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We’ll hijack all the flying merchant ships and… wait…
Huh, didn’t think of that one… (scraps blueprint for flying frigate) ;)
Okay, Best officially rules now. I don’t care if he’s a pretty-boy jerk.
Gotta give him the dramatic timing/backdrop point.
I wanted to post “You have been… bested.” You beat me to it.
Amazed at how much ass Best has kicked.
*Takes off glasses, tilts head*
I would say he’s got the best of the pirates!
But will said skills pay the bills?
- Hubert Farnsworth, Ph.D., CEO, O.L.D.
Ahh, it seems the ball is in Best’s court, now.
Yeah. I will admit the belly shirt with puffy sleeves looks much better once shredded a bit and stained in blood. That’s when you’ve earned a giant smirk on your face.
Best… COMPETENT? What is this madness?
One thing’s for sure, it’s definitely not Sparta.
Maybe it’s Kansas. Somebody get Best to click his newly ruby red boots together three times!
It can’t be Kansas. Look at that belly shirt, that says glam, not prog.
Von Carnaj better hope it’s Kansas. He needs some Miracles Out of Nowhere.
is this the same guy that’s been free loading off a legend that doesn’t belong to him?
*cloud of question marks surrounds Hawk as she staggers off in a stupor*
Thing is, as far as he knows the legend *does* belong to him.
It’d be interesting to see how he would react if he found out that no, he wasn’t the chosen one.
This kinda reminds me of the end of Quigley Down Under.
Best was always competent. Everyone was just too busy being envious of him to notice.
Picard approves of this awesome comic.
Yeah, I’ve also noticed Best startling competence. The Aesop remains subverted. Most authors would be tempted to kill off Best. This is a nice touch.
I also appreciate the subverted Aesop. Is that even a phrase? Did you just coin it? Because dang.
Anyway, I think it’s pretty cool that the guy everyone expected to fail because of standard storytelling tropes has turned out to be a little more than the audience bargained for. Sure, he’s still an asshole, but sometimes an asshole is the right man for the job.
“The subverted Aesop” is a legitimate phrase only in the unique language of TVTropes.org and those of us whos Lives it has Ruined. :p
TVTropes.org is probably the worst thing someone who enjoys stuff can do to themselves.
I see tropes everywhere now, and it makes me want to hurt things.
As soon as I heard “subverted Aesop”, I instantly thought of Tvtropes too. I end up saying stuff like “the chewbacca defense”, and then people have no idea what I’m talking about. Thanks tvtropes, for being so addicting and making me look weird.
The Subverted Aesop is also one of the more advanced positions in the Evil Kama Sutra.
Oh, right. THAT place. I should have guessed. I remember skirting around its edges a few times before I realized it was basically ten million nerds coming up with new ways of saying the same thing over and over, which… well, that’s deliciously ironic from a distance.
I think best is forgetting something very important… most pirates carry guns.
You know, like nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills…
Best clearly took the Dashing Axeman Prestige Class!
The Dashing Swordsman Prestige Class is so much cooler.
I’m sorry. I know you guys are trying so hard to make Best likeable. And I must admit, the “KILL EVERYTHING FOR ITS SWEET XP” and that BAWS axe there are pretty damn impressive. But the belly shirt is just so very, very gay.
Hey now, some of us appriciate the eye candy.
That would still be a whore shirt even if Syr’Nj or Byron were wearing it.
…Not for Gravedust, though, since he’s already wearing a short shirt.
…in a good way.
You say that like it’s a bad thing.
Karla and Darla might disagree. :D
OK, so the skillmonkey Bard had to make an appearance. It was kinda his turn.
I am so torn on Best. I love the “Axe”. But he is still queerer than a 7 dollar bill.
Inb4 Best is suddenly killed.
…lead to… wait for it…. bloody pirates.
With a crew of drunken pilots
Weâ€™re the only airship pirates
Weâ€™re full of hot air and weâ€™re starting to rise
Weâ€™re the terror of the skies, but a danger to ourselves…
YAY someone else quoted that! I look like slightly less of a weirdo!
(I really like that song though)
Damn you. First you make us hate him, gleefully awaiting his probable demise, and now you make us love him…
Another thought, it was the names that brought me to this, but Best kinda reminds me of Bast from Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind: major side character of a near-human race (Bast is a “fae(rie)”, though from what is described, it’s actually more demon/vampire-like than elf/faerie) with a “thing” for the ladies, and fully aware of that. And both are likable despite having “bad” sides.
