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Just to reiterate: the POGO HAMMER is a sledgehammer where each side of the head is connected to springs. The WRINKLEFUCKER is the POGO HAMMER, but instead of having the sides of the head on each spring, it has 2 RED FOT HUCKING IRONS!
And now Dave is getting back in on the action. Appeared out of NOWHERE with a major level in badass and has already hit his fifth gate. For the record, John has only progressed past his first with Sequence Breaking. Of course, it becomes slightly less awesome when you realize this is like four months in his future. And it's a Bad Future.
Which is, in turn, slightly alleviated by the fact he can now Flash Step so quickly he can appear in three places at once. And he kills a Ruby Giclops in what we can only presume is ONE SWING.
Basically, the right way to understand all of the above is that it isn't a CMOA for Dave that is somehow diminished by the mentioned extenuating circumstances. It's a completely legitimate CMOA and a badass origin story for Davesprite.
The big 4/13/10 update has definitely lived up to reader expectations: Jack Noir, having had enough of the stupid costumes that were forced on him, uses Jade's gift to John to tear the Black Queen to pieces, then takes her ring for himself. Meanwhile, Dad, Mom and Bro attack three of the largest and most powerful enemies yet encountered, and flatten them effortlessly.
And that's not even the update originally planned for 4/13.
Back on the subject of Mom, Dad and Bro, this is a real crowner for all of them, plus Bec; Mom beating down a giant ogre (presumably twenty times bigger than her), Dad punching a monster's lights out, Bro cutting a kraken-like monster to ribbons and Bec implicitly watching over not only Jade but all four kids at once. And it's implied that they're performing all of this awesomeness for thesake oftheir kids.
Seriously, if you need a non-spoilery scene to prove to a potential reader how good Hussie can make his big scenes, this is it. By the time it makes sense they'll have forgotten it, but they won't be able to deny it looks cool as hell.
Andrew himself gets one for the 5/19 update wherein many babies are created. To clarify, he moved the day of the update and still got it up. And it was so amazing that within 20 minutes the host server began CRASHING. In 20 MINUTES. FOR A NON-FLASH UPDATE. This is also despite the fact he has upgraded his server numerous times.
He one upped it with the Act 5 opener. The servers crashed within FIVE. FUCKING. MINUTES. OF HIM POSTING IT.
Dream Jade diving after Dream John, slapping him awake while falling to Skaia, and eventually throwing him out of danger and dying by having a moon drop on her. Literally drop.
Dave ascending to his first gate.
Rose screws the rules and blows up her gate. Then flies off on her own.
Note that Bro cuts the red meteor in half...right before Dave's red EGG cracks.
Everything about this page for Rose, especially in conjunction with the events of [S] Descend that it put in proper context. Even aside from the Badass Boast of "No one can tell me our fate can't be repaired", there is also the sheer badassery of the way she ripped her walkthrough out of the Internet with magic and sealed it in a server in the Furthest Ring. And the casual comment immediately after that. And a sparkling magic signature that I'm pretty sure most normal people can't insert in their Gamefaqs walkthroughs.
And it ends up in the past, for Kanaya / grimAuxiliatrix to read. See Troll Rose above.
Immediately after he chews her out and logs off, he spontaneously logs back in, due to aG's mind-control powers. However, that very act, as well as her less-than-convincing rebuttal, only proves Karkat's point that she's nowhere near as manipulative as she thinks she is, and has to use her mind powers to get anyone to do what she wants.
He then reaches and enters his second gate on the very next page (hell, just figuring out where it is that fast should be an accomplishment, rather less reaching it). And whereas Davesprite pointed out that John's early crossing of his second gate before Rose had time to build up would've left him a pancake if he didn't have a jetpack, Equius wasn't even fazed by the drop.
One more testament to his strength: His lusus is supposedly one of the physically strongest types on the planet. Said lusus bruises when Equius pats him on the head and the boy laments that he seems to be made of glass. (Cue Orcus jokes)
Terezi's faux court case. At the end she offers the 'criminal' the old Two-Face coin toss to determine his innocence. It comes up heads. But Terezi had no intention of following through - she can't see the coin because she's blind.
Despite being a major Kick the Dog moment on Vriska's part, there's something about Tavros refusing to apologize for being crippled that's actually cool. Given the fact that he's an Extreme Doormat and lacking in self-confidence, it kind of comes off as a small victory for him.
