Now, I'm in a pretty shitty-ass mood. Lately my computer has been a bit wonky. I didn't lose my progress on this entry, oh no, I lost it three times
. Yeah. I'm really starting to hate these strips.
You know, I was going to sarcastically comment about how the problem, while no long Justin having no gender identity, is now that Justin's desire to get laid, or have a significant other is so enormous it absorbs all other parts of his character, and how that was a shitty way to write someone, ESPECIALLY when that one trait is their token trait.
But I had to do it three times, and I'm not gonna do it again.
- Nioi. She's japanese blaahhhhhhhhhhh.
- Time differences in alternate universes. What's up with thaaaaaat?
- Word of God says Tedd's awkward shirt placement is not an innocent innuendo. They were indeed having acts that are probably sexual.
- Well, Tedd was anyway. I doubt Grace knew what was going on...
- "Wow Tedd! I didn't know YOU could grow too!"
- Gotta love how Sarah's eyes go straight for the crotch area.
- Grace's handwriting. Neater than mine.
- And surprisingly neat for someone who spent her life raised by scientists more interested in whether she could properly gut a guy.
- Due to the fact that a man that can turn into a hedgehog captured Sarah's boyfriend who can turn into a cat thanks to Tedd, a boy who also turned Sarah into a cat, Sarah sees it fit to blame the girl that can turn into a squirrel and was never mentioned by the man that can turn into a hedgehog.
- It makes PERFECT sense!
- Grace. If you think anything but love towards her, you'll feel sorry by the end of it.
- Sarah. She words sentences weirdly.
- Grace. She leaves behind someone who relies on her for emotional stability and someone else who needs her for valuable information because of her own personal emotions. Clearly, she is a selfless perfect person who you should feel sorry for.
- Sarah. She gets squicked out from the idea of imagining sex. Of course, she's already seeing one half of the equation in front of her, so maybe she's just squicked by Tedd.
- Grace and Sarah. How I hate the both of you.
- This should have been split into two strips. The first panel alone should have been much bigger, and given more time. This way is just rushed.
- And Elliot's rope looks oddly loose, especially when claws are taken into account.
- This is hilarious.
- You know, ain't this guy trained to take a hit? You would think he wouldn't flinch so badly. Especilly when you take Damien's big spoileriffic secret into account.
- Also, fun fact. You now know for sure that the bad guy is, well, a guy! Why? Because him hitting people was treated as a bad horrible thing!
- So don't hit people. But only if you're male. If you're female, feel free to break out the hammers.
- Also, hitting Hedge? That's your punishment? Man Shive, you have no imagination do you?
- Now, if my memory works right, Damien can regenerate and generate fire.
- Right there, fire can give you any number of ways to mess with them, starting with branding them. Bring a knife into the picture, and you can start carving them up to leave scars with things like 'monster' on it, or something. If they disobey, you could prolly torture one of their brothers to shape them up. Maybe waterboard them, or go mafia-style, and start cutting off their fingers. Or, even better, make it so the fingers don't have any access circulation, so they have to suffer as it slowly turns black and just eventually falls off.
- Or, hell, just force them to turn into their counterparts, they clearly seem to not enjoy that. And you know what? I'm not even that imaginative. I don't know anything about torture. My mind is far too basic in humiliation and pain to figure out the more unique and sick stuff. This isn't even scratching the surface.
- Hell, let's wiki some torture methods, just for shits and giggles. Oooooh look at all the torture possibilities!
Stress Positions, also known as submission positions, place the human body in such a way that a great amount of weight is placed on just one or two muscles. For example, a subject may be forced to stand on the balls of his feet, then squat so that his thighs are parallel to the ground. This creates an intense amount of pressure on the legs, leading first to pain and then muscle failure.
