Comic 975 - Queen of Staves...

4th Feb 2014, 9:00 PM
Queen of Staves...
Average Rating: 5 (19 votes)

Author Notes:

Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 9:00 PM edit delete
And yes .. Calliope can be very dangerous. and right now shes starting a cold fire.. were I in the princes shoes .. I would be worryed.
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 10:53 PM edit delete
Page 11 has now been redone ... with the new Look for Dolly :D check it out!
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Dragonrider 4th Feb 2014, 9:01 PM edit delete reply

Oh yes Mama Bear is very dangerous when protecting cubs. Edit note Douchebag's name just got changed, he is "Dead Man Walking #1"
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 9:22 PM edit delete reply

Pretty much.. :D
Sheela 5th Feb 2014, 2:33 PM edit delete reply

Well ... do I finally get to say "I told you so!" ?
Stormwind13 6th Feb 2014, 5:17 PM edit delete reply

Dragonrider, I think his name was that when he pissed off Maxus. I mean, would YOU want Maxus volcanically angry with you? =O Not ME! Pissing off Calliope just ensures that Douchebag has NO place to hide and will suffer a (justifiably) horrible fate one way or the other.
cattservant 4th Feb 2014, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

Time to bring the scythe lizards out from under the briar roses!

[Mira has a busy mind.]

(Mira can't hear them,
but I bet Krystal is getting every syllable!)
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 9:22 PM edit delete reply

yeah Mira is a fun person :D
Antonious 4th Feb 2014, 9:49 PM edit delete reply

Cat, this has nothing to do with DC but I thought everyone might get a chuckle out of the coincidence. I am reading a series of stories and having just finished one I went to the index to select the next. Its title was ... Briar Patch.
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 10:11 PM edit delete reply

ok thats a good one :D Antonius :D
cattservant 5th Feb 2014, 12:56 AM edit delete reply

Now we will see who was 'born and bred in the briar patch'!
Stormwind13 4th Feb 2014, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

Great page CentComm, Rose. Can see the emotions and feel them in the dialogue.
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 10:11 PM edit delete reply

Thank you .. im glad that came accross .. :D
Dragonrider 4th Feb 2014, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

I panel two is Calli holding a disruptor? Edit note in panel two Mira tosses away the idea that Rotter took her in as an orphan. She has Momma no Dad mentioned.
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 9:22 PM edit delete reply

Calliope is holding Fallons pistol. a custom over / under slug thrower .. she brought it JUST in case Mira was hostile..

and yep Mira had a mom and dad.. or a wandering dad.. ( this happens a lot in the wastes )
Dragonrider 4th Feb 2014, 9:34 PM edit delete reply

One of Fallons guns, Bet one of the first calls is gonna be to Breakers after she gets the next couple pages in after she outfits Mira, Ray and Minx in some of the best Mil Spec Armour in stock and upgrades hers to current.
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 10:11 PM edit delete reply

LOL .. :D
cattservant 5th Feb 2014, 12:58 AM edit delete reply

A tom-dad!
Sheela 5th Feb 2014, 2:35 PM edit delete reply

There's any other type of dad in the wastes ?

Offcourse, this makes the Mira & Rotter relation even more mysterious. Will there be a canon story on that ?
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 2:57 PM edit delete reply

maybe... :D
Tokyo Rose 5th Feb 2014, 3:00 PM edit delete reply

He runs the general store, she rents the mechanic shop premises from him and runs it. They'd know each other fairly well just because it's hard not to know other businesspeople in a small enough town, especially when they're the only service provider in town for something you need regularly (food, repair work). There isn't really a "relationship" there other than a business one, and an acidic not-exactly-friendship.
cattservant 5th Feb 2014, 3:13 PM edit delete reply

Well that's a definitive salvo!
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 3:22 PM edit delete reply

and Rotter is nasty enough to rent the place out from under her if he wasnt being paid so well *thank you Dolly* Rotter is a snake that would get bit and charge the snake for biting him.
Dragonrider 5th Feb 2014, 3:47 PM edit delete reply

Sounds reasonablr think Calli should buy Rotter out and let Ceci work with Mira keeping the wastes clear of vermin, like Gutters. Of course if, in gratitude for services rendered Centcomm made Mira the official New Troy Wastes Patrol and sent Vinnie to help Mira and Ceci just think of all the side stories they could have with Breaker and Crew.
Sheela 5th Feb 2014, 4:17 PM edit delete reply

