Comic 953 - And now....

15th Dec 2013, 9:11 PM
And now....
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)

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Centcomm 15th Dec 2013, 9:11 PM edit delete
Enjoy - dont worry we have not forgotten Mira-
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Stormwind13 15th Dec 2013, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

Because Minx wants you to ENJOY it when she jumps your bones, Ray. How DENSE can you be? :-D
Centcomm 15th Dec 2013, 9:33 PM edit delete reply

Pretty dense sometimes >_<
Stormwind13 15th Dec 2013, 9:38 PM edit delete reply

I was kind of expecting to start spouting the densities of the materials he is made of... :-p

Somebody get that boy a CLUE stick... About the size of a redwood should do, I think. :-D
Sheela 16th Dec 2013, 8:20 AM edit delete reply

You'd think he was made out of solid lead, right about now. :D
Stormwind13 16th Dec 2013, 3:00 PM edit delete reply

I was thinking Neutronium myself, Sheela. :-D
Antonious 16th Dec 2013, 6:23 PM edit delete reply

Some people would wear out a truck load of Clue by Fours and still not get it.
Stormwind13 16th Dec 2013, 7:40 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, but NOT a very good trait in a police officer, Antonious. :-D
Antonious 17th Dec 2013, 8:19 AM edit delete reply

He is focused, just not on current interpersonal communications.

Hey Ray, get your mind off that and on this. We'll work from there.
Centcomm 17th Dec 2013, 12:25 PM edit delete reply

To be fair - it was left out because it was just clutter - ray is listening to NTPD broadcasts and other alerts via a internal comm ..
Hornet 16th Dec 2013, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
Sounds about right.
HiFranc 13th Jul 2017, 5:19 AM edit delete reply

She should have watched Larissa's Science Show.
jamie59 15th Dec 2013, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

LOL! Somebody's looking for more than a Ken Doll.
Centcomm 15th Dec 2013, 9:33 PM edit delete reply

Ya think ? He can still .. perform. LOL
Don B. 15th Dec 2013, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
To be fair, He IS Minx's hero. She's likely had her eye on him since he kicked the door in and took on that combat droid. Considering what that Malkin prick put her through, it's not too surprising.
Centcomm 17th Dec 2013, 12:23 PM edit delete reply

To Minx meeting Dolly and Officer Ray are the luckyest things to ever happen to her.
Stormwind13 15th Dec 2013, 9:30 PM edit delete reply

I think Minx really looks good here. Even with the dents (added back in). :-)

I think I liked the dancing outfit though (every backyard should have a swing like that. :-D).
Centcomm 15th Dec 2013, 9:33 PM edit delete reply

Both Minx and Ray suffered from the HD crash so had to be recreated from scratch - so sorry for any diffrences :D
Stormwind13 16th Dec 2013, 3:55 AM edit delete reply

Understood, but that outfit might have been even BETTER in making Minx's point to Ray. :-D Attracted by skin, the more on display the stronger the attraction.
Sheela 16th Dec 2013, 8:16 AM edit delete reply

Well, ro be fair, we don't actually know if Ray is actually attracted to skin.
Stormwind13 16th Dec 2013, 3:05 PM edit delete reply

Ray was attracted to SOMETHING on display here and here. There was a LOT of skin on display, so I'm surmising that he certainly isn't turned OFF by skin, Sheela. :-)
Sheela 16th Dec 2013, 4:02 PM edit delete reply

Oh I'm operating under the assumption that he likes skin aplenty myself, but assumptions aren't actual knowledge. So until he speaks his mind on it, we simply don't know.

But we can certainly ship them in the meantime. :)
Centcomm 17th Dec 2013, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

Oh he is .. he approves of Minx very much so - thats kinda the issue :D
antrik 10th Oct 2016, 12:01 AM edit delete reply
Well, the new models look more human... Not sure about officer Romeo, but at least in case of Miss 4C here, I guess that's a good thing :-)
Highlander55 16th Dec 2013, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
Last panel he appears to be checking out her perfect tits.
Dragonrider 15th Dec 2013, 9:34 PM edit delete reply

If Ray doesn't know why Minx is at attention he needs a looong lesson in what a model 4's pleasure receptors can do.

