Comic 990 - Checking up on the girls..

11th Mar 2014, 9:00 PM
Checking up on the girls..
Average Rating: 5 (16 votes)

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Centcomm 11th Mar 2014, 9:00 PM edit delete
This is really odd.. you cant tell just how much BIGGER the Skyhammer is than the jumper..
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cattservant 11th Mar 2014, 9:04 PM edit delete reply

It's that third dimension.

["Nova Ilium-y" Hah!]
Centcomm 11th Mar 2014, 10:08 PM edit delete reply

hehe - yup!
Dragonrider 11th Mar 2014, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

OK Irene is Maximus Significant Other OK 'nuff said. Yes They are safe there unless Douchie has a death wish.
cattservant 11th Mar 2014, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

And to be that,
She must be significant!
Centcomm 11th Mar 2014, 10:17 PM edit delete reply

pretty much! :D
Stormwind13 12th Mar 2014, 8:34 AM edit delete reply

I'm wondering if Irene is Maxus' significant other... or his MOM.

I know I would be sleeping on an unprotected couch out on the shore if I dropped two kids on a significant other without warning. And I don't see any indication that Maxus made any contact or even felt it necessary.

Mom on the other hand is USED to that kind of behavior, especially from the male child. She might not be happy about it, but she would be a LOT more understanding. Consider how scary Maxus is, the woman that raised him would be someone you would NOT want to get on the bad side of. Maxus' Mom could probably down rail tanks with just a 'LOOK' (who needs orbital cannons? :-D). And then make the surviving crews RUE the day they were born. :-D
Sheela 12th Mar 2014, 9:09 AM edit delete reply

Hrmm .. wasn't Maxus a gene-job ?

Either way, she could still be a surrogat mother.
Stormwind13 12th Mar 2014, 1:26 PM edit delete reply

Was he gene-modified after birth? Or was he modified in the womb? We can surmise from what is written in Setorius' bio that they can modify people after they are born.

Someone raised him, someone loved him... Or I don't see how Maxus could have turned out as well as he did. And whoever that was (whether they share blood or not) is a FORMIDABLE woman.
Centcomm 13th Mar 2014, 4:05 PM edit delete reply

Maxus was born of a woman. all the changes were pre-natal
cattservant 12th Mar 2014, 12:31 PM edit delete reply

That's entirely plausible!

But you've got to watch out for that old A&U!
jamie59 11th Mar 2014, 9:10 PM edit delete reply

It looks a whole lot bigger in that last panel. So this is Maxus' excuse to go on a girlfriend run?
Centcomm 11th Mar 2014, 10:15 PM edit delete reply

pretty much :D seems that way eh?
DizzasterJuice 11th Mar 2014, 9:19 PM edit delete reply

love that last frame.
Centcomm 11th Mar 2014, 10:15 PM edit delete reply

thank you - I appreceate that :D
Don B. 11th Mar 2014, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
It's hard to judge relative size when your only point of reference is clouds. A shot of the jumper docking with the skyhammer would establish scale well enough...assuming the skyhammer is big enough and is equipped for that sort of thing.
Centcomm 11th Mar 2014, 10:16 PM edit delete reply

you will get a better shot next page i belive :D
Hornet 12th Mar 2014, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
She means the jumper will be entering a hanger of the SkyHammer.
velvetsanity 11th Mar 2014, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

Forced perspective can make a huge difference. How do you think Peter Jackson turned Hagrid into Gimli? :D
(hint: no blue screens involved)
Centcomm 11th Mar 2014, 10:16 PM edit delete reply

yep tricks of the camaera and stuffs :D
velvetsanity 11th Mar 2014, 10:50 PM edit delete reply

Yeah. Every single set they used was designed to take forced perspective to the extreme because they were filming entirely on location. For example, the dining room table in Bag End (Bilbo and Frodo's home at the beginning of the LotR) was actually cut up and turned into several tables arranged and sized so that from the camera's position it looked like one solid table while allowing characters to appear different sizes (Gandalf on one side of the table, Frodo on the other side, for instance).
Tokyo Rose 12th Mar 2014, 4:32 AM edit delete reply

Another forced-perspective trick they used was the scene where Frodo's riding on the seat of the cart next to Gandalf. From the angle they used, that's exactly how it looks. From any other angle, the half of the seat where Elijah Wood is sitting is set approximately four feet back from Sir Ian McKellen's half. Sir Ian's body is hiding the break point.

The table trick is extra trippy. It's easy to create forced perspective when you hold the camera still at the correct angle relative to the setup. But it's a different story when you have the camera circling and moving around the actors. Half the set for that table scene is on a rig that's synced to "cancel" the movement of the camera to keep the perspective correct . . . so when the camera moves, the set (complete with props and actors and everything) is shifting as well.

Sir Ian gets quintuple points for staying in character and maintaining Gandalf's wizardly dignity while parked on a set piece that twirled him gently around the room like a German weather house.

