uh oh! Trouble! This thread flows on from pages 6.34, 6.46-47 and6.49.
Well this was unexpected on two fronts.
And a bit disappointing, personally (though not storywise, of course).
Hmm. So is prosecutor dude working for the Character Assassins and going to kill Vertigo, or is he planning on shooting Kruger in an ironic manner? (With his most hated target a few feet from him, so he can die horribly knowing that she outlasted him).
Welp, time to panic!
Considering that the assassin needs to hide inside the ventilation duct, it’s odd that Hernandez has employed Arne, who is most likely one of the biggest guards on Locke Island. Wasn’t Hernandez able to hire/suborn a slimmer gunman? Or does Locke Island have huge, escape-friendly ventuilators?
They come standard in all superhero facilities, along with doors that close really slowly so heros can slide through them and elevators that take exactly as long as dramatically necessary to arrive.
That might depend on whether Arne has any powers himself…
Oh, I get it. At first I thought these guys were working for the Master Assassin, but they are actually trying to kill him. Maybe in the “original” timeline they botched it, and that’s how Vertigo got killed. I wonder if the Chroners told them there would be a gunman in the ventilation shaft…
Actually, regardless of the scenario above and who they might be trying to kill, it would have been different in the Chroner/Future Force timeline because in that reality the Master Assassin was apparently not captured (according to the breakfast table conversation) so there would have been no trial etc. We’ll have to assume that Vertigo’s death unfolded in a totally different manner and setting.
…and absolutely no one might overhear that last line…
there is the idea of codes you know…
Hierophant wear this helmet to hide his huge ears to prevent that he will be nicknamed elephant
So… i guess it will be very chaotic because so many thing will happen on once.. i really look forward to that! *eats popcorn* Sorry but i really like chaotical sitatutions that heroes/villains have to fight out from.
I’m always wrong, but I’m going to lay out a prediction anyway.
– Olga figures out something is wrong and makes a scene to save Vertigo
– Nobody pays attention to a first-year cadet
– Spence takes action, either:
– yelling “Dammit, you idiot, that IS GOLA BEH!”, blowing her cover for good, or
– getting to Vertigo himself, since he takes Olga seriously, and then dies (or is injured) (or sees his hoverchair trashed) protecting her
– Perhaps Olga and Spence both wind up in the infirmary with Vlax and have to fight her again… perhaps Olga loses her sight again.
There, that’s out of my system. I hope ZMiles has it right, instead, but given that Hernandez refers to the “master”, I doubt it.
Also, I can’t remember/find it, but what does it mean to be the “Alpha Character”?
Character assassins are a cult that sees the entire world as a story, and think by assassinating the “Alpha character,” i.e. the one the story’s about, they fuck up the Author’s plans and such. Now, that posits that the assassins themselves aren’t subject to the whims of the Author (Master Assassin has previously said that he thinks he isn’t, thus making him the only one able to act on his own will), and that Vertigo is the Alpha Character. Both ideas are obviously wrong.
Mostly, the Assassins are useful for being killers that no one questions the motives of, thus their use in Miasma’s illusions and the training sessions. I’m happy they got fleshed out!
Yes, that pretty much sums it up. You can see the concept discussed and fleshed out more a few pages back when Force Magellan rewatched Kruger’s (aka the Master Assassin’s) murder of talk show host John Daily. Apart from the Alpha Character they’re not beyond the idea of “editing” other “character” out of the story if they believe it will help them achieve their ultimate goal. MA has asserted though (in the Crossoverkill sequence) that they don’t believe in wholesale slaughter – pinpoint and deliberate assassination is the only way to achieve his goal.
What sort of vicious lies have you been feeding poor Master Assassin, Xmung? Every reader knows that she is a B list character, at BEST. Is this some sort of humiliation thing you got going so that when Vertigo dies, he’ll be all laughed at for getting the wrong person? He’s the best villain in this comic and you are just making a fool of him. For shame!
What amazes me is that this idiot is discussing an assassination – within sensory range of (hero) people with enhanced and alternative senses, and on a high security facility. That ‘lawyer’ should lose more than his license…
Just consider it artistic/dramatic license – imagine that he’s talking in a lowered voice and doesn’t open the door until he’s finished the sentence if hat helps. I really wanted to show Vertigo in the last panel just to act as a visual aid to those readers, especially any new ones, who needed to know exactly who he was talking about. 🙂
I should also mention that Epoch doesn’t have super hearing in case anyone though that might be the case.
… or his small handheld communicator is also a kind of “jamming/muting device” against anything futher than 3 feet away…
In this world SOMEBODY would probably have thought something like that up at some point 🙂
The Story So Far...
 Great Leap Forward
 Bad Karma
[#] Gifford: Hero
[#] MM/Rochelle: Stairway
 Worst Fieldtrip Ever
[#] Redux: Gola Beh
[#] The Things That Matter
Tales from the MagellanVerse…
Olga & Brelvis
Dr Spooky & Otto
The Olaf Mystery
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