Comic 1295 - The Repair Specialist

12th Jan 2016, 9:00 PM
The Repair Specialist
Average Rating: 5 (23 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 14th Jan 2016, 2:12 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Cent's oral surgery went very smoothly (took no more than 15 minutes), and she's now resting at my place while recovering. She's already pretty coherent, if a bit out of it.

EDIT: Also, per Cent's semi-incoherent pantomime-and-gurgle request and my own gratitude, I give massive thumbs-up to Dr. Engle of East Valley Oral Surgery and his office staff. They have been absolutely awesome from the word go and managed a very frightened patient with total professionalism and genuine care.
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Dragonrider 12th Jan 2016, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

The well know Bovine By Product is about to hit the circular oscillating air mover, in spades.
In other words this should prove interesting, as the hands, motives and intentions of one Tokyo Rose begin to emerge.
HiFranc 13th Jan 2016, 1:41 AM edit delete reply

Especially when they realise that it's Kyle.
Tokyo Rose 13th Jan 2016, 2:51 AM edit delete reply

I swear, sometimes it seems that hardly a page goes by without someone gleefully remarking on how much shit is likely to hit how large a fan, and the magnitude of the estimated devastation therefrom. It's like a grand tradition now. :) Maybe we need a new tagline?

Data Chasers: Explosively Distributing Raw Organic Fertilizer Far And Wide Since, Like, What, Eight Years Ago? Holy Fuck!
Sheela 13th Jan 2016, 3:00 AM edit delete reply

Well, if you don't want people making remarks on it, then stop throwing fecal matter at the oscillating wind buffeting unit !

Just kidding, we like it when you do that, keeps the comic interesting. :)
Dragonrider 13th Jan 2016, 8:33 AM edit delete reply

The only way to stop the observations would be to stop offering scenarios where that is the likely outcome. However, the downside is you would probably loose readers due to lack of interest in bland content.
T1-G3R2501 13th Jan 2016, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
Observations like how the last panel has a Hyperion Loader bot in the BG......

*Edit* #KyleisHandsomeJack!!
Sheela 13th Jan 2016, 5:43 PM edit delete reply

OMG .. does he ride around on his Butt-Stallion ?! :D
Lukkai 13th Jan 2016, 11:28 PM edit delete reply

Well, it does have to be spread thin to properly do its job as fertiliser!
Sheela 14th Jan 2016, 1:33 AM edit delete reply

Wait, what, fertilizer?
Butt ... it's made out of diamond, it would make horrible fertilizer!
Lukkai 18th Jan 2016, 8:23 PM edit delete reply

You fell afoul of the thread structure here. My comment was in response to Rose.
Computant 19th Aug 2016, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
Could be worse, someone could be an HT
HT is the hull technician rating in the Navy, among other jobs, they are responsible for all the pipes.
Now think about the sewage system for an Aircraft Carrier (complement with embarked airwing ~5500).
Did I mention it is pressurized in places?
Pressurized compressed sewage plus hole in pipe or mistake while doing maintenance anyone?
pastutopia 12th Jan 2016, 9:20 PM edit delete reply

It's got to take some level of courage to plug your brain into a half (or more...) broken AI.

Well, or you know, bad alternative options.

Though I suppose at this point his brain is a bit of shared workspace already... ;)
sigpig 13th Jan 2016, 11:05 AM edit delete reply

SHARED workspace? That would have to mean that shit-for-brains actually HAD something (other than shit) inside his head in order to SHARE anything...
Haegan2005 12th Jan 2016, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

Cent, is that a premade room or one of your special craftings?

i love the techno litter on the floor. Someone needs to speak to the land lord about its tenant not cleaning up after itself!

