Comic 1198 - Five of Swords ( Reversed )

23rd Jun 2015, 9:00 PM
Five of Swords ( Reversed )
Average Rating: 5 (23 votes)

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Centcomm 25th Jun 2015, 8:12 AM edit delete
Re Pipes ..

Edit - got it taken care of ..
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plymayer 23rd Jun 2015, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

Good for her.

Whatever the out come she is no longer a victim.
Centcomm 23rd Jun 2015, 10:40 PM edit delete reply

Yep .. something she vowed long ago.
DLKmusic 23rd Jun 2015, 9:27 PM edit delete reply

I probably should have been, but I was not expecting that! I'm willing to bet that Malati wasn't either!
Centcomm 23rd Jun 2015, 10:40 PM edit delete reply

I think it might put a wrinkle in things ..
Stormwind13 24th Jun 2015, 6:13 AM edit delete reply

Wrinkle?!? That wrinkle would need a steamroller to smooth out, CentComm!

Damn Irene, solid steel ones for that move! I was shocked she went there. I'm pretty sure that surprised Malati. Only reason I can think of for it connecting.
DLKmusic 24th Jun 2015, 1:17 PM edit delete reply

Agreed, Stormwind.... Solid steel, the size of bowling balls!

There is a second reason for Malati not reacting to it though... I'm betting that she sincerely does not want to hurt Irene.
Dragonrider 23rd Jun 2015, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

The lady is full of surprises, does she have any other tricks up her sleeve?
Centcomm 23rd Jun 2015, 10:40 PM edit delete reply

Hopfully not dieing .
Sheela 24th Jun 2015, 3:47 AM edit delete reply

That would be a good trick.
I vote for that one. :)
T1-G3R2501 25th Jun 2015, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Did we forget that this comic is run by Cent and Rose? The way I'm seeing it dying has been a theme in this party.
Sheela 25th Jun 2015, 1:22 PM edit delete reply

Well, most of the dying has been by redshirts.
Centcomm 25th Jun 2015, 1:25 PM edit delete reply

yep litterally in some cases.. Noting that Roma Armor is red.
DLKmusic 25th Jun 2015, 4:13 PM edit delete reply

I dunno, TI-G3R2501. The death count here seems pretty low over all....

- Ada and Kyle (who both got better),
- 1 redshirt by Kali's hand,
- a drug dealer and 4 bodyguards by Hrist's Hand
- 6 terrorists (I think, we never got a confirmation of the actual number) and thier leader Oratorio by Malati's hand
- a sick perverted.... let's not even go there... by the hands of the New Troy police force...
- Approx half a dozen red shirts at port authority by the hand of thier own commander's stupidity
- Half a dozen NaziSmurfs by the hand of Maxus here.

Considering what all has been going on, that's not bad.

By the Way, has anyone notified Gargamel.... err, Setorus.... that he has 6 Nazismurfs he can come pick up yet?
Centcomm 25th Jun 2015, 4:21 PM edit delete reply

Dont forget Gavin .. and actually the perp that was killed in New Troy was killed By Kelly ( a andriod )

And no .. not yet .. and theres a good reason for that.

Lets also not forget the gutters Dolly and Ceci killed ( 4 total )
DLKmusic 25th Jun 2015, 9:18 PM edit delete reply

I mentioned Gavin, as "the pervert who.... let's not go there..."

I did forget about the gutters that Dolly and CeCi killed though.

Even so, that's a remarkably low body count.
Dragonrider 25th Jun 2015, 5:30 PM edit delete reply

Any chance of Malati and Dolly facing off?
Centcomm 25th Jun 2015, 5:36 PM edit delete reply

Who do you think would win?
Sheela 25th Jun 2015, 7:28 PM edit delete reply

Malati probably have the physical advantage, but Dolly is sneaky and is a veteran both at herding smart people, and protecting them - So she knows how to handle a fight and make sneaky plans that upsets her opponents.
I'm thinking they would be fairly even.

Oh, and TeeDee died too, but she also got better.

Also, Nazismurfs is still a funny name and I'm sure Gargamel . erhh, Setorius, knows all about his new study material. :D
DLKmusic 25th Jun 2015, 9:20 PM edit delete reply

I would give aprox 12-1 odds on Dolly. Malati might get lucky, but but Dolly is just as fast, smarter, and far a superior model.

(referrs back to the F-16 fighting a sopwith camel comment earlier).
Mark_L_A 23rd Jun 2015, 10:09 PM edit delete reply

That's a pottery tool. Which she probably had in her pocket. I've used tools similar to that in the past. And it can hurt you BADLY if you aren't careful with it.

