Comic 1241 - Try To Not Die

20th Sep 2015, 9:00 PM
Try To Not Die
Average Rating: 5 (24 votes)

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Centcomm 22nd Sep 2015, 5:55 PM edit delete
OKay new Reboots are up starting here
at page 58
page 82

I actually had to add a page >_<
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Haegan2005 20th Sep 2015, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

He is a dang paladin.

I kinda like that. The world needs more people who stand against evil, rather then those who ignore it.
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:01 AM edit delete reply

Yep I agree.. Dolly also has a tendency to do what Demo is doing here.
Sheela 21st Sep 2015, 11:45 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, but Dolly is even tougher than he is, so she has less reason to fear the "monsters".

Since this is more dangerous for him, it's also more of a challenge and says more about his bravery.
The Old Scribe 20th Sep 2015, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

Horatius at the Bridge. A true warrior, this man Democlus. Let's hope he has learned his craft well. He'll need it.
Tango Xray Actual 20th Sep 2015, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
There are things worth sacrificing all for.... besides, it might be Noctis who comes knocking at that duralloy door.

Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:02 AM edit delete reply

Yes he will.
Mark_L_A 20th Sep 2015, 9:10 PM edit delete reply

And Arianna WANTS her date.
Dragonrider 20th Sep 2015, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

@Mark_L_A: Correction Arianna wants to have his babies.
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:02 AM edit delete reply

Both actually.
Sheela 21st Sep 2015, 11:46 AM edit delete reply

Dates first, babes later.
Dragonrider 20th Sep 2015, 9:18 PM edit delete reply

Now the obligatory tearful goodbyes have been given the girls had best beat feet, it's a long,long way to Aeneas's safe haven unless Lynns boyfriend has repairs well underway.
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:02 AM edit delete reply

Yep .. :D
Sheela 21st Sep 2015, 11:46 AM edit delete reply

Maybe Lynn's boyfriend stole the train, so they're stuck now. XD
Haegan2005 22nd Sep 2015, 4:41 AM edit delete reply

I had thought about that actually. though if he is trying to stealth in, taking the train would just warn the AIS. After all, an empty train arriving would be noticed.

Apologies Cent, I just cannot remember how to spell the name!
jamie59 20th Sep 2015, 9:19 PM edit delete reply

Damm stubborn bastard. Don't kill him. Please.
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:02 AM edit delete reply

We shall see .. wont we :D
Sheela 21st Sep 2015, 11:47 AM edit delete reply

Well, he *is* a redshirt.
Stormwind13 21st Sep 2015, 6:07 PM edit delete reply

Sadly, yes he is Sheela (or he is at least DRESSED that way).
Lurker 20th Sep 2015, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
"I've always wanted to test myself against a cassian".

1) No, son. You don't.
2) I wonder if he's smart enough to figure out that Nox is pulling her punches?

And of course, there will be no end of fun once the OTHER force shows up... (And in what order? Hmm???)
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:03 AM edit delete reply

I dont think Nox knows HOW to pull a punch.
Stormwind13 21st Sep 2015, 10:44 AM edit delete reply

Absolutely, Lurker. If Democlus has ANY sense he really doesn't want to tangle with a Cassian. ESPECIALLY not Nox!!! Because that is a death wish!!!
Lukkai 21st Sep 2015, 3:40 PM edit delete reply

Now on the one hand, I'd like to say that the Cassians are not unbeatable for an elite soldier.
But then it might also just be him trying to apeace Ari's mind.
Stormwind13 21st Sep 2015, 6:12 PM edit delete reply

I don't think he has the experience to successfully fight Nox, Lukkai. He might have the potential to beat Cassians, but I don't think he is ready for the stage he is about to be thrust upon. If Dolly doesn't get there first, Nox is likely to kill him. :-(
anonymous coward 21st Sep 2015, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
Preparation overcomes many obstacles: If he starts planting a maze of landmines, claymores and discretionary charges he could possibly be prepared for multiple possible angles of attack by the time... she... walks around the ambush and avoids it completely.
Lurker 21st Sep 2015, 11:52 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, I was thinking all of that a couple of pages back, but it wasn't the right time to post. I DO expect him to get busy preparing the tactical battle field. I DON'T expect it to do him much good.

