Sur La Barricade, Étudiants! – Chapter 8, Act 1, Strip 29

Well, isn’t that nice to see? Despite her new position of responsibility and authority, Mopey is still capable of letting her hair down (figuratively) and give in to…uh…dunno. The higher calling of her baser nature? Something along those lines, but the key part is the fun it promises. Seems like some things never change, and isn’t there some sort of comfort in that?*

Other things do change, of course, and in this case Biff is at the leading edge of that – and seems to have a hard time finding much comfort in that. He’s really missing the simple joy of release that he’d normally have felt in this situation, only a short while ago. Back when he wouldn’t just have been the first one to follow Mopey into the orgy of senseless violence, but would likely have been out way ahead of her. Instead of that, his new, more restrained nature requires him to be…uh, more restrained? So the place of honor directly behind Mopey goes to Snuka, instead. Who isn’t an enthusiastic supporter of unbridled violence, but a loyal guy, at least as far as the team is concerned.

Latho, in the meantime, appears increasingly jaded about not being listened to. At least Mopey did give it the satisfaction to know that its words were heard – consciously disregarded, but at least heard.

More on Monday.

* I’d say that that would depend entirely of what things you’re talking about, but stating it in this general way still tends to garner solemn nods of agreement. It’s apparently just a statement that’s very easy to agree to. Those are the most dangerous kind of statement…

4 Replies to “Sur La Barricade, Étudiants! – Chapter 8, Act 1, Strip 29”

  1. May I point out the fact that in Delacroix’s original, that musket had a bayonet attached and, to my mind, there’s nothing that equals extreme violence more than a good ol’ bayonet charge. Besides, I’m sure Professor Mortis would agree.

    1. “The bullet is a mad thing; only the bayonet knows what it is about.”
      Alexander Suvorov

      You’re perfectly right of course, and I’ve now edited the strip to include the bayonet. The bayonet charge might not be the most common of military tactics, these days, but it definitely conforms closely with what Mopey would hold to be the very Platonic ideal of extreme violence. XD

      1. Ha! I wasn’t expecting you to go to the trouble of adding the bayonet, my comment was meant as tongue-in-cheek… But now that you’ve added it, I wholeheartedly approve!

        Also, I personally know at least one guy who took part in a bayonet charge by a Romanian patrol against the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2009. Apparently they were ambushed and that charge allowed them to break out, because the enemy absolutely wasn’t expecting that.

        1. Yeah, the bayonet definitely won’t disappear completely for a long time, despite the much reduced role it plays today – there remain a few situations were it’s a viable weapon and perhaps even one or two were it’s the best. Plus, it’s useful when having to carry coils of barbed wire. XD

          Incidentally, the last recorded cavalry charge in military history, by the Italian Savoia cavalry division in 1944, also happened in the course of a breakout scenario – and I’m sure the recipients (Yugoslav partisans in that case) were expecting it just as little as those insurgents in Afghanistan. XD

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