Comic 1416 - It Makes A Difference

29th Nov 2016, 9:00 PM
It Makes A Difference
Average Rating: 5 (21 votes)
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jamie59 29th Nov 2016, 9:04 PM edit delete reply

I think Lynn needs a hug.
Stormwind13 29th Nov 2016, 9:19 PM edit delete reply

I think even MAXUS could use a hug. That news hit him hard. He (effectively) lost a daughter, but has to be proud of her. She died protecting the Princess.
CptKerion 29th Nov 2016, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
And she died free, on her terms.
HiFranc 29th Nov 2016, 11:35 PM edit delete reply

Looks like that news roused him from his grief and helped him think clearly.
Stormwind13 30th Nov 2016, 7:26 AM edit delete reply

Arianna didn't do it for that, CptK. She did it, unknowingly echoing Democlus on page Lights Out [7 October 2015], for her Princess without any regard for herself.
Gilrandir 30th Nov 2016, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
Since we are referencing Lights Out, I have a question: Nox says "My master was never worth dying for". Many of the Cassians seem to be of the opinion that Prince Valerian might well have been worth dying for. Is Nox just referring only to her current master's lifespan, being overcome by the years of abuse at Decimus' hands and speaking inexactly, did she have some specific issues with Prince Valerian, or was she constructed after the ascension of Decimus?

In other words, would Nox be able to say "I once had a master worth dying for. He died. The bastard!"? ^_^
Timotheus 30th Nov 2016, 12:16 PM edit delete reply

Considering Nox's opinion of humanity in general, my first guess would be she didn't think any any of her "masters" were worth her death as such, but she also reportedly didn't have a high regard for her own existence as well. So I would have to conclude that her statement was mostly along the lines of, "I've never had a cause or belief worth that sort of dedication. I just do what I'm programed to do and I hate it."
Gilrandir 30th Nov 2016, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
Except it is implied that a good part of her pessimistic attitude towards humans was shaped by the abuses and petty cruelties to which Decimus exposed her. That is the crux of my question: Did she hate humans from her first day "out of the box", so to speak? Or was she a very different soul before Decimus poisoned her spirit -- and, if so, what kind of person was she?
Tokyo Rose 1st Dec 2016, 7:06 AM edit delete reply

Nox was specifically talking about Decimus. Prince Valerius was a different story altogether.
Gilrandir 1st Dec 2016, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
I thought that might be it. Thank you.
Sheela 1st Dec 2016, 2:57 PM edit delete reply

I think that goes for just about everyone, not just the cassians.
sigpig 2nd Dec 2016, 11:54 AM edit delete reply

In that case, Valerius may have been worth LIVING for...
Gilrandir 2nd Dec 2016, 1:13 PM edit delete reply
It's possible. During the time of Valerius, she might have been an altogether different and more cheerful sort of person ...

Liked to wear a frilly pink sundress ...
Owned a small cocker spaniel named "Sheela" and a red rubber ball with which the two of them would play ...
Listened to Simon & Garfunkel tunes while watching the sun set over the city skyline ...

Who knows what she was like? Then came Decimus ... and the dark times.
Sheela 2nd Dec 2016, 4:47 PM edit delete reply

And the rubber ball was turned into a mouthgag.
Dragonrider 29th Nov 2016, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

Next to the passing of Ceci this is possibly the most heart rending page you have done in the series.
Morituri 29th Nov 2016, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
Luperca is the name of a Cassian we haven't heard of before. Hmm. 'Lupa' would be the word in latin for a female wolf. 'Luperca' then would be something like 'the lady of the wolves' or 'the wolf woman' or something.
Sheela 30th Nov 2016, 12:56 AM edit delete reply

I'm guessing she is a a good tracker, if she is called something with "wolf" in it.
Oberoten 1st Dec 2016, 10:43 AM edit delete reply

I would hessitate to call her 'Lupa' to her face since it was also a term for a prostitute in Ancient Rome.
Morituri 1st Dec 2016, 11:44 AM edit delete reply
See, that's the kind of crucial detail that doesn't make it into the sources from which some of us learned latin from.

Not that I ever got fluent or anything, but it's not the first time there's been an omission that might have gotten me in trouble had I ever actually visited someplace where it were spoken on the street.
Eiríkr Útlendi 1st Dec 2016, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
That slang meaning also puts a very different spin on the Romulus and Remus story -- given that they were apparently raised by a "she-wolf". Food for thought, anyway.
Sheela 1st Dec 2016, 2:58 PM edit delete reply

Ah well, we will have to call her Lupus instead then ?
Tokyo Rose 1st Dec 2016, 3:41 PM edit delete reply

Luperca is the Cassians' walking, talking CSI unit. She's also a VERY good tracker.
Sheela 1st Dec 2016, 4:18 PM edit delete reply

Makes sense that the Cassians would have someone like that.
Gilrandir 1st Dec 2016, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
If her equipment is all implanted, will we get to see where she keeps her fingerprint pad? ^_^
Gilrandir 1st Dec 2016, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
I really want to know who's building Cassians for Nova Roma. I understand it's probably very spoiler-y and probably not scheduled for reveal any time soon, but it is looming an ever larger and larger unanswered question.
Stormwind13 1st Dec 2016, 8:52 PM edit delete reply

