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POP POP! Ken’s sword is officially sharp as sin! Anyway, not much happens on this page, other than treevenge revenge, but I will be attempting another two update week, so look for the next page on Thursday.

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ALSO, this Friday (4/24) at 9PM EST, Joe and I are going to be online for a NN4B SMASH BROS NIGHT. We’ll both be playing on Joe’s WiiU (I haven’t even purchase Smash Bros yet despite this pile of smash amiibo I’ve acquired!). Joe’s WiiU username is jwkovell. His nickname is Joedo, although I’m not sure if that’s relevant.

And, UGH, UUUHHHH, I could literally write a five thousand word essay on all my thoughts concerning the Force Awakens and SW Rebels Season 2 trailers! But I’ll keep it brief cause I’d like to sleep at some point tonight.

Force Awakens Trailer: LOOOVE that shot of Vader’s melted mask, utter BRILLIANCE, I can’t believe they thought of that. I got chills from the music buildup, John Williams I will hunt you down and FRENCH KISS YOU I love you so much! And the look of this movie, it FEELS like Star Wars! Finally. the best film makers in the industry, the ones who grew up loving Star Wars and thinking about how to make their own great SW film, have been given the reigns to the franchise! It feels SO GOOD to be a Star Wars fan again, without the burden of an overbearing control freak with awful world building skills! I’ve got a bunch of the concept art books from the prequel films and it bums me out how much great artistic vision was wasted on Lucas’ incompetent storytelling. This new film feels like it’s actually utilizing all those great ideas to incredible effect. That first shot with the crashed X Wing that leads into the downed Star Destroyer blew my mind! It’s so effective. I’m ready to get lost in this movie when it comes out. MY BODY IS READY!!

Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Trailer: I LOVED the first season finale, and even though I mostly disliked the Clone Wars CG show, I’m so happy to see Ahsoka, the only redeemable character, make a returns in Rebels. It looks like they’re pulling in a bunch of other Clone Wars characters, too, which I’m not super excited about, but I’m very willing to trust the show’s writers to handle these characters in ways that will make me completely forget all the dumb stuff they did in the previous show. Probably what I’m most excited to see is Darth Vader being in his prime, being the intimidating figure I remember from Hope and Empire. I want to see Vader hunting down rebels and DOMINATING, not getting sad and wrapped up in his teen-angsty past. In fact, if they reference his past at all, I hope they keep is real vague so I don’t have to think about Hayden Christensen rolling on top of Natalie Portman while spouting hideous dialog about how he can’t keep living without her love. My ideal Vader desires the order of the Empire and nothing else! They’re also breaking old EU canon in the trailer by showing off A-Wings and B-Wings, which have long been established as ships that weren’t designed until well after the battle of Yavin. That’s just a nerdy observation, though, cause I loves me some starfighters and if they want to break old canon to bring us more Wings sooner, I’m not gonna complain!

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  • http://www.zapcomic.com/ Pascalle Lepas
    • KungFuKlobber

      Ken has just realized the Magnitude of this change.

    • charles81

      It’s the new KaDOOSH

      • Ryan

        A kinder, gentler giant sword.

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          An elegant weapon for a more civilized age.

          • Ryan

            But only slightly.

      • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

        Whoa there, let’s not get ahead of ourselves!

    • Maximum Carnage

      Onec you pop, the fun don’t stop!

      (bet you can’t pop just one.)

    • Flaming Squirrel

      SHANG!
      DOUBLE SHANG!
      TRIPLE SHANG!
      HOLY SH*T SHANG!

      • Ryan

        Shall we start this again?

        Shanging spree!
        Shangtacular!
        Shangtrocity!
        Shangtastrophe!
        Shangpocalypse!

  • Flaming Squirrel

    That’s nothing. Wait till you see him chop a salad.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Or chop suey!

      • Flaming Squirrel

        How much chop suey can Ken’s chopper chop, since Ken’s chopper can obviously chop chop suey?
        Wow… fail 😛

        • Kid Chaos

          Um…a lot?

  • IDPounder

    Dudes! Page #600! Way to go, Team Bushido!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      See you at 700, sir!

  • Unhooked

    “But wait! The Red Dragon can chop so much more! Fruits! Vegetables! Meat! Pesky invading armies! Get it now for five easy payments of 429.95, and defend your homeland today!”

    Congratulations on 600 pages! It’s been one incredible journey so far, and never a dull moment!