Sollux dies. But he then goes to his dreamself. But what's this? He is a special case, having two dreamselves. He then proceeds to blow up Clubs Deuce's exile ship, CENTURIES INTO THE FUTURE. BY GETTING ANGRY. He then shoots from Derse, to his Land, and that's it. Well, for now.
Aradia and Vriska most especially. Everyone gets a nice little moment of badass, but it's mostly about Vriska either a) Mindcontrolling Terezi BY DOUBLE PROXY to stare into the sun or b) Getting the everloving shit kicked out of her BEATEN TO DEATH
And as a side note: the art is absolutely GORGEOUS.
"Quit b0ssing me ar0und. I'm n0t 0kay with it...I kn0w what I'm d0ing."
Hey, remember that incredibly monstorousBlack King we saw a few pages ago? Yeah, it turns out THEY BEAT HIM. Combining their powers, Aradia and Sollux turn the Black King's own meteors against him, and Vriska scores a lucky dice roll (16,777,216:1, actually) that finally shatters the Black King's staff. On top of all that, the Bard of Rage somehow did more to that end than anyone can account for. It's also implied that every one of the trolls had the uber end-game weapons and used them, although it's not actually shown.
And as a double-awesome moment, that comic shows John in his God-tier outfit as well, basically spoiling the fact that he goes God-tier (two months before the strip where he actually does), without spoiling it to the reader!
Okay, even though it crosses over with Tear Jerker and horror, Jack killing Bro and Davesprite has to be on this list. Bro is the one who chopped a fucking meteor in half and he got his own sword through the gut for taking him on, and Davesprite defended Dave from dozens of giclopses and got explodenated for it. YOU DO NOT FUCK WITH JACK BEC NOIR.
In [S] Seer: Descend, Rose floats down onto the castle where Jack is currently residing, and she's followed by many black thorns. It's breathtaking to watch, especially when accompanied by Black Rose, Green Sun.
One wonders if a moment can be considered awesome when it is merely implied. The readme information for Rex Duodecim Angelus tells us the order of events during the trolls' battle with their Black King. The first troll to step up and attack him? Karkat. Make no mistake; for all his flaws, he really is their leader.
Start reading from here after the wall-breaking bit. it just gets more awesome.
It gets even better when you think about it. Hussie just snuck up on the omnipotent Doc Scratch of all people. On his own turf. By any means, that should be completely impossible. (Of course, this may be a hint that we're about to get psyched out again...)
Yes, bipches, Cascade has a folder all to itself. That's how awesome it is.
Highlights include all four kids going Godtier, Jade shrinking planets into baubles for her to carry, and Bec Noir killing every exile but PM, who prototypes so she can face off with Jack.
John only appears for quite a short time, but his achievements are still remarkable. The Scratch is just about the most difficult thing to do in a session, kind of akin to an ultra hard, optional, marathon boss battle. And then you have to take into account that thanks to Bec's prototyping, some or most of the enemies are now brokenly strong. He took on every single thing the game could throw at him and won.
It should go on the record that she got the tiger, shrunk the planets, picked up John, and broke the Fourth Wall all within four minutes of the Green Sun blowing up and the Scratch finishing
How about when Bec Noir rages so hard he alters the borders of the flash?! This is the moment when the audience knows that this is going to be amazing.
And right after, he obliterates two Universes, as Bec and Spades Slick.
We also have to single out Sollux steering the entire asteroid the trolls are on to the Green Sun. While blind. And also apparentely sacrificing himself in the process.
Dave and Rose's ascensions have to be clarified. More specifically, what they ascended out of: The Green Sun. That's right. They ascended through about a universe of plasma. They were both smoking and distorting like a First Guardian due to all of it, but God Tier immortality doesn't give two shits about little injuries like that.
Jade broke the fourth wall. You can't get better than that! (...This is a lot more impressive in-comic.)
Special mention goes to Doc Scratch, for making everyone think he was trying to help destroy the Green Sun...when in fact he was manipulating them into creating it. S u c k e r s. What's amazing is that if you look at his conversations with Rose he's still not lying (except by omission). He even fooled Hussie!
More specifically, Scratch cannot be killed by normal means, just like his boss. So how does a godlike entity kill himself to fulfill his role? In Scratch's case, by incensing the author and hijacking the story and forcing him to reverse-break the fourth wall to jump into the comic itself.
PM. Sweet (if survivalist) mail lady/newly crowned Monarch just watched her friends get slaughtered by Bec Noir. Instead of being terrified though, she puts on the White Queen's ring ascending to godhood to go after him. That's not the most badass part. That belongs to the fact she gave Noir his first genuine "Oh, Crap" moment. That's right, PM terrified The Sovereign Slayer just by showing up.