If Calli is drinking to get drunk then Mira is the only message that was sent, or Evil-1 intercepted all the rest. You know in a quick retrospect Centcomm has to be aware of Calli's drinking problem and if she isn't keeping Calli busy and off the sauce then it would seem self evident she feels a Drunken Calli Taylor who doesn't know her potential and a dead Lynn Taylor plays right into her plans for eternal power. With Silver ready to supplant Taylor anyway she has her maintenance issues solved and can let Calli drink herself to death with no one in the Taylor gene pool to ever rein her in.
Centcomm 15th Dec 2013, 10:03 PM edit delete reply

Well do note shes drinking Synth.. its pretty harmless on the grand scale... Now if Calli was hitting the REAL stuff that would be a big red warning light ..
Dragonrider 15th Dec 2013, 10:30 PM edit delete reply

Even with Synth she has to be drowning brain cells, and when she quits getting her "fix" using synth she hits the black market for the real stuff, Centcomm ain't gonna stop her.
Sheela 16th Dec 2013, 4:22 PM edit delete reply

Something that nags me, is that Calliope is constantly beind portayed as incapable and overly emotional, almost to the point of being able to do even the tinyest of things.

However, one of the reasons that Dr Silver complains about her, is because she always get the fame - And I doubt she'd get all that fame *only* on her good name - There has to be an intelligent person underneath that fragile looking surface, and intelligent persons are almost always better informed and connected than you want them to be if they're your opponents.

Methinks some of this impression of fragility might be a carefully constructed illusion and that she's a lot more devious and hardened than she lets on.
After all, she used to romp around in the wastes with her husband and a band of mercenaries - Not exactly the usual thing that fragile little ladies do.
And I wonder, wouldn't she still have connections to those mercenaries ?
Antonious 16th Dec 2013, 6:34 PM edit delete reply

The thing you have to take into account is that conflict, gains and losses in Calli's occupational world are one thing, conflict, gains and losses experience in Calli's familial world are several orders of magnitude different. And it is a damn good thing they are or Calli would come off as insensitive as Vinnie. All cause and effect with no concern for inconsequentials.
Dragonrider 16th Dec 2013, 7:54 PM edit delete reply

Think if she still had Merc contacts Dolly would have known and the contact would have been the one who's stomach Dolly fell asleep on.
Stormwind13 16th Dec 2013, 8:22 PM edit delete reply

I'm not sure that constitutes falling asleep, Dragonrider. Passing out is more like it. Body saying enough of this shit, I'm taking a break whether you like it or not! :-D
Stormwind13 16th Dec 2013, 8:01 PM edit delete reply

I can't say your entirely wrong Sheela. I think you are failing to realize how much her husband's loss hit her though.

I too think Calliope is an attractive, extremely capable, incredibly intelligent but emotionally shattered young woman. Remember she watched the man she loved die in front of her.

I've got a friend that had that happen to. It wasn't by violence, but still the parallel is there. She hunts, kills, dresses and hauls her own deer. She has raised her 3 daughters. She is NOT a weak individual.

When her husband dropped dead in the fishing boat 3 miles from the car, she managed to get back to shore, summon help (which was sadly FAR too late) and then she... broke. It has been 5 years, she can still do amazing things, but then something will remind her of her loss... and she can just fall apart. Losing a loved one that traumatically, most people can't even begin to imagine what it is like.

Sometimes it hits the most capable people the hardest. They are so used to being able to handle things... and then something happens that they COULDN'T prevent... it hits them so hard they are lost. Sometimes for years, sometimes forever. So I don't think it is an illusion at all, Sheela.

Calliope had put her life kind of back together and now she has lost her daughter, may never get her back. For all her abilities, all her intelligence, Calliope didn't prevent it. Intelligent people can be very good at punishing themselves after the fact for things they didn't (and probably never could) see coming.
Centcomm 16th Dec 2013, 8:18 PM edit delete reply

Actually if you re-read the first 15 pages .. it actually puts things in a new perspective .. :D

And yeah your dead on Storm.
Sheela 16th Dec 2013, 8:20 PM edit delete reply

What I'm trying to get at, is that sure enough, she could have been hit hard and all, and still be sneaky enough to pretend she was hit harder than she was, thus making her enemies lower their guard, which in turn lets her get revenge.

Nothing sweeter than revenge on the people who took her daughter away.
Nothing more important than to get the upper hand on them, so she can get her daughter back.