The skull-fuckingly awesome part of this is that the crew had to design, build, and coordinate all of this crazy shit SO THAT PEOPLE WATCHING THE FILM NEVER NOTICE IT.
Centcomm 12th Mar 2014, 8:03 AM edit delete reply

this post is made of total win! and I agree on the whole Sir Ian is awesome boat :D and thats always the case with the best set pieces you would miss them if they were not there - but never notice them if they are right.
Sheela 12th Mar 2014, 9:12 AM edit delete reply

"skull-fuckingly awesome" is now a thing. :D
velvetsanity 12th Mar 2014, 10:20 AM edit delete reply

Ooh, yeah, I forgot they managed to make it work with the camera moving in that scene
Hodge 12th Mar 2014, 12:02 PM edit delete reply
That'd take some magic....Robbie Coltrane was Hagrid. John Rhys-Davies was Gimli. Two big guys became two little guys :)
Hodge 12th Mar 2014, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
That'd take some magic....Robbie Coltrane was Hagrid. John Rhys-Davies was Gimli. :)
velvetsanity 12th Mar 2014, 6:50 PM edit delete reply

Ahh, ok. I never really pay attention to actors' names most of the time. Someone told me they were the same actor.
Centcomm 13th Mar 2014, 1:51 PM edit delete reply

hey dont look at me I have no clue :D
Centcomm 13th Mar 2014, 1:50 PM edit delete reply

I take it one of these was a error :D

LOL good eye on the casting :D
Sheela 13th Mar 2014, 2:31 PM edit delete reply

Don't look at me, I didn't eat half of the actors!

*innocent look*
Hodge 13th Mar 2014, 6:36 PM edit delete reply
Yep, my computer was kinda hinky yesterday. Sorry! :)
cattservant 11th Mar 2014, 10:02 PM edit delete reply

I wonder why Nova Roma seems much more aware of New Troy than vice versa? It seems like a lack of curiosity on Cent-comm's part.
Centcomm 11th Mar 2014, 10:16 PM edit delete reply

questions questions - interesting eh?
Don B. 12th Mar 2014, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
As I understand it, nobody knew that anything was going on in Roma before the kidnapping as it was cut-off/isolated from the rest of the world. An oversight to be sure but I believe Rose knew something was up.
Centcomm 12th Mar 2014, 8:03 AM edit delete reply

more about that information thing will come into the light as we go. and all will make sense :D
Stormwind13 12th Mar 2014, 8:44 AM edit delete reply

I wonder if it was kind of like American before WW2. The general population was not interested in anything but their tiny piece of the world.

I'm not convinced CentComm didn't know some of the things going on outside her walls; however, I don't think she was expending the resources necessary to detect the operation before it was in motion and Lynn was gone.

Whereas, Roma Nova by its very isolation has to be looking for means to break that isolation and come out onto the world's stage. So they would have to be expending resources to see what opportunities they could generate to aid them there.

One voluntarily isolated because their population is 'content'. One isolated because of the damage they inflicted upon themselves, but needing to become less isolated for the betterment of their people.
Sheela 12th Mar 2014, 9:15 AM edit delete reply

I'm fairly certain that Centcomm knew about Nova Roma, as she knew exactly what trader to look up for the latest data on Nova Roma.

Sure, she might not have put a lot of effort into finding out more about Nova Roma until the kidnapping, but she would have known there was an active city there, just from trader heresay.

The average citizen in Nova Illum, on the other hand, seems to have been kept in the dark about a great many things. Lynn had some internal monologue about this when visiting Aeneas.
Centcomm 13th Mar 2014, 1:51 PM edit delete reply

there is "stuff" going on in the background .. someone knows all the answers :D
velvetsanity 13th Mar 2014, 3:34 PM edit delete reply

I'll just take a shot in the dark here and say that by "someone" you mean "Tokyo Rose" :D
Dragonrider 12th Mar 2014, 11:51 AM edit delete reply

I believe it's called propaganda by omission,it's just like telling a lie by telling half the truth only.
Centcomm 13th Mar 2014, 1:53 PM edit delete reply

innocent look :D
Sheela 13th Mar 2014, 2:33 PM edit delete reply

I'm sorry centcomm, but one of your Q-Five racks, is looking super suspicious right now, I'm not buying the innocent look !
Stormwind13 13th Mar 2014, 5:20 PM edit delete reply

You can LOOK innocent all you want, CentComm... We ain't BUYING it at all! :-)

We KNOW you are evil, no innocence there. :-D
Sheela 13th Mar 2014, 6:11 PM edit delete reply

Well .... little bit of innocence.

