Dedicated to Junichan. She knows why.
You just can’t trust someone these days to properly backstab you
I know, what are they teaching the kids in school nowadays? Honestly!
The trick to survive as a Patterner cultist : don’t be a Patterner cultist.
Alternately, join up with non-Patternist cults.
yeah like the hounds. its all swords and violence. straightforward, enjoyable, and less likely to result in STDs.
Uhhh… you know a gun with blanks loaded can still kill someone if you put the gun against their head? The gunpowder itself has a lot of explosive force…
Maybe. Doubt it would be a sure thing, though, might just leave a burn. And any self-respecting would-be chessmaster wouldn’t resort to such a gamble – clean kill or nothing in this business!
actually within 5 feet can be lethal, and he’s standing closer than that.
there’ve been multiple cases of actors dying or being maimed because of reckless use of blanks.
there’s a reason they edit the muzzle flash in these days.
What if it’s just the ignition cap only and no gunpowder at all? If I were any better as a Evil Master-mind (which I am) then I’d just leave the guy spent rounds with faulty ignition caps. That’s as blank as they get, no burn, no foul.
i’d just remove the ignition pin.
Would have to get close enough. He’s surrounded by cultists loyal to Morth and Morth apparently has the physical strength to overpower him.
That, and at that point I’m pretty sure Janus just kind of gave up.
That, and if he had declared, “ah-HA! Blanks can kill at point-blank (no pun intended) range!” Morth would just respond with, “well, I took most of the gunpowder out so it produces only a tiny bit of force!” Of course, if he did that, he could just not say it and let Janus shoot him, then pretend to be bulletproof…
You guys like TV Tropes, don’t you?
Yeah, that guy from the movie “The Crow” died like that.
Even though the chameleon ultimately failed, you can’t say he doesn’t come prepared.
No, there was a bullet involved. Apparently it was lodged in the barrel from prior usage, then the blank charge propelled it at a fatal velocity.
Indeed, he gave it his best shot, but Morth was simply the better bastard.
Oh, my mistake.
I am going to miss Janus, he had… style ;)
I did not notice right away that Morth had managed to stab him in the back, while facing him… it must be a Patternari technique ;)
Yeah, I grew to like him too. In the original scripts he was pretty bland, and just a plot device character who got stabbed and thrown in the pit, in the same gullible, trusting fashion as Morth’s earlier underlings. But after developing a look and feel for him, we revisited these later scripts and gave him more of a cunning, Starscream role with ambitions of his own, and the story is better for it.
Maybe the handmaiden brought out a real knife and did the stabbing for Morth.
But, yeah. I like the sound of “Secret Patterner Backstabbing Technique” too.
God help us all if the spy from Team Fortress 2 gets a hold of it.
Depending on lag conpensation and janky hit detection, Spy already has it. *facestab*
your right hand in their right hand, knife in your left hand. Yank on arm and that turns their torso. Insert Knife A into spinal column B. Simple right?
I didn’t know Juni was secretly a Patterner Cultist.
Juni is a cultist?
some how im not that shocked.
10th panel clearly just has Janus thinking, “Well shit. Well played sir…”
Too bad Janus, looks like your loyalty knife to the back struck you instead. Let’s give him the consolation prize folks! *throws off cliff after backstab*
I’d have gone with the thought “Did I forget anything?” But your’s works well too.”
Bummer that Janus is gone. he was cool. I guess you could only trust him as far as you can throw him.
Look out below.
if you trust as far as you throw him, and they just through him to the bottom of the pit. Wouldn’t that be a great deal of trust…?
It’s really more like they just tipped his corpse and let gravity take over.
true enough. but i personally would still consider that distance made by gravity as throwing distance.
And now that he’s dead, he’s very trusted.
Well then… I wonder how Morth is gonna react when he find’s out Eastwood and his team are here.
Also like many others it’s a shame that Janus was killed off. He could of had a much bigger role in this comic but I think that the fact that were sad about his death is a testament of the good writing of this story.