Oh, he's one and the same? hmmmm.
Tokyo Rose 12th Jan 2016, 10:48 PM edit delete reply

Don't tell Aeneas, he'll agree with you and declare war on himself for being both a sloppy tenant who litters the place AND a lazy landlord who doesn't get shit fixed.
anonymous coward 13th Jan 2016, 12:21 AM edit delete reply
Shouldn't be that hard to redirect that problem though: Challenge Aeneas to do the most soulful rendition of, "Go West!" ever sung first, and that ought to distract sufficiently unless some idiot brings it up again.
Sheela 13th Jan 2016, 3:01 AM edit delete reply

Alternatively he would put up an add for bulletproof maid, to clean up his tunnels. >_<
Mark_L_A 12th Jan 2016, 9:46 PM edit delete reply

Oh WOW!!!! Very great work Cent.
The Old Scribe 12th Jan 2016, 11:07 PM edit delete reply

Whoa! A Mekkano Professor X. Kyle's all dressed up for the dance at the Android Ballroom. I wonder if he's controlling all those repair bots with his mind. That is a totally awesome design job on Kyle's ride, Cent.
DLKmusic 13th Jan 2016, 12:00 AM edit delete reply

Awesome page, but the winner today in my book is Acantha... "Just how many of you people've infiltrated my damn city"
I don't even know why, but somehow, I can relate to that feeling....

This can go sideways REAL fast...
Tokyo Rose 13th Jan 2016, 2:54 AM edit delete reply

Cent informed me that Acantha's line caused a soda-from-the-nose incident. You'd think that by now, my artist would know better than to even have a drink anywhere nearby while reading pages for the first time...
Sheela 13th Jan 2016, 3:02 AM edit delete reply

Well, to be fair, it WAS in part Centcomm that decided to infiltrate the place.

Oh, and don't worry, the hotdog vendor on the corner of the main street, is also a plant.

What, you thought the Epiphytes were just sitting back ?
JackOfClubs 13th Jan 2016, 12:44 PM edit delete reply

If she thinks she's bemused now, wait until she finds out the guy who "infiltrated her damn city" has actually had his blood spattered all over her face.
DLKmusic 13th Jan 2016, 5:59 PM edit delete reply

Gotta admit though, that's a hell of a way to get inside!
Lukkai 13th Jan 2016, 11:32 PM edit delete reply

I think that would pretty much be the point where she'd go for a somber "Excuse me for a minute." Heads out a door to an elevated balcony up on the building and just loudly shout out a "GAAAAAAHH!!" for some ten-twenty seconds before returning.
"That's better. Thanks."
Wolfsbane 13th Jan 2016, 12:46 AM edit delete reply

Very Matrix-y. I like. Hopefully there are no Agents in the system who have it out for Ne0-Kyle.

Does he know Kung-fu now?
Howard 13th Jan 2016, 12:53 AM edit delete reply
Ok that bot behind dolly in the last panel is so a loader from borderlands 2! I almost want to yell "Incoming Bad ass"!!
ProfEtheric 13th Jan 2016, 1:28 AM edit delete reply

Back in business and ramping up the hype! Isn't THIS going to be interesting?
cattservant 13th Jan 2016, 1:35 AM edit delete reply

Oh my!
Sheela 13th Jan 2016, 3:03 AM edit delete reply

My oh's too !
Just_IDD 13th Jan 2016, 1:44 AM edit delete reply
Argh!!! I can see it now...On Friday Dolly gets into the room, utters an "OMG!" that freaks out lynn but we all have to wait until Monday to hear her exclaim "Kyle?!?!?!?!?!"
Sheela 13th Jan 2016, 2:47 AM edit delete reply

No, no, no ... that's not messed up enough for the dynamic duo!

It'll be something like :

*CeCi swoops in and plants three ripper rounds in his heart*

Dolly : "Allright girls, whoever he was, CeCi's taken care of him."
Lynn : "OMG, KYLE !!"
Dolly : "Kyle?"
Acantha : "Kyle?"
Lynn : "You killed Kyle ... AGAIN !"

*meanwhile on a radio channel*

Tokyo Rose : "Dammit Centcomm, stop killing Kyle!"
CeCi : "...... I don't know what you're talking about, he was clearly hostile!"
Tokyo Rose : "He certainly was not!"
CeCi ; "Sure he was, one of his eyelids twitched!"
CeCi : "So I shot him!"
CeCi : "Now, excuse me while I dance a jig out of happiness!"

anonymous coward 13th Jan 2016, 2:53 AM edit delete reply
He's not allowed to die that easily, it'll take extended torture first.

....I refrain from making guesses about what kinds, duration or intensity of dancing may or may not be involved during or after such torture.
Sheela 13th Jan 2016, 2:56 AM edit delete reply

With CeCi around, it would probably be something like an adorable kitten dance. :D
Wolfsbane 13th Jan 2016, 4:02 AM edit delete reply

OMG, Ceci, you killed Kyle!