It was me who raided the fridge for tuna. :P
velvetsanity 13th Mar 2014, 6:33 PM edit delete reply

So it was YOU! I was saving that tuna for lunch! You were supposed to eat the steak!
Stormwind13 13th Mar 2014, 6:56 PM edit delete reply

Ha! I had already made my tuna sandwich and I ATE it too! :-p I'll put out dog traps next time though. Leave my tuna alone! Get your own. :-D
Rashala 11th Mar 2014, 10:04 PM edit delete reply

you can Int he last makes it clear the jumper is A good distance AHEAD of the thing and when they get closer its only getting bigger
Centcomm 11th Mar 2014, 10:17 PM edit delete reply

yep its catching up to them :D
mjkj 12th Mar 2014, 2:11 AM edit delete reply

I like that "Nova Illium-y" :D

Hmm, nice, Maxus as extra layer of defence... :)

Well, Maxus really is a Peace-loving man...
Tokyo Rose 12th Mar 2014, 4:33 AM edit delete reply

Kali's oblique reference becomes clear, hm? :)
Centcomm 12th Mar 2014, 8:05 AM edit delete reply

hehe would YOU want to willingly tick off maxus?
Sheela 12th Mar 2014, 9:16 AM edit delete reply

Peace through superior firepower, is still peace.
velvetsanity 12th Mar 2014, 10:22 AM edit delete reply

"They say the best weapon is the one you never have to use. I respectfully disagree. I say the best weapon is the one you only have to fire *once*. That's the way dad did it, that's the way America does it, and it's worked out pretty well so far."
Dragonrider 12th Mar 2014, 11:55 AM edit delete reply

Respectfully disagree Velvet. We used the A Bomb twice, but still ended up in several more armed conflicts and an arms race that assures mutual destruction, when some idiot pushes the button eventually.
cattservant 12th Mar 2014, 12:41 PM edit delete reply

And that was because there were only two of them on line at the time.

I've heard it said that the purple heart medals being given out today are still from the stock ordered in anticipation of the invasion of Japan.
velvetsanity 12th Mar 2014, 1:44 PM edit delete reply

I was quoting Tony Stark in the first Iron Man movie :P
Dragonrider 12th Mar 2014, 5:20 PM edit delete reply

Sorry about that, didn't realize you were using Trivia. I've never seen the movie so didn't recognize it.
velvetsanity 12th Mar 2014, 6:53 PM edit delete reply

Robert Downey Jr. seems to really be in his element in the Marvel movies, to the point that when I hear his name my mind immediately goes straight to 'Tony Stark'
Aura_Spark 13th Mar 2014, 1:04 PM edit delete reply

Indeed. . .
Centcomm 13th Mar 2014, 1:53 PM edit delete reply

same here I agree and welcome Aura_spark! :D
KarToon12 12th Mar 2014, 7:44 AM edit delete reply

She's being "Nova Illium-y" about it....XDXDXD
Centcomm 12th Mar 2014, 8:04 AM edit delete reply

heheh yeah that was a awesome line :D
Stormwind13 12th Mar 2014, 8:46 AM edit delete reply

I totally agree. That line got me laughing. Good job there, Rose. :-)
Centcomm 13th Mar 2014, 1:55 PM edit delete reply

megados 28th May 2017, 6:37 AM edit delete reply

I LOL'd at that one too :D
Draginbeard 12th Mar 2014, 3:09 PM edit delete reply

pretty slick ship design =)
Centcomm 13th Mar 2014, 1:57 PM edit delete reply

:D it is a really neat ship I agree :D
Aura_Spark 13th Mar 2014, 1:02 PM edit delete reply

No Lynn, you don't need a doctor. You're just being paranoid and "Nova Ilium-y" about a simple cold. Which is annoying, I grant you, but I get colds ALL the time. So, no, you don't need a doctor for a cold.
Centcomm 13th Mar 2014, 1:55 PM edit delete reply

hehe Poor Lynn .. shes never "had" a cold before.. ever.. ( that she remembers. )
Aura_Spark 13th Mar 2014, 1:06 PM edit delete reply

The Shield Skyhammer makes me feel absolutely tiny. . . I'm guessing thats a good thing. . . :-)
Centcomm 13th Mar 2014, 1:56 PM edit delete reply

it is a very large craft :D used in holding the line type affairs ..and carrys a array of heavy firepower
velvetsanity 13th Mar 2014, 3:35 PM edit delete reply

So, it's basically a Flying Fortress
Stormwind13 13th Mar 2014, 5:07 PM edit delete reply

I don't think that was made by Boeing, velvet... Actually it reminds me more of the Peacemaker by Convair with the engine arrangement. :-)

Shall we call it Maginot? It doesn't look very nimble. :-D Of course, it may not NEED to be super nimble, as heavily armed as it appears to be. Still I like things with the speed to get there quick or get out even quicker, personally. :-)
velvetsanity 13th Mar 2014, 6:04 PM edit delete reply

I meant that that was the role it plays.
Stormwind13 13th Mar 2014, 6:44 PM edit delete reply

Sadly, as the crews of the Forts in WW2 discovered, they weren't invulnerable. Though they were incredibly TOUGH. If anyone was getting home, it was a Fort.
Dragonrider 13th Mar 2014, 8:10 PM edit delete reply

The reason the Forts made it back was because of the humble P51E Mustang. When Hermann Goering saw P51E's over Berlin he said, "We have lost the war." That was the most awesome plane to fly for the US in WWII
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 21st Jul 2014, 1:54 PM edit delete reply

This last shot is subtly gorgeous, I really like the framing here.
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