Comic 1332 - Compelling Connection

5th Apr 2016, 9:00 PM
Compelling Connection
Average Rating: 5 (18 votes)
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Dragonrider 5th Apr 2016, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Building to an eventful cliffhanger for Friday.
Centcomm 5th Apr 2016, 9:29 PM edit delete reply

Sadly cliffhangers are going to unavoidable for a bit.. We are going to be on a serious roller coaster for a while.
Wolfsbane 5th Apr 2016, 11:06 PM edit delete reply

Since when have cliffhangers been a sad event for you two? ;)
Stormwind13 6th Apr 2016, 4:18 AM edit delete reply

Since NEVER, Wolfsbane! The (EVIL) Duo RELISH hanging us over the cliff's edge. Every chance they get!

Probably going to shift us to ANOTHER scene. See how many cliffs they can hang us over at the same time! ARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH. :-D
Sheela 6th Apr 2016, 8:21 AM edit delete reply

Yes, well ... Aeneas is heading full speed out over this particular cliff edge.

He just went Full Retard!
She's gonna be SO MAD!
Wolfsbane 7th Apr 2016, 1:47 AM edit delete reply

Yes exactly, that's my point, Stormwind. And yet we keep reading...
mjkj 7th Apr 2016, 8:04 AM edit delete reply

Nooooo, Storm, do not give them ideas...!!!
Professor Fate 5th Apr 2016, 9:37 PM edit delete reply
First cracker out of the box and Aeneas is acting like a cyber-asshole. I know, I know, he's confused, disoriented, blah, blah, blah. I think Dolly and the girls hauling ass was quite wise given Aeneas'temper. Maybe Prince Douchebag and company will run afoul of the rogue AI's temper tantrum if it doesn't set off the Doomsday Trio first.
Sheela 6th Apr 2016, 8:22 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, he was nicer when he was more broken.

Kinda ironic, I guess.
Lukkai 6th Apr 2016, 5:06 PM edit delete reply

Only to Acantha and whoever she personally introduced as a friend though.
Mark_L_A 5th Apr 2016, 9:44 PM edit delete reply

While all this is going on, Aeneas' defense will be in local only mode. So getting the ladies out IS the best course of action.
Centcomm 5th Apr 2016, 9:56 PM edit delete reply

Correct Mark!
CptKerion 5th Apr 2016, 9:56 PM edit delete reply
Ever had a feeling that either the first or last panel of the next page is going to be someone getting punched? Really hard? I've got this feeling right now.
cattservant 5th Apr 2016, 10:05 PM edit delete reply

Deep enough
in the roses
are thorns!
mjkj 5th Apr 2016, 11:35 PM edit delete reply

So poetic, Cat...
Sheela 6th Apr 2016, 8:24 AM edit delete reply

It's like getting a firm grip on a tiger's tail;
It's still a damn tiger, full of teeth and claws!
Don B. 5th Apr 2016, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Things are moving fast, yes. It's taken a looong time for all this to be finally coming together. I've enjoyed every step we've taken in this journey but I am glad to see this finally happening. The suspense was killing me and honestly, there's some asses that need kicked that I want to see kicked. My only misgiving has to do with who may not survive and it's a credit to you both that I actually care what happens to most of these characters.
Centcomm 6th Apr 2016, 11:12 AM edit delete reply

That you actually care about them is a heartwarming compliment to me and Rose. thank you :D I hope we dont let you down!
HeSerpenty 5th Apr 2016, 11:01 PM edit delete reply

Somebody KILL this guy! D:
He's kinda a pain in the a*s isn't he? >__>
Sheela 6th Apr 2016, 8:24 AM edit delete reply

YEah, getting those repairs haven't done muich for his social skills!
Centcomm 6th Apr 2016, 11:11 AM edit delete reply

But but .. Aeneas is one of the good guys! :D
Wolfsbane 6th Apr 2016, 11:56 AM edit delete reply

Maybe things would have been different if Rose had offered a Cookie of Good Intentions. At least Aeneas wouldn't be so hungry.

That's it! He needs a Snickers! Then he'll feel better.
Gilrandir 6th Apr 2016, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
Sadly, given that he was supposed to be a willing participant in these events, he does not appear to be so. As observed by another, apparently he must be brain-damaged in order to be nice. Also, it would be very interesting to know what possible priority could induce a regional A.I.S. In a degraded condition to decide that launching a remote retributive strike is a higher priority than getting his own house in order and restoring function to the equipment that is the literal reason for his existence.

I liked it better when I thought he thought he was defending himself.
That one guy 6th Apr 2016, 4:38 PM edit delete reply
@Gilrandir - Aeneas is cognitively damaged from a computational sense. In other words, insane. When first damaged he did strike out to keep everyone away from him, but managed to find some sort of equilibrium before destroying the whole city. Depending what's been repaired and what's been re-damaged, a violent outburst isn't that odd or unexpected.

