Comic 1316 - Override

28th Feb 2016, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (21 votes)
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Lukkai 28th Feb 2016, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

Okay, they are total shitstains!

Best can be said about them is they are not brainless.
Sheela 29th Feb 2016, 1:04 AM edit delete reply

Well, no, they do seem to have two braincells to rub together ... unfortunately, each brain cell is in a different head, so you kinda have to mash their heads together to get any action out of them. :)
CptKerion 29th Feb 2016, 8:35 AM edit delete reply
Oh man, Sheela, you made me chuckle. I would've laughed harder, but that hurts right now. I didn't know you could get the muscles over your ribs to hurt before today.
Speedy Marsh 31st Mar 2017, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
Even then, one of them would have to rub their feet on a carpet, first.
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 2:55 PM edit delete reply

Yeah I kinda left that [panel blank for Rose to have fun with :D
Dragonrider 28th Feb 2016, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Nice resumes these guys have. Think Captain loudmouth will soon find out how fast she can move when in full on Fuckem All Up Mode.
@Lukkai maybe not brainless but bet they end up headless soon.
At least we're holding constant at TWC again we say "VOTE EARLY~VOTE OFTEN
Sheela 29th Feb 2016, 1:03 AM edit delete reply

Vote has been punched.
TheD-Wrek 28th Feb 2016, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

That Noctis...

Sheela 29th Feb 2016, 1:03 AM edit delete reply

She's a bamf ?
MikeLinPA 29th Feb 2016, 10:57 AM edit delete reply

Bad-ass Automaton Massacring Fiends

Dragonrider 29th Feb 2016, 11:24 AM edit delete reply

Isn't that a city or area in Canada?
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 2:55 PM edit delete reply

hehe Bamf huh?
Timotheus 29th Feb 2016, 11:20 PM edit delete reply

Last I knew "Bamf" was a sound effect for teleporting entities leaving a space. The sound of air rushing in to fill the space formerly occupied by the object.
Sheela 1st Mar 2016, 5:06 PM edit delete reply

BAMF = Bad Ass Mother Fucker.
Zimriel 7th Mar 2016, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
Shut yo mouth!
Lukkai 28th Feb 2016, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

Also re: alt text:
Well, she's got a clearer structured memory space available than we do. Also probably more space to memorate things like this than at the very least an average human.
And I'm fairly certain she's got at least the base file on everyone working in or around the palace memorised. If not more.
Sheela 29th Feb 2016, 1:05 AM edit delete reply

It's kinda easy to memorize things, when you have perfect recall.
But yeah, she has to take the time to read up on it first.
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 2:57 PM edit delete reply

She memorizes way too many things like that purely for informational purposes of course.
Spelledeg 28th Feb 2016, 9:21 PM edit delete reply


Holy smoly she's cool.

I hope she stabs captain jerkwad with his own sword.

The camera angles on these panels is so good! Good job Centy! :D And the dialogue is awesome!
Tokyo Rose 29th Feb 2016, 5:18 AM edit delete reply

I had an uncomfortable amount of fun with the dialogue on this page. :D
Sheela 29th Feb 2016, 8:07 AM edit delete reply

Almost as much as coming up with the crimes they had comitted ?
Frankly, I'm surprised none of them had fucked a clown.
MikeLinPA 29th Feb 2016, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
Never fuck a clown. They feel funny...
Tokyo Rose 29th Feb 2016, 3:57 PM edit delete reply

Coming up with their rap sheets is exactly what made this uncomfortably fun!
Timotheus 29th Feb 2016, 11:28 PM edit delete reply

It could be worse. Neither of them are mimes.
Zimriel 7th Mar 2016, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
As if the Stephen King novel wasn't enough. As if that horrible Kaboom cereal wasn't enough. You want clowns should be bumrushed by these degenerates too?

John Wayne Gacy is about what these jerkoffs DESERVE.
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 2:58 PM edit delete reply

Thanks Spell! I was kinda Meh on Noctis when I first saw her. She kinda carved a place out in my heart and just kinda camped there. Im kinda scared now.
Tokyo Rose 29th Feb 2016, 3:57 PM edit delete reply

She's pretty good at infiltration.
Lukkai 29th Feb 2016, 7:39 PM edit delete reply

And at carving out things.
Sheela 1st Mar 2016, 5:07 PM edit delete reply

And to think, she's not even a Banker !
jamie59 28th Feb 2016, 9:36 PM edit delete reply

LOL! Take it on faith she's pissed off.
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 2:58 PM edit delete reply

How can you tell?!?! ( random person )
kitty 29th Feb 2016, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Easy! She wacks off your head in one swipe.
Morituri 28th Feb 2016, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
Leaving these guys alive is clearly contrary to her stated orders of "executing her plan for the glory of the throne of Nova Roma."

