Comic 1205 - All Hell Breaks Loose

9th Jul 2015, 9:00 PM
All Hell Breaks Loose
Average Rating: 5 (21 votes)

Author Notes:

Centcomm 9th Jul 2015, 9:09 PM edit delete
Please note the Time Stamp here :D we rewound the clock
Centcomm 11th Jul 2015, 2:35 PM edit delete
Just a side note to all my Comic Fury subscribers! we are at 280 subscriptions !! can we make it 300!!! all you guests grab a free subscription!! it only takes a few moments and we are appreciative!

ALso if you want to show us a little continuing Love check out Patreon! It gives me and Rose the ability to keep doing this! and helps pay for all those silly little things like Food.. and you know other little things!
Centcomm 11th Jul 2015, 8:47 PM edit delete
ALSO more remastered pages in the back !
starting here Comic 35 - Bad Odds
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Dragonrider 9th Jul 2015, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

Ahhh the Willy Wonka corp are on the move. I do hope the girls have reached the Tram and are well on their way to shelter.
cattservant 10th Jul 2015, 3:53 AM edit delete reply

Unless Kyle has already taken the tram.
Then it's time for a long walk.
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 12:37 PM edit delete reply

whats going on with the girls will be covered
Pirtnac 9th Jul 2015, 9:04 PM edit delete reply
"Spy sappin' mah sent--- er, palace!"

Those are some big 'bots tagging along with TeeDee and Ada. I still don't know who caused the big boom from last page.
Stormwind13 11th Jul 2015, 7:49 PM edit delete reply

Serious party favors compliments of Dr. Silver I think, Pirtnac.
Centcomm 11th Jul 2015, 8:45 PM edit delete reply

Yep thats the Heavy combat drones ..
jamie59 9th Jul 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Ah! Teedee may be a girl but she has to have the biggest dick.
T1-G3R2501 10th Jul 2015, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Do you not see it strapped to her back?
She and Malati might have had a serious competition.
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 12:36 PM edit delete reply

heh you have Teedee totally nailed.. she always loves her boomsticks :D
Lukkai 11th Jul 2015, 8:11 PM edit delete reply

Speak softly and cary a HOLY F*** SHE'S GOT A PPC!!
Centcomm 11th Jul 2015, 8:45 PM edit delete reply

YES! that is exactly right! :D
The Old Scribe 9th Jul 2015, 10:06 PM edit delete reply

It appears that Christmas has come early for TeeDee; she got a PPC cannon for her very own.

Shit's gettin' real, people. Hang onto your helmets.
Sheela 10th Jul 2015, 5:16 AM edit delete reply

Ah, but that requires that they put their darn helmets on to begin with!
Deoxy 10th Jul 2015, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Yes, that's what I was just about to comment on - the whole "no helmet so the reader can know who we are" thing is so very helpful, but so VERY hard to ignore sometimes!
Sheela 10th Jul 2015, 11:06 AM edit delete reply

Well, to be fair, they're not really sopposed to get hit in the first place, that's what the drones are there for. :)
plymayer 9th Jul 2015, 10:14 PM edit delete reply ...we ....go....
Stormwind13 10th Jul 2015, 3:05 AM edit delete reply

::Tightens the seat belts, hunkers down in the seat:: The sub-text pretty much says what needs to be said.
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 12:35 PM edit delete reply

See that red light? it just came on!
plymayer 9th Jul 2015, 10:15 PM edit delete reply

Now on a side note: You have both your comix coming to a boil at the same moment. Naughty.
anonymous coward 9th Jul 2015, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
Wait, these people scheduled an armed riot for four? Who the heck is up at that hour besides, like, coders, night-shift emergency services and newspaper delivery people?
Tokyo Rose 9th Jul 2015, 10:37 PM edit delete reply

anonymous coward 10th Jul 2015, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
Oh, oh wow... these people are really so screwed with respect to Decimus Aquila Livius pretending to be their dictator that rolling the crapshoot of revolution is actually a good gamble: A new Reign of Terror with a Robespierre to go with it might be an improvement over Decimus' thirst for conquest of Napoleon the 1st and ability of Napoleon the 3rd.
That one guy 10th Jul 2015, 12:16 PM edit delete reply
As per Mr Black, the rebels explicitly had a condition that Maxus lives, and it was at least implied that they wanted to put Acantha on the throne (reference comic is #1262 - Another Brick In The Wall, 14th Apr 2015, 11:35 PM ).

