Denver Comic Con
June 30 - July 2, 2017
It doesn’t take much for Magda’s jealousy to rear its ugly head again.
But now I need to know, David Bence, are you hiding under my floorboards, or tapping my phone line?
Is it touching his skin, or is it melding with his body? Just what the hell is that thing doing to him? Is he even human anymore?
Also, how does Magda read him as “giddy”? That psycho is busy writing her own story of life and it has yet to even remotely connect to that funny little thing we call reality. I’m wondering just WHAT he’s feeling. Frankly, he seems preoccupied and I suspect he’s going along with all of this because there just isn’t anything else going on. She seems to think he’s enamored of her, and I think she’s just being used. I want to sympathize with her, but she’s just so raving bananas that I can’t. When(and IF) she realizes the truth, hoo, duck and hide the breakables(and be in another hemisphere, just to be on the safe side).
The Orb is meant to be inside the Baron in the last panel, not just resting inside his shirt. And yes, the Baron’s version of “giddy” is closer to “not actively envisioning your death,” but it’s enough to make Magda happy for a while.
In response to the Orb answer “Uuuuuggh!!!” *shudder*
Hey, as long as it’s not in the way of any vital organs, more power to him. He’s got a mystical Iron Man power core now.
This is not exactly the same thing as an ARC reactor(although I can totally see Magda yanking it out like Pepper did in the first movie, with much more((possibly DELIBERATELY)) fatal results).
The point is that it looks like it, and gives him powers.
Cool. First to say it.
The Baron Starke the orb!
Err, Starked it, I meant.
Now that Scar Man!!! said it, I get what you trying to say(I originally thought you were referring to a Baron Stark/Starke that I had never heard of.
He would still losse the orb if he looses his head.
Or if the Captain just rips it right out of his chest.
Plus it might collide with important inner parts during extreme stresss (like being punched or thrown by captain or golem).
Neat. Wonder if he performed some thaumathurgical modification on himself as well.
Still, a magical supersoldier would an interesting. Runic enchantments and such engraved on the skin via tattoos, scarring the underside layer of the skin, scarring the organs, engraving the bones, implanting engraved and enchanted armor plating and so on. Enchanted weaponry too, well assuming Baron manages to find a way for the item to not consume their user and such.
Hmmm, I live in Estonia, I wonder how my home country is doing in this fictional universe.
Estonia’s fate in the comic is probably pretty close to what it was in the real world, except that the Nazis are more powerful, and still in control in 1946, thanks to the Ubermenschen.
Oooh, a thought. Simo “White Death” Häyhä. How is his existence received in this world? Especially by the Nazi’s and the Ubermenschen?
I had to look him up, but what a fascinating guy! Practically a real-life supersoldier.
As long as we’re on this topic, did Raoul Wallenberg face the Ubermenschen in this universe? What’s he doing with himself in this world’s 1946. The man literally was a Badass Pacifist who participated in a real-life Traintop Chase Scene to deliver false exemption papers to Jews who were already on the trains to the camps, while being shot at by Nazis, who he then somehow convinced to stop the train and let a bunch of people free.
WWII is just filled with amazing stories. I keep meaning to do a series of blog posts about some of strange and incredible people and events of the war, but I haven’t had a chance to dig into it yet. Maybe someday.
duly noted, but if Alan Turing can be an Uber in “Uber”, I think I can definitely see Raoul Wallenberg as a sort of “?”-level hero.
Yeah, Uber has got to be the only WW2 super-beings comic darker than yours.
This man would be most interesting in this take on WWII: http://www.badassoftheweek.com/churchill.html Captain ‘Mad’ Jack Churchill.
Probably not. Jackie Rose already did something similar about four years ago.
How’s he going to drink wine? Will we finally get to see what he looks like under the mask? (Or maybe he’ll do a Spider-Man and expose only the lower part of his face.)
The Baron’s face will be revealed someday, but I can’t promise that it will be in the next couple of pages.
Will we need to scream if that happens?
Well, I’m not sure whether you’ll need to, but you are welcome to if you feel the urge…
Um, let me get this straight: He stuck it where the Orb won’t shine? O.o
It’d be a totally different scene if the glow had come from the seat of his pants.
Hey, I wasn’t that specific. But it would have been a great scene.
As it is, the scene is more reminiscent of E. T. than Monty Python, I’ll leave it to the rest of the gang as to which would be preferable. 😀
“I wish to make a complaint about this speedster.”
“Ah yes, Reiner Wirtz. What’s wrong with him?”
“I’ll tell you what’s wrong with him, my lad. He’s dead, that’s what’s wrong with him!”
“No, he’s uh… he’s resting!”
“He’s just pining for a time-bomb story, like all speedsters do!”
Minor fashion quibble: Would Hexe actually be wearing something as un-feminine — at least for that particular time and place — as a Pantsuit? The Nazis were *all* about “A woman’s place is in the home” (their version was “Kinder, Küche, Kirche” [“Children, Kitchen, Church”], although this particular wording was never official doctrine) and I’m wondering if a calf- or knee-length skirt might be more historically accurate.
