Comic 1275 - One Chance

3rd Dec 2015, 9:00 PM
One Chance
Average Rating: 5 (23 votes)

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Centcomm 4th Dec 2015, 8:41 PM edit delete
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ProfEtheric 3rd Dec 2015, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

Oh. My. Gods.

We have officially reached Ada's breaking point.

Do these guys even know how frelled they are?
Centcomm 3rd Dec 2015, 9:30 PM edit delete reply

They have no idea. Ada has " almost " as many combat mods as Teedee that she can fit onto a model four body. and unlike Minx Ada does have a combat skeleton and musculature :D
Sheela 4th Dec 2015, 8:48 AM edit delete reply

And unlike TeeDee, Ada got the body that she wanted!

Beware the nice ones, I suppose - She wasn't teamed up with TeeDee without reason.
KittyHodge 4th Dec 2015, 8:08 PM edit delete reply
Well. Didn't see THAT coming. Go Ada! Teedee will be so proud!
lirvilas 3rd Dec 2015, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

That's gonna invalidate the warranty on that body armor, methinks.
Centcomm 3rd Dec 2015, 9:31 PM edit delete reply

Yep they arent getting the deposit back on that one.
Visvires 4th Dec 2015, 12:14 AM edit delete reply
Well, it was probably a lifetime warranty, anyway.
Cal 4th Dec 2015, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, but now they've got the market on pasta strainers locked up.
Dragonrider 3rd Dec 2015, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

UHHHHWHAT THE F*** JUST HAPPENED??? Ain't never seen Ada like this she keeps it up and TeeDee is gonna want to have her babies.
Centcomm 3rd Dec 2015, 9:33 PM edit delete reply

Ada has had enough. Period.
Sheela 4th Dec 2015, 8:47 AM edit delete reply

She's on her period?
Dang, they are buggered then.
sigpig 4th Dec 2015, 10:34 AM edit delete reply

Stormwind13 4th Dec 2015, 11:35 AM edit delete reply

LOL Sheela. That is TERRIBLE, but true.
chk 4th Dec 2015, 2:52 PM edit delete reply

Sheela, I'm aghast. Maybe even two ghasts.
Dragonrider 4th Dec 2015, 4:30 PM edit delete reply

@Sheela if that's true what would and android use as a tampon, an oil filter?
Centcomm 4th Dec 2015, 5:06 PM edit delete reply

Depends on the model ...
Sheela 4th Dec 2015, 7:31 PM edit delete reply

She uses diapers?
Dragonrider 5th Dec 2015, 8:57 PM edit delete reply

Wolfsbane 6th Dec 2015, 2:34 AM edit delete reply

ba-dum tisshhhh!
CptKerion 6th Dec 2015, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
The puns... my god you're all going to get charged with crimes against humority at this rate.
jamie59 3rd Dec 2015, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

Way to go Ada! Now how guilty are you going to feel when this is over?
Centcomm 3rd Dec 2015, 9:34 PM edit delete reply

A bit but they crossed a line.
Sheela 4th Dec 2015, 8:49 AM edit delete reply

Ada knows when to put down a rabid dog, and that it's for it's own good.
Stormwind13 4th Dec 2015, 6:13 PM edit delete reply

Too true, Sheela. Ada gave them every chance to survive. They were too stupid to take it. Now they will be fertilizer. :-p
DLKmusic 3rd Dec 2015, 9:39 PM edit delete reply

Way to go, Ada... Unfortunately, Samanta is still out there, and she's not gonna be a pushover...
Centcomm 3rd Dec 2015, 9:55 PM edit delete reply

No shes not :D and yay for Ada!
Timotheus 3rd Dec 2015, 10:00 PM edit delete reply

Maybe she's ticklish? Someone could try a stunner on her and see if she giggles?
Centcomm 3rd Dec 2015, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

I think Ada is done using her stunner...
Sheela 4th Dec 2015, 8:50 AM edit delete reply