So that's not so much a popular revolt like the French Revolution to overthrow the whole government. It's more of a popular coup, where the people just kill the asshat in charge and put someone else in that spot in the exact same governmental structure.
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 12:35 PM edit delete reply

Pretty much TOG maxus is a hands off and they want Acantha able to take the throne .. she cant of course until shes 21 so she needs a regent. Guess who that would be?
anonymous coward 10th Jul 2015, 3:33 PM edit delete reply
Wow, that's so sad... can't even revolt against dictatorship properly.
Mark_L_A 10th Jul 2015, 5:31 PM edit delete reply

I thought it was stated earlier Acantha had to be at least 18 to ascend the throne. It was only because she is 16 that she couldn't, although there is evidently precedent for her taking it before her age of majority. And Maxus has made several comments as to members of the Senate being open to her doing so.
Centcomm 11th Jul 2015, 12:17 AM edit delete reply

Age of majority in Roma is 21 ... but the Roma governmental body has to be involved if she tries to take it earlier. and not all the senate is convinced she can do it .. Being more of Decimus's mind set. those are the ones blocking maxus right now.
Lukkai 11th Jul 2015, 8:14 PM edit delete reply

I know what answer you're playing at when asking for a regent.

It's obviously Setorius.

Although joking aside, I could imagine him actually being a very competent and loyal one.
That one guy 12th Jul 2015, 12:36 PM edit delete reply
I don't think Setorius would have the patience to be regent.

As per Julia in Comic 1233 - The Dinner part 1 (2nd Mar 2015, 12:00 AM), he works 17 hours a day. A man in his position (in his 80's) works like that because he loves his job and has a massive drive to keep at it. I strongly suspect he'd look for someone else he considered sufficiently competent to do the job and foist it on them at the first opportunity so he could leave the political crap to someone else and get back to his work.
Haegan2005 9th Jul 2015, 10:47 PM edit delete reply

Okay, you have my attention!

Now all you need is a Sheela attack! nothing can withstand the licking! the Dreadful licking!


Ahem(nothing to see here , move along move along...)
anonymous coward 10th Jul 2015, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
*sighs, starts opening a can of tuna with the electric can opener*
Mark_L_A 10th Jul 2015, 2:51 AM edit delete reply

Electric? Electric can opener? You want every CAT within 20 miles here?

No, you use the MANUAL can opener. I know my dogs, when they hear me using THAT can opener, they will all come running.

The electric can opener, and all 3 cats come running.
velvetsanity 10th Jul 2015, 5:05 AM edit delete reply

Sheela 10th Jul 2015, 5:18 AM edit delete reply

*huff* huff* TUNA !! *huff*
*Wags tail in anticipation*

T1-G3R2501 10th Jul 2015, 5:38 AM edit delete reply
*peeks into the conversation* I like tuna and mayhem......
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 12:34 PM edit delete reply

yep welcome to the party!
anonymous coward 10th Jul 2015, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
*gives a couple chunks in bowls, uses the rest to make tuna and mayo sandwiches*
Mark_L_A 10th Jul 2015, 6:21 PM edit delete reply

Hey where is the pickle relish and celery?
anonymous coward 10th Jul 2015, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
*hands over a jar of sour dill relish, a cleaned stalk of celery, a small spoon and a steak knife*
Mark_L_A 11th Jul 2015, 4:41 AM edit delete reply

Thankee AC!!

nom nom nom....

I coulda sworn I had some sourdough bread to toast and some lettuce and tomato's around here somewhere.
DLKmusic 9th Jul 2015, 11:24 PM edit delete reply

They're singin my song!
*sniff* It always brings a tear to my eye!
Draginbeard 9th Jul 2015, 11:42 PM edit delete reply

Ok. Time stamp is going to help clear up who is where and when. Sooooo many pieces in play right now.
Tokyo Rose 10th Jul 2015, 3:19 AM edit delete reply

That's exactly why we decided to run with the timestamps. This entire section of the story is going to get pretty complicated to follow without any sort of benchmarks.
Draginbeard 10th Jul 2015, 5:03 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, Terri and I spoke about adding them in during comicon. Its a small thing, but really pretty helpful when a story tends to lap itself.
CptKerion 9th Jul 2015, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
and that, THAT is why you use hard isolated systems for any post of high importance. No way in, no way out.
All systems with outside access are isolated from the rest of it, using indirect relays that require human (or android) authorization.
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 12:34 PM edit delete reply

That has not been over looked in the story trust me. :D
That one guy 11th Jul 2015, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
Not arguing that it's not a good idea to isolate systems, but isolated systems are helpful due to the assumption that the attacker does not have physical access. If the attacker has physical access, then you're probably just giving yourself a false sense of security.

