Comic 1242 - Overruled

22nd Sep 2015, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (22 votes)

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Centcomm 22nd Sep 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete
OKay new Reboots are up starting here
at page 58
page 82

I actually had to add a page >_<
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Mark_L_A 22nd Sep 2015, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

I think Arianna is more concerned about the possibility that Democlus might get hurt than if she herself got hurt.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2015, 9:20 PM edit delete reply

That among other things .
xpacetrue 22nd Sep 2015, 9:50 PM edit delete reply

Arianna cares a lot about Maxus and is no doubt beside herself with worry. But beyond that: She's a slave. And without Maxus, who knows what the Prince or her next master will do to her. And without Maxus to keep the Prince in line... Also, I'm sure she's worried for Acantha and Lynn. (She knows what the Prince tried to do to Acantha before Lynn stopped him. And she knows what he did to Julia, doesn't she?)
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2015, 10:30 PM edit delete reply

Yes she does. She knows all about it.
Stormwind13 23rd Sep 2015, 6:17 AM edit delete reply

And probably nauseating details on things we've only had hinted at. Douchimus has been a busy little sicko I think
Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 1:04 PM edit delete reply

Maybe she's just scared of the dangerously broken AIS at the end of the tunnel ?

Or it could be something as simple as claustrophobia.
chk 23rd Sep 2015, 3:16 PM edit delete reply

I think the situation, in general, is enough to freak out anyone.
Lukkai 23rd Sep 2015, 3:42 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, pretty sure she knows all the stories about what Aeneas usually does to intruders. And might be not all that sure that Acantha can keep her out of harms way.

That plus Maxus' uncertain situation plus Democlus facing absolute mortal danger...
That one guy 23rd Sep 2015, 5:18 PM edit delete reply
There's also the knowledge that she and the guy she wants are the two people that Nox isn't required to keep alive. Add that to years of her watching Acantha try to keep Decimus' head from swelling too much coloring her view of how she might react to Nox. That's going to cause a big drain on her nerves, too.
jamie59 22nd Sep 2015, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

Go down the rabbit hole. What's the worse that could happen? LOTS!
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2015, 9:20 PM edit delete reply

Yep yep
Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 1:05 PM edit delete reply

Lots ?
As in parking lots ?
Or maybe lots of rabbits?
... horribly mutated killer rabbits!
Dragonrider 22nd Sep 2015, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

Arianna may have a bit of a problem going to Aeneas, not aware that Lynn and Acantha have ties to Aeneas, or not really believing the rumors she has heard are true. Other thought there is an explosive in the collar that goes bang if it gets too far from the Palace.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2015, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

Roma does not use explosive collars. and do you really think Maxus would put a live explosive anywhere near Arianna. he cares for her very very much. Its just a metal collar. and very light weight.
Dragonrider 22nd Sep 2015, 10:26 PM edit delete reply

Didn't think Max would however it might have been a Nova Roma policy for all of the slave class to discourage escaping.
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2015, 10:31 PM edit delete reply

Thats discouraged in other ways. and if anything is used its normally stun collars. lot cheaper than blowing off a head. :D
Hornet 23rd Sep 2015, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
Agreed. Slaves aren't cheap, to buy or keep.
Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 1:06 PM edit delete reply

Plus there's an angry two-legged murderturd lying outside the gates, that would love a human sized snack to chew on. :D
That one guy 23rd Sep 2015, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
Some portion of the slave owners who would have no moral/personal qualms with an explosive control collar for their slaves would take issue with not being able to witness and directly cause their slave pain and/or death, as well.

So it makes sense that the portion of New Rome slave owners who would want to use explosive collars would be fairly small.
Tokyo Rose 24th Sep 2015, 3:18 PM edit delete reply

It's extremely illegal to use explosive collars in Nova Roma. It's automatically treated as attempted murder, and punishable by loss of property, imprisonment, or death depending on the number and severity of offenses.
Lukkai 23rd Sep 2015, 3:56 PM edit delete reply

Plus giving your slave a way to take at least one person with him (just embrace them hard enough, press your neck against your target's) does not sound like a good idea to me anyway.

Played a penal legionnaire once in a Dark Heresy game. I was often called the groups last resort frag grenade.
(And the character actually lived, who would have thought.)
The Old Scribe 22nd Sep 2015, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

Just get on the damn train, girls, willya? There's a human hating Cassian and a ton of Douchebag's bully boys on your tail. I'd take my chances on the Nova Roma MTA rather than stick around for that. Toot, toot, all aboard!

"Train now leaving for Anaheim, Azusa and Cuc ... amonga!"
Dragonrider 22nd Sep 2015, 10:30 PM edit delete reply

Will it include a stop at a "Rickety Old Garage" to see "A brand new shiny red Super Stock Dodge"?
Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 1:07 PM edit delete reply

It's heading for the Castle of Aaaarrgh...
Haegan2005 22nd Sep 2015, 9:48 PM edit delete reply

This page both implies a lot, and says really little.

