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It’s that sort of half-hearted hustling that got Ryoushi cut from the team! The Demons of Sorrow are all about collateral damage, keep firing!

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  • slogra

    Hey Ryoushi, that ain’t no smoke bomb. That’s called weather. Stop blaming everything on poor Uso.

    • suburban_samurai

      A smoke bomb in the middle of a blizzard?? What next, rock-jutsu in the middle of a hale storm?

  • charles81

    Considering Uso doesn’t have a bow right now I’m betting he called dibs on Ryoushi’s.

    • charles81

      Ahhh, this really is quite fresh after his fight with the lord. Just noticed he’s using his left arm to wield the sword. Right arm is obviously injured. Now, of course, he has an arrow through the left shoulder and the scratches from that mutt. Must be at quite some disadvantage fighting, otherwise I’d imagine this would have been over before it begun.

      • suburban_samurai

        You called it, Genchu’s fighting left handed for just that reason. He is fighting far from his prime at the moment, not ideal when facing off against three deranged psychopaths!

        • TheMaskedFerret

          Well, Roushi is no longer using his bow, so I suppose that he is de-ranged.

      • Charvale

        Genchu: “There’s something I must tell you. I’m not left handed.”

  • clogboy

    Dang it… the artwork is impressive again, but the descriptive sound effects bring into contrast the lack of action/motion in the panels. I’m grateful that this ‘just for fun’ project is shared freely so I really shouldn’t complain.

    • KungFuKlobber

      “… the lack of action/motion in the panels.”

      What were you expecting, exactly? This is a comic, not a cartoon.

      • suburban_samurai

        I think this in reference to artwork in the style of Powernap:
        There’s a strong sense of movement in that art, and I do kind of struggle to replicate that energy. To be self critical for a moment, I didn’t like how I drew Genchu in the second panel, since he’s very passively blocking Honouko’s strike, but I needed to get the page done so I just went with it. It didn’t turn out bad, but I can understand what clogboy is referring to.

        • Thiago Kurovski

          There are two different types of comics: those that have lots of movement and implied and those that simply don’t. I can dig in my closet and find several professional comic books from DC that have even less movement than this, and are much worse in terms of drawing quality and realism to boot…

  • KungFuKlobber

    I’m sorry for knowing the future, Alex!

    • suburban_samurai

      To quote Ian Malcolm, “I hate being right all the time.” You know this just means we think alike. If Joe meets with a horrible accident, I’m recruiting you as new co-writer. And that totally wasn’t a veiled threat to Joe.

      • slogra

        If Joe meets with a horrible accident, you’d be left alone talking to yourself. That’s ah chaos theory.

  • Hfar

    Ah, rushing in to get the kill before the others. Seems to be a common failing for the Demons of Sorrow.

    • suburban_samurai

      There’s, admittedly, little basis for comparison, but they do have that sort of personality trait. Still, if Hirotomo says ‘attack one at a time’ you better believe they listen!

      • Hfar

        True. At the very least they’re loyal.

  • Mike

    Ryoushi should read the Evil Overlord’s Handbook. “I will only gloat over my enemies’ corpse.”

    • suburban_samurai

      Ryoushi don’t got time for readin’ when he could be stabbin’ (while gloatin’)!

  • noisyparker

    You don’t need an excuse to get up close and personal, man. People like to be around you, and you’d see that if you gave them half a chance!

    • suburban_samurai

      AH, this had me laughing for HOURS after I read it, I wish I could upvote this more than once!

  • leavescat

    Cut from the team. Iseewhatyoudidthere.

  • Dylan

    So let’s see here.

    Ryoushi can do ranged or melee combat. He also has dogs.

    He’s fighting Genchu, a known close-combat master with no ranged capacity to speak of. Currently unarmored, or at least vulnerable to arrows.

    His teammates / potential collateral damage: Honou-Ko, heavily armored close-combat specialist. Uso, illusionist, probably has crazy-high dodge skill. Neither is likely to take much damage from any stray arrows.

    And Ryoushi just put his bow away and took out a sword.

    Someone’s holding the Idiot Ball.

    • MoveAlongCitizen

      He wasn’t interesting enough anyway. Better kill him off now and make Genchu look better.

  • Da’Zlein

    Don’t worry, demon guy has full armor, the arrows will bounce right off! Unless he has the same cheapo armor as most of the soldiers that can’t even stop small pointy sticks from fully impaling them…

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