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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 55, 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 ajillo, not safe for KLANG, not safe for O- Group.

    ZAPPO
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    I for one would not want to get punched in the face by Jackson.
    also - when the fuck are they going to figure out that Seline is obviously telling them something important? come on people. you were smart enough to survive, put two and two together.
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    Wouldn't be surprising if she was spouting lines leading to a trap.

    Also we all know the American Fleet's mission is going to fail, they're all going to die, and it's going to cause blowback for Shaky and his little island community because they didn't/did help them. Which sucks because reading stories about a fleet trying to survive in the middle of the ocean during the Crossed outbreak would be cool as hell and it's going to be a wasted idea. Can we just get this part over with, because in a otherwise brilliant comic it's getting to line up a little too much with the other Crossed Badlands comics with this "They're so obviously doomed, let's watch them be doomed" stuff.
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      CommentAuthorddavie
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
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    The one thing that rings in my ears personally was a line from Rab about "boats sink, islands don't" - and while they have a ton of them and it may also be AGES and more before they did sink or spring enough leaks for going down, etc....the simple fact is the same. It'd only take one wrong turn, wicked storm, floating near enough to land where some Crossed has gotten his ass parked behind and figured out how to fire a TOW. Multiple things are relatively possible against the 'floating city' here (thinking in line with a bit of reality as well as the fact that it's a comic filled with death around every fuckin corner) that are not the same, or even viable, against the island. Granted, it has its own downside as well - it may not sink but it can certainly be overrun, fired on, a storm won't "sink" it but can certainly decimate anything they have or have built, use, need...there are pros and cons for both.

    Personally (and not in the state of mind of being in that situation) I like to think I'd pick the island. Your fingers will never come "uncrossed" either way.
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    I'd pick the island, too. But what the heck are you supposed to do if everyone else chooses the fleet?

    This is good storytelling, this dynamic between Shakes and Jackson. Jackson thinks of Shaky as an opportunistic slime, and that may have been true in the past, but he has no way of knowing Shaky's being selfless for the second(?) time in his life.

    Shaky, for his part, treats Jackson like he's not nuts, and so of course gets popped in the face.

    Interesting to see the reaction of the leaders. How would they enforce such a decree? It looked like some of the toughest members of Cava are already in the room? I wouldn't say Des and the others qualify as an "army," per se. But you must have them on your side in any dispute.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
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    Am I the only one who sees irony in the fact that the Americans have no guns ?
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    And then Jackson killed Shakey. The end.
    • CommentAuthorMrBogey
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2013
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    FWIW, if they have refining capabilities, there's a lot of rigs far off the coastline in a lot of places that would make decent hitching posts. Some smack dab in the middle of the North Sea like the Elgin platform. Though with the mayhem crossed seem to enjoy a few probably have traveled out and damaged them for kicks.

    Jackson was wound tight as he left the meeting. The second Shakey walked up to him I knew there'd be a punch thrown by the end.
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    @Undead Unicorn that's not exactly true, Amanda is still alive and kicking a large number of arcs. What else hmmm, oh the professor arc kinda....even though its hatred of survivalist groups and national guard was kinda needing suspension of disbelief but whatever. The kid from Clooney and Welles arc, Family Values, other groups of survivors (which argueably are just there for later arcs to rape and murder so you might have a point). And the couple from the original Crossed arc. Think I got em all. Barring the annual, 3D, and WYWH.
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    @Wood...Heh you don't have to tell me, though we've brought it up a couple times. But remember, these guys were a cruise ship in the carribean and most of those countries are very gun control related and besides are small tropical resorts which are peaceful. Unless these guys stopped at Cuba or Panama they ain't getting no firepower.
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    @SenorSmoothie

    I'm talking about Badlands here solely with this. Amanda came back for a story? Might be I need to check it out again. I know the fate of Shaky ain't going to be good to put it mildly. That's fine. It just that it stops being dark, unrelenting horror when everyone dies and just more of the same ol', same ol'. The Mist was one of the darkest horror movies of the 00's and it had it's protagonist and some supporting cast survive. It's not like that necessary at all for a bleak ending.
    • CommentAuthorSlicknick
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2013
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    @ undead unicorn

    Didn't everyone die except the protagonist in the mist?
    plus the tag line for crossed, "there is no hope" so dying off quickly goes with that,
    but i think badlands suffers because they are short stories usually only a few issues long, if they were longer more flushed out i think they would b much more suspenseful like the fist 3 volumes.
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    The mother from the beginning from the beginning survived and probably everyone still in the supermarket too.