Like that?
sigpig 13th Jan 2016, 11:09 AM edit delete reply

I can imagine Singing in the Rain a la A Clockwork Orange...
Visvires 13th Jan 2016, 4:11 AM edit delete reply
All external weapons had to be left behind. She'd have to power up an internal system, which would give enough warning for Aeneas to execute whatever counter he has that he thinks warrants allowing CeCi in with weapons off where weapons on wasn't acceptable,* and for Dolly to talk her out of her comments-induced homicidal state. At any rate, it won't be ripper rounds.

Acantha's reaction to seeing Kyle alive, given his apparent death's role in pushing her to act, might be interesting, particularly if she doesn't rule it an accident; if she thinks it was a show for sympathy, we've got a problem. And Kyle, jacked in, is going to miss out on the immediate OMGURALIVE attention from Lynn. His loss, particularly as any anger at letting her think he was dead is going to hang around until he's available for venting.

*I'm still confused by this. Either he trusts her to be a threat inside his perimeter, and has no reason to ask her to power down weapons, or he doesn't, and has no business allowing a Black Angel to come in. Or, I've underestimated his defenses and the depth to which they reach, and he really can take her out in the time it takes her to power up.
Sheela 13th Jan 2016, 5:31 AM edit delete reply

Aeneas is quite powerful, when he works, he has nothing to fear from a Black Angel, as long as his repairs go along, he won't care one bit.
Stormwind13 13th Jan 2016, 8:18 AM edit delete reply

I'm not so sure of that, Sheela. There are other weapons besides a plasma caster. If CeCi is loaded with a virus in one of her cores, she might be able to destroy Aeneas without activating her weapons.

Worse yet, maybe she has the command codes for Aeneas. CentComm was part of the team that created Aeneas after all. So wouldn't be surprised if had embedded a kill code in Aeneas. In which case all CeCi needs to do is get access to Aeneas (done) and transmit the code killing Aeneas instantly. If Aeneas didn't know the code was there, in his damaged state, there is little he could do except die.
Sheela 13th Jan 2016, 5:44 PM edit delete reply

Buuut ... we get to kill Kyle again !
Haegan2005 13th Jan 2016, 6:16 PM edit delete reply

always looking for the bright side sheela! That's why we love you!
Sheela 14th Jan 2016, 1:35 AM edit delete reply

I know right ?
One should take all the chances you get at killing Kyle! :D
Timotheus 13th Jan 2016, 1:49 AM edit delete reply

I'm sure there's a pair of auxiliary RCA pin jacks somewhere on that thing for Dolly to plug in.
StellarJay 13th Jan 2016, 2:03 AM edit delete reply

Oh, come on, Dolly! Don't go disturbing Kyle now, he's got a lot on his mind at the moment. Don't you just hate interruptions when you're on a roll in the middle of something?
HiFranc 13th Jan 2016, 2:06 AM edit delete reply

How will Kyle react when he finds out that Decimus has speeded up his timetable by attempting to attack Max?
Visvires 13th Jan 2016, 3:44 AM edit delete reply
He went in to help Lynn, and got Rose'd into fixing Aeneas. I doubt he'll be particularly concerned about Decimus once he sees that Lynn is safe and protected by the A.I.S. he's fixing. Priorities, you know.
HiFranc 13th Jan 2016, 6:07 AM edit delete reply

His method of protection is (indirectly) to disable the contingencies. When Max and Noctis attack, the countdown on the contingencies will start. Therefore, his timetable will have to alter.
Visvires 13th Jan 2016, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
Nero destroys city infrastructure. Ahab looses combat drones. Samson picks a fight with everyone.

But can any of those mess with Aeneas? The first he can laugh at (if he needed them for power, he wouldn't have survived the original kill attempt), the second his outer turrets will wipe the drones, and the reprisals shouldn't target the innocent debilitated AIS.

