So, if you’ve been reading Magellan for long enough you’d know that the PherNians use ink squirting as a primary defense mechanism… see pages 2.57 and 5.52 for instances of Fatima in action!
Yeah, Kaycee remember the ink trick!
Damn, Kaycee’s awesome switch is locked on “ON”.
we need to coin a term for kaycee that means ‘the level beyond badass’.
nice underwater adaptation of the fight cloud.
Kaycee kicks… um… tentacle?
Probably helps if you can grab things with your… leg… things. 🙂
I’ve just noticed that Kaycee’s belt, bangles and necklace are all red or red/black as in the style of her mental outfit. Does she have some control over her appearance here or is that from Olga’s previous sight of her? Its a nice touch.
Nice. Ink to hide her approach, then elbow spikes to take them down quickly.
I love it! First off, not sure how Kaycee figured out how to do the ink trick, but once she realized she could use it, she did exactly what you need to do… The unexpected! Since the ‘inking’ is a ‘defensive/evasive’ move for PherNians it stands to reason that the thugs chasing(swimming) after them wouldn’t see it as a prelude to attack… So they were taken unaware… And (over thinking this but still true) since they are currently inside Fatimas’ mind, it’s ruled by how she sees/imagines/remembers her world… In other words… Kaycee, being un-encumbered by a superpower she relys on like a crutch (something I think we’ve seen a lot of ‘supers’ do), she tends to tactically THINK her way through a problem and applies the proper solution (mostly)..
Nicely done… one of the reasons I’ve always enjoyed this series.. Keep up the great work!
Nicely picked up on the evasive/element of surprise there!
She learned quite a bit from Fatima, didn’t she?
That incidental censorship you’ve got going on right now could become very awkward. Maybe you should have given them clam shell bikini tops or something. =P
I confess, ive always wondered about the chafing issues involved in one of those
Yeah, I don’t imagine they’d be comfortable to wear for long.
Maybe something out of eel-skin then? No, that wouldn’t work either. How would you skin an eel?
It involves a sharp knife and a fair amount of force to pull the skin off.
I’m nearly certain I won’t single-handedly cause you to rethink your rendering style, but: I like the panels without the highlights a lot better. (Those heavy reflection highlights on the tentacles while underwater don’t make a lot of sense to begin with—you don’t see them on octopuses when submerged.)
Thanks for your feedback – I agree there’s not much light down under the waves but if I was to too accurately render the watery depths I don’t think you’d be seeing much at all! Think of this is as artistic license in a mindscape! If I didn’t add the highlights and shading it would sure make my job a lot easier as the process adds an extra hour (or two) to the time it takes to finish a page.hm!
As for myself, I like the highlighted version a lot! In fact I do agree it’s not that much realistic in detail, but I think it’s much better in terms of under-water feeling. Makes solid colors and sharp edges melt in the mix a bit, become less dry-earthly, if you see what I mean. I appreciate this style a lot, and this half-finished page shows the difference even more clearly.
Consider this too–the Phernians’ eyes allow them to see in the dark underwater depths as though it were daylight, no? So perhaps they would see those highlights.
Swords don’t work well underwater. You want a spear.
Yah… should have given them tridents, oh well!
You know, I think people need to stop getting so picky about this one. If the Phernians have been living under water their whole lives, then it stands to reason that they may have known the laws of underwater physics well enough to make swords that worked within those physics.
Plus, if their origin is somehow related to “dry-skins” (I seem to remember some mention of Atlantis, too lazy to search for that one now…), there might be a strong element of tradition. Especially in official queen’s service. (Even if they use the thing more like a spear due to properties of their environment, there might still be a good use for the blade as an additional benefit. I can’t really judge a nation so unusual and so little known to me…)
Beat up the bad guys, beat up the bad guys, rah, rah, rah!
Punch ’em to the left, punch ’em to the right, yah, yah, yah!
i’ve been thinking about magellan island. i wondered if i could find a real island that would fit the bill. after a bit of work with google maps and wikipedia, my best candidate is niue. it’s roughly in the middle of a triangle defined by tonga, american samoa, and the cook islands. it is a good safe distance from any of those places, so no worry about spillover from a super fight. it is safely away from the ring of fire, so the tall buildings would be ok. the climate seems to be a decent match for magellan island, and the population is low. ninety percent or so of the residents are expats living in new zealand. we could assume that in magellan world, a slightly different history made it one hundred percent. it has the needed cliffs and caves. any other candidates?
Well it could be a contender for sure… although it could also be an island thrust up by some battle with lava beasts or by someone with tectonic abilities… 😉
The best proof that the absolutely worst you can do to a villain is giving a norm superhero superpowers. 😀
Oh! CCC said that she took them down with her elbow spikes. That’s not obvious to me from the illustration. That must be it, because I don’t otherwise see her taking down those two guards like that, regardless of ink. I like it, though – using past knowledge in the current situation.
@Astro: Fairly sure Kaycee is skilled enough to take down two beefy, but overconfident and blinded pursuers. Elbow spikes or not, those two were in big trouble once she put her mind to it.
I don’t buy it. Kaycee is at a distinct disadvantage. She’s fighting underwater, as an octopod, and also blindly. I wouldn’t think it would be possible to just slap a cephaloman with a tentacle in order to send him to complete and helpless unconsciousness. It really takes a lot to do that to anyone. Certainly hitting one with her fist is not going to do it.
I know that “one well-placed hit to the head knocks someone completely out for fifteen minutes” is a trope used in a lot of comics and action shows, but it’s unrealistic. Xmung hasn’t used it in Magellan to my knowledge. “Stay down, you sicko” didn’t work in Kaycee’s own dreamscape. In the Magellanverse in order to render someone completely helpless, you have to zap them with powerful energy or magic (Oz magellan stun cannon in WFTE, some but not all electric currents vs. Charisma, Dragonclaw’s energy blasts), hit them with overwhelming super-strength (Grey mutate in WFTE), or subject them to poison (Phernian elbow spikes). Oh, or use some exotic psychic attack 🙂
It would normally be impossible to get close enough to those armed guards in order to spike them. The ink provided the necessary cover.
Or a combination of strikes and spikes… I doubt punches would be quite so effective underwater but jabs by the hand to weak spots in the anatomy would have some effect too
Since we’re looking at a still medium, we don’t neccessarily get to see every strike and motion. From the third panel, I’m seeing three Kaycee arms, that means a lot more than one bop to the head took place. It’s the classic dustball brawl cartoons use, only in this case, she provided her own cloud.
She may be fighting underwater as an octopod, but the nature of how she got that way eliminates the “I don’t know how to function like this” bit you normally get. If that were the case she couldn’t swim. It’s all mental landscape, so she’s capable of more than she normally would be. She keeps her own mind and skills, but her ‘body’ works however it’s supposed to in this dreamscape. If Fatima were in Kaycee’s dreamscape, it’s entirely possible she’d have legs and ‘know’ how to use them properly.
The reason she didn’t take down clowny is because, unlike here, in her own mind her mental issues are working against her. Her willpower has to fight something with equal force, herself. Here the issues are external, as in they belong to Fatima.
Oh and I’m fairly sure xmung knows what it takes to knock someone unconscious in his own comic/universe.
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