Comic 246 - Formalities

2nd Dec 2014, 12:00 AM
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)
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jamie59 2nd Dec 2014, 12:06 AM edit delete reply

She won a battle without firing a shot.
Stormwind13 2nd Dec 2014, 12:13 AM edit delete reply

Yup, jamie. Not exactly how I envisioned this going, but it works. If the Colonel STAYS surrendered to Galina then he won't be a further problem for the immediate future.
Centcomm 2nd Dec 2014, 4:51 AM edit delete reply

Yep Galina is a talker :D not a fighter :D
Matt Knab 2nd Dec 2014, 6:10 PM edit delete reply

That's how to do it! Nice!
RoseOfPain 2nd Dec 2014, 12:13 AM edit delete reply
*Victory Fanfare sounds*
Centcomm 2nd Dec 2014, 4:52 AM edit delete reply

yep :D
DLKmusic 2nd Dec 2014, 12:16 AM edit delete reply


The Colonel is too good a guy (normally) for the fates (CC and Rose) to be that cruel! of course there will still be Hell to pay if he gets back to earth. As Rose once said... "HE BROKE MY STUFF".

Sorry, Dizzaster, She got through to him! No Venting, no Nuclear explosions, no interstellar apocolypse today!

Dragonrider 2nd Dec 2014, 12:59 AM edit delete reply

It ain't over till he is safely in the insulated hut
Centcomm 2nd Dec 2014, 4:52 AM edit delete reply

LOL - I know I know we are horrid people to keep disghing out misery to our readers :D
DLKmusic 2nd Dec 2014, 10:14 PM edit delete reply

LOL, That's right!!!! and we keep coming back for more!!!!
Dan 2nd Dec 2014, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
*hides before speaking* I hate to say it but he still has one round in the chamber. He cycled the chamber before he took the magazine out, so there is one back in the chamber.
DLKmusic 2nd Dec 2014, 2:09 AM edit delete reply

Colonel Taylor may`be a lot of things, but a Borgia he is not! Besides, what's the point of waiting for her to let her guard down when she's defensless against him when it's up?
Corruption 2nd Dec 2014, 3:02 AM edit delete reply
To learn her game and take the others out.
Fairportfan 2nd Dec 2014, 4:03 AM edit delete reply

"He pointed his gun at the floor and cleared the chamber"
Centcomm 2nd Dec 2014, 4:53 AM edit delete reply

actually - minor order error here - He cleared the pistol then removed the magazine .. Sorry if I got it out of order. The gun is empty ..
Dan 3rd Dec 2014, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
Sorry I did not mean to open a can of worms...*puts head in a paper bag*
toaster 2nd Dec 2014, 1:49 AM edit delete reply
If he racked the slide before dropping the magazine then he still has one up the spout.
Fairportfan 2nd Dec 2014, 4:05 AM edit delete reply

Not necessarily - it's a simple matter to rack the slide and then latch it in the oprn position on all the semi-autos i'm familiar with.

Granted, i'd rather drop the mag before i cleared the chamber, but the other way works.
Centcomm 2nd Dec 2014, 4:54 AM edit delete reply

The Slide is back and locked.. :D
velvetsanity 2nd Dec 2014, 2:06 AM edit delete reply

I think that's an oops on the part of the authors. I could be wrong, though.
Centcomm 2nd Dec 2014, 4:54 AM edit delete reply

yeah Minor error here :D
Haegan2005 2nd Dec 2014, 2:29 AM edit delete reply

I think it was an oops. I see him formally disarming his weapon, and that means unloading it in its entirety. Unless he is testing her. Paranoia is a persnickety thing...

There has been some dreadfully scary foreshadowing here and in the other comic. Though "ghosts" in relation to a ship can mean many things, it generally means a place where someone or many people died and some part of them still resides. Even if they exist as only memories etched into the fabric of the ship.

At this point we will see where this scene leads. I feel that this scene and what it creates will be central to the next part of the story. I admit to seeing too many possible outcomes on the next page to be able to provide any real speculation on what happens next, though I will try.

The colonel is, at his most basic, an honorable man. But he has a duty that he takes extremely seriously as well. These two are in conflict at this moment and have resolved in one of two ways.

His surrender, so to speak, is absolute as he recognizes that he is no longer able to tell what is real and what is not. He understands that this would undermine his effectiveness absolutely and has passed his authority to Galina, who seems to still have a good grasp on what is real and what is not.

The other way is Paranoia. What he is doing is putting her through a test to see if she is her own person. Part of the test may consist of surrendering the gun to her. If she takes it, then the person he is speaking to can not be Galina and must therefore be one of the aliens. I feel that Galina will probably pass that test.

This is all speculation of course, and may or may not have anything to do with what these two authors are up to. They do have a tendency to through curve balls!

