Well now we know does in fact have ribs, for those who were wondering.
Poor Jin… AND poor Bud…
Sorry… “know SHE does in fact have ribs”.
Left out a word there.
Bud has gotten used to casualy throwing the other GGs around when she loses her temper. She’s just gotten a reminder on how fragile humans are compared to the most miniscule application of her strength. And for all intents and purposes, Jin is human now, I think. The giult hurts, but not as bad as broken ribs or a broken nose. They both suck. Luckily, I’ve never had both at the same time. Poor Jin.
I don’t think that’s a completely accurate assessment. Bud’s been perfectly careful with all her human friends ever since she met them and never injured any of them. She’s just had a momentary lapse in judgement.
Yes, Jin is now “human” and Bud needs to be careful from now on, but it’s hard to instantly transition from one norm to another. She’s been able to relax around the GG’s for hundreds of thousands of years and not worry about hurting them. Suddenly one becomes as fragile as any human. Hard to instantly forget all the years of what you’re used to.
It isn’t entirely Bud’s fault. She made a mistake. But on the other hand if it wasn’t for her, like someone else said, Jin would have a back door to her brain.
i don’t think BUD had the momentary lapse in judgement, i think it was MAY… she did this totally by surprise to Bud without saying a thing about what was SUPPOSED to happen… therefore when the gun went off, Bud still thought that Jin was indestructible, ie. she wouldn’t take any damage from the impact, though she found out the hard way that those supposed “cosmetic” changes(my shin HURTS!, and ooh! i got a hangnail!) weren’t cosmetic in the least… they went right down to the bone (pun not intended)
Jin is now the golem equivalent of a Ming Vase… rather than being like the clay firebrick used in the construction of an industrial blast furnace like she was earlier.
all 3 of them are gonna have to re-learn how to interact with each other now.
I really like that Ming Vase analogy. That’s very accurate.
^ including rarity and value.
I wouldn’t call what May did a momentary lapse of judgement so much as a continuation of a long-term pattern of not thinking things through. Her attempt to fix Jin the first time led to the calender machine. Her attempt to deal with the calender machine problem led to knowledge of how to make golems in the hands of the Lanthian priests, and later with our galaxy being trapped in a time loop. Don’t get me wrong, May is brilliant in her own field, but outside of it, she is impulsive and lacks long-term planning.
Wait a second..
If Bud thought Jin was still indestructible, why would she have acted to “save” her “indestructible” friend?
I agree that Bud has been exceptionaly careful around her human friends, she just didn’t realize the extent that Jin’s parameters had been changed after her reboot. While she nearly put May through a wall two weeks ago, that was still admirable restraint considering her true power. She’s used to the GGs being indestructable and a little damnage to the enviorment emphasized her point that she was pissed. Now Bud feels guilty that she hurt her friend. Major readjustments for all involved. The best thing any of them can do for Jin is to go find Allen. I think he can bring her back from the brink.
And, yeah, Monica is going to flip out.
Considering Jin was about to blow her own head off, I think Bud still showed admirable restraint.
Bud panicked seeing Jin about to pull the trigger and acted close to on instinct. Jin’s at the hospital and not the morgue.
I don’t think Bud had a choice. She was on the other side of the room, and Jin was already pulling the trigger. That’s a very small window of opportunity to move 2 meters and knock someone out of the line of fire from a pistol barrel already in her mouth. She couldn’t move slowly enough to avoid injuring Jin without giving the bullet time to wreak its damage.
Jin could still be delighted re this.
wouldn’t surprise me if she is shown in the next pannel showing off her nose grinning like the cheshire cat 😀
I am also expecting a Monica freak out in a future panel 😛
Haha, oh you KNOW Monica will flip.
I guess she is close enough to human now that they are actually willing to take her to a doctor. This is probably her first visit in a long time.
Notice Bud didn’t even need to look toknow May was about to speak…
Ah. but what was May about to say?
“It wasn’t your fault. She would have killed herself if you didn’t,” or something like that.
More likely “I wonder if there’s a bar nearby.”
Doesn’t matter. Bud doesn’t want to hear it.