Interestingly, sometimes people like Rotter make some of the best hirables in the field, as they will follow an agreement to the fucking letter ... even if the rest of the world has gone crazy around them, because all they really have is their word as their wealth when it really comes down to it.
jamie59 4th Feb 2014, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

Cent can be a young child & an old woman at the same time. Love Mira's inner conversation.
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

VERY much so.. you just keyed on a VERY important part of cents personality..

and Miras little thing was fun - but Mira cant hear Calli and Cent.. :D
Stormwind13 6th Feb 2014, 5:19 PM edit delete reply

Very good observation, jamie. Didn't 'think' about it that way, but it is so very true.
Rashala 4th Feb 2014, 10:13 PM edit delete reply

Now you see THIS is why I stay on the Taylor's Good side.....I mean yeah they are nice but Piss them off and well... That smoking crater over there kinda proves my point ...that USED to be a continent.....its now Hole 17 in the new Earth Mini put put golf course
Stormwind13 5th Feb 2014, 4:03 AM edit delete reply

Calliope fits one of my buttons, "Piss me off, pay the CONSEQUENCES!"
Tokyo Rose 5th Feb 2014, 4:40 AM edit delete reply

The Earth Mini Golf Course is pretty popular, but the Crians always bitch about the windmill and the Epiphytes get distracted by the landscaping.
Mister Black 5th Feb 2014, 7:05 AM edit delete reply

I thought the Epiphytes *were* the landscaping!
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 11:01 AM edit delete reply

har har ... LOL good one :D
Sheela 5th Feb 2014, 2:39 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, they are - but the epiphytes don't come with holes, so that's why the Crians are getting all confused. >_<

Noone know where the windmill came from though, all they know is it's called 'The Stig'.
Rashala 5th Feb 2014, 2:55 PM edit delete reply

YEah Well *walks over to the driving RAnge A boung and gagged DEci on the Tee on his back and passes Calli a spare driver and backsup* Now then do nto mind me I am gonna work on my Driving shots with Calli *and lines up his driver on Deci's groin swings back * FOUR!!!!
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 2:58 PM edit delete reply

velvetsanity 5th Feb 2014, 6:48 PM edit delete reply

Some say he puts the wind in windmills while holding his breath...and that his dreams create them. All we know is he's called the Stig!
Sheela 6th Feb 2014, 7:33 AM edit delete reply

He thought the wings on the windmill were spokes in a wheel, and it was just doing a really long burnout.

He really couldn't stand having someone else do a longer burnout than him.
velvetsanity 6th Feb 2014, 7:50 PM edit delete reply

Could be, Sheela, could be. although I'd expect him to be more interested in keeping the car moving than just spinning his wheels. :D
Sheela 6th Feb 2014, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

Anything that includes wheel and competition and he's interested, be it burnouts, donuts or lap times.
CyberSkull 4th Feb 2014, 10:53 PM edit delete reply

About time. Mama crush!
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 10:55 PM edit delete reply

Calliope : RAWR!
Sheela 5th Feb 2014, 2:40 PM edit delete reply

Technically, there's two Mama Bears at large now .. Calliope and .. Dolly. :)

Dolly is even *more* <RAWR> !
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 3:20 PM edit delete reply

Rawr fest!
Dragonrider 5th Feb 2014, 3:39 PM edit delete reply

Sheela, Two Mama Bears and as Ceci calls Dolly Mommy, would that make her a step-sister or step cousin?
Sheela 5th Feb 2014, 4:19 PM edit delete reply

It would make her Ceci. :D
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 9:50 PM edit delete reply

pretty much .. :D
CyberSkull 4th Feb 2014, 10:53 PM edit delete reply

Does "everything" include what Tokyo Rose is doing?
Centcomm 4th Feb 2014, 10:54 PM edit delete reply

Cent has no clue what Rose is up to.. so no. :D
CyberSkull 4th Feb 2014, 10:59 PM edit delete reply

Oh dear.
Dragonrider 4th Feb 2014, 11:20 PM edit delete reply

No, no deer run too fast.
Sheela 5th Feb 2014, 2:41 PM edit delete reply

I think Centcomm would approve of what Rose is trying to do .. apart from the bit that it involves Kyle.
Thor 4th Feb 2014, 11:34 PM edit delete reply
I do not imagine that Calli will be very amused when she finds out that Cent's orders were to kill Lynn if they couldn't retrieve her.
Stormwind13 5th Feb 2014, 4:05 AM edit delete reply

Amused, no chance of that. Understand (under the circumstances of someone trying to gain control of CentComm's full weapon systems), probably. But Calliope's anger will be against Douchebag and his gutters.
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 11:01 AM edit delete reply

bingo .. :D
mjkj 5th Feb 2014, 12:45 AM edit delete reply


Mama's girl just found the loop hole :D

*hugs Mira and Krystal*

Calliope has found her strength back and is going on the war-path...

