950 Game On.
Enough of Nina’s backstory has been revealed for everyone to know that she used to be a competetive athelete. I think it would be safe to assume that she was also used to winning, and perhaps thrived on it. No matter who we become we remain haunted by who we used to be. There are people in the world who never upgrade. They learn and grow, but they end with the exact same programming they started with. That isn’t nessesarily bad. Sometimes the first version is the best and changing it would only be change for change’s sake. The difference between Nina.0 and whatever version she is now is so vast that people she grew up with would scarecly recognize her. If they hadn’t seen the change happen at any rate. In some ways her depth makes her easy to write because it dictates her motivation. Her hidden complexity makes her seem outwardly uncomplicated. Her character is the most whole because she’s already had experiences that galvanized her spirit. Yet she remains compelling. It seems counterintuitive, but there we are.
There are some new Nina Desktops in the bottom post spot, in case you didn’t scroll that far. I uploaded them really late, so I feel like some of you may have missed them.
Oh poop. Way to make the epic battle anti-climactic… also, I think Carol looks like a little kid in this one.. its adorable. Also, I think Reggie is starting to rub off on Nina… All this confidence in battle, and his ability to dodge axes has obviously gained him some respect…
The ‘repressed urges’ line was either really smooth or facepalmingly bad. The difference lies in whether or not he believed what he was saying there.
This is Reggie. The man believes anything he says.
Reggie… ever the optimist. Hee hee. :) Do I get the feeling someone is going to do a “sacrifice dive” in front of that projectile? :)
Though it may be even less realistic, I’m hoping for a ‘shot out of the sky’ moment.
Ugh, so cliche… but obviously not out of the question, either of you, for precisely that reason.
And because Reggie would totally do that, because it’s Reggie.
Reggie is a telegraphed jerk, but he seems to be a bit less foul than first told by the characters.
Character development, perhaps?
I’m thinking she’s warming up to him a little, but he will never step past the ‘friendly acquaintance’ line. Simply give him 10 minutes after the game ends and he goes back to normal Reggie, she’ll hate him again.
So Nina was a competitive athlete? I suck at catching subtext. The bookish nature at the beginning threw me off, but it makes sense. You did a good job of showing a certain fierce light in her when she’s challenged by someone or something. She stood up to Reggie. She’s not intimidated by Ed, though smart women tend to know when a guy can be dangerous. And when someone starts boasting, she seems curious to know just how far they are willing to back up what they say.
Now that I look back at the page, I get the distinct impression her competitive nature is responsible for hurting someone. She’s overreacting to the idea of almost hurting Reggie because a part of her is having flashbacks. Sad that whatever happened, happened, but good that she’s moral enough to take responsibility for it and determined not to let it happen again.
All the characters are developing as this webcomic goes but it is easier to recognize it happening to certain characters because the are more flawed or have clearly outlined flaws.
Am I the only one to think panels 5 and 6 are irresponsibly adorable?
Srsly. You’re going to give some people diabetes from the sweet sweet chemistry going on there. Stoppit.
Nice comic, I really like Nina’s face in panel 5. I also think Im starting to like Reggie now, Im rooting for him to win Nina’s respect. Anyone already shipping the two? They’re totally the OTP! ;)
You know, Reggie was definitely the jerk everyone said he was at the start, but…
He’s really been progressively becoming a better person ever since then at a rapid rate. He’s even starting to warm up to the Nina, by the looks of things O_O
I’m kinda hoping to see him pull off a sacrifice dive or turn on Carol for the sucker punch she just proverbially threw.