Well if it was May that threw Bud into Jin, she might be trying to clarify that it was really her (May’s) fault. But either way you are right, Bud does not want to hear it.
Ribs and her nose. Pretty good given the alternative.
Wonder what Jin will tell the doctor when he asks how it happened? That she wanted to see if there was a heaven? Could be rubber room time!
Jin:”I ran into a tree then fell down the stairs…… No wait, maybe the other way around?”
Heh…this is especially amusing given the knowledge that no matter what she says (I’m assuming she won’t tell the unblemished truth), there will be a moment when someone will say, “Okay, we know what you’ve told us, but please be honest. Do you feel safe at home?” Happened to me when I got my first concussion in February. They asked my mom to leave the room and then said that. If I hadn’t been so fuzzy headed, I’d have laughed at them. As it was, I had to explain my weird smile…I lived alone at the time.
Your first? This is a regular occurance?
@SoWhyMe – Not at all. 😛 It probably would have been more understandable had I said “my first ever” or “my first and only”. According to my father I’m weird for not having been to the emergency room for concussions or broken bones once in my life before age 28. Didn’t make it to 29, but then, as a confirmed Texan I claim the right to be incapable of safe movement on ice.
My wife is on Plavix, which means she bruises very easily. She’s also somewhat clumsy as a result of strokes a few years back. This has yielded several tense moments when she’s ended up in the emergency room as the result of a fall or other accident when I was not present, and the nurses see the old bruises and jumpt to conclusions. Happily no one has actually called the police yet, but she’s had to do some pretty fast talking to keep the staff from reporting “possible domestic violence”.
A few years ago (well, like twenty now – geeze) some friends’ younger son was in third or fourth grade, and suffered from cystic fibrosis.
One of the things that is part of CF treatment is (or was, at least) thumping on the chest and back of the sufferer to break up and loosen the thick mucus that forms in the lungs.
So, kid’s in school.
For some reason, teacher sees bruises on his back and chest.
“What happened?” quoth she.
“Oh,” is the casual reply, “that’s from Mom and Dad beating on me.”
Yup that always is fun. My brother has taught middle school special ed and he has had some tense times finding out what happened to a given kid.
College friend of mine tells a story of playing hockey with her cousin and having to go to the ER several times for busted bones and sprains. The docs grew suspicious as the repeated reason for the injuries was “My cousin did it.”
I was fixing a dishwasher one time and asked my two year old to hand me a wrench. She dropped it on my nose. I looked like I had been punched in the face.
Hrm. IF she is “human” enough to fool a doctor and x-rays, could Jin possible be real enough to fool Mother Nature, i.e. be a mommy?
and I’m SURE that Alan will be very willing to find out… um, that is IF he WANT’S kids, that is… either that or they aren’t taking precautions right now, because “she’s just a clay doll”, then… OOPSIE!! you’re a Daddy now!… Huh! o_O
would the offspring be a child or a brick? a baby golem with free will? or what?
Small decorative tile.
a lawn gnome…
Wonder if the “Artifact” is still in place … and if it will show on X-Ray.
Jin has a whole new life to figure out. And not just hangovers, but nicks, cuts, bruises, burns, bumps, swellings, sprains, toothaches, headaches, and maybe even monthly, if not muscle, cramps!
For uberwoman to lose against a pickle jar lid will be a character test extraordinaire!
More tears to come for a while methinks….
I think she knows about hangovers, We’ve seen Bud deal with the aftermath before.
This week might be excruciating…I want to know what is going on with Jin but cannot of it’s May vs. Bud all week!
OK, now this is getting complicated. They would have to take X-rays so she must have all appropriate internal organs and a beating heart, blood pressure, etc. No longer hollow.
I guess she will have to actually heal now. For that to happen she must have some sort of internal rebuilding and repair system as well.
If you find it’s getting complicated then….don’t think about it too much. Then it seems really simple.
If effing Wesley hadn’t fallen asleep on his experiment, we would not have to deal with the scourge of the nanites…
What I want to know is if the x-ray is going to pick up the APA: activated plutonium artifact. This could be very interesting!