So, douche bag and the church - beware!!!

Kamy 5th Feb 2014, 2:07 AM edit delete reply
Briar edge / Rose .... Is there any relation ?
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 11:02 AM edit delete reply

nope sorry .. no relation :D
Sheela 5th Feb 2014, 2:42 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, the Briar Hedge can't relate to Tokyo Rose at all.

... just don't eat her chicken soup.
Stormwind13 5th Feb 2014, 3:56 AM edit delete reply

Mira has a mother that worries about the same thing MOST Mom's worry about. :-D
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 11:02 AM edit delete reply

yes she does :D
dakyri 5th Feb 2014, 7:21 AM edit delete reply

well done cent and rose on a great page ... whacky blend of comedy and dire drama. i love that our instory cent is a funny blend of bureaucrat from hell, war machine and child ... sends her a big hug (because noone else seems to) ... i wonders what calli will do or build ... if dolly's body is what she makes when she's in retreat from the world, and that was enough to blow a cent's matrix, then what she makes when she's on a mission will be very very interesting
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

this is one of the intersting things about AIS systems .. they can be many things truthfully and without deception.. :D

And thank you Storm!
Sheela 5th Feb 2014, 2:46 PM edit delete reply

It is an interesting question though, what could she build now that she's seriously motivated ?

Offcourse, since she's mostly a software designer, she'd need someone who's good at building/make the mechanical stuff work.

Hmmm, someone just like .. Mira .. you'd almost think someone planned for that ? Offcourse, what are the chances that a skilled mechanic from the wastes found her way in to one of the very best soft engineers ?

About 1:1 when Centcomm is involved, I'm thinking. :)
Stormwind13 6th Feb 2014, 5:31 PM edit delete reply

I like the way your mind works there, Sheela. Mira and Calliope together could be TRULY frightening what they could cobble up to deal with problems. :-D
highlander55 5th Feb 2014, 7:52 AM edit delete reply

Ok! Everybody is concentrating on the 3 of them but I want to know what is Krystal going to do next? Sneaky leaving her out except for a little portion in the 2nd panel.
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 11:04 AM edit delete reply

hehe dont worry about krystal..
Stormwind13 5th Feb 2014, 3:17 PM edit delete reply

When someone as EVIL as you, CentComm, says not to worry about something to me that means not only should you REALLY worry about it, but that diving for cover is probably a good idea! :-D
Talewinds 5th Feb 2014, 8:26 AM edit delete reply
Wonder what will happen if Calli meets Kali.
Both have a young un to protect.
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 11:04 AM edit delete reply

yep that they do.. ( dodgees question with a +100 to dodge ) :D
Stormwind13 5th Feb 2014, 3:09 PM edit delete reply

I think they might come to a understanding. Kali's kid (Acantha) and Calliope's kid (Lynn) aren't enemies... In fact, they are friends on their way to being sisters, in my opinion.

I'm thinking Kali won't claim Douchebag... not as a child at least (though he frequently acts that way). Sadly, Kali isn't completely in control of all her actions. At least for now. :-)
highlander55 5th Feb 2014, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
Actually it would be Dolly and Kali not Calli!
Talewinds 5th Feb 2014, 8:33 PM edit delete reply
Wanna bet?
velvetsanity 6th Feb 2014, 7:52 PM edit delete reply

It remains to be seen. Who knows, it might end up being Ada and Kali. Or even Aeneas and Kali.
Dragonrider 5th Feb 2014, 8:55 AM edit delete reply

A.)OK what is the mini text? tried to enlarge it but got nowhere. {You knew someone would try}

B.) Will Krystal be involved with Calli's meetings.

C.) How about a reader bonus day and and extra update this week on DC?
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 11:06 AM edit delete reply

the micro text you would have to ask Rose about .. I have no idea.,.. its probably what cent and Cali are already talking about .. in anycase its private between the two of them.. :D

B) wait for it...