Considering there is an increased risk of suicide as a known side effect of most (maybe all) general antidepressants these days. Unintended consequences for AIS mental tinkering in the future also makes sense (especially since this is a fairly experimental procedure).
mjkj 5th Apr 2016, 11:35 PM edit delete reply

Stormwind13 6th Apr 2016, 4:53 AM edit delete reply

Rather more, Oh $H!T, mjkj! Aeneas on a tear and Rose as Miss No Longer Appearing In This Comic.

At least, if Yasakani is to be believed, Tokyo Rose isn't GONE. Merely SERIOUSLY unhappy. If Aeneas pokes his head into HER sandbox, he'll likely come bouncing back out CARRYING said head. I'm thinking that in cyber combat, home field advantage is a killer.
Sheela 6th Apr 2016, 8:25 AM edit delete reply

Heck, even if he doesn't poke his head into her sandbox, she probably still have the advantage if she gets sufficiently pissed.
Visvires 6th Apr 2016, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
How much profanity does it take to crash a roman A.I.S?
velvetsanity 6th Apr 2016, 10:43 AM edit delete reply

That depends entirely on how quickly Rose is able to spew said profanity
Centcomm 6th Apr 2016, 11:11 AM edit delete reply

Uh oh.. pretty much sums it up :D
mjkj 7th Apr 2016, 11:50 AM edit delete reply

Indeed it does, does it not, Cent?

I hope Rose will be ok, though.
Timotheus 5th Apr 2016, 11:47 PM edit delete reply

For some reason the quote, "It's full of stars." just sprang to my mind. Any ideas why?
Stormwind13 6th Apr 2016, 4:40 AM edit delete reply

Portal into the unknown? :-D
Centcomm 6th Apr 2016, 11:10 AM edit delete reply

that comes ( SPOILERS! )
Timotheus 6th Apr 2016, 2:08 PM edit delete reply

"That comes (SPOILERS)"?
I'm sorry, but is a word missing? I've contemplated the statement for awhile and I'm just not getting any sort of meaning out of it.
Centcomm 6th Apr 2016, 3:15 PM edit delete reply

.. yeah if i say anything that wold make the sentence make sense then ive said too much! :D
Dragonrider 6th Apr 2016, 8:27 PM edit delete reply

It might have something to do with Roses connection to the Luna Star saga and her protection and help with the interstellar probe from the Epiphytes.
sigpig 6th Apr 2016, 3:40 AM edit delete reply

As if TR's ego isn't big enough, you had to turn her avatar (near end of her remote link) into a frickin' DEATH STAR in Panel 2? lol
Sheela 6th Apr 2016, 8:26 AM edit delete reply

Aw, at least it's easily dealt with. :)
You just drop a small cracker into the hole, it'll blow up.
Centcomm 6th Apr 2016, 11:10 AM edit delete reply

hahah .. I didnt even see that when I did the image
highlander55 6th Apr 2016, 4:44 AM edit delete reply

After this is said and done with the Three Ladies will party till they puke and won't give a shit how they feel in the morning.
Centcomm 6th Apr 2016, 11:09 AM edit delete reply

Oh yes .. so very drunk :D
Lukkai 6th Apr 2016, 5:08 PM edit delete reply

From what we've heard so far, it doesn't really take a lot for that. ;)
Stormwind13 6th Apr 2016, 6:06 AM edit delete reply

Very nice visuals, CentComm. Can about smell the ozone (and the testosterone) from the screen.
Nef 6th Apr 2016, 7:58 AM edit delete reply

I was not aware of all the pyrotechnics and forgot to bring protective eyewear.
Centcomm 6th Apr 2016, 11:09 AM edit delete reply

hehe - thanks!
grahamf 6th Apr 2016, 9:08 AM edit delete reply
if we're lucky, this keeps Aneas occupied so that everyone else can work on repairing him undisturbed. TR will apparently be pissed though.
velvetsanity 6th Apr 2016, 10:41 AM edit delete reply

Stormwind13 6th Apr 2016, 10:54 AM edit delete reply

Yes CentComm. Hope you enjoy your Birthday. :-D
Centcomm 6th Apr 2016, 11:04 AM edit delete reply

Thank you Velvet! And thank you Stormwind!
Wolfsbane 6th Apr 2016, 12:25 PM edit delete reply

Your birthday? Happy Happy! Have some cake and pretend it came from your fans! If we could, we would!
Sheela 6th Apr 2016, 2:33 PM edit delete reply

... we would steal the cake and bury it in the yard ?

Happy birfday. :)
Lukkai 6th Apr 2016, 5:10 PM edit delete reply

You don't just bury cake in the yard! It won't grow there!

No, you need a carefully maintained greenhouse and perfect conditions. Only then will it grow and yield the most of cakefruit.

