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It’s a shame, really. That hawk had a promising career ahead of him!

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  • Astralfury

    Ha! I fucking called it.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      I’m sure I have a cookie for you around here somewhere…

      • Kid Chaos

        But not a Darkside cookie!

      • Astralfury

        Yaaaaaaaay!!!

  • http://theweirdozone.com Jaibyrd

    That is the fowl thing sending mail that way…

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      For once a pun-based comment did not result in a string follow up puns!! Owl drink to that!

      • TheMaskedFerret

        Careful. You will just egg on the crowd.

        • Kid Chaos

          You’re robin them of their moment of triumph!

  • Kid Chaos

    How rude!

    • charles81

      Hey, a soldier’s gotta eat.

      • Kid Chaos

        HAWKS AIN’T BREAKFAST!

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          Birdfish are much tastier.

          • charles81
          • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

            That’s not true, THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE!!

          • Scott Henry

            Search your feelings you know it to be true.

          • Kid Chaos

            DO NOT WANT!!!

          • Mike

            Wow… just… wow.

          • leavescat

            It’s an english minnow.

          • Dylan

            Photobucket killed your photo.

  • EternalLurker

    Oh no. It was one day from retirement.

    • White Rice

      Damn, I wanted to make that joke.

      Alas, at 4 in the morning, I slept, and the obligatory retirement joke is yours *bows*

    • Speedy Marsh

      It won’t be needing that nest egg, now.

  • Xinef

    I see two possible options:
    1. Atsumori isn’t the brightest general around. He didn’t expect that to happen, and therefore forgot to train the hawk in martial arts.

    2. Atsumori is a genius. Now all he has to do is make a photo to have a proof that Nataku is sabotaging Wataro activities, and send someone capable with the message to Hirotomo.

    Still, I’m waiting for Nataku to punch the hawk (or die trying, if the hawk was indeed trained by Genchu).

    • Kid Chaos

      It’s option 1, I’m afraid; cameras haven’t been invented yet (in the NN4B-verse, anyway).

      • Xinef

        *Matrix walks up to Atsumori*
        – Hey, sexy, I’ve got a little something for you!

        • Kid Chaos

          Heh; I could totally see that happening. Right now I’m just waiting for Our Gang to show up at the front, with Masuhiro in tow. It will be glorious…

          • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

            I think you’ll not be disappointed!

          • Kid Chaos

            You never disappoint.

      • Speedy Marsh

        Where do you think the image of the hawk getting impaled by the arrow came from? It was captured by a second hawk with a GoPro.

  • Flaming Squirrel

    Nataku’s face… “I never liked that chicken anyway.”

  • Minando

    Maybe he should have WAITED UNTIL THE F*CKING BIRD LEFT THE F*CKING CAMP ! Get me that idiot general in my tent asap !

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Let us assume the hawk got far enough away from the camp where it was no longer visible to the naked eye, or even Atsumori’s beard infused vision enhancements.

      • Minando

        `beard infused vision enhancements´…that would make him a sith samurai.

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          Actually, there is a disappointing amount of facial hair endowed Sith. Trust me, I’ve scoured the dregs of the expanded universe.

          • Dorje

            That tends to go hand in hand with overuse of the Dark Side. Noticeable side effects include: Hair loss, skin wrinkles, deathly paler, golden irises, sunken features, increased irritability, insomnia, paranoia, and megalomania.

            Although for Sith descended from Sith(race) stock they got face tentacles instead. The only scruffy Sith I can think of was Darth Caedus when he adopted the disguise of rather slovenly shuttle pilot, while infiltrating the Hapan Palace to steal his daughter Allana. He promptly shaved afterward. I wouldn’t count hairy aliens like Crado ( http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Crado ), but maybe?

          • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

            I love that you just made an obscure EU darkside Jacen Solo reference. And I did remember Dooku after posting that comment, but I figured a SW fan of excellent quality would pick up my slack.