C) That proably depends on a lot of factors .. Im trying to raise money for various things and money is time >_<
Tokyo Rose 5th Feb 2014, 3:03 PM edit delete reply

Hilariously, I was prepared to post a comment to the effect of "I'm surprised nobody's tried to read what they're saying".

In homage to an old film/theater trick, I typed the word "rhubarb" several times over, then duplicated the text layer and offset it enough to blur the letters. :D
Stormwind13 5th Feb 2014, 3:11 PM edit delete reply

I tried to read it but at 4:30 in the morning, had to give it up. Was going to see if it made more sense this evening when I got home. Now I won't spend time on it, though that was pretty funny. :-)
Dragonrider 5th Feb 2014, 3:29 PM edit delete reply

*Gives Rose a Raspberry* Smart Alec. Storm I trien last night I copied page in GIMP cut the text section out and scaled image up nothing went up to a 35% enlargement and it still was blurred so ask today.
Don B. 5th Feb 2014, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
I'd actually be surprised if most of us DIDN'T try to read it. There have been quite a few questions about little background details over the course of the comic. I tried immediately after giving the page my initial once over. Now that I know what's up, I can see "rhubarb" in CentComm's bubble but hot Calli's. Wouldn't have if Rose hadn't said anything.
velvetsanity 6th Feb 2014, 7:54 PM edit delete reply

Lorem Ipsum. I always wondered if they actually wrote things out for props or not...
Centcomm 6th Feb 2014, 8:05 PM edit delete reply

sometimes... :D
velvetsanity 6th Feb 2014, 8:09 PM edit delete reply

I guess it depends on whether whatever it is will be visible on camera.
VanEzzania 5th Feb 2014, 9:12 AM edit delete reply

While Calli and Cent have a tender moment that tears me up, Mira has maternal problems
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 11:26 AM edit delete reply

yep that about summs it up :D
highlander55 5th Feb 2014, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
If Mira is thinking about maternal issues then she knows her clock is ticking down.
Tokyo Rose 5th Feb 2014, 3:06 PM edit delete reply

Mrs. Ankur is just one of those stereotypical mothers. "You nevah call. When are you gonna get married and give me some grandkids? You nevah come visit. Your sistah married a doctah, ya know. He's gotta friend who's in banking. Lemme give you his numbah." (I should not try to write New York/Boston accents.)
Dragonrider 5th Feb 2014, 3:26 PM edit delete reply

Hee-Hee Rose its called TJM Syndrome The Jewish Mother, a Yenta who puts their own guilt on everyone else especially their children.
highlander55 5th Feb 2014, 5:11 PM edit delete reply
Well Calli got hitched to a Waster, why couldn't Mira catch a high brow from New Troy! Hey! ya never know right?
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 9:52 PM edit delete reply

thats right ! Mira could always try to swing a New Troy Biz person :D
Sheela 6th Feb 2014, 3:19 AM edit delete reply

Boy or Girl ... or one of each ?
Stormwind13 6th Feb 2014, 5:33 PM edit delete reply

From Mira's thoughts there, I would suspect she is into males, Sheela. Not going to guarantee it, but seems likely. :-)
Centcomm 6th Feb 2014, 8:04 PM edit delete reply

lot of women are Ac/Dc simply because of a lack of avalable guys..
Sheela 6th Feb 2014, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

Not surprising ... but is Mira .. AC/DC ?
Hornet 5th Feb 2014, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
That was a big honking gun Calli was hiding.
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 11:26 AM edit delete reply

shes been holding it the entire time :D this is just the first time its been very visable :D
Sheela 5th Feb 2014, 2:48 PM edit delete reply

And when she pulls the trigger, it goes HONK-HONK !!!

... REALLY loudly!
Stormwind13 5th Feb 2014, 3:14 PM edit delete reply

Considering whose gun it was, Sheela... I have a feeling it does things LOUDLY, but honking is probably not what it does. :-D
Stormwind13 5th Feb 2014, 4:06 PM edit delete reply

Damn, you weren't kidding. I missed it back 4 pages in the top panel (Taking Charge), it is peeking out next to Calliope there. I didn't see it anywhere else until the current page when it got noticed. :-)

That is a pretty big gun for one little (unarmed) Waster. :-D Glad Calliope didn't need it (though probably not as glad as Mira is).
Centcomm 6th Feb 2014, 8:04 PM edit delete reply

pretty much.. calli had no idea who this would be .. :D
KarToon12 5th Feb 2014, 10:10 AM edit delete reply