Or is it fruitcake? I tend to mix that up.
Timotheus 6th Apr 2016, 9:01 PM edit delete reply

Just avoid ceak. You have to be a drow to eat that safely.
Haegan2005 6th Apr 2016, 5:22 PM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday!

I'm glad to hear you're turning 29 again.
highlander55 6th Apr 2016, 5:16 PM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday Cent!
mjkj 7th Apr 2016, 8:10 AM edit delete reply

Happy belated birthday, CentComm. *hugs*
Sheela 7th Apr 2016, 10:23 AM edit delete reply

29 is a good year, I wish I could turn 29 some more. :)
Pirtnac 6th Apr 2016, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
Is his wardrobe change virtual combat armor, or is his personality bleeding data from the damage he's doing to himself, so he is wearing the equivalent of "default" in virtual space?

Also, I think he most resembles Prince Douche at the moment. Sucker punch a girl, she hides behind a door, so OF COURSE he needs to knock it down. The only differences are his brain damage can be fixed and he isn't trying to hump the door (...yet).
Lukkai 6th Apr 2016, 5:11 PM edit delete reply

My guess is, it is symbolising him switching to combat mode.
Wolfsbane 6th Apr 2016, 12:23 PM edit delete reply

I'm sure Cent won't comment, but whatever happened to Acantha's ring that Aeneas gave her back in #797? Is she still wearing it? Maybe that could be helpful in easing the tension here.

or not.
Stormwind13 6th Apr 2016, 1:20 PM edit delete reply

My guess, Wolfsbane. Either it is in a pocket (the ring was fricking HUGE)... or Acantha (or maybe the artist :-D) forgot it so it is back in her room. I could actually see Acantha leaving it in her rush to get gone after the explosion.
Sheela 6th Apr 2016, 2:34 PM edit delete reply

Or maybe the McGuffin is meant for something else.
Centcomm 6th Apr 2016, 3:14 PM edit delete reply

The ring is in her pocket.. Sorry for the confusion. And we forgot to mention it :D
Rashala 6th Apr 2016, 3:24 PM edit delete reply

I foresee lots of cussing from Rose, enough to make feeder blush!
Matt Knab 6th Apr 2016, 4:20 PM edit delete reply

Great special effects!
KarToon12 6th Apr 2016, 4:46 PM edit delete reply

He's busting down the walls of the Matrix.
Lukkai 6th Apr 2016, 5:11 PM edit delete reply

Yes it is adorable.
highlander55 6th Apr 2016, 5:20 PM edit delete reply

And I think Rose has had enough of his shit and will give a BITCH SLAP! that he won't forget for a long time.
Johninaustin 6th Apr 2016, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
Eagerly awaiting another profanity lesson. Always try and learn from a master. :)
Dragonrider 6th Apr 2016, 8:31 PM edit delete reply

I see with the addition of violence on this scale and constructive profanity Datachasers has mover up two slots to Lucky 13.
Gilrandir 6th Apr 2016, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
Fake dialogue, because I can't help myself.

"Oh, Aeneas-honey! You shouldn'ta done that. In this aspect, Ah ain't sweet l'il Tokyo Rose any more. Ahm-a Terra-Sue."

... <cut> ...

("Amaterasu" ^_^)
Tokyo Rose 7th Apr 2016, 4:42 AM edit delete reply

You are TERRIBLE and that was HILARIOUS.
Gilrandir 7th Apr 2016, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
So, on reflection, I feel I should ask: why is she "Kagami" and not "Yata"?
Wolfsbane 7th Apr 2016, 11:22 AM edit delete reply

Because if you kept calling for her, all you would be doing is saying yata, yata, yata.
Tokyo Rose 7th Apr 2016, 3:36 PM edit delete reply

First off, that was an awful pun.

Out of "Yata no Kagami" and "Yasakani no Magatama", "Kagami" and "Yasakani" simply seem more natural as names.
Gilrandir 7th Apr 2016, 3:57 PM edit delete reply
Not to mention Kusanagi no Tsurugi (styled "Kusanagi" I believe and who has yet to appear on the current scene -- although Aeneas hasn't gotten through the portal yet, either).

Okay, I figured it might be based just on what sounded good (or they'd be Tsurugi, Kagami, and Magatama), but as always, I wondered. Thank you.
Gilrandir 7th Apr 2016, 4:24 PM edit delete reply
Can the Three Imperial Treasures combine into one awesome battle-mech in cyberspace?

"Imperial Treasures combine to form Big-Ass, Eight-Handed, Lawnmowing Zord and engage!"
Gilrandir 7th Apr 2016, 5:52 PM edit delete reply
Would a better translation of "Yasakani" be 'Generously Endowed', in which case why did you give _her_ a gemstone for an avatar?!?! <pout> (^_^)
ProfEtheric 7th Apr 2016, 10:01 AM edit delete reply

Awesome FX!

Happy Birthday, Centy!

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