By Tom Siddell
Pesky learning computers
Oh this is to good
It's super effective!
I kinda curious to see where the robots would take this. Go learning robots, go!
CARVER CAN SHOOT FREAKING FIREBALLS! YES!! All the creepiness was worth learning that!
...sorry, folks, but I've got to say it.
Boy. That escalated quickly.
Things went from medium to red hot pretty quickly.
Those robots have access to an awful lot of Court technology. Etheric syphons, duck tape...
Anyone else getting an inFamouse vibe?
I don't think Annie is in a mood to merely press buttons. Spot welding the seraphs to the deck seems more in keeping with her expression.
can't she still push the buttons in the ether? unless the syphons interfere with that....
also YEAH SHARPSHOOTER ANNIE
So much awesome in this page. Love the moodiness of the ship on the ocean. Love Annie firing a fireball. She looks so awesome with the hand outstretched! And then to finish up with the robots putting on hats to protect their off buttons calling back to the previous chapters.
Just great! :)
Looks like they won't let Annie push their buttons this time.
Zimmy's name has been spoken in the comic for the first time. What will happen next?
So she can go through walls but not helmets?
She just blasted someone's head off with a fireball. Methinks your admittedly intelligent countermeasures won't work quite as well as you hope, friends.
Damn right, carver. Lookin badass in those two panels
How many different me's are there?!
One more, Jose.
Oh my things are taking a turn for the worsse. Poor Carver
Robots: Smarter then the Empire
I'm in love with the way he is TAPING THE HARD HAT TO HIS HEAD.
Also, nice to see Annie being such a badass in Zimmy's defense! They've had some rough interactions and they're a little prickly sometimes, but when one of them's in trouble, the other one's got her back. I really like that.
Thanks for posting!
I dont think a helmet, especially plastic, can stop fire balls.
Pretty sure Annie's ethereal self can just phase through that helmet, though, right?
Well, darn, they've got heavy anti-finger armor equipped.
A.I.'s... graaah. Everybody is going Ultron lately...
Did Annie just assault a portion of the ship she's standing in, by performing magic in front of a captive audience of Gunnerkrigg students? I think somebody is in trouble, now.
Annie... you're a firebender...!?!?
MY BODY IS NOT READY
DJ! Kick out the battle music!
Jeez is Carver blowing her cover as a mundane student or what.
What bothers me the most here is that they pre-emptively prepared counter-measures for Annie. That says nothing good.
I was wondering how long it would be before Carver showed up!
Wait...wait...wait...zimmy stands for project zeta. When was she a project,i thought she was born that way.
Those nifty orange hardhats didn't do Spike and Sparkplug much good in the original Transformers series. I *don't* think they're going to help you much against a fire elemental.
That's not going to help much against a fireball in the face! An appropriate response though! Rule #3 of Robotic Law: "A robot must protect it's own existence."
Curses, they're evolving! How can we possibly defeat them?!
Also, I wish I could shoot fire from my hands. It'd be terribly useful in day-to-day life.
Oh, what a bounty of laughs.
Holy shit things are getting heated
Get em Carver!
Ooo! Annie! Finally some more Fire Elemental action!
Awesome pose, Annie!
Carver casts magic missile, rolls a natural 20.
Quick, cover the stop buttons!
Ducttape? Oh well, all is lost. Gotta say, I'm going to miss this webcomic, but I really can't see Annie and co. working this out when they're up to Silver Justice.
Robots who use duct tape? The end *must* be near!
Sweet! Are we gonna get a fight scene between Annie and the annoying robots?
Lindsey is a happily married woman thank you very much mister creeper ship!
oooooh hardhats and tape. Good thing they're prepared for a fight!
Wellp, it's official, then - Annie has turned into a full-fledged superhero. She'll need a superhero name! Well, she's got red hair and uses fire-magic, so maybe Red Witch... oh wait.
Like the look on Carvers face, thinking back how sweet she has been for quite a while now. This seems like just the right reaction. Shows that being sweet does not always equal being naive. In my eyes, great piece.
It's over 9000!
