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  1. Darwinskeeper commented on Endtown about 20 hours ago

    Which damn crazy rat???

  2. Darwinskeeper commented on Endtown about 20 hours ago

    This makes a lot of sense. Holly was the first one to go through the door. She ended up on the bridge, became the Captain and used the dittos to tell her story to Wally so that he could understand the things that were eating her. She then used the AI to convince Wally to pick up his people and leave, taking the decoy Holly with provisions before vanishing. This also explains why the decoy Holly couldn’t look Wally in the eye after he learned about the deception. So long Captain Hollister.

  3. Darwinskeeper commented on Endtown about 20 hours ago

    Actually, Holly will still power the ship, that’s part of the deal of being Captain. The thing is, the Fitz won’t treat her as an expendable power source to be run into the ground. She will also have some control of where the ship goes and what it does.

  4. Darwinskeeper commented on Endtown 1 day ago

    I remember the “Countdown” episode in which Holly’s compassion was contrasted to Flask’s anger and need to control. Sadly, it seems that Holly and Flask were more alike than I had imagined back then. They were both damaged people who had good intentions. The difference was that, for a long time, Holly held onto an ideal and tried to do what her ideal Holly would have done. It doesn’t seem like Flask had done that for a long time.

  5. Darwinskeeper commented on Endtown 2 days ago

    Other strips, like “Endtown”, give characters good reason to keep dressing the same way. Given the shortages after the end of civilization and the difficulty of tailoring clothes to fit the varied mutant physiques, its likely that most characters only own a few different outfits. The extremely slow pacing of “Free Fall”, on occasion it takes a years worth of strips to cover a day in universe, limits the need to change clothing for every few strips. In strips that involve some form of military or police life, there are uniforms, space suits, biosuits ect…

  6. Darwinskeeper commented on Endtown 2 days ago

    I get what you mean about comics and clothing. I’m guessing that for most artists, its just easier to “dress” their characters in the same clothing every day. Some strips have some variety, “Skinhorse” was notorious for having Tip wear a variety of outfits, and I recall Lynn Johnston varying the outfits the characters of "For Better or For Worse wore.

  7. Darwinskeeper commented on Endtown 2 days ago

    Some comics, like “Endtown” give characters good reason to keep dressing the same way. Given the shortages after the end of civilization and the difficulty of tailoring clothes to fit the varied mutant physiques, its likely that most characters only own a few different outfits and certain people, like the security folks and the Topsiders wear uniforms of some sort.

  8. Darwinskeeper commented on Endtown 3 days ago

    I wonder if Holly was referring to herself when she wrote “…no regret…no shame…” I suspect she might have felt somewhat responsible for what happened, since she kept Lyn from going public.

  9. Darwinskeeper commented on Endtown 3 days ago

    It all goes down to the question of whether the ship’s AI considers Holly a disposable living battery or something worth taking care of. We don’t really know w hat she has seen or gone through while Wally and company were watching a version of Holly’s backstory. I suspect she reached some sort of arrangement with the ship and that she will serve as a power source in exchange for being cared for (food/water) and providing provisions for her friends. She may even be its new captain. I suspect the 800 spheres of dead people may have been a ditto illusion to convince Wally to get his friends (including the decoy Holly) and leaving. I can’t prove this, but that is what the events feel like to me. Though 800 living batteries would be a lot of people to go through in 6-8 years.

  10. Darwinskeeper commented on Endtown 4 days ago

    The rub is that the ship hasn’t been sitting here for centuries. Human civilization ended somewhere between 6 and 8 years ago, I don’t remember the exact time but Holly, Wally and Kirbee were all human back then. The Lucranians wouldn’t have built a salvage ship before the end of civilization so I would expect that the Fitz couldn’t have been sitting here for longer than 7 years. One reason I suspect that the dead batteries were an illusion is that if we assume the ship was sitting here for 8 years and had used 800 living batteries, it would have been going through batteries at the rate of one every 3-4 days [(8 X 365)/800 = 3.65 days per battery]. That just doesn’t seem believable.