Ah is it finally time for her to use Chekov's gun ?
Y'know, the one that she unpacked while TeeDee was punching holes in a punching bag ?
Stormwind13 4th Dec 2015, 8:06 PM edit delete reply

As long as Ada doesn't pull out the Speaking Gun
Sheela 5th Dec 2015, 9:01 AM edit delete reply

Alas, that gun got killed in one of the nightside books, I think.
Stormwind13 5th Dec 2015, 10:35 AM edit delete reply

Can you really kill that, Sheela? Or did it just move on... only to appear somewhere else later? And how will you know, before it speaks again (if it still exists)? :-D
Sheela 5th Dec 2015, 11:12 PM edit delete reply

He had the gun kill itself after it wouldn't kill Lilith.
The Old Scribe 3rd Dec 2015, 10:39 PM edit delete reply

Woo! Nice one, Ada. Those Blueshells are dumber than a sack of hammers trying to face down two pissed off androids packing lasers. Being the strong among the weak for so long builds both a confidence and an arrogance that evaporates when confronted with a force more powerful than you are.
cattservant 3rd Dec 2015, 10:44 PM edit delete reply

It's always the quiet ones!
Sheela 4th Dec 2015, 8:51 AM edit delete reply

Beware the nice ones!
Wolfsbane 4th Dec 2015, 1:02 PM edit delete reply

Like you? ;)
Stormwind13 4th Dec 2015, 5:56 PM edit delete reply

::Head explodes:: Using Sheela and NICE in the same sentence! :-D
Sheela 4th Dec 2015, 7:32 PM edit delete reply

Whaaat ?
I *am* nice!

Rose on the other hand ....
xpacetrue 3rd Dec 2015, 11:36 PM edit delete reply

Nice touch with how we see Ada's eyes go from a tranquil blue in panel 1 to a glowing, angry red in panel 4. It really helps emphasize a shift in her state of mind.

And I do like how Ada is the compassionate medic, the healer who has a clear respect and even love for humanity. Even so, Ada is just too kind for her own good.

In my opinion, she's ill-suited to vitally-important combat missions like this. Indeed, I begin to question if she's even suited to S&R operations out in the Wastes.

In panel 1 she's thinking of how she needs to stabilize her downed companions. In panel 2 she's thinking about an unknown person caught in the rubble. Meanwhile, she's not concentrating on the fight (not firing, not looking for threats, and, presumably, leaving herself open to attack). It takes until panel 3 for Teedee to finally get through to her.

Then there's how she's been using a stunner until now. This, despite her companions' pleading to switch to lethal. (Even after a promise from Bishop to murder the Blue Turds after she stuns them.) And Ada should have realized that the stunner just wasn't taking them down fast enough.

And while she switched to lethal force, she still hesitates. Heck, she -asks- her opponent to surrender-. Why? Is this the last soldier still standing?

She knows that her mission is of vital importance to New Troy (without knowing details). Indeed, it is to rescue Lynn and we know how much she values human life. And she knows that if she falls here or dawdles too long, the rest of her team may be forced to -KILL- Lynn as a last resort.

She also knows that Teedee and her team is relying on her. There's no one else to get Teedee's back here.

I suppose I could have respected a shout of "Freeze" or "Surrender". But panel 4 is too wordy. Granted, it makes for a good speech. But he or another enemy could have fired on her or Teedee. (Or was he the last man and unarmed?)

I'm just saying that, one of these days, her hesitation or her kind heart may get her killed.
Centcomm 4th Dec 2015, 12:00 AM edit delete reply

Ada's kind heart is exactly why shes here. Cent-Comm Needed there to be a person who WOULD hesitate. Who WOULD see the better side.
She did not want to send a full team of cold blooded killers. Ada's Attitude balances the others.
Tokyo Rose 4th Dec 2015, 2:15 AM edit delete reply

Ada's mentally multitasking better than I could get across; she does have a subsystem that's tracking targets and checking angles of fire, and she is a long-serving S&R specialist with combat experience. Normally, however, the most formidable opponents (in terms of equipment and experience) she and Teedee are up against are Gutters, not trained and military-equipped soldiers. Against opponents with lighter armor, Ada's stunner would be much more effective.