Pity those hardhats ain't gonna against FIREBALLS!!! XD
So, Annie now has the power to throw fire and not just make a campfire? Awesome! Now, she can kick butt with the power of pyrokinesis!
And Zimmy will perform on command, because all they have to do is grab Gamma. Also, did we already hear Zimmy referred to as Zeta before? I have no idea. Makes a lot of sense with Gamma all of a sudden. Surely they have other names then? *shrug*
FIRE BOLT TO THE FACE!
oh noes! how will the fireball slinging elemental stop you without being able to press a button.
Okay, I am not one to laugh at things like that, but I am forced to admit, that was good. One wonders what the melting point of those robots is... On a tangentially related thought, will Zimmy be less of a jerk because of this, or more? It could easily go either way. Also, nice to see Antimony having some bearing on the plot again, just when I was starting to think that she had been mostly phased out at this point too.
Those are some advanced counter-measures. The tape is a nice touch.
Hard hat area
This is one of the reasons I always have some duct tape in my backpack...
AH I'M SO PROUD OF ANNIE. GO GET 'EM, GIRL. :')
Can't she etherically push the button through their helmets anyway?
It's like the Poseidon Adventure. You know, if instead of the ship being upside down, it was a sentient computer trying to force a roboticist and an insane reality warper to turn it to flesh so it can court a giant crab monster while a half-human-half-elemental flings fire balls at its army of smaller robots that live inside it.
That old chestnut.
No! Tape! My only weakness! How did they find out....
Hard hats and tape, the one weakness of fire!
Finally, we get to see just how much ass Annie can kick now that she's been properly trained in burninating.
i dont think that hardhat will work..
Now she can't turn them off. Clever.
O__O The countermeasures need electrical tape and hard hats...
Hah, silly robots, Annie can easily get past the helmets and still press the bu... wait, duct tape? Damn! NOTHING gets past duct tape!
Chuckin' out fireballs like a bamf.
Nooo! HAT technology!
What has ether science DONE?!
somebody just ranked higher than Boxbot on "not liked by anybody" list
Annie is awesome, it warms my heart to see her defend Zimmy, and the hats are funny.
Isn't Annie out of court jurisdiction since she became the forest medium?
Will they be able to reason with the robots? I wonder...
I cast Magic Missile!
Sigh... we never had a ship cruise for year's exam.
I love how this is both seriously dramatic and hilariously silly at the same time. you'd think the comedy would take away from the gravity of the situation, but somehow, it does not.
Annie looks aaaaaawesome
I have to say, I LOVE Annie's kick-butt stance in the sixth panel.
Buttons? where we have been we don´t need buttons. There are more ways than one to shut off a robot.
I'm guessing Annie didn't bring any of the summoning sticks that Mr. Eglamore gave her, so her best bet is probably to "go ethereal" and warn Bud/Lindsey of what is happening on board. In the meantime, it will be the robots vs. the etherically gifted students of Cheswell and anyone else who will stand with them. Who knows what the etherically gifted can do with all that extra ether provided by the syphons (which I would call "siphons") running.
Silly robots, the ether doesn't care about something as simple as a hard hat!
Was wondering when the fact that they have a pyromancer on board was going to come into play.
"we are trapped, surrounded and helpless!"
"...except I can literally conjure fire with my mind"
But would helmets help against blinker stone presses?
Annie, what are you attacking for? :( Let the experiment go on!
So... all the 'bots start doing the Safety Dance next?
Annie looks like young Jean Grey. Which is appropriate, I guess, with the phoenix thing.
Fireball is always the right answer. Nice aim! Ysengrin would be proud!
Methinks Tom has been watching action movies.
Carver's face says "Lets get dangerous" and the robots say "We wont let you"
I hate to break it to you robot guys, but I'm not sure how effective that will be when 1: We've already seen her go through things to accomplish stuff. 2: She's is now throwing fire balls!
You know, that fireball shooting thing could come in handy.
Somehow, I don't think the Ship counted on dealing with Annie.
I find the idea of them wearing hardhats to protect themselves from her adorable.
How the hell were they able to establish all those grids without the Court knowing?
And jeez, these robots are prepared even for Annie's fire? Have they been spying on everyone in the Court?
