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So! Looks like Cory’s got a bit power behind his powers. Who are those guys at the table? Will Cory be able to “hit ’em”? And it looks to me like they’re playing poker, not blackjack — why would anyone hit anyone here? Does Diego not know anything about cards?

Tune in this Wednesday to find out! Hope to see you there!

  • I think you guys got some really bad intell!

    • stickfigurefairytales

      Nice work, AJ!

      • Tank you!!

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Modest and yet confident. The portrait of the modern VIRGIN hunting Admiral. 😀

    • davefragments

      congrats

    • Sapfo

      Admiral, it seems like you are in command here! Take us forward, please show us the way 🙂

  • Sh*t, MITCH! SAVE CORY NOW.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      He definitely needs some help before everything goes irretrievably to hell.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Harsh truth! Preach Stick!

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Wait. What? What was the classic line? … (oh damn yes, it’s mighty mouse).

      MITCH: HERE I COME TO SAVE THE DAY!!!

  • davefragments

    Demolition . . . and someone is there.
    Guess who has to take care of them?
    Our little reluctant hero . . .
    Bad thing to do to a brother.

  • Oh sure Diego, say your brother’s name in front of the guys you’re trying to rob.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      These guys are so *playing* at being professionals.

      • There’s a joke here about playing one on tv…I think.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Oh and our muffin-Admiral and D&D-Saxon are suddenly Jason Bourne and company and thus experts on ruthless badassery…

          Come on you two… give the puppies a little slack. See how cute they are as they try to blow up the Mafia dudes?

          ADORBS!!!!

          • It’s just common sense. Maybe you wanna join the group for Summer School for the Sinister?

          • Chris Dangerfield

            In those cartoons they learn lessons, but they are adorable as they do it and we love them……….. so YES!

          • Soirbleu

            WHERE DO I SIGN UP??? Is it too late to join this year?

          • You’re in luck!! There’s space available.

          • Soirbleu

            Great! I’ll start working on my laugh.

          • Saxon_Brenton

            You’ve uncovered my secret, Chris. I’m not a badass; I only play one in D&D games when the gamesmaster gives the players a few minutes to argue over what our ‘instantaneous reactions’ are 😛

          • Chris Dangerfield

            😀

          • Soirbleu

            What do you play? 😀

          • Saxon_Brenton

            It’s not so much “what” as “with who”. One of my groups is run moderately seriously and the GM allows only a minimum of cross-talk strategizing between players during time critical situations. The other group is somewhat less serious and prone to socializing during play, so that even though there are rotating GMs running different systems, the sessions all tend to be marked by goofing off, players arguing at cross purposes in front of the NPCs, or going “Huh?” because they were surfing the net on their ipads rather than paying attention.

          • Doki really needs a group.

          • Soirbleu

            My group is pretty great at rp and my DM is pretty awesome about letting us improv, so I’m super lucky. But I really was just curious “what” you play. I’m really into D&D/RPG’s (like Major. Fucking. Nerd. here), and if someone is enough into D&D to post about it on an unrelated webcomic, for one, I just wanna talk about it too (!) and two, I’m genuinely curious about what kind of character choices that person is making. You don’t have to answer if you don’t feel like it– I was just curious. 🙂

          • What is your fave race and your fave class? Have you played Pathfinder? I got to play a Pathfinder Elven Alchemist once, she was kick ass, and probably a little overpowered in comparison to her companions (a transformer and a super hero, it was a Pathfinder/BESM crossover system that completely worked in my favor and not so much the others). Heh, her intelligence level got to “Epic” level pretty fast ^_^ which in turn made her potions highly effective….great, now I miss her and I don’t think I have her character sheet.

          • Soirbleu

            I haven’t played Pathfinder yet! How is it? My group switched from 4e D&D to 13th Age, which I love (mostly…it has flaws). My favorite race is Shadar-kai, because I love flawed and interesting characters. I’m always trying to add weaknesses or vulnerabilities to my characters which aren’t written in mechanically. Elf is my other race, and what I would totally be if I could transform in real life 🙂

            I don’t think I’ve figured out my favorite class yet. My group has been friends a lot longer than they’ve known me, so I end up playing whatever the party is short on. I was a nature Witch dryad in the last game, and then a Bard. I like making up little songs and spells, but I would love to try something more melee next time.

            Your Alchemist sounds pretty great! What kind of play style is an Alchemist?

            Thanks so much for asking, and I’m sorry my answer got so long! 🙁
            I <3 RPG's.

          • Well…as I haven’t really played Pathfinder on its own, I cannot really say much, but as far as Pathfinder related to my class and race it was good. Hmmm, well, when she wasn’t with the group saving different dimensions, she was a bit of the Mad Scientist type. Crazy for an Elf, I know, but I made it work. I guess you could say her main form of attack was throwing very damaging potions, though I think she also had some…..OH wait….she did get a hold of some type of laser gun at one point that she was going to experiment with…she had such plans for that….*sigh* but I think she had some swords for close fighting that were probably poisoned or otherwise alchemically modified.

          • Soirbleu

            Sounds like a really fun campaign!

          • Soirbleu

            Goodnight, new gamer friend!

