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Oooh! How unfortunate!
“Oooh! How fortunate”
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! WHY GODS WHY!!?? WHAT KIND OF GODS ARE YOU, TO TAKE BYRONS GLOVE AWAY FROM US!? WHAT EVIL HAD IT DONE TO DESERVE SUCH A FATE!?
good temporary riddance
Maybe even temporal riddance, considering where that hole came from…
Whatever kind of riddance it is, it’s good.
Really, it’s for the Best.
I would give you a pie, if I could. Die, Best, die! And don’t come back! That bit of humanizing vulnerability a few pages back was nice, but way too little. He’s still an epic douche.
I should clarify the pie is for redwulf, for making me chuckle. The writers get no pie unless Best stays dead! ;)
If Best should die
You will get Pie!
But if he ain’t dead
You won’t get fed.
If the douche isn’t buried
No apple or cherry.
If it’s all a dream
No Boston cream.
If he rejoins the gang
No lemon meringue.
So lay him to rest
It’s all for the Best.
Let the guy die
And get high on pie.
I hereby declare this the Chronicles of Riddance.
but sadly no body no full death
At least it gets him out of their hair for at least a bit. It’s for the Best.
Let’s hope this is perminant! Bring back Bandit
I feel for Byron look at his face pannel 1..pannel 3 not much features, but ya feel he looks in disbelief.
But pannel 4 everyone runnin…seems…cartoonish in a sense
I love how Best’s “death” is supposed to make it easier for Bandit to free herself from Hell’s shackles.
I mean, unless they’ve worked it out with the ferryman ahead of time that this is a trade-off, but that would be a bit of a grim turn for our motley band wouldn’t it?
I kinda have to agree with you…
The main reason why the others were brought back, as I see it, is that they’re actual Player Characters… Bandit is NOT.
Gravedust could do the same for her as he did the others, but their biggest problem is finding her body, which wasn’t buried besides theirs. Peculiar, is it not? Heck, they might just get another rogue-class to join them. I vote for an Artemis Entreri type character! That bolero-hat is awesome.
I still don’t understand where people arrived at the assumption that Bandit is not a Player Character. We still have precisely zero confirmation on that.
With that assumption queried, though by no means debunked, what’s wrong with the idea of alts? If Bandit is Best’s alt, then the Best death = Bandit rebirth idea works just fine.
Mostly, though, I think people are running on the tendency for Bandit and Best to swap places as fifth party member after every major plot segment (post-pirates, post-Harki, and now post-Basin)
Where did that idea come from?
What gangler related, I mean…
I have to agree, the …uhm skiffs is it? the dust clouds as everyone runs is a bit out of genre
He only has that expression on his face because that was his favorite glove.
A few thoughts.
1) Nobody believes this will be the last we see of Best.
2) Yet another apocalyptic ending with no loot to show for it. I sense a theme.
3) Next time, scout around the dungeon area for the cavern entrance leading straight to the McGuffin so you can bypass all the traps and monsters.
1)God I hope not /sob
2)That’s like almost all of my D&D campaigns ever
3)The DM will never let you find the back way in until it’s dramatically important.
1) Get used to disappointment. I would put actual real live cash money on it.
2) Pretty much.
3) That’s because the average DM is an unapologetic bastard.
1) I’m setting up a paypal, I’ll go 10-1 that we see Best again
2) They totally could have looted that whole library before getting the bowl. Did they learn nothing from Zork?
3) But they will always claim that the power was within you the whole time
Depends. If you can convincingly roll over a hundred as a level 6 or below, many DMs will give it to just on the basis of pure awesome and ruels cheese.
Best just plugged his biggest hole.
…other than himself.
I don’t doubt they’ll dig something up in the future.
R.I.P. Byron’s Left Glove, 2009-2011
This. This is why I read the comments section!
I agree! :D
The poor glove was left behind.
This wasn’t his right place.
I hope Best will come back and bring Bandit with him … now, I miss ‘em both. :-( ^^
Best deserves to stay dead – he had no right to kill the poor glove.
Maybe the glove is magic, like his beard, and it will return to him with time.
Maybe that will learn Best to get armour that actually fits, instead of dangling like a bangle at the end of his skinny wrist.
It’s like bike helmets. If you’re gonna wear one, at least wear it, and do the strap up!
Well that’s what he gets for wearing crappy armor!
Cloth armor is never really the best choice. You gotta get at least leather if you want it to be at all protective.
The best kind of armor is distance. The thicker the better.
