Endtown by Aaron Neathery for November 30, 2016

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    Banderi  over 5 years ago

    It wasn’t the ship’s computer that turned evil for no reason… was it, Holly?

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    JanBic Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Well, I got one right.

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    Jenner Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Ohhhh…

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    Jenner Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Attention to detail: Holly has to sit on a stack of books to reach the desk. : )

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    Three Steps Over Japan  over 5 years ago

    Signed, the Ship’s Computer. (Hah! Holly’s in a pod in the cargo hold getting her life sucked away. Where do you think she’d get paper from?)

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    zorro456  over 5 years ago

    A Dear Wally Letter.

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    trantor0815  over 5 years ago

    The ship give her everything what she need if she stay. And who could blame her, to change lifetime for a good life after the horror she has been gone through. But we know she lives and there is nothing lost. We hope for a comeback soon ;)

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    pam Miner  over 5 years ago

    How sad for Wally, but leave him free to love Kirbee.I will miss Holly a lot. It may have happened this was how she balanced out what bad she did, and so she can finally forgive herself.If you find yourself still married with a cute child can change lives.Wally loved her so much,but Kirby can make him think of happy things and make him happy even tho nothing happens much BTW.Cuddles and nuzzlers great. But not so much for Holly it looks like somehow she was able to fix Lynn and the dead fish baby, looks like she has somehow helped reduce them, and are now both both changed back and not dead,the kid looks like her.

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    crookedwolf Premium Member over 5 years ago

    It’s the opposite of Cat’s in the Cradle.. this time the mouse is on the moon..

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    DADOF3  over 5 years ago

    The chase that began on the bridge in Endtown… ends here? Something tells me Wally is not really open to accepting that. I have postulated “The Menagerie” similarities before but that was a situation where neither of them had anything useful in their respective realities, so the illusion was a win for both. Lyn fits that bill here, but this is more like “The Cage” from Holly’s perspective. I still doubt things just end like this. ;-(

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    Coyoty Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Either she’s gotten comfortable enough in her mouse body that she doesn’t need the illusion of going back to human form, or she’s keeping that form one last time for sentiment while she writes the letter and will go back to human when her goodbyes are done, to forget the mouse.

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    She’d told Wally on the bridge in Endtown to forget his old self because he couldn’t go back, but she didn’t know that she could go back. Wally can too, but he’s no longer that person and probably doesn’t want to be. She still wants to be the old Holly, who he doesn’t know, and probably doesn’t want to.

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    Robert Nowall Premium Member over 5 years ago

    So where is she, really?

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    Pappyvtx  over 5 years ago

    wow. I kinda got one right!

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    backyardcowboy  over 5 years ago

    Notice the Pic of Holly and hubby on the wall behind her.Think she’s choosing the illusion of normalcy over the reality of the outside.

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    Jenner Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Holly is experiencing a dream world. What we can see in this strip is an illusion, but happy one. At first I thought she was going to be stuck in a pod and be subjected to nightmares – for the sake of fuelling the ship with emotional energy – for as long as her starved and dehydrated body would hold out before dying and rotting. Then when I saw it was a pleasant dream, I thought she would be happy at least, until her body died like all the rest of them. Finally, seeing today’s instalment, I understand now that she had enough emotional energy to be was sufficient to top up the last of the power the ship needed to get on its way. So the ship will not kill her. It needs her long-term. She will become its captain – maybe she already is. Aaron told me the Lucranian ships are powered by the psychic emotional energy of the captain, who has to spend periodic, limited sessions in an artificial world being put through scenarios of extreme emotion. This recharges the batteries. It does not necessarily kill the captain – that would be stupid. But it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted. So I guess that Holly now will be the captain of her own ship, and with her full consent she will submit herself to beautiful and horrible realities from time to time, in order to keep it going. It could be worse. But I’ll miss her. I hope we still get to see her.More than that – I hope she is happy. What am I saying? It’s only lines on paper. She isn’t real. …….. Sob

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    SeaFox10  over 5 years ago

    Is she leaving, or is this a Ditto trick?!?

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    salenstormwing  over 5 years ago

    “Look at me. I’m the mousy captain now.”

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    WorldFusionRadio.com  over 5 years ago

    The Last Temptation of Holly.

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    hugewolf  over 5 years ago

    This makes sense, Holly relieving her former life with her husband back then. Maybe she made a deal with the ship to relive that life in exchange for her highly emotional state to power the ship. That could explain why the ship left with her. Does this make her the new captain?

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    keyblademaster125  over 5 years ago

    I reallllly wish there was a graphic novel compilation for this.

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    backyardcowboy  over 5 years ago

    “I am the Captain of the Pinafore” “And a right good Captain too”

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    backyardcowboy  over 5 years ago

    OMG OMG!!!There is no mutagenic virus. Wally is a cat, Holly is a mouse.They are both captains of ships. Wally is in one of the refueling holograms and Holly’s ship had paired with Wally’s to increase the available emotional energy for recharging.The emotions got to be too much and too real for Holly so she’s ‘bowing out’. With all the energy we’ve seen so far, the ships should have gone up in a quantum explosion when their batteries overcharged.