          • Night! If you ever want to trade stories, just message me. ^_^

          • Soirbleu

            I…don’t actually know how to do that? (Is Luddite)

          • ? my email is the name I go by @gmail.com. Send me an email if you want to swap stories.

          • Soirbleu

            Okay, thanks! 😀

          • Saxon_Brenton

            Ah, okay, I misunderstood your question.

            As a preamble, I’ll just note that I tend towards playing various magic users in fantasy RPGs, and intellectual characters more generally. So for instance, in the superhero campaign I’m in, the character has superstrength and shapeshifting, but he’s also an ex-police detective who brings a lot of investigative skills to his team. In the Star Wars campaign (still being run with the rules system from when West End Games owned the rights back in the late 20th century) I play a Mon Calamari computer technician. In the Space 1889 campaign its a mad scientist who’s developed and patented the uranium engine that has allowed etherflyers to travel beyond the inner solar system. He’s currently toying with the idea of solving Mars’ water problems by mounting an expedition to Saturn, dragging a few modestly sized icebergs back the red planet and then *very carefully* lowering them down to the surface and letting them melt.

            But you said you had a more specific focus on D&D. My GM who runs D&D has started new campaigns each time we’ve gone from 3.5e to 4e to 5e. During 3.5e I was in the mood for working against my usual habits of playing magic users, so I was playing a human monk. During our 4e campaign it was a dragonborn sorcerer. We’ve just started a 5e campaign, and I’ve talked the GM into letting me run a half-orc white necromancer healer using a house rule. It goes something like this…

            I noticed under the 5e description for the necromancer school of wizardry that there’s a feat called Grim Harvest. Short description: when the necromancer kills someone with magic they drain hit points equal to twice the spell level, thrice the spell level if its a necromantic school spell. And I thought: Huh, well it’s always been the case as far back as 2e that the evil necromancers have outnumbered the good ones, but this is really going to make things difficult for the good necromancers. And then I thought: Wait a minute, the current incarnation of the goddess of magic in the Forgotten Realms is supposed to be promoting the ethical use of magic. Is she really going to be happy with this?

            So I pitched the idea to my GM that the Grim Harvest is the class Feat for the dark necromancers; the light necromancers have a thing called the Healing Manifold, which is kinda the inverse, and by the grace of Mystra just a little bit more powerful. They can use necromantic spells to donate their own hit points to heal others, and because of that class feat they can cause 3 points of healing for every 1 point of their own health that they donate.

            And that’s how I ended up with a wizard who’s been min/maxed to have his Constitution as his highest ability score, with his Intelligence as a close second.

      • Tyler Griffin

        This is so something that one of my D&D or D20 Modern characters would do…

  • stickfigurefairytales

    …the door was open, Cory.

    • davefragments

      It can accommodate trucks now.
      Tomorrow’s deliveries will be easier.
      wink wink

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Mr. Practical! See that is why we love our Dave.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      teenagers… what can you do?

  • davefragments

    IT’s not the oldest floating craps game in the city but it probably is high stakes poker. That usually means not much money involved.
    I’ll bet Las Vegas has bigger pots than these guys. I’ve seen Blackjack tables with $1000 bets and poker tables with no limits. even the average dice table in Las Vegas has more money on it than this game. This is a couple to a few hundred dollars, nothing more.
    Unless there’s a safe hidden in the back room with lots of funky, unmarked bills of low denomination in the back room.

    • Tyler Griffin

      True, but I bet all of those tables in Las Vegas have REALLY good security, even against supers

      • davefragments

        You can’t misbehave in those casinos. You can see the cameras in the ceilings and the dice table I played had two “watchers” beside it.

        • Tyler Griffin

          Which is why our merry band is knocking off this joint instead 😉 Although, given that the seemed to be under the impression that there wasn’t supposed to be ANYONE here and in fact there was a security guard and a gambling ring in action, I have to wonder if they haven’t just flat out been set up

          • davefragments

            I think one of the poker players has a MAC 10 in his hand. That’s not your average pistol.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            ulp

          • Tyler Griffin

            Once, in a D20 Modern campaign, my character fired a Desert Eagle into a gas station. By way of three botched rolls in a row, the gas station exploded, and that character never picked up a gun again.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Why Grandpa… what a devious mind you have……. tell us more! 🙂

          • Tyler Griffin

            It was the Priestess, I tells ya. She’s behind it ALL. She was gazing upon her crystal balls (A good villainess keeps a full set in hand) and foresaw the involvement of TYP at the Hellgate. This was simply one of MANY minor tests that she orchestrated from the shadows to gauge our heroes ahead of time!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Cory IS adorable, but he’s not ready to go up against Bugsy Siegel (in his Vegas years no less) yet… let him cut his mafia teeth on these small fry first. Okay?

    • Chris Dangerfield

      I feel a Godfather film in there somewhere. 🙂

      • davefragments

        I have old family pictures with someone who looks like Diego. That gaunt face with the cheekbones and strong chin.

        • Chris Dangerfield

          “Fredo Fragments” (death-kiss) “I loved you like a brother. How could you…………..”

          (you’re scaring me Dave)

          • davefragments

            I had an Uncle who looked like Sammy Davis in his young years and that’s the shape of Diego’s face.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            That Rat Pack LIVES!!!!!

