Yo it’s rude to talk while you fight.
She may be a JERK but I like her attitude about things still!
Dang i must’ve missed some serious shit
i hate when i forget to read my webcomics during summer
i use comic rocket. keeps ‘em conveniently organized
Monkey? More like snake. Lady is cold-blooded and ruthless.
I’m assuming Reed has some machinery in that arm to put more punch in his punches. If that is indeed so,then,HOT DAMN! What are those buzz batons made of!? Tungsten!?
Or he’s just more fit than average due to being police, and it’s a heavy lump of metal.
I’m more amazed that Cebus was able to successfully parry Reed’s punch.
Made possible by her monkey-queen skills with a billy club.
I love the Rocket Elbow!
Although it’s actually an Elbow Rocket. But I’m not gonna nitpick anything involving awesome robot battles.
Actually, not that much of the punch comes from the arm itself and he’s still mostly organic. Besides, a prosthetic arm, futuristic or not, would most likely be composed of mainly heavy plastics to reduce the strain on the body that comes from carrying it around all the time. If it were iron or something similar, it would weigh over fifty pounds easy provided there’s not a large amount of hollow space inside. It’s really not that surprising that it could be blocked.
Bear in mind that the force the arm can exert is also limited by the squishy organic body it’s attached to. Realistically, it’s probably not safe to allow a prosthesis to be any stronger than a real human limb for any situation where reactive forces have to be transmitted to or through the meat parts of the body. Even if the arm all by itself is capable of it, the force of punching a metal baton hard enough to break it would probably tear the arm right off his shoulder.
Getting punched by Gear on the other hand might really suck. She’s got both arm and leg prostheses, so all she needs is something to safely transmit force between them across her truck, and she could punch like a Terminator. Wouldn’t even need to be an implant or anything, just a conformal linkage with some kind of clutch system in the joints. Even with modern tech, that could probably be streamlined enough to under clothing.
Try to remember this is a future setting. Metal may have gone thru the situation where it’s ultra light weight versions have been discovered. For all we know his arm might be made of Nitrium.
The arm’s weight only matters during acceleration. Imagine how much force is required to break the baton with a direct impact. The same amount of force is also gonna be exerted back on Reed’s body as recoil when the hit connects. You don’t really need to know anything about the arm’s materials and tech. All you need to know is which is sturdier by itself: the baton, or Reed’s shoulder. Once the hit connects, the arm’s basically in the middle pushing both ways, and is just gonna break whichever will break first.
Of course the corollary is that punching the baton that much harder than a meat arm could would either smash the baton out of Jones’s hands or knock Jones back instead of breaking the baton, since her meat body isn’t gonna be able to withstand that force any better than Reed’s. That could absorb enough of the impact to save Reeds shoulder, but it’s still be daft to let the arm punch that hard to begin with.
On a side note, I’d guess that the weight of a really good prosthesis should probably be balanced so as not to create asymmetric COG or stress loading on the rest of the body, rather than simply being as light as possible.
Okay, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that she’s not exactly stable, mentally. . .
Wow, Stevie….you da man!
Yeah, unstable, ya think? (“Hi, Reed, don’t mind me. I like our bang-out session last nite but I had to dust some cops…I know, sweetie, he was your dad but hey! What the heck? We argue with our parents at various times. NOW we can just be a cozy couple, you & me? How ’bout it-no more fightin’, just some good ol’ wrestling, okay?”)
Yeah, Stevie, that’d be unstable with a capital ‘S’….
She seems pretty stable to me. Have you ever seen her lose her cool?
She’s just not very moral.
“OBVIOUSLY you weren’t supposed to find out about it.”
Please find a way to keep her around. I love that attitude.
I wouldn’t worry about that. Good villains- the kind that the audience are able to hate thanks to good writing- tend to get saved for later parts of the storyline.
Also, the lack of violent good guy murdering bad guy action.
Kick that bitch’s ass, Reed!