And while her friends were being slaughtered? She didn't try to run: She faced him, powerless but weapon ready.
And now suddenly a Crowning Moment of Funny in light of the most recent update when it was revealed that Bec Noir wasn't scared of PM... he fell in love with her. And, of course, PM hates his guts. Kismesis/Matesprit Double Reacharound, anybody?
Lord English/Doc Scratch's insanely convoluted but reality-breakingly awesome plan for his summoning. As one poster on /co/ put it: "Lord English recruited the empress to send Dave the miracles video, that video caused gamzee to go insane, and create cal, which was necessary for his summoning and the harlequin which made John make Bec Noir go insane and eventually destroy one of the universes, completing the cycle to create the green sun." HUUUUUUSSSIIIIEEEE!
The last image of the flash: the torn-up End-of-Act curtains in front of the broken 4th wall, in front of a giant clock contraption, in front of a raging inferno. It's easily the most metal thing to ever appear in the comic.
In short, let's just say that everything in this sequence was awesome.
Not only that, but 10/25/11 is 2 years, 6 months, and 12 days after the start of Homestuck (started on 4/13/09) and 1 year, 4 months, and 13 days after Hivebent, the troll arc (started on 6/12/10). Talk about using arc numbers!
Given how the arc number 1025 is just the sum of the other two arc numbers, that is to be expected.
Lord English's debut. He doesn't just simply waltz in when he finally arrives - no, he comes into existence by completely obliteratingDoc Scratch from the inside out by growing inside him, before showing off his terrifying appearance. He caps it all off by jumping into his Cairo Overcoat. The guy knows how to make an entrance.
Act 6 Act 1
We finally get to see a conversation with Bro Strider, and he is just as Badass as we would expect. Then halfway into the conversation, it is revealed that that wasn't actually Bro himself, but an artificial intelligence copy of Bro, that he uses as an auto-responder. In his glasses.
How about his real first appearance? When he noticed that the bunny was activated, the first thing he did was ask if Jane was in danger.
You see robothussie in this panel, and it is YMMV on what emotions really describe it, but it is still pretty cool!!!!!!!!
The first page of Act 6 Act 1 Intermision. John speaks. Made possibly more awesome by the fact this implies they had gone through all these adventures without a single sound.
Hussie said on his Tumblr that the kids have of course been talking to one another; it would be ridiculous for, say, Jade and Dave to be frog hunting in total silence. What the badge actually does is let them talk to each other while the audience watches.
When PM confronts Bec Noir, Serenity gives him a message in morse code: "You Suck".
After Dirk tells Jake the truth about The Condesce he doesn't hesitate to say that he wants to help.
GT: I want to join the opposition!
GT: Fuck this witch i have lots of guns and reckless bravado and i want to stop her. Ill pick up where my grandma left off!
Dirk's brother (Alternate Dave) killing the two Insane Clown Posse presidents on the rooftop of the White House, then flying off in the night. It's a shame they were just mere puppets in the regime.
Also doubling as a Call Back to Rose's method of slaying her first Ogre, Roxy's Mother impales Guy Fieri's eyes with a pair of sewing needles and rides him down the falls.
Although this is a bad thing, we have the Draconian Dignitary coolly convincing the Condesce to lend extra firepower, even getting her to somehow smoke because he's that good. The Condesce's help arrived in the form of A FUCKING MECHA.
Dirk escaped the Miles. You're not even supposed to be able to DO that. Then again, PM did too...
The Alpha kids are all together, in probably less than an hour of their game starting. Let's note that the Beta kids have yet to fully meet each other.
Let's just have a moment to take in the fact that, while every other Cruxtruder had to be pried open by the server player with a large object, Dirk just kicked his and it opened.
Let's take a moment to fondly regard that fact that while Dirk was going around having his Big Damned Hero moment, he had to be rapping to use all the items in his Fetch Modus.
Dirk has made out with all three of his friends. "YEAH DOGG!!" is right.
Props to Jane for apparently having SERIOUS upper body strength to hold on for so long while the three were on the board.
Dad would be so proud...
Much of what Caliborn did in his Reveal has made him appreciable as a badass, even though one should not forget that most of what one should feel while watching ANY sequence of [S] Caliborn: Enter is sheer terror.