ETA: to addendum Xpace - If Irene strikes inward and down, she will force Malatis' own blade into Malati's OTHER hand. The one resting on Irene's collarbone.

A third thought is. The collar of Irene's Nano Frame. It has to be light and almost not there. But just how tough is it? It covers almost Irene's entire throat.
Centcomm 23rd Jun 2015, 10:39 PM edit delete reply

BIG points to you for realizing what she used as a weapon .. it is a pottery tool :D and yes those darn things are SHARP
xpacetrue 23rd Jun 2015, 10:10 PM edit delete reply

So, a highly trained assassin android has a blade to Irene's throat. And she uses a tiny weapon (a pottery knife) to stab the hand holding the blade to her throat? Brave, sure. But I'd also have to call that foolish.

We can't see much of the 3rd panel. Perhaps Irene managed to duck while stabbing the hand. Otherwise, since the blade is literally part of her hand, Malati couldn't drop the blade even if she wanted to (which she doesn't). So there's nothing stopping the blade from cutting. Indeed, from that angle, the force of Irene's blow should push the blade towards her throat.

Whatever has happened, Malati is now in deep fecal matter. Malati is now injured (her weapon hand, no less) and distracted. This gives Maxus an opening to close the distance.
Centcomm 23rd Jun 2015, 10:38 PM edit delete reply

Irenes Nano suit is Durable yes. But Malati's blades are Dualloy composite and have a hardened razor sharp edge they would go though the Nano frame like a hot blade thorough butter
Mark_L_A 24th Jun 2015, 1:09 PM edit delete reply

Just a thought. But notice the sparks coming from Malati's hand. Is it possible Irene just damaged whatever mechanism that extends and retracts Malati's blades?

It might retract fully and not re-extend, or it could partially retract.

Now if her blades are similar to Wolvie's, her hand MUST be held in a certain position for them to extend/retract.

If Irene just damaged the mechanism, and the blade tries to retract with Malati's hand out of alignment, it could do greater damage to Malati, than Irene's strike did.

So Malati may find herself down one of her two main weapons because of Irene's attack. And also very inconvenienced.

If she cannot retract it, and cannot extend it, she might not be able to use her hand properly without causing herself even greater damage. whether or not she actually cares about that, I don't know. But Irene's blow could be almost like Maxus lopping off H'rist's arm.
Tokyo Rose 24th Jun 2015, 3:06 PM edit delete reply

Irene's even acknowledging that it's foolish, but she will not just stand there helplessly. She refuses to be a victim or a damsel in distress or a passive tool to be used against her lover. It's already been made clear that the Cassians are there to kill Maxus. Maxus will surrender to save her life, and then Malati will murder him, and she knows it--so she's willing to try to fight her way out of Malati's grip, or even force Malati to kill her. It would at least give Maxus a chance to kill Malati, or put up a fight, instead of trying to trade his life for Irene's.
Mark_L_A 25th Jun 2015, 4:29 AM edit delete reply

One thing I think we are missing here.

Malati may not have seen what Irene was doing. But Maxus sure could. He sees what Irene is doing, so as she strikes he can use his speed to advantage to advance on Malati.

Maxus is a Master of Combat, he probably thinks in terms of combat much faster than any Cassian. So as he see's Irene preparing to strike, while he may be cringing inside, he is also preparing to take advantage of it.
Lukkai 24th Jun 2015, 7:18 PM edit delete reply

Malati does not have the blade right at Irene's throat though.

That's a sign of professionalism, really. If you put the blade right on the skin, all kind of unwanted bad things can happen just by accident. No matter how good you are, you lose quite a lot of control that way.
Centcomm 25th Jun 2015, 8:05 AM edit delete reply

GOOD catch Lukkai .. Malati does NOT have the blade " right to her throat" she has it where she could do one of several things very quickly. Sadly that includes gutting Trene like a fish. probably before Maxus could even move. Remember.. Malati is FAST the only reason Max dodged that first time was he was a secondary target.. not her primary. so all he had to do was move slightly away from her path ..
Haegan2005 23rd Jun 2015, 10:25 PM edit delete reply

This fight needs to be on video!
Centcomm 23rd Jun 2015, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

heh I know right !
Sheela 25th Jun 2015, 1:24 PM edit delete reply

Maybe Tokyo Rose would like to sell you a video?
Phil 23rd Jun 2015, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
SO.. uhh..
malati is this superduper combat android.. trained for fighting.. superhuman reflexes...

but a regular non-combat trained human, can stab her in her own hand before malati can react??