Thor, you are a man after my own heart.
Ooh no. It makes the heart grow fonder. And then things get awkward.
I believe you’re mistaking distance for absinthe.
Errr, that actually makes the fart grow Honda
I’ve always felt the best armor was camouflage and a sniper rifle, but that may be a little off-genre here.
Underground bunker and a satellite-guided missile silo?
Signal trace and jamming the satelite. Mostly, though, food supply. At least with the camouflage you can still sneak into stores.
cloth armor does work, but you need to twist the material into hard cords. which probably makes it less comfortable than leather.
Paper armor works decently, though.
Ah yes. Before the advent of e-mail, I hear “paper mail” was very popular.
Try to find a man, who make paper armor. Good luck. Now try it again with leather. You’ll likely end up successful. Also, “cloth armor” is for padding the thicker types. It protects a little against blunt and a little more against cutting things, though if you want protection and light weight, do try leather and a little metal plating here and there. Best seemed to be strong enough to wear chainmail or scaled plate. I bet he spent his money on drinks and wenches… what a shame.
Only against rock.
And sometimes Spock. But not Lizard.
See you in fifty or sixty issues, Payet.
Rest in Payet.
Title of this strip: “A Good Start.”
Gods DAMMIT. You know some of them are going to think Byron did that on purpose and we’re going to get even more angst now, right?
I doubt it.He jumped down to try and save him…coulda fallen/ get sucked in too
Also, everyone had a pretty good view of what was happening.
Best might’ve made the accusation but…
I think the only one who’s going to feel any angsty guilt over this is Byron.
Now he’s killed two party members.
nah, the villain is always super paranoid and blames the hero, look at the joker. it was total bull but he made it to super villain status on a grudge.
That’s more or less how Batman made it to hero status. His was just less personal.
I bet they uproot that tree to be their next team member… and it’s secretly out to kill byron for murdering it’s father.
With his final moment, Payet Best does “jazz hands.” Thus, he has no regrets.
Jazz Hands is the most dignified way to mark one’s death. If only we could all be so lucky.
Sorry Byron, you tried your Best.
The Auld Grump, and so we put Payet to another adventuring career, as he has gotten too much coverage recently.
Ever since Payet came to be in danger of falling (i.e., when the group started climbing a rope), I’ve been trying to remember which webcomic it was where someone falling to his/her doom shouted “You suuuuuuck.” Girly? No Need for Bushido?
Tough call. Seems like a thing Frigg might have done, but she never died of falling.
I remember that too from something, not sure what… Are you sure it was a webcomic and not a cartoon?
I don’t remember any sound. Coulda been earlier Sluggy Freelance?
Not saying it never happened in a cartoon. Sounds like something Sokka would say falling to his not-doom on Avatar.
In EGS, there was “AAAAAAAYOUSUCKAAAAAAA”.
That’s the one.
Brace yourself, everyone. They’re bringing down the roof. The pit is rockin’ tonight. Give ‘em a hand, everyone!
Temple 1, Best 0.
If Best knew what was Best for him, he would’ve seen this coming. But without the basin, it’s a wash.
Moral of the story: if you throw a tantrum at destiny, destiny will throw one right back. And destiny hits a lot harder.
Rock-a-bye Best, on the cave top
When the basin breaks, the cavern will rock
When the ceiling breaks, the rope will fall
And down will come elf, cuff, glove and all.
…Not your Best work, Mr. Picard…
Buffy Season 7 called, it wants its giant crater in the middle of the desert after the death of a blond cast member back.
You forgot to mention that the blond cast member was a dick, and current love interest of the lead female warrior with an attitude. (I think all that’s missing is a school bus.)
Yay, Nonbeliever93 — I was all set to point out the … err … “homage”, and you beat me to it.
On the other hand, collapse of a cavern pretty much always leaves a hole in the surface layer.
Oh yes, one more comment: “Spike saved the world. Buffy saved her skin.”
‘Cept Spike got resurrected in Angel. So, win-win?
Best is coming back in Angel?
haha perfect random avatar there Seth
Well..it seems that H.R. has at least one of them now?
How many people would totally wig out if the title page for the next chapter had Dedalus and 4 tubes, and the WoW quest text on the bottom left:
“Slay the Five: 1/5″
Not the best escape I’ve seen.
I’ve seen worse. Sometimes the bard lives.
Best – when you respawn, get a new tailor. That kind of easy damage is unacceptable.
He’s just going to fall out of some sparkly orange hole somewhere.