There are heavy humanitarian reasons to accelerate his timetable, but his personal problem is handled.
HiFranc 13th Jan 2016, 1:31 PM edit delete reply

Samson attacks Lynn's home.
Tokyo Rose 13th Jan 2016, 3:00 PM edit delete reply

Samson also targets Kyle's home, which would be kind of alarming. :D
Visvires 13th Jan 2016, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
Oh, right. I completely forgot they have family back home. Better expedite.
Sheela 14th Jan 2016, 1:38 AM edit delete reply

Does Kyle even know about the contingencies yet ?
I think Rose only told him about the broken AIS so far.
Sheela 13th Jan 2016, 2:56 AM edit delete reply

Rank 8 !
Stormwind13 13th Jan 2016, 5:21 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, Sheela. And only 120 to number 7! =0
Sheela 13th Jan 2016, 5:32 AM edit delete reply

I hitted the button !
I halped!

DLKmusic 13th Jan 2016, 6:21 PM edit delete reply

ACK!!!! You pressed the button that released the "My Lil Pony" virus, Sheela!!! Now everyone is gonna be farting Rainbows...


I was saving that virus for a special occasion too... Damn...
velvetsanity 13th Jan 2016, 7:19 PM edit delete reply

Farting rainbows? I wrote that thing to make android body factories only produce pastel pony bodies...
Lukkai 13th Jan 2016, 11:37 PM edit delete reply

Why do I have winged pony unicorns perform air raids on my neighbourhood with marshmallow easter eggs?
mjkj 13th Jan 2016, 10:42 AM edit delete reply

Yayyyyyy rank 8 =)
Sheela 14th Jan 2016, 1:39 AM edit delete reply

I .. I don't know Lukkai ... it wasn't meeeeeeeeeeeee !
Stormwind13 14th Jan 2016, 7:54 AM edit delete reply

Dropped to rank 9. :-7
Tango Xray Actual 13th Jan 2016, 3:20 AM edit delete reply
Well that happened a lot quiker than I expected.... and not on a Friday either!!

ps - Kickin' page!
Matt Knab 13th Jan 2016, 3:51 AM edit delete reply

Can you play Tetris on that rig? ;)
Tokyo Rose 13th Jan 2016, 3:01 PM edit delete reply

Now I'm having a Tetris flashback. The music. I hear the music. I see the blocks when I close my eyes. I SEE THEM!!
Lukkai 13th Jan 2016, 11:38 PM edit delete reply

Dum dum-dum-dum dum-dum-dum dum-dum-dum dum-dum-dum du-dum dum dum-dum-dum

Dum du-dum dum-dum-dum du-dum dum-dum-dum du-dum dum dum-dum-dum
Sheela 14th Jan 2016, 1:40 AM edit delete reply

Skyscrapers starts falling out of the sky in New Rome and Kyle goes, "Dammit, not another four long."
Tokyo Rose 14th Jan 2016, 4:21 AM edit delete reply


*This explosion of vulgarity has been preempted by a hysterical paroxysm of uncontrollable laughter induced by Sheela's comment*
Sheela 14th Jan 2016, 12:39 PM edit delete reply

Let me guess, it's the sort of game you would be playing ?
velvetsanity 13th Jan 2016, 6:13 AM edit delete reply

So, will Lynn's heart attack occur Friday or Monday?

So, Marcus, where will you be taking Doctor Silver on your date? >:)
Stormwind13 13th Jan 2016, 6:34 AM edit delete reply

Probably Monday, velvet. The EVIL duo will probably leave us hanging for the weekend. :-p

LOL. Yeah Marcus where will you take Dr. Silver for dinner? Knowing you, probably try the Px. :-D I think you well and truly LOST that wager as we've been in the top 10 for the last month plus for sure.
madned 13th Jan 2016, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
They not evil stormwind, if they were really evil they'll resolve on Friday and make you wonder what they'll do on Monday. I'm not sure if hints/foreshadowing would be more or less evil.
chk 13th Jan 2016, 10:33 AM edit delete reply

We may have to wait beyond Monday.

