Denver Comic Con
June 30 - July 2, 2017
“Yeah, it’s a pretty neat trick. I just wish I’d learned how to get it started again. Getting a little light-headed here…”
What’s worse- “hard” training, or hearing everyone else’s thoughts?
Flame and the void approach would probably work best for her, though getting the initial settling will likely prove the hardest part.
The flame and the void approach? What’s that?
Something from the Wheel of Time series, and probably other sources in reality but theirs runs thus:
‘Blademasters enter the Void in order to cut down their enemies. “The Flame and the Void” refers to the visualization of a flame in a void; all concerns – emotions, thoughts, even the concerns of life and death – are fed into the flame. This allows the blademaster to perceive reality as it is, in the present moment. Pain and fear become merely passing phenomena. The separateness of blademaster and enemy disappear. There is only the Void.’
was actually also used in Avatar the Last Airbender as a mindwiping procedure by the Dai Li. you watch them do it to Jet.
“It won’t be…” What, Mark? Easy? Pleasant? Without obligation? SAFE? I suspect this is one sentence Agnes REALLY should have heard in its entirety. Still, I think that she’s up against one NASTY wall. Seriously, if she hasn’t had some kind of breakdown yet it looks like she will soon(Her frazzled look in panel 3 just breaks my heart. How much of that is her difficulty in dealing with her power, and how much is fear/uneasiness of Mark?
And speaking of Her Majesty’s spooky motherf*#ker, once again Mark impresses me with how on the ball he seems to be. Just how much does he KNOW, and how much does he INFER? The mind boggles!
Panel 4’s heart thing was interesting, but I had to read the dialogue to understand what was going on(In all fairness, it IS a difficult idea to illustrate). And just WHAT were Her Majesty’s interests in Asia anyway, HMMMMM?
Panel 6 made my heart break for her again. In all the drama of Hightower’s declining mental health, I had forgotten that she also has to live with Kate’s personal ghosts.
Just how close is she to the edge, anyway?
“And just WHAT were Her Majesty’s interests in Asia anyway, HMMMMM?”
Mark wasn’t always on Her Majesty’s Secret Service…
Ooooh, dirty secrets not of a “king and country” variety! Do continue!
It’s always dirty biz. LOL
Most successful secret agents are mostly working free-lance. I guess, Mark learned that trick either in Japan or India.
Mark’s unusually high degree of civility towards “the cousins” inclines me to think he has no official relation with HM’s government services at all… MI5 et all were barely on speaking terms with the OSS etc during the war… and as others have pointed out, we basically OWNED Asia up until the end of WW2
Not to be too pedantic, but in this story (as in our “real” world) it would be His Majesty’s interests, seeing as how George VI was King of the UK during WWII.
Okay, it’s actually very pedantic of me, but there you have it.
D’oh! Good catch. I made the same mistake.
To make mistakes is human, to forgive is divine.
To persist, devilish.
And just WHAT were Her Majesty’s interests in Asia anyway, HMMMMM?
India, Australia, New Zealand, Burma, China, Malaysia, Singapore… (And those were just the colonies and direct trading partners. Britain also had interests in the oilfields in the then-Netherlands East Indies [now Indonesia] and the rubber plantations of then-French Indochina. [Inclusive of Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos.]) They’re why Britain was such a political and military power-house in the Pacific prior to WWII, and were considered by some in the Japanese military to be more of a threat than the U.S. (Also, it would have been “*His* Majesty’s interests” since George VI was King at the time.)
Gah. The Asia crack was just me wondering what nefarious doings was Mark involved in, and the Her Majesty thing was just me not paying attention.
I guess that blows my theory out of the water–but I do like the idea of Mark having learned the mystic secrets of the East, like Lamont Cranston or Doctor Strange. It gives the character a sort of Golden Age/Pulp Age flavor which fits the story quite well.
Good Job, everyone. Looking forward to the next installments. Happy New Year.
And a Happy New Year to you as well! See you in 2016.
Oh, and by the way, now that we’ve blown your theory out of the water, would you mind sharing what it was? Shawn and I (as well as some of the other Loyal Readers) would be interested to hear it…
Seeing as you asked so nicely–okay.
I thought Question Mark might be some sort of undead–like William Lantry in Ray Bradbury’s story “Pillar Of Fire,” or the crew of the Black Pearl in the first Pirates Of The Caribbean movie. Not a vampire with all its powers, or a zombie with its lack of intellect or will–something else.
I figured it was the only way he could avoid being read by Agnes. Then he allowed her to read him, and that was when I realized that I could be wrong.
And indeed–I was.
Once, again, Happy New Year.
You might not be wrong. Yet. Keep in mind, he might just be able to start up his heart long enough for Agnes to feel it stop. I will call your theory debunked when we see this guy bleed.
here’s a small but important question, how does he know they’re doctor smallwood’s nightmares? If he knows about Agnes and he knows about the golem and max, he certainly knows who’s sharing doctor smallwood’s bed. how does he know they aren’t the bombadier’s nightmares.
It could be simple deduction; because she is a civilian(and a scientist, to boot!), she would likely have a harder time dealing with the rigors of combat. He very likely has had extensive dossiers on all the Specialists for quite some time, so he would have known of the lab accident that Kate was unintentionally responsible for.
Or he could be telepathic to a degree heretofore undisclosed. We’ll find out, I guess.
I’d guess he simply heard her cry out and then listened to her conversation with Walter. That is the sort of thing that spies do. 🙂
“..cheap. i gots to get PAID, lady.”
Money makes the world go around.
Granted, “Asia” is where all the heart slowing, mediation training comes from, but I still say he’s connected to the Nine Unknown (so, India).
This guy is probably my favourite character.
totally shipping them, too!
I would not. Secret agents have a too unstable private life.
Being the only person she doesn’t accidentally mind scan might be a bonus.
Well, but being around might be a bigger bonus.
There goes my “Question Mark is really a hundreds year old vampire” theory…
And how you supply him with “juice”?
You can take reasonnable amount of blood from multiple people rather than deadly amounts from one. I’m assuming vampires, like vampire bats, are capable of feeding without waking it’s prey and can help the wound heal. A few civilian feel a bit lightheaded after waking up and need a good breakfast, when he’s on the frontlines he could even feed on the ennemies.
Worst case scenario, if it turns out that being a vampire blows because you have to drain a person completely every night well… it IS war, they probably have prisonners. That seem unlikely though.
Taking blood from POWs? I think that might be not in accordance with the Geneva Convention. Nice thought for future novels – vampires in ww2.
Geneva Conventions didn’t exist until AFTER WW2. fair amount of stuff the Allies did is considered War Crimes as well, I.E. the Dambusters.
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