Comic 1244 - Observant

27th Sep 2015, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 4.95 (22 votes)

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Centcomm 28th Sep 2015, 10:03 AM edit delete
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jamie59 27th Sep 2015, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

A little late. Goin' a make us wait for the boom.
Centcomm 27th Sep 2015, 9:55 PM edit delete reply

Next page! :D
Tango Xray Actual 27th Sep 2015, 10:38 PM edit delete reply
DLKmusic 27th Sep 2015, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

You see, Democles, that's the problem... you're asking them to THINK! you KNOW that will never happen!

Very Emotionally satisfying, girls! almost as good as chocolate cake!
Centcomm 27th Sep 2015, 9:56 PM edit delete reply

hehe oh wait it gets better!
Sheela 29th Sep 2015, 7:36 AM edit delete reply

*sits prettily*

Did someone mention cake? :D
GhostRider 17th Nov 2015, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
@Sheela it's a lie. But, yes, Glados mentioned cake. Did I mention that it's a lie?
Dragonrider 27th Sep 2015, 9:10 PM edit delete reply

He seems to be firing beyond the barrels, by chance does he have one more arrow in his quiver, a second ambush that will allow him to engage Nox with Force Blade and Pistol both? (I hope so)
Fairportfan 27th Sep 2015, 9:19 PM edit delete reply

If he can get them to duck behind the barrels, he can pull the Duck You Sucker gambit on them.
Tokyo Rose 27th Sep 2015, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

There's a second set of barrels in the hallway, which were shown on the previous page. Those are the ones he's firing at.
Mark_L_A 27th Sep 2015, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

So he hits the first set of barrels, they go boom, second set may or may not go boom giving him a second chance to get Nox and the Nazismurfs.
Dragonrider 27th Sep 2015, 10:05 PM edit delete reply

Hopefully they are the only ones that go boom~boom leaving him a second shot for Nox and any survivors. They won't hurt Nox but might scramble optics and hopefully stability controls enough to allow him a fighting chance until Dolly arrives with the cavalry.(Hopefully Ceci will be "healed" enough to not be destroyed in this round.)
chk 28th Sep 2015, 9:37 AM edit delete reply

The cavalry may arrive, but I'm still thinking Dolly and Ceci are going to mow down everything that moves, including Democles. Both of them seem to be in the 'kill em all and ask questions later' mode. I have pity on anyone between that particular momma and her cub.
Talewinds 28th Sep 2015, 2:31 PM edit delete reply
He's got them over a barrel.
Someone has to say it...
Stormwind13 29th Sep 2015, 6:59 AM edit delete reply

Lol. That is BAD, Talewinds.
Talewinds 28th Sep 2015, 2:31 PM edit delete reply
Double Barreled attack.
Stormwind13 29th Sep 2015, 7:01 AM edit delete reply

Ack! That is so bad Talewinds we may have to send the torch wielding mob after YOU!
Talewinds 29th Sep 2015, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
His idea is a "gem"
Beryl, that is.
Wolfsbane 28th Sep 2015, 1:10 AM edit delete reply

Even better, with that narrow doorway that the Smurfs are trying to walk through, once the first set of barrels go, maybe the room will collapse enough to block the doorway so that whoever survives (Nox) can't get through and Dem only has to deal with the one dork who made it through. Much better odds for everyone (on the right side).
Centcomm 28th Sep 2015, 11:00 AM edit delete reply

The Barrels cant really do enough damage to hurt the walls.
Mark_L_A 28th Sep 2015, 2:36 PM edit delete reply

That depends on the concussive value of the contents. I've seen plastic barrels BLEVE ( when I was with the VFD and 3 barrels literally blew the roof off of a metal storage building and knocked down 2 of the 4 walls.

Think of a Thermobaric explosion.
Tokyo Rose 28th Sep 2015, 3:14 PM edit delete reply

Mr. Black used to be a volunteer firefighter in his home town. He told me, straight-faced, that "BLEVE" actually stands for "Blows Little Eager Volunteers Everywhere". Having seen videos of a few, I find this plausible, even if reality is rude enough to disagree. :)
Lukkai 28th Sep 2015, 4:20 PM edit delete reply

Just because the official version is different doesn't make Mr. Black's any less true, Rose. ;)
Mark_L_A 29th Sep 2015, 5:22 AM edit delete reply

Yup, I've only seen 2 of them in real life, but I've seen the aftermath of about a dozen. The first one I saw, I almost lost control of certain bodily functions, it was that terrifying. An aluminum frame screen window was embedded in the front fender of our brush truck. Thin aluminum, punched through a steel fender. Like I said, it scared me.
Wolfsbane 28th Sep 2015, 2:11 PM edit delete reply

Can I roll again to try for a higher number?
cattservant 27th Sep 2015, 9:14 PM edit delete reply

Thinking may be too much to ask.
Stormwind13 28th Sep 2015, 10:52 AM edit delete reply

I'm thinking it is simply BEYOND the Blueboys abilities, catt!
The Old Scribe 27th Sep 2015, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

Hah! I'm surprised Noxie warned them at all. Red eyes are what's in this season with Cassians, I guess. She's cute, too bad she's a killing machine. What sort of weapon is she carrying? She may have others built in like CeCi's.
anonymous coward 27th Sep 2015, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Looks like the bastard offspring of a cattle-prod and a double-bladed staff from here. Doesn't seem right, unless Nox hates all that oozy, messy, blood getting everywhere that Malati delighted in.
Mark_L_A 27th Sep 2015, 9:44 PM edit delete reply