    • Kid Chaos

      It slices! It dices! It makes julienne fries!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      I would be more celebratory about reaching 600, but we’ve already edited a number of pages in the archive, combining them and such, which makes page numbers are a deceptive, irrelevant sort of thing at this point. Although it did feel satisfying to enter that number into the archive!

      • Ryan

        Congratulations on 600±15 pages!

  • Neoriceisgood

    Gonna try making any Mii fighters based off of the comic?

    • leavescat

      It already happened. They said they made them pretty much immediately.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      My old wii and my 3DS both essentially have the entire Bushido case in Mii form. I did important the main four into Smash Bros 3DS, but they have not graced the WiiU version!

      • leavescat

        What the aargh spelling!

  • TheMaskedFerret

    That look in the last panel may be the most intelligent thing Ken has ever said.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      He is brilliant in his silence.

    • Opal Eyes

      Trying to decide if that’s the “Oh shit” face of realization he just cut down a tree at the perfect angle to get crushed by it, or the “Oh hell” face of “This sword is awesome”

  • leavescat

    A smash night sounds fun. How’s it going to work (8 player is local only, right)?

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      we’ll do four players and we can cycle in and out. We’ll all communicate using twitter. Unless there’s a more convenient option.

      • leavescat

        I think a text chat on Skype is free, or if anyone has a chat server.

      • Ryan

        For an instant dead simple public chat room, tlk.io is pretty good.

      • leavescat

        Of course I guess if a lot of people show up, by nature of everyone joining in has a Wii U, we could easily have multiple games running. I’m no stranger to cycling players out though.

  • Minando

    Timber !

    Ouch.

  • Maximum Carnage

    … Oh. Oh no. There’s a distinct possibility that my brain has turned “Pop! Pop!” into a rather loud version of the sound those old ‘pop-o-matic’ dice bubbles on board games used to make. And that it will be playing that should in my head whenever it can this week. And every time I read this page for all eternity.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      My apologies for relegating you to this fate.

      • Maximum Carnage

        There are worse fates to be subjected too. This one I can at least play around with, because it reminds me of a comedian who joked that god uses the previous pope’s ‘Popemobile’ (the one with the bullet proof dome) as a popomatic. Pop pop!

  • Dusty Coyote

    Fly you fool! The treevenge can still happen that close!

    • Karishi

      Yeah that tree looks like it may fall on him. Or at least require a hasty dodge.

      • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

        Let us assume the tree got scared and fell away from Ken.

        • Karishi

          With a sword like that? I would too.

  • Astralfury

    He should call the sword Pringle.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Or Snapcrackle.

      • Xinef

        Or Michael Jackson.

        • Kid Chaos

          Vera.

  • Johannes Hjortshøj

    Ken’s a lumberjack and hes okay.

    • Kid Chaos

      He drinks all night and he fights all day! :)

      • Znayx

        He cuts down trees, he mooches lunch, he loves to cut down peeps
        On Wednesdays he chopping, and drinks beer, grog and whiskey!

        Ken’s a lumberjack and he’s okay, he drinks all night and he fights all day!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Ken is a freakishly efficient lumberjack.

      • Xinef

        Until trees strike back 😛

        • noisyparker

          Based on the direction the tree is falling, and how close he is standing, that could be pretty soonish.

        • Kid Chaos

          TREEVENGEANCE!

          • Purphoros

            Raiden would approve…

  • reynard61

    Ken Daisuke and his new sword: A cut above the rest!

  • Xinef

    Ken: “What’s going on?!? I tried to smash this tree with a sword, as I always do. Swords are made for smashing, right? Is this tree immune to smashing or something? Or is this sword broken?”

  • Sunwu

    Tree: Catch me Ken senpai!! CATCH ME!!!! <3

  • Karishi

    “Wait, how did you GET this sword?”
    “I found it.”
    “FOUND it? But coconuts are tropical!”
    “So?”
    “Well this is a temperate zone!”

  • Psychotron Ex Machina

    just waiting for Ken to start that logging company he has a real talent for it

  • Dichu

    That look… Ken must not be used to swords that cut wood instead of exploding it into a million splinters… Starting to think the old sword may be a better weapon, after all, what with shrapnel effects and such.

  • Mike

    Ken’s expression: Wait! I didn’t think this throoooough!

  • Speedy Marsh

    Is that a cherry tree?

  • Neska

    Ken’s gonna have some fun with this sword!

    • Kid Chaos

      I certainly hope so!

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