    Plus, 'there is no hope' can mean a lot of things. The Road ends with the child living, after being taken in by a group of other survivors. That is a book about hopelessness. I'm not complaining about death or whatever being common, just it always being the outcome now since Badlands was released. The Yanks could create a hopeless situation for Shaky by dividing the island and succeeding at getting the oil for example. Death is still probably certain for them at some point, but for everyone who chooses to stay on the island it means it's coming even quicker for them regardless if they die or not.

    I mean really, it's actually more problematic. The fleet outwitting the Crossed, but pissing them off, makes Shaky decision to stay a very fucking bad one instead of the least stupid of two bad decisions in retrospect. It's totally on his head if his unborn child and sorta girlfriend/fuck buddy gets chopped up into pieces by a crazed nun and her Crossed cannibal minions. Then the hopelessness come from things from a more horrible place than 'your fucked no matter what, no matter what decisions you make. Your doomed anyway.' because their isn't even an illusion of hope, while also stretching belief in how much the universe seems bent on fucking someone over. On the other hand making the wrong decision (as opposed to the ordinary bad ones) based on limited information and what in reality is a cosmic coin toss is far crueler. Eventually as Shaky points out, it means you can luck out but that still means your probably going to shit out eventually. That their is a right choice, but it's so absurd, abstract, and bloody random your bound to choose wrong eventually. And your most likely playing for keeps on the highest stakes, so it isn't enjoyable when it goes wrong.
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    Has it occurred to anyone else that the nun may actually be protecting Cava? She and her group have obviously been aware of the survivors on Cava since before the sortie. They could have attacked at several points if they wanted to. The only thing I can think of that might be holding them back is a lack of seaworthy vessels for carrying a sufficient attack force? I see no other reason to hold back. Plus, during the sortie we saw that they did not attack the sortie and actually protected it on one occasion.
    • CommentAuthorBadBeast
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2013
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    I reckon Sister Sanguine still has a huge wide-on for Shaky, but that's all going to change as soon as she finds out he's gone and sprayed his muck into Tab's fertile womb. Whatever happens, something truly awful has to happen to the baby. It's too good a chance to miss, babies are pretty few and far between in Crossedworld, and I don't recall any acts of depravity or brutality specifically happening to babies yet. Then we could get another story arc, that deals with Shaky *yawn* as he sublimates his guilt over the relief he feels at not having to be a Father, with the grief over whatever horrible shit had to happen (and it will) to Tab. There must be a whole new Diaryful there. Maybe Shaky could go with the driftfleet afterwards, be a kind of "Ship's Counsellor" to them. He'd soon get another girlfriend there. Hopefully one who doesn't get preggers at the drop of a consonant. Or one that gets all "they're just a bit poorly" over plussies.
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    @BadBeast

    Just admit you have a crush on Tabitha and you're jealous that Shakes hit it first. You're like the two-year old boy at the nursery that keeps following the little girl and pulling her hair.
    • CommentAuthorMrBogey
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2013
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    Shakey is a real fucker of a protagonist.

    @Undead Unicorn- The recent Amanda story in Badlands started off pretty good. At least the set-up is good. Let's see how the payoff is.

    I ordered the Crossed Special the other day. Looking forward to see how it goes down.
    • CommentAuthorBig Sven
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2013
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    Jackson's a dead man, though, right? The look between Rab and Don? And then Jackson cold cocks the sneakiest shit of them all? When Rab and Don and Shaky agree and team up, things usually get decisive quickly. The Orkney sheep will be breathing a little easier next month, methinks.

    BadBeast: "sprayed his muck." Classic.
    • CommentAuthorKarl
    • CommentTimeJul 29th 2013
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    About time Shaky got decked.

    What an anti-hero that guy is
    • CommentAuthorblighty
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2013
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    Holy Christ. Though, I have one quibble. Shaky says things happened that words can't say. One word can definitely say it: "PULL!"

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