(Edit. This is by far my longest post to date i think. Gee, think they have my attention? ;) )
Centcomm 2nd Dec 2014, 4:55 AM edit delete reply

In this case - the most obvious answer is the right one .. the gun is empty and harmless :D and YAY - we like to keep our readers involved :D
Rms2000 3rd Dec 2014, 1:34 PM edit delete reply

Point: a gun is never completely harmless unless it is not being wielded. Even a normal human would have no trouble inflicting grievous harm on Gali, and the colonel is a full-on combat cyborg. Bullets, though they would provide a great tactical advantage against a dangerous adversary in a combat situation, would be entirely overkill in this situation. Besides, as most space marines will tell you, shooting on board a space ship is not an action one takes lightly due to the relative fragility of the human condition with comparison to the conditions of empty space. Mind you, with the nukes still armed, worrying about a little hard vacuum would be a little silly, and in any case it seems unlikely that the colonel still has any hostile intentions toward Galina.
But anyway, I guess I'm just posting to show that I'm still paying attention and to keep you on your toes. Somehow, I feel like maybe you could use a little reminder. As always, I appreciate the hell out of your work and look forward to seeing what happens. Thank you.
old guy 2nd Dec 2014, 3:36 AM edit delete reply
I also caught the mag out last leaving a round still chambered thing, but it seems the slide is locked open, which would leave an empty chamber, especially if it has a mag safety built in.
Fairportfan 2nd Dec 2014, 4:07 AM edit delete reply

Yeah - i forgot it might have a magazine disconnect.
velvetsanity 2nd Dec 2014, 5:28 PM edit delete reply

Frankly, requiring the slide to be locked to the rear to eject a magazine is piss-poor design, tactically. You might have one or two rounds left, and an opportune moment to swap out a full magazine.

This is why magazine disconnects are typically related to firing (no magazine, no hammer fall) or breaking it down for cleaning (magazine, no disassembly).
Rms2000 3rd Dec 2014, 1:55 PM edit delete reply

Wow. I had never considered this until just now, but you're absolutely right. If the engineers assume you fire the whole magazine before reloading, as you might in a holdout or large firefight, then the slide would already be locked after the last shot, since it wasn't able to chamber the next round. It would also make a lot of sense on a firing range, but in a situation in which there is some hope of victory and in which a sidearm may make some difference, chances are good that waiting for an empty mag would be idiotic, if not outright fatal. Besides, if a round is presently in the chamber then the only requirement for the action to complete a cycle and ready the next available round is that the firing pin/hammer be ready. I suppose it might also make some sense if the pistol were intended to be modified into a machine pistol such that the only thing preventing refire is the trigger connected to the slide lock. Even that would be a mistake since it would require a precious fraction of a second for the action to complete and the weapon to fire after pulling the trigger, not to mention the pre-discharge recoil caused by the motion of the slide and the fact that all manner of dust and debris could find their way into the mechanism while the slide is locked.
Shoot. Did I just say all that? Considering I have no actual, practical experience with firearms, that was remarkably considered and verbose, especially for me. If I have said anything wrong or offensive, I am sorry. If I have made any incorrect assumptions or followed any flawed logic, I would appreciate being corrected. I yearn always to improve my ability to solve problems, that I may make the world better and hopefully have fun doing it. Thank you for considering my words, though I suppose if you choose to ignore them that will be fine, too.
Centcomm 2nd Dec 2014, 4:55 AM edit delete reply

yep no bullet :D
mjkj 2nd Dec 2014, 5:21 AM edit delete reply

Wow, Gali, you did it... *hugs* :D up: Attack of the space pirates :p

Centcomm 3rd Dec 2014, 5:38 AM edit delete reply

YEP space pirates ! Ill get right on that!
mjkj 15th Dec 2014, 2:16 PM edit delete reply

*lol* :D
Janelle Darkstone 2nd Dec 2014, 10:49 PM edit delete reply

I really like her expression on that first panel. :)
Centcomm 3rd Dec 2014, 5:38 AM edit delete reply

Thank you ! I really liked it too .. she looks so sad and sweet :D
CyberSkull 3rd Dec 2014, 5:24 AM edit delete reply

Don't relax yet! Just because he's surrendered doesn't mean he can't have another episode!
Centcomm 3rd Dec 2014, 5:38 AM edit delete reply

So very true!
Rms2000 3rd Dec 2014, 2:04 PM edit delete reply

Hold on... "Captain Galina". If he's using the military ranking system, which is more likely, then there's no real problem. But if he's using the Maritime system and referring to the captain of the ship, of which there are traditionally exactly one per vessel... He has no reason to think Captain Kiku is alive, but still. If this is foreshadowing, things could be bad in a bit.
Aetrun 3rd Dec 2014, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
Even if he believes that Kiku survived he knows that the damage he dealt to her will leave her unable to execute her command, that leaves him in charge by chain of command. Also remember that he believes her fooled by the aliens, also therefore rendered incapable of carrying out her command. As he is the next highest (only other) military person on the ship, he would be placed in the position of captain. I assume that is the authority under which he went to arm the nukes. He is surrendering his perceived position of command to Galina, thereby placing the command under her control. Following my understanding of Naval command structure it seems accurate.
velvetsanity 4th Dec 2014, 12:28 AM edit delete reply

Regardless of the ranking system, captain of the ship outranks everyone on board by virtue of command authority (except possibly a Commodore or Admiral...and that's only if the ship in question is part of their fleet). It's like the difference between a Master Sergeant and a First Sergeant in the Army - same rank, but one is placed in a higher position of authority in the chain of command. Plus, Kiku's rank is likely police, army, or marines, rather than navy. A Navy Captain is equivalent to a Colonel (which is a Brigade commander in other branches), while a Captain in other branches is only equal to a Navy Lieutenant.
CyberSkull 4th Dec 2014, 6:25 AM edit delete reply

The various branches "solved" (put a bandaid on) this issue a very long time ago. Army captains aboard a navel vessel are given a brevet rank of major until they disembark.
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