(Is there really any more that can be said? :P)
I’m surprised she was into Reed since he’s not a furry (I think), I thought Alter was some sort of furry criminal mafia.
Maybe she sees the Furry Within.
Guys, what is Reed’s fursona?
Definitely a panda
Have to admit that I really like this exchange. I liked it enough that I even decided to write this comment stating just how much I liked it. It actually makes me want for there to be more comics with these two interacting.
This is gonna sound kinda weird, but with that kind of attitude, Jones would make a pretty good James Bond.
“Well, as long as I’m here anyway, might as well have some fun on the job!”
Less talking, more fighting!
Seriously though, its a shame Jones is a Judas. I had hoped she´s a double agent or something cause i wanna her and Reed to continue dating. XD
OK so it seems to me at Cebus is literally a sociopath. She’s got the hallmarks. What are your thoughts, friends?
yeah that seems pretty likely if im honest
Definitely. Kill Reed’s dad and co-workers but happily “be there” for Reed in the aftermath? That she’s acting out of an attraction to him alongside- or in spite of- Alter’s agenda shows just how manipulative she is.
My understanding is that sociopaths are incapable of empathy. Seeing as how Cebus is a part of a fairly large organization, but not the top, I’m not sure she would be kept around if she could not work with others and take their concerns into account. Now, given she had the task of being put in the police force and keeping tabs on them as the insiders, so I might be off on that.
That said though, I think the way she is acting is a tactic. She’s trying to make him angry, make him make a mistake in blind rage. Joke about his friends and family dying, talk about how you really wished you could keep him around like a lovesick puppy, treat it all like it’s nothing more than a game to you. Then double tap him upside the head with the baton and make your escape.
Actually sociopaths tend to do social climbing rather well. It’s not unusual to find them in power positions. They can’t empathize, but they can still spot the symptoms of emotion, and treat to that as a system to be gamed. Other people’s emotions don’t have to be subjectively real to them, they just need to have predictable observable effects, and with that plus a total disregard for their own subjective identity (why would the concept ever occur to you when all the “people” you’ve ever known were just NPCs?) they can just munchkin their way to success.
Sorry. What I mean is: sociopaths can easily be found in middle positions like that, because the things they have to do socially to fulfill that role are just part of the “game”. Being a sociopath doesn’t mean they have to be untrustworthy as a rule: if being trustworthy is what they need to be at that stage of the game, then that’s what they’ll be. Just because they lack empathy doesn’t mean they can’t understand strategy or the importance of social power bases.
Actually, you will find a lot of sociopaths in career jobs. Not everyone of them is a murdering lunatic. Most of them are not out to get other people but play them to gain profit. Of course, not all of them are a genius. So most sociopaths you will meet seem to be just normal self-centered assholes.
I would say less incapable and more uncaring of. Sociopaths are able to feel empathy for others, from my understanding. The real difference is that it’s either far less than what a normal person feels, or they have a very cold side to them that just says “So what? Why should we care?”
That’s not quite the case. As CBob says above, sociopaths don’t GET empathy. The rest of us GET emotions because we can look at a facial expression and feel that pang of sympathy; it’s hardwired into our heads. We are built to understand. They’re missing that machinery, so when they figure someone’s emotions out they’re doing it with logic. Therefore, even when they understand people it’s in a cold, dispassionate way into which ‘caring’ simply does not fit.
Working with others isn’t an issue for sociopaths. They may indeed lack empathy, but as long as it’s to their favor and suits their goals, they’ll do it. They’ll use people to their advantage, but if their cost/benefit analysis tells them that working with others rather than just acting individually will profit them more, they’ve got no problems doing so.
All these Furry plot and I can’t help but think that the Cyborg plot is brewing a nice pot of stew in the storyline soon.
Dear 42, I can’t wait to meet all your predecessors :I
That would be the Robot plot.
A robot plot? Steffi was right! WE’RE DOOMED!
Panels 1, 2, 4- EVIL.
Panels 5, 7, 8- SWEET.
That malicious playfulness… It may not be physically apparent, but her codename fits.
