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    It's Thursday! It's mid-afternoon in London! It's another wrongheaded morning in Mericky! It's who-the-fuck-knows-when in Australia! It's time for more Crossed Hideosity!

    Episode 48, live and free-to-air.

    Remember: Not safe for work, not safe for minors, not safe for people of a nervous disposition, not safe for CSLS, not safe for Porcupineapples, not safe for Beer Snacks.

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      CommentAuthorddavie
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2013
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    That was really good - and I agree with everything Shaky said. Something is most definitely off the bubble with the strapped together boat clowns.

    Great stuff Si - thanks very much!!
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    first impression of the boat flotilla - fucking awesome! how cool THAT must be.

    after Shaky's comments towards the end - he's right - they can't keep something like that going for very long. the gas and food necessities alone must be insane. and I'm assuming they are ALL looking to camp somewhere, Cava maybe, and there's no way that little island can handle a few hundred people. the reason Cava even works in the 1st place is that it's a small enough amount of people to (barely) get by without being noticed. no noise, barely any mini-sorties, etc. imagine a few hundred people on that little island? they'd be hella fucked.

    still, the idea of a massive flotilla of ships crossing the ocean and making their way into the isles is a crazy one. christ, this arc is going to be AMAZING. I can't wait to see what happens. fuck, Si... as soon as I begin to worry that things might be getting a bit stale, you go and throw this into the mix. cannot fucking wait for the next few ep's. if you 'interlude' us now I swear to god I might cry.
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    It's just amazing, just....amazing

    Please tell me this isnt the final volume

    This comic has truly become what Badlands should have always been.
    • CommentAuthortomrahster
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2013
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    Many thanks for another great episode, doubly enjoyed because I really was expecting an interlude. Shaky had some good moments, too, and it feels like he's starting to develop some leadership qualities. Well done, Si - Thursday still firmly remains Crossed day for me.
    • CommentAuthorblighty
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2013 edited
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    Fantastic episode. Very much enjoy the swerve away from the inside of Shaky's head and into expanding the world. I wonder what the significance of "haven't seen a Crossed for months" is? Is it because of the nun gathering them all together into an organized horde? And Shaky's mention of not seeing children on the flotilla. Cannibals, perhaps? Like in the Hunters story arc from Walking Dead.
    • CommentAuthorDethklok
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2013
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    I know logically everything will end in blood and tears. The killer of this fleet is resupply. Shaky's watching the angles. Barnacles on the propellers and a bright and shiny front hide the animal desperation underneath. The attitude of the scouts is the first thing. Given the state of the world, being too calm or happy/content is a harbinger of doom. Happiness means you're not watching your sector for Crossed or other disasters.

    Plus too many people together in one place is looking for trouble. The fleet is about 3-400 people? The Crossed are on that. Look at the fort and what happened. Resistance? Strength in numbers? Crossed don't get scared, and they don't get angry. They get happy. Activity is fun, regardless of it's value. Could be one survivor getting run down to die slow, or an armed group looking to smoke some plusfaces. Doesn't matter.

    The happy tour guide person insists the Cava islanders come and see the fleet. In the Crossed world, 'come and see' is a no-no. Come and see means you will see something fucked up. The only reason I bet Shaky and the others actually went is because the guide and his group were human and in that, the situation was more controllable than a berserk Crossed.

    In the state of the world and supply, a theoretical fleet leaning more towards big sailboat type yachts or anything functional with sails with motor engine backups would be better and make sense. The fact that it's called the Driftfleet and from all pictures seems to be modern boats with hungry engines is a sign.

    That said, for some reason I was hoping in a Crossed situation there would be at least one nuclear powered submarine. A sub still has drawbacks such as parts maintenance, food, etc but would be completely safe from Crossed who can't swim 1-2 miles below water and through reinforced bulkheads. A sub, as talked about in World War Z, would loan out electrical power to other refugee boats and trade that way.

    And all this talking about subs makes me want to see a nuclear powered and armed sub CREWED by Crossed. Lay anchor off shore of somewhere big and shoot off missiles that would form a big old cross in nuclear explosions and craters across the country.

    Give me my Crossed U-boat, Si.
    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2013
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    After "Battlestar Galactica", my next thought was of the Scapa Flow. Early in the first volume, Shaky made a point of Cava's proximity to the Flow, and the number of ships that were sunk there. That may be a foreshadow of the upcoming disaster.

    I seem to remember an early estimate of four volumes for WYWH. There's still a long way to go.