Actually, have a look at Marlene Dietrich who had a thing for wearing suits. It was very influential in the fashion sense, even after good ol’ Marlene refused goose-stepping and left for the US in 1939. You are right about skirts for the typical housekeeper type but not for prominent women. The Nazis were not very fond on a strong, independant perception of women but they tolerated exceptional characters like Beate Uhse who was a Hauptmann of the Luftwaffe, flying planes like the Messerschmidt Bf 109, Focke-Wulff Fw 190, Ju 87, Messerschmidt Bf 110 and getting introduced in the Messerschmidt Me 262. You may know her name from her business as an erotic shop entrepreneur after the war.
I’m more familiar with Hanna Reitsch, but the few photos I’ve seen of her not in flying gear show her in either formalwear or a dress. For now I’ll remain neutral on this subject and accept that Hexe isn’t as doctrinaire on this subject as I first thought.
Al does a lot of research into his costume designs, so I have no doubt that Magda’s clothes would be considered fashionable at the time. Now, it’s possible that they weren’t very popular in Germany, but Magda is a real fashionista, and her vanity would require that she wear only the newest styles from the most fashionable places (mostly France).
That’s fine. This isn’t a hill that I want to die on in terms of strict historical accuracy. I’ll just take it as Word of God.
I think once you can kill people with power of your mind you get substantially less people trying to tell you what to do.
sometimes I dream thing before they happen, mostly about movies and comics
That’s a very specialized form of precognition. If you were a superhero, you’d be Spoilerman.
Reminds me of another webcomic I’m reading – they have, indeed, a superhero called Major Spoiler. 😀
Which comic is that?
The Hero Business. : o
The Baron finally found a use for being born with a very large navel cavity.
Hey that was a… decent attempt at making an inspiring monologue and all, but it really only seems a bit empty headed. They have a man on the inside, but after the hammering they took in their first battle, is this really a cause for celebration in anticipation of a victory? Methinks not.
As for the orb, I can imagine Captain Victory extracting it doing a version of the “Kali Ma” ritual from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. 😀
See, I don’t really think that the Ubermenschen took a hammering. Sure, The Specialists started to rally near the end there, but remember, the Baron and Magda never even entered the fight. They only reason they left was because the Baron freaked out over having momentarily lost the Orb.
But all that being said, the Baron is totally trying to spin the situation to make it sound like this was his plan all along. But he may be trying to convince himself as much as Magda.
My comic book expertise tells me that once you implant strong power source in your chest, you should at least TRY to make a personal power armor running of it.
Oh oh, Necromancer armor!
Hm. Seems the powers of the baron are overpowered to me. The orb now is always safe. Geist survived (the most nasty of the Ubermenschen in my book) and the baron even has an atom bomb now. I just don’t see how the specialists have a fighting chance in a showdown.
That makes the story less addictive. Surely there is a price to be paid for all that power? Can you tell something about that?
Hmm. For me, not knowing how the villain can possibly be defeated makes a story more compelling!
I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that the Baron’s power definitely comes with a price. The fact that his entire body is always covered offers a bit of a clue to that. Also, keep in mind that we’re just wrapping up the first act of our story. According to dramatic conventions, things are only going to get more grim in the next act, before everything comes to a head in the third act. But trust me when I say we have a plan.
Thanx Shawn. Be asured that I am a fan and trust the team completely. I did not know how the team looked upon this in general. Perhaps you where perfectly willing to let the bad guys triumph (example; the recent Vanguard comic arc where evil almost completely won the day, granted that “almost” is an important word here and the startpoint of the second arc)
My feeling, as expressed, was that the baron and his croonies seemed kinda overpowered and only the lucky one time “never again” slip of the orb saved the specialists.
How in heck are they gonna prie that orb away from him next time? And the orb seems very powerfull indeed.
Will we get some more info in future on why the baron can not create more minions? A bit like the info on Magda. Why not more “magda’s” and “panzers”? Metzger uses this fact to promote his work after all.
For instance: does the demise from fast max allow another ubermensch to be created? Or does the process only “take” on a very select few? Is there a selection process? Besides trying the complete loyal nazi population and killing most of them?
The Ubermenschen are very powerful, and they’re going to get even more powerful before our story is over. But The Specialists have a lot of room for improvement as well, so we can hope that they’ll become a more effective fighting force as they gain experience.
There are two reasons that there are only a limited number of Ubermenschen: first, most of the Baron’s attempts to grant a subject powers have ended in that person’s death. This is because the Baron is still learning how to use the Orb, and because being infused with magic power is a dangerous process. Second, and more importantly, using the Orb fatigues the Baron. The more powerful the effect, the more taxing, and there are… other repercussions (like I said, the Baron’s power comes with a price).
Such an orb is too large in its normal state to implant in his abdominal cavity. It may have been mystically absorbed in some way.
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