          • Someone is a rat in this comic. One named Ivan and the other Diego

    • Klaus

      Our intrepid trio did not expect anyone to be in the building. So it can not be the money on the table they are after, Also, these people are all armed. They are guarding whatever Ivan & co. are after. The game uis just to pass the time.

  • Fabulous Alien

    And here I am, wondering how any of this relates to Fluke… Anyone else?

    • *lol* .. I still have this inner image of Tsunami dropping his just bought favorite icecream, just as he’s about to lick it, which make him raise a fist towards the skye and yell ‘FLUUKE’.

  • This is what happens when you use your powers without proper train and your older brother forces you to do something you don’t feel comfortable doing. Not only did Cory rip out the wall around the door he was aiming(?) at, the metal “garage” door was also damaged.

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I feel like this would fit in very well with one of the X-Men series.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        true.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Well….. Doooooki…. you didn’t say just do the garage door. You said go for it… and I did and now you’re upset that I blew the whole wall out? GET OFF MY CASE BIG SISTER!!!!!!!

      • Tyler Griffin

        Gosh. WHY can’t you just learn the meaning of MODERATION. A happy MEDIUM! Why is it ALWAYS feast or FAMINE with you!

        • Chris Dangerfield

          You will make such a good parent one day. LOL! You have all the language down pat. (I know this script). 😀

    • “You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!”

      I need to watch that film again. Soon.

  • Tyler Griffin

    So, has anyone questioned exactly why these guys waited till AFTER the security guard had had a nice, long look at all of their faces and heard their names to put on masks? Just curious.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Oh you just stop that right NOW, Mr. Logic. This is magic comic land and crazzzzzzy Laampros sh*t happens. Right? LOL.

    • I can only assume that they were more concerned with the dudes inside?

      • Tyler Griffin

        Apparently, but now they kind of have no CHOICE but to tie up the loose ends…

        • This has just gone from bad to clusterfuck. 😐

          I think someone may need to go back to villain school.

          • Tyler Griffin

            Evil Inc. Summer School for the Sinister

          • Ha! Let’s sign them up for a full course!

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Summer school is it’s own kinda hell in hot climates… lol.

          • This is true. So I’ve been told. I just assumed summer school was a level or two of hell deeper than regular school, so avoided it at all costs.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            the Admiral is WISE.

          • It’s only logical. 😛

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Pfffffffffffft…

          • Tyler Griffin
          • Chris Dangerfield

            ‘Zactly

          • Tyler Griffin

            I think we need something like this:
            http://evil-inc.com/comic/vima/

          • Chris Dangerfield

            HA! The wrath of Khan suite. Purrrrfect Batman.

          • purplefoxglove

            Who’s teaching?

          • Tyler Griffin

            Sircea and Duncan were the first choices, of course, but their consultation fees are a bit outside the budget, We are hoping to hear back from Lex Luthor or Maleficient in the next day or two.

          • purplefoxglove

            Sign me up, then 😉

          • Chris Dangerfield

            CUM ON! You KNOW that Sircea wouldn’t have f*cked up like this? (okay, okay, 6k year old… experience… massively powerful sorceress… yadda, yadda, but you see my point?)

          • I doubt she would have messed up at any time. She seems like a smart cookie to me. Mmmm, cookie.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Yesssss, she is definitely a SMART fritter. LOL.

          • Mmmm, fritter.

          • davefragments

            Or read the EVIL OVERLORD LIST of 100 things evil people should never do when they try to conquer the world.

          • Chris Dangerfield

            DAVEEEEEE… the #1 would be don’t bring your totally f*cked over 18 year-old virgin victim back from an unplanned trip to hell and monologue to him for a bunch of time (while he’s naked and still paralyzed and furious… did I say furious?) about how you regret using him to destroy the world so you can live forever.

            (whoopsie… yep… still bitter about the hell date)

            Never mind.

          • Phyre Storm

            Heh. Monologuing is definitely on the list somewhere.

          • davefragments

            Monologuing is a poor writer’s exposition.

          • I think that was required reading to graduate. Wonder if they convinced the equivalent of a villain nerd to do their homework.

          • Tyler Griffin

            I believe the military acronym FUBAR applies.

          • I do believe you are correct!

          • Chris Dangerfield

            Yes, I do agree. I believe we have all experienced “FUBARIFICATION” along WITH Cory. 🙂

          • Adam Black

            Always bring extra lube to the clusterfuck

      • Klaus

        There is no one inside. That is what they exoected, anyway.

        • But you know on the off chance that those guys were there?

          • Klaus

            A quote from the RPG Gangbusters. “Only very stupid crimiminals would kill a police officer. Many criminals are very stupid.”

          • This is true.

    • Klaus

      The security guide surprised them. As Cory says, they should just have walked away. When Ivan bungled that, the others should have put on the masks right away, to give her as little time to memorise their faces as possible.

  • TwilightDreamer

    oh man, poor guy 🙁

  • jreed3842

    Telekinesis is one of the abilities I wish I had if I had Superpowers.
    That and force fields.
    So…. I’m always super interested in characters that have those abilities.
    I’m excited to see where this goes!

  • YangYueLan

    I really like the first panel. He really looks like a kid pulling a hood up.

  • Phyre Storm

    Raise your hand if you didn’t see that coming.

    • Klaus

      I didn’t. i expected Mitch to stop it sooner.