Uh oh. Not only are they TRYING to get Zimmie to Zimmie out, but now they've neutralized Annie!!
Who will save the day? WHO!?
Hint: It's Kat. :)
Aha! Not only have the Seraphs learned from past encounters, they made extensive plans and avoided telling anyone! This is getting very interesting. Great writing and drawing, as always. Take care!
Silly robots... Annie will just torch their heads with no need to press any bttons this time.
Plus Annie's a lefty!!!
(And not just her pitching hand: http://gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1038)
Umm, guys I really don't think plastic hard hats are going to be an effective "counter measure" against a freaking fire elemental. Plus it's cool she defending Zimmy. And Annie is pissed, some interesting fire works are to be had (pun intended).
Someone has informed them you can still burn through those, right?
YOU GO GIRL.
Too awesome, Tom. Loved seeing Annie defend Zimmy like that! :D
Fireproof hardhats, huh? Where is Jack? I hope he's not wasting time doing the I-called-it dance.
Are there no parents or teachers on this ship? Did they literally just pile all the students onto a boat and say "have fun"?
Aww, the hardhats are adorable.
Enough with this bullshit. I want to see those bots smashed to hits, stat.
Her name is Zeta? This was probably mentioned before, but I don't remember.
Duct Tape fixes all of the things!
Annie BREAKs robots so graciously it's a DANCE.
Yeah, the hardhats ain't gonna help you, boys. Not when Zimmy and Annie cut loose. Nobody touches Gamma, nobody threatens Annie's friends. This is gonna get BRUTAL.
Is it bad that Zimmy may be my second favourite character?
I can't explain why, but I'm really rooting for these little fellas. I want to see how evil an atrocity it'll take for me to stop thinking they're adorable. I reckon they'd have to slice Annie's head off before I even break my grin.
Also: where is Lindsay? She has to see the siphons and know something's up.
Shit, they have hard hats!
Annie looks awesome. But it is gonna take a lot of fire and possibly some other things to turn this disaster around. Why the heck can't the Court use a normal yaht?
Oh SHIT! They ducktaped on hardhats! How will the heroes ever prevail now?
Terror alert level: Put on the helmet.
So much for a slow, character building, possibly romantic chapter.
It's time to kick robot ass and siphon various forms of etheric energies.
Well, if Kat has anything to say about it, though.
I suddenly feel like I'm watching Doctor Who.
Helmets? So what? Annie can just push the buttons through the ether...
Congratulations, bots. Carver is now deprived of the quick and harmless method of taking you down.
Given her control over her fire, especially in making it affect some beings and not others, I'm pretty sure she can solve this by incinerating everything but organic stuff.
New favorite page (maybe.) I can't get enough of Badass Annie. (And the duct tape--oh my god. XD)
No. No countermeasures. Bad robots. Kat, kill them.
Yeah, I'm sure the hats are effective [sarcasm]. Go Carver!
Go Annie go Annie go Annie go!
We couldn't just have a normal night-out with the guys, could we? No no no. We have to fight a ship and his motley crew. I want my money back, dammit.
AW HEEEEEELLL NAW! Kick their rusty butts Annie!!
robot: I got a helmet you can not hurt me now and i even have tape on it so it cant come loose...
Anit: a helmet you say... well then eat fire ball to your chest plate! fwoosh
I'm not sure she could go etheric with those syphons surrounding the ship, who knows how they'd respond? Hyland's def gonna make an "I TOLD YOU SO" reappearance and I think that extra knowledge Zimmy's whitelegs imparted upon him will come in handy. Meanwhile, one Annie vs innumerable robots doesn't sound like great odds. Hopefully Kat's Angel status will be enough to stall at least some of the seraphbots until someone can get the terminal dummies under control.
So much badass in a single page. Panel 1, gorgeous. Panel 3, Zimmy is awesome. Panel 5 and 6, perfect. Annie better watch it, though, they've broken out the duct tape.
So, if every student chips in to retaliate against the dummy terminals, maybe the robots will get so bogged down in counter-measures that they can no longer function.
