Comic 307 - ... Gets Better

14th Jul 2015, 12:00 AM
... Gets Better
Average Rating: 5 (20 votes)
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Thor 14th Jul 2015, 12:07 AM edit delete reply
So is she now seeing infra-red and/or ultraviolet, or is she merely on really really good painkillers?
Tokyo Rose 14th Jul 2015, 1:24 AM edit delete reply

"We implanted an LSD pump just for shits and giggles. How are you feeling?"



(There'll be an actual answer to this question in-universe.)
MrBill 14th Jul 2015, 12:55 PM edit delete reply
That would explain the vivid colors...
MirrorField 15th Jul 2015, 4:13 PM edit delete reply
My bet: Full hyperspectral upgrade.
Shoddi 14th Jul 2015, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
Funny you should mention Pink...

O.K. (OK, Ok, ok)
Just a little pin prick
There'll be no more - AAAAAAAH!
But you may feel a little sick

Can you stand up?
I do believe it's working, good
That'll keep you going through the show
Come on, it's time to go.
Sheela 14th Jul 2015, 6:31 PM edit delete reply

The colors red blue and yellow sponsored by 'wheee' and 'whooo' ! :)
jamie59 14th Jul 2015, 12:08 AM edit delete reply

Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 2:25 AM edit delete reply

Dragonrider 14th Jul 2015, 12:25 AM edit delete reply

It doesn't seem she was regenerated in plant form. However we shall see.
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 2:25 AM edit delete reply

yep .. we will actually!
Dragonrider 14th Jul 2015, 3:31 AM edit delete reply

Will she be confined to the new exto-skeleton for the remainder of her life?
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:19 AM edit delete reply

that will be answered in the next 4 pages :D
Sheela 14th Jul 2015, 6:33 PM edit delete reply

She will become a human/clockwork/plant hybrid ?
Haegan2005 14th Jul 2015, 1:13 AM edit delete reply

Anyone paying attention to the holo?

Cent, she looks fully human...
Tokyo Rose 14th Jul 2015, 1:28 AM edit delete reply

It's just showing some of the organic parts right now, not the whole kit and caboodle*.

* I have used and heard this phrase my whole life and finally got curious about the etymology of it. I would personally hate to be an alien species trying to learn how to talk to humans. "Kadir beneath Mo Moteh" indeed.
Haegan2005 14th Jul 2015, 1:37 AM edit delete reply

Fair enough! Since it is probably the organic bits that need maintenance, that would be what was shown.

(takes dunce cap and puts it on)
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 2:23 AM edit delete reply

yeah a lot of her organics were pulped by the beacon and the metal and plastic bits were fractured and broken.. but a few items defied its power :D
velvetsanity 14th Jul 2015, 8:33 PM edit delete reply

We can rebuild her...

Edit: in getting the URL for that link, I discovered that DC androids are among us, posing as musicians!!!!!!!
DLKmusic 15th Jul 2015, 2:49 AM edit delete reply

Every time I see or hear Daft Punk, I'm impressed by them all over again! in a word.... Awesome!
HiFranc 16th Jul 2015, 6:01 AM edit delete reply

When you said "We can rebuild..." I had something else in mind.
velvetsanity 16th Jul 2015, 7:15 AM edit delete reply

That *was* actually my first thought, Franc, but the song title includes the description of how they rebuilt him :D
Quieteyes 18th Jul 2015, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
We can make her better than she was.

What? Haven't you heard of the...
{sigh} Man, I'm old.
Mark_L_A 14th Jul 2015, 1:42 AM edit delete reply

I await the idea of baby Galina's and Baby Jet's.

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one of these days I'll figure it out. But notice the blue around her womb. Could be an upgrade to make her fertile.
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 2:02 AM edit delete reply

It does not work.. So sorry no Baby Galina's and Jets.. Sadly
highlander55 14th Jul 2015, 8:34 AM edit delete reply

In other words, no factory but the play ground is open.
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:07 AM edit delete reply

Correct Highlander :D
plymayer 14th Jul 2015, 1:50 AM edit delete reply

Interesting. Fixing her up with parts not specified in the original owner's manual. Could lead to improvements.... Or make her worth less at trade in.
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 2:24 AM edit delete reply

eather way .. could be interesting !
MikeLinPA 14th Jul 2015, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
"eather way" or "eat her way" Jet will probably go for the latter.