Doc Silver has flying hacking bots that are equipped with weaponry that can probably cut through walls and may have some degree of "remote hacking" capabilities (as Ceci is stated to employ to fool scanners that she has a built-in inhibitor, though range was never explicitly stated). If they have nanomachines tweaked well enough to do medical tasks, that's going to be another conduit to physical access that could be employed by the hacking bots as well.

Protecting an isolated system against a force willing do attack in both kinetic and hacking manner and isn't concerned about leaving traces (like holes or dead soldiers) is a non-trivial problem.

For New Rome specifically, there is also the question as to what is deliberately (and possibly still necessarily) connected for Aeneas. So they may have some systems connected based on the risk profile that an AIS would be an active defense against attackers, and some of those systems may still rely on Aeneas' remaining functions (it was stated he was still doing some general city maintenance and/or health-related tasks (I assume that is things like making sure there's clean drinking water and sewers work). So that may be hamstringing them or leaving them with some incorrect assumptions as well.
pastutopia 10th Jul 2015, 12:36 AM edit delete reply

Haha - when you have to add timestamps because all the awesome and explosions don't fit into a mere a linear sequence, you know you got to be doing something right.
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 12:33 PM edit delete reply

hehe thanks !
Mark_L_A 10th Jul 2015, 2:48 AM edit delete reply

Oh some goodness here.

Ok, attacking at 0400.

In many military's 0430 is "Stand To" A time when it almost military dawn. The time when the circadian rhythm as at it's greatest wane, and the is just barely enough light normally for a soldier to tell a light colored thread from a dark colored thread. (Just enough light to tell friend from foe during an attack) As such most military's in a combat zone will wake up almost EVERYONE between 0415 and 0430 to "Stand To" at the ready to repel any possible attack.

They will "Stand Down" as soon as there is enough light to ensure there is no one waiting to attack. Then extra troops will either be called off to go back to bed, or to get ready for their daily operations.

Now, I am wondering just what type of craft is Dr. Silver in, and why don't TeeDee and Ada have helmets? Marcus has a full helmet that is integrated with his armor and his stealth field. Dr. Silver has a partial helmet, but she is inside a craft which should protect her from projectile and energy weapons. But TeeDee and Ada don't. Which concerns me, as one good hit in the cranium or neck and they are nothing but marionettes with their strings cut. And it doesn't even have to be a solid direct hit. A glancing hit on their own armor could channel the hit into their heads. So I HOPE they will be putting on helmets of some type soon.

ETA: and where is TeeDee keeping her grenades? I don't see any LBE Harness or pack. Just what Ada is carrying and that looks like her Medical kit.
Sheela 10th Jul 2015, 5:21 AM edit delete reply

TeeDee has two shapely charges strapped to her chest. :)
Mark_L_A 10th Jul 2015, 7:53 AM edit delete reply

Ahem! Sheela, I am trying to be the gentleman I was raised to be and not refer to her built in assets.
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 12:33 PM edit delete reply

To answer a few questions Mark
Silver is piloting a one man scout pod outfitted for stealth shes effectively invisable to radar and many types of electronic sensors.

Teedee hates helmets.. So does Ada ..

Both have nano helmets that can be put in place. also both of them are kitted out with Barrier shields one of the strongest force field tech in the DC setting. they actually dont need them. and Teedee and Ada can already see into IR and UV and a host of other things along with having armored skulls most low caliber bullets will simply bounce rather than punch though .. and remmeber Teedee is in a FULL combat body. her wearing armor is like kitting out a tank with a bullet proof vest. :D

as for her grenades shes carrying Miro grenades .. the drones are carrying a lot of extra gear internally as well. they dont need a LBE as the armor has configurable sections to carry anything they need .. these are full on military suits they are wearing.

and yes Ada is carrying her mobile hospital kit with with her .. There is a fine limit on what she can do however.
Mark_L_A 10th Jul 2015, 5:41 PM edit delete reply

Ahh their armor takes cues from John Ringo's Aldenata series armor, with the built in storage (If you ever have a chance to meet him tell him GreyLocke says HI, or don't, I think he still might be pissed at me.)

I'm worried though now, because of Ada's Med kit. It ties down one of her hands. Does the case have the mag-locks so she can carry it on her back if necessary? If she can't it not only ties down one hand it becomes easier to lose.