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    coffeeturtle  over 5 years ago

    I would like to have gotten more information from the ship regarding there not really being a mutagen!

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    reedkomicks Premium Member over 5 years ago

    What is floating out the window next to Holly? Is it a clue?Because I need one.

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    craigwestlake  over 5 years ago

    If’n ya’all think that this clears things up – you don’t know Aaron…

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    warjoski Premium Member over 5 years ago

    What’s important is that Holly is gone. She was becoming my least favorite character (though she used to be one of my favorites)

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    gary wolner  over 5 years ago

    Yeah yeah, everybody’s a critic….Does she have enough stuff to sit on??

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    contralto2b  over 5 years ago

    OMG! I need to stop trying to guess what is going to happen next. Aaron goes places I can never think of! And it is all FANTASTIC!

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    NeuroManson  over 5 years ago

    “Signed…” “Little Girl”

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    Diat60  over 5 years ago

    “for both our sakes” sounds like Holly has been threatened with dire consequences for both if she attempts to leave and reunite with Wally. I don’t think Aaron will leave her there with tears running down her little cheeks, will he?

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    pam Miner  over 5 years ago

    I suspect that the computer made her sign another “agreement” again. something like (you continue to feed me, and I will give you all this, or else)She doesn’t want Wally to get hurt fighting the computer, so this may not be the last we see of Holly.

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    citr92  over 5 years ago

    This is….amazingly sad…

    Hard to grasp trying to live in an illusion.

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    Dragoncat  over 5 years ago

    As Loki said at 2013 Comic Con, at the arena known as Hall H… “Swear your allegiance to me…and I will give you what you need.”

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    Dragoncat  over 5 years ago

    As a human, she was lactose intolerant. As a mouse, she’s able to eat all the cheese she wants, and she can run like the wind. Perhaps she’s keeping her mouse form because of the greater advantages.

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    Coyoty Premium Member over 5 years ago

    The thing in the window is a suncatcher. “The Thing in the Window” is also a good title for an Edward Gorey story.

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    noreenklose  over 5 years ago

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    Nabexis  over 5 years ago

    That’s… really selfish (and stupid) of Holly. They could have used the ship to save both themselves and Endtown. The dittos would have stopped going mad with enough emotional energy and they literally could have disappeared from the ever searching topsiders. I can’t get over how absolutely foolish Holly is being. She’s taking a literal illusion over the reality of being able to save hundreds of people who she KNOWS. This isn’t just about her and Wally anymore. She wanted to save Clyde so badly, and yet when handed the opportunity to do something, save people, on a silver platter, she denies it and instead strands Wally, Chic, and Kirby in the middle of nowhere with no direction. Unless she is going off to save Endtown right now, she’s really being horrible.

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    Melkior  over 5 years ago

    Well, at least I was right about Holly being in some kind of control.

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    HeWhoYerfs  over 5 years ago

    I wouldn’t blame her for taking the dream over reality when reality is so bleak.

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    Jenner Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Holly finally got her ship together.

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    Robert Nowall Premium Member over 5 years ago

    So long as Wally’s not saying to himself, “Oh, good, now I can pursue my relationship with Kirbee…”

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    Darwinskeeper  over 5 years ago

    I just noticed an interesting detail in the third panel. If you look closely at the picture of her and Lyn on the wall, you’ll see that Holly is in her mutated mouse form. Her nostrils are slanted and her arms are much shorter than her human arms were.

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    Azraelgt  over 5 years ago

    Always thought Holly was selfish. This proves it. Apologies if this upsets you. But hey, freedom of speech.

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    Darwinskeeper  over 5 years ago

    I’m curious about what Holly means in “for both our sakes.” I wonder if it isn’t related to the emotional damage she has carried for all these years since losing Lyn and her old life. I don’t believe she really faced up to who she was, what she did and what happened to her. She spent much of her first year in Endtown in the clock tower watching everybody from a distance. When she came down, she created the Holly we (some of us, at least) know and love. A loving helpful person who did her best for those around her. I think she wanted to believe that’s who she really was. I’m guessing the reality, that her life was just a lie came crashing down on her while imprisoned during the milk trial. She just didn’t know how to deal with it and she may have found it hard to tell Wally that the Holly he knew and loved wasn’t real.

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    Darwinskeeper  over 5 years ago

    I would love to think that she has found an opportunity to come to terms with herself and heal. I fear that she may just choose to live in an illusion that her old live in Hillside with Lyn never ended. The picture of her mouse self and Lyn suggests the latter.

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    sylerner  over 5 years ago

    I still wonder if the letter is really from Holly or if we are seeing yet another fake writing the letter.

    And I hope there rescue kit comes with an English manual!

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    Wendy Emlinger Premium Member over 5 years ago

    I enlarged the picture and Darwinskeeper is right, that appears to be Holly as her mouse self. Look at her arm. It’s too short for an adult human female and her two front teeth are all that’s visible of her smile. Because of her closeness to Lyn and the cropping of the picture her ears aren’t visible, but the rest of her appearance is still strongly mouse-like.

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