Comic 981 - BUMP!

18th Feb 2014, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (14 votes)
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Dragonrider 18th Feb 2014, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

Said he'd do something stupid, didn't even have to go in the palace. Watch where you walk dummy and Do Not be nice to slaves you walk into you're right they're wrong.
cattservant 18th Feb 2014, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

You're right. He's 'using his fork' the wrong way!
Sheela 19th Feb 2014, 8:13 AM edit delete reply

Worse, don't be nice to androids with inhibitor collars.
velvetsanity 19th Feb 2014, 9:11 AM edit delete reply

I'd think in Nova Roma, it'd be more "avoid androids without inhibitor collars, because they'll eat your liver".

Because the only androids in Nova Roma *without* an inhibitor collar are the Cassians.
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:09 AM edit delete reply

yeah we will see how many microseconds till rose chews him out :D
Stormwind13 19th Feb 2014, 8:38 PM edit delete reply

She is going to wait a full microsecond? I figured she would be on him in a couple NANO-seconds. :-D
velvetsanity 20th Feb 2014, 4:57 AM edit delete reply

Communications lag :D
Stormwind13 20th Feb 2014, 2:58 PM edit delete reply

Point... a very valid point, velvet. :-)
cattservant 18th Feb 2014, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

Check your wallet Kyle!
jamie59 18th Feb 2014, 9:55 PM edit delete reply

Yes pickpocket trick.
mjkj 18th Feb 2014, 11:19 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, could be a pickpocket. But somewhat I doubt it really is one.
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:10 AM edit delete reply

a classic :D
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:09 AM edit delete reply

he really should...
Stormwind13 18th Feb 2014, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

Does her colored bubble mean she is an android? Or is that the color of slavery?
Dragonrider 18th Feb 2014, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

Looks like collar on her neck, dude behind her has side leather and an extra magazine clip holster too.
Stormwind13 18th Feb 2014, 9:16 PM edit delete reply

Panel 2, that looks like more than a simple collar. I think it is an inhibitor and the lady is an android.
Dragonrider 18th Feb 2014, 9:20 PM edit delete reply

You may well be right with the blue speech bubble. Wasn't thinking of android here especially in this section of town, seems more industrial than anything, of course could be a sex-bot working the troop barracks.
Edit note#1
you are right went up one panel and saw the full collar. Also saw the dude behind her watching her closely.
Edit not # 2.
The dude with side leather in panel 1 is right in front of Kyle, by the time of the collision is completely on the other side of the sidewalk..
Also in the space of less than 75 feet I count three, I would assume the maroon camo's and black face masks denote an elite fear unit, with rail guns at the ready, two assult vehicles including a powered up Tank with the tri-barrel railgun aimed at the general populace. Tell me that place isn't ready for a revolt.
Tokyo Rose 18th Feb 2014, 10:12 PM edit delete reply

On note #2:
He was walking closer to the street, but cut across the sidewalk to the other side, out of Kyle's direct path.

Alternatively, Cent accidentally caught him in the shot, and neither of us noticed. >.> <.<
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:12 AM edit delete reply

agrees with rose
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:12 AM edit delete reply

The red guys are standard Roma Legonarys ... :D
cattservant 18th Feb 2014, 9:23 PM edit delete reply

"...not far from the trade quarter..."
If the armed dude is with the android, he could be from out of town too.
Hope he's not Secret Police!
Dragonrider 18th Feb 2014, 9:44 PM edit delete reply

I think secret police are Kali and Crew.
cattservant 18th Feb 2014, 9:56 PM edit delete reply

I'm pretty sure the Prince runs his own resources too.
hoppy 18th Feb 2014, 10:10 PM edit delete reply
I think Kali has him pretty well fooled, plus what-ever the prince probably had or would come up with is either a running joke or self destructed in some spectacular way.
Tokyo Rose 18th Feb 2014, 10:15 PM edit delete reply

Prince Decimus: "They appear from nowhere, strike without warning, draw first blood, and vanish in the blink of an eye! My crack unit of trained mosquitoes will surely sow terror among those who dare oppose me!!!"
Kali: *sigh*
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:15 AM edit delete reply

well dispite jokes the prince actually has a fairly tight military - they are treated well and get lots of perks. The serve with pride and actually a lot of them belive the princes speeches..
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:13 AM edit delete reply