No light is reflected from darkness, nor glory from misdeeds.
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 2:58 PM edit delete reply

oooh nice :D
Haegan2005 28th Feb 2016, 9:48 PM edit delete reply

Abbot and Costello...
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 2:59 PM edit delete reply

At least they were funny. these guys?
DLKmusic 28th Feb 2016, 9:54 PM edit delete reply

Epiphany, guys... new leaf and all...

Ah, screw it... Noctis, Malati had an interesting suggestion you might like: "split their tiny peckers in half and tie them into bows!" (edited for PAX TV)
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 2:59 PM edit delete reply

Well Malati had a way with things now didnt she.
The Old Scribe 28th Feb 2016, 9:59 PM edit delete reply

Imagine being the HR person that interviews transferees to the Praetorian Guard:

"What are your qualifications for joining the guard, Mr. Caligula?"

"Lessee, now, five counts of murder, six counts of rape, ten counts of physical assault and one count of sexually assaulting a sheep."

"Very good, Mr. Caligula. Give us a retina print and then go through that door over there to be fitted for your armor and issued a weapon. Have a nice day."
Dragonrider 28th Feb 2016, 10:20 PM edit delete reply

@The Old Scribe you forgot opening an Imperial Brothel that every one, slaves included, was encouraged to visit the women were the wives and daughters of Roman Senators. Fathering a child with his sister, he was Douchieness's role model.
Sheela 29th Feb 2016, 1:07 AM edit delete reply

Gotta admit that you have power over the senate, if you can put their wives and daughters up as whores in your brothel!
Tokyo Rose 29th Feb 2016, 5:16 AM edit delete reply


"Rape, murder, arson, and rape."

"You said 'rape' twice."

"I like rape."
Sheela 29th Feb 2016, 8:37 AM edit delete reply

Ah yes, Blazing Saddles, you are ofcourse referring to this little tidbit.
Also the same movie where Bart holds himself hostage.
Tokyo Rose 29th Feb 2016, 3:59 PM edit delete reply

I was hoping someone would realize it was "Blazing Saddles". God I love that movie.
MikeLinPA 29th Feb 2016, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
Tokyo Rose 29th Feb 2016, 4:01 PM edit delete reply

Stampeding cattle through the Vatican!
DLKmusic 1st Mar 2016, 2:06 PM edit delete reply

Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 3:00 PM edit delete reply

Why do I read Roses comments while drinking.. Cleans up Doctor pepper.
Lukkai 29th Feb 2016, 7:48 PM edit delete reply

A black sheriff?!
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 2:59 PM edit delete reply

Actually old Caligula might be rejected .. he wanted the throne :D
The Old Scribe 29th Feb 2016, 6:47 PM edit delete reply

I was originally gonna use the name 'Biggus Dickus', then I thought Caligula might be more in the spirit of things.:D

Anyone remember where that name was used?
Lukkai 29th Feb 2016, 7:46 PM edit delete reply

"He has a wife, you know. You know what she's called?"
Tokyo Rose 1st Mar 2016, 2:23 AM edit delete reply

"She's called... 'Incontinentia'... Incontinentia Buttocks."
Tokyo Rose 1st Mar 2016, 2:23 AM edit delete reply

"Life of Brian"!
Sheela 1st Mar 2016, 5:09 PM edit delete reply

But ofcourse, Life of Brian is awesome. :)
Timotheus 28th Feb 2016, 10:44 PM edit delete reply

I will point out that they were transferred into the Praetorians, not volunteered. We don't know what the consequences of refusal might have been, if any.
They're also being very up front and honest about things, not denying who they are, just not wanting to die.
Sheela 29th Feb 2016, 1:08 AM edit delete reply

This is true, having such a shitlist, means the prince had very good leverage on them.
And I'm fairly certain he wouldn't mind using it against them.
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 3:01 PM edit delete reply

Ill leave that to later :D
mjkj 28th Feb 2016, 11:57 PM edit delete reply

Woah, I guess they get to finish their sentence now... way or the other.

