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#302 Jan 06 2014 at 6:36 PM Rating: Excellent
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#303 Jan 08 2014 at 10:19 AM Rating: Good
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That's just as well, you've been arguing with gbaji - not solidly, obviously, more of a hundred years' war style affair - for as long as most of the posters there have been alive.
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#304 Jan 13 2014 at 12:06 PM Rating: Good
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Darn. I was kinda hoping that they would confirm that it was an orange prism ioun stone that V's familiar stole. But that was a pretty entertaining ending for Tarquin.


Orange Shiny confirmed. Also we find out that the bird is Egyptian and a drama queen.
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Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
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Darn. I was kinda hoping that they would confirm that it was an orange prism ioun stone that V's familiar stole. But that was a pretty entertaining ending for Tarquin.


Orange Shiny confirmed. Also we find out that the bird is Egyptian and a drama queen.
Oh, it looks orange. But what if it's some kind of peach or tangerine colored ioun stone I've never heard of? Huh? Did you think of that?

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#307 Jan 15 2014 at 4:56 AM Rating: Good
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#308 Jan 15 2014 at 6:24 AM Rating: Good
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Order of the Stick 2: Electric Boogaloo.
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#309 Jan 17 2014 at 8:03 AM Rating: Excellent
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Seems a little too easy. Also, isn't Durkon going to need a coffin at some point?
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#310 Jan 17 2014 at 8:22 AM Rating: Good
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Considering they're heading towards dwarven lands if memory serves, I'm too amused at his prophecy coming true to be concerned with necrophile's sleeping habits.
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#311 Jan 23 2014 at 4:23 AM Rating: Good
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#312 Jan 23 2014 at 10:47 AM Rating: Good
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Probably could get a really good pair of boots out of Gannji, too.
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#313 Jan 25 2014 at 3:01 AM Rating: Good
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Now that Elan has Halley's father's approval, they can finally have sex. Elan and Halley I mean.
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#314 Jan 29 2014 at 4:24 AM Rating: Good
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I'm pretty sure the last panel is referencing some skit I haven't seen.
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#315 Jan 29 2014 at 8:14 AM Rating: Good
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Sheesh, kind of thought there would be a break, but the pages are pumping out rapidly.
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#316 Jan 29 2014 at 12:13 PM Rating: Good
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I'm pretty sure the last panel is referencing some skit I haven't seen.


It's referencing a previous strip back in the Starmetal arc which, yes, was a parody of a comedy skit.
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#317 Jan 29 2014 at 4:42 PM Rating: Decent
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It's a reference to this strip.

Oh. Which is itself a reference to this Monty Python skit

Edited, Jan 29th 2014 2:46pm by gbaji
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#318 Jan 29 2014 at 7:54 PM Rating: Excellent
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I got it into my head to re-read the whole story from the beginning. It's funny because there aren't any major plot points I've missed but sometimes I come across two or three strips in a row that I must have missed or skipped or completely forgotten. Not the Polearm Emporium but just other random stuff (like when Xykon had Miko in a Forcecage).
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#319 Feb 05 2014 at 4:50 AM Rating: Good
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#320 Feb 05 2014 at 8:55 AM Rating: Good
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I wonder if that is a can of tomato or chicken noodle.
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New strip up the other day

I suppose the take-away here is that Roy's father (accidentally) killed Eric

Edited, Feb 11th 2014 12:37pm by Jophiel
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Roy would be right at home in the Asylum.
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#323 Feb 11 2014 at 4:07 PM Rating: Good
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I suppose the take-away here is that Roy's father (accidentally) killed Eric


That was actually implied earlier on. I don't remember when (when Roy met up with Eric maybe?) but I do know that this was something I already knew.
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#324 Feb 11 2014 at 5:05 PM Rating: Excellent
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What Roy said previous could have been interpreted a bunch of ways. This was a lot more overt.
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#325 Feb 15 2014 at 9:43 PM Rating: Good
[link=http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0945.html]All together now: oh ****
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#326 Feb 15 2014 at 10:07 PM Rating: Good
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Placing odds on the Snarl liquifying everything it touches, and the ocean of water is actually the "World's Largest Genetic Soup".
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#327 Feb 16 2014 at 2:41 PM Rating: Good
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So the Snarl is actually Shinji Ikari.
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#328 Feb 16 2014 at 10:25 PM Rating: Good
I don't think it has a creepy relationship with its mother-clone.
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#329 Feb 16 2014 at 10:42 PM Rating: Good
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I don't think it has a creepy relationship with its mother-clone.


Unless it was changed in the reboot, which I have (not) seen yet, wasn't it his dad that had the relationship with Rei?
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#330 Feb 16 2014 at 11:08 PM Rating: Good
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I don't think it has a creepy relationship with its mother-clone.


Unless it was changed in the reboot, which I have (not) seen yet, wasn't it his dad that had the relationship with Rei?


His dad had an implied relationship with Rei, but he also had a thing for Rei who was still a clone of his mother, which makes it creepy. Or just Japanese.

In the Remake, his dad is just a **** I think there might have been some Dad/Rei stuff, but I don't remember much if any, and if there was some it was majorly toned down. Shinji/Rei is a lot more emphasized in the remakes, though, as opposed to Shinji/Asuka.
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#331 Feb 16 2014 at 11:10 PM Rating: Good
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They both did. It's simpler to make a list of the relationships not involving sexual overtones. Like CCS and Utena. Cause 90s anime.
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Placing odds on the Snarl liquifying everything it touches, and the ocean of water is actually the "World's Largest Genetic Soup".