Sorry, My mind is in the gutter. It's with the rest of my body.
Stormwind13 14th Jul 2015, 7:03 AM edit delete reply

Considering the greater level of tech of the Epiphytes, plymayer, I would expect it to INCREASE her trade in value. Not that Jet acted like he had ANY desire to trade her in. :-D
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:19 AM edit delete reply

what stormwind said :D
plymayer 14th Jul 2015, 1:51 AM edit delete reply

She is definitely coming through this with a more mature enlightened idea of things. Still under 21 though, can't drink a beer.
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 2:25 AM edit delete reply

I know right? Shes never tasted a beer .. or lot of things .. they are too subltle for her palate.
Karyl 14th Jul 2015, 10:22 AM edit delete reply
palate for taste, pallet for transport, palette for paint--isn't English fun!
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:28 AM edit delete reply

*shifty eyes* yeah.. thats what I meant .. you saw nothing !! Noooothing!!
Sheela 14th Jul 2015, 6:47 PM edit delete reply

Lies, I saw Galina!

On a sidenote, how good are her taste buds ?
Does she still like Wasabi ? :)
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 9:31 PM edit delete reply

yes .. she does in fact still like it .. :D
Sheela 15th Jul 2015, 9:13 AM edit delete reply

It's not too strong now, is it ?
Timotheus 14th Jul 2015, 2:56 AM edit delete reply

New eye color, huh?
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:20 AM edit delete reply

Yep .. New eye color :D
Sheela 14th Jul 2015, 6:49 PM edit delete reply

And thus the android fashion of fancy eyes came to be ?
That one guy 14th Jul 2015, 8:12 PM edit delete reply
Best past close-up I found on a quick search is from Comic 271 - First Contact (10th Mar 2015, 12:00 AM), and that definitely looks somewhat artificial but still fancy as well (I see "INDUSTRIES" written in the iris in one spot). Not the same as the Datachasers standard look, but still fancy/different.

Though I do wonder how much of that is intended to be deliberate versus just what Doctor Kotko had to work with (I'd imagine he wouldn't have stamped a company name on the eyes of the being he considered his reborn daughter, at the very least).
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 9:31 PM edit delete reply

The eyes were top of the line commercial medical replacements at the time. He took a lot of existing hardware and fused it together :D
StellarJay 14th Jul 2015, 3:06 AM edit delete reply

At least that part of Galina that made her who she is seems to have come though without damage. It is a terrible thing to lose one's mind.
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:27 AM edit delete reply

Yep - its all her .. 100 percent :D
DLKmusic 14th Jul 2015, 3:30 AM edit delete reply

TRALALALALALA.... oh wait, she Lives!!!!! **Pulls fingers out of ears**

Hey Sheela! Pfffffffftttt!

As always, great job, girls, and I love the name Dahlia for the mender that fixed Galina! Did my eyes deceive me, or are Galina's eyes green now?
velvetsanity 14th Jul 2015, 6:25 AM edit delete reply

Your eyes deceive you. They're pink.

Seriously, though, now all she needs is red hair dye, a bit of makeup, a skull-pattern sheer lace bodysuit, a rose, a bit of chain...Cent! Incentive idea! I know you can guess what I'm thinking here :D

Also, is Dahlia related to Miracle Max, by any chance? :D
MikeLinPA 14th Jul 2015, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
"Have fun storming the castle, boys!" (They're gonna die...)
Shoddi 14th Jul 2015, 1:19 PM edit delete reply
By the way, which one's Pink??
Stormwind13 14th Jul 2015, 7:06 AM edit delete reply

Definitely green, DLK. And despite the song, it looks very easy for Galina to be green (in the eyes at least). Also looks very good on her (not that the blue wasn't nice too).
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:21 AM edit delete reply

it was HARD not saying anything on the last page .. it really was. and Dahlia was named by Rose :D
Sheela 14th Jul 2015, 6:50 PM edit delete reply

Ah, but now she can say :

"The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated!" :)
chk 14th Jul 2015, 7:51 PM edit delete reply

Disappointed Sheela?
Sheela 14th Jul 2015, 9:22 PM edit delete reply

Nah, she died .. but then she got better.
I'm happy with that. :)

It was kinda obvious that something like that would happen when Centcomm mentioned that there was only 6 pages left of the story.
Stormwind13 14th Jul 2015, 10:55 PM edit delete reply

Still think we need to hunt Sheela down with pitchforks and torches. She WANTED Galina to die after all. I say she deserves to be burned at the stake for that!
DLKmusic 14th Jul 2015, 11:11 PM edit delete reply

There's no need for violence, Stormwind. I have a much better idea.