I like this guy
He can be the best test subject ever!
Now I have this image of Dedalus’ secretary with a little sticky-pad, writing the words, “Huge Success.”
Oh. Crap. The secretary’s name is “Carol.” What if it’s short for “Caroline?”
Dedalus is going to bring the pain with his combustible oranges, then.
I like the cartoonish style in the less detailed panels
He Shall Not PASS!!!
And this is why one should not purchase their hauberk at Hot Topic.
I should cuff you for that pun.
But turnabout is the Best play.
I hope this doesn’t fall on deaf ears.
Wow! Now that is nasty…
First bandit, now best…
I’m not certain if losing all 5th companions is truly “for the best”
… Sorry, but I just had to make one myself ^^;
Now that my first wish is fulfilled, bring back Bandit, or give me closure.
And a root beer float to celebrate!
There’s an enormous plot hole.
Elvis has left the building.
I think it’s happenstance, but he even seems to be doing the lip thing when last we see him!
No body, no death!
But at the same time, no body, no resurrection spell.
No death, no resurrection spell! Makes perfect sense.
Level 15 cleric with LOTS of diamonds. No body required.
I hope the Sky Elves had homeowner’s insurance. Cause that will NOT buff out.
He died as he lived: With others, and yet alone in his pit of epic rock.
Noooooo! If Best dies, all our Best puns die with him!
As much as I hated him, now I feel sorry – but I’m afraid that once he’s back again, he well be bigger douche than ever.
Or maybe he learned something with Byron’s rescue attempt. Best showed in later pages that he can be more than a huge douchebag. Or is it too much to hope for?
Sky elf architecture… not what it used to be… and never again.
Also… Best just kicked the basin. Another one bites to dust, and fall down a loophole.
Real shame, that was a cool ax.
Okay. Best’s quest is over. The Duke think they are all dead, so they are unemployed. They’ve got no deeds to do, no promises to keep.
Where to now, Zombie Squad?
Maybe they will dapple in drowsy and ready to sleep? Best is gone, all is groovy.
called it. totally called it!
That was just rubbish.
I doubt this is the last we’ll see of Best, if only because we don’t know exactly what he saw in the Basin and why it caused him to freak all the way out.
Given his focus on ‘Don’t let ME die!!’ at the last, compared to his earlier ability to face down an entire pirate crew (and later a berserk Byron) without flinching, I’m leaning to the theory that Best found out he’s a PC in a game, and all the ‘destiny’ he’s been working toward is meaningless. If he didn’t also see the others as PCs, that might explain why he fixated solely on himself not dying… as far as he knows, if he dies, the game ends, and that kills EVERYTHING in the world.
but if he is a PC… then it wouldn’t matter if he did die because he could just come back without trouble.
He’s fixated on not dying as anyone else in the same situation. I figure the basin just informed him that he will bring about the opposite of his dreams.
Assuming he could come back with no trouble, of course. That tube thingy didn’t seemed so nice to me.
Of course, he is a completely different person as Payet Best than in real life. Maybe Best knows that if he dies, the world he lives in will go back to be only a “game”. He will be “that other person” again.
Interesting. I’m hoping that the fact that Gravedust was not looking in the basin will be used as an excuse for exposition. That said, to me Gravedust’s expression in that page where they first look seemed to suggest he didn’t want to look, like he knew it would be a be-careful-what-you-wish-for situation.
Or the basin showed him that the prophecy was meant for Peter Best and not Payet Best.
don’t feel bad Bryon
you gave it your Best effort
Aw, Byron lost a glove.
DAMN, got ninja’d by Caltrop. Oh well.
Who else wants to bet that Best comes back as a villain? DOUCHEROTH!
Ok, other than me, who else is truly sorry for Best?
* crickets chirping *
I’ve always been a big Best fan as almost everyone probably knows by now. However I don’t feel particularly sorry for him here simply because I know he’ll be back and still believe he does have a great destiny before him.
i am, there are some characters you just love hating, and then theyr gone and you lose that wonderfull part of you, a wonderfull emotinal garbage can, but useful and helpful nevertheless
That explosion is one “R” short of being Girard’s Gate…
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, that was my favourite character, he never communicated well with the rest of the group, but he did almost everything, you will always be remebered, R.I.P., byron’s left glove.
Somehow i feel like i´m the only one who feels sad at Best´s death. No worries, douchebag, they might hate you all but over time they gonna miss hating you.
Now i gonna cry two tears for ya and then continue to read. ;_;
So that´s it. :)
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