You know… Janus still comes up with the ultimate backstab… afterall Eastwood’s team did find the lair.
*puts on helmet for impending explosion*
Wait scratch that… Eastwood’s team is there, Equivalent to just flipping the chessboard over
Equivalent to setting the board on fire and having both players dance Thriller after ingesting many hallucinogens, more like…
I’d figure that would be if Wildfire was still on the team.
Knife the insurance shill gecko next.
Tthe only way this could have been any funnier is if Janus had been wearing a joybuzzer.
Anyone else wanna know more about the purple skunk handmaiden?
What? We can’t ALL talk about Janus =P
Actually, now that you mention it, yes I would.
She’s a cameo. Juni, the character’s owner is an old friend of ours, IIRC I even had a hand in coming up with the character design for her (may be wrong). She gets a cameo because she is very generous and gave us all many gifts.
Aw man =( I like her design, simple yet striking. Was hoping to see more of her. Ah well.
Just as planned?
Speaking of needing a good sacrifice…
is it just me? or do all these characters seem a lil narcissistic.
love this comic man. shit has me laughing almost every time.
Let’s be sensible (no offense intended) and look at the facts, shall we?
The Patterner is basically Tzeentch with a Nurgle color scheme and insect motif. Tzeentch’s whole shtick is intelligence, magic, screwing over everyone you meet, and being a chessmaster over all the little mortals too stupid to think. Morth is a former respected inquisitor turned powerful and power-mad sorcerer who wants to become an immortal, reality-warping demigod. Janus is the typical traitorous second in command who tries to kill his master because he’s certain that he’s better than his master, to the point where he and Morth shake hands on a game well played.
I’d be more worried if they WEREN’T narcissistic.
Was supposed to add ‘this is the lair of a patterner cult’
When you play the game of demons, you win or you die.
At least they went out on good terms.
Hmm, not to seem morbid or anything, but why does look like he had been garrotted with a zip-tie? I mean, I see the knife in his back, but it looks like his head is about to pop…or something…hmm, either way, a fitting end for a one arc Starscream going up against one of the main character’s recurring antagonists. He was very cool.
Why is my icon a girl? Or is that just a purple haired guy? Odd… >.>
1)He was thrown off of a ledge after being stabbed. He’s in shock, so he’s not going to turn his head the right way after being thrown off and having gravity/wind change his position as he falls.
2) Yes, that’s a girl. Wildfire? Rogue’s temporary replacement? Had more beam swords than brain cells? Ringing any bells?
1) Really? Hmm, okay…I accept that as a answer. :P
2) Oh, right! Hmm, it is because of the cropped photo.
The icons are randomly assigned, but you can sign up at Gravatar.com to assign one yourself. The purple haired girl is Wildfire, she first appeared here: http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2010-03-11/comic/team-scramble/welcome-to-the-both-of-you/
Cool. I think I will try to change the icon later.
Awesome comic you got here! It is an awesome thing of awesome awesomeness. ^_^v
I want to ask you stuff, but I am overwhelmed the EN’s awesomeness. x.x
Maybe Janus knew he was going to be out done and left the cabel unit in the back pack so the EN guys would find it, revenge beyond the grave.
Probably not though. ^^
Poor Janus, he was one of the coolest bad guy i have saw in this comic book, i was hoping East would have finish him off or maybe Syrus. sense his been getting pretty smart and all.
Janus would have been a good rival for Syrus.
sorry i mean to say web comic not comic book.. sorry
Sweetness, there’s a comic system now. Been a big fan of EN for 5-6 years now but never joined the forums cuz I knew I’d never stay active, haha. I haven’t had much chance to keep up with my fave webcomics for the past year because it was my last year of highschool and it was kicking my butt. X_x
Anyways, this was a nice surprise, especially seeing the possibility of a store opening up.
You guys are still as fantastic as ever and I look forward to the next update.
Bye Janus, you two-faced skin-shifter!
He died the way he lived, back stabbing
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