Good question. Perhaps it will keep the x-ray from working properly, thereby insuring the doctors can’t see her internal organs (or lack thereof). After all doctors used to patch up bones without x-rays, I guess they could again.
And for that matter, does that dagger in Monica’s head (show up on/set off) xray scanners a la airport?
It was sharp but was it metal?
Anyway people have metal plates in their heads. I wonder if that sets them off 🙂
Yes, it was metal. No, it doesn’t show up, because it isn’t there.
It never was in Monica’s head on this plane of existence.
I don’t know about the ones in peoples’ heads, but I had the one in my leg taken out because I got tired of the cavity searches when they couldn’t find the metal that was setting off the scanner even after I told them I had a pin in my leg and showed the scars. I mean you get down to your underwear and you still set off the scanner and even though you have these huge scars on your leg they still think you have a bomb up your butt…
Eat a couple of bowls of chili before you go to the airport and you will have a bomb up your but. But TSA can be a little too defensive sometimes and it leads to people saying they are being uncaring (A friend’s wheelchair proved this point, talk about hilarity ensuing).
yes, skull plates trigger the alarms. (and spinal braces, some artificial hips, etc.) most such people travel with special papers and usually pre-coordinate the trips.
TSA folks don’t get paid to use common sense, they get paid to show off security measures. If airport security was dialed back to something matching the dangers, they’d have to go find other jobs.
Yes–if we used much the policies that the Israelis developed over many years fo threat, why, that might make sense.
Monica doesn’t have to fly anymore, she can ‘poit’ to any location she’s been to before, or get one of the GGG to take her there. Lucky stiff.
I’ll say! if the X-rays show it, then Off she goes to Area 51 for experimentation. and if it just screws up the machine to the point it won’t take images of her then the docs are gonna be REALLY curious as to WHY… again they’ll try to send her away for testing. and if it shows a false image of what a real human SHOULD have then they will just fix her up like they would a normal human, unless they have to do surgery to prevent a rib splinter from puncturing her lungs… then we get to see if she’s REALLY human on the inside or a hollow clay doll…
I wouldn’t worry about her being abducted for experimentation.
Fairly certain nothing in modern existence can match an angry Bud (let alone a protective Brandi), to say nothing of May’s abilties.
Jin’s fairly safe, so long as noone managed to kill her during her ‘fleshy’ stage.
Maybe she had the ‘big bang’ inside her.
we are all sposed to be made up of ‘star stuff’ so maybe the nuclear stuffs + mays glyph just boomed and (using the original ash still in her mixture) created little cells which reproduced at a horric rate (whilst she was clay) and rebooted her into human 🙂
That or maybe the actual device being stuck into a backwards moving forest worked that way so it boomed into the past.
Either way – i don’t think the nuclear thingy still is in her. nor do I think she has a hatch
That’s probably the closest. The Relic spun pastwards, taking all of Jin’s sync errors with it. It is the main spoke of the CM’s flywheel, after all.
May knew or suspected that, so any further changes to Jin would be impossible (or at least very risky) after it vanished. So she took the last opportunity to give Jin her wish.
Advertising it to her friends first would have been nice. Maybe all that time hiding from greedy humans made her wary.
The fact that she was drunk off her rocker while performing the surgery probably didn’t help.
I like that idea. It would explain how Jin is able to bleed, since blood pressure must be high enough to pump it out of the wound…
X-rays can be gotten around with a good plot twist. I’ve seen writers have their characters present with a thoracic cavity full of nothing but “bright, lumpy stuff” and yet, somehow, everything comes out alright… 😉
The X-ray (well, the attempt to take an X-ray) apparently triggered the formation of a volcano where the hospital used to be – remember?
The volcano is nowhere to be seen. Remember?
To us .. Jin being human is a good thing.
But to an indestructable immortal who has seen countless creatures and humans die in so many ways…maybe this scenario is their worst nightmare come true?
actually that seems to be what she DOES want… i think Alan would tend to dis-agree with her sudden resolve to finish early though… i mean, come on they haven’t lived together (much), bought a house, nor grown old together yet… as per here: http://wapsisquare.com/comic/grow-old-togethe/
Yes she does seem to want to die right now at least from what she has shown us – not sure if that was something to do with the fact she had given up on succeeding on fixing the calender
But if she truly wanted to die- and die right now..why would she have told Alan she wanted to grow old with him?
