Nice one Scott! I feel them punches!
Thanks! When Benita was proofing the page, I knew she got to this part when she said “owe.” Owe indeed!
Where’s the rest of the team, much as we love Tom getting smacked in the face, the team were a lot more affective
The team is still there and in action, we’ve just cut away for a bit.
Tom is, I suspect, once again serving as a distraction. And Joe is an idiot. Were I he, I’d be searching for Iron Claw high and low, not trading blows with an opponent who can’t even fly.
It’s quite possible that Tom isn’t a doofus in battle, and that he could be attacking from the front while he sends his team in from the flank or such. Or, he could be a doofus.
Enjoy the art and of course the crunching of Tom’s nose, but yeah it doesn’t really make sense.
“I was just nearly killed by the team and had to pray as my lifeblood dribbled out all of 30 seconds ago. I know, I’ll put away my most powerful tool and just go and brawl and assume handicapping myself will go better.”
It’s an expression of contempt toward Tom. He’s saying he doesn’t consider Tom a real threat, hence his putting away the mace.
if a villan had a small ego? also testosterone poisoning.
When ego >> common sense that’s usually when bad things start to happen….
Admittedly not a wise move, but a very contemptuous one.
I am remind of that first Thanos miniseries how Thanos is facing all the Marvel big shots, and he gets taunted into fighting without the … what was that… It was a gauntlet with powered gems in them, and gave him absolute power.
It’s a shame people even label people “Villians” in comics. Trust me, they are no more villiany than the school bully.
Order the Premiers to fight (and kill) each other or I kill all the innocent people of Spire City….yessssss, what will you do now Squadron Premier.
PS: After you all lay dieing on the ground; I’ll incinerate Spire City. After all, I said ” I ” wouldn’t kill them; didn’t say nothing about the incinerating the city and having the flames kill the people.
Sorry, what were we talking about?
I agree on the villains. It’s hard to pin down who’s a villain sometimes. For example, Dr. Doom and Lex Luthor have done evil stuff, and they’ve done noble stuff. They are primarily called villains for being opposite of the heroes.
A few of our characters have been villians: Tactical and Wissenschaft. These guys are bad news. Dr. Synn has been a villain, but once his sanity was restored (more or less) his game is so obscure as to be undefinable… For now, anyway.
Truth. This is where you have the ideas of antagonist rather than villain, or I suppose in comicdom the use of nemesis, which is an improper use of it generally outside of Synn perhaps, as a proper nemesis should actually win more often than not.
Anyway still not really happy with this page as there is ego or contempt, but that usually comes at a perceived moment of strength, not when you’ve just been begging for the scraps of your life as you thought you were dying from having been beaten down by the self same people. At this point it would make much more sense for him to retreat to reassess his strategy or use his powers with the mace to scatter his foes before they hurt him again as they _just_ showed they could in near identical situation while he’s first distracted engaging with Tom.
Luckily, as is he way of things, I’m sure I’ll be happier with future ones and in with the attention span of a typical web comic reader I’ll have forgotten all about this in a few more pages.
Synn’s motives have always been clear. Maximum chaos for minimum effort. The only difference is that before he was acting on the scale of a single man (bombs, a tanker truck speeding through downtown, etc.), then he suddenly got uber-demon powers, and so causing all kinds of chaos (we’re still seeing aftershocks of the War in Heaven) was very little effort to him. Then he was de-demoned, but also joined by the goddess of Chaos itself, and began setting up the long game.
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