Unless that is an intentional plot point for a future strip.
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 7:01 PM edit delete reply

She can attach it to her back if needed.. :D
Sheela 10th Jul 2015, 9:27 PM edit delete reply

Aw man, I've never gotten around to read anything else of Ringo's stuff than the Posleen war series.

Now, what have you done to anger him ?
Curious minds wants to know. :)
Mark_L_A 11th Jul 2015, 4:48 AM edit delete reply

He asked for a critique on the e-ARC of the last volume of the Black Tide Rising (Strands of Sorrow), on book of face. I gave one. It didn't matter that about 40 other people agreed with me, he got pissed at ME. If Mike Williamson hadn't stepped in, John would have figured out a way to reach through the internet to strangle me. (That had nothing to do with the fact that I buy a lot of Mike's books and knives either) It didn't hurt that Larry Corriea agreed with me either.

ETA: Sheela you can read some of John's other stuff for free at Joe Buckley's (Yes THAT Joe Buckley) site

Joe has permission to host the CD's that Baen put in the hardbound books for anyone to d/l. You can d/l the entire CD or just the books you want to.

I've got all of the CD's d/led myself PLUS I've bought many of the books as well.
Sheela 14th Jul 2015, 11:31 AM edit delete reply

OooOoooohhh, downloady cd's ?

.. it's been a while since I had a CD in my hand, to be honest. XD
Mark_L_A 14th Jul 2015, 5:27 PM edit delete reply

You can d/l the iso to burn a CD or you can d/l a zip file and unzip the files to your hard drive (Which is what I did)

cattservant 10th Jul 2015, 3:47 AM edit delete reply

that's the plan, stan!
Sheela 10th Jul 2015, 5:21 AM edit delete reply

And the plan lasted for an entire 3 minutes. :)

Pretty impressive.
DizzasterJuice 10th Jul 2015, 11:35 AM edit delete reply

Bidi: "A PPC cannon? I want one too!"
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 12:19 PM edit delete reply

hehe Teedee might be convinced to let Bidi borrow her baby .. if she promises to clean and polish it .. and let her watch her blow up crap with it! not sure how Ada and Bidi would get along .. :P
chk 10th Jul 2015, 5:55 PM edit delete reply

Teedee and Bidi would make for an interesting cross-over.
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 7:00 PM edit delete reply

it would.. Ceci and Bidi have had a crossover .. kinda in White out .. but it was a dream segment
chk 11th Jul 2015, 12:25 PM edit delete reply

Oh yeah, I remember now. One of Bidi's radiation induced hallucinations as a video game.
Melody_Whyte 10th Jul 2015, 12:11 PM edit delete reply

Okay, I'm going on record and predicting some deaths:

Irene will die because someone is smart enough to override Hrist and command her to kill Irene.

Doc Silver will die when Decimus gets and upper hand or a Nova Roma hacker hacks into her bio-enhancements [Is that possible?]

Ramsey will die because he's Ramsey.

Julia and Miriko will die in a case of friendly fire.

Maxus will not die, but be severely mutilated at some point.

Teedee's current body will be destroyed, again.

And finally, Douchimus will die a slow and painful death t the hnds of every-fucking-body.
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 12:19 PM edit delete reply

Interesting .. no comment .. but intersting choices :D
T1-G3R2501 10th Jul 2015, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
I can see a shirt being made...
"If *insert favorite DC character here* Dies we riot"
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 1:41 PM edit delete reply

HAH .. if you do that I might actually consider it ! same with someone who cosplays as a charcter from DC!
Marcus Ramesy 10th Jul 2015, 5:42 PM edit delete reply

what happens if I cos play as my self?
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 6:57 PM edit delete reply

Nope doesnt count.. :D
Sheela 10th Jul 2015, 9:18 PM edit delete reply

Next thing we know, we see Marcus cosplay as CeCi ... bubblegum hair 'n' all. XD
Haegan2005 11th Jul 2015, 12:06 AM edit delete reply

For all we know he may look good in a dress. As Cici, or Ada, or Centcomm, or a Hub Staff Girl...

Those are some seriously wrong images Sheela! There is not enough diet coke in the world to get rid of that image.

