As always, extra thanks to Patrons (we cleared the $100 milestone this past week and we still need to talk about your tutorial!) and conventional donors alike.
For…. uh, science?
Of course it’s for science. The real question is; Would you like some cake?
Lies!!! all Lies. The cake is biggest lie to ever exist.
Now Lemons on the other hand…
I really must know: What all the schemes and and plots of the Adversary does this ACHIEVE?!
She was probably after the train itself. She was plotting to wreck the locomotive before getting on. Whether or not she intended to drag the rest of the train with her, though given her tendency not to think about collateral damage…
In any case, what she was after was the locomotive. That’s she wrecking it means she needs the wreckage, likely she wants parts for diamonds who we last saw, was on the brink of death. The horse is the only thing she seems to care about besides killing Hunter. Now why she saw a need to wreck the locomotive in the first place rather than simply steal the parts is unclear, but it may be that she doesn’t want others to find out why she’s stealing them. People are less likely to focus on missing parts when Locomotives fallen off the side of Redridge and become a mangled wreck.
Looking back I just realized that she did detonate the links between the cars for the device and the passengers. Still probably wound hurting a lot of people though. I’m also not sure if she did that to avoid killing anyone when the train ran off Redridge, or to reduce the weight so the Locomotive could go faster.
There´s probably an infested orphanage right underneath in the valley……..or she just wanted so see a locomotive fly.
some women just want to watch the world burn.
Makes sense to me . . . if John hadn’t cut the train free, it would have flown over the edge with him inside it. He can survive a lot of things, but maybe not that.
She must need some parts for Diamonds, and can’t justify taking them from a perfectly servicable locomotive. .. so she kersplodes it and will now go harvest what she wants?
Beautiful page. The train coming down the entire side with the vantage point beneath creates as much drama as you can stretch out of the format. And the wood flying at the top contrasts with the oddly still engine which naturally continues to just run as usual, all the way to the bottom. So many great details, too – like the condition of the boiler gauge, the antlers on the engine, and the way the engine tips up the back end when the front end goes over (so much weight in the front!). I’m wondering if we will see the crash from above, or if that’s left to our imaginations…
And I can hear and see the quick thinking Vane has to do before jumping.
I think Vane was more interested in destroying the device than in killing JHH. And I keep wondering if the device will be combined with the red jewels stolen in chapter 1. And is JHH driving this show, with Vane trying to stop him, or is someone else pulling the reins? It struck me recently that John Henry is not that different from the creatures he has branded. He’s got more control of the forces engaged, but did he become what he is voluntarily? On his own? For his reasons or for someone else’s? As I’ve said before, one of the up-sides of waiting for installments every week is all the time to think about possible outcomes – a book does not usually provide this much of that pleasure.
Thanks, as always!
Out standing work Erin. Again, always well worth the wait. You can almost hear the trains bell ringing as it cascades down the riven. Panel one, the focus on Vane’s face is spot on. Again I say to you, this need to be fully animated.
Oops. I meant to write “ravine”. Sorry.
P.S. Not sure what the refection is in the boiler gauge glass, but you nailed it (reflection) beautifully.
Just rewatched Iron Man 3 … that one redheaded Extremis soldier seems to bear a resemblance to Vane, especially when her eyes are fired up
Gorgeous artwork here.
Thanks for the update!
I love this comic to death, but must admit this arc has me a bit perplexed. He got her on the train, showed her a cool doohickey, only to have it all go over into the ground? Eh?
Oops. My comment was supposed to be a reply right here.
Uh? He and the doohickey are safely half a mile back – he got what he came for.
Why she drove the engine off a cliff is still a mystery though….
Guy, I think that’s the whole point of this comic. Keep us guessing. :p
I missed that perfect reflection in the gauge… Vane’s hair in plain view. Stunning observation, as always.
You’re right Arnly, it is Vane’s hair. I couldn’t quite make that out, but I see it now. And don’t we just love our web comic, and its artist. 🙂
That train will never threaten America again.
And the crew?
By the way, How is your little one? I hope you both are doing well.
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