It reminds me of something I saw in Star Wars or Star Trek.
Dragonrider 27th Sep 2015, 10:08 PM edit delete reply

Believe that would be the cassions version of a, "The Force Done Deserted You Dude" Force Blade.
Centcomm 28th Sep 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply

You will see the weapon in greater Detail in the upcoming pages.
Mark_L_A 27th Sep 2015, 9:27 PM edit delete reply

I like how Dem's shot is throwing his shadow behind him. Very nice work M'lady Cent.
Centcomm 28th Sep 2015, 11:02 AM edit delete reply

Thanks but the light is coming off of a Celling light there is a light scorce for the laser but the pistol hides most of it.
anonymous coward 27th Sep 2015, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Surprising but true tricks in actual physical security work: If you want to delay someone who may be about to become violent, make them listen to someone or keep talking. As long as they're concentrating on communication most people won't also be able to fight at the same time due to limits of splitting attention. Democlus is playing a surprisingly hilarious trick, making the blue lobsters listen to him telling them they're fucked and they should duck when following their own eyes would tell them they need to duck much faster.
Mark_L_A 27th Sep 2015, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

Back when I was in Law Enforcement, we had a kid (17 y.o.) took his sister hostage while he was tripping on some bad stuff. Threatening to kill her to make the aliens go away or something. My partner and I found him because of her screaming, so we took the door down and we drew down on him. Long story short, I talked to him while my partner got back up who came in behind him and tased him while I grabbed his sister and got her away.

Democlus is keeping their attention on him instead of allowing them to notice where they might be able to duck to, to survive the coming blast.

Also I went back a few pages and re-read all the comments. Dem is at the door to ensure Nox can't come through it, however we don't know if he is at the Trolley's door or if he went out through the door Miraiko and Kyle came through, so he could have 1 or possibly 2 fall back positions to tie up Nox and the Nazismurfs further.
Centcomm 28th Sep 2015, 11:02 AM edit delete reply

Wow mark thats impressive good job on saving the girl.
Mark_L_A 28th Sep 2015, 2:41 PM edit delete reply

I didn't really save her, just grabbed her from her brother. When the taser electrodes hit him he stiffened up and let her go. I just grabbed her before she could hit the floor and get injured.
Dragonrider 27th Sep 2015, 10:13 PM edit delete reply

Actually hate to say this but Nox looks almost attractive in panel 3 with the red eyes and "OH $hit expression."
Centcomm 28th Sep 2015, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

She doesnt have her trademark scowl on :D
chk 28th Sep 2015, 6:26 PM edit delete reply

She seems to have stopped somewhere for a new hair style and deep red lipstick.

Leave a good looking corpse, I guess.
Matt Knab 28th Sep 2015, 1:38 AM edit delete reply

That is all.
Centcomm 28th Sep 2015, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

Yup .. tomorrow .. action!
Haegan2005 28th Sep 2015, 3:43 AM edit delete reply

nice page as always!
mjkj 28th Sep 2015, 3:46 AM edit delete reply

Well, precious seconds gone by by contemplating if she should warn them... ^_^

I like her fiery eyes... =D

Yup, go, Demo!!!

Centcomm 28th Sep 2015, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

Thanks ! :D
Guest 28th Sep 2015, 5:54 AM edit delete reply
I have a feeling the section of the wall will collapse, leaving no passage between Nox and Democlus. Exploding barrels have massive story potential.
Centcomm 28th Sep 2015, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

That they do :D
chk 28th Sep 2015, 8:32 AM edit delete reply

Centcomm 28th Sep 2015, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

Hmmm indeed!
chk 28th Sep 2015, 11:24 AM edit delete reply

Hey, 'Data Chasers' and 'Luna Star' have the first and second highest ratings right now.

Good going.
Centcomm 28th Sep 2015, 12:38 PM edit delete reply

NICE! :D thank you guys!
Talewinds 28th Sep 2015, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
Though Dem's armor is red, it seems he is not a red shirt character so this makes the armor a red herring.
Lukkai 28th Sep 2015, 4:23 PM edit delete reply

I think you've red too much into the whole thing.
Sheela 29th Sep 2015, 7:41 AM edit delete reply

... a RED herring ?
Wolfsbane 29th Sep 2015, 11:27 AM edit delete reply

Sheela, you may want to have your herring checked.

Or plaid. We have a variety today.
KarToon12 28th Sep 2015, 5:18 PM edit delete reply

In the voice of Admiral Ackbar, "It's a trap!"
Timotheus 28th Sep 2015, 8:27 PM edit delete reply

It's probably my imagination playing tricks on me, but is that a skull wearing a top hat on the red monitor screen by the door?
Tokyo Rose 28th Sep 2015, 9:34 PM edit delete reply

While that would be awesomely metal, it sadly is not the case. :D
Draginbeard 29th Sep 2015, 12:19 AM edit delete reply

Man oh man. I really like the look of her!
Centcomm 29th Sep 2015, 12:04 PM edit delete reply

Thankys ! :D I did like 5 diffrent ones before deciding on this look for Nox :D
Visvires 29th Sep 2015, 10:26 AM edit delete reply
Maybe they'll make their reflex save and do a barrel roll.
Centcomm 29th Sep 2015, 12:04 PM edit delete reply

Owwwch! :D
CptKerion 29th Sep 2015, 3:24 PM edit delete reply
*suffers direct hit from pun, fails will save, is paralyzed for 1d4+2 rounds groaning
Haegan2005 29th Sep 2015, 6:42 PM edit delete reply

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