Comic 1434 - Critique

8th Jan 2017, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)
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KarToon12 8th Jan 2017, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

When someone murders a guy in front of you, and is covered in blood as they let you free, that's the time you RUN, and save the tragic backstories for later!
Stormwind13 9th Jan 2017, 6:39 AM edit delete reply

It might not be quite that way to the kids, KarToon. They have been raised in a society where bloody gladiatorial games are the norm. Plus Miraiko apparently had 'history' with the now deceased slave master. So she is less likely to slaughter them out of hand, they don't have that history with her.

When you are powerless, a guardian that could deal with threats like Miraiko might be tempting. So the fearful hope that Miraiko might help them seems to be entirely plausible to me.
That one guy 9th Jan 2017, 4:41 PM edit delete reply
Also, running can excite the predator instinct.

Calmly, respectfully, carefully, and purposefully backing away is a much better response.

Granted, Miraiko isn't likely to be someone that running would cause a problem, but as a general rule with an unknown I'd watch running.
Mark_L_A 8th Jan 2017, 9:23 PM edit delete reply

Why do I get the feeling Julia and Miraiko just became parents?
mjkj 8th Jan 2017, 9:28 PM edit delete reply

Well, seems Miraiko is good at adopting stray kittens (...or was that puppies?)

...or at least Julia is...

Stormwind13 9th Jan 2017, 6:21 AM edit delete reply

I was going to say mjkj, I think Miraiko is telling the bald truth. She has NO interest in the kids.

Julia on the other hand... she has proven to be altruistic. Once upon a time she picked up a stray kitten (slave girl) who turned out to be a sabertooth TIGER (as dickhead just discovered). If anyone is going to 'adopt' the kids it would be Julia.
antrik 10th Jan 2017, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
Sabertooth tiger? Nah, she can't be one -- she hasn't been exterminated about two thousand years earlier :-)
Gilrandir 9th Jan 2017, 2:02 PM edit delete reply
This will not happen because space aboard Miraiko's transport is limited. Julia may want children, but Miraiko uses berth control. ^_^
Thomas 9th Jan 2017, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
Oh that's horrible. I love it.
Sheela 10th Jan 2017, 6:53 AM edit delete reply

But Julia may have an idea where to bring the kids .. well .. as long as she doesn't take them to Setorius.
Tokyo Rose 10th Jan 2017, 5:33 PM edit delete reply

Berth control. Fucking brilliant. :D
Gilrandir 10th Jan 2017, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
Thank you. ^_^
Speedy Marsh 6th Apr 2017, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
But, if Miraiko rips any nonessential parts out of Julia's ship, she could give them a wide berth.
jamie59 8th Jan 2017, 9:26 PM edit delete reply

Nothing says cathartic like spraying blood all over the room.
robnot 8th Jan 2017, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
so uh scary lady,, tale us with you...
rightttt.!! she just flayed a thing to death an you never met her now you want to run away with her...... NOPE
or wood this be ,, ill go with the monster i know...?
Lurker 8th Jan 2017, 11:36 PM edit delete reply
Okay, they might be of legal age in some jurisdictions, but these are lower-class children. They have slave collars. They lack the knowledge to remove them. There father is not able to care for them, and may have offed himself after he had to sell them. The man who was about to commit atrocities on them has just been sliced & diced by a former victim. Why exactly would they NOT try to get said former victim to at least get them set up for, like a week's worth of food?
mjkj 8th Jan 2017, 9:26 PM edit delete reply

Uh, seems he is quite satisfied at the moment...

Well, Miraiko, you got yourself two fans... =P

cattservant 8th Jan 2017, 9:43 PM edit delete reply

Time to get going.
Dragonrider 8th Jan 2017, 10:16 PM edit delete reply

Question now is; A)How pisssed off is Miraiko gonna get with Julia when she brings the kids along, B)How big a ship does Miraiko have stashed away. This ain't gonna set well, Miraiko was looking forward to a long private trip home the Looooonnnnggggg way, with Julia. The first order of business was going to be getting Julia's clothes off her then shagging her until they both could not move. Plus some Japanese language and culture lessons to help Julia feel at home and fit right in the the House of Rose.
Speedy Marsh 6th Apr 2017, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
Years from now, when Julia sells the film rights to her story, the producers will name it:

"Miraiko: The Spy Who Shagged Me"

(sorry. couldn't stop myself)
*runs screaming, away from Miraiko*
*doesn't make it*
Haegan2005 8th Jan 2017, 10:25 PM edit delete reply

I agree with the others. Julia is not going to leave them there.

She has this thing about being abandoned. I just can't see her doing the same to them.
HiFranc 9th Jan 2017, 2:27 AM edit delete reply

I think Miraiko would compromise and have them sent to the Church.
Centcomm 9th Jan 2017, 1:50 PM edit delete reply

your right Julia does.
Greenwood Goat 9th Jan 2017, 6:46 AM edit delete reply
Well, it looks like Sykes has had the rare experience of the "not-so-little death by a thousand cuts", which caused him to come apart entirely, as well as coming his guts out and coming all over everything in a quite literal sense, splashing his hot, sticky mess over the whole surroundings... if he wasn't satisfied by that, I can state with certainty that he never will be! >:=D>

Now, what of these foundlings? Who out there might be prepared to take them in?