  • davefragments

    I’m going to have to go to bed early tonight. I’ve had a busy week. Good night y’all. Pleasant dreams till next page.

    • Night Dave!

      • Chris Dangerfield

        ‘Night good Sir!

    • Tyler Griffin

      good night!

  • Chris Dangerfield

    Okay you guys, this is another wonderful real (Okay until he blew the wall out) world super emotional page. Again, not easy to do and we’re dying for rescue to arrive. That is well done tension.

    Panel #1: Oh My God… Cory pulling on that mask… looking back like he’s still hoping that Diego will say… “NO. Just joking.” This is the most heartbreaking panel in history. I feel like I’m watching the most adorbs puppy in the world being kicked by assholes. (Assholes I WANT to hurt). I haven’t felt this bad since hell-date or since seeing 13 year-old Spooky suddenly in hell. It’s horrible.

    Panel #2: Cory bending to pressure. There is not one happy powerful successful empowering thing about his. There is a scene in the Luc Besson’ film “LUCY” where her bullsh*t boyfriend forces her to to deliver his “illegal” delivery that feels like this. It’s just heartbreaking when she goes into that hotel. (Brilliant film).

    Panel #3: Okay that blast is impressive. You know this kid is in peril of going to the dark-side. I love the little vocal of “mm” showing effort.

    Panel #4: Okay reveal of BAAAAD guys. They will not roll over. These are REAL adult BAD guys. OMG. I’m scared for my Cory.

    Panel #5: Look at the boy’s fright and guess what… Ivan is nowhere, Diego is freaked and, all of a sudden – surprise? – it’s “Hit’EM CORY! HIT ‘EM”

    Wow. Lovely and hard. Another truly emotional page. It’s so real and so what we know when young stupid boys pressure each other into these ‘good ideas’.” And it’s always the Cory’s who suffer and are expected to pick up the mess. Oh I hope Mitch has the solution to this one. Thank you Alex, Adam and Vero… great work. Love it.

    • Sapfo

      Words, so many words! Happy to see you in your right enviroment 😀

      Patience dear Chris, page is comming!

    • Remember the bad guys on the shows you used to watch on Saturday
      mornings? Well, these guys aren’t like those guys. They won’t exercise
      restraint because you are children. They *will* kill you if they get the
      chance. Do *not* give them that chance.

      – Helen Parr aka Elastigirl

    • Your describtion on panel 1 is spot on how I feel when reeading it. Kudos to Adam yet again, for his ability to put emotions on a page.

      • Agreed. I also think Adam did a really great job with that. 🙂

    • Thank you very much, Chris, for your awesome play-by-play. I’m glad you’re connected with Cory here — much fun for me to read your reactions and analysis. 🙂

    • eldestdawn

      New pages are every Tuesday and Saturday.

      • Chris Dangerfield

        Thanks!

  • Klaus

    They deserve what they are going to get, according to Diego. I wonder what they have done to deserve a chance to gun down out intrepid trio.

  • Jeldenil

    Extreme storage wars

  • Aitsuki

    OH LORD, that guy in the back has an oozie! That’s a powerful small gun! This poor kid is in so much danger right now, you can see him desperately wishing he could be at home…..

  • Klaus

    He was very lucky that he did not hit himself or his brither with that wall! Or the guard. I can not quite make up my mind whether missing Ivam was good or bad luck.

  • … That was a little more than the door xD

    And of course the place isn’t empty. That would have been too easy, and give too much luck, in this already bad situation. The look of various people in shock..

    Mitch, you better get you fast butt down here ASAP!

    • Klaus

      But what exactly do you want him to do? I suppose he could carry off the brothers, but that would get the guard killed. And Ivan. Mitch would care about even Ivan.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Cory is obviously feeling a little stressed, and the adrenaline rush is making him overreach himself. Of course, it would be far too much to hope that the adrenaline rush would enable him to deflect all those bullets as well as do mucho damage to the door and wall.

      Oh, if only there was a passing superhero who could fly in and save the day…

  • purplefoxglove

    Run away, Cory! RUN AWAY!!!

    …or put the door back in. “Woops, wrong house.”

  • Ok, the “Summer Mind Camp” was pretty amazing. I loved it. But can we get back to what’s happening, please? This is so very boring, considering I”ve been a reader since the start. I <3 Flyboy, but this is just a waste of time – it could be done in two pages instead of ten. I mean NO disrespect., but you've used this tool before and you got away with it good story or a half naked gent. None of that is here. Spooks story was awesome and I wanted more because the writing. It does not compare to this thus far. DONT FLAME me. It is an honest discussion.

    • Dennis Grace

      Meh, I can think of more diplomatic ways to criticize a storyline. While I do think the dialogue is a bit cliché so far, I’m willing to give Alex a few more pages to blow this one out of the doldrums. I think he’s earned that. So, no flames, but hold your horses, Jake.

      • I love this comic. We hit a climactic apex of edging and then the creators did something REALLY fun with “Summer Camp”, but I’m just drooling for the second half of this. And I fully understand schedules, conventions and what not. You get tired and burnt out VERY fast. So, I’m not trying to be disparaging, but inquiring minds want to know what happens 😀

    • Ninhursag

      I don’t agree, I’m quite interested in Mitch’s story. And I don’t get how you can say you “love” Mitch, but are bored by his story, especially since it only began. I think you were to quick to judge.

