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    • CommentAuthorblighty
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2013
     (11204.21)
    The shot of Tabitha from the back on the splash page is interesting. It makes me wonder how much of that page is real and how much is in Shaky's mind. I think the splash page is kind of an impressionistic view of how Shaky is experiencing the scene, where as your eye moves from left to right, you are seeing the bits and pieces of what Shaky is actually seeing. But as he keeps saying "Didn't see her" "Didn't see her", with Jackson trying to get his attention (and his voice fades in, growing louder as he repeats himself), I think that the reason why the piece with Tabitha is the last thing before your(Shaky's) attention snaps to Jackson, is that Shaky's mind has added that in.

    I also have a bad feeling about Jackson surviving this hunting trip. Now, Shaky is not a crazed murderer, so no, he is not just going to shoot Jackson in the back. I also don't think he would betray Jackson to save the Nun either. He is terrified of her; remember, he was hoping like crazy that Jackson had been able to shoot her, when Ashoke took the bullet. I think the only way that Shaky could be brought to a place where he would try to kill Jackson is to save Tabitha. So there could be a confrontation with the nun which, along with whatever is in the bag (Tab is, as noted above, not that far along in pregnancy so I don't think there is a fetus or anything), could spur Shaky into shooting Jackson.

    I think there is another possibility though. Shaky and Jackson are stalking the nun, when they are attacked by Crossed Gamekeeper. Think about it: In WYWH, there are two serious badass characters - Jackson and the Gamekeeper. If the theory is correct that the old, heavily bearded man who usually accompanies the Nun is, in fact, the Gamekeeper, then him getting the drop on Shaky and Jackson would be a dramatic way to make that introduction. Hell, it can then jump to a flashback panel, because I have been thinking that he plays a role in the Nun's turning Crossed as well.
    • CommentAuthorSlicknick
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2013
     (11204.22)
    I guarantee Jackson turns crossed, Si loves writing crossed characters whose minds were broken or different in some way before turning, nun,, ashoke, the hitman from his badlands arc, It makes sense that Jackson will be among these names soon.
    • CommentAuthorSlicknick
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2013
     (11204.23)
    oh and by the way anyone reading the Tokyo badlands arc? I think its pretty good so far, at least its better then the last arc about the college kids Hine did. The dialog is retarded but I am digging it so far.
    • CommentAuthorblighty
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2013
     (11204.24)
    @Slicknick I had had that thought about Jackson as well. You may be on to something. And yeah, the newest Hines arc on Badlands is better than his last one, which was the weakest of the entire series so far. Still not great, but this one is at least funny and action packed.
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    The Gamekeeper was badly wounded and tied up, though. He likely would have bled to death if the Crossed didn't get to him first...

    The name of the arc is "Gore Angels", and yeah it's quite good, one of the better Badlands arcs so far. Then again, so was "Yellow Belly" before the diabolus ex machina for the requisite downer ending came...

    It's noteworthy how little time has actually passed in the first two issues of "Gore Angels", maybe as little as half an hour. I liked the last page of issue 41, where the horror finally arrives at Emiko's house. The twist earlier in the issue was also good, showing yet again the truth of Stan's statement from the original Crossed series so very long ago:

    "Where did they come from? Us. They were every brute. Every sadist. Every rapist, pedophile, renderer and torturer. Every ethnic cleanser, serial murderer, zealot, tyrant, holy killer. Every terrorist and bomber. Every smirking criminal in office."
    • CommentAuthorgragh46
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2013
     (11204.26)
    About the latest badlands arc (why don't we have a thread to discuss badlands in general?), the story itself is cool. Changing the location to Japan instead of yet another english-speaking place sure is nice. The characters, all of them, eww. Except maybe for Emiko and her mother. I can't wait to see them dead, and I think the only other times this has happened was in the yellow belly and the anthropologist arcs, which I consider the weakest ones. As in, even worse than Amanda's descent into complete madness. Even if, to this day, I still don't know if Amanda hallucinated most of her entire last arc.
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    A lot of women look like Tabitha from the back.

    If Jackson turns Crossed, it will be a weird variant. Hell, it might start having sex with humans.

    Shaky going insane would be an AWESOME plot development, especially since he's the viewpoint character.

    The whole episode rises like a crescendo in an orchestra performance. The tension's unbearable.