Denailing—the forcible extraction of the fingernails and/or toenails—was a favorite method of medieval torture that retains its popularity in the 21st century. In its simplest form, the torture is conducted by spread-eagling the prisoner to a tabletop and using a metal forceps or pliers—often heated red-hot—to individually grasp each nail in turn and tear it from the finger or toe. A crueler variant used in medieval Spain was performed by introducing a sharp wedge of wood or metal between the flesh and each nail and slowly hammering the wedge under the nail until it was torn free.
A Glasgow smile (also known as a Glasgow grin, Anna grin, Chelsea grin or Chelsea smile) is a nickname for the result of cutting a victim's face from the edges of the mouth to the ears. The cut – and the scars it leaves – form an extension of what resembles a smile. Sometimes further to hurt or even kill the victim, he or she would then be stabbed or kicked, most notably in the stomach (or in case of kicking, the groin), so that the face would be ripped apart when the victim screamed.
The punishment of the picquet required extremely simple equipment, to wit, a stake with one end in the ground and other, exposed end, facing upward. The exposed end would be sharpened to a rounded point. The malefactor, typically a junior officer who had disobeyed orders, was confined in a most unusual fashion. One thumb was suspended from a tree, while the sole of the opposite bare foot—or, sometimes, just the heel thereof—was balanced atop the stake. The point of the stake atop which the foot rested was, ingeniously, sharp enough to jab into the bony interstice and cause considerable discomfort, but not sharp enough to draw blood. To relieve pressure upon the tortured foot, the prisoner relegated all his weight to the thumb, all but tearing the thumb from its socket, which could, in turn, only be relieved by shifting weight onto the tortured foot. The procedure could be continued for as short a duration as a few hours, or as long a duration as twenty-four hours (or even forty-eight during extreme cases). The punishment did not cause lasting harm but was tremendously effective in reminding the sufferer of the supremacy of military discipline.
- Yeah, Damien HITS them? Not convinced he's a bad guy. I'm convinced Shive is a pansy.
- I'm not saying Shive should have gone all super hard core with the characters, I'm just saying that Damien is built up as a Complete Monster, but his deeds of evil just come off as narm.
- After all, There are always psych torture methods...
- Sarah? Oh she's fine. I just hit her with a metal chain when I'm trained to kill, and threw her onto the ground forcefully. She'll live,
- This scene would be a rather cute nod to Elliot's parentage if it wasn't for how his execution in dialogue ruined it.
- Too much expositing. Too formal dialogue. Hell, why is he even TELLING Hedge this? I mean, Elliot, I know you're not an evil overlord but you should read that goddamn list one of these days. Holy shit, don't reveal how you're keeping calm. That just means they know how to break you.
- What a snappy comeback! Truly this is the height of wit! Oh and Hedge never thinks to question him about anything. Of course, why Hedge didn't do his research before hand is quickly becoming a joke in and of itself.
- And return of the ultra-detailed eyes. At least this time it doesn't look too badly done.
- You know, Shive has done a LOT of different attempts for different art styles, but he always ends up going back to his original style, with the only difference between the first strip and the most recent strip (minus improvement) is shading, and an added white part to the eyes.
- He keeps the same coloring style (having gone through pure black and white, as well as color previously) keeps his eyes (having experimented briefly with Nanase) and his tiny side mouths (experimented with at the same time as Nanase's eyes) and his near minimal use of lines in the hair (being experimented with in THIS arc).
- If you kill him, you just lost 1/3 of your army. That's a 33% loss. Methinks Damien sucks at bluffing.
- Once again, one break for it and they'd be good...
- Unless it's the whole "they have nowhere else to go" thing. See, that's where you go outside, buy cyanide, and lace it in Damien's meal (because he has to eat at some point or another).
- And go to the bathroom. Were they gonna do anything about that? Especially with Elliot just tied up...
- And thank you, Elliot, for your expert deduction skills. How would we have ever known there was something wrong with that creature unless you told us?
- My advice, from one artist to another, Shive, is that if you must keep the white text behind Grace, don't keep it so simple. Have them at different angles, overlapping, cutting off, stuff like that, in order to show how she's jumbled in her thoughts.