Her line in panel 5 really strikes it home.
And- DARN- Reed didn’t connect with his punch. She was pretty quick with her baton block.
Maybe she has subdermal animal implants?
I too suspect that.
Well, at least she’s honest.
But who cares about how hot Reed is anymore? Arm-kun is where it’s at, yo!
Panel 5: What a bitch. I really hope Reed’s dad and the other two are all right.
Wow, Jones has progressed from being a generically likable love interest who would’ve probably gotten stuffed in the fridge to being the most compelling villain to appear so far.
Gear was great and freaky and borderline crazy but damn, Jones is a psychopath and not a single person saw it coming. She literally doesn’t even react to Reed being in pain, she’s just disappointed she can’t bang him anymore.
Cube doesn’t appear to be the type of writer that would pull a women in fridge…
Yeah, this comic seems to specialize in people who aren’t quite right in the head. Makes me wonder if Cube went through a book on abnormal psychology and made characters out of all the different conditions. : )
On another though. No, Reed, don’t let Jones distract you in the last panel. . . .
Enter blitz and co. on Wednesday probably, oh what if she had a tracker placed in reeds robo arm that might be too sneaky for her though
42: I just was notified by the chip planted in officer Reed’s arm that he has fired a projectile.
Eh, being opponents didn’t stop batman and catwoman.
Well, not really the same situation; but still, after giving a best effort to put her in jail I’d still consider dating her.
Someone’s gonna die and it’s not Reed.
Anime monologues in a webcomic written in English about a girl from Germany.
here ya go:
I like Celesta even more now. I mean before she was just the girlfriend character but this change of character I really like.
“Aww, does this mean we can’t date anymore? <3"
Can we kill off Reed and keep Jones? Pwease?!?!?!
Part of me is like “Oh, well, at least she actually was attracted to Reed”. The other part of me is screaming in horror.
Reed: So you’re saying if I’d just played dumb, not only would I know you were a mole…you…”
Jones: Totally would’ve jumped yer bones, yes.
Reed: I am reeeally bad at this.
Jones: Yes. Yes you are.
Would playing dumb mean having to have let Cho die? Because saving her means he at least saw the stand-off and would/should be a little suspicious of Jones.
That sweet talking is not doing you any favors, miss.
Welp she might be the villian but she makes a fairly good point
Jay, are you kiddin’? My dad was a cop: he finally had to quit because of some of the cut-throatin’ that was goin’ on in the department.
“Hey I like you and you’re a pretty good banger!”
(yeah, okay, if you like that kind of point….whatever gets you thru the nite, eh? ‘Til they cut yer throat…yeah, good point)…..
finding out the one you were seeing is bent on killing off your squad isn’t going to result in witty banter. They’re not sparring there, if he loses he dies. Or perhaps you think she can afford leaving an extra eye-witness alive? She’s going to tuck and roll away while pulling the stun gun, stun him, then bash his brains in with the baton because he decided to get chatty. A lot of good his prosthetic arm is if she can block it with her baton and her small frame. Perhaps they can make the prosthetic a part of his tombstone and engrave the tombstone with “A lot of help THIS was!”
P.S. The arm isn’t going to be able to do anything superhuman. “The Six Million Dollar Man” conveniently left out some basic physics in order to make the show’s premise work. A prosthetic arm capable of lifting a jumbo jet is hobbled by the fact that it’s still attached to a normal human skeleton. The arm can handle the strain? Too bad the shoulder/spine can’t do the same. Instead of the arm snapping in two, the bones of the torso trying to support the arm will snap.
Although it is still made out of a solid material, so it probably would still hurt to get punched by it, and grip strength wouldn’t have that limitation, so Reed can probably grapple pretty well.
That, and built in gun parts.
dude, what about rocket fist? If it worked like an rpg there wouldn’t be any feedback.
Ala Geno from Super Mario RPG?
Also, my first sentence was genius! What a pun! *clap clap*
I don’t know if a couple of the faces Jones has made in the last two pages are impish or derpy. Can’t read this woman and her monkeyshines!