Yup he has his own elite troops besides Kali and crew
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:13 AM edit delete reply

they ARE the elite fear unit :D
mjkj 18th Feb 2014, 11:15 PM edit delete reply

Yes, somewhen CentComm stated that androids (and only androids) have colored speech bubbles. And furthermore she has those glowing android eyes...
Tokyo Rose 19th Feb 2014, 12:08 AM edit delete reply

The colored bubbles were a stylistic choice on my part to liven things up a little. This has since bitten me in the ass. Every time we intro another android character, I have to dig into the color palette and find something unique. :D
mjkj 19th Feb 2014, 2:07 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, I believe with so many androids that can be tasking, but I like it (and in some old comics Ceci's color even switches...)
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:16 AM edit delete reply

yup andriods DO sound a bit diffrent as a rule.. me.. I like the balloons and Rose gets major props on it :D
velvetsanity 19th Feb 2014, 8:45 AM edit delete reply

I think the main difference between androids and slaves in Nova Roma is the slaves get better treatment, and get to tell the androids what to do...
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:16 AM edit delete reply

Pretty much velvet:D
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:10 AM edit delete reply

Shes a andriod :D
Sheela 19th Feb 2014, 4:25 PM edit delete reply

It's interesting that Centcomm calls the princes troops for 'Elite' as Maximus didn't seem too impressed by them.

But then, Maximus probably also have some troops that are both 'Elite' and 'Veteran' and 'Loyal to the big guy in Red'. :D
KarToon12 18th Feb 2014, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

It's Princess Leia's cousin! XD
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:16 AM edit delete reply

LOL good one.
Dragonrider 18th Feb 2014, 9:47 PM edit delete reply

The Unit Crest on the rubber tired Assault Wagon in the second panel, isn't that the same one that's on Dollys Toy?
cattservant 18th Feb 2014, 10:01 PM edit delete reply

Yes, very similar. The vehicle too.
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:17 AM edit delete reply

they are both roma insigna .. make what you will of that..
XRzer04 18th Feb 2014, 10:21 PM edit delete reply

I think Kyle just blew his own cover. Hopefully the bot and her pimp aren't high enough up on the social food chain to be paid much attention to. Then again with all the laughing boys lounging about, all it might take to bring the whole adventure to smoking ruin is a loud shout...
Tokyo Rose 18th Feb 2014, 10:56 PM edit delete reply

Blew his cover in what way?
Stormwind13 19th Feb 2014, 4:05 AM edit delete reply

Kyle is being NICE to an android, treating 'it' as human. Right in front of witnesses and bully boys.

From what we know (which is admittedly limited) of Nova Roma's dealing with androids, Kyle should have probably slapped the lady and yelled at her to get out of the way.

If that is in fact the way the population treats androids then Kyle is shooting off flares and blaring a horn. If not then he might be okay.
velvetsanity 19th Feb 2014, 9:06 AM edit delete reply

General attitudes and stereotypes of a populace are not *everyone's* attitudes within that populace. At most they might think of him as "one of those weirdos who likes androids" or "one of those people who's nice to everyone no matter know, the ones you have to keep your children away from because one day, that guy might cook and eat them"

Or maybe just "one of those weirdos that builds or fixes androids. I heard they're all nuts, treating even monster machines like they're people"

And now I'm curious about the people who build/maintain the Cassians... :D
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:18 AM edit delete reply

gives a odd grin .. wait for it ..
Sheela 19th Feb 2014, 10:23 AM edit delete reply

Ah ... so that's the job he's about to apply for, huh ?
Stormwind13 20th Feb 2014, 3:01 PM edit delete reply

With bated breath, CentComm. :-)
Stormwind13 20th Feb 2014, 3:20 PM edit delete reply

Possible, velvet. The area they are in though makes think that they probably have rough attitudes... and like having someone to look down upon. Those kind of people frequently (not always) like having someone ELSE to look down upon. That would be the androids... and those that befriend them.

I'm with XRzer though, Kyle is RISKING his cover with his behavior. He might get away with it, angels guard idiots too. Then again, he might get mobbed by those that dislike androids (after being terrorized by the Cassians).

I guess we will wait and see which way things break.
highlander55 20th Feb 2014, 6:08 PM edit delete reply

She is also his property. It would be to tell the owner to keep her out of the way of a human.
mjkj 18th Feb 2014, 11:06 PM edit delete reply

Wow, blue head finds blue head... :D

So, he is being too nice to an android - that is suspicious.

