First off, I’ll repeat my announcement from Monday:
Announcement part the first: Scheduling
The next update (Sept. 25th) will be a final epilogue to this chapter, the NEW CHAPTER will begin posting on September 28th.
Announcement part the second: Technical
Concurrently with the new chapter, we will be moving to a new site with a new webhost. The URL will remain the same, but during the moving process, the site will be temporarily offline – so don’t worry if you can’t reach the site at some point after Sept. 21st, or if it’s a bit wonky once it’s back. There will be technical issues, but they should be only temporary, and if all goes as planned, it should all be sorted out by the 28th, so please bear with us.
The forums will be shutting down permanently at the same time, since the new site will feature a comment section that’ll allow you to comment or ask questions directly below the respective strip, if you’re so inclined.
Second off, back to good, old Snuka for a moment. As you can see, he has successfully completed his escape from Adm. Watanabe’s cruiser in the meantime, and managed to procure an acceptable outfit somewhere along the way. His head is also covered again by something that could easily pass for hair at first glance, although it’s actually an artisanal seaweed sculpture made to order and painted glossy black to resemble his former coifure as closely as possible. >_> In short, he’s feeling almost human again, which is as human as he’s ever felt.
But he still had a decision to make, and that’s why he sought out some undisclosed oceanside location…since these kind of decisions basically require you to stare out at the ocean during your deliberations. This also has the advantage that, should your decision turn out to be fatuous, you can have a huge wave strike the rocks behind you immediately, setting the proper tone.
Snuka’s decision, though, is more low-key. Given the unique fungibility of his personal backstory, he had to decide whether he wants to keep the new one he’s acquired this chapter, or toss it into the caldera of Retcon Mountain* and revert to being of unknown parentage. It wasn’t an easy decision. On the one hand, being the grandson of a homicidal, filicidal, virtual, authoritarian, militarist, nationalist, racist douchebag with a couple of stars on his collar isn’t exactly the cream of fates…on the other hand, if he resets his bio, there’s no telling what kind of backstory he’ll require the next time. It might well be better, but it could be worse. O-O
At the end of the day, though, Snuka will always be a gambler, so of course he settled for taking his chances.
More on Monday!
* A mountain which, in case you were wondering, is just about a third as high as Silhouette Mountain.
2 Replies to “Tough Choices – Chap. 6, Epilogue 10”
And there we go. I’ve completed every finished chapter of the B-Movie Comic! (Though you should be aware the final update mentioned in the announcement appears to have disappeared into the ether). This was… pretty high up there on my chapter preferences! Long, but held together pretty well, and it didn’t feel half-filler – plus the particular choices of cameos and returns (Shinji, for example) were pretty fun. Did not expect Lt. Dapi to be as important as he was, but you do need the heroic military man, after all.
I fully expect Snuka won’t be able to handle his next backstory, either – he just doesn’t seem to have luck with them! Gregory spending so long out of the action surprised me, though. Even when not a zombie, he just can’t catch a break. Maybe chapter 7. Mopey’s design this time is, I’d say, my second favorite after Chapter 4’s. Oh, and the Professor going to bat for evil just because SCIENCE… Glad to see he hasn’t changed his own personal moral principles!
At this rate I’m expecting an eventual teamup of all our past B-Movie villains, with how many have survived. Don’t they eventually do that if it runs long enough?
And, yeah, I’m still working on creating an archive of all of the odds and ends that somehow fell out of the continuity, or never made it into it…there’s more such stuff than I originally thought. ^_^;
You’re right that I didn’t manage to give Gregory nearly as much to do as I had originally planned – partly due to the fact that Lt. Dapi’s role grew and grew from modest beginnings. A cheerily incompetent military man is just inherently funny, somehow. In fiction, that is. In reality, less so, especially for their subordinates. And there were such men…
But I’m happy to say that Gregory is indeed much better integrated into the team in chapter 7.
As for the Professor’s face-heel-turn…yeah, it was kinda important for me that he didn’t just spontaneously change his character, or joined the dark side out of selfish motives, but instead fell to it due to losing perspective on the principles he’s always held. It made his inevitable redemption more logical…and it kinda also speaks to the real-life situation of scientists during the wars of the 20th century, or even today.
Yeah, since I somehow can never get myself to dispose of my villains permanently, I guess by now I’d have enough of them waiting in the wings to form a Legion of Doomy Evil, or something along those lines. XD (Of course I could do the same thing if I had disposed of them permanently, since permanent death isn’t all that permanent in fiction, anyway.)