Calling for surrender was a wasted effort, but it would have been an intolerable injustice to Ada's character if she hadn't done it; thus, I couldn't justify leaving it out. (As far as wordiness, well... "Talking Is A Free Action" is a narrative convention. I try to be realistic in writing dialogue, but sometimes that doesn't serve the story well.)
CptKerion 5th Dec 2015, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Well, traditionally you don't shoot the person offering a chance to surrender while they're talking.
Someone may actually have honored it.
Mark_L_A 4th Dec 2015, 12:39 AM edit delete reply

Ada is like a Combat Buddha. She will do everything possible to avoid escalation, but once you reach a certain point it's your A**. And she is going to hand it to you in several pieces.
HiFranc 4th Dec 2015, 12:45 AM edit delete reply

* Takes out mic and interviews Blueb's spirit *

Me: How do you feel that you've managed to cause Ada to reach breaking point (something that even a psychotic TeeDee couldn't do)?

Blueb: Fucking cunt...

Me: [on phone] Do you have any exorcists in the area?
Fairportfan 4th Dec 2015, 1:15 AM edit delete reply

To quote a relevant bit of poetry/prophecy here:

Demons run when a good [wo]man goes to war
Night will fall and drown the sun
When a good man goes to war

Friendship dies and true love lies
Night will fall and the dark will rise
When a good man goes to war

Demons run, but count the cost
The battle's won, but the child is lost
When a good man goes to war

Till now, we could compare Ada to a child - she had seen a lot, but she still retained her own basic innocence.

But now?

I fear she's lost.
Tokyo Rose 4th Dec 2015, 2:18 AM edit delete reply

Nah, Ada'll be okay; she's killed before. She never likes it, but she's done it.
Timotheus 4th Dec 2015, 3:10 AM edit delete reply

I don't remember where I read it, but it was once commented that the most viscous and unforgiving fighters were pacifists that felt they were given no choice but to take up arms for the protection of others.
Tokyo Rose 4th Dec 2015, 3:14 PM edit delete reply

Look up Alvin C. York sometime. :)
Stormwind13 4th Dec 2015, 6:38 PM edit delete reply

I know it was presented in the movie, Rose; however, it sounds like in his diary that he disclaimed that he was a conscientious objector. His mom was a pacifist though.
mjkj 4th Dec 2015, 1:21 AM edit delete reply

Whoa, now you did it, you got Ada so annoyed...

Well, I hope the reds will surrender soon... go, Ada!!!

Hornet 4th Dec 2015, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
Well Ada is there as she's the only one that can keep Teedee from turning this entire area into a smoldering slag heap.

It just had to be a blue shirt that answered her.
Stormwind13 4th Dec 2015, 8:03 AM edit delete reply

I'm not sure Ada is going to apply that brake right now, Hornet. These guys have seriously pissed Ada off!
Sheela 4th Dec 2015, 9:05 AM edit delete reply

I think it might be time for TeeDee to reel in Ada, once it's time to stop.
Stormwind13 4th Dec 2015, 6:07 PM edit delete reply

I'm not sure TeeDee knows HOW, Sheela. She's doesn't seem to be well equipped for the job, from what we've seen of her. :-)
Hornet 4th Dec 2015, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
Oh, I know not at the moment. I was speaking more generally like how they even made it into Nova without burning down the gates.
Stormwind13 4th Dec 2015, 6:34 PM edit delete reply

But, but... they DID burn down the gates... After nuking them even Hornet. :-D
Sheela 4th Dec 2015, 7:34 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, those gates are well and good burned down. :D

And I think you're underestimating TeeDee.
That's a dangerous thing to do.
Stever 4th Dec 2015, 7:06 AM edit delete reply