I'm talking about Nox pulling punches based on her strong hints to her sisters to pull thiers (Four of Swords, reversed), and her understanding with her superior.

*BAM* "You FOOL! You KNOW that it will take MORE THAN THAT to FORCE ME to RETREAT TO BASE"
Sheela 22nd Sep 2015, 2:22 PM edit delete reply

Nox would not do that, she hates humans.
Tokyo Rose 22nd Sep 2015, 3:06 PM edit delete reply

Lurker, you're thinking of Noctis. Similar name, but extremely different person. Noctis is the white-haired, pale-skinned rules lawyer with gold eyes; Nox is the white-haired, grey-skinned creepy human-hating murder-machine with the red eyes.
Guest 22nd Sep 2015, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
Noctis you would actually bring home for mom and dad to meet.

Nox, you wouldn't meet her unless it was on a different planet in a different Galaxy and you had 140 different throw away identities between your REAL ID and her. At a minimum.
cattservant 20th Sep 2015, 9:46 PM edit delete reply

Got a hot date,
don't be 'late'!
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:03 AM edit delete reply

Fairportfan 20th Sep 2015, 10:18 PM edit delete reply

"If you're caught in the Birkenhead Drill, you owe it to yourself to stand smartly to attention while the ship sinks."
Tango Xray Actual 20th Sep 2015, 10:50 PM edit delete reply
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:04 AM edit delete reply

Oh yes. going down with the ship.. I cant even think of what was going though there minds.
Rashala 20th Sep 2015, 10:38 PM edit delete reply

yeah i forsee bad

also since some folks brought it up I am gonna state now
If I was able to meet/date'marry anyone in the dc universe
yes I would with Ceci, however and I think others will sgree
Ceci probally is fated, going to visit/date the ranger she and dolly met a lot of pages back
I have accepted that if that is so I am happy for em
that said, I would choose in that situation dr. silver's assistant for 3 powerful reasons
1.she is deep and complex
2. yes she is to me, extremely atractive both physically and mentally
3.I think we could make each other very happy, and like dr silver I do not see her as dangerious, but as a woman/mother placed in a horrifc situation, and like silver and her restraint algorithims, feel what she did to that waste of dna was not only justified, but the right thing.

there you all go, now you all know,yes I would with ceeci but, accept she likely is meant/would probally choose another

Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:04 AM edit delete reply

Ah Kelly would be happy to know that.
Rashala 21st Sep 2015, 5:40 PM edit delete reply

please feel free to tell kelly for me cent.

and if doc silver voices a issue,I will gladdly meet/talk with her about kelly, and she can hook me up to any monitor she wants to verify my honesty about kelly.
Tokyo Rose 22nd Sep 2015, 3:12 PM edit delete reply

It's going to take a long time (if ever) for Kelly to even be comfortable in a room with anything male; she put up a good face around Marcus because Dr. Silver was there, but she's severely damaged on a psychological level. It says something for her that she didn't just request that the court shut her down, but she has a very long and rocky road ahead of her.
Mark_L_A 22nd Sep 2015, 3:27 PM edit delete reply

Kelly would probably benefit from Momma Dolly and Big Sis CeCi. Plus living with Minx who KNOWS what happened and Minx KNOWS that Dolly is someone she can trust no matter what, would probably be a large help for her.

However, Dr. Silver might try to avoid it, a LOT of her breakthroughs come from her "other" abilities, whereas Callie's abilities are from her high level intellect.
Sheela 22nd Sep 2015, 4:34 PM edit delete reply

To be fair, Dr Silver is also very intelligent, even if Calliope has the edge in that department.

And Kelly could definitely learn a thing or two from Dolly. :)
Rashala 22nd Sep 2015, 6:22 PM edit delete reply

I understand that rose, and honestly I cannot blame her
but I still would like/want to help her on that road, and not because I am atracted to her,but beceause its th right thing to do
Cal 20th Sep 2015, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
That motherfucker has GOT to survive.

I swear to whatever gods there are, he dies, I'm going down with him. No one with that level of bravery and honor should ever die alone.
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:05 AM edit delete reply

wow .. you really like him. He is a good guy. and that part of him is not a red herring. he has no hidden agenda or anything.
Cal 21st Sep 2015, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
For a "minor" character in relatively few panels, he's demonstrated more honor and courage than many authors can get out of their main protagonists in pages and pages of text. That's a testament both to the character and moreso to the authorship.

