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According to his post, it's "a season finale in terms of stakes"
Figured it had to be a student. Guessed wrong on which, though. Not that this is any less ominous.
Edited by TheLovecraftian on Mar 23rd 2020 at 7:39:03 AM
"so we’re not gonna go full thrasher film or anything"
This is mob business now. There will be murder. There MUST be murder. Oh what was it? "Stand down from full depictions of violence?" Well how. about?
Season finale, or series finale?
Yeah, but it's also Blaine. Like, the guy who decided recently that the logical, human response to some nutjob wearing a superheroine costume was to dress himself like a supervillain and threaten people with a ball-peen hammer while going full ham.
Isn't he great?
...for a certain value of the word "great", I suppose...
I'm just saying that was the most entertaining story arc in the whole series and it involved characters I am apathetic towards at best.
I'd love if Willis were to put their talent into an action webcomic like It's Walky! again.
Oh, don't get me wrong, Abusi-Dad was easily the most entertaining thing in that entire storyline, it's just he came after a moment that felt very tonally weird, and I only really enjoyed him because the concept crossed the line so hard it came back around, and even then, it kinda hurt the credibility of the entire thing for me, to the point where I'm still having a hard time taking things seriously, and am somewhat skeptical about this next storyline going into it.
That said, I much prefer Shortpacked/Early Dumbing Of Age Willis.
Edited by TheLovecraftian on Mar 23rd 2020 at 2:54:56 PM
I think a separate action series where they get to put all those creative set pieces would help DOA too, since there would be no need for them here and we could all focus on that sweet, sweet character drama and angst.
Like the action stuff isn't poorly drawn or anything, it's just a bad fit for this series. The wacky car chase or Abusi-Dad would be a good fit for a more comical and over the top action series.
Yeah this ain't looking good
I beg to differ.
Things are about to get fantastic.
Okay, Suspension of Disbelief is being hit again. How in the hell did they manage to grab everyone, make sure they weren't seen, make sure no one made any noise, and drive away unnoticed? These are all young adults, and while some of them may not be the most active, you can't tell me Joyce wouldn't struggle or try to make noise. Hell, aside from Walky and maybe Amber and Ethan if they were intimidated enough, I could see everyone trying to make some kind of ruckus to get noticed, possibly even biting if they had too.
Plus there's the fact that a lot of the characters make sense as to why they were taken. We see Blaine discussing Ethan, Mike, Joyce, and Sarah with Ross, and you can argue Asher told them about Walky, but why Dorothy and Sal? I mean, I guess you can argue since Asher was being forced to spy on them he could have told them that Dorothy was Amber's neighbor.
But Sal? Admittedly, its only an assumption she was taken since she's conspicuously absent during all of this, but wouldn't her absence in particular be a bad idea? For one thing, all of Asher's scenes with Sal in the present have implied Conflicting Loyalty, and its pretty obvious he is not working with Blaine cause he wants to. So why would he even bother to tell Blaine about her? And wouldn't suddenly going missing after she's been seen talking to someone her brother just got into a fight with and has ties to organized crime be a little noticeable?
At this point I'm rambling. Though seriously, these two idiots aren't the goddamn Batman, so how in the hell did they manage to kidnap five women and two men without being noticed?
Least it seems more likely Mike was just kidnapped by them. But by god I fear shit is about to get stupid.
Edited by RebelFalcon on Mar 23rd 2020 at 12:54:15 PM
What RF said.
Edited by Geoduck on Mar 23rd 2020 at 10:24:37 AM
Fourthed, if that's a word. If the plan really was "pull a fire alarm so everyone on clark wing is in one place at the same time so we can then kidnap six or seven teenagers from the middle of a crowd of people", then even if Blaine somehow invoked the help of some mafia thugs, the fact that that plan worked kills every small bit of tension this storyline was building with those last few strips.
Although, Falcon, I can't help but ask: why do you think they took Sal? I'm pretty sure she wasn't mentioned at any point in this storyline yet.
Edited by TheLovecraftian on Mar 23rd 2020 at 3:57:17 PM
Sal was with Joyce, so unless she misanthroped herself into the void, she'd still be around her.
Oh wait, I name-derped Sal and Sarah, nvm.
Edited by Adannor on Mar 24th 2020 at 10:01:53 PM
No prob, I did the same myself before posting and had to recheck the strips.
Also, one more point against this strip: Dina was right besides everybody that got kidnapped! She was looking at most, if not all of those people!
For one thing, Sal would possibly be a target under the idea she's someone close to Amber. For another thing, she is conspicuously absent during the roll call, yet we explicitely see her roommate Malaya leaving. Sal hasn't actually appeared in the comic since late January, so it just seems odd they wouldn't show her or at least mention her in the roll call. I mean, they showed Carla, Dina, and even freaking Roz, yet nothing on Sal so far.
It's the absence of evidence yeah, but considering how far removed Blaine is in terms of targeting people close to Amber, seriously Sarah barely even talks to her yet she was targeted just cause she got Ross' car towed, it wouldn't surprise me if they went after Sal too, especially if Ross somehow realized Sal is the reason Joyce was able to catch up to him and deck him in the face.
But outside of that, the only person who would have any reason of even suggesting Sal is Asher, which doesn't line up with his suggested characterization.
...Sal regularly goes out with Marcie and others to drink during the night, sometimes not coming back at all. She could simply just not have been there.
Joyce, Amber and Ethan have clear reasons to be taken. Sarah was taken because she had Ross' car impounded, so he'd be pissed at her. Walky and Dorothy were likely taken because they were standing too close to people who needed to be taken, and you might even be able to work in the idea that they're important to Amber and Becky respectively if you really squint. But there's no stated reason they'd take Sal as far as I remember. If anything, I'm surprised they didn't take Dina, although considering her status as an accidental ninja and the apparent leap of logic we're being asked to accept, goofiness is a part of this already either way.
I completely agree with you about this scene being bull, but I still don't really see why Sal would be here.
Except both Malaya and Carla are apart of their friend group which Amber has just been invited too. The only nights they're ever without the others in their group has been when they remain on the campus, mainly the ledge that Danny has take to playing his uke on, and when Marcie worked security at the rally.
Just seems odd to me ya know. Not to mention this seems to be like 4:00 am if Joyce's grumbling can be considered proof enough, and I can't really see Sal being out drinking at that time still. If anything, she'd be back in her dorm sleeping it off and prepping for a hell of a hangover by that point.
Edited by RebelFalcon on Mar 24th 2020 at 3:37:49 PM
Well, I guess if she's there we'll find out soon enough either way. And frankly, if Willis really does want us to buy that they kidnapped six teenagers, including Sarah (who would never have gone quietly) and Ethan (who's tall as fuck), then really, what's one more to the pile? Suspension of disbelief is going to be fucked either way.
At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if half the campus went missing and no one noticed. Blaine and Ross are just that stupid and fucked up.
What if they had a sign that said 'free donuts' but when you turn the corner they toss a burlap sack over you.
I could see Walky falling for that, actually. He'd be excited because the last time free donuts were a thing it was girls only.
Edited by sgamer82 on Mar 24th 2020 at 9:03:19 AM
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