I get this … vibe? … that Shuach is some 13-year-old escape from 4chan who is vastly over-compensating with his choice of superbadassheavyindustrialdeathmetal avatar. The interplay between these two is hysterical. The notes on the whiteboard in the background .. just normal bean-counter points of protocol. Thanks very much for the laughs, JED!
On a more serious note for Our Heroes in the storyline, though … this does not bode well. Shuach is taking in the information a bit clinically. A very, very frightening development since that indicates that he will, rather rationally, plan on dedicating a large amount of resources into future, more serious efforts. Generating overconfidence in your opponent is a very powerful weapon.
Evil gods all seem to be like that though… Sure puts 4chan into some serious nightmare fuel territory.
Love the ‘to-do’ list. Hope it’s a sign that things are going
better for you my friend.
Here’s to a return to the wicked humor & plot twists we’ve come to
expect from you mate.
XD thank you for that mental image, 3Xp4t…
I’m liking this Dispatch Deeping Dude, the gentlebeing of indeterminate gender, metal ribs, and meathook hands.
Dear Mr. Dread Lord… the latest invoice shows a balance of $99999.99 please contact soul services to arrange a payments plan at your earliest convenience.
NO PERSONAL CHECKS ACCEPTED.
It would be funnier if those were all sixes instead!
I get the impression that thinking this number is important is pretty much a regional marker – that is, it strongly suggests you’re from North America.
I don’t think I’d even heard of this before I had more contact with Americans in Usenet, back when … I was probably around 30 when I first heard about this.
In other words, it probably won’t be funnier for most people outside of North America. Or to put it differently, all the world is NOT like the US.
For some reason, the Deeping Dispatcher makes me think a little bit of Crowley from Good Omens. o.o
It’s not that “nobody ever tells the client, No!” It’s that nobody ever says: “Yes, but that will cost you.” So, Deeping is a label and we still don’t have a name for Cranky McClockTits.
Well, McClockTits seems like a pretty good name to me. Altho’ I’d contest that this Deeping seems pretty calm to be called Cranky. How about Clanky for a first name instead?
Spot on, Crowley it is! I’m expecting a flaming Bentley at any moment, but would this put our champions on a small scooter carrying a blunderbus?
The name in the script is “The Supervisor.”
That, of course, is just as much a designation as “Deeping,” not a personal name. Being demons, you can’t expect me to give you any of their real names, can you?
What, lest we summon them? Eww.
BTW, when the Zona page renders on my browser, the elements land such that the “go” button for the search lands directly on Mentl’s eye. It sort of makes him look like Mad-Eye Moody.
Of course if that is THE Supervisor, then the title does as well as a name, doesn’t it?
As well as The Doctor, me thinks.
And how did I manage to miss three updates? Tch, me.
Tiny quibble – to be decimated means to lose every tenth man, from a group punishment the Romans had for rebels and suchlike of having them draw lots, with a one in ten chance of being executed. (Not unlike enforced Russian roulette…) If you lose ten out of ten men you’ve been annihilated (or various synonyms thereof).
Decimation also means to be cut into tenths. Which did happen to a few of these guys, I think.
Since ten were sent out, they got decimated ten times if one want to be literal about it. I think ten decimations is “pretty much”, don’t you.
The Decimation was also used against Roman legions who fled battle, or lost their eagle etc.
They were grouped in squads of 10 men. These men had to choose which one of them would be killed by the other 9. From memory, they were not allowed to use weapons to kill them.
Pet hate when this word is not used correctly… “We were decimated… so the other 90% of guys won the battle.”
Out of interest.. how would the flaming skull dude get his phone messages? His post it notes would catch fire when he tried to pick them up.
Go back to his performance review with Gorshach. Only his head is wreathed in flame. He can pick up stuff no problem.
Answering the phone, well, that’s another issue. Must be why he uses magical Skype.
hey I work for you but I don’t have to show you any fear. Now as you were saying…
Professional courtesy. Shuach IS a client, after all.
So the deepings are literally punch-clock villains. Interesting.
“I myself will take one of your mo-…moder-…motor-cycles and pursue them! They will cower at a sight their kind has never before seen…a flaming-skull guy on a motor-cycle!”