Caliborn may be a douchebag of the highest echeladder, but it takes some serious balls to bite your own leg off and then sit calmly while everything around you gets sucked into a black hole, and then you and the meteor you were on. And he smiles.
Act 6 Intermission 3
The MAIN ONE for Andrew Hussie, his Music, and Art teams is coding OpenBound using HTML 5 for the first time over Flash, and succeeding with incredible results.
Meenah's reaction to witnessing Lord "Caliborn" English destroy that dream bubble full of ghosts? Putting the Band Back Together and raise a ghost army, so they can kill him with overwhelming numbers! Damn...
If Meenah opens the chest containing Kanaya's sewing machine, Kanaya looks at Meenah funny. Realizing she means Serious Business, Meenah places the machine back into the chest to steal later. Essentially, KanayastareddownMeenah, and won.
Latula's introduction. If not mistaken, she was skating along the steeples to the left of Meenah before she arrived. Alternatively, she skateboard jumped a great distance before landing perfectly in front of Meenah. Either way, Latula introduced herself awesomely.
Don't forget HOW you get to be Latula: Meenah borrows her skateboard, and grinds a staircase rail to earn her respect. Radical.
In part 2 of the walkaround, Karkat tries to talk Terezi out of the depressive funk she sank into after meeting her ancestor. Said conversation is probably the most eloquent and mature Karkat's ever had - and gets really cathartic when he rips into his Holier Than Thou scumbag of a predecessor.
And another point goes to John for being the first character on screen to land a definitive hit on Jack (in the alpha timeline). What's more, that one hit shears off nearly a tenth of his lifebar. 8onk indeed.
The samesituation also occured earlier in the game with Latula if you tried to talk to Mituna as Damara, making the scene even more Heartwarming/Awesome, considering Terezi's feelings toward her Dancestor.
Act 6 Act 4 and Act 6 Intermission 4
The brevity of Act 6 Act 4, weighing in at a whopping ONE flash on ONE page, actually lends to its awesomeness. We see that within the course of just over five months in the session, every player's seemingly become more successful, competent, and LOADED than any player before him/her, even without God Tiering and all the power it brings. Jake has alchemized golden guns, Jane has alchemized a giant fork from the White King's scepter, Roxy has alchemized a freaking PORTALSNIPER RIFLE, and Dirk and Jake fight giant skeletons in the toxic urban wasteland of LOTAK with cool gas masks while jumping from buildings in crazy long falls. The music, the "Belly Mix" of "Even in Death", sets the tone perfectly. And the lands. THE LANDS. All of them look beautifully ominous and massive in scale. It all could have been hundreds of pages of pointless shipping drama and Sburb mythology, but Hussie instead boldly reached for unprecedented efficiency to deliver the silent spectacle that is this Flash/Act.
Gamzee meets Caliborn. How does he respond? By pumping his guts full of lead. Multiple times. Then beating the crap out of him with a magic crowbar. Which Gamzee gave to him.
Caliborn literally beats the crap out of the website, causing a whole page to fall apart and shake violently. This even causes some of the page elements to fall into the story
Sort of an implied Moment of Awesome for Dirk. We find out that Caliborn must face the rarest and deadliest denizen in the game, reserved for only the most skilled and dangerous warriors. Yaldabaoth. There's no doubt that Caliborn is a dangerous player but he's also partly facing Yaldabaoth as a punishment for setting up a one-player session. Dirk is dangerous enough through his own merit for the game to put him up against the most powerful denizen.
Act 6 Act 5 Act 1
Even with the overall tone of the part where Jane loses her shit, it's not hard for her to evoke cheers for her use of generous (WO)MANGRIT to flip a huge table and abscond with a 6X COMBO of pretty much every major acrobatic trick in the MSPA book.
In order: Lass Scamper, Youth Roll, another Lass Scamper, Acrobatic Fucking Pirouette, another Youth Roll, Nice Abscond.
Calliope tells Roxy that getting ahead involves reaching God Tier, and what exactly that entails. Guess what's Roxy's reaction? Without hesitation, she agrees to this, saying that she trusts Calliope on what she's saying and is willing to face her death.
Remember when the queens' rings didn't work on humans? Roxy doesn't, but she wouldn't miss those times, as wearing the Black Queen's ring helps her get in touch with her Void powers so well that she can become both invisible andintangible.
The creation of theWarhammer of Zillyhoo. Along with its six brothers and sisters. And Dirk already has one of them, and even though it's the most unremarkable member of the Trickster weapon family for its absence of bright color and a "Zilly" name, it's called the Unbreakable Katana for a reason.