Sheela, you are hereby sentenced to 6 years of eating nothing but Skippy dogfood, but you have to watch the cats eat tuna every night!

With good behavior, you MAY get a tablespoon of peanut butter once a month.
Stormwind13 14th Jul 2015, 11:23 PM edit delete reply

That is EVIL DLK... The problem is, Sheela will CHEAT. She always cheats.
Sheela 15th Jul 2015, 9:29 AM edit delete reply

Well, DUH !
mjkj 14th Jul 2015, 4:19 AM edit delete reply


*hugs Gali*

Great, they improved her... =D

@alt text: *lol*

Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:21 AM edit delete reply

I laughed at the alt text too :D
CptKerion 14th Jul 2015, 4:54 AM edit delete reply
I am pissing myself in happiness right now.
For once the wetness on my boots isn't slobber!

And is it just a trick of the light or does she look older? She had made some comment about changing her physical appearance and only really having the hair be something she can do much with. Is this someone obliging her?
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:22 AM edit delete reply

Awwww - Glad your happy :D and yes - shes kinda ehhh about remaining a teenager the rest of her life.

But sadly there are no changes here.. Just make up and lighting.
anonymous coward 14th Jul 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
There are lots of people in their thirties and older who would love to look like a teenager for the rest of their life, just goes to prove that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence (or when it's being illuminated by Galina's new eye-lights maybe).
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 1:28 PM edit delete reply

hehe good one good one Anon :D
DLKmusic 14th Jul 2015, 6:46 PM edit delete reply

I was Fortunate when I was younger... when I was 16, I looked like I was 25, and when I was 35, I still looked like I was 25.

It was when I got into my late 40's that the gods decided they had enough, and now that I'm 55, I look like I'm in my late 60's.

oh ye gods of fickle fortune, why did you give me good looks while I was too stupid to know what to do with them, and then take them away once I figured it out?
anonymous coward 14th Jul 2015, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
Because if people who were wily and experienced enough to 'use it right' had good looks they'd cause no end of trouble. Surely this is obvious, as we can see by how advertising and other forms of propaganda routinely try to use the attractiveness of certain people to manipulate others against their best interests?
Matt Knab 14th Jul 2015, 6:01 AM edit delete reply

Well, you had several damaged components that needed complete replacements. We didn't have your model on file, so we substituted the most similar components we have on hand.
I really hope you do not consider being part plant a worse fate than death, because those were literally the two choices here.
Also, get plenty of water and sunshine. I mean it.

I really love the twist, and the page is great. Especially like the last panel with the medical hologram!
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:24 AM edit delete reply

The Epiphytes do have Matter construction technology. .. lets just say they have forgotten more about cybernetics than we will ever know.

they are also performing surgery without actually opening Galina up .. simply making the repairs within her with no blades. or hard tools. :D This is a prime case of " any technology significantly advanced appears as magic. "
Sheela 14th Jul 2015, 6:55 PM edit delete reply

There's a danish company that is working on "virtual scalpels" that can cut underneath biological tissue without damaging it.

This can be useful if a wound have grown together in a bad manner, then you can cut it up again and massage it into the right position, and then let it heal again, but without opening the whole thing up, and thus have a lot less chance of infection, since you didn't cut them open.
Mark_L_A 14th Jul 2015, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

Sheela I read about that, they are using a type of infra/ultra sound where they use high and low pitched sounds/vibrations and tune them to a sympathetic frequency and then channel it to do the cutting.

At least it sounds like the article I read.
Lukkai 14th Jul 2015, 7:21 PM edit delete reply

I actually kinda got the impression of "surgery by way of intelligent symbionts" from all this.

I could be way off, of course. But it would be oh so cool!
Mark_L_A 14th Jul 2015, 7:37 AM edit delete reply

Unless she is wearing green eye shadow, (which I doubt) her eyes appear to glow slightly.
CyberSkull 14th Jul 2015, 10:22 AM edit delete reply

With this latest upgrade, Galina is now half-woman, half-machine, half-plant, all cop!
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:26 AM edit delete reply

hahah! ok thats a good one .. :D
Lukkai 14th Jul 2015, 7:22 PM edit delete reply

Why am I suddenly thinking of Kung Fury?
Sheela 14th Jul 2015, 9:23 PM edit delete reply

Oh no, now I have to go and watch Kung fury ... AGAIN !

