Comic 688 - Cheap Shot

25th Jun 2015, 8:05 PM in Ch. 25: Wings
Cheap Shot
Average Rating: 4.75 (8 votes)
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Jocelyn 25th Jun 2015, 8:05 PM edit delete
Slowly but surely, we're getting to see Marcus Flaherty's face. But the only times we've seen him in the story is in Rain's head, always covered in shadow, and always very intimidating. It really kinda says a lot about how she feels about him...

Also, this is a weird point to draw attention to, but originally I was going to give Kellen a sword. However, I needed her to take the first strike in a non-lethal way. And I just did not have any ideas I was confident enough to portray in a recognizable way. I was afraid I'd be hearing "Did Rain die?" all weekend until the next page. So I decided to give Kellen a hammer instead. It still looks painful, but I assure you Dream Rain will live. :P

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j-eagle12212012 25th Jun 2015, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
I knew "HE" was the big bad, but i completely forgot about Kellen so that was a surprise...

Anyway the shock of seeing him probably hurt more than the hammer
MarianLH 25th Jun 2015, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
"Well, that escalated quickly..." Wow, no kidding. OO
Cant settle on a username 25th Jun 2015, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
Can't say I'm surprised at who the boss it but I have to say I find it interesting that Rain couldn't guess and am wondering if this is just Dream logic or if there is something more complex at work for instantace Rain had convinced herself that it would be something else
Guest 25th Jun 2015, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
Pommel strikes are a thing, so you could have stuck with the sword. Then again, I think this scene is better with the hammer. More Amy Rose-ish, but in a good way.
DocMesa 26th Jun 2015, 3:31 AM edit delete reply
Even if Rain did get stabbed, there's always Phoenix Downs. :p
Ciary 26th Jun 2015, 4:11 AM edit delete reply
I expected either Kellen or Rain's father. it turned out to be both! I like :-)

if this would have been emily, I guess it would have raised to much questions about what that means. because honestly, though fitting, that could have had a lot of hidden meanings
Jocelyn 26th Jun 2015, 9:08 AM edit delete reply

It had crossed my mind, actually. I don't know if I've ever talked about it here, but way back when I was considering writing the story as a fantasy, Emily was the villain of the story. I couldn't tell you when the change of heart happened, but I definitely like good Emily better.

But I did consider it for the dream, if nothing else but for a throwback to that original idea.

If you're interested, you can learn a little more about that here:
Miranda 26th Jun 2015, 6:35 AM edit delete reply
So he is one of those "you killed my son by trasitioning"-types.
Gareth ball 30th Jun 2015, 4:17 AM edit delete reply
Like how Darth Vader 'killed' Anakin Skywalker
Zimerick 26th Jun 2015, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
I can understand having their father being the villain, it was clearly obvious after that other dream sequence of Rain's. But I also can't help but think of how interesting it would have been to have the villain be Ryan instead, have her face her own inner demons and defeat her former self. (Not going to lie I thought Kellen WAS Ryan the moment I saw her.)

Either way I look forward to the next page and to see what the conclusion will be, keep up the good work Jocelyn :)
summer 26th Jun 2015, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
rain's father being the leader was pretty obvious. although i kind of wanted kellen to be the princess. if rain were to save her the she would change her mind about rain. but in all fairness it is fitting that emily be the princess. the princess always falls in love with the hero
Guest 26th Jun 2015, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
This is kinda out of context but YAY!!
Guest 26th Jun 2015, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
Lol idk what happened above, it cut off but I meant to say gay marriage has finally been recongnized by federal law!!!
RainFan 26th Jun 2015, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
I've died in a dream before, and I assure it isn't fun :/
Mina 26th Jun 2015, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
Did Rain die? :p

I must say, I didn't expect Marcus. That man deserves a dream defeat! >.<
Vanessa 27th Jun 2015, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
I'm sorry, but I just can't take him seriously as a villain with that mustache.
Zii 15th Sep 2015, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
Why... does everyone assume there is a princess? There was a "boy" taken from the village...
Akane 10th Jul 2016, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
Sooo...Rain's after con dream just escalated into yet another nightmare with the same dad figure standing cold and rigid against her...supported by Kellen...I wonder what would happen if Rain woke up at this exact point.
no 11th Nov 2020, 3:18 AM edit delete reply
yup, i was wrong

also does anybody else get major eggman vibes from that face?
Dark Niwa 12th Jan 2021, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
ah gash, the monster, will we ever actually see Marcus thou? kinda scared of the possibility, please get Rain a taser before he shows up if he does... evil Marcus!
dmonjunkie 19th Apr 2022, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
gendo grew a mustache!
Alexolotal 25th Apr 2022, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
Panel 5 gives off "remember son, dying is gay" vibes
Waffle 16th Aug 2022, 12:47 PM edit delete reply
Aw, I was hoping Kellen would be the kidnappee (and Emily the bandit leader) for extra confliction.
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