Hah. Amusing idea, but when Blackwing looked into the rift over Azure City, it sure looked like there were land masses on that planet. No clue where the whole Snarl story line is really going, but there have been enough hints that what they were told wasn't true that it seems unlikely that the snarl is what they were told it is (cause blatant foreshadowing, right?).

I think there's clearly something dangerous inside the rifts, because it seems unlikely that a group of powerful adventurers would have expended that much energy sealing off a set of rifts that weren't dangerous in some way. And it also seems really unlikely that the whole "tendrils reaching out and killing people" part was made up, since it appears to have caused the break up of the group. I'm starting to think that the whole Snarl thing was made up by the gods to conceal something they did way back in the past (maybe like creating a pocket dimension and tossing a whole planet full of people into it or something), and the "snarl" is some kind of protective magic designed to prevent anyone from looking too closely.

I just think that when the barrier between the two worlds started breaking down and formed these rifts, people started getting killed by the protective magic, and when the adventurers asked the gods about it, they all lied and made up the Snarl story in order to ensure that the adventurers sealed them up instead of investigating further. Dunno. Just a theory. So far though, this series has been sufficiently unpredictable (well for some things anyway), that while it's fun to speculate, I don't place much on being right about anything. Burlew seems to like the "out from left field" approach to resolving things.
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#334 Feb 19 2014 at 12:43 AM Rating: Good
So the question is, if Durkon's not in there, what is?
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#335 Feb 19 2014 at 4:47 AM Rating: Good
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So we got Xykon/Red Cloak, The Snarl, the 3 Archfiends, maybe Elan's dad. and this going on. Is that world going to Hel in a hand basket?
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Heck, Xykon and Redcloak can be counted separately since Xykon wants it for himself and Redcloak plans to give it over to the Dark One.

Tarquin is small bananas here; he's the only one NOT trying to rule/destroy the world. Heck, Xykon is small bananas -- what's a mere lich compared to gods and shapeless entities that eat gods?

I dunno if the thing in Durkon is supposed to be some third party or if it's just "Evil Durkon" as spawned by the transformation to a vampire. I didn't think that Durkon would be able to be changed and then continue following Thor, acting Good even if his alignment box is checked "Evil" and all the rest of it. Or, of course, if it's some separate force possessing him.

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Tarquin is small bananas here; he's the only one NOT trying to rule/destroy the world.


I was thinking more along the lines of his group becoming the "new" Linear Guild in his quest to get Elan to submit to Tarquin's occupational plans for him. Small time in the grand scheme, but still enough of a threat to be a constant problem.
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The last panel reminded me of a Tom and Jerry cartoon for some reason.
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I dunno if the thing in Durkon is supposed to be some third party or if it's just "Evil Durkon" as spawned by the transformation to a vampire. I didn't think that Durkon would be able to be changed and then continue following Thor, acting Good even if his alignment box is checked "Evil" and all the rest of it. Or, of course, if it's some separate force possessing him.


I got the impression (from Hel's statement about being "birthed in my hall" that it's a new vampire soul that is created when he was turned. That soul has access to all the memories and knowledge of the "real" Durkon, so from an outside observer it just looks like the same person who is now a vampire (so basically he's a goa'uld). I think it's Burlew's way of answering all the questions that were running around on his forums about what really happens when someone's turned. It's not actually Durkon, but an evil copy of him. And his soul isn't destroyed, so he can be "saved" and restored to his original self potentially.

I suppose alternatively, it could be a completely different soul that existed previously and then possessed him when he became a vampire, but while that might conveniently explain the whole accent thing, I'm not sure I buy that from a metamagic point of view. He was created as a thrall of Malock, who worshiped Nergal. Why on earth would Hel send one of her own already existing evil spirits from her hall to inhabit a new vampire that would be controlled by another (presumably a competitor) deity? Seems like a bummer job really: "Oh hey! Bob. In thanks for the thousands of years of service you've given me, I've got a job for you. It's your turn to inhabit a new vampire dwarf. Yeah. It's a thrall, so you'll have to serve some other god for awhile, but maybe one day you'll free yourself or something!". Not sure I see that happening.

In the meantime though, regardless of where precisely the evil version of him came from, it means that poor Durkon has to watch helplessly while his vampire self does evil stuff. So maybe not such a great thing from his perspective.
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Art style is different. The arms are colored instead of just black lines. Weirdness Smiley: um

[Edit: Legs, too. There was a joke in one strip way back with one of the characters (Elan?) saying he thought he was barefoot for the first 50 strips. No risk of that now.]

Edited, Mar 31st 2014 9:19pm by Jophiel
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Are we sure the art style isn't just an April Fool's joke?
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Huh! Didn't even notice until you pointed it out. At this rate, the whole "stick" part may not apply anymore.
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#344 Mar 31 2014 at 10:32 PM Rating: Good
The new artstyle seems to involve colored in arms/legs, thicker and bolder outlines, a new font, and less flatness/more depth perception.

Seems like Rich spent some time on this one.
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The new artstyle seems to involve colored in arms/legs, thicker and bolder outlines, a new font, and less flatness/more depth perception.

Seems like Rich spent some time on this one.

It's not reality, just a memory.

Also Sarges missing arm wouldn't have the same visual impact if it was just a broken twig.
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The new artstyle seems to involve colored in arms/legs, thicker and bolder outlines, a new font, and less flatness/more depth perception.


And equal sized shoes! Now Roy will really have a hard time remembering which goes on which foot.
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The thickening continues!
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#351 Apr 17 2014 at 8:34 PM Rating: Good
Took me a moment to realize that Elan looks weird because of his sleeves.
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