Comic 1173 - The Way Out

28th Apr 2015, 9:00 PM
The Way Out
Average Rating: 5 (20 votes)

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Centcomm 28th Apr 2015, 9:00 PM edit delete
And page again! :D There is going to be a lot of cutting back and forth after we check in with everyone :D
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HiFranc 28th Apr 2015, 9:15 PM edit delete reply

How would any of Lynn's rescuers be able to fulfil their mission now?
Tokyo Rose 28th Apr 2015, 11:01 PM edit delete reply

Centcomm 30th Apr 2015, 12:45 PM edit delete reply

what Rose said :D
Sheela 30th Apr 2015, 4:56 PM edit delete reply

TeeDee : "With big guns!" :D
Ada : "NO! BAD TeeDee!"
TeeDee : "Aww."
DLKmusic 30th Apr 2015, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

TeeDee: But Ada, Doc Silver said!!!!
HiFranc 28th Apr 2015, 9:18 PM edit delete reply

How does Aeneas feel about the way Acantha is using the word "fun"?
Tokyo Rose 28th Apr 2015, 11:01 PM edit delete reply

Aeneas, well, Does Not Like most people. Show him a goon squad loyal to Decimus and he will show you a small pile of blinking charcoal.
HiFranc 29th Apr 2015, 12:19 AM edit delete reply

Isn't one of the reasons why Aeneas hates people is that they are so ready to kill?
Stormwind13 29th Apr 2015, 4:53 AM edit delete reply

Anyone coming to hurt his friend Acantha is in for a rude surprise when they cross into Aeneas' zone of control.

As for Douchimus giving Aeneas orders... BWAHAHA. I think they lost that ability (if they ever had it) when they attacked him. Because they DID attack him, I get the feeling they didn't have the power to order Aeneas around.
Centcomm 30th Apr 2015, 12:44 PM edit delete reply

blinking charcoal.. is that anything like smoking boots?
Sheela 30th Apr 2015, 4:57 PM edit delete reply

Well, he seemed to like Lynn too, so even more reason for him to keep the two gals safe. :)
madned 30th Apr 2015, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
no, smoking boots means you vaporized everything ankle up or shin up.
blinking charcoal is much more interesting. everything carbonized except the eyes, those can be singed a bit, it's very hard to control the thermals that way, but much more amusing.
too gruesome?
Dragonrider 28th Apr 2015, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

OK lets count this down here:

F Troop with the riot cannon fodder, stealth drones are gonna launch against the Black Palace.

Commando Unit code name "Mama Bear" is in Black Palace ready to ramp up when they meet up with the Medic unit for Triage of the nuts PC.

Suicide Squad is on the way to intercept Max and Company 50/50 on the outcome there.

Cassions Group 2 is enroute to take these Ladies in Custody. 65/35 odds on success.

Variable factors One Black Angel with a repaired Plasma Caster, and how quickly TR can unite Mama Bear with Medic Unit and Acantha, Lynn and if Aeneas will allow that whole group in to sanctuary. Also if Acantha remembers the transmitter unit and calls for help in the form of the Mech Soldiers Aeneas has standing around everywhere.

Also we have not heard from "Mama Bear Prime" and I still would not be surprised to see her show up with every Free Merc in the Wasteland at her back, which would probably lead to some of Nova Roma's close neighbors to rethink allowing SFB to continue as ruler on Nova Roma. Joining in a spontaneous revolution.
Timotheus 29th Apr 2015, 12:40 AM edit delete reply

Where do you fit in the MASH unit with the "corpse" core of repair nanites?
CptKerion 29th Apr 2015, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
And how does the Doctor (Moderately Creepy) fit into the equation?
anonymous coward 29th Apr 2015, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
Setorius will probably identify the Nova Illium folks and *help* them. Most likely by pretending not to see them and giving one key piece of advice.
DLKmusic 30th Apr 2015, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

I think in the long run, Setorus will do what's best for Setorus. With Acantha in power, he may lose some of his toys, but he will probably gain free (or at least Free-er) scientific exchange with other city states, and a bigger budget.
Not to mention royalties on genetic breakthroughs that will significantly help improve New Troy and New Illium, which will suddenly no longer be state secrets.
In the meantime, waiting quietly on the sidelines for the smoke to clear without doing anything to give either side an advantage will keep his position secure in the event that the upcoming Coup fails miserably, and would probably be the wisest decision on from his perspective.
HiFranc 29th Apr 2015, 2:36 PM edit delete reply