As for experiencing loss, I've been there myself ... woodchipper ... lots of blood, lost limb - He survived, but, it was bad.
Stormwind13 16th Dec 2013, 8:26 PM edit delete reply

I'm sorry for his loss and the pain you both have had to live with. Cherish each moment, you never know when they might end.
Centcomm 16th Dec 2013, 8:27 PM edit delete reply

Sorry to hear that guys..
Dragonrider 16th Dec 2013, 8:23 PM edit delete reply

Also remember, she allowed Lynn to talk her into issuing her a special driving pass before she was old enough to hold one. This meant Lynn could go to her boyfriends by herself and had no guardian when the gutters struck.
Centcomm 16th Dec 2013, 8:28 PM edit delete reply

Calli was trying to give Lynn a chance to be adult - trust me she is kicking herself hardcore for not insisting Dolly went as well.

And Dolly is a bit angry Calli let her go without her ( Dolly that is )
Stormwind13 16th Dec 2013, 8:33 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, but realistically... I mean did Calliope make a bad decision? She wanted Lynn to grow up, become an independent young woman.

The trip should have been trivial (would however made for a VERY boring comic), but it wasn't... NOW Calliope is beating herself up for it. And remembering all the mistakes she has ever made and all the losses she has suffered... :-7

So does that decision make her a bad mother or a a good one with stronger enemies than she realized?

Everyone can have a different opinion on that, and ultimately all the other opinions matter for nothing. It is her opinion that is haunting her right now.
Centcomm 17th Dec 2013, 12:17 PM edit delete reply

Centcomm 17th Dec 2013, 12:21 PM edit delete reply

Colliope Taylor is very OCD about her work and very miticulous in her research cent says - i want THIS modified to do this and Calli will do it. remember one of the things Lynn said was that Calli was constantly working and that Dolly was boring.. now truth be told Dolly isnt a boreing person,. She has not taken Lynn out of the city but Dolly made sure she got self defense classes and other skills. dispite apperances Lynn is a very capable Young lady. and Dolly has done her best to bring that forward.
cattservant 15th Dec 2013, 10:05 PM edit delete reply

Her parents are said to still survive,
Though in what degree of sentience
Was not mentioned.
cattservant 15th Dec 2013, 10:07 PM edit delete reply

The HT natives are getting restless!
Maybe a Visitor would be a distraction...
cattservant 15th Dec 2013, 10:19 PM edit delete reply

Is Ray drinking a nice hot cup of Circuit Juice?
The graphics on the cup sure look like it.
Sheela 16th Dec 2013, 8:18 AM edit delete reply

Well, Connie did mention a need for food to keep the biological parts alive.
Centcomm 17th Dec 2013, 12:17 PM edit delete reply

That is correct - Ray can eat just like Minx - what you cant see ( they got left out of the shot ) was the food on the table.
Rashala 16th Dec 2013, 1:06 AM edit delete reply

Oh sheesh jinx wants him to upgrade so she can shag him .....Oi and vey
Centcomm 17th Dec 2013, 12:16 PM edit delete reply

ya think?
Marcus Ramesy 16th Dec 2013, 8:22 AM edit delete reply

"positives out weigh the negitives"

that depends on your line of work..
Stormwind13 16th Dec 2013, 9:00 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, yeah damage sponge. :-)

Miss out on things though, like what Minx is (ready to) offer Ray.
Sheela 16th Dec 2013, 4:16 PM edit delete reply

Well, considering her epically bad luck, he might be better off in a hardshell. :D
Highlander55 16th Dec 2013, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
Opinion time... again! Minx has been one really out of touch with the good luck vibes. My thoughts are that- as this story unfolds she will find her center and shrug off the Jinx she has been suffering with since she sparked. She will do something(s) that will finally ground her to be able to accomplish that end. <Opinion over>
Centcomm 17th Dec 2013, 12:16 PM edit delete reply

No comment :D
KarToon12 16th Dec 2013, 9:33 AM edit delete reply

I almost forgot about these two. Haven't seen them in FOREVER.
Centcomm 17th Dec 2013, 12:15 PM edit delete reply

I know right?
Hornet 16th Dec 2013, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
Sippy cup modeled after a 1950's oil can...
Centcomm 17th Dec 2013, 12:15 PM edit delete reply

LOL - actually its based on a fast food cup that you can get in some areas.
Dragonrider 16th Dec 2013, 11:18 AM edit delete reply

Uh what's with the lizard scales on Ray's ear and neck? Is he transmogrifying into a slash lizard or something?
Centcomm 16th Dec 2013, 1:05 PM edit delete reply

That was a left over displacement map - its fixed later on - its actually a hexigonal pattern - after all Ray does not have skin - its just a light plastic coating over the duraplast that covers 90 percent of him :D
Sheela 16th Dec 2013, 4:14 PM edit delete reply