Not to mention it knocks all three smiles off of the other trickster mode kids. Not bad, Dirk.
A minor one, but after seen the Trickster!teens screwing with the Alchemizer AND being treated to an endless zoom-in on a santa nose, what does Hussie do?
With MASSIVE crossover into terrifying territory, the creation of "Jack English" is definitely one, especially in the oldest sense of the word "awesome."
Jack and the Condesce then kill all of the Alpha players in even more awesome fashion. Dirk's rousing speech in praise of Roxy and in defense of the Nobles' destined mission, together with the fact that the Condesce looks absolutely fabulous while making her contribution, both support this view of the otherwise dire event.
Of course, the event does not remain dire for long at all, as all four subsequently ascend to God Tier in a colorful inferno. The event releases so much power in the LOCAH lantern tower that it explodes and makes the planet quake.
And then the Awesome Nightmare Fuel begins again when the Condesce takes control of Jade, turns herGrimbark, uses Jade to force the tiaratop onto Jane's head, puts Jane in a Borg-like Crockerdark state, commands Jade to punch out Dirk and banish him to the Furthest Ring, uses her new servants to hold the remaining heroic "suckas" hostage,... and ends the act with a lipstick mark and a picture of her with the various accoutrements of the "thug life."
The fact that Meenah and Vriska have managed to combine forces, and Meenah's army has gone from the grand total of one person (Karkat) to an entire fleet.
Aranea is wearing Marquise Spinneret Mindfang's outfit.
The appearance and mating habits of the average adult cherub are so metal.
To elaborate: In their normal form, they have massive wings shaped like the Hope aspect symbol, can destroy planets, and seek out black holes in order to mate. For their mating form, THEY BECOME SNAKES THAT ARE EACH AN ASTRONOMICAL UNIT IN LENGTH, AND THEY CONCLUDE THEIR EPIC MATING BATTLES WITH A MASSIVE HATE-FILLED SEXUAL TANGLE SHAPED LIKE AURYN.
Caliborn's session is literally a massive game of billiards (unsurprisingly) that begins with the supernova-like "8r8k" of Skaia, creating a black hole and a fifteen-planet session that's reduced to 12 planets when three are trapped in the event horizon. On each planet, Caliborn conquers it and SENDS IT TO THE BLACK HOLE WITH A BOMB. He then has to fight Yaldabaoth on his true planet, which flashes with so many epilepsy-inducing colours and so much mayhem that its name can't be known at the moment (or can it?).
TAVROS: i DON'T WANT TO BE YOUR POOPMASTER ANYMORE,
TAVROS: sO I'M NOT GOING TO BE,
And then he flies away while using her own old taunts against her and flipping her off with both hands. Or as one fan put it, "He is flying on the wings of the birds he is flipping at Vriska!"
There's something else to this. It's been noted that despite some of the ghosts having existed for millions of years, none of them have changed or grown at all. Of all the ghosts Tavros is the only one who has been shown as capable of evolving beyond what he was when he died.
Not forgetting that after spending his whole life (and death) fascinated by the idea of flying, he's finally done it. No wings, no magic, no robot parts - he just decided he was going to fly away and did it. If that's not awesome I'm not sure what is.
Let's also give John some points for almost instantly sticking his hand into the artifact after they find it. John is completely willing to die thousands upon thousands of times. The kid isn't afraid of death.
Spades Slick has brought back the felt mob, under his control, with Ms. Paint filling in for Snowman. This is gonna be one hell of a climax.
John's new apparent power lets him teleport to any place or time within the vast Homestuck multiverse. This is something that even Jade can't do (as she can't hop from one universe to another). Now if only he could get it under control.
The second disk ends, and the third is placed in, leading the audience into the next part of the story... PSYCHE! A hiatus is put into place, with Hussie working on multiple Homestuck-related projects, including the Gaiden Game, the Act 6 Act 6 pages, and the Grand Finale animation. Meanwhile, Caliborn takes over for the time being, laughing his ass off while Trolling the audience.
It turns out that Roxy's God Tier powers as the Rogue of Void allow her to steal the nothingness out of something. In other words, she can conjure virtually ANYTHING. Even Jade admits that her powers are almost as cool as hers.