I blame you.
Karyl 14th Jul 2015, 10:25 AM edit delete reply
Does she now have antennae? or is that just part of the repair organism?
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:26 AM edit delete reply

That is part of the Bio-web shes wearing :D
chk 14th Jul 2015, 10:31 AM edit delete reply

Thank you.
jas 14th Jul 2015, 10:45 AM edit delete reply

I knew you two would pull something off to explain why Gali was still narrating, but I didn't imagine this! Kudos for originality in working with the existing plot elements for twists and giggles! :)
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 1:28 PM edit delete reply

thank you Jas! :D yeah we have had this planned for a while now :D
cattservant 14th Jul 2015, 11:26 AM edit delete reply

Nice nice very nice!
Hornet 14th Jul 2015, 11:33 AM edit delete reply
Kay well a human/machine mix is a Cyborg. What would you call a Human/Machine/Vegetative mix?
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 1:27 PM edit delete reply

A Cyberplant Human?
anonymous coward 14th Jul 2015, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
Depends if it has a taste for human blood or not. If so, possibly Audrey the 3rd.
Sheela 14th Jul 2015, 6:57 PM edit delete reply

A Veeborg ?
anonymous coward 15th Jul 2015, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
Feed me Seymour!
chk 14th Jul 2015, 1:06 PM edit delete reply

What am I missing? I don't see any indication of the addition of plant matter. Other than a comment regarding colors, I can't see anything other than a repair of her existing self.
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 1:27 PM edit delete reply

actually your not missing anything CHK .. Galina has no plant matter in her.. :D
Timotheus 14th Jul 2015, 6:53 PM edit delete reply

If I were to hazard a guess I'd say she is now made of even more living material than inert. The Epiphytes are masters of manipulating living cellular materials to achieve technological results. Thus, they would be replacing Galina's damaged inert technological components by either stimulating her existing biological materials to expand and alter themselves them or introducing new biological material that can replace them.
Either way, Galena would be becoming more organic and potentially a more homogeneously unified genetic being.
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:32 PM edit delete reply

AT Tim .. that will actually be answered in Universe :D
anonymous coward 14th Jul 2015, 6:55 PM edit delete reply
She's starving? Quick, get her a mint salad!
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:32 PM edit delete reply

Damn now I want a salad..
DLKmusic 15th Jul 2015, 2:55 AM edit delete reply

one chef salad coming up! To the assorted veggies we add ham, chicken, and cooked baby shrimp plus 3 kinds of cheeses to make it a glorious feast!

What kind of dressing do you want, Cent? I got Ranch, Honey Mustard, and hot bacon!
Centcomm 15th Jul 2015, 3:45 AM edit delete reply

Ranch.. *waits*... Ok wheres my food.. *looks at him expectantly*
TheD-Wrek 14th Jul 2015, 6:46 PM edit delete reply

PHEW! Oh, thank god... XD
Centcomm 14th Jul 2015, 10:32 PM edit delete reply

Yep shes alive!! :D
Sheela 15th Jul 2015, 9:33 AM edit delete reply

Now they just need to give Galina that ancient earth remedy, a cure-all that will help her along the road to recovery
Shoddi 15th Jul 2015, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
Aaaand... you've just given me my next archive-dive.
*opens tuna can*
anonymous coward 15th Jul 2015, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
Don't do it! The writer is guilty of Dominic Deegan, you're opening up horrors that will devour your sanity!
DLKmusic 15th Jul 2015, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
Too late, Anonymous, we lost another one...
Centcomm 15th Jul 2015, 9:10 PM edit delete reply

We have actually lost 2 subscribers in the last week :D - not surprising actually .. considering .. and its dropped a few places in TWC
Sheela 16th Jul 2015, 1:52 AM edit delete reply

Ack, don't go away subscribers!

But do read Star Power too, it's worth a read. :)
anonymous coward 16th Jul 2015, 9:44 PM edit delete reply
Heroic. Orc. Rape. It is one of the lasting shames of webcomics that Terracciano continues to draw a viewership.
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