Huh, look at that, someone who talks the talks AND walks the walk. Ya know as opposed to those guys that talk the talk and jaywalk…bastards.
…Does anyone else think of Tailspin due to the airpirates name?
Everyone up to this point has assumed that best will die off because bandit seems to have replaced him in the later comics. Best, finally showing some competence seems to me to be an ideal canidate for some villany. Swing first and AXE questions later? check. Suprem ego… check. I say we’ve got the workings of a arch-nemesis. but who knows. i like conjecture
Damn! That actually sounds awesome.
You may be right!
Either way, I’m really liking this character. Not as one-dimensional as he first appeared, oh ho ho!
Although even back then, he had a justification for being arrogant (the prophecy).
He could have just been kidnapped in the ‘future’ comics.
Still halfways expecting Best to get offed. But now I don’t want it to happen. ;)
points for dramatic timing, shot for the pun. But all in all, a net “win” I’d say.
In case anyone hasn’t mentioned this? Don Carnage (pronounced kar-NAJ) was the air pirate from Disney’s Tail Spin.
Coincidence? I Think Not!
I’m waiting for the band (of adventurers) to approach the brink of success with the help of best, only to fire Best and hire someone infinitely more talented with an “axe”. Just like another Pete Best.
Pete Best was a drummer. He was replaced by Ringo.
No “axe” involved!
It looks like you
*takes off sunglasses*
cut out the Best part.
Why is it so hard to accept that Best may just be a badass and deserves his arrogant demeanor?
He’s wearing a belly shirt. He’s a bard. He’s part elf.
Just to give three reasons.
“Pride is a slippery slope… just like your mother!”
“Pride is a slippery slope… just like you’re poop deck.”
My writing just doesnt cut it like this guy’s. Keep up the awsome work!
Wait, since when is he competent?
He always has been.
Ooooooh! Women are attracted to bloodied musical instruments. Man, I totally know where I’m going wrong with my approach now.
Best is so much *more* horrible because he’s useful, and can’t be sensibly thrown away. But he’s still a jerk. I love that he’s around, on a meta-level, because it’s so rare to have a character who isn’t evil or useless and still utterly annoying. On a visceral level? Even his Moment of Awesome is aggravating. Gah!
A person can be very skilled on their own, and still detrimental to a group getting a job done. Even without being belly-shirt wearing jerk. Best just manages to multitask that way.
And what’s with all the Gaysmack for Best? Would a sensibly Fabulous man even consider that shade of orange?
I’d better not see any Blue Rogues showing up any time soon, or I’m going to have to pull out the Prophecy.
I forgot there was an FFXII.
My roommate is currently busy playing “A Button: The Movie,” though.
Are the characters still horribly unlikable and horrible, or is it only just the one that tastes like ice cream?
I especially like the almost-overboard pirate in the background. He just couldn’t keep the glory of Best’s washboard abs to himself–he had to scream it to the world.
Those pirates really
*puts on sunglasses*
took the Best of him…
(Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr Singer for the Who!)
Hm…I can actually feel my hate for Best leaving my body.
Before my despise for him could not be expressed by any template of semantics in any language within a hundred galaxies of Earth. It was a despise that blended with rage into an unexpressionable yet fully possible existence of antagonism directed toward one fictional character that I wanted, and indeed I felt deserved, to die a horrible and excruciating process of torture in all forms.
Now, seeing him standing on the deck of a flying pirate ship, soaked in blood and holding a large battle axe, the anger(a woefully inept way of describing the aforementioned emotion) is seeping out of me. Slowly, as it clings to the walls of my soul and being, denying that it is being discontinued in light of a single picture. But surely, my hate for Best is fading.
Best is kinda cool.
Fuck Best, they should call you Awesome…
wait… Von Carnaj the sky pirate? any relation to Don Carnage of Tail Spin or just an awesome retro shout out? ;)
Has to be! Which raises the awesomeness level to near-legendary in my book. (Though the TaleSpin character is spelled Don Karnage, BTW.) ;)
Soooo…. this is what Gene Simmons looked like without the big hair and make-up. Yup….
Ah, just realized the tribute to Don Karnage and his air pirates. Wonderful!
ya know i was wondering if anybody else got that. didn’t think anybody would even if i said sommat…
well, he can ryhme well, and i knew he could kick ass when necessary, but i still dont like him!
ya can’t make me!
WE ARE PIRATES! SKY PIRATES! JUST THINK OF ALL THE PEOPLE WE CAN CHEAT!
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