...and loudmouth there just is asking for it...

Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 3:52 PM edit delete reply

Yep they sure do! Noctis does have a code of honor. Don't point a weapon at me and you keep breathing.
Matt Knab 29th Feb 2016, 3:26 AM edit delete reply

You can totally tell. Just watch her blades. o.O
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 3:51 PM edit delete reply

That is totally true!
Greenwood Goat 29th Feb 2016, 3:56 AM edit delete reply
So... Canoi's rap sheet takes all of the next page to recite, then:

Claywell: That's... sick... I mean,-

Kollier: I'm just glad he never got anywhere near my family!

Noctis: Now, hold him.

Claywell & Kollier: Yes Ma'am!

Canoi: You traitors, I- *AH*


Sapiro: (in distance) *!* ...Yes Ma'am!

Kollier: And we keep quiet about the ape-ray...

Claywell: And the ecrophilia-nay. Er...

They stare at Canoi. Canoi glares back at them. They glance at each other. Claywell starts to force Canoi's mouth open, and Kollier draws his knife.

Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 3:51 PM edit delete reply

HHAHA! good one!
Guest 29th Feb 2016, 6:41 AM edit delete reply
Typo find, six months 'incarcEration' instead of 'incarcaration' twice in the third bubble.
Also, I am darkly amused by the idea that Nova Roma law and order is so very incompetent that these folks were able to get away with more than once each. Don't the walls and streetlights record where people are at any given time? Most long-duration American serial killers got away with it for as long as they did because nobody takes streetwalker-hooker disappearances seriously.
Deoxy 29th Feb 2016, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
I would say it's not that people don't take it seriously, it's that it's so hard to know when it has actually happened. A significant chunk of that demographic is intentionally "off the grid", "underground", "runaway", or what-have-you. They often "disappear" voluntarily on a regular basis, so knowing when one has been disappeared nefariously by a third party is difficult, at least until a body is found.
anonymous coward 29th Feb 2016, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
Sorry, I meant that politically instead of in terms of policing. You're right that it's difficult to solve murders of people without being able to tell if they're dead, or even missing involuntarily. How to actually solve that problem is a question of ending the kind of poverty that leads to illicit streetdealing and streetwalking phenomena which put potential victims where they can be easily victimized. That's no doubt too political and controversial a topic for here, though.
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 5:34 PM edit delete reply

Yes Id very much like to keep real world politics out of the comments as it creates a lot of friction :D
Deoxy 1st Mar 2016, 8:59 AM edit delete reply
Hopefully without getting too political, I will simply add that "poverty" is at most a VERY SMALL part of that problem. Yes, the people involved are literally poor, but that is, in a great many instances, a result of the "running away" part, not the cause. Solving poverty (and all the politics there that we aren't going into) will thus have little to no impact (so we don't need to go into it, yay!).
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 3:51 PM edit delete reply

Roma is not as well designed as say New Troy , in Roma they use foot patrols and police. It is very easy to fall between the cracks if you live there and keep your head down.
Tokyo Rose 29th Feb 2016, 4:05 PM edit delete reply

Holy shit, I have never fumblefingered "incarceration" before. Excuse me while I wave my magic editor wand and make this not have happened. Moon Upload Corrected Page Power!
Tokyo Rose 29th Feb 2016, 4:12 PM edit delete reply

As to the competence (or lack thereof) of Roma's law enforcement: keep in mind that Richard Speck's greatest infamy stems from a single event with multiple victims and multiple charges.

(Also, they don't have any kind of universal surveillance. Not sure where that impression might have come from.)
anonymous coward 29th Feb 2016, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
Those are both overachievers if they managed to get that much done in a single, continuous incident *each.* Decmius wouldn't be entirely insane to want people capable of carrying out those kind of operations single-handed for his terror squads.
chk 29th Feb 2016, 9:40 AM edit delete reply

The Praetorian Guard gets all the good little boys.
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 3:49 PM edit delete reply

They Sure do! :D
antrik 14th Oct 2016, 2:35 PM edit delete reply
They are such a merry bunch.
Deoxy 29th Feb 2016, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
Credit where credit is due - captain whats-his-name there is both brave and loyal. Pretty impressive levels of both, actually, considering the circumstances.
Centcomm 29th Feb 2016, 3:49 PM edit delete reply

He really liked serving under Decimus ... You really dont want to know why.
Steven-Vincent 29th Feb 2016, 7:49 PM edit delete reply

All I can say to that is... ew.
Lukkai 29th Feb 2016, 7:54 PM edit delete reply

He might also just be desperate though.