- Susan. Why is she there? BECAUSE.
- Of course she would know. We wouldn't have a plot if they didn't.
- Why they stayed in the same place they grew up in, but have not been found yet is beyond me. One would think they would have that place under surveillance.
- But no, that would ruin Grace being the only one to know how to get there. Of course, if she knew the place, (even if not by name well) you'd think she'd tell Mr. Verres about it.
- But no, that'd be bringing LOGIC into this comic, now WOULDN'T it?
- Ellen in the penultimate panel looks hilarious, rather than serious. She has a chibi-quality to her, and those hands do not help.
- Justin, shut up. What are you doing here? You don't belong here.
- So, if this was true, does that mean that that werewolf dude could turn into a wolf anytime he wanted? And that the wolf bit people, turning them into wolves?
- You'd think that would have been mentioned...
- Or, for that matter, would the wolf dude have been able to turn into various types of wolves eventually? Would he have an army of wolve forms at his disposal?
- Cause that'd be cool. I'd read that.
- This on the other hand...
- Eh, who am I kidding, I've read this series so many times because of this blog that it's permanently imprinted on my mind @_@
- You know, if Grace, the weakling who cared about other people could escape, why couldn't the burly tough ones that didn't care about humanity escape?
- Or do they care, and that's why they don't want to escape, because it will mean he'll kill everyone?
- That makes them nicer people than Grace, and Grace a selfish jerk.
- Or do they like it Damien? I know Vlad does, but the other two don't seem too happy...
- Nioi. She's like Edward Cullen, if he was a girl.
- And so Susan's creepy-crotch pants return. —shudders—
- So...Sarah told Tedd...about her discovery...
- Wait, no, Sarah didn't tell Tedd. He...figured it out by himself?
- This interaction as a whole is wayyy too rushed and muddled.
- And Tedd, the dick that he is, didn't even bother to tell Grace.
- And apparently not relevant enough to let her know, even now.
- Hey! Look! Justin is speaking sense! I like you! You may stay!
- Elliot got his ass handed to him. By default that means you probably are gonna fare even WORSE than he did. You're Elliot, but you've been solo-training which is nowhere near as effective as having a teacher. Not to mention — you're used to fighting as a male, and having male hormones to help you out. You don't NEED testosterone to win a fight, far from it, but if you're used to having it, it's gonna sting when ANY advantage is gone.
- So that means that Grace (who is still timid) and Nanase are all that are left. And taking the timidness into account, it would mean that Nanase would have to pull all the weight — but all of her spells are illusions and spying spells (like the fairy thing).
- You guys are farking screwed.
- Oh. Look.
- Grace is playing the hero. Big fucking surprise.
- HEY. You know who has access to the gov't? TEDD'S DAD! CONTACT HIM. CONTACT HIM. CONTACT HIM.
- WHY OH WHY WOULD YOU NOT CONTACT HIM?
- Or fine, don't contact him, at least contact Greg for fucks sake! He's stronger than Nanase!
- And Grace, shut your piehole. I don't like you, and more importantly, this has been done to death. You remind me of this really shitty fanfiction I'm forced to write because a friend of mine can't move on with her life. No, seriously, the main character in it is pretty much the whole 'I sacrifice myself so you don't get harmed' archetype and I am fucking sick of it. It just reaks of self-righteousness, not selflessness.
- I mean, I GUESS it can be done right, I certainly tolerated Robin's whole bout of this type of thing.
- But that at least had a mystery going for it. Robin betrayed them, and had them framed and everything. That is what made you want to read on. Not this namby-pamby clichéd schlock.
- It just feels like Shive is evoking Rule of Drama for the sake of it, and not even thinking any of it through. He's piling on dark clichés and plot devices and tropes, but has no idea how to use them.
- But hey, there is a bright side to all of this. Almost every strip has snark bait now and reasons why it sucks! Isn't that AWESOME?