Second Crimean War # 288

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The Doodler
22nd Dec 2013, 6:02 PM

...Peace on earth, good will towards men?

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Allzephyr
22nd Dec 2013, 9:09 PM

Heckuva Christmas strip, looks like that insurgent got lots of good will. Right through her gut. Hmm. It's nice to have an update though, excellent as usual.

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The Doodler
23rd Dec 2013, 2:59 AM

"Then in despair, I bowed my head
'There is no peace on earth,' I said,
'For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will towards men.' "

On the plus side, she does have bulletproof on. More likely a broken sterum or ribs.

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Allzephyr
23rd Dec 2013, 10:59 PM

While a vest is not necessarily a guarantee, you're probably right about that. An incapacitated enemy is more useful than a dead one as well. Your comic's bloodless record continues, unlike Tantz, who has probably killed off a couple hundred by now (shivers). Who was the poem by by the way?

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The Doodler
23rd Dec 2013, 11:37 PM

It's from "I heard the bells on Christmas day" by Longfellow. Johnny Cash sung it and it's...kinda perfect. Like Yana, I guess it'd say that if it's not all right, it's not the end.

Yeah, and you have better odds of hitting if you aim for the center of mass -- torsos are bigger targets than heads. It may not be a killing shot, but...eh. Plus you have less odds of the bullet going through your target and killing someone behind them.

Friendly reminder that Tantz's magnificent comic involves Nazis. *shivers as well* Bohdan's crazy nationalism ain't quite that crazy.

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Allzephyr
24th Dec 2013, 9:46 PM

Just read through the link and it's definitely great stuff. And I do agree as well that stories should have, if not a happy ending, a just (as in "just deserts") ending. it's not always that way though, and I'm sure that at this rate I will have lasting trauma from all the stuff I read. However, this expectation of tragedy can work out in the favor of a story's sense of surprised. For example, when Slava's group was surrounded in the kind I thought for sure they would all be slaughtered. When it turned out that the battle was bloodless, I was pleasantly surprised. For this I commend you, your comic is a light in the darkness. As an afterthought: in Tantz's defense, (although she really doesn't need any), people like the Nazis only truly come along once, and these are vents that we as humans must come to understand to avoid repetition. Anyways, my brother just told me my comment was getting a bit long so, peace on Earth, good will to men, and everyone have a fantastic Christmas Eve!

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The Doodler
26th Dec 2013, 2:58 AM

For me, it's as long as the concept of justice is a real and living thing in the story, even if it's only the lack of it, being mourned. (As a side note, I love little moments of human silliness and mundanity in otherwise tragic stories, which Tantz does well.)

Which scene do you mean, specifically? Where they're stealing ammunition from the mansion and Slava defuses it? Regardless, I get your point well, and I think I may need to screenshot "a light in the darkness" and look at it when I'm having a cruddy day. Wow. Uh. Anyway.

I'm not sure that WWII/fascism was in some fundamental sense necessary...I mean, it made racism less socially acceptable in my country, definitely, but...the long-term affects of WWII and how it changed ideas about genocide and the importance of human rights and the genocides that happened later on... I think that's worth a discussion if you want to shoot me a PM.

Oh, and speaking of "lasting trauma" and history and WWII and alternate history and fiction and the lack of justice being like a chest wound and silly little mundane human details, are you familiar with Fatherland, by Robert Harris? :P

And now I think I've made this comment longer than yours, so you can tell that to your brother! And Merry (late) Christmas. :)

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