Court robots . . . clueless as usual. Makes me wonder if the robots from Diego's time were smarter.
That...frame...is so badass.
Yahoo! Shake and bake! Lock and load! Rock 'em Sock 'em robots! Time for some payback! Go get 'em, Annie!
In case of emergency tape your helmet to your head.
Nothing like painters tape and hard hats to combat fire elementals.
Tape on your hard hat and deploy countermeasures, 'cause this s*** just got real.
Is this Annie Carver or Annie Hastur (League of Legends)?
uhoh, that's not mere duct tape, but Gaffer's tape, a whole other level of tape-y power. They Are Serious. And, I fear, the ship is able and willing to do more to get what he wants. The kids may be all kinds of peril, over and above becoming biomass for the ship's mad transmutation scheme (that's my guess re the reality warp)
the hats will protect them from carver's button skills.
BUT SHE CAN SHOOT FIREBALLS.
Because you know I'm all about that Tape bout that Tape, no Trouble.
(Also the boxbot not click reminds me.... Tom, when are we going to see beatbox Bot?)
Both horrifying and hilarious
I hope we still see some dancing: bip-dancing with a certain tooth
Annie's throwing firebolts? EVERYBODY, ANNIE'S THROWING FIREBOLTS 8D YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!
That is super cool of you, Annie.
Never forget the blue masking tape!
Does she ever blow the smoke off her index finger after doing that?
Xwan, you fool. you don't roll for magic missile! Besides, the robots are in range, it just looks like a fireball to me. Of course, next round she might switch to burning hands...
Somehow all I can think about is "how are Annie and Kat's classmates going to react after this is over?"
Today I learned that Annie's left handed. Also, having to wait until wednesday to see how this turns out is torture. Torture, I say!
Gamma, meet Zeta.
Hard hats... Really?
NOOO!!! That robot had a life you know! He had a family, a job... a job for an evil cruise ship, true... BUT FOCUS ON THE FAMILY PART!!!!
Hang on, robots going against the Angel? That's a first, I think. Also, I doubt capturing friends of Annie is a good idea. And I'm half expecting Zimmy to boost Carver's power.
Only thing they need now is to get Lindsay here to save them from drowning after they put down the ship like a rabid dog.
Etheric Syphons - damn that Court tech available to Court tech. If I'm reading this correctly, the Seraphs have this plan: step a) done: so what is steps b)..? Alphabetic sequential suspense: Sesame Street approves.
Kat? That's your cue.
Annie is a badass, do not mess with her friends because she will burn you.
You go antimony!!!
Lol, taping the helmets :D
Carver's a Battlemage.
The is a scuffle on the dance floor. Time to break dance fight!
...Wow. This is starting to get ridiculous.
...No, scratch that. This was ridiculous even before the ship wanted flesh.
Is duct tape immune to fire do you think? Feel like someone should have prepared for that...
Nice artwork on this page Tom, hell great storytelling too, but I love the look of this page.
Oh, so good.
Annie is super pretty and doing awesome with the fire!! =D
Red hair. Green costume. Fire. Hm...
cant she, like, pass through the helmets though
Fool them once, shame on the creator who made them with a clearly accessible off switch
Fire retardant foam, coming up; I just hope they don't wrap her in an asbestos blanket, that could give her mesothelioma down the road.
Those helmets are cute, you guys, but I doubt they'll be of much help. You're also being totally unreasonable; come back on Wednesdays, Kat'll be in business then.
Well, we've known for some time that in principle she *should* be able to do stuff like that. I'm just not sure we've seen her have such precise control before.
Do you know what the word "seraph" means, if translated literally? Let's just say it'll be ironic if the S-series robots get in a serious fight with a fire elemental.
I don't understand
Cool Annie, cool. NOW LETS SEE SOME FUCKIN' KARATE CHOPS!!!!!!!!
And she is doin' danceing with the robots
People better start poppin' and lockin' it, because Annie is now BREAKIN'!
omg the robots are so silly!
How to protect yourself from fireballs:
1. Put on hard hat
2. Duct-tape profusely
The painters tape will not save you, silly robots.
No one messes with her friends.
@Rainsinger... you take me back...