I don't think he has any objection to people with psychopathic tendencies (as he probably fits that) but he does have something against idiots. Acantha would probably take away his "toys" if she was in charge but, given Decimus's ability to make friends and influence people (both inside and outside the city), I get the impression that he is, on balance, in favour of Acantha.
Centcomm 30th Apr 2015, 12:44 PM edit delete reply

Acantha does have the ring Aeneas gave her its in her pocket :D
Sheela 30th Apr 2015, 5:00 PM edit delete reply

Once the nanites have been harvested from Kyle, he can filled up with explosives and used for one last satisfying "bang" ! :)
DLKmusic 28th Apr 2015, 10:19 PM edit delete reply

Is it just me, or does Acantha look like she's aged 20 years in the past 2 strips? Regardless, my new battlecry!

"Vive La Rienne"!!!
Stormwind13 29th Apr 2015, 5:06 AM edit delete reply

I was trying to figure out what was different about Acantha DLK. I'm not sure about 'aging' so much as maturing, to me at least. She does look older, ready to take on the responsibilities of leading Nova Roma.
Centcomm 30th Apr 2015, 12:43 PM edit delete reply

Yeah Acantha has a lot of weight on her shoulders .. all I did was change her make up a bit and remove the lipstick she was wearing :D
DLKmusic 30th Apr 2015, 7:21 PM edit delete reply

Everyone say it with me now!

Le Roi est Mort! Vive La Rienne!!!!

(translation: the King is dead, long live the Queen)
Haegan2005 28th Apr 2015, 10:20 PM edit delete reply

So this page is the accumulation of several years of work for our authors. (roller coaster has finally really started and the screaming it has begun!)

Characters have finally started to make real choices, and will get to deal with the fallout coming from that.

But it is not just the good guys who will be dealing with this.

After several minutes of thought I realized I could actually sum this up in one of 2 ways.

(manical laughter....)


"May you live in even more interesting times...)" (i love that curse)
Sheela 30th Apr 2015, 5:02 PM edit delete reply

Don't worry about ther Rollercoaster.
I have the brakes for it! :D

... granted, they are not mounted *on* the rollercoaster, but hey, those are just minor details, I'm sure.
Haegan2005 30th Apr 2015, 5:16 PM edit delete reply


Sheela, don't ever change!
DLKmusic 30th Apr 2015, 7:19 PM edit delete reply

Hey Sheela, you want me to take the brakes out of storage?
HEY WAIT A MINUTE!!! I am NOT your Minion!!!!!
Pirtnac 28th Apr 2015, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
Right. So the heroes storm the castle, only to find Arianna in the lobby wearing a hastily knit mushroom hat and a smile.

"Sorry boys, your princess is in another castle!"
Haegan2005 28th Apr 2015, 10:46 PM edit delete reply

You so know they are going to do this!
velvetsanity 29th Apr 2015, 4:15 AM edit delete reply

"Hello. My name is Acantha Livius. You killed my bff's lover. Prepare to die."

"Stop saying that!"

"Hello. My name is Acantha Livius. You killed my bff's lover. Prepare to die."

*drekhead runs like the cowardly bully he is*
Stormwind13 29th Apr 2015, 5:17 AM edit delete reply

LoL velvet. Yeah, I think Douchimus has gotten away with a lot because he was Prince Douchimus. He's about to run into people that aren't impressed by that (TeeDee, Dolly... BWAHAHA), so he is about to discover what DANGEROUS really means! I don't think he'll enjoy the lesson.

Edit: I think Acantha might stick with the classic line there, since it is TRUE. "You killed my father (and mother) prepare to DIE!!!"
Centcomm 30th Apr 2015, 12:42 PM edit delete reply

gotta do the accent :D
Sheela 30th Apr 2015, 5:05 PM edit delete reply

Hah, I once had an idea for a short story where after the battles, Prince Decimus is dragged into the catacombs by a heavily damaged and insane Malati.
Years later, the citizens could still hear his screams come form the tunnels, and no cassian would ever venture in there.
On the bright side, they had no alligators in the sewers anymore. :)

But I eventually didn't write it because it was just *too* mean towards poor Decimus.
As bad as Dolly and TeeDee can be, they have nothing on an insane Malati.
velvetsanity 30th Apr 2015, 6:32 PM edit delete reply

I wasn't sure how to convey the accent accurately in text :P
anonymous coward 28th Apr 2015, 11:42 PM edit delete reply
Somehow I doubt it will be quite as easy as that single sentence. For starters, you'd expect that line to be blocked unless it's in active use and I don't imagine too many people are going to visit Aeneas these days.
CptKerion 29th Apr 2015, 9:32 AM edit delete reply
My money is on a murder turd.
anonymous coward 29th Apr 2015, 2:27 PM edit delete reply
"What's the word? Murder turd.