Well at least she knows what she wants.
*le sigh* Always the cute ones…
Hey the double cross was just business. We were personal totally different, Pick you up at 8 honey?
Colllldddd……pure, pure cold.
As I said in the previous panel, people, some of you are just sick, sick, sick.
Can you not even empathize with Reed and the pain he’s in? Have you no feeling?
No sympathy? Nothing?
Dear Lord Jesus! I was in a similar sitch myself many, many years ago, and I can tell you from personal experience that when you confront the traitor after hearing with their own mouths the truth, you find that you can’t even eat or drink. You just…..just…wanna give up.
I can feel for this man. I truly, truly can. My heart’s breaking with his & the knowledge he’s gained.
IF he knows what’s good for him, both to save himself and potentially his friend(s), he really has no choice but to kill Jones. There really, in the end, is no other option.
She’s already killed….his own dad (at least as far as he knows). AND…she’ll probably kill again.
Can he afford to let her live? I think not!!!
Of Course we can emphases with Reed. Of course Reed not going to agree with her. It not just any betrayal, He’s a Cop sworn to serve and protect and he not own found own of his own betraying that, but not just by being dirty but by turning other cops. Te fact that he’s from a cop family just make that worse. That fact he was actually involved with the that person makes the betrayal just that more personal.
We can see all that while still see her side, and finding it interesting because it so different
PS however there is just a small, small silver lining. He wasn’t just being played she actually liked him. Can’t you see how much worse it would have been if she was just playing a role with him?
Does anyone else here think he’s just playing heartbroken cop? We’ve already seen bad cop, and whatever cop, so is it a stretch that there might be a heartbroken cop act in order to drag out the most information out of your target?
Also if Arm-kun was built by you know who it would of easily snapped the baton in 2 with that punch. Reed is HOLDING BACK.
Curses. I totally believed that she was dating him for info on his dad. That was what they were talking about at the diner.
Unless she is lying…..
You don’t string-out a fight when you don’t know how many accomplices she has in the area. Add to this the fact that your partner is being chased by a sub-machinegun-wielding canine and you’ll have to agree that the LAST thing Reed wants is to make this fight last one second longer than it has to. His task is to subdue Jones ASAP so that he can go help Cho. He wouldn’t be “holding back” and he wouldn’t waste time with questions at this point. The time for questions is AFTER she’s been arrested.
IF she survives, Fad, IF she survives. As I said, he needs ….DESPERATELY…to polish her off. If for no other reason then that she’s apparently a crop duster. The cops are her crop and she’s been dustin’ them.
This is serious juju, dude, most serious.
No games here, folks.
Toast the Beyotch, Reed!
If that yellow/golden thing a couple of pages back was new ammo that Reed was putting into his arm, then it sure seems to me like he’s holding back. Granted, it seems like a bad idea for all the reasons you’ve given, but perhaps he’s stalling for a reason we don’t know. Or maybe too much hanging out with Steffi has made him think like a superhero? Therefore talking during combat, and saving the best attack for last.
I agree with Cube, except it’s not rude it’s stupid. Unless it’s like what happens on all PvPs of MMOs — two people drag the entire fight by putting away their weapons and chatting.
But seriously even if you are you never know when you make the other person hit you again. So don’t throw your arms(s)/weapon(s)/shield(s) out of Instant-Protect range.
Just commenting after archive-binging this comic in one go. The world-building, character growth, and how there are layers of little mires underneath everything are just fantastic. I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so pleasantly and consistently surprised by a webcomic, and you can count me as a die-hard fan!
And as awesome as Cebus is, peg me down as a Cho fan, all the way. I’m hoping she’s all right… : / : ) Keep rocking!
At least she wasn’t using him as a pawn.
Hey, talking is a free action, and it’s a free country!
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I drew this to practice my new Copics on, but then I realized that cardstock doesn’t take marker too well OOOPS
It says “Ganbatte Meri-Sensei” for maximum dumb.
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