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Matrix confronts Cho! Where could this be going?

Volume 2 progress report! It’s quickly moving to completion, we want to have it done and ready for the printer by the end of the month. We’re still uploading the reformatted/rewritten pages to the site’s archive, so anyone who wants to help look for grammatical errors, post them in the comments to let us know! The pages we’ll be printing for Volume 2 start at 111 of the archive and currently go to page 198. The actual final page of book will be 324. We’ll be uploading more pages throughout the week!

Now let’s talk about Nintendo and the many ways it frustrates and delights! You see, I am absolutely getting a New 3DS,but, GEEZ, could they have given it a more confusing name? I mean what if some mom wants to get her kid a 3DS and she goes into a store and asks some less-than-knowledgeable clerk “I want to get my child spawn a new 3DS!” And instead of ending up with a ‘New 3DS’ she just ends up with a new 3DS! How could Nintendo not see that potential problem? And let’s not forget the surprise any unsuspecting customer will get when they end up with a product that they can’t charge because the New 3DS does not come with an AC adapter! There’s also the little issue of save games and transferring files between a device that uses SD cards and a device that uses micro SD cards! I hear it’s complicated.

Having said that, I’m still totally buying one, because I really want that second control stick! I’m also looking forward to sinking 100+ hours into Xenoblade Chronicles when it comes out. And, sure, I’ll be able to play Majora’s Mask and Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ on my current 3DS, but that second stick! Full camera control! Also, the face tracking 3D stabilization intrigues me.

But then there’s the Amiibos!!! Nintendo’s making, like, 50 of these! Who has the money to collect them all?? At one point, I had the notion to do so, but I quickly abandoned it and compromised down to just getting my favorite characters. But even that’s expensive! And despite all this amiibo expenditure, they’re not even capable of holding two saved game states per figure! Apparently if you use your Mario amiibo for Smash Bros, you have to erase that data to use it again for Mario Party 10! Sure, it may be compatible with both games, but losing data is an awful compromise.

And, I mean, that’s the most frustrating part about Nintendo news as of late, everything they announce seems to come packaged with fine print that makes it more complicated than it needs to be. Erg, it’s so frustrating! But then again, the games…THE GAMES ARE GREAT! Take my stinkin’ money, Nintendo, you wonderful blood suckers. I MEAN DID YOU SEE THAT FIRE EMBLEM TRAILER??

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  • Undel

    An is inefficient. To deforest quickly, a Ken is required.

    • Undel

      *An axe is-

      • Flaming Squirrel

        Ken learned his lesson back at the ninja cave. He’s going green to prevent unnecessary deforestation. Also, he’s a vegan now.

        • Brandenfascher

          If my memory serves, I thought Ken runs purely on alcohol.

          • Xinef

            I suppose most alcohols are vegan, so… vegan Ken confirmed!

          • Brandenfascher

            Precisely! My point being, he was always vegan. Or would that be achoholitarian?

          • suburban_samurai

            I approve this train of logic. We have never seen Ken consume anything but tea and sake. Although he did mention free peanuts at a bar once.

  • Unhooked

    If there’s anything I gained from this page, it’s not hope for a revealing dialogue between Matrix and Cho. It’s not an appreciation for night ambiance in this art. It’s not even how badass Cho continues to be.

    It’s a deep and powerful hope that Ken sleeps holding his ridiculously large sword like a child with a teddy bear.

    • Kid Chaos

      Obviously, Cho got his Kung-fu training from the old-school masters.

      • Brandenfascher

        That was an awesome read, I have to say.

        • Kid Chaos

          Glad you liked it!

    • suburban_samurai

      I hate to be the destroyer of dreams, but in the first panel, Ken’s sword is laying in the grass and he is clearly not wrapped around it. But maybe he sometimes snuggles up to the blade when he feels lonely and vengeful, why not.

      • Unhooked

        But he’s still awake. Maybe there’s hope!

  • Astralfury

    “The Tao is my axe” – Cho probably.

  • Flaming Squirrel

    “I mean, just so there’s no confusion.”
    “It’s cool. I got confused for Nobody Else just the other day.”

  • charles81


    Seriously, first Ken starts taking out trees like they’re Wataro soldiers and now Cho’s practicing The Thousand Fists of Fury on some poor sap.

    • suburban_samurai

      No love for the forest with these guys.

  • John Smith

    Oh-ho! Matrix is done messing around in the minor leagues; now she’s ready to tackle the Tao! This ought to be good.

    • suburban_samurai

      Ina is minor leagues, eh??

      • Kid Chaos

        Cho is the major-leaguer in verbal jiujitsu in this crowd. 😀

  • Xinef

    I see Cho is doing it the practical way – training and chopping at the same time. If he wanted to just chop the wood, he’d punch the tree down with a single hit, but then he’d be done too quickly for a decent training!

    Now the question is, when will the trees have their revenge on the Tao?

    • suburban_samurai


      • Kid Chaos

        TREEVENGE 2: THE TREEVENGANCE! When a tree falls on a Zen master, does he have time for a stoic witticism?

      • IDPounder

        Still my favorite SFX in the story to date!

      • Mike

        The little lines around the “punch,” sound effects that keep moving are, in fact, the gathering spirits of treevenge, positioning themselves to strike.

  • Sam DunKley

    Heh. Let’s hope there are no spiky-haired three-eyed fire demons on top of that tree.

    Also, does it look like Cho is in a hurry, Matrix? Sheesh, so impatient.

    …wait, didn’t Cho get his arm utterly screwed up by a rapid-fire punch straight out of Fist of the North Star? Like, less than a week ago? How quick does this guy heal?

    • Kid Chaos

      Ummm…the Tao?

      • Sam DunKley

        Seems legit.

  • Sunwu

    How much wood would a wood Cho chop of a wood cho could chop wood?

    • Kid Chaos

      A lot?

    • KungFuKlobber

      A wood Cho would chop as much wood as a wood Cho could chop if a wood Cho could chop wood.

  • Sunwu

    I think the writers of this comic are using the destroying of trees as symbolism. The writers use it to get to the root of the character’s personal problem. Its foreshadowing the part of the story where the character in question drops their hollow and wooden facade they show people and we get to know more about them. They too will also be closer to seeing “the forest throught the trees.” In their own life.

    • Kid Chaos

      Or maybe they just hate trees.

  • Nameless Marauder

    Does Matrix have a universal translator? If not, she will need one. Someone does not simply hold a meaningful conversation with Cho without loosing grey matter in the process.

    Or is this one of those mind breaking moments where Matrix will reveal that the way Cho speaks is a ruse?

  • Grimlock13

    Minecraft joke?

    • Speedy Marsh

      Minecraft, if he only manages to punch one log out of the tree. Terraria, if the tree suddenly bursts into a stack of logs.

  • Rezilia Grieves

    He’d use an axe, but he has to craft one first.

  • Insane Disciple

    Yeah, Knuckles logic!!!!

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