    TO BE CLEAR, I do not foresee any similarity to BG other than the ragtag fleet.
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    Nice, looks like the Americans actually escaped via the use of the large ships they have. I'm gonna play devils advocate and say that having a large fleet of civilian ships isn't really a huge surprise because I think what a lot us don't really get is the sheer scale that the ocean and the huge numbers of ships that nearly every major country in the world depends on for trade and transportation. Many ocean installations such as oil derricks and island communities as well the mammoth merchant and naval fleets of the world would benefit from having well stocked survivors who are by their nature nearly isolated from any massive Crossed assault. Strategic advantages for humanity over rampaging hordes of Crossed which while might be getting smarter, have single handily set back society a thousand years in infrastructure and technological prowess to challenge the large oceanic societies that survive on the seas.

    Also since the newcomers are clearly going to colonize whats left of Great Britain, I feel that the tagline should now be: "There is no hope. There is no escape. There is only AMERICA, **** YEAH!" *censored for the kids, wouldn't want them swearing in a post-apocalyptic Crossed apocalypse, that would just be a real atrocity*
    • CommentAuthorNo Fear
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2013
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    Shaky may of course be totally wrong in his conjecture. He was about Seline remember. So I wouldn't necessarily think the boat people are harbingers of doom, it may well be that Shaky's suspicions are what will cause problems. Really looking forward to future episodes, an interlude wouldn't seem to be on the cards for a few weeks yet. I hope.
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    Hahahaha interlude next week, sorry.
    • CommentAuthorNo Fear
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2013
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    Nnnnooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • CommentAuthorNiek
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2013
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    Seems like the writers got the idea from the new Gargantia anime
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    Whut
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2013
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    @ Horrible Warning Si

    Presumably something in this week's episode bears a vague resemblance to an anime about giant robot suits (which is essentially all of them) you've never heard and Niek believe that this anime you've never heard of has inspired this storyline.
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    @ johnjones
    Giant robot anime suits crews by teen anime girls in short skirts vs a rampaging Uber-NSFW can of "crimes against humanity" via the form of the Crossed.
    I can see the resemblance lol.
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    Sure you say "Whut" standing there in your Gargantia T-shirt.
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    [covers mouth] hee hee hee [/covers mouth]
    • CommentAuthorBadBeast
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2013 edited
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    Now I'm expecting Kevin Costner to appear with gills, and invite everyone to breath water with him. Because he was filming a sequel to "Waterworld" when everything went tits up. But yeah, I suspect it will turn out that ancient Atlanteans developed the Crossed virus, in order to reclaim the land from the monkeys. They would prefer to stay underwater, but it seems the ocean is on it's last legs, because the monkeys were fucking around with the HAARP array, and accidentalied the Humboldt current, which drove the whole oceanic engine.

    The Indian Ocean is now a stagnant pond full of algae, sewage, and used condoms, and the Pacific is like a desert. Everyone's dead, or crossed. The reeking, rotting corpses of whales, dugongs, dolphins, mermaids and people have stunk up the whole East side.The Crossed have overrun China, India, and Asia Minor like Ghengi Khan's rape zombie shock troops, under the leadership of a Korean man called . . . . . . well, it translates as "Donkey Dick" or something similar.

    He is a srategic Napoleon, and a wiccan or something too, and intelligent. (Wiccan?? Intelligent??) full of uncharicteristic charisma, with which he leads all the crossed of Asia like an apocalyptic plague of priapic cannibals, on a mission to fuck every creature with an orifice, to death, in preparation for the Atlantean Adepts to reclaim the lands of their Fathers.

    He has enacted the ritual of the fasces, where he (as the axe) is "inserted" (inorite?) into the bundle of sticks, (every other fucker) then the whole of hs Army is under one groove, so to speak. The Minoan King, Minos the Merciless. His Father. The Atlantean Prince, Cthulhu the Deep one understood this, as he had taken his duty as Monad. And, If you are such a person, of whom people still read his <del>poetry </del> bravery, then maybe you could join the Army. Make something of yourself, instead of sitting at home drinking from the purple can, and watching the Jeremy Kyle show! All. Fucking. Day.

    Meanwhile, Shaky is already dreaming of the day he crowns himself, "King of London" on the ancient stone. Like Herod, to Donkey Dick's Pilate. "I'll show them, I'll show them ALL!" he thought. To himself. The twat.
    • CommentAuthorDCC
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2013
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    Quibble on page 9: We Americans don't call the Atlantic Ocean "the pond". I saw no other dialogue flaws, however.

    (Unless this slip is a plot point rather than an author mistake? I don't know why British survivors would be pretending to be Americans, though.)

    Note: they saw enough ships to hold 388 people just fine. They actually saw, what? 5 or 6 people besides the 3 that came to Cava?

    That the fleet resorted to cannibalism to survive would be the obvious twist. So I'm assuming it'll be something else?

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