Well I think that’s what they were saying. She wants to cut it short as far as immortality is concerned. Bud will keep going so even 80 years from now is really soon. Comparatively speaking.
And at least it will be crystal clear to all her friends that Jin is no longer a juggernaut, but a china doll.
Btw, nice use of a xerox panel, Paul, even if time constraints were the motivator. It’s certainly keeping the creepy automaton feeling in the back of my mind.
Nothing like sitting in the ER waiting room to make one feel miserable about trying to help a loved one out.
Waiting rooms have the unique ability to make oneself and all ones accomplishments seem like utter useless garbage.
Wonder how doctors feel sitting in waiting rooms?
Maybe they feel the same depending on whats wrong 🙂
A doctor friend of mine once admitted she had to feel a measure of apathy towards the patients she saw in the ER just to help her get through a shift, because if she allowed herself to get drawn to far into their dilemma it would have burned her out a lot faster than it eventually did. 🙁
See. Told you yesterday I was going to be proven wrong and Jin’s ribs would actually be broken.
Damn my overthinking situations!
If it helps you were proved right by being proved wrong so .. 50% right! 😀
I’d say this is my second-favorite Wapsi strip involving a character at the doctor with a broken bone. (My favorite is this one)
in that strip
you reckon tina picked UP the car to parallel park?
instead of driving it and just pushed it?
I Do Not Wish To Know.
I just discovered on the Google last night that “muñeca” is Spanish for both “wrist” and “doll”.
If that’s any help.
now my brain doesn’t do somersaults 😀
I like that 😀
Tina ran over her basement doll not her own wrist 😀
Aww, Fairportfan, where is your scientific curiosity?
He used it to pay the pun jar for some awful sphinx pun.
That reminds me of the Louis Black joke…. “if it wasn’t for my horse, I wouldn’t have spent that year in college….”
yeah brain cells burn out over comments like that…. 😛 🙂
…how interesting. Bud’s going to have to learn to apply restraint around Jin…as she must’ve had to for regular humans.
I, like most others, it seems, am curious as to just how human Jin now is.
My take on it is As Human As Possible.
And considering the sophistication of Lanthian technology it wouldn’t surprise me if Jin has all the human abilities, including the ability to have babies.
As for where all the non-human components went, our own scientists are making progress in creating true invisibility in the lab, so I can’t see why the Lanthians didn’t beat us to it.
May seems to have aged quite a bit.
When But brought her the thing, she looked like someones cougar mother on the make. Now she looks more like a grandmother. An errant, meddling grandmother who thought “It won’t hurt anything, and it will be good for her”. Oops.
And, as for Bud, her maternal instincts seem to be coming out. We think of Brandy as the motherly one of the bunch, but maybe we should think of her as more of the comforting aunt type. Bud is coming off as the mom that gets every one to school on time, the shopping done, and fights off international terrorists, all before lunch (which she also packed).
Makes you wonder what that girl by the fireplace is like.
Was she just as protective? Perhaps she had younger brothers or sisters?
If you mean the girl sitting smiling at her little lamp – that’s Bud.
bud we know is an extreamly old tortured golem who can distroy the planet at a whim
bud at the fireplace is not 🙂
i would like to know how she was and what she brought to the ‘mix’ as it were as opposed to her running on anger and living so long.
for example – our bud went into the sub and blew it up with no problems. I doubt fireside Bud would have been so nochalant about it (if subs existed when she had)
She didn’t mean to blow it up. It was a result of her poking around, all curious like.
I think the main likely difference between Fireplace Bud and Golem Bud in that context is that Golem Bud survived the explosion.
One of a goat’s salient characteristics is a tendency to be curious and check things out (mostly to see if they’re edible, granted).
That would actually be a very interesting storyline. A glimpse of Bud (and Brandi for that matter) before the whole golem thing.