...Sorry, I've been waiting for a chance to respond with that ever since being exposed to one of the ancient Burma Shave ads.
Being more serious though, I think that's unlikely if the Church of Purity is buying them on the open market from free traders. I'm thinking it's more likely they run into a permanent defense emplacement of a combination of layers of Decimus' robots and various other forces. I bet you anything they'll be whining about how they're struck down there away from all the action.
Lukkai 29th Apr 2015, 4:32 PM edit delete reply

No real need to block it, actually. The only place it goes to is absolutely unreachable for anyone (except Acantha that is). And anyone using it to sneak out the palace would be dead and they all know it (again, except Acantha).
Decks has never considered Acantha a threat so far. Just an annoyance sometimes and an object of desire anytime. So why the effort to block something that only acts as a deathtrap to potential enemies, defectors and fleeing slaves anyway?
Kitty 29th Apr 2015, 6:16 PM edit delete reply
I would bet that Kali and the Cassians all know about it. When and if Lynn and Acantha get that far they'll probably find someone else already there.
anonymous coward 29th Apr 2015, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
A physical way out to somewhere else is also a physical way in from somewhere else. The palace would not be secure without it being probably blocked and absolutely being monitored and defended as well. With no legitimate reason to use the tramway left I'm thinking something like a good ten metres thickness of concrete for the barrier.
Lukkai 30th Apr 2015, 5:08 PM edit delete reply

Considering the other side of the tunnel in question is an absolute death trap to anyone but Acantha...
As I said: Not really necessary to block something that will kill any potential enemy using it without fail. And without even using up your precious own security ressources to boot.
ProfEtheric 28th Apr 2015, 11:53 PM edit delete reply

Yes! Things are starting to look up (a bit... it would seem).

So glad I got in on reading this! :)
Centcomm 30th Apr 2015, 12:42 PM edit delete reply

Im glad too!
HiFranc 29th Apr 2015, 12:19 AM edit delete reply

They can't exactly sneak out if that thing on Lynn's wrist is still broadcasting. I suspect that Decimus would send the stop signal to the device so Lynn would have to choose between playing stunned or making the escape -- that's not going to be a simple cholce.

If Dr Silver's probes are in the palace they may detect that Lynn and the princess have left.
Stormwind13 29th Apr 2015, 5:39 AM edit delete reply

Unless the access to the tram is shielded enough to block the signal, HiFranc. Then she would just drop off the scan. One of the faults of the 'trap' he put Lynn in, she wasn't supposed to befriend Acantha. It goes off if she tries to run away from Acantha. Doesn't do squat if they stick together. He can zap Lynn but won't (most likely) unless he can watch her suffer.
mjkj 29th Apr 2015, 1:52 AM edit delete reply

Wow, direct access tram? Great :D
cattservant 29th Apr 2015, 2:52 AM edit delete reply

Can't be that easy...
Stormwind13 29th Apr 2015, 4:38 AM edit delete reply

Yes mjkj, great. I'm shocked that Douchimus hasn't already turned it into scrap metal to feed into the maw of his 'war machine'. If Douchimus knew about a source of refined metal, he would have used it, I think.
JackOfClubs 29th Apr 2015, 12:35 PM edit delete reply

Decimus is clearly in violation of rule #52 of the Evil Overlord List:
HiFranc 29th Apr 2015, 2:25 PM edit delete reply

Well, he's already broken #17 (just about everyone he has around him), #60 (31544) and #61 (Max and others did warn him). There're more that I can think of but I don't know their numbers. I am thinking about suggesting Evil Overlord bingo but, where Dreck is concerned, I suspect that there would be too many rules broken.
Centcomm 30th Apr 2015, 12:41 PM edit delete reply

I think Deck is using the Donts . as a "DO" list :D
DLKmusic 30th Apr 2015, 7:26 PM edit delete reply

Eh Gahds, I haven't read that list in 10 years!

