shit just got real O.o
That blood splatter–man, this page is epic
Wasn’t expecting that…
It is gonna be a LONG week waiting for the next update!
Thank’s Erin. You keep the suspense at a killingly high level!
Thanks so much, Tie.
I’ll believe he’s dead when I can see his corpse with my own two eyes. Then I’d prefer to see it cremated so he can’t resurrect himself or something. Just in case.
Not sure that cremating would be the right solution for him 🙂
True, that would probably just help him.
Like I was suggesting a few pages earlier, cut his head off, stuff it full of garlic and bury him at a crossroads with a silver tipped stake through his heart. And even then, there’s a 30% chance he’ll come back…
I suggest drowing him and keeping the corpse in a wartertight casket filled with… well… water… Thought water can be burned if you know how to (water is oxygen + hydrogen so in fact it make great fuel for a fire… eh, one of my character once made a fireball from his spit because he had both hand bound so he couldn’t point were it was going and it was the most flamable thing around)… so maybe something else than water… concrete?
Small problem there–concrete is made out of cement powder and…water.
God, Hunter… if you didn’t want her to shoot you, you shouldn’t have thrown her off of a train.
Judging by her face in that last panel… I wonder if she even intended to shoot him at all…. Or at least is having second thoughts about it.
But it almost looks to me like she’s staring incredulously at her weapon. Like it went off without her approval?
In addition, she’s looking for him after he falls– hoping he survived, or simply confirming a kill? I agree that she seems to be looking at her weapon in surprise/disbelief, but she probably pulled the trigger without thinking. I mean, look how much her eyes are glowing when she comes back at him from her fall. When she shoots him, the glow goes out. That’s probably significant.
she seems… conflicted about this turn of events. I’m not sure she actually shot him. Though this might explain just why the chase has been going so long, if she doesn’t actually want to kill him.
“Do not count human being dead until you seen his body. And even then you can make a mistake.”
-Bene Gesserit saying (Frank Herbert, Dune)
That should a cautionary posted at the beginning of every episode of every soap opera.
Vane points gun towards Hunter’s torso, and he gets shot in the neck?
Vane’s gun does not appear to be smoking?
The gun is supposedly loaded with Vane’s ‘Wizard-killers’, but the wound seems to be a normal, if messy, neck shot?
This train has one or more armed men aboard.
Conclusion-Vane’s gun, loaded with ‘flesh-asplode’, didn’t go off at all. I suspect that some folk are rapidly getting sick of the’ Hunter and Black Ignore the Fragile Civilians Tour’ and are going to see about putting a stop to this private little war…
Exploding rounds are in the pistol with the brass receiver.
There is smoke, look closer.
It’s not clear that he’s been shot in the neck. As we only see his back, and Vane’s rather close to him, the blood could very well have splattered upwards. If someone else took the shot at him, he would’ve needed to be located somewhere behind her or to the side of her, and then she surely would have turned around to locate the shooter, not have looked to the side of the train where Hunter disappeared.
Not necessarily. If she didn’t hear the shot but only the crack then it would be very hard to locate the shooter.
Hmm. This is a beautifully done page Erin as always. The action is uber incredible. Really young lady, this needs to be fully animated. Please, find an agent.
An observation. Vane’s determination to put an end to John Henry is nothing sort of monumental. The fire eyed, and hair little vixen seems unstoppable. her grace of movement, even with all that equipment on, and the way you draw it is, well breath taking.
How the hell did she get the grapple gun out so fast after the “PTONK” on the side of her head???
Hunter’s arrogance and cockiness are his down fall, seemingly. And in my gut I knew it would eventually catch up with him. At least at this juncture. Is he, in deed, really dead? Hmm.
In panel seven where Vane is looking at her gun, smoke still rolling from the barrel, the look on her face is so amazing. To me it’s saying, “Wow, did I finally do it? Did I just shot that son of a bitch?” Erin, your talent in capturing human emotion is award winning in my humble opinion.
There also seems to be a strange calmness in Vane’s eyes. Like life is coming back again. This has been an amazing chapter to read and view. Bravo Erin. Molti bravo!
Thanks so much for all your thoughts and kind words, js!
Looking at all the comments, I’d say you’re closest to my intended read on the 7th panel. 🙂
She seemed confused and a little upset to me, more what happened? I am wondering if when her eyes are glowing if she is in control of her body.
That’s my read on her expression also, that she’s thinking to herself “It was too easy, this is not over yet”. That’s experience talking right there…
JJH: Hubris much?
That page is excellently drawn.
Thanks, Archimedes. 🙂
Love love love that last close-up on Vane.
Much obliged, Mustachio.
Hmm… Her eyes have been glowing up to that second to last frame… Now they don’t, and she seems confused/is staring incredulously at her gun. Hmm…
Um, why is the damage to his glove (and his hand) from her shot earlier missing now?
I don’t know what you’re talking about.
(Like most pages I drew this tired, at the last second, and plain flubbed my continuity. Fixed now, though, and thanks for the catch.)
Sure, it’s all fun and games untill someone gets hurled off a train, leaps back in and then shoots someone.
NOEEES! Not Hunter! DD=
That poor little bastard ;__;
Did she finally stop loading plot bullets and end this?
Don’t count on it Guy.
In Panel 5. Devlin’s throwing himself backward and that’s why he’s shot in the neck and not the gut. He knew what was coming and tried to minimize the damage.
In Panels 6 and 7, Vane appears to be coming out of a trance or a possession and is amazed she shot Devlin. Maybe her guns are cursed.
In Panel 8, what’s the red stuff on the cliff wall by the engine? It can’t be Devlins blood.
No Erin, don’t try to analyze. Just keep drawing and writing. And get some rest mother, okay.
Far be it for me to second guess Erin’s work and plots, but there seems to be a lot of that going on here in the comments section. Especially regarding where Vane Black shot John Henry Hunter. The current consensus is she shot him in the neck. And indeed, while it looks that way, I don’t thing she did.
In panel four note the placement of Vane’s gun. It is virtually point blank to John Henry’s chest. As he leans in to try his charm once more, and starts up with the monologue again, Vane simply fires her weapon.
Now knowing how much you like westerns Erin, you no doubt took in a few Sam Peckinpah movies. Sam had a thing about blood spatter, and with out fail it was always going the wrong way of a bullet wound.
So if I may make my humble observation. Vane shot John Henry point blank in the chest. The blood spatter is for shock value. That’s all. If our wonderfully creative artist did the actual bullet wound, you’d see an exit hole the size tea cup saucer coming out his back. That’s why he did NOT get shot in the neck. Okay, I’ll shut up now.
It’s understandable to think “neck”, because the neck is where we see the blood. But a gunshot to the chest, if sufficiently bloody, would send blood spatter in the same direction/location because of the viewer perspective. The blood is coming up from the chest, spraying upward. And because both the train and Hunter’s body are in motion, the moving blood spatter is going up and over his shoulder, toward the viewer.
Something I didn’t notice at first, but Hunter has fallen off the train, as evidenced by the curving path of the train on the tracks, and by Vane’s appearing to be looking for Hunter in the last panel.
Thanks so much, Dan! Always appreciated.
Umm… Just realized this after reading it again. But where is the “krack” coming from? I don’t think that the gun could keep that kind of noise…
Looks like she’s superseded the gone went off in the 7th panel
I meant surprised
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