Yes. And I am starting to wonder about that. Just what was the calendar machine doing to, or for, Mayahuel? With it gone, is she starting to age? I thought that as a golem, she would not be subject to aging. But it occurs to me, belatedly, that May not be constructed by the same recipe as the GGGs – after all, the priests modified a singular model into a trio … what else did they change?
Where the hell is Brandi? Monica was once afraid attempting to break Jin’s copy of Pretty In Pink would summon her.
Has Jin’s well-being fallen totally off her golemdar?
As for May, she was pretty indestructible when Bud was tossing her around before. If her face is aging, it’s probably something she knows how to revert. She’ll have to decide how to deal with the pain of eventually watching her child die, if she doesn’t fragilize herself first.
If Maya knows how to alter Jin’s parameters so she’s more human and will eventually die, she may be able to do the same for Bud, Brandi, and herself.
I wonder whether May’s stressed-and-aged look isn’t mostly a matter of being in that uncomfortable emotional state one might refer to as “Realization of consequences coming home to roost.”
She does seem to have a history of having her plans and ideas turn out to have a higher cost – for others! – than she had anticipated… and she clearly has enough empathy to rue the fact afterwords.
That she did what was necessary (in her eyes, at least) doesn’t mean that it comes without a serious price, and she isn’t the only one paying it. For a person (well, a being) with a real moral sense, that’s not a comfy place to be sitting.
maybe paul is just messing with the artwork 🙂
I’ve got a feeling that if we allow ourselves to believe that, Paul will turn it into a plot point that will bite us with sharp pointy teeth.
She’s just feeling very stressed, worried, and other emotions that I can’t think of right now. Basically hear guard is down and her youthful cougar vigor isn’t shining so brightly.
Broken ribs hurt like a banshee, and I speake from ye aulde experiences. They hurt when you move, they hurt when you cough, they hurt when you sneeze, they hurt when you laugh, and they especially hurt when you lie on them the wrong way. One is painful. Several is agony. And they take a good 6 months to heal properly. So what I’m getting at is that when Alan finally shows up again, he’s going to have to be really careful how he “comforts” poor Jin.
On the one hand, I feel sorry for Jin going through so much pain after being invulnerable for about 80,000 years, her time. On the other, I’m not forgetting she brought this on herself by jamming a gun in her mouth and trying to blow her brains out. Karma sucks.
Bud. Bud’s the one I REALLY feel sorry for. She tends to be guilt-ridden anyway, this is not going to help.
The Round of Samsara is supposed to work with forgetfulness through rebirth. Jin had no such succour. Karma’s a bitch, but straight causality is a hardass giant hyena bitch.
Jin may have witnessed the rebirth of pretty much everyone around her (save may, who was stuck in the demon realm), but not her own. that may be another reason for her to want to speed to her death, to forget.
But we covered that over the weekend, I guess…
Bud did her best to rescue her friend. Whenever I looked at that ‘flying tackle’ I thought : “Had Bud ever considered Law Enforcement? She’d make a hell of a cop.”
they did do a stint as bodyguards.
i wonder if the guards trained them properly or just let them alone since they were so powerful.
Then again bruce lee was quite slight and he could beat up any ‘seemingly’ powerfully large person.
I’ve been to hospitals enough (when Ma was still here) visiting various relatives, that I now have the instinc and knowledge about where all the good vending machines are located, and relative distances thereof. This is a time when you pick the farthest coffee machine, and take a walk. Maybe even hope for one of those paper cups with the poker hand on it, just to have even a small bright spot to the trip.
those little cups from terminator 2 actually exist??
we just get crappy basic plastic crud in england. (or at least in the places I have visited. only once did it have a nice design for xmas and they ran out on 15th december which really was a waste of time and forget about being able to WIN anything on one…)
Yes, they exist. I recall them from my college days (one cup of cocoa-like fluid, 25 cents). The hole card is printed on the bottom, as you may have figured out from watching T2. Maybe it’s an American thing.
“This is why we can’t have good things…”
“Very damaged. Zathras can never have anything nice.”
Good intentions and the road to hell. Mother should have spent more time getting to know the situation before making these sorts of changes.
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