      • I’m interested in Fly a lot, but we were right at the apex of an awesome run, then we get something “kitschy” (which I LUH-HUV’D), but it simply feels time to get back to what the main story line is. To me, this seems like a storyline written well in advance in order to cover content during the Summer conventions. If so? Cool. Awesome-sauce. I’m simply vocalizing that I would like to hear about Mitch maybe after this, but I’m assuming he dies because we’re getting this and Kyle will feel terrible causing a rage to end the conflict. JUST ME! I’ve had as many unneeded negative comments as well as positive. I will read this, and donate as much as I can, to keep this comic running until the Sun blows up.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      It is so easy for any of us to forget that the world is not all about us. And that things happen for a reason. And that good art, TAKES TIME.

      Just a gentle reminder (to myself included) that if frustrated (because this is exciting material and the waiting required to follow a serial adventure can be tense), any of us can take a short hiatus of a few weeks – read another book, watch a film, follow another comic, create something of our own – all to allow Alex, Adam and Vero the required time to get the excellent and complex main-story line ready for primetime.

      Everything else I had to say about this subject, I’ve expressed here:

      http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-flyboy-bonus-page-3/#comment-2157863503

      Take care.

      • Adam Black

        @chrisdangerfield:disqus
        What you had to say is extremely articulate , and well spoken;
        but I’m sorry to say , misses the point.

        ( Gauntlet Thrown ! )

        Let’s not be so hasty to dismiss the new kid, with the bowl-cut’s , opinion
        ( i mean No disrespect , @jake3614:disqus ) .

        If I have to play Devil’s … Laampro’s Advocate , I will.

        Now ask yourself Chris:

        Who is the *real* main character of this story?

        ( Hint: We have been through this before. )

        The Fandom long ago formed a consensus to this, you included.
        Do you even remember the last time we even **saw** the main character? I think its been years! Literally years!

        Do you see the problem now? You are a smart dude. Of course you do .

        ( say it with me now:

        ” Bedhead is like a stopped clock , its still right twice a day .”

        It just is. Even Timelords know this.

        No , disrespect, Annakin ahem @Jake Stephens )

        Its all about balance, just like the way that annoying tatooiney shrieky kid brought balance to the force.

        I’m obviously talking about a **very different** bowlheaded Jake. Jake… ( No disrespect ) Lloyd

        ( Darksider, Sithlord. ) No disrespect .

        If George Finnegan Eyeball doesnt show up in the next few scenes, and Gaze us all to Bliss, the TrueFans might just take your own advice and Go on strike!

        ( Cmon @sapho @smsif:disqus and @disqus_5yYGRkSeuL:disqus @Holly . Its been ages. I need you ladies, to backs me and The Sithkid , up on this

        ******* Eyeballs 4 Eyeballl: Bring Back George , Bring Back George!******

        If we have to wait any longer for Duncan to rescue poor George ….. Spooky will have to send you and Jake to hell to help him.
        Is that what you want?

        Chris , you **know** there is no visine in Hell, How could you be so insensitive ?
        Poor George has NO VISINE!

        I conclude my overwhelming convincing argument with the words of Stan Lee:

        “Nuff Said”

        • Chris Dangerfield

          True fact @disqus_FidZAwLkzS:disqus : One can never have enough George Finnegan Eyeball!

        • Klaus

          Are you a patron? There is a new milestone on the Patreon page. If it is reached. there is to be a vote on who we want to see, You could suggest placing GFE on the ballot.

    • Klaus

      I would also have prefered for the main storyline to continue. But this story is interesting too. And I don’t see anything wrong with the dialog.

    • Shinashi

      Just because you don’t mean to disrespect, doesn’t mean you’re not disrespectful. -000-

    • Adam Black

      And he would have gotten “away with it” , if it wasnt for you meddling kids.

      ( Admit It , we were all thinking it! )

  • Dennis Grace

    Le quelle surprise, it isn’t empty.

  • Ninhursag

    Why do they look so surprised and scared? They should have been prepared for that, that’s why having a plan beforehand is so important, especially one that can take in account more variables.

    • Klaus

      And we are back to von Moltke.

  • bronakopdin

    well played Alex…. really well played xD
    Show me just ONE reader that did NOT think we’re talking about the money transfering car when they talked about “practise” regarding “opening doors” xD
    No seriously despite the drama and action of this page my very first reaction was a good loud laugh due to your amazing talent to surprise us ^^
    Even the Warden seems to be amazed! Look at her gaping mounth and wide opened eyes in panel 3 especially if oyu compare to her expression in panel 2 which was just seconds prior xD

    seriously at this point I stop speculating… there are just too many new questions in my head now as to Who those men are, what the young ones want from them, why one of them gets threatened by all the others with guns… what kinda practise

    Diego and Cory did if he still makes half the wall break in xD
    (Maybe it was the nerves?)

    What I DO need to say is that the breaking wall looks awesome! All those little details everywhere! Great work Adam and Vero!!

    • Klaus

      I do not see it like that at all. They are drawing their guns to defend themselves against whatever broke the wall. One is a bit slower than the others. He does not yet have his gun in hand. But it is lying within easy reach on the cabinet right next to him.