Marcus Ramesy 11th Jul 2015, 1:10 PM edit delete reply

I believe that she wears it better.... but i think i can make it work...
DLKmusic 11th Jul 2015, 1:32 PM edit delete reply
LOL, Cent, I would LOVE to CosPlay a character from DC, but who the heck would it be? Not even your badguy redshirts are old, fat, balding, and with bad eyesight!
Tokyo Rose 11th Jul 2015, 2:08 PM edit delete reply

Damnatio Memoriae members wear e-masks. They could be anybody. :D
Sheela 14th Jul 2015, 11:32 AM edit delete reply

Are they fat too ?
Guest 10th Jul 2015, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
I know about Ramsey, but who is this Ramesy person in panel 2?

Hard to wait for Monday...
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 1:40 PM edit delete reply

geh we might have misspelled his name.. Its marcus ..
anonymous coward 10th Jul 2015, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
It's spelled, "Major Marcus Ramesy," on the cast page, which struck me as a little odd.
Wolfsbane 11th Jul 2015, 12:00 AM edit delete reply

...split personality? ;)
Tokyo Rose 11th Jul 2015, 2:11 PM edit delete reply

"Ramesy" is the proper spelling for the character's name. Believe me, I've had to correct myself from writing it as "Ramsey" this entire time. :D
Skweeee 10th Jul 2015, 6:19 PM edit delete reply

I love the use of the sniper here!!! Very cool.

For sniping, you want to ensure that your the end of your barrel is well behind your cover. That way it wont stick out and possibly seen from a third location when you make your shot.
Centcomm 10th Jul 2015, 6:57 PM edit delete reply

you will probably love what he does with it .. I didn't know about the cover thing .. thank you ill keep that in mind from now on :D
Skweeee 10th Jul 2015, 8:14 PM edit delete reply

Ack, sorry. I just read my comment and it reads all preachy and stuff. I didn't mean to come off that way. I was genuinely excited to see the sniper and couldn't help sharing some of the stuff I know.

If I ever do that again, trust me it has nothing to do with dissatisfaction with your work. My weak ego will always jump at an opportunity to let people know that I know things!!! Just not good at sharing my overstuffed brain politely. Sorry guys.
Centcomm 11th Jul 2015, 12:14 AM edit delete reply

Nah I took it as helpful advice .. you are always spot on with the military stuff .. :D you and Mayyday So yeah feel free to point out any errors I make (( not a sniper ))

And it didnt sound preachy at all hell im happy you cared enough to mention it at all :D So thank you!
Mark_L_A 11th Jul 2015, 5:02 AM edit delete reply

On snipers, they will have the muzzle of their weapons out of cover if they have no other choice to get the angle on a high value target. Although with Marcus's stealth field it might not be visible, so he has it out to allow his scope to clear an obstruction.
Stormwind13 11th Jul 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply

Agreed Mark. That was kind of my take on it, Marcus had his weapon 'exposed' because his stealth field allowed him to. If he is quick enough, he can get his shot(s) off and move to another location before anything NASTY comes visiting. Of course, with the drones about anything nasty trying to come back MIGHT get distracted (::BOOM::) by them instead. :-D
kitty 10th Jul 2015, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
Go TeeDee!!!

Norman Perrin 10th Jul 2015, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
@Skwee a sniper always has you over a barrel.
Lukkai 11th Jul 2015, 8:23 PM edit delete reply

Hmm... With Hrist's comm disabled, will Silver even be able to find her in reasonable time? I take it that any system reporting her position and status would most likely run over it as well.

Not that she'd need to, most probably. But I still wonder.
Tokyo Rose 11th Jul 2015, 8:38 PM edit delete reply

The system will indicate that she's out of commission, but that's about it.
Rashala 12th Jul 2015, 5:03 PM edit delete reply

Honeslty......I think Teedee is UNDER armed
Stormwind13 12th Jul 2015, 6:38 PM edit delete reply

Of course you do, Rash. I mean, she isn't in a Bolo Mark L! :-D
velvetsanity 12th Jul 2015, 7:57 PM edit delete reply

I suspect *Teedee* considers Teedee to be drastically underarmed - at all times and in all situations
Sheela 14th Jul 2015, 11:35 AM edit delete reply

I agree, TeeDee ALWAYS thinks she's underarmed !

Like .. this one time, at bandcamp .. she met a kitten!
And she only had 1 plasma rifle and a heavy pistol - TOTALLY UNDERARMED !
Iarei 21st Jul 2016, 6:16 PM edit delete reply
Maxim 37. There is no 'overkill.' There is only 'open fire' and 'I need to reload.'
Iarei 21st Jul 2016, 6:15 PM edit delete reply
If that's a Particle Projector Cannon she shouln't say PPC Cannon for the same reason you don't say ATM Machine.

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