I kinda liked the scales, it reminds you that he is still a hardshell with a thin coat on top.
Kanela 16th Dec 2013, 12:28 PM edit delete reply

I can see RAY agaaaaaaaaaaaaaain~~~~!! yaaay!!! XD
but I kinda liked him better with the past design haha aaaanyway, I still ship Minx&Ray woohooo!! :D
Centcomm 16th Dec 2013, 1:06 PM edit delete reply

YAY - welcome back and yep ship all you want :D
Sheela 16th Dec 2013, 4:11 PM edit delete reply

I'm in agreement with Kanela so far, I think the "new" Minx turned out well, but something got lost in the translation of Ray ... though it could be the shadows making merry with him - So I reckon I'll hold "final judgement" until we can see him properly. :)
Centcomm 17th Dec 2013, 12:15 PM edit delete reply

yeah - sometimes im hit or miss with guys - ill probably refine him some more as time goes on.
Stormwind13 17th Dec 2013, 3:37 PM edit delete reply

Gives CentComm a gun, and 10,000 rounds of ammo plus 3D targets of Douchebag, Creepy Priest Guy, Gavin (yeah, I know he is dead, but I want him to suffer some more) and Marcus (you KNOW he deserves it :-D)...

"Now get out there and I want more HITS than misses on these guys, got it?" :-D "Keep practicing until you get it right!"
Don B. 16th Dec 2013, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
Any idea on how much time has elapsed since Lynn's kidnapping? We've been bouncing between characters enough that I'm unclear on that. Couple of weeks? A month? I ask because The Douchebag doesn't strike me as possessing a whole lot of patience.
Centcomm 16th Dec 2013, 2:45 PM edit delete reply

its been about a week and no the prince doesnt like waiting but he also understands that buracratics have to happen..
Stormwind13 16th Dec 2013, 3:20 PM edit delete reply

And Prince Douchebag is also nursing some serious bruises I think. Max chastised him for trying to rape his half sister. :-p So he has other issues to keep his mind occupied for a little while at least. I wish Max had put him in the body and fender shop, permanently (I think the contingencies might be a dead letter if he was in a coma). Hard to arrange though without going too far.
Dragonrider 16th Dec 2013, 3:32 PM edit delete reply

Dpuchy is busy plotting revenge against Max, Acantha and Lynn and with two of them out of reach he won't be swift to act.
I do wonder what will happen when and if Douchy orders Kali to take out Max and assume control of the Praetorian Guard. Will she consider it an Imperial Order that must be followed or consider it will harm Nova Rome and therefore cannot fulfil the order.?
Sheela 16th Dec 2013, 4:13 PM edit delete reply

Well, Max and douchy had a plan to keep him busy for a while.

As for what Kali would do, well, she would have to follow the order to the letter. However, it's up to her to decide which letters means what - Kinda like having Satan read the Bible.
Centcomm 17th Dec 2013, 12:14 PM edit delete reply

Max and Kali are going to TRY to keep him busy and distracted. Nova Roma has a VERY good reason to kidnap Lynn besides Drek being a jackass and that reason is the ONLY reason that Maxus hasnt sent Lynn back with a honor guard, there is a lot of things at work here.
velvetsanity 17th Dec 2013, 3:31 PM edit delete reply

And the name of that reason: Aeneas?
cattservant 17th Dec 2013, 8:18 PM edit delete reply

There is an unaccounted for Taylor lineage ova somewhere in Nova Roma...
Tokyo Rose 17th Dec 2013, 4:22 PM edit delete reply

Actually, Kali could *not* assume command of the military in Maxus's place. She's an android. There's a downside to legalizing and institutionalizing prejudice--not only is it unlawful to put an android in that command role, but the military simply would not accept her authority.
Draginbeard 16th Dec 2013, 10:41 PM edit delete reply

Its been a very, VERY, busy week since Lynn got nabbed!
Centcomm 16th Dec 2013, 11:48 PM edit delete reply

yes it has - very much so !
cattservant 17th Dec 2013, 1:50 AM edit delete reply

Dear Creative Management Team;
I am very impressed by your latest asymmetrical and unexpected Plot Trajectory Adjustment!
All you did was go inside and up a few floors, and just look at the Comments Nest you stirred up!
Impressive indeed!

[Or rather, inside and down a few floors.]
Centcomm 17th Dec 2013, 12:12 PM edit delete reply

hehe - yup we dont do anything by half here - its the full tilt story!
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