Denver Comic Con
June 30 - July 2, 2017
A horrible end to a horrible person. So long, Max Schnell.
Guess that staff finally came in handy
Ow! Yeah, that’ll f**k up your day!
Absolutely any object, no matter how innocuous it may seem, can be deadly if thrown at sufficient velocity.
Or, indeed, be deadly to anyone moving at sufficient velocity.
Relativity rules. Whether you are moving or it’s moving, you and it are moving relative to each other.
A little surprised he didn’t have the reflexes for that, would have thought it went with the speed. Or did the attacker just time it (even then, faster reflexes…). Anyway, he still should have learned to weave to even avoid the possibility of something like that. But as the Baron said, his brains were not as fast as his feet, by a long shot.
Perhaps he does. He can dodge bullets after all, but he was busy keeping his eyes on the still very dangerous giant robot with a minigun. If he was paying enough attention to see a pole where there shouldn’t be one, then Max probably would have shot him. As for who it is… I’m guessing Captain Victory, as it is his baton, and I don’t think Question Mark has enough strength to decapitate someone with a blunt object (Even if it’s not being swung, you’d have to be pretty strong to hold an object steady under that much force)
We don’t know that Question Mark only has normal human levels of strength… also, he could have braced the staff against the building.
Looks pretty open-air, not braced. The thing is, beheading someone with a SWORD is more difficult than you might expect, so doing it with a blunt object to the teeth would take an enormous amount of force. We don’t know QM’s powers, and while this is the kind of move he’d probably do; Capt. Victory isn’t stupid, and is probably much more suited to the super-strength clothesline.
Next up: a fast zombie with an excuse! Maybe. Possibly. No idea if the Baron can keep powers post-mortem yet.
Hopefully he can’t actually resurrect his henchmen. Considering they made mystical deals with him for power, it wouldn’t surprise me if he has a lasting hold on their souls or life-essence or whatever-the-hell.
I would destroy the head just to be sure. The body too, if there was time.
If he CAN resurrect, how do you know it’ll be a zombie? It could be something even WORSE.
As a sufficiently experienced soldier, Capt. Victory has mastered the art of immaculate timing.
That’ll leave a mark. A skidmark of an altogether different color…
I think it was a fitting end. Only better end would be the classic Wil. E. Coyote tactic of taking a long walk off a short cliff. Well, not short as in height, but short as in length of actual ground. Preferably with much screaming. As a wise man once said, it isnt the fall that kills you, it is the sudden stop at the end.
Will the Wile E. Coyote ending include the huge boulder that seems to land on him half the time or the piddly-butt parasol that he always seems to have?
Well well, turns out the swastika also doubles as a death pose.
Well spotted! I didn’t notice that until you pointed it out.
whoa how about that irony at it’s best.
No kidding. If this were a movie, then the last two panels would be where the poetically ironic Wagner would start playing.
Heads up, clicking back skips page 221, as does clicking next from page 220
Thanks, Aussie Bloke! It should be fixed now.
Should’ve put a couple of points in Force Field there, Sparky.
In battle it is very important to never loose your head.
We didn’t necessarily see it coming… but something – anything – getting in the way had historically been one of our more frequently discussed options. Who is this silhouetted figure? Another escaped experiment? Die Hexe out to throw a wrench in everyone’s gears, for spite? As one suggested above, Cpt. Victory? We haven’t seen much of… Question Mark (oft an ominous silhouette)? Tune in next week right here on… The Specialists!
(Man, you really keep us guessing… awesome! I’m all excited for the reveal!)
I think I can settle this. Check page 207. That’s the same building that Panzer knocked the Captain into. Same location, same doors, same hole busted in the doors, same light fixture above and left of the doors, same assorted “stuff” beside the building (although the author did forget to carry over the spade :/ ). Plus, it’s about time the good Captain rejoined the fight, and what better way than one-shotting an evil Ubermensch with an overly smug attitude.
Ding ding ding!
Oh! I had noticed that it was the same shed, but I had forgotten that Cpt. Victory had the pole. I thought it was being wielded like a sword, too, and the shape of the figure made me think kimono and hat. Also, I mistook Schnell’s leg in the last panel for the leg of someone in a long, dark coat walking over the body. Put it together and I actually partially rejected the idea that it was Cpt. victory and sought other options. I had figured it could still be anybody and wondered why Cpt. Victory would be silhouetted even as he emerges.
I still wonder that… Perhaps the authors don’t want us to focus too much on the character so much as the death, and doesn’t want to have to have Victory gloating or determined – that is to say, perhaps the page simply isn’t supposed to be about Cpt. Victory himself so much as about Schnell. Or perhaps Cpt. Victory is not totally invulnerable and has taken more damage than he expected, and that big reveal will wait. He may be a tank, but even tanks can come to look pretty ragged. Or perhaps he’s so resilient that he took no damage even from that, and that’s the reveal to be postponed. Or… something more?