Jade mentions that, even with her keen ability to smell, she can't figure out where John is. To put that into perspective, consider this: Jade has been shown to be the most powerful of the B1 Kids, and she can even be seen fleetingly punching out John in what appears to be a Curb-Stomp Battle. If John teleported away with the power that he gained at the end of the last Intermission, she could easily follow him and incapacitate him with ease. However, he is experienced enough in controlling his wind-based powers that he can use the drafts in order to throw off Jade's ability to follow his scent, to the point where she has absolutely no idea where he could be hiding. In other words, John can hide from a nigh-omnipotent Physical God. That really takes skill.
On a related note, Roxy manages to throw some insults at Jade, without any sign of fear. It's likely that the only reason Jade doesn't retaliate is because HIC needs Roxy.
It turns out that by sticking his hand into the juju, John became unstuck from reality. This means not only can he randomly warp throughout the narrative, he can actually change the past without causing any doomed timelines. Forget time, space, and breath. If John could control his powers, he could become a Game Breaker.
Not to mention how on the ball he seems to be now. John understands what's going on better than Rose!
After putting up with Caliborns shitty version of the story, John finally snaps and calls out Caliborn for perverting their story after he tries to make his versions of Dave and Rose kiss, because A) They are siblings and shouldn't be doing that in the first place and B) Caliborn has resorted the female leads to just blindly following the male hero around and kissing him whenever he does something brave when they all had their own adventures. Since Caliborn is supposed to represent the Fan Dumb of Homestuck who misinterprets the story, this could also serve as Hussie calling out them as well.
Aranea's master plan deserves props for its sheer insane ballsiness. It boils down to retconning Lord English's existence entirely and mastering her healing powers so she can heal time itself, making the "doomed" timeline un-doomed. Granted, Meenah for one doesn't think it has a chance in hell of succeeding.
Shortly after announcing this plan, she takes its next step by controlling the power of several Damaras across the vast gulf of paradox space to lift the battleship straight into the sky.
And then, she decides she needs to make use of Jake's heavily-foreshadowed Page of Hope powers, but doesn't have time to wait; so, she decides to accelerate the process by using her Sylph powers to take care of "every fault and fissure in [Jake's] mind. [Her] vision 8-fold sheds light on every injury [he] has ever suffered, whether emotional or physical." So in other words, she just decides to HEAL JAKE OF HIS INCOMPETENCE, so all of his mental blocks and emotional issues stopping him from being the complete, game-changing badass he's supposed to be will just disappear.
Jade ends up coming up with a pretty creative solution to getting rid of Jake for the time being. She teleports Derse itself right out from under Jake and switches places with LOFAF.
Jade decides to fight back by summoning the full power of the Green Sun. The Hope Field overpowers that too, and the sheer force of the blast is powerful enough to make Jade shed her Grimbarkness. Damn.
Just as Aranea smugly tells off Roxy and puts her to sleep, Brain Ghost Dirk materializes out of Jake's massive power right behind her.
The fact that Brain Ghost Dirk can even do that is one itself. Why? Because since he is a part of Jake's mind. Jake essentially gave this version of Dirk the same powers the 'original' has. Mull over for a moment that Jake can become powerful enough to replicate God-tier powers.
As a more subdued example, Vriska finally owning up to her actions and terrible attitude after seeing so much of herself in Aranea after the latter's Face-Heel Turn. As far as the presentation goes, it's a quiet, reflective moment compared to all the examples above, but as far as Vriska's character arc is concerned, it is the crowning moment of her Character Development thus far.
Watered down a bit as she's done this before to John before going back to her old ways.
[S] GAME OVER: In a rapid sequence, the following happens: Gamzee throws Karkat in the lava, Kanaya slices Gamzee in half, Aranea runs the sword through Jake and Jane, Noir and PM kill Dave, Condy laserbeams the area, killing Kanaya, and then she and Aranea use their power to battle each other, wrecking multiple planets including LOFAF, Terezi and Rose make it out, Terezi stays alive far longer than she has any right to be, Rose's attack on Condy is failed by a trident throw and is set to be obliterated by Condy's power before Roxy uses her invisibility to presumably save her, Aranea is in the literal clutches of Condy, and John gives Caliborn a well deserved beatdown before he zaps away. As of this moment, the fate of the story has never looked bleaker.
Special mention seriously goes to Terezi. Despite watching two of her best friends die right in front of her, despite having the living fuck beaten out of her to the point it's a wonder she's still alive, what does Terezi do when Aranea telekinetically stabs her in the chest? She PULLS THE BLADE OUT and keeps going!Made of Iron redefined.