      • bronakopdin

        but the grip of the gun lying around there rather points to the one on the left I thought? Well it can’t be seen very clearly, for me it seemed as if they were all pointing their guns on the one sitting on the right, the one on the left not holding his as he was the one playing against the one on the right…
        in the end it’s no “real” threatening at all and they’re just pissed about him winning all the time or they suspect him cheating while they still are all buddy-buddy guarding whatever is in the house just killing time with cards, no real intent of ever pulling a trigger…
        but who knows, both is possible 🙂

    • LOL .. now I feel kinda slow for not having given the car any thought at all, as an option, until I read your comment.

      • bronakopdin

        OK, Alex, seems I was wrong xD

    • Klaus

      What car? I didn’t notice it at all.

      • bronakopdin

        … are you serious?! Now I feel stupid… but then what kinda door DID you guys all think they wanted to open? They’re in some backalleys or a smaller street, the car and the warden in the middle of happenings, of course there are buildings in the scenery but think of those?
        Or maybe I’m just still too bad in predicting Alex and you guys just totally rock and read his mind out of experience xD

        • Klaus

          The first frame showing the situation, on the bottom left of page 5, is dominated by a garage door. I thought that was most likely the door they wanted open. Also, why would there be anyone inside a parked car?

          • bronakopdin

            because it’s obviously some kind of transport, if I had to guess maybe a money transport car which would make it a worthwhile target, at least IMO it made more sense than some door in a kinda run down back alley… and well there should be more guards inside as I doubt at whatever kind of transport it is in the end there would be just one person guarding AND driving… though as we didn’t see anyone else yet I assumed the guard with the black eye was the driver forced outside of the car and next would be the back door…

  • Keneu

    Diego, what the heck are you smirking about. That only makes me glad it’s Cory and not you the super.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Your comment just made me realize that if my little brother could have done that when we were kids… I would have been in a world of trouble. Thank god for real-life. HA!

  • Kiri

    I could say stuff about the comic – but I just wanted to say how much laughing you guys have given me in the comments today. This IS a wonderful community.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      Hear hear! It so is!

  • Shinashi

    I haven’t been reading the comments lately and I decided to today. I’m surprised that this wasn’t what everyone was expecting, that there were people in there, prolly bad, and the cop is dirty. Because when I expect things, and am right, that is crazy XD I never see anything coming lol

    ‘Course, don’t know if the cop is dirty, but I’m watching *-*

    • Terri Sutton

      I have been looking at the page and am wondering if am I am missing something really obvious because I don’t see any cops on the page. Or are those bad guys cops in that building cops?

    • Klaus

      The “cop” is a security guard,

      • Shinashi

        Ah. Well, that too?

  • Diviana

    No this is going to be Cory’s character defining moment isn’t it? He’s going to hesitate which lets the bad guys kill either his brother, the other guys, or that security guy. Then, he will knock the guys out, nearly killing them. Either that or Cory will use too much force and end up killing the bad guys.

    • Tyler Griffin

      I would never dare trying to predict Alex’s movements this early in an arc.

      • Adam Black

        I predict Flyboy lives

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Going out on quiet a limb… good for you!

        • Tyler Griffin

          I counter with clone technology or Deacon Unit infiltration

  • Tyler Griffin

    This little situation brings a question to my mind. Kyle stated that he was disqualified from adult teams because of his emotional struggles, although his powers are more than useful. So then, in ordinary situations, when a super is deemed unfit for service, but they have genuinely tactically useful powers, what happens to them?

    • Adam Black

      Villain School.

    • Columbine

      May be they’d have tried to find a constructive but non-offensive use for his powers? I mean Kyle could probably run a completely clean-energy power plant and if you built it correctly it’d be safe. Now I’m thinking about it though I like the idea of Kyle using his powers to bake. Undermining villainy through cake-

      • zunden

        Cake is the best way to undermine villainy. I don’t know why there isn’t a superhero who bakes away evil. Or, if there is such a hero, I don’t know why I haven’t heard of them yet!

        • Columbine

          They’re super careful since the advent of TV-chefing! If we saw their costumes or heard there code names it’d be too obvious what their secret identity was and that would be dangerous. Their secrecy is the only way we can have Superheroes AND The Great British Bake Off at the same time. (This may have gotten slightly silly-)

          • Chris Dangerfield

            No, you’re okay… no one has mentioned villain-appeasing cupcakes yet so it’s all within boundaries.

          • zunden

            Silly? Don’t be absurd. Nothing about cake is ever silly. This is a very, very important issue!

          • Columbine

            I can not upvote this as much as it needs to be upvoted.

    • Terri Sutton

      Minion and Henchpeople Union.
      http://www.minion-union.com/

  • Tyler Griffin

    A bit off topic, but do you think this is where Michael Bay gets his script ideas?

    http://evil-inc.com/comic/title-25/

    • Terri Sutton

      I always assumed it was a 10 year old ghost writer.

    • davefragments

      That’s way too funny. More than I can ever explain.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      You have me entirely stuck on this comic now. The one about unions made me fall out… “Oh the irony… it burns.” Thanks.

      • Tyler Griffin

        I love it. I stumbled cross it a few years ago working as a communications facilitator in a security command center. I had forgotten about it until I saw a reference on tumblr, kind of like I did oglaf.