But she seems nice - I wonder what Rose will say next...

By the way, great switch to neo-latin of Kyle here.
Stormwind13 19th Feb 2014, 4:09 AM edit delete reply

The (so far nameless) android lady seems meek. She is beautiful though and appealing in the last panel there. Love the image, CentComm.
mjkj 19th Feb 2014, 6:20 AM edit delete reply

Indeed she is beautiful.

But you would be meek also with an inhibitor collar around your neck...
(...and especially with someone watching your every move like that one seems to do...)
Stormwind13 19th Feb 2014, 5:57 PM edit delete reply

Very good point, mjkj. I mean, the collar ENSURES that you behave as expected. I just wonder how Kyle will react to it (badly would be my first thought).

I just wish she didn't have to be so appealing because she is trying to avoid a beating or worse for bumping into someone. I think that might be why she is being so apologetic.

I like her looks, but not the reason she is trying to be appealing.
Dragonrider 19th Feb 2014, 9:12 AM edit delete reply

Yeah however I can see scenarios where she is, as Cat mentioned earlier a pickpocket for someone. Then there goes Kyles ID Money letter of Introduction to the Priest and basically chance to not end up in the body spare part centers.
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:19 AM edit delete reply

that would be annoying .. no ?
cattservant 19th Feb 2014, 1:09 PM edit delete reply

Well it is Kyle...
Stormwind13 19th Feb 2014, 5:58 PM edit delete reply

So that means it very much in keeping with Rose and your way of tormenting us, CentComm. :-D
Centcomm 19th Feb 2014, 9:18 AM edit delete reply

hehe hey he can do SOME things right :D
Dragonrider 19th Feb 2014, 9:30 AM edit delete reply

What end up as spare body parts for Douchebag?
mjkj 19th Feb 2014, 9:36 AM edit delete reply

Yup, some - otherwise he would not have ended up with Lynn...

I just hope auntie Rose is reminding him that there might be pickpockets and that being nice to androids is suspicious here - hopefully in that order...
Dragonrider 19th Feb 2014, 10:00 AM edit delete reply

"Auntie" Rose???? She gonna get you for that. I can here it now.*Hey!Shit for brains check you wallet and ID papers right Fucking NOW! Don't let her get away with them of you are royally screwed. Also for future reference in Nova Roma Androids are about 2 steps lower than dog doo-doo do not be nice to them. now grab her and scream MY WALLET!!!*

Now the other side of the coin; The android belongs to Rose and is delivering the letter of introduction to the Priest for Kyle to use, along with money and other info.
Sheela 19th Feb 2014, 4:26 PM edit delete reply


I thought Rose *was* an aunt ?
Draginbeard 19th Feb 2014, 2:25 PM edit delete reply

Was there a little pocket picking going on there? Maybe not....hard to tell when you've had too many adventures.
Stormwind13 19th Feb 2014, 6:00 PM edit delete reply

LOL Yeah ain't that the truth, Draginbeard. :-D
Centcomm 20th Feb 2014, 7:24 PM edit delete reply

missing a perception check anyone?
Stormwind13 20th Feb 2014, 7:41 PM edit delete reply

Well, how do you know if you miss it or not? I mean, I can't see the dice from down on the map, can you? :-D
XMinusOne 19th Feb 2014, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
Welcome to the big town, sonny. That was no accident either. It's either after his wallet or subtly soliciting for its master. I'd get the hell away from there if I was him.
Reiko 20th Feb 2014, 7:02 PM edit delete reply

I'm one hundred percent female, thank you very much.
Centcomm 20th Feb 2014, 7:23 PM edit delete reply

WElcome to the page Reiko :D
Reiko 21st Feb 2014, 10:10 PM edit delete reply

Thank you. It's rather interesting to be here.
Stormwind13 20th Feb 2014, 7:44 PM edit delete reply

Is that icon a picture of the lady android, Reiko? It kind of looks like it. :-) Different top though. :-)
XRzer04 19th Feb 2014, 10:21 PM edit delete reply

Well. The jury seems to be well and truly Out... Interesting theory with the android actually being Rose's contact. That's about the only way I can see for this not to start heading for the crapper if Nova Roman android prejudice is extreme enough to mark him for an outsider.
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