Before getting stabbed, Karkat charges toward Gamzee, outrunning Kanaya in the process. This bearing in mind this line from earlier:
The scene where John beats the shit out of Caliborn. John is enraged at this point, and is so unbearably frustrated that he gains the upper hand on Caliborn, sits on top of him and beats his face in with his own two hands. Caliborn is only spared by John teleporting away, and his reaction to said beating only makes it more awesome.
Bear in mind that, up until this point, Caliborn was considered to be one of the most powerful players in the history of the game - and John was still able to kick his hairless ass, unarmed. It's like The Worf Effect in reverse, and it is very satisfying to see.
In the second 10/25 update, the Condesce takes on Aranea—by forcing the Life Ring off of her, snapping her neck, and throwing her into the fire. A moment later, her death is deemed 'JUST.' A good end (at least for the moment) of this Manipulative Bitch.
Hussie's words regarding [S]: Game Over.
Andrew Hussie: About the Flash. Or really, A663 as a whole. Truly we are back in the saddle, with bad anime and mass murder - the quintessential Homestuck Experience. A year ago I knew I was going to have to pause for a long time. I made sure to cut it off just before this act, not after.]] Leaving you hanging on that note for a year... damn. Not even I am that cruel. Now you will only have to wait a week to see what happens next. I will say this much. It sure is a bunch of stuff that happens. The regular update engine lurches back to life on 11/1.
But as of typing this, by my watch, 10/25 isn't over yet, and technically neither is the update day. Hmm.
Act 6 Act 6 Intermission 4
John's flight through the absolutely gorgeous post-Game Over Scenery Gorn.
John and Roxy have just watched Rose die. They are feeling extremely depressed about continuing to exist in a doomed timeline. Suddenly Terezi comes flying in on her jetpack, still bleeding heavily, walks out of the crater she crashed in, headbutts John in the face, and says:
Jade, in the midst of a conversation with Calliope, lets it slip that she has met a Calliope from a doomed timeline who managed to predominate over her brother and reach god tier. This could very well be the instance of Calliope capable of defeating Lord English.
John defeating Typheus's challenge. Instead of either drowning in oil or zapping away, he zapped away the oil (an act the comic itself literally refers to as him "taking a third option") across different points in the comic!
He then proceeded to play The Breeze on his world's organ, not only cleaning the planet itself, but blowing the stardust from Caliborn's Homestuck cartridge!
When he finally gets a better grasp on his powers, he makes perhaps his greatest retcon yet: He's able to teleport to the moment Terezi tried and failed to use her Seer powers to think up a plan (the panel even receives a second path to go down).
On the 12/15/14 update, Terezi finally succumbs to her wounds and keels over dead, but not before delivering words of advice to John and giving him a list of things that can change the bleak future. After surviving perhaps the most severe physical and emotional trauma of any character in the story, Terezi chooses to die on her own terms, satisfied and victorious - a fine sendoff indeed.
What's John's first step on his quest to salvage the timeline? Nab the Ring Of Life, which has the immediate effect of sparing the lives of Rose, Dave, Jade, Karkat, Terezi, Kanaya, Jake, Jane, and (possibly) the Mayor.
Act 6 Act 6 Act 5
Preemptive moment of awesome for Caliborn's 'masterpiece.' Whatever is going to happen here, Hussie has promised that it will have significant effects on the plot.
The Grand Finale
The Grand Finale isn't actually out yet, but it's sure to be so unbearably awesome that it deserves its own folder.
Meta and Fan Content
Andrew Hussie's big speech on how he makes his comic, as recorded on the main page.
Hussie scores another CMOA when he opened up a donation drive to help victims of the earthquake in Japan by selling Squiddle plushies. He managed to sell all 20 pairs within an hour for over $2000!
Andrew Hussie responding to perfectionists demanding he maintains a perfect schedule in updating, despite his output surpassing Kevin & Kell. Bonus points for using Insane Troll Logic to threaten possibly going on break for 13 years for achieving such an accomplishment.
Non-Story example: In the August picture of the Homestuck 2011 calendar, there is a nice shot of all the guardians enjoying a summer day. In the backround, Bro can be seen RIDING A FUCKING SHARK.
While working on the End of Act 5, he temporarily looped this page to that page, finally concluding the incomplete Jailbreak after four years with this. Paraphrasing, while it's not as GREAT as concluding with an EOA5 flash, it's still SPECIAL as a solid conclusion to Hussie's first story.
He broke the Internet. Andrew Hussie literally broke the Internet.