  • davefragments

    The wallpaper is spectacular. That’s all I will say here.

    • Chris Dangerfield

      If by “spectacular” you mean hotter than Laampros’ back yard in August. I would have to agree with you. It’s crazy sexy good.

      • I love how the High-res image zooms in on the buttocks and front area when in full size xD

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Dear Danish… what could you possibly mean by such a statement?

          • If you don’t know then you need a computer/device as ‘nice’ as mine 😉

            (In case someone doesn’t, the high-res is huge on my computer in full size and when you click zoom.. ALL you get to see is the most explicit part of that image)

  • The difference between seeing Cory in panel 1 and 2 is striking.

    From looking like a lost puppy, who just want to be safe, to someone you hope to never meet. It’s kinda painful to watch, and it hits home how easy it is to change the view of how you see a person – based on possible first impression.

  • eldestdawn

    I thought they said to rip the door off…not rip the wall out…

  • Danny

    Hey all, I’m way early to camp, and it’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to do more than catch up on comments the day after. How has everyone been? 🙂

    First comment: Does anyone else think it seems particularly symbolic that Cory pulls on the mask at this time? Up until now, he’s been his seemingly-decent self, arguing against the injustice he’s witnessing. But now his brother has convinced him to “come to the dark side”, so he dons the mask. It’s like he’s trying to give up his own identity, and not just literally. Ivan was the first to put on a mask – he had no qualms. Diego was next, after rationalizing the situation to his brother and likely to himself. Cory, the most conflicted, was last. As several people have pointed out before me, the security guard already knows all of their faces, so it’s not to protect their identities (at least from her). It’s them symbolically saying “I’m in” and gearing up to steal from the “bad people”.

    Second comment: This is going to be quite a quagmire for poor Mitch. His brand of saving the day has previously been either to whisk the potential victim out of danger or to grab the villains and deposit them where the police can easily catch them. But this time, his friend Cory is among a group of “bad guys” – in fact, his friend has just caused some major property damage while aiding in assault of a security guard and breaking and entering with intent to steal. Even though Cory had to be dragged into the mess, he’s not innocent any more. This won’t be a simple case for Mitch. I see that he has only a couple options.
    1) Walk away. ((Not likely – Mitch risks his place on a search and rescue minor hero team to go fight crime and save strangers in his off-hours; there’s no way he’ll skip out on a friend. He’d almost certainly still save the security guard, though.))
    2) Help Cory. ((This would make Mitch an accessory to the crime, be far more risky for his super hero career, and, worst of all, would make him a “bad guy”. However, it’s far more likely that Mitch will find a way to back up a friend than walk away from one.))
    If we assume that Mitch takes Option 2, then he has a limited number of available paths from there. He could pull Cory (and the security guard) out and abandon the others. This option would lead to Diego and Ivan almost certainly being killed, and the security guard would be able to identify anyone left alive to either the cops or her employers. Cory would never forgive Mitch for letting his brother die, so that would be no good. Another option would be to grab the other bad guys – a risky business, especially with all of the guns being waved around. He would have to disarm them and dump them at a police station. But while it might work, it would also mean that he helped Ivan, Diego and Cory commit a crime, and what sort of self-respecting hero would do that? Yet another option would be to spirit away Ivan, Diego and Cory before they go through with the robbery. The security guard would still be able to identify all three, and this would not stop Ivan or Diego from any other harebrained stunts to get cash – they’re desperate, or they wouldn’t dare to go after these “bad people” – unless Mitch dropped them off at a police station. But he’d be obligated to drop Cory off as well, since all three are currently pretty guilty.

    TLDR:
    1) Putting on the masks is symbolic, not just a ploy to hide their faces from bad guys in the building.
    2) Mitch will likely have to dirty his hands if he wants to help Cory without sending him to jail.

    Poor Mitch. This is a mess, and I don’t see a clear way out yet for either him or Cory. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens!

    • All good questions. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Danny! 🙂

  • Ok. I know this is a little odd, but I need to know. How many people remember the BerenSTEIN Bears? Not the BerenSTAIN Bears?

    • I’ve always known them as the Berenstein bears.

      • Me too, which is why I am slightly disturbed that that I can only find BerenSTAIN Bears.

        • Huh. That’s weird.

          • I didn’t think anything of it until I saw an article, and then decided to try to search for BerenSTEIN.

          • My mom looked it up with both Google and Amazon, just Berenstain. So freaking weird.

          • I am thinking that it might be something the “older” set of people will remember, but the “younger” set only knows “stain”

          • It’s just so weird, because even she remembers it as Berenstein.

          • Cydney Sabin

            I asked my mom how it was supposed to be pronounced when I was a kid and she didn’t know, so I just pronounced it STEHeen. I wouldn’t have had that problem if it was an A. The idea of the Mandela Effect is really gaining traction.

          • I always pronounced it steen

          • Cydney Sabin

            I do that now, but as a kid, that’s how I’d pronounce it.

          • Which could get confusing because if I remember the tiny bit of German I learned in High School, the ei would have been pronounced as an I instead of E.

          • davefragments

            I met a kid in college whose last name was “Chiarito” in Italian and his grandfather had such poor english on Ellis Island that they named him “rose” because they cow;don’t figure out what he was saying.