Yasakani: We could-

Tokyo Rose: No.

Yasakani: Bu-

Tokyo Rose: No.

Yasakani: Jus-

Tokyo Rose: No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. *bep* *bep* *bep* *bep* *bep* Ach! Empty your goddamn buffer so I can keep on telling you "no"! AND DON'T GO RUNNING OFF TO AENEAS HOPING TO GET A DIFFERENT ANSWER! I PROGRAMMED YOU BETTER THAN THAT!! D-X

Stormwind13 9th Jan 2017, 7:39 AM edit delete reply

LOL, Greenwood Goat.
Centcomm 9th Jan 2017, 10:20 AM edit delete reply

hahah ok i loved that!
Sheela 10th Jan 2017, 6:55 AM edit delete reply

..... nein!
Tokyo Rose 10th Jan 2017, 5:31 PM edit delete reply

Gilrandir 10th Jan 2017, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
I really enjoyed the Yasakani-Rose interaction ... just so you know. ^_^

Do A.I.s wanting to end a conversation tell each other "Talk to the buffer!"? ^_^ (versus "Talk to the hand!")
Naldru 9th Jan 2017, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
The best bet would be to send a message to Maxus asking him to help them. If they were to try to accompany Miraiko and Julia, Miraiko might kill them because being accompanied by them might risk Julia. Of course, I don't think Miraiko would have a hard time convincing them not to follow if she decided to be scary.

There is precedent
Centcomm 9th Jan 2017, 1:50 PM edit delete reply

That is a good idea. :D
robnot 9th Jan 2017, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
ore send them to the good doctor ( snicker ) / church (( i think ,, now that i read it ,,, thats what Hyfrank meant..))
HeSerpenty 9th Jan 2017, 1:04 PM edit delete reply

Hahaha this is good character writing x"D---she may have just saved them buuuut doesn't care about them. Lol, love it!
Centcomm 9th Jan 2017, 1:50 PM edit delete reply

This was actually Roses idea.. I just ran with it Serp :D
That one guy 9th Jan 2017, 4:47 PM edit delete reply
So Miraiko has slaughtered quite a lot of other people in the past few hours and had no noticeable blood spattered on her self or her clothes.

I feel like the fact that she happily splattered Sykes' blood all over herself and her clothes says something here. I'm not sure what it says, but it seems she probably could've avoided it if she wanted to, so it seems deliberate.
Gilrandir 9th Jan 2017, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
I agree with you, @That one guy. Miraiko definitely seems to be making some kind of fashion statement here.
Centcomm 10th Jan 2017, 2:42 AM edit delete reply

this was a slow. Messy kill. not at all like the surgical precision she used before. She did this because she WANTED to.
Stormwind13 10th Jan 2017, 5:32 AM edit delete reply

So it was a statement, CentComm. Just not a FASHION statement.

I guess Miraiko was a little angrier than even she realized. She enjoyed reducing dickhead to paste a little too much.
Dragonrider 10th Jan 2017, 5:48 AM edit delete reply

No she knew exactly what she was doing, this was with malice aforethought. Remember she told Julia to wait so she didn't get red on her, have a feeling if she wasn't in a hurry to get Julia to their new home she would have been MUCH slower and prolonged it to savor the revenge. And would have made sure the remains were on public display as a warning to others.
Gilrandir 10th Jan 2017, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
It was a statement ... and it was made with fashion. Not every girl has what it takes to accessorize with the gore of her enemies, nor does every girl appear to take such ... sensual enjoyment in it. (Although it seems fair to grant these are extraordinary circumstances.)

However, we should consider this ... at the beginning of the flaying process, Miraiko was armored up, so any blood splatter from Sykes would either soak into her clothing, or fall on metal. Afterwards, however, we see a goodly amount of blood splatter on bare flesh -- suggesting either that Miraiko placed it there herself after the fact, or that she reverted to flesh before finishing her revels with Sykes' remains. It seems fairly obvious the only reason the blood spatter is there is because she wanted it to be, not merely because she was unconcerned about it. (Although, of course, as always, the creative team are the only ones who can make pronouncements with certainty -- this is just my opinion.)

So, to me, that's definitely Miraiko saying something -- whether even she realizes it or not. Otherwise the Parisian nanites would undoubtedly have tidied the organic debris up to the limit of their abilities. ^_^
Dragonrider 10th Jan 2017, 3:25 PM edit delete reply

Consider this, she unarmored after she found how many strikes it took to get to the center of an asshole. Then finished the very messy but enjoyable task of disassembling him by hand, that would have produced the blood spatter we see. Fairly certain CSI Nova Roma ain't gonna have an easy job reconstructing this scene.
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