To explain, when Hussie uploaded [S] Cascade, his site couldn't handle that big of a flash, so he hosted it on Newgrounds. Within five minutes, Newgrounds had crashed.note To further explain, it had been years - years - since Newgrounds had ever had significant server issues, due to their business relying on 100% uptime; that's why it was chosen in the first place, because the assumption was that it could handle the entire HS fanbase, as it had once or twice previously. This assumption was in error. He then put the file up on Megaupload, so people could download it and view it locally, and he crashed Megaupload's servers. Then Tumblr crashed from everyone posting about it. THAT is awesome.
Following the long hiatus, Andrew and his game coder (Alexis) update with a massive HTML5 game that's so rad that Internet Explorer can't even handle the flash intro (which can be found on Youtube). Did we mention that this was apparently the first of three games?
Shortly thereafter, MSPA went partially adless. So far only the major banner below every panel has been removed, but still.
Homestuck is getting its own video game. That speaks for itself in terms of just how big the comic has become.
Even better: it earned over $100k out of its $700k quota within an hour of its posting, $350k within half a day, and half a million dollars within 24 hours. In 32 hours, it exceeded the quota with 28 days remaining to raise money. Wow.
This is, in fact, so awesome it prompted Andrew to give the audience a So Proud of You note like Dad usually gives John/Jane.
And don't forget the two people who reached God Tier backing...
As of the 17th it has reached 200% backing.
And as of the 23rd, it reached $1,700,000. That's right, a whole million dollars more than the goal.
As of the 29th, it has broken 2 million dollars and reached 300% backing.
Final kickstarter total: $2,485,481, or roughly 355% backing, placing sixth on the top ten Kickstarter projects list on The other Wiki. And there's still the Paypal version planned for people who can't/don't use Amazon Payments.
Due to the recent Hurricane Sandy power outages in New York, MSPA was down for a few days. What does Andrew do as soon as it's back up? Gives us a massive fan pleasing update. Also doubles as a Tear Jerker when you read the dialogue of the ministrife update and notice all of the indicators that the update was meant to be released on Halloween.
This MSPARP conversation. A roleplayer of an obnoxious fanmade lovechild of John and Karkat has a run-in with an absolutely flawless Dave roleplayer. The results must be seen to be believed. Seriously, is this a roleplayer or the actual Dave Strider?
Bonus points for the fact that the Dave role player causes the other guy to Rage Quit.
Let's Read Homestuck has reached the end of Act 5. A single fan run group has managed to, through solely volunteer efforts, dub over half of one of the longest works in the english language.
A long time ago, fans endeavored to create a flash depicting the trollsí battle against their Black King. Four years later, [S] Rex Duodecim Angelus was finally released on 6/12. Set to the eponymous song, it is pure, distilled awesome. Every troll gets an Awesome Moment, and each of their personalities shine through the well-done animation. Itís peppered with references and Call Backs to the main comic, including several blink-and-youíll-miss-it moments. Truly a Crowning Moment of Awesome for everyone involved, as well as the fandom as a whole.
This cosplay video of Jade, Jake, Meenah, John, Dave, Rose, Dad, Tavros, Kanaya, Trickster!Dirk, Roxy, the Condesce, Gamzee, Sollux, Vriska and Eridan dancing and singing to Katy Perry's "STARSTRUKK". The clincher? All of the characters listed were played by the same girl. Yes, even Dad Egbert.
What's the first thing that happens after the Gigapause? Fans end up crashing the site again due to traffic - even with several improvements to the server. The fact that, even after a whole year without updates, something like Homestuck is still able to generate that kind of traffic is nothing short of incredible.
Dante Basco takes his involvement with Homestuck to a new level with a music video.
Let's just say that:
Any time you see "[S]" next to an entry, it's a pretty safe bet to say you're in for something great.
Any time you see a de-chibified picture of one of the kids, you know you're in for something great. It's called "Hero Mode" for a reason.
Any time you see "Ascend" or "Enter" in the title, you know you're in for something great. Not necessarily happy, but great.
Any combination of the above, you know you're in for something awesome.
Pick an EOA, any EOA.
It also stands to reason that whenever Andrew takes a break from updating 7 pages a day without posting why, you can bet that something amazing is going to happen in about a week.
Although he very rarely does take days off, usually after an animation where he's been pulling allnighters to get it done.
The existence of Homestuck in the first place. A comic that stretches the boundaries of what it means to be a webcomic, with a 20+ album soundtrack, dovetailing into an inevitable epilogue game that raised upwards of 2 million dollars on Kickstarter.