I'm sorry but that seems all kind of wrong to me :(
Centcomm 23rd Jun 2015, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

Something smells fishy .. doesnt it ? :D
Mark_L_A 23rd Jun 2015, 10:38 PM edit delete reply

It all depends on where Malati's attention is. She thinks that Irene is cowed and won't do anything, and Maxus is the largest credible threat in the room.

So her attention is on Maxus and not Irene. As Irene starts this down low out of Malati's field of view which is blocked by Irene's own body, she can be taken by surprise by a swift strike.

And I still think that Malati has some way of subverting her orders. Right now she is more concerned with protecting Hrist from Maxus while still avoiding actually following her orders.

That is my take on this.
Centcomm 24th Jun 2015, 12:08 AM edit delete reply

Sadly I cant answer any of that.. but ill say this .. you are perceptive :D
Mark_L_A 24th Jun 2015, 1:50 AM edit delete reply

Welllllll, since you cannot say I'm correct, but you can say I'm perceptive.

Would you be willing to say HOW perceptive?

Sheela 24th Jun 2015, 3:43 AM edit delete reply

Next thing you know, Malati tell Irene that it doesn't hurt, but that she thought it was a very nice move.

/crazy theory ON :
oh noes .. now Malati couldn't possibly be able to defeat Maxus, her mission demands her retreat! *wink* wink* nudge* *nudge*
And then she leaves, leaving both Irene and Maxus flabbergasted.
Centcomm 25th Jun 2015, 1:25 PM edit delete reply

Nope :D
Kitty 24th Jun 2015, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
Everyone's got a weakness. On the other hand (no pun intended), maybe Malati gave Irene an opening, for her own reasons.
mjkj 23rd Jun 2015, 10:32 PM edit delete reply

Wow, quite fast...

Go, Irene!

Centcomm 23rd Jun 2015, 10:37 PM edit delete reply

indeed :D this is rapidly coming to a climax
Sheela 24th Jun 2015, 3:43 AM edit delete reply

what ?
They're going to sex each other up ?

I did not expect that!
Pirtnac 25th Jun 2015, 12:02 AM edit delete reply
It's Malati. Anything could happen.
Phil 25th Jun 2015, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
For Malati, this IS sexing each other up
DLKmusic 25th Jun 2015, 1:05 PM edit delete reply

@Phil.... Ewww... just.... Ewwwwwww
Centcomm 25th Jun 2015, 1:24 PM edit delete reply

hehe :D
Sheela 25th Jun 2015, 1:25 PM edit delete reply

Right, so next thing Malati does is throwing Irene's underwear at Maxus ?
HeSerpenty 23rd Jun 2015, 10:54 PM edit delete reply

Great emotion in this page, Centy!!!
Centcomm 23rd Jun 2015, 11:07 PM edit delete reply

YAY! thank you Heserpenty! Im really glad you commented ! :D Welcome to the Club! :D
DLKmusic 23rd Jun 2015, 11:43 PM edit delete reply

Chips and Beer are on the table, help yourself... but don't let Sheela anywhere near your slippers!
HeSerpenty 24th Jun 2015, 12:06 AM edit delete reply

Oo got any tequila? MARGARITAS are my jam!!

Hahaha I'm happy to be part of the club! Thanks guys! :D
Centcomm 24th Jun 2015, 12:07 AM edit delete reply

Yep .. We can get you some Tequila :D :D we will set up a Tap for ya ! along side my Dr Pepper machine :D
anonymous coward 24th Jun 2015, 1:13 AM edit delete reply
Whoa, whoa, Dr. Pepper? Even I'm not that big an addict.
*sits in the corner and shoots up his heroin like a normal person*
Sheela 24th Jun 2015, 3:44 AM edit delete reply

*sneaks in under the table*

Dammit, why are everyone wearing combat boots ?
Stormwind13 24th Jun 2015, 5:08 AM edit delete reply

Because combat has been joined, Sheela!
Mark_L_A 24th Jun 2015, 7:37 AM edit delete reply

Mine are NOT Combat boots. they're Jungle Boots. and don't you DARE look up my kilt.
Haegan2005 24th Jun 2015, 5:06 PM edit delete reply

Hey, I had slippers around here somewhere....

