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The Starcaster Chronicles 09.17

October 27, 2021 by Tim


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wkz
wkz
1 month ago

Remember: the grass is always greener… right until you lie down on it and find all the wet mud

Jacob
Jacob
1 month ago
Reply to  wkz

Greener grass is a warning of all the manure you have to put up with…

Urazz
Urazz
1 month ago
Reply to  wkz

I hate to be the bearer of bad news wkz but that’s not mud on the ground. lol

shadow moon
shadow moon
15 days ago
Reply to  wkz

not to mention the neighbor’s dog’s excess…

21st Century Peon
21st Century Peon
1 month ago

Gotta say, I’m enjoying the Calvin & Hobbes-ness of the alien landscape.

Bwauder
Bwauder
1 month ago

Now I’m wondering what hideous alien creature is going to jump out at them “Hobbes Style”.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 month ago
Reply to  Bwauder

If Tim is anything like Bill Watterson, it’ll probably be some ferocious rock-demon from Hell with a solid chin and jet black spikes on his head

followed by one panel where Lucas yells at Ethan, in the middle of playing with action figures, for not only stealing his Star Wars figures but painting them weird colors and breaking the arm off of Kit Fisto

and a final panel where Cort, reeling from an attack, readies himself to blast the space demon in the face before running as fast as they can.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
1 month ago

“Then I found out about space-chlamydial. Much worse than regular chlamydial”

Kenju
Kenju
1 month ago

So it’s a case of someone who felt like they had no control in life, whose life and future were already decided for them wanting to escape and be free to make their own choices and decisions. That could go a lot of ways, be it a desire for freedom or simply a disdain for responsibility.

The fact that he acknowledged the corruption in the system after becoming a Marshal implies there was at least some sense of duty/responsibility to do something about what he saw, just a lack of any personal desire on his part.

robloughrey
robloughrey
1 month ago
Reply to  Kenju

But he choose poorly, because he liked money, and flaunting authority a bit. No one thinks they are a bad guy, not even the worst people of history. They always have a reason why they did what they did. I like that the author didn’t try to make this some sort of “I was forced into a corrupt system” Cort is too good (and too comfortable) at breaking rules for that to be believable. That doesn’t mean he’s unredeemable, and he clearly has lines he doesn’t cross

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 month ago
Reply to  robloughrey

In a world where there probably aren’t any “right” choices, Cort’s is, at least, one we can empathize with. Deciding to go against authority and the law isn’t automatically morally evil, nor is siding with the law morally good. It merely makes your actions as good or evil as that system is.

Cort’s talking about a simple human desire; for freedom. Freedom from the expectations of others, freedom of choice over one’s life. It’s hard not to empathize with this.

Last edited 1 month ago by Eldest Gruff
Esc
Esc
1 month ago

I gotta say, I think the space Cort explores here of him knowingly doing the illegal things and yearning for freedom even though being a sheriff wasn’t that bad, nor something he resented is a pretty good story. It feels honest and nuanced. The federation isn’t really wholly evil, but it does have some corruption, but Cort admits that doesn’t absolve him. It feels like a situation not everyone would fall into but someone like Cort would. A far cry from most hamhanded tropes shoving this character into a path that would 100% absolve him.

Pretty good.

Reshad
Reshad
1 month ago

So he is like Luffy?

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 month ago
Reply to  Reshad

I mean, I haven’t watched every One Piece episode, but I’m pretty sure it’s “stretchy arms” and not “inferno god-blaster-death-star” arms.

But I dunno, maybe that happens around episode 600 or something. I’m only at four.

Jetroid
1 month ago

Beautifully rendered set of pages.