies). With a funny paper in its window about that rare mental affliction, prompting people (mainly men) to acquire ever more maps. Unfortunately there is no known cure and it is advised to just let the patient buy a map every so often to treat symptoms.

@Tokyo Rose: I think I've got something new on my "to read" list.
Centcomm 10th Feb 2015, 7:35 PM edit delete reply

I might make some maps avalable on the tech page but geenrally most of the displays are meant to be non readable having garbage or even bluured out.. :>
Skweeee 10th Feb 2015, 8:11 PM edit delete reply

Thanks Centcomm. I appreciate that you include any kind of map in the background really. It lends the page such a great level of authenticity and plausibility.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 15th Mar 2015, 12:37 PM edit delete reply

"But it HURT!" Heh.
Mark_L_A 30th May 2015, 11:27 AM edit delete reply

I'm wondering in Decimus is suffering from OBS or an untreated STD. The only other explanation I can think of for his actions is Paranoid Schizophrenia.
Centcomm 30th May 2015, 6:02 PM edit delete reply

You nailed it on the last ones
Mark_L_A 30th May 2015, 11:53 PM edit delete reply

There ARE meds for that. Or is he so far fruit loops that he refuses to take any meds out of fear someone is trying to poison him?
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