But we are getting a good idea of where everyone is emotionally, and that is good story telling!
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2015, 10:31 PM edit delete reply

Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 1:09 PM edit delete reply

Vague storytelling ?
Tango Xray Actual 22nd Sep 2015, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
Wonder if there's far more on her mind than just Democlus at the door....
DLKmusic 23rd Sep 2015, 1:23 AM edit delete reply

Far more on her mind? You mean like going into the den of a partially disabled AIS that is insane and kills people on sight?

AIS in front of her, and Nox behind her... and she's expendible: Maxus and Irene might be dead, and Democlus is probably about to die, everything and everyone she's ever cared about is destroyed....

Nothing on her mind at all...
Stormwind13 23rd Sep 2015, 6:49 AM edit delete reply

And that ignores the illness she is suffering, DLK. Many which the worst symptoms can be triggered by stress. I can see poor Arianna collapsing in convulsions from the stress. I totally could see the EVIL duo doing that to the girls. Give Acantha ANOTHER body she has to leave behind for the good of Nova Roma. :-/
Hornet 23rd Sep 2015, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
I doubt it, carried or dragged she will make it into Aeneas's presence. Now surviving the introduction may be in question.
Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 1:10 PM edit delete reply

She could even be from an unknown faction, or maybe a resistance "fighter".
That one guy 23rd Sep 2015, 5:36 PM edit delete reply
That's certainly a possibility.

It wouldn't be a stretch for Ariana to be a member of Damnatio Memoriae (see description in Comic 1226 - Another Brick In The Wall , post date 14th Apr 2015, 11:35 PM). Hell, the only reason Maxus would be unlikely to be a member is the conflict of interest with his duties.

If Ariana knows New Troy everyone behind the disturbance supports Acantha or is wanting to rescue Lynn and possibly knows enough to go in their direction, I can certainly see how she'd consider that a safer option than Aeneas. She could even have a method to signal forces for pickup/protection.

I'm guessing our authors aren't going to do this, but it would fit with the story quite well.
kitty 23rd Sep 2015, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I was kinda wondering something along those, does she know something that she can't or won't tell the others?
Mark_L_A 22nd Sep 2015, 11:00 PM edit delete reply

The new pages........

Stormwind13 23rd Sep 2015, 10:08 AM edit delete reply

Agreed Mark. Well worth going back to look at.
Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 1:11 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, the new reboot pages are really good.

Loving the new version of Dr Demark. :)
Lukkai 23rd Sep 2015, 4:07 PM edit delete reply

That and some Ada-Teedee exchange that really made me smile.

"Is this the fucking time to pray?!"

cattservant 22nd Sep 2015, 11:02 PM edit delete reply

Tickets please!
Stormwind13 23rd Sep 2015, 10:06 AM edit delete reply

::Hands catt a ticket for a 1,000,000,000 fine:: For keeping CATS!!! CentComm nuked half the planet to get rid of them and here you are trying to bring them back! She finally got free of Am-Com, she wasn't going to let CATS take over! :-D
Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 1:13 PM edit delete reply

The secret to survival, is Cat Armor ! :D
cattservant 23rd Sep 2015, 6:16 PM edit delete reply

geez! someone is fixated!
DLKmusic 24th Sep 2015, 1:57 PM edit delete reply

My Cat, His Lordship, the Count Maximillian Del Gato Del Blanco Del Pain in Del Butt (yes, that really is his full name) has a message for you, Stormwind.

Stormwind13 24th Sep 2015, 3:15 PM edit delete reply

LOL DLK. Unexpectedly eloquent, for a cat. :-D

(And yes, I've been owned by one of the little monsters before :-D).
Tokyo Rose 24th Sep 2015, 3:23 PM edit delete reply

I've spent the last week and a half in cold, sick fear for one of my cats, who hurt his back leg (turns out it's arthritis) and was severely constipated. I celebrate when he has a bowel movement. Speak not ill of cats, lest I smite you with this bag of poo.
Stormwind13 24th Sep 2015, 4:38 PM edit delete reply

Sorry, Rose. I was just playing off of catt's original comment. I normally get along just fine with cats, even giant ones. :-)

Sorry for the arthritis on the kitty though. As for the other, our cat ate grass when she (it) had issues. Of course, there is NO grass in the He11, I mean Phoenix for kitties to eat. :-D
Wolfsbane 24th Sep 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply

I'm Catman! err, umm I mean 'Batman'!
T1-G3R2501 24th Sep 2015, 11:43 AM edit delete reply
Long Live the Feline Race!!!
Sheela 24th Sep 2015, 9:04 PM edit delete reply

I get along with felines just well too.
I chase them all up into trees. :)
Rashala 23rd Sep 2015, 12:01 AM edit delete reply

I forsee a blue haired man getting hugged then beaten near to death soon
HiFranc 23rd Sep 2015, 6:28 AM edit delete reply

Only if he breaks Rose's rules and reveals himself.
Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 1:14 PM edit delete reply

OooOoohh ... Kyle could die again ?

