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  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Look like Dominik wants the glory for himself. At 1 vs 2 and knowing Wolfe still has his weapon, it might not have been a particulary bright idea ^^;

    • Well, duh.

      It is Voss you’re talking about.

      “Not particularly bright” is the default setting there.

      • Darkoneko Hellsing

        I’d guess he’s smart enough to have realised Wolfe is incapable of hurting people. But not smart enough to realise it doesn’t apply to his new partner :)

        • I wouldn’t bet on Wolfe being “incapable of hurting people” in the face of an eminent threat to someone else.

          I certainly wouldn’t bet my corporeal integrity – or maybe my life – on it.

          • Sapphire altera

            We saw him join in a bar fight on Mal’s behalf in chapter 2… although that is three years later.

  • JJI744

    On the list of things NOT to do while potentially being chased: light a cigarette

    • Hey, smoke ’em while you got ’em

    • Bill Soo

      Incidentally, cigarettes (tobacco wrapped in fine paper) were developed in Spain in the 1700’s and crossed over to France around 1830. The Brits didn’t really get into cigarettes until 1854, when soldiers in the Crimean war used newspaper to wrap their tobacco due to shortages of rolling leaf.

      So it is a bit anachronistic for Mal to smoke cigarettes in 1830, but since he is a vagrant, he could have travelled through Spain and picked up the habit there.

      • David Argall

        I believe English fags were popular enough well before 1850, and quite possibly before 1830, but my source is from “historical” fiction, which always should make one wonder about the mix. Since the book was presented as a “scholarly” work full of footnotes of actual events, there was considerable incentive to be as “accurate” as possible, but the author may not have known or cared about an element that didn’t really impact the story. [Now I think I will trust that author that an Afghan laugh sounds different than an English laugh, but the cigs were just offhand and a lot easier to be off by a generation.]

        • David Argall

          A little internet search and we find that that while English cigarettes grew a lot in popularity after the Crimea War, they had been sold for at least a decade before that, and there is no reason to deem it an innovation of that time.
          The early cigarette was made from leftover tobacco that was unfit for cigars and thus may date back a few thousand years to shortly after the first cigar. It was likely re-invented every time an addict had some wrapping material and some tobacco that wasn’t up to cigar standards and so the cigarette is no more than slightly anachronistic in any society with a history of cigars, and even then it is likely to be so for being too finished a product rather than something hand rolled, probably by an amateur.
          While the French probably had a little earlier experience with cigarettes, they were seriously introduced to them with the Napoleonic Wars [before 1815]. So our boy does not need to travel as far as Spain to pick up the habit. Tho where ever he goes, he is likely to be the only cigarette smoker, at least on camera because we are talking about a relatively rare habit at that time.

  • Patrick Handley

    I’m sorry sir but this is a non smoking area and I’m afraid we’re going to have to ask you to put that out.

  • Bill Soo

    The sergeant isn’t interested in taking prisoners…….prisoners that might tell the lieutenant what really happened.

    • David Argall

      This is private Voss we are speaking of, and while we don’t have much evidence he is upid-stay, we have even less that he isn’t. Add in the serious possibility Voss is blind with envy and we can’t really expect much in the way of sensible planning on his part. So presumably Voss shot here just because he could shoot at Wolfe with little care about whether that was a good idea or not. [Actually it might be. The other soldiers will hear and come, likely at a run, and Wolfe can’t outrun them if they know what they are doing. Nor are his odds of hiding at all good. So just taking a pot shot may be a very good way to catch Wolfe, if Voss has forgot, or doesn’t care, that he could end up on the block too.]

      I presume our last scene is of Wolfe hearing the click and then ducking. If he waited to hear the shot it is too late since the shot would have already missed [or hit] But now they had best get to their feet, and take to their heels as it will take Voss some time to reload.

      • Bill Soo

        While it is likely Voss who took the shot, since we see that he found the campfire, I’m not as certain about it as you.

      • Another way of looking at it is that Herr Wolfe made his surprise roll and then beat the shooter on initiative.

  • Sessine

    I particularly like how the last panel conveys how very FAST Wolfe moved.

  • Bill Soo

    Voss might want to take Wolfe prisoner if given a choice; it would give him a chance to mock Wolfe to his face.

  • Lleyn

    I’m not sure it’s Voss, that shot was surprisingly well aimed for him. But if it was, I’m certainly curious what his spirit looks like, so I hope O’Malley gets a glance at him.

    • Graham Garrett

      My guess is the color of polluted sea water.

  • Timni16

    Wait, does that mean O’Malley’s parent are still alive? Whoa, wanna see what they were like.

  • Cooper

    Quick, give us more backstory! The more plot-armor you have, the less likely the shooter will find their mark!

    • ShakeJake

      Not your whole back-story,as that would just raise a death flag. Leave bits for later encounters.

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