Denver Comic Con
June 30 - July 2, 2017
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Ha. Nice improv save there, Mark.
Actually, what Mark said is true. If Hightower seems a little confused, it may be because he wasn’t aware of this detail.
Yeah, it wasn’t Mark who was improvising, it was Hightower. That was a brilliant little bit of spin doctoring their General.
Way to make a statement.
Ties it all up nicely.
Dearie, dearie me. Lady Liberty is having an affair with a married man.
Or, at best, a widower. He might wear the ring to help cover up that he’s having the affair, since she’s supposed to be engaged to Captain Victory. But one suspects. . . .
Good catch! I hadn’t noticed. Puts a new wrinkle on things.
Yep, that’s a good catch! I was wondering if anyone would notice that.
why is that i fear truman will and his staff are going to be stupid and not send the specialists in
Remember, the historical President Truman made the decision to use two atomic bombs to force the Japanese to surrender. I may have my doubts as to his moral reasoning in ordering the bombing of Nagasaki (from what I’ve read, it was done primarily at General Groves’ behest in order to a] prove that a plutonium-based bomb would work just as well as a uranium-based one would, and b] show Josef Stalin that we were willing to go just that much further in order to defeat anyone who might want to prolong the war or start a new one); but I *don’t* doubt that he would have been willing to use *EVERY* means at his disposal to win that war, no matter how outlandish it might have seemed.
The main thing that’s holding Truman back is doubt that the Ubermenschen are real, or that the Specialists would be effective. It’s kind of like if an enemy claimed to have devastating new Bigfoot technology, and only offered blurry photographs as evidence. If the American President came out publicly saying “We must counter the Bigfoot threat with our own army of Jersey Devils and Mothmen!” he’d look pretty foolish.
In our story, Roosevelt was a believer, and he approved of Hightower’s plan. But when Truman took over, he and the Pentagon began distancing themselves from the whole thing, and Hightower has been struggling to convince them that the Ubermenschen really are a threat that should be taken seriously.
With that kind of skeptical new management a demonstration is safer than a major loss of the war.
It seems they were more afraid of a Russian invasion of Japan and splitting it in half. (Wouldn’t that make for intrigue.) And instead of saving it to threaten the Russians, or bomb Moskow to finish off Stalin and the rest.
From what I can tell one A-bomb was enough and three days is too short a time to recover from such a city shattering change in paradigms.
That is unfair Monday-morning-quarterbacking. You have no real way of knowing with any certainty what was “enough”, and neither did Truman. Unless you have been in his shoes, and you haven’t, it is unfair to second guess his decision, particularly if you are doing so on the basis of information that Truman could not have had access to.
Damn. The unfocused look of Hartmann compared to Hightower in the foreground in the second-to-last panel is amazing! I wish I was half as good of an artist as the person who does the images of this strip. Well done, to both the illustrator and the writer of this comic.
Thanks for the kind words Brandon! Both Shawn and I appreciate compliments like yours whenever we can get them.
I like to use that depth of field effect every so often just to add a little extra. I try not to use too many of the pseudo-photographic effects that Photoshop makes so easy (blurs, lens flares, etc.), because I think–if overused or not used properly–they can be kinda cheesy. But once in a while if something like that works and isn’t especially distracting, it can enhance a panel like #6 here.
I’d like to add that the look on Hartmann’s face is great. The ears down, the brow furrowed, the lips pressed tight and the fangs showing ever so slightly. It says so much: unhappy, ashamed, concerned, and maybe a little bit frightened, too.
CRACK! A high fly ball, and the point goes home!
Stated as clearly as ‘Next time you Die.’ Nope, can’t see it being any more clearly than that unless the assassins start forming a line.
Funnier: *knock *knock ‘Singing telegram for the president!’ from a sonically enchanced screamer.
Oh, very well played General. Sometimes America’s Commander in Chief needs to be reminded that he is not invulnerable. Imagine if Hartmann learns to control his rage. Maybe even learn to embrace it and accept that it is now a part of who he is. Nothing more dangerous then a man who is at peace with himself.
Edited for silly spelling error
Truman: “You’ve got me convinced!”
General: “So, you’ll let me take my team into battle?”
Truman: “Heck, no! I’ll be posting them as Security Detail here at the White House.”
That’s another move that would get us lynched! I think are readers are about ready for the Specialists to enter the war.
Yes. Yes. For the love of everything holy YES. GET THEM FIGHTING!!! PLEASE!!! I crave Specialists VS. Ubermenschen awesomeness!
Almost – I’m sort of curious if Nimble’s revenge will hit before or after they leave. Are we going to get a feel for how that subplot is running anytime soon?
It will be mentioned very soon, but it won’t be resolved for a while.
i wouldn’t call it Revenge so much as “Tantrum”
And Hightower steps up!
I really like this whole page. Really drives the point home… As well, the way that ‘demonstration’ is split in the fifth panel, makes it feel kind of like Hightower said it as ‘Demon Stration’ sort of making it sound like a demonstration of a demon, which to an untrained eye, Hartmann might as well be. Just a monster, right?
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