The way the world is here, I don't think you want grandkids right now. XD
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 11:27 AM edit delete reply

hehe-- well to be fair there are lots and lots of people that have no clue how close the world is coming to the edge :D
Sheela 5th Feb 2014, 2:49 PM edit delete reply

Heck, if the kids are as stubborn as Mira, they'd probably end up beating the world into place, just by existing. :D
cattservant 5th Feb 2014, 3:09 PM edit delete reply

Not to mention someone with Mira's skills could very likely make a good living off planet.
Stormwind13 5th Feb 2014, 3:13 PM edit delete reply

That is both hilarious and all too true, Sheela. Mira in her own smart but practical way, takes over the planet. :-D
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 9:52 PM edit delete reply

thats it! Mira plans to take over the world !! :D
Sheela 6th Feb 2014, 3:21 AM edit delete reply

Nah, Mira doesn't plan to take over the world.
It just .. happens .. by accident.
velvetsanity 6th Feb 2014, 7:56 PM edit delete reply

'Close to the edge'? I'd say we're walking on the edge of a razor blade right now :P
Dragonrider 5th Feb 2014, 4:00 PM edit delete reply

To follow up on comments from yesterday:

I am NOT hugging CEnty til CEci and DOlly and all are back and intact *ANd ceci is FREE!!!* And I am not gonna change my stance!

PS. After reading the above Rose mental imagery....I really think we should sell al ive feed into her brain as a TV network we'd make a fortune

Centcomm ~~~
we so would... SO much money!

Sheela~~~ A Tokyo Rose chanel would be instantly banned in all 51 US states for being Socialist Propaganda!

And for being one long, continious censoring *beeep* tone.
While the above idea sounds quite entertaining I'm afraid the department of Defense won't allow that because that is what they have planned as a secret weapon in case of surprise attack from North Korea, Venezuela, or Iran
Sheela 5th Feb 2014, 4:23 PM edit delete reply

I'm sorry, North Korea got nuked by China, and Iran is the good guys.
hoppy 5th Feb 2014, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
Cent has a follower mind set as opposed to a leader mindset which makes sense if you think about what she was made for. That's as why her plan is a bloody mess to because she doesn't have one.
Centcomm 5th Feb 2014, 9:53 PM edit delete reply

She actually does have a plan.. a LOT it hinges on what Marcus and crew does as well as Dolly..
Draginbeard 5th Feb 2014, 11:58 PM edit delete reply

Heh, Miras' train of thought stops at random stations, I see. lol
Centcomm 6th Feb 2014, 1:10 AM edit delete reply

Oh yeah .. shes all over the place :D
Sheela 6th Feb 2014, 3:23 AM edit delete reply

Heh, just wait and see what happens if she gets a good look at Calliope's workshop.

Big whoops, and drooling will occur. :D
Stormwind13 6th Feb 2014, 5:38 PM edit delete reply

I fear Calliope's lab will be so specialized as to largely go over Mira's (and about everyone ELSE's too) head.

Now if Calliope took her to the motor pool where her personal transportation is stored, Mira would likely feel that she had died and gone to Heaven! :-D
Centcomm 6th Feb 2014, 8:03 PM edit delete reply

this is true the Tower has several hangars of vehicles :D
Dragonrider 6th Feb 2014, 8:46 PM edit delete reply

Any Tanks, APC's so Dolly's doesn't feel lonely, fighters, flying saucers? Mobile Cannon, mobile rocket launchers how many armored divisions can the Taylors equip from their private stocks? And why the H wasn't Lynn in one of those when she headed to New Sparta?
Stormwind13 6th Feb 2014, 8:53 PM edit delete reply

Because it would have made for a boring comic, Dragonrider. :-D
xpacetrue 13th Apr 2014, 12:57 PM edit delete reply

Panel 2:

What language is Calli and Cent using that Mira can't understand? Or are they just whispering?
Centcomm 13th Apr 2014, 1:57 PM edit delete reply

They are just speaking in whispers.. :D the hall kinda echos so Mira can tell they ARE talking just not understand them :D
Mark_L_A 20th May 2015, 6:44 PM edit delete reply

I'm thinking THIS is the Sleeping Beauty story being revisited.

12th time through.

Chris D 3rd Oct 2015, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
Hitting the random button on all of those recorded moments was genius. If she'd just been looking at her own favorite greatest hits she'd still be soused and Mira'd be a cloud of slowly evaporating crimson.
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