          • Cydney Sabin

            Assuming it was Germanic, it should be pronounced like stine.

          • Basically. 🙂

    • Saxon_Brenton

      IIRC I’ve always been aware of the spelling as ‘Berenstein’ ever since I read some of the books as a kid. If there’s a possible pronounciation difference with the TV show it didn’t register in my consciousness.

    • davefragments

      I didn’t know this existed as anything let alone a controversy.
      That’s probably because I never saw the “Berenstain Bears” until I was too old for them and because of that, I never even looked at the books.

    • jreed3842

      …. Whoa. That’s crazy. I remember Berenstein Bears too. But… Yeah, you’re right… Google only brings up Berenstain. This is kinda blowing my mind.

      • and all the images have “stain” not “stein”

        • jreed3842

          Yeah. It’s kinda freaking me out a bit. Haha.

          • tell me about it

            I was all minding my own business, and then this article popped up on Tumblr and I decided to look at it because “Berenstein Bears” = fond childhood memories.

            http://www.avclub.com/article/how-you-spell-berenstain-bears-could-be-proof-para-223615

            And then I tried to look for Berenstein Bears and found only Berenstain Bears.

          • jreed3842

            I used to own some of the books…. I’m wondering if I went through my grandma’s storage… I might be able to find some of the old books.
            I think I’m gonna try that the next time I visit home. Haha

          • jreed3842

            (I would also be pissed if I happened to travel to an alternate dimension… and the only thing that’s different is the way Berenstein Bears is spelled. WHY COULDN’T I END UP IN THE ALTERNATE DIMENSION WHERE POKEMON IS REAL?!) Haha!

          • But I mean, when you think about it…..this is something relatively small. Just how many other “small” changes are there? Are there any “big” changes? Would we be able to recognize any “big” changes?

          • jreed3842

            Yeah….
            This is really messing me up.
            I read up a bit about that “Mandela Effect” That was mentioned in that article.
            But…. I dunno how much more I wanna know about it, because I don’t want my mind to be messed with even further! Haha.
            This is really weird to me.

          • jreed3842

            Okay….
            I had to stop reading the stuff that was on the Mandelaeffect.com, because it was making me feel uneasy.
            But I did get to thinking.
            One of the few things you can never “verify” is a memory.
            Sure we could find an old copy of “The Berenst(?)in Bears” and see for ourselves, but we’ll never be able to double check where the memory of “Berenstein” came from. Ya know what I’m saying?

            Here’s another example.
            One time when I was younger my family and I went to Six Flags, and I remember sitting near on a bench near a porta-potty. I had to pee, and I saw a guy go into the porta-potty… So I sat and waited for him to come out.
            But he never did, and after awhile someone else showed up and went inside, and then they left.
            And I was so weirded out. I went into the porta-potty and no one was in there. And I remember watching that porta-potty like a hawk because I had to pee so bad. I was even sitting near it, and never saw anyone leave.
            But…. I’ll NEVER be able to know for sure what happened. There is no way for me to relive that memory, or to go back and check and make sure I’m remembering it correctly.
            I really want to know why that guy mysteriously vanished from inside the porta-potty… but… I will never be able to do so.

            Dang Doki…. that article really messed me up! I probably won’t be able to sleep tonight! 😛

          • Eh, I have seen and heard things from time to time that weren’t there. Not too often, but it does happen. It mostly goes into the “eh, whatever.” filing cabinet in my brain. I have also seen people go somewhere and disappear with no logical explanation for where they went.

    • Phyre Storm

      Yeah, that is totally weird.

  • davefragments

    Tonight I’m watching CHOPPED because it’s the big grilling championship and they gave these poor cooks rattlesnake to cook as an appetizer.

    I think tonight, Cory, Diego, Ivan and Kanya are going to be on the wrong end of several very angry bad guys. I think that Cory isn’t so sure of his powers and fear does either one of two things — panic or flight. Either Cory panics and destroys half the block or he freezes as bullets fly. . .

    • When we had our horse ranch, actually not too long after we moved in (this was in ’91/’92), we were fixing the place up, because it was a real mess, and the guys who were doing the work would capture the plethora of rattlesnakes, behead them, and hang them up and then would take them home at the end of the day for dinner..

      • davefragments

        My Father lived out west a few years and ate snake but I never even had the opportunity.
        Most exotic dishes I’ve had were squid, octopus, lobster, and Long Island Duck breast right on Long Island.

        • Never ate snake, but I have tried alligator. Tastes like chicken.

          • davefragments

            I have no desire to eat alligator.

            I can make a tomato sauce with squid. It’s an extravagant preparation with stuffing and everything you put in a red sauce except meat.

          • I felt guilty afterwards. We just happened to be in Florida at some steakhouse.

            I just can’t make myself eat squid or octopus. It just seems wrong.

          • davefragments

            I had tiny baby octopus about 1.5 inch fried in olive oil and garlic and it was amazingly excellent.

            The red sauce stews the squid and it takes on that tomato taste. It doesn’t look like squid because it is stuffed like a flank steak with great stuffing. Tediously long to prepare and cook.

  • davefragments

    Start looking for page 8

  • Danny
  • Ikea Monkey

    Wow. That is some beautiful art!