Decimus is in violation of a lot of provisions, actually.... for starters, he needs a 5 year old child to review his plots for any gaping holes.
cattservant 29th Apr 2015, 2:51 AM edit delete reply

Underground plots!
Stormwind13 29th Apr 2015, 6:23 AM edit delete reply

The plots get deeper and deeper, catt. :-D
XMinusOne 29th Apr 2015, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Aha! The old Access Tram Under the Palace Trick. Those yellow suits of armor will make excellent targets while separating the sheep from the goats.
KarToon12 29th Apr 2015, 6:33 AM edit delete reply

It's jailbreak time! Now they just have to put some mannequins in their beds to throw off suspicion. XD
Centcomm 30th Apr 2015, 12:41 PM edit delete reply

Yess I agree with this plan :D
Sheela 30th Apr 2015, 5:12 PM edit delete reply

Kyle's body has just the right size I think, they don't need a mannequin. :)
XMinusOne 29th Apr 2015, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
Arrgh! Of course I meant BLUE armor ... Or was it Green ... Orange. Aw Hell kill em' all, let Hera sort em' out!
thejackle123 29th Apr 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
Does anyone know why this page has duplicated advertisements?
Stormwind13 29th Apr 2015, 10:42 AM edit delete reply

Because pants is plural, jackie? :-D
HiFranc 29th Apr 2015, 11:04 AM edit delete reply

I think that the organisation advertising bought both slots. As to why I can only guess but:

Theory 1: Based on the theory (that I've heard somewhere or other) that it takes 6 "touches" to convert marketing into a sale: Maybe the organisation advertising thought it would get work faster if one page provided two "touches"?

Theory 2: Maybe they wanted people to ask that question? If you are asking questions about it then you are engaging with the advert.

{edited to improve formatting and to add Theory 2}
thejackle123 30th Apr 2015, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
It's also off centre and the luna star page only has the one.
Centcomm 30th Apr 2015, 12:40 PM edit delete reply

Ill have to see what the code is ..
Centcomm 30th Apr 2015, 12:40 PM edit delete reply

one belongs to comic fury the other to me .. I dont see them because of a ad blocker .. >_<
Cal 29th Apr 2015, 9:23 AM edit delete reply
Mid-80's Lea Thompson. That's who Acantha reminds me of. Finally clicked with her expression in the last panel.

I had such a crush on her. ;)
Centcomm 30th Apr 2015, 12:39 PM edit delete reply

I can agree with that :D She is very cute !
Hornet 29th Apr 2015, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
Oh yeah! I foresee many side quest along the way to this Tram and/or getting it mobile.
lalverson 29th Apr 2015, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
And lo, a young empress begins the painful process of assuming the mantel of leadership. And perhaps, the sun might shine anew on Nova Roma.
Centcomm 30th Apr 2015, 12:39 PM edit delete reply

perhaps .. im sure Acantha will do her best !
Rashala 29th Apr 2015, 5:48 PM edit delete reply

*grabs a Couple Six packs in cooler, some popcorn ANd some comfy chairs And sets up vid cams to record Watchign DEcis psycho squad's Deaths and invites TEdee and marcus to join in watching the entertainment.
CptKerion 30th Apr 2015, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
*books it as far away from the city as possible running for an ancient bunker in the wastelands because shit is about to go boom to a very large scale and this individual distinctly wants to be out of the blast radius
Sheela 30th Apr 2015, 5:15 PM edit delete reply

"No, no, not the comfy chair!"
velvetsanity 30th Apr 2015, 6:36 PM edit delete reply

Howard 29th Apr 2015, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
I have lost track of all the different variables at play here. This is gonna be insane, whats sad is almost everyone here is trying to do the right thing. But almost assuredly there gonna step on each others toes and someone is gonna end up a dead body full of good intentions just like our dead would be boy wonder.
Sheela 30th Apr 2015, 5:16 PM edit delete reply

Well, at least neither Logrin, nor the peiphytes have arrived in the palace ... yet.

But I'm sure they could throw in a few gutters for good measure. :)
Iarei 21st Jul 2016, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
"I was willing to wait it out while he was only routinely enacting a brutal dictatorship, visiting death, rape and torture on our citizens... but this killing of an armed intruder who happens to be my bff's beau crosses the line!"
... whut
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