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The Starcaster Chronicles, 11.14

February 23, 2023 by Tim


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cryum
cryum
1 month ago

Quel, that’s a bad line. Doooon’t finish it.

Cheuk
Cheuk
1 month ago
Reply to  cryum

No Quel! Don’t go there!

Scarsdale
Scarsdale
1 month ago
Reply to  cryum

Quel is desperate and is taking a huge risk to break Cort out of his spiral. Not ideal given the risk, but Quel knows he’s running out of options.

Mr_Meng
Mr_Meng
1 month ago
Reply to  cryum

Cort deserves it. He’s forcing one of the very few people who genuinely cares about him and has probably known him the longest into a awful situation because he’s too paranoid to be willing to give ‘the man’ a chance despite the fact that cooperating with the Federation is his best chance at getting out of this alive and still in possession both of his arms. This is Quel’s best shot at snapping Cort out of his childish selfishness.

Eric the White
Eric the White
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr_Meng

Or of getting his spinal column accelerated to 2.7 times the speed of light.

cryum
cryum
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr_Meng

Best shot? No, Quel’s best shot was already stated in the previous page: Tell them he’s working with a contact, or lead them away himself.

kaladorn
kaladorn
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr_Meng

The Federation is no better than the other factions, just have a few more rules they sometimes follow. With this sort of power in play, Cort has no play that depends on chumming up with the any of the major governments. And they’d experiment on him and Nyrah without any compunction.

Killiak
Killiak
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr_Meng

See, that’s where you are wrong. Quel holds no actual power in the Federation, and like any good ol’ government, they will take that Starcaster away from a man they cannot trust to use it as THEY see fit.

B B
B B
1 month ago

That’s a hell of a cliffhanger of a sentence

That Other Guy
That Other Guy
1 month ago
Reply to  B B

That is a “said the wrong thing” cliffhanger if ever I’ve seen one

BakaGrappler
BakaGrappler
1 month ago
Reply to  That Other Guy

Too bad this is Thursday, because that line is worthy of a Friday.

Cmd1095
Cmd1095
1 month ago

Well that line isn’t going to go well

John Swift
John Swift
1 month ago
Reply to  Cmd1095

Ya I expect a good right hook. Punch him with the starcaster!

ocramot
ocramot
1 month ago
Reply to  John Swift

That would probably punch him into oblivion, along with a good portion of the planet.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 month ago
Reply to  ocramot

Goes straight through Quel, manages to take out that space farm family’s house, and maybe clip a Federation ship on the way. All in a day’s work.

Scarsdale
Scarsdale
1 month ago
Reply to  John Swift

I’m thinking Quel is trying to get through to Cort by redirecting his anger at Quel rather than the “run away” mindset. It won’t help Cort to try that and Quel knows it.

evilleet
evilleet
1 month ago

anger leaders to pew pew … and then… that leads to the lance major raining down on you…

Flanker
Flanker
1 month ago

Wrong nerves Quel..

Killiak
Killiak
1 month ago

Way to go Quel, you just lost your last chance.

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
1 month ago

If Cort ending killing the other Starcaster…it would be clearly Quell fault

austindorf
austindorf
1 month ago

this is a wrong choice of words on so many levels

Cyrad
Cyrad
1 month ago

Whoa, that’s a sudden change of logic.

Sayer
Sayer
1 month ago

Honestly, what is his expectation here? “Oh yeah, you’re right! I AM a selfish person! Totally forgot! Thank you for bringing up what is an extremely painful memory to remind me. I’ll totally abandon my friends to come with you!”

Esc
Esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Sayer

Quel isn’t perfect either it appears.

Quel’s probably been stewing over Cort’s actions *for years*. This is some of that anger coming out in a totally antiproductive way.

I like how the comic is written. Splits the line between believable and dramatic or reasonable and emotional. No one ever feels especially hit with the idiot bat but they often say not the optimal thing but its understandable due to their mental state.

For a pulpy space opera? It’s damn good.

RblDiver
RblDiver
1 month ago
Reply to  Sayer

I think it’s some anger born out of frustration. Clearly Quel liked Cort’s dad, and he’s rather pissed that Cort can be loyal to someone he just met not long ago, but not to his honorable father. Everyone has a limit to how much they can take. This is Cort’s last chance with Quel as his friend, and here he is ready to throw it all down the tubes. Quel’s been more than generous with him, so yeah he’s getting pissed. Cort went outlaw, betraying his family and his friends, he keeps being rather selfish and trying to stay out… Read more »

Ben
Ben
1 month ago

Oh. Hey. There’s the line. Back there a few words ago…

CMasta1992
CMasta1992
1 month ago

Aw man Quel no

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
1 month ago

Oh no, Quel was one of them

Or there’s some other reason he wants just Cort to survive

Last edited 1 month ago by Kaitensatsuma
Ben
Ben
1 month ago

Someone’s gonna get socked in the tendrils

D00dM4n
D00dM4n
1 month ago

****ZZZZAAAAAAPPPPP**** Quel is missing with the mountain behind him, and the fleet MIGHT suspect something is going on down on that planetoid…

Esc
Esc
1 month ago

Cort puts Nyrah above himself. A good reason to conflict with the reasonable thing of coming peacefully with the Feds. It’s Cort growing, in one dimension.

I’m hoping the Dranglex show up and let Cort put off joining the Feds for a little while longer. Maybe even have him take out one of those sunfucker’s ships!

ThatMageGuy
ThatMageGuy
1 month ago

The sentence cuts off.

I’m betting it’s cut off with a fist.

Scarsdale
Scarsdale
1 month ago

I get what Quel is doing, touching on a nerve to get Cort out of his mindset. A risky move at best with what Cort can do without trying. But Quel is desperate, and is willing to risk it if he can get Cort to stop and listen to reason.
I don’t blame Cort, anyone that lives with that much guilt would have a knee-jerk reaction like that, to be reminded of the biggest mistake of his life. IF he doesn’t trigger the Starcaster and kill Quel, he’ll be spent and open to clear-minded talk.

Alno
Alno
1 month ago

Quel: “I will now aim my gun at my foot and pull the trigger. That sounds like a good idea!”

Epsilon
Epsilon
1 month ago

Hmm, the starcasters tend to react to emotion and impulse. What happens when the weilder gets pissed? Hmmm. Welp, this is gonna end poorly.

Mr_Meng
Mr_Meng
1 month ago

If Cort can’t handle being reminded of the crappy stuff he chose to do to other people due to his own greed and selfishness then he doesn’t deserve the Starcaster.

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
1 month ago

*Bang. ‘This is me not walking away anymore. Leave. Next shot doesn’t go up.’

Fartsy
Fartsy
1 month ago

somebody is about to eat a starcaster ray… or wathever this thing emanates.

Nightdagger
Nightdagger
1 month ago

You pushed the daddy button. You shouldn’t oughta have done that.

Pyre
Pyre
1 month ago

This is the Ethan and Scott thing again. Both have good arguments and both aren’t exactly seeing the other’s point of view. Quel is a good soldier and he wanted that for Cort who was his friend’s son. For Cort, that was a “square peg-round hole” situation. Both Cort and Quel are coming at this discussion from wildly differing viewpoints. Here would probably be a good place to remind everyone of how Speck said that Cort went with Jack because he accepted Cort for who he was as opposed to Quel who wanted Cort to be someone he is not.… Read more »

kaladorn
kaladorn
1 month ago

Why do I see the next panel in the next strip being a good, old-style STARCASTER SHORYUKEN!

Last edited 1 month ago by kaladorn