Splendiferous! :D
That one guy 23rd Sep 2015, 5:38 PM edit delete reply
Kyle revealing himself and thus obtaining Acantha's assistance in reaching Aeneas would probably get an ok from Rose. However if it's been an hour since he left and the tram is back, it seems unlikely they'd catch him until after he reached a point where he could start to try to work on repairing Aeneas.
Kitty 23rd Sep 2015, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
Heh, "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain..."
Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 7:16 PM edit delete reply

Hey guys, I found some shoes under this curtain! :D
Haegan2005 24th Sep 2015, 6:50 PM edit delete reply

That's where my slippers went!!!
Timotheus 23rd Sep 2015, 1:16 AM edit delete reply

"Oh, did they ever return?"
"No, they never returned."
"And their fate is still unlearned!"
"Oh, they travel forever 'neath the sreets of Nova Roma;"
"they're the three,
that never returned!"
Dragonrider 23rd Sep 2015, 3:06 AM edit delete reply

"Dolly and Ceci goes down to the Scollay Square station
Every day at quarter past two
And through the open window they hands The Three That Never Returned sandwiches
As the train comes rumblin' through."
T1-G3R2501 23rd Sep 2015, 5:36 AM edit delete reply
"Little Bo Peep... She had a sheep that she kept in the back yard."
"And when sh-"
Oh wait were we not going that route in the rhyming?
Matt Knab 23rd Sep 2015, 1:58 AM edit delete reply

I outrank you by a lot.
Priceless. :)
Thomas 23rd Sep 2015, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
"And I've got nothing unless I can weaponize angst somehow".

"Sure, work on it".

Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 1:15 PM edit delete reply

She could become a weapon of mass destruction! :)
HiFranc 23rd Sep 2015, 6:29 AM edit delete reply

The fact that she's pulling rank among people she considers friends shows just how seriously she's taking the situation.
DLKmusic 23rd Sep 2015, 1:29 PM edit delete reply

Agreed, HiFranc... it also shows how upset she is that the last decision, and her unwillingness to lose anyone else if she can avoid it.

Although there's still hope that she won't lose Democlus... (hint hint, girls, hint hint).
That one guy 23rd Sep 2015, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
I'd say she isn't thinking clearly.

If the tram functions and she believes it will reach Aeneas, getting within his boundary is a great defense against a Cassian, and it'd have to be a slow tram for an android to catch it. The question of who might be ahead would require assessment of greater utility of her guard with her to handle the unknown or behind her to delay Nox. Whoever voluntarily went towards Aeneas presumably feels some degree of confidence about avoiding being killed by him, so a separate guard to handle the unknown seems like a slightly better choice to me, unless the trip is much slower than anticipated and Nox does need to be delayed to allow the girls to reach Aeneas' area of control.
KarToon12 23rd Sep 2015, 7:30 AM edit delete reply

"Unless I can weaponize angst somehow."'re not Anger from Inside Out. I would find a gun. XD
Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 1:16 PM edit delete reply

It's the future with magical like technology .. who's to say emotions could not be fuel for something?
Hornet 23rd Sep 2015, 1:38 PM edit delete reply
Emotions are fuel for all types of 'pathys and/or psionicist.
xpacetrue 23rd Sep 2015, 2:38 PM edit delete reply

"Unless I can weaponize angst somehow."

This reminds me of the Mystery Men (1999) movie with Ben Stiller as Mr. Furious, whose superpower is unbound anger, being angrier than anyone ever. -_-
Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 3:38 PM edit delete reply

Hulk Smash ?
Lukkai 23rd Sep 2015, 4:29 PM edit delete reply


highlander55 23rd Sep 2015, 7:46 PM edit delete reply

Arianna seems to be hiding or anticipating something. What I can't put a thought to it. Just have to wait it out.
Wolfsbane 24th Sep 2015, 12:08 AM edit delete reply

Aeneas to the left of me, Nox to the right,
Here I am - stuck in the middle with you...
CptKerion 24th Sep 2015, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
Could be worse, could be stuck with Decimus instead.
Stormwind13 24th Sep 2015, 4:48 AM edit delete reply

Could be MUCH worse. Could be Douchimus stuck between Dolly, CeCi, Maxus, CentComm and the rebels. Talk about rock and a hard place. :-p
Hornet 24th Sep 2015, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
Naw he's just built his house on sinking sand.
Sheela 24th Sep 2015, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

... and then it sank into the swamp ?
mjkj 25th Sep 2015, 1:17 PM edit delete reply

Ah, an hour ahead - is he still alive?

Yeah, if you find a way, Lynn, maybe you could design an angst-thrower?

Yup, Arianna needs to be reminded who is the boss here ;)

...right, Lynn, let us hope nobody freaks when they see Kyle-ghost...

Oh, great, Cent =D *goes to read the new pages*

Rms2000 30th Sep 2015, 11:40 PM edit delete reply

Weaponized angst? Isn't that what Star Wars III was all about? Isn't that how Anikin became Darth Vader?
Speedy 27th Mar 2017, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
More than 1200 pages of Data Chasers and all of Luna Star, and you just now shattered my suspension of disbelief.

There is no way Lynn could make it to her 18th birthday without weaponized angst, unless she spent five years in a coma.

Or... are you trying to tell me that weaponized angst is not a gift that all girls receive on their 13th birthday? ;)
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