          • Speedy Marsh

            They’re forced to shave with their lightsabers during training. The ones that survive continue to shave that way to show off their skills. 😉

    • leavescat

      Well, maybe the bird would have been fine if it didn’t waste so much time f*cking at the nearby red light caravan.

  • Charvale

    Would this be one of those “interception of transmission” moments I keep hearing about?

  • TheMaskedFerret

    So, Nataku’s face when he reads the Haikus written on the note:

    Ooh ooh We are no
    strangers to love You know the
    rules and so do I

    A full commitment
    is what I am thinking of
    You would not get this

    from any other
    guy I just wanna tell you
    how I am feeling

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Nataku would not hesitate to Rick Roll.

      • Flaming Squirrel

        😀

  • leavescat

    What’s with the sound effects, that hawk isn’t black!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      I was like “is this a race thing?” and then I got it.

      • leavescat

        Sorta popped into my head. Now that I think about it, it’s kinda vague even for a pop culture pun.

        • Mike

          I only just got it now, and I’ve read you comment 3 times before. To be fair I never actually saw the movie, so it might’ve been harder for me.

          • leavescat

            I never saw the movie either. It’s just one of those titles that stuck in my head.

        • Ilmari

          And yet, the subtlety of it is what gives it quality as a joke. :-)

  • http://www.fennecfoxpress.com David A. Tatum

    That’s one of those hawks that I didn’t let you use on my book cover because it was covering over the title slot, isn’t it? Poor little guy! If I’d known….

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      YOU COULD’VE SAVED HIM!!

      • http://www.fennecfoxpress.com David A. Tatum

        I… I didn’t know! *sob* I really didn’t KNOW!

  • Hfar

    And it turns out that Nataku didn’t really want to stop the message that much. He just really, really hates birds.

  • Dorje

    Okay, normally you shoot the messenger after it delivers the message. Stop breaking all the rules! Is nothing sacred to you Nataku?

  • Xinef

    Why is everyone in the comments assuming the bird is dead?
    Don’t you remember?
    http://nn4b.com/?webcomic1=562

    • Dichu

      That’s impossible! Hawks can’t give bear hugs; they don’t even have arms.

      • Xinef

        Genchu isn’t a bear either.

        Also, who cares if it’s impossible?

        • Dichu

          Oh, come on! You can’t have muscles like Genchu and not be at least part bear.

  • Sunwu

    Living on a wing and a prayer!

    • Kid Chaos

      Hey, that’s my line! Check the comments here.

  • Mike

    Your signal’s been jammed!

    • Paul

      That’s the analog equivalent of a dropped packet.

  • Scott Henry

    Will we eventually see historical figures? Hanzu Hattori? Miyamoto Musashi? Oda Nobunaga? Masamune?

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Geez, I feel like I’m dashing all your hopes and dreams upon the shores of sorrow by saying it, but we’re not going to introduce any actual historical figures. NN4B is truly in its own weird universe.

      • http://www.fennecfoxpress.com David A. Tatum

        I’ve pretty much rationalized the NN4B world as “It isn’t really Earth. It’s a fantasy story (possibly with sci-fi elements, depending on what happens with Matrix and her ilk) set on an alternate world that just happens to have place names and cultures similar to Earth.”
        And, in one go, all the anachronisms and historical inaccuracies are wiped away, allowing me to enjoy things without that kind of nitpicking. I think it’s called “suspension of disbelief.”

      • KungFuKlobber

        Well, at least we have plenty of hysterical figures.

  • KungFuKlobber

    Come on, Falco. One shot from Link shouldn’t be KO’ing you.

  • Da’Zlein

    Start up the barbecue! Nataku’s got a great recipe for hawk that his mother taught him!

  • Speedy Marsh

    Did I tell you I dropped our carrier? The plan was sky high. Let’s try a plan that’s a little more down to earth.

  • Falling Star

    I thought this was moving.

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