Hell yeah, I like the dude. He's the best kind of good troop.
Tango Xray Actual 20th Sep 2015, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
The price of command - you can she it in her eyes....

Also, in the 'how could you' looks on the faces of the others. Excellent art CC. The lighting is excellent, perfect for the scene.

Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:06 AM edit delete reply

THis is the first time Acantha has actually dealt with this kind of situation. She knows his death would be on her hands if it happened.
Lukkai 21st Sep 2015, 3:43 PM edit delete reply

An important learning experience for sure. Regardless of how this will turn out for him.
Stormwind13 21st Sep 2015, 5:58 PM edit delete reply

To me, knowing the players, CentComm, I think Acantha is expecting that she just sent Democlus to his death. That first panel, the expression there says that to me. Worse, she had NO choice in doing it because of Democlus' actions. He took that decision out of her hands.

Now, she has said her goodbyes, she has to leave, not looking back. Remembering him, since that is the last time she thinks she will ever see him.
Timotheus 21st Sep 2015, 12:07 AM edit delete reply

He could just try telling Nox that the princess is in another castle after she cuts through the door and see if that convinces her to turn around and head in another direction. (Nox might give him points for at least trying before they fight, it would buy more time, and maybe she'd let him live.)
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:06 AM edit delete reply

Cperka 21st Sep 2015, 12:47 AM edit delete reply

Did he just raise ALL the death flags?
Jonboy 21st Sep 2015, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
Only if it was his last day before retirement, and his kids birthday. Also, he has to say "I've been through worse, what's the worst that could happen?"
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:07 AM edit delete reply

damn .. forgot to put that in.
Sheela 21st Sep 2015, 11:50 AM edit delete reply

"I'm invincible!"
Mark_L_A 22nd Sep 2015, 3:30 PM edit delete reply

Get it right Sheela. It's "I am Invincible"
Lukkai 21st Sep 2015, 3:46 PM edit delete reply

I'm pretty sure that he and Arianna did not sleep together the night before, nor is she with his child.

Also he has not outlined any specific plans for the rest of his life.

That added to the things mentioned above... No he didn't. Not by a mile.
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 4:14 PM edit delete reply

Nope they have no had the chance to do more than Flirt and Talk
Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 1:00 PM edit delete reply

Oh man, I had forgotten they actually used that line in a james bond movie. :D

Thanks for the link Mark_L_A. :)
Wolfsbane 21st Sep 2015, 1:55 AM edit delete reply

Demo, don't be a hero,
Don't be a fool with your liiife...
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:07 AM edit delete reply

wow thats a old song.. I remember it.
Wolfsbane 21st Sep 2015, 11:55 AM edit delete reply

I keep trying to forget it and then things like this happen to make me remember it all over again. :P
Matt Knab 21st Sep 2015, 2:12 AM edit delete reply

Blaze of Glory time...
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:07 AM edit delete reply

OH yes. Blaze of Glory indeed.
Sheela 21st Sep 2015, 11:51 AM edit delete reply

Who is this "Glory" person, and why is she blazing ?
Haegan2005 22nd Sep 2015, 4:46 AM edit delete reply

'Blaze' is the other dog who took the slippers before you got here....

Sheela 22nd Sep 2015, 2:24 PM edit delete reply

Dammit, did he hide the slippers in the glory hole ?

'cause I aint touching that !
Haegan2005 22nd Sep 2015, 4:51 PM edit delete reply

If they fit in the 'Glory Hole' then that is a scary sized 'glory hole'!

I would be leery of it as well!
Sheela 23rd Sep 2015, 1:01 PM edit delete reply

Be leary of any and all sizes of glory holes.

All of them are suspect !
mjkj 21st Sep 2015, 2:48 AM edit delete reply

Wow, you rock, Demo...

...and always knowing the right thing to say to each - wow...

Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:08 AM edit delete reply

yep. hes doing as he feels he must.
revzet 21st Sep 2015, 3:51 AM edit delete reply

The feels ;0;
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:08 AM edit delete reply

Ofgud01 21st Sep 2015, 4:13 AM edit delete reply
He is wearing a RED suit!!! Sorry everyone I am afraid he is a goner :(
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:08 AM edit delete reply

Heh .. Captain Picard wore red .. and never died.
chk 21st Sep 2015, 7:21 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, but 'Next Generation' doesn't count.
Lukkai 21st Sep 2015, 3:50 PM edit delete reply

What about the new movies? Got a redshirt with speaking part and a name living through both of them. Including dangerous planetary action.
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 4:15 PM edit delete reply

Yeppers ! Heck Maxus Wears red and he tore Hrists crap up bad!
Sheela 22nd Sep 2015, 2:25 PM edit delete reply

To be fair, Maxxus wasn't wearming much of anything, while beating up Hrist. :D
chk 22nd Sep 2015, 5:06 PM edit delete reply

velvetsanity 21st Sep 2015, 5:13 AM edit delete reply

Good thing for Democlus that Dolly and Ceci are encountering Nox before he does...
Stormwind13 21st Sep 2015, 6:31 AM edit delete reply

We can hope so, velvet. I got the impression that Nox was breathing down the girls' necks though. Guess we'll have to see who wins this horse race. I still fear for Democlus' life, lots that can go wrong.
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 7:09 AM edit delete reply

we will see who gets there first.
chk 21st Sep 2015, 7:26 AM edit delete reply

Congratulations on the 1300th comic (again).

It's a real milestone (again).
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 4:15 PM edit delete reply

that is untill the newest batch of Reboots go up .. then Ill reduce the page count again.
chk 21st Sep 2015, 4:33 PM edit delete reply

Well then, I guess, I'll congratulate you again.

However you count them, It's a whole mess of great art and story.
Sheela 22nd Sep 2015, 2:26 PM edit delete reply

Been a while since the last batch of reboots went up, looking forward to the next batch. :)
Centcomm 22nd Sep 2015, 2:53 PM edit delete reply

That should be later today or tomorrow ... :D
Sheela 22nd Sep 2015, 4:34 PM edit delete reply

Cool. :)
KarToon12 21st Sep 2015, 7:33 AM edit delete reply

To quote Jane Foster, "Do me a favor and don't be dead."
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 4:16 PM edit delete reply

yeah. classic line :D
sigpig 21st Sep 2015, 8:47 AM edit delete reply

IF Demo makes it through this alive, and with all the relevant bits still attached, he'd BEST be getting laid at the end of this!
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 4:16 PM edit delete reply

hehe :D
Twistedfro 21st Sep 2015, 1:30 PM edit delete reply

"I will do my best not to die" maannnn..If ever I had to say that sentence I'd curl up and bawl like a baby. you got a lot of emotions on this page. Very Nice :-)
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 4:16 PM edit delete reply

Thank you.. more of the feels coming down the pipe I assure you.
kitty 21st Sep 2015, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
I foresee either a hell of a hot date (possibly in the hospital, but whatever!)and an appointment to the position of Empress Acantha's personal guardsman....or a posthumous medal & a statue in the town square. I think we'd all prefer the first scenario *hint, hint*
Centcomm 21st Sep 2015, 4:18 PM edit delete reply

hehe gotcha. Acantha might just stick with Princess.. or even create a new title because of the stigma that her brother has attached to the old one.
Mark_L_A 22nd Sep 2015, 8:49 PM edit delete reply

StellarJay 22nd Sep 2015, 1:34 AM edit delete reply

It may very well be like there has only been one King John in England because none ever wanted to use that name again after the worst king that country ever had ruined it. Remember King John? He's the one famous for being pestered by Robin Hood and for being forced to sign the Magna Carta. The name Decimus may forever be reviled in the future.
mjkj 22nd Sep 2015, 4:01 AM edit delete reply

Oh, well, with that name one must wonder what he did to his nine elder brothers... ^_^
Sheela 22nd Sep 2015, 4:41 PM edit delete reply

All countries have something that is strange about them, but some countries are .. stranger than other.

For example, there are people in Japan that licks doorknobs.
Personally, I blame it on Tokyo Rose, it just has to be her fault.
rfaramir 22nd Sep 2015, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
"Someone has to fight the monsters."

Ah, that gets me! Live or die, he is nobility personified.
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