Or something between stupid and thick-headed.

And more loyal to his desires than the Prince.

So, I'm not really sure whether the credit is due or not here.
KarToon12 29th Feb 2016, 4:11 PM edit delete reply

"Uh...yeah, that's me."

All that sick stuff you did, and that's all you can say? D:
Tokyo Rose 29th Feb 2016, 4:45 PM edit delete reply

Well, he just got called out on something weirder than average in front of his buddy. Bit embarrassing, that. It sounds so sordid when it's worded that way!
Sheela 1st Mar 2016, 5:12 PM edit delete reply

Claiming it's not true, wouldn't really work when an android with perfect recall is reciting your shitlist.
Gilrandir 1st Mar 2016, 1:32 AM edit delete reply
I realize this will be a disappointment to many, because "... In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous." However, at this point I would wager money that Noctis will not kill either William Claywell or Stephen Kollier, absent further provocation. Nor will she allow Captain Canoi to kill them. This is _because_ she appears to have a highly developed and deeply refined code of honor.

Consider: These men were _convicted_ of their crimes (not merely bound over for trial). They were incarcerated, which means they were _not_ sentenced to capital punishment by Nova Roma's judiciary. They are currently cooperating with legitimate Nova Roma authority (i.e., Noctis). Even if Noctis disagrees with the sentences they were given, I suspect that she would consider taking it upon herself to defy the legitimate court's existing decision to be a dishonorable act far more extreme that letting them live and having their case reviewed by whatever new system is in place after the Night of Blades is over.

Noctis is to the average Cassian like an extreme martini or a British sitcom: very dry. ^_^. I like her sense of humor.
Tokyo Rose 1st Mar 2016, 2:27 AM edit delete reply

A very well-worded argument, Gilrandir; nicely done. :)

Before anybody expresses dismay at the conclusion you've drawn, it should be noted that since they've been members of the Praetorian Guard, it's very likely they've committed other crimes for which they could be charged, tried, and sentenced...
Deoxy 1st Mar 2016, 9:02 AM edit delete reply
I was going to say that those would have been following the legitimate orders of the prince (however awful), but really, it's very likely that they've done other stuff on top of that, even, considering their original records.
CptKerion 1st Mar 2016, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
Me, I wouldn't be surprised if she just let them kill each other.
Gilrandir 1st Mar 2016, 2:03 PM edit delete reply
Scary thought for those of you who may not have picked up on it yet:

This is Noctis having fun. ^_^

Eventually she will have to get back to the business of purging Nova Roma of real threats to the citizens for whom she has a duty to care ... But right now, in this place for a little while, she can 'let her hair down' and indulge herself in a comforting situation where the moral issues are a fairly clear black and white.

At least that's my read on the situation. The creators are free, of course to have a better and more enlightened view of the situation than mine. ^_^
Gilrandir 1st Mar 2016, 8:06 PM edit delete reply
Just out of curiosity, does anyone wonder about what happened on the one date of William Claywell when he didn't "get lucky"? Should we infer that that was the point at which he got caught "with his pants down"?
Anonymouth 31st Mar 2017, 12:50 PM edit delete reply
Claywell: "Uh, Dude, it's not sick. I'm a NecroRomancer, like in Holovid games. It's what we do."

Kollier: "You idiot! Those are NeckRomancers. They have neck fetishes. Mostly for the stretched kind, from the looks of 'em."

Claywell: "Oops... I wonder if that's how I got this case of Necro Scrote Icing Facey Eye Ticks..."

Noctis: "That is Necrotizing Fasciitis. Just leave your scrotum alone, and it will go away in a very short time."

Claywell: "Gee, thanks!"

Noctis: "Do not mention it... Ever."
Oldarmourer 29th Feb 2020, 4:25 PM edit delete reply
I was wondering, quite randomly (that happens)...Did DC ever update on a 'Leap Day' ?

Turns out it did :)

Unfortunately 2008 and 2012 seem to have fallen prey to the reboot bug so there's no telling...
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