I hate to replace a mystery with something mundane, but I think there’s some confusion. That dark area isn’t meant to be a silhouette. It’s the hole that Captain Victory made when Panzer sent him through the door.
Hah! Boy do I suck ^.^
Don’t feel bad. I don’t think you’re the only one to make that mistake!
I guess looking back on what he’s left behind made him lose his head.
Am I getting banne-
Noooo! Come back! We need more gloriously awful puns!
What a twist.
So, this speedster runs into a bar…
You, sir or ma’am, win five Internets for that one.
If Der Hexe did re-animate him,I think they’d have to fasten his head in place so he could see where he was going.
Yeah, those staff meetings can be a real headache.
He’ll be here all week, folks.
Try the veal!
I would expect a crushed windpipe, a broken jaw, and a long, unpleasant slide that badly injures both legs. Possibly even a broken spine. But not decapitation. It’s probably just to show that he’s really not getting up after that, with a bit of random symbolism thrown in, but we can probably justify it in story with the Orb not really having the Ubermenchen’s bets interests at heart, as the late Jaeger so aptly demonstrated.
Get me a mathematician on this, stat!
Gotta fight you a bit on this. Yes, a “normal” clotheslining would do that, but if you look at Panel 4 he didn’t get hit in the neck, the impact was higher, either in the mouth or between the mouth and the nose (that literally depends on how far Schnell was into saying “sche—!” at the exact moment of impact). With the energy of the impact being concentrated higher than the neck, there would be a considerable amount of sheering force exerted as Schnell’s body continues going while his head effectively stops. This would be true of a “normal” person running, but would be compounded exponentially by his immense speed (he has been shown to be faster than the already impressive speed of Henry, aka “Jack Be Nimble” (see Pg. 217)). With the joints between the vertebrae of the neck being the nearest weak point to the source of the force, decapitation seems more than likely.
Hence, the need for a mathematician. We ought to be able to extrapolate Schnell’s rough speed from the distances covered and the comparative timeframe I really don’t think he’s moving more than five or /maybe/ ten times faster than a healthy human, just using a moderately unnatural gait. But I suppose it could be explained by him having superfast semiautomatic legs and lower body, but not actual full body reinforcement or speed. Human beings are really, really well designed, most physical superpowers could easily throw that out of balance.
In short: Max probably wouldn’t have died, certainly not the same way, if his power was personal time dilation. Closest that would have happened would have been full decapitation when he hit that thing and both parts keep going forwards.
And that would presume a thinner pole.
Hey, Horatio, don’t give too much away. This is all stuff that will likely end up in the eventual Specialists-themed episode of Mythbusters.
On the one hand, I’m glad to see this guy get his comeuppance, but on the other hand the opportunity for his and Henry’s similar personalities to clash is gone. It seems (to me at least) there would have been more than a few taunts and snappy one-liners traded between the two…
I was wondering when ? would show up (and I’m still not sure he has, given that it’s Cap’s staff). I do think the physics of it would work out to Max’s demise. Relativity tells us that Max running into a stationary object at speed is the same as that object hitting Max in the throat at the same speed. Given his speed, it should be enough to crush his windpipe and likely snap his vertebrae as well, producing the effect we see. The equal and opposite reactions should throw the staff against the opening in the wall, however. If the staff is some ordinary metal, it probably would have broken or bent as well.
As to how he managed to sucker Max into running into it, I’d buy the “distracted” theory, but I’d also say that exact timing and the difficulty of seeing a grey staff on a white background likely had a bit to do with it.
Maybe. Shall we call my problem special effects failure and leave it at that? Killing him wasn’t implausible, flipping his head around and having no obvious damage to it or the torso are right out.
The back of his head should have hit the ground pretty hard too. If that had been what really killed him, it would’ve made a lot of sense.
I was really hoping to learn about the Ubes. Well, hopefully answers will be forthcoming…
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Super brakes is a must have for any super speedster.
one word for this… “FATALITY!”
Well, that’s the super OP one without any clear weakness taken care of in wonderful fashion!
He was willing to dodge bullets.
Ding, Dong the D*$k is dead!
Totally saw the clothesline coming. same thing happened to Super Sabre from Freedom Force (ironically after a number of times he’s narrowly missed the same fate and STILL hadn’t taken the time to figure out some kind of neck guard).
I’m excited to see what kind of person or machine is capable of holding that staff steadily enough to break something moving at such a velocity without even budging.
would be cool if u add the Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte..
Talk about “clothes lining” someone.
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