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Update 19: Shock and Awe

January 28, 2014 12:02 am

I love that look of approval Sam gives in Panel 1. Apparently that’s the way to win her over. Kick someone’s ass handily = respect.

I decided to drop the sound effects for the rest of the fight in part because you have so many in the first one. For another, I had them initially and it just looked too silly. Things like “SMASH!” and “PUNCH!” They simply don’t belong in this kind of comic, so I decided to let the action speak for itself. Thankfully, the art is pretty spectacular, so I can hang my hat on that.

We gained a few more Facebook friends this week! Just wanted to extend a hello and welcome to any newcomers, for whom this update is their first comic. And for those who read the comic regularly, you have my unending gratitude, as well.


We reduced the pixel size for all updates, which should account for a big reduction in load-times for many of you. We’ve received some suggestions that include reducing the entire page size, which I’d be happy to do if it didn’t completely change the way the site’s organized right now. We’re actually working really hard on a responsive version of the site, which might allay some of those concerns and issues. But I’m always open for constructive crit and suggestions, so please feel free to let us know what you think.


  1. Daelyte says:

    Groin slap? Really? With a broken arm, I’m not sure he’d even notice.

    Could have gone with a spinning backfist to the jaw or something. If he’s not aware enough to defend it, that’s a fight ender.

    • Sal says:

      I’d say the training took over, but I’d give too much away… 😉

      • Daelyte says:

        I’d guess she trained some “self defense” style with jujutsu influences, like RBSD or krav maga. Or she went out of her way to train Bartitsu because she’s a total Sherlock Holmes nerd.

    • Tiffany says:

      I like your style! As soon as I read “spinning back-fist” my brain immediately went to Chuck Norris, I’m not even sure if he’s ever even done that. lol

      Yeah it sure does seem like Sato might be applying some sort of bureaucratic approach to incapacitating someone. She needs to cross all her “T’s” and dot all her “I’s”. That’s an interesting sort of character trait (flaw?) of hers. Maybe the groin punch was more for her then to hurt him? lol.

      Either way, you really know your fights! 😀

      • Daelyte says:

        Yes, that sort of move seems fairly common in oriental martial arts movies, so Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan, and others probably all used it.

        In reality, spinning techniques are extremely powerful, but slow and risky vs fully aware opponents, so they are most useful as a finishing technique when you have a good opening.

        The lead hammerfist / cross punch combo is the reason exotic hand strikes were banned from western boxing. Too many boxers got paralyzed or killed by that one.

  2. DaemonDan says:

    Still confused about the relationship between the various government folk. But it seems red-head government lady has potential for awesomeness with the Binturong crew 🙂

    • Sal says:

      Reis is a Captain in the US Navy. Sato is a NAV Corp executive. Since there’s only one company that builds everything, the gov’t and the company kind of work hand-in-hand. It’s at best an uneasy alliance, and at worst a powder keg between the two strongest groups on the planet.

      And who knows what might happen with Sato in the future. I like your thinking!

    • Tiffany says:

      Right? Maybe it’s the red hair, maybe it’s the glasses but she’s really starting to grow on me! I also thought it was funny/cute that she is embarrassed, I think, in the last panel.

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