I can hardly blame her for that one. I mean who want to be a party favor XD
Hornet 4th Dec 2015, 6:14 PM edit delete reply
If they are hot chicks, I would :P
chk 4th Dec 2015, 8:12 AM edit delete reply

She tried.
KarToon12 4th Dec 2015, 9:18 AM edit delete reply

Proof that even the quiet ones have a breaking point. D:
highlander55 4th Dec 2015, 4:33 PM edit delete reply

I like where this seems to be going ladies!
Matt Knab 4th Dec 2015, 5:06 PM edit delete reply

I wouldn't have even given them the one chance!
Stormwind13 4th Dec 2015, 6:10 PM edit delete reply

Yeah Matt, but you aren't Ada. She HAS to try and preserve life. It is in her nature.

Still the Blueboy was INCREDIBLY stupid to insult her that way. Telling Ada to surrender so she can be raped before being sent to her death in whatever demented nightmare Douchimus has this week... so NOT smart. Of course, looks like he will NOT get to do it again. Not in this lifetime at least. :-)
Sheela 4th Dec 2015, 7:35 PM edit delete reply

To be fair, Blueboy wasn't hired to be smart.
Haegan2005 4th Dec 2015, 8:30 PM edit delete reply

I think that Ada will have thoughts about this when the dust settles. They will not be happy thoughts, even when thinking about the blues that she kills. She is many things, but a killer she is not, even if she has done so in the past.

If she is vulnerable to PTSD, then I really suspect she may get it from this.
Sheela 5th Dec 2015, 7:40 AM edit delete reply

Ada has killed before, and will probably kill again.
Her job is not a gentle one.
Lukkai 5th Dec 2015, 12:32 AM edit delete reply



We were afraid of Teedee, right?

Suddenly she looks very cuddly.
Sheela 5th Dec 2015, 7:38 AM edit delete reply

You think that TeeDee is a good girl ?

Ofcourse, while TeeDee might "want it", what TeeDee really wants is a bigger gun. :D
StellarJay 6th Dec 2015, 2:16 AM edit delete reply

When she's good, she's very very good,
but when she's bad, she's horrid.
Tango Xray Actual 5th Dec 2015, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
"There are three things all wise men fear:
the sea in storm,
a night with no moon,
and the anger of a gentle man.”

― Patrick Rothfuss

(Or in this case woman)
Sheela 5th Dec 2015, 7:30 AM edit delete reply

New vote incentive with big guns in it. :)

Also, Rank 11 !
Sheela 6th Dec 2015, 4:16 PM edit delete reply

I also just realized that we have reached the 1337 numnbered page. :D
Rashala 5th Dec 2015, 4:03 PM edit delete reply

BLue = RED SHIRT in the DC universe...

*facepalms* When a Heavily armed goddess like killing machine goves you a chance you TAKE IT do not piss her off
Stormwind13 6th Dec 2015, 7:29 AM edit delete reply

As Sheela pointed out earlier, Rashala, the Blueboys weren't hired for their SMARTS. Admittedly not surrendering to Ada was STUPID even for them, but it required more thought then they have to realize it. :-)

The Blueboys most remind me of gutters. Gavin (or Dari even) would have fit RIGHT in with the Blueboys, I think. They just have heavier weapons and maybe a little more training.
Sheela 6th Dec 2015, 12:00 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, except that Dari values her freedom.
Being a leashed blueshell would go against her very nature.
Lukkai 6th Dec 2015, 2:05 PM edit delete reply

From the blueboys' position though, they've just halfed their opposition and all that's left standing are those two chicks that would certainly be fun to play with. Sure, they've got nice toys. But hey! They're just chicks! How much of a thread beyond their gear can they be?

That's how they see it.
Speedy Marsh 29th Mar 2017, 7:37 AM edit delete reply
Holy Crap!!!

The sewage treatment plant has just hit the wind farm!!!

*tries to hit Next button, from happy place under desk*

If Ada scares me like that, again, she'd better have her defibrillator hands charged up. (if she has those)
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