    We're finally going to see the Nun turn!
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      CommentAuthorkzootron
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2013
     (11204.28)
    @gragh46 I can't believe u didn't like the Quisling arc of badlands! Smokey was Epic, I think Cage wrote it wonderfully and the art was also impeccable. The fact that the twins from Homo superior were in it was fucking sick. I personally love the idea of uber crossed. Yellow belly did not do it for me though. In my opinion none of David Laphams crossed tales really catch my attention aside from family values and psychopath. Now as for what's on the horizon for WYWH, who fuckin knows. The only person that does at telling us till next Thursday or maybe the Thursday after that. Personally I think shaky will kill Jackson. And I think Theresa is going to make him do it. She cares for shaky in her own crossed, twisted way but that don't change the fact that Jackson killed Ashoke and that severely pissed her off. Or perhaps Jackson will try to take the shot and shakys duplicitous ass will kill Jackson to stop him. Cause after all it's Theresa that's keeping the crossed from attacking the island. Who knows what's in the bag. And where the fuck is the hooded crossed man that is part of her inner circle, he ALWAYS rolls with her. He was right next to her as Ashoke died in her arms. She was sad Ashoke died. When have u ever seen a plussy sad about losing another plussy. Usually the just laugh it off and eat the corpse. "How does the cross take to a brain that's already broken?" I think Si is showing us first hand.
    • CommentAuthorgragh46
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2013
     (11204.29)
    @kzootron Oh, don't misunderstand me. I did like Smokey, and the twins cameo was pretty nice (although it would have been better if it included the marine from that same arc, she was pretty crazy epic herself). It´d be pretty cool if Smokey returns at some point. But when I find the main character of a story disgusting/boring/a pain to read, my enjoyment of the story takes a big hit. And I hated the quisling :D

    Back to WYWH: I think the old hooded man next to Teresa is the guy who handed her the bone in her first crossed appearance, only now he's wearing a hood because he found it cool. I doubt he's especially relevant or someone we have seen previously, he's probably just one of her crossed 'closest friends', if that even makes sense. He might have been one of the old people from the Asylum where she worked when Shaky's group led by the Gamekeeper found her. As to where he is now, probably enjoying same good rape-kill like the rest of the gang
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      CommentAuthorkzootron
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2013
     (11204.30)
    We didn't see the marine "Steve" because she wasn't crossed yet. If u remember the panel that showed the twins you'll notice one of em was carrying a leash that was more than likely connected to Gregory so it was before they found Steve. I bet she ate her baby after the cross. Just saying. I also think the hooded man was the same one that handed her the bone but I also think he's special. I just find it VERY odd that Theresa would go inland by herself. We already know that she can plan things out very well or as well as a plussy can anyway. One thing I've learned from comics though is that if you don't see somebody die with your own eyes then you can't count em as dead and even then it's no guarantee. We never saw GK die. I remember some talk about Ashoke saved the GK life before and the hooded man was right next to Theresa when Ashoke died and he looked just as pissed as her. He's a character of consequence. Why else have so many panels with him Theresa and Ashoke together? Time will tell.
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      CommentAuthorkzootron
    • CommentTimeNov 26th 2013
     (11204.31)
    @Shan said earlier that Jackson's craziness and training would prevent shaky from killing him. To which I say no amount training or craziness can prevent a bullet in the back.
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2013
     (11204.32)
    Well, not exactly. I was thinking more along the lines of there being some people having a charmed life as opposed to some physical skill or other tangible reason keeping them alive.
    • CommentAuthorShan
    • CommentTimeNov 27th 2013
     (11204.33)
    ... though being a trained killer with loads of experience also doesn't hurt. You have to make your own luck up to a point.
    • CommentAuthorscorinaldi
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2013
     (11204.34)
    I think one of the major reveals in the last two chapters that was completely under-appreciated was what Seline said about the Nun's leadership:

    "She holds them back."Think about what that means: The nun is a force for restraint. She is in charge of a band of crossed, and she is keeping them in line, and , to a (small) degree restraining them.

    The nun isn't malicious. This is a totally new direction for Crossed behavior. This is a big deal.
  3.  (11204.35)
    You believe Seline then, huh?

    Huh.

    (heh heh heh) #stirring

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