Luperca is a counseler, Rose? Member of Chi Sigma Iota. :-D

Well several of those here could use a good counselor... Including Ada and TeeDee!
Sheela 2nd Dec 2016, 4:49 PM edit delete reply

Heh, it would be an interesting plot twist if rose had build that Cassians.
Morituri 29th Nov 2016, 9:56 PM edit delete reply
Second Panel. Lynn's eye. That's some attention to detail right there.
Dragonrider 29th Nov 2016, 10:13 PM edit delete reply

It would seem logical, at this point, to propose Julia Willis came upon the body of Democlus and she along with Miraiko have him in treatment in one of the clinics.
sigpig 30th Nov 2016, 6:10 AM edit delete reply

Hopefully one that is not on fire..
Stormwind13 30th Nov 2016, 7:16 AM edit delete reply

Is that possible sigpig? :-D
Timotheus 30th Nov 2016, 8:53 PM edit delete reply

Depending on the quality and design of the internal fire walls and barriers it could be possible to continue using one side of a clinical area while the other was on fire. Perhaps not the best idea, but possible.
mjkj 30th Nov 2016, 12:05 AM edit delete reply

Awwww.... poor Lynn... *hugs and comforts her*

...yeah, Arianna now is royalty...

Tokyo Rose 1st Dec 2016, 7:08 AM edit delete reply

Er... Acantha's word didn't ennoble Arianna in any way. It just meant she died a free citizen, not a slave.
CptKerion 30th Nov 2016, 1:36 AM edit delete reply
I would like to say something on the art to everyone, today about Maxus's face. This is the most perfect confluence of grief and duty I have ever seen in any comic. I've barely even seen its rival in A list movies.

The pain is written there in his face and in his words, but also that sense that he knows how strong he must be for the others.
And look at Noctis's eyes in the last panel, she knows his pain.

This is utterly beautiful.
It's sometimes easy to forget, while wrapped in the story, that this is also art. Even without the words, the emotions remain clear as day.

There is a reason I often put this comic as one of my favorite science fictions of all time, up there equal with Citizen of the Galaxy, Midworld, and Sentenced to Prism.

This is my favorite comic of all time, with two of my favorite authors of all time.

Datachasers had made me cry, more than once, and it earned those tears. IT has made me laugh more times than I can count. It has made me digusted when they aimed for disgust, hopeful when they aimed for hope, angry when they aimed for anger.
The evil duo writes and creates art of such a high caliber as to provoke the emotions so strongly, and so exactly.

There are so many more great things I can say about Datachasers. Its plot, its art, its characters, its world, they all amazing. Our two lovely authors and wonderful too, they participate actively in their community, they work so hard for this comic. And this community? Never before have I seen a more welcoming, happy, friendly community online. We come from all over the world, all sorts of walks of life, and we gather around our love for this comic, and its authors.

So I'd like to propose a toast... To Terri Hale, to Krissy Smoot, to Datachasers, and to all their wonderful fans. It is a great and wonderful pleasure and experience to be among all you. Thank you.
DLKmusic 30th Nov 2016, 2:15 AM edit delete reply

Hear, Hear, I will will drink to that, Cpt!
mjkj 30th Nov 2016, 2:19 AM edit delete reply

Beautifully said...


Stormwind13 30th Nov 2016, 5:35 AM edit delete reply

Hear, hear CptK.

I would also propose a toast to Arianna Acanthia and to the Emperess she allowed to live (so far), Acantha! Long may she reign!
lalverson 30th Nov 2016, 7:52 AM edit delete reply

I totally concur.
highly irregular 30th Nov 2016, 9:38 AM edit delete reply
Aye, the face acting is amazing.

To Terri Hale, Krissy Smoot, Datachasers, and all their wonderful fans!
chk 30th Nov 2016, 9:40 AM edit delete reply

Well said. I agree with every point.

Terri and Krissy have developed a universe both realistic and fantastic.

I look forward to each post and the fan conversation that follows.
Sheela 30th Nov 2016, 5:16 PM edit delete reply

Aye, aye - All hail the Prince's old socks buried in the backyard!

....... what ?
Miamistax 30th Nov 2016, 8:53 PM edit delete reply

Tokyo Rose 1st Dec 2016, 7:10 AM edit delete reply


(I loved this sequence when Terri sent me the pages, too.)
Mark_L_A 1st Dec 2016, 9:47 PM edit delete reply

I agree wholeheartedly.
Dragonrider 30th Nov 2016, 5:10 PM edit delete reply

I would echo what others have said about the Universe represented here, it compares with the Universes of The Dorsai, The Foundation, and that of Lazarus Long, AKA Captain Aaron Sheffield.
KarToon12 30th Nov 2016, 7:07 PM edit delete reply

Everyone's going to need some major hugs after all this...
Sheela 30th Nov 2016, 11:56 PM edit delete reply

Ah, our rank plummeted to Rank 51, monthly reset has happened.
Timotheus 1st Dec 2016, 12:17 AM edit delete reply

Well, I've voted.
Sheela 1st Dec 2016, 2:59 PM edit delete reply

Indeed, votes have been thrown and we are now at Rank 11. :)
Gilrandir 1st Dec 2016, 3:22 PM edit delete reply
But we are, once again, beating Girl Genius. ^_^ Someone make sure we have paper bags on hand.
Darnalak 1st Dec 2016, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
Big Strapping Males aren't s'posed to cry. Guess someone stole my strap.
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