Its hard to find plaid slippers dangit.
Sheela 25th Jun 2015, 1:26 PM edit delete reply


I'm totally innocent!
VanEzzania 24th Jun 2015, 5:36 AM edit delete reply

Malati just point blank attacked the wrong couple.
DLKmusic 24th Jun 2015, 9:58 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, and she kinda thought that BEFORE going in too!
Centcomm 25th Jun 2015, 1:24 PM edit delete reply

She KNEW this was a bad idea going into it.
cattservant 24th Jun 2015, 6:20 AM edit delete reply

Getting the point across...
Draginbeard 24th Jun 2015, 6:28 AM edit delete reply

My thoughts exactly.
Stormwind13 24th Jun 2015, 7:21 AM edit delete reply

And a sharp point it was too, catt. It will be interesting to see how Malati reacts to that stimulus! In the ancient curse definition of interesting.
Hornet 24th Jun 2015, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
It's really hard to do WITSEC on people not in custody.
Centcomm 25th Jun 2015, 1:23 PM edit delete reply

So very true that!
KarToon12 24th Jun 2015, 7:13 AM edit delete reply

Go Irene!! :D
Centcomm 25th Jun 2015, 1:37 PM edit delete reply

yay shes got a cheering squad! :D
The Old Scribe 24th Jun 2015, 9:28 AM edit delete reply

"KZZZT!" Is that a short circuit we're seeing? I know the Cardassians are tough, but a point specific strike like that could damage something delicate. It's also a momentary distraction which gives Maxus an opening to take Malati down.
Mark_L_A 24th Jun 2015, 1:14 PM edit delete reply

In a comment above I hypothesized that Irene MIGHT have damaged the mechanism the extends and retracts Malati's Blades.
velvetsanity 24th Jun 2015, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

Malati's a cardassian? Does that make Maxus and Irene Bajoran? If so, then Reiko's a joined trill! :D
DLKmusic 24th Jun 2015, 10:01 PM edit delete reply

LOL, Velvet, when she said that, I immediately thought of Kim Kardassian.... but Malati couldn't be related to her, I respect Malati!
T1-G3R2501 25th Jun 2015, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
With that being said DLK is it bad that I immediately thought the DS9 Cardasians? Spoon heads if you will
DLKmusic 25th Jun 2015, 1:07 PM edit delete reply

Well, I know the DS9 ones don't have as good of fashion sense, but apart from that, what's the difference again?
velvetsanity 26th Jun 2015, 4:15 AM edit delete reply

Cardassians are militant spoonheads, Kardashians are TMZ targets
JustNoPoint 24th Jun 2015, 11:15 AM edit delete reply

YEARRGGGHHH!!!! The pain!
Sheela 24th Jun 2015, 11:44 AM edit delete reply

Oh yeah.

Unless she has turned her painreceptors off.
JustNoPoint 24th Jun 2015, 11:53 AM edit delete reply

Some day I hope we as humans can do that too :P
Sheela 24th Jun 2015, 2:48 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, same thing goes for us doggies. :)
Lukkai 24th Jun 2015, 7:14 PM edit delete reply

Don't think that would be all that good an idea though. As much as the idea seems attactive at first, there's a good reason as to why we developed the ability to feel pain.
JustNoPoint 24th Jun 2015, 7:41 PM edit delete reply

I wouldn't want it always off! I'd just want it off once I'm aware I am damaged :P

The lingering pain is kind of irrelevant! And more than annoying at times!
xpacetrue 25th Jun 2015, 9:19 PM edit delete reply

Pain exists for reasons and for more than most realize.

Aside from the obvious - warning you that you've been damaged - there are additional reasons. Research has shown that pain mounts your body's repair and defense mechanisms to deal with the problem. Another words, you heal faster. Block the pain, and you don't heal as fast.

Staying on pain killers all the time is a bit like taking wire snips and cutting all the warning lights to your auto's dash board. You won't feel/see the warning signs, but that doesn't mean major problems don't exist.

Unfortunately, despite the marvels of modern medicine, a lot of it is about suppressing the symptoms - such as pain - instead of dealing with the root problem.
anonymous coward 24th Jun 2015, 7:49 PM edit delete reply
Depending on who we're talking about, potentially at least two reasons (that aren't perverted stuff like BDSM).
Sheela 25th Jun 2015, 1:29 PM edit delete reply

I suspect most women would like to be able to turn off pain during childbirth.
velvetsanity 26th Jun 2015, 4:19 AM edit delete reply

Some women (not too many know about this option, since most doctors and hospitals are pawns of the pharmaceutical companies these days) use hypnosis as a means of blocking the pain without drugs
Cal 25th Jun 2015, 12:58 PM edit delete reply
I really, really hope Irene's okay.

Cent, I ALSO hope y'all got your plumbing sorted out ok. I'd've loved to help, but Baltimore to Phoenix is a long commute.
Centcomm 25th Jun 2015, 1:23 PM edit delete reply

That it is.. that it is :D Thanks though !
Sheela 25th Jun 2015, 1:30 PM edit delete reply

Closer than Copenhagen at least.
Ah well, damn the tubes!
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