The devilish duo have been known to change scenes at the most 'edge of seat' times.
Stormwind13 13th Jan 2016, 10:56 AM edit delete reply

Too true, chk.
T1-G3R2501 13th Jan 2016, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
They could do a "How did Kyle make it past everything" moment and take up till next friday....
Sheela 14th Jan 2016, 1:42 AM edit delete reply

Heh, both Marcus and Dr Silver have been surprisingly quiet in the comment section for the last few weeks. :D

It's going to be one of those cases where Centcomm forces them to go on a date, isn't it ?
Stormwind13 14th Jan 2016, 9:22 AM edit delete reply

Under armed guards, Sheela! So they BOTH don't try to skip out on it. :-D
Sheela 14th Jan 2016, 12:40 PM edit delete reply

What, you think only one of them will try so otherwise ?
Wolfsbane 14th Jan 2016, 1:09 PM edit delete reply

Um, don't all guards have underarms?
Stormwind13 14th Jan 2016, 5:24 PM edit delete reply

Fixed Wolfsbane. Stupid little screen on the phone. Didn't realize it hadn't put the space in.
Akillii 13th Jan 2016, 6:50 AM edit delete reply
Your comics are awesome. 'Nuff said.
Centcomm 13th Jan 2016, 9:50 AM edit delete reply

Thank you very much!
Sheela 14th Jan 2016, 1:42 AM edit delete reply

I think more could be said, but they are indeed awesome. :)
DLKmusic 14th Jan 2016, 5:14 PM edit delete reply

Well said, Sheela, well said indeed!
Stever 13th Jan 2016, 7:47 AM edit delete reply

He's stuck in the matrix. :O

Is orb thing around his hand the interface that he's controlling things with?
Centcomm 13th Jan 2016, 9:49 AM edit delete reply

Yep its part of it right now everything is taking place in cyberspace.
KarToon12 13th Jan 2016, 9:17 AM edit delete reply

Kyle's doing some Clark-Kenting here...just put different clothes on him and an eye patch thingy, and suddenly, no one recognizes him. XDXD
Sheela 13th Jan 2016, 10:15 AM edit delete reply

Well, he's also undergone some facial nano surgery, during Mamma Roses knockout tea.
mjkj 13th Jan 2016, 10:44 AM edit delete reply

...which might not survive the rewrite...
Centcomm 13th Jan 2016, 12:47 PM edit delete reply

Actually that is canon and will stay. The reboots. Only cover the single panel pages and a few other scattered references
mjkj 13th Jan 2016, 1:31 PM edit delete reply

Oh, ok.
Visvires 13th Jan 2016, 4:06 PM edit delete reply
Yes, it will take Acantha or Lynn to make the ID, because they saw him at the dinner after the rework.

I gotta say, the whole surprise surgery thing would be a lot harder to approve of if it hadn't so obviously saved his life.
highlander55 13th Jan 2016, 5:44 PM edit delete reply

I thinks Kyle's face was modified by nano tech and when Rose turns it off he will return to his original face. Maybe I'm right!
mjkj 13th Jan 2016, 10:34 AM edit delete reply

Well, he-who-shall-not-be-named has resurfaced. I wonder how long it will take for the squeals to start...

*hugs Acantha* there, there *pat, pat*

Lukkai 13th Jan 2016, 11:41 PM edit delete reply

I don't think Acantha has seen the movie, but I'm currently imagining her having a certain specific Spaceballs moment. (^_^)
Sheela 14th Jan 2016, 1:46 AM edit delete reply

Erh, what moment ?

And knowing how nerdy our artistical duo can be, there's about a 50-50 percent chance that Acantha has seen Spaceballs: The Movie, together with Aeneas, in his lair.
Lukkai 18th Jan 2016, 8:30 PM edit delete reply

Spaceballs one, on the bridge, rather at the start of the movie and a certain family with a lot of members.
Stormwind13 14th Jan 2016, 3:01 PM edit delete reply

Thank you for the update, Rose. I'm relieved that she is doing ok. And thank you for looking after her. ::HUGS to you both::
DLKmusic 14th Jan 2016, 5:39 PM edit delete reply

I would like to echo that! Glad she's recovering well, and I want to thank you, Rose, for being a rare gem of a friend... not many people will go that far out of their way for someone else.
Hana 18th Jan 2016, 3:39 AM edit delete reply
What does sparked mean? It was probably explained a while ago but i can't seem to remember what i refers to.
Lukkai 19th Jan 2016, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

Basically that an android stops being a slave unit to something or just following its programing and becomes fully self-aware with an own, actual personality, free will and everything.
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