And now Shuach sounds like Nic Cage in my head.
Decimated? They were reduced by 1/10th?
I think it was just a wee bit more than that.
I just have to say that I especially like the flaming skull in panel 3. I swear it looks like it has lifted it’s eyebrow at the Deeping’s comment.
Well, he was right. This report doesn’t look good.
But he’s not beating around the bush – it’s an honest evaluation of their utter failure.
I was expecting this attack to be a diversionary measure, while the real attack succeeds against Tula. Of course, Mentl and not Tula is the real threat to Shuach. So, although they will try harder (or try sneakier) next time, this is still good news from my point of view.
Oh, wait: shouldn’t that be either “Now describe to me your progress”, or “Now discuss your progress with me”? Like Mentl’s relatives he is sounding.
Ok, John, now you’ve made Shuach sound like my uncles! My Yiddisah Shuach? So very wrong…
From Shuach’s reaction I’m thinking that this was pretty much what he expected. This was just a probe to test their capabilities.
( *Apparently we can post links without the SPAM filters eating our posts.* ) Re-post w/ links removed; you guys will just have to google them (from Futurama) :
The grammar/diction structure has me hearing Emperor Lrrr, ruler of the planet Omicron Persei 8!
Or, perhaps Morbo the Annihilator.
Meaning, I think, that Maurice LaMarche should do the voice of Shuach, should Zona ever become animated.
It sounds as though while the Deeping knows that Shuach could kick its butt into utter oblivion or beyond, the Deeping is NOT a worshiper and in the end, could care less about what the god wants. They are also “problem solvers for hire” or mercenaries. You hire us to do a job, and you pay us to do that job-we don’t do it for the honor of anything, except maybe money and our lives.
I’m astonished that Shuach is resorting to hired help when he has so many slaves… but if he does use hired help, requiring them to grovel and annihilating them at random could have consequences, such as not being able to hire anyone else in future. For all his bluster, he apparently recognizes that, even if he will not break his facade by admitting it.
Maybe the Dread Lord Shuach does not have any followers/slaves on the plain of existence that Mentl is from. We already know that plainer travel is tricky. This could also explain why The Supervisor has no fear of the Dread Lord…for all we know, long term exposure to this plain of existence could drain his magical power dry. Effectively neutering the all powerful god.
Thus out sourcing is the best option and if the Deeping are the only one willing to/qualified to handle his request…he is stuck trading what he can import from one plain to another.. so the bill will most likely in X# of souls of Dread Lord Shuach followers to the Deeping.
heaven forbid someone followers go missing/freed or converted to a different faith. I have a feeling someone might not want to end up being unable to pay said bill. Would Dread Lord Shuach’s own soul be up for grabs then…if he reneged on his bill?
how would our heros deal with Deepings showing up in Zona’s home plain searching for Suach to pay off his debt. Enemy of my enemy or send the Deepings back from which they come?
I mean we know what The Supervisor looks like and what Deeping Thugs look like….so would Soul Stealing Deeping Debt collectors look like? Anyone Think a skeletal face staring out of a tattered black robe?
I keep getting a snicker based on the end of the previous page. After the “Hang on, I have to take this”, I keep imagining putting Shuach on hold with elevator music included. His blazing skull just hanging in mid-air, getting more and more irate.
What made me laugh the most is that I have had admins just like that (well, maybe not looking like that.) If you have ever worked in an office for a large company, you will immediately recognize the REAL seat of power: The Admins!
I love that Shuach, for all his high and mightiness, has to show some amount of deference to the real power!
Happy Purim, and be well!
For some reason the voice of David Ogden Stiers overlays the deeping supervisor. One of the few actors I know of that can pull off condescending and servile at the same time!
I’ve noticed before that Big Bad Shuach is not angry beyond reason. He accepts reasonable explanations, and likely has a better opinion of The Supervisor than he does Gorshash despite the former’s reletive lack of success.
That being said, I note Shuach thinks of himself as “capital-G God”. This implies he is at least somewhat familiar with monotheistic religions.
Am I the only one who thinks the flaming skull should be saying “I am OZ, the Great and Powerful!” ?
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