06/25/18 – Disarmed Previous | Next First Strip Original Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next First Strip Original Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent And so the long final battle madness of this part of this series begins. 🙂 First Strip Original Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent 06/21/18 – Gounder’s Throne Room 06/26/18 – Not How It Works 13 Comments reader June 25, 2018 at 12:39 am 10 months ago So does the hook ever leave? Coyoty June 25, 2018 at 12:51 am 10 months ago We don’t see any hook when Mauricio starts narrating this story. Kaidah June 25, 2018 at 8:42 am 10 months ago I don’t think we see him take his serape off while he’s narrating so it might still be there. Although it would admittedly protrude somewhat, so it’s probably not. Also Jabby is on his left shoulder instead of his hand, so I have a bad feeling this encounter with the (The? is the “The” part of his name?) Gounder is going to get worse before it gets better. Coyoty June 25, 2018 at 12:49 am 10 months ago Wherein the Gounder and Jabby reenact the scene of King Arthur vs. the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Except the Black Knight wins. Sardtok June 25, 2018 at 10:31 am 10 months ago You’d think jabby could just remove most or all of the torso to disable the sponge. Or perhaps he could integrate with it to power up his blaster even more. Mic June 25, 2018 at 12:29 pm 10 months ago You’re assuming he has the power to do so while also fighting. Efogoto June 25, 2018 at 12:53 pm 10 months ago Given what he accomplished in the encounter with the Kreebrick, dealing with the sponge seems almost child’s-play. Anyone as childish as Jabby should be able to handle that. Nathanyel June 25, 2018 at 10:35 am 10 months ago Panel #7: “Oh noes, I’m being dismembered, what a bother…” Peter Rogan June 25, 2018 at 11:40 am 10 months ago I must say, Chris’s fight scenes are the most horrifying and realistic physical battles I’ve seen rendered. Combat typically is a process of loss, the winner being the one who loses less and retains the battlefield, but I can’t recall another artist, aside from Vaughn Bod?, who renders combat losses so explicitly. Or who poses an existential question as the break point in the action. Who, after all, is hostage to who? Whose perspective wins out here, regardless of who wins the physical fight? Nice touch. I shall study it further. Christopher Baldwin June 25, 2018 at 12:42 pm 10 months ago Thank you, @Peter. That means a lot. I like to think it’s because of how much I abhor violence. Efogoto June 25, 2018 at 12:25 pm 10 months ago “I’m Spartacus!” I was so sure that two other guys were the Gounder already that now I’m sure this declaration is a ruse. After all, he only used an energy sponge instead of a gounder to make his point. PeterK June 25, 2018 at 2:39 pm 10 months ago Heck yes. Here’s that sweet sweet battle we all saw coming. TB June 25, 2018 at 9:08 pm 10 months ago WINNER SPOILER! Mauricio is narrating this story. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.