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  • 21stCenturyPeon

    Is anyone else now wondering if that guy and his Clubhouse Of Evil engineered the storm?

    • Blackouthart

      Oh hell yeah, now that you mention it. It’s the last chapter, we’re about to get into some OG shit. Are we looking at the face of the creator of the storm?

      • Danygalw

        …yeah, I’m feeling this.

      • Bauke

        Seeing that this seems to be Odin, that might be a nice fit.

        • Tom O.

          No way is it really Odin

          • Eric Schissel

            Odin has many faces. Not all of them are necessarily lacking one eye. (In Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, Harry conjectures that Odin is also [redacted]…)

          • Tim F

            True, but Odin wears faces as a disguise, to walk among humans. He doesn’t dress up when acting as Odin per se.

          • Mechwarrior

            Harry coesn’t conjecture, Harry figures out that those two are the same person. And Odin confirms it.

          • Tim F

            It’s either Odin, or else the comic will address how they reference Greek and other old gods so obviously in this party house, have the big man visually reference Odin in a bunch of ways and then have it not be him.

          • Bauke

            Odin inspired… ?

  • it’s totally him though.

  • Dean

    “Are you suggesting that I am Menace, wearing some kind of sophisticated holographic disguise?”

    “Well, I wasn’t…”

    • ScottK

      I would not be surprised if Patrick were to have developed the ability to subtly cloud the minds around him so he was perceived however he wanted to be.

      • Eric Schissel

        I’m sorry, that’s a cuckoo idea, that.
        (or even a Johrlac one.)

      • Ian Osmond

        Who knows what evil lies in the hearts of men? The Menace knows!

    • rpenner

      He used “insinuating” in two different panels. GUILTY!

    • martynW

      “Or under his mind control?”

    • Eric Schissel

      (hee. reminds me of interrogations in detective TV shows that end along the lines “!!??… how did you know I …?” “I didn’t!… but I do now.”)

  • Danygalw

    “Like you, who is on the far side of middle-aged, and I, possibly-made-of-wood man.”

    • motorfirebox

      The most useless superhero.

      • IanB

        Haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War yet, have you? 😀

        • MisterTeatime

          You’re right- the most useless superhero is Joss Whedon.

      • Ian Osmond

        Still better than Arm-Fall-Off-Boy.

        • alexikakon

          I loved their last album!

  • Dalben

    I was kind of wondering how the government simply left the company alone, considering it was involved in innumerable criminal acts including attempting the violent overthrow of the government itself. I just chalked it up to, don’t worry about it’s a comic. Companies have been destroyed for far less. Aside from prosecution they should have been sued into the ground.But maybe Patrick just has that much pull with the government that he can manage such an incredible thing.

    • Tom O.

      Yeah also there should be a ton of conspiracy theories about Menace and Templar, surely “Odin” isn’t the only one to connect these dots.

    • JeffH

      Which companies have been destroyed for less? BP? Enron? Goldman Sachs? AIG? RJ Reynolds?

      In the US at least, large companies can kill hundreds or thousands of people, defraud their customers, steal billions of dollars, and not only does the company stay in business, but no one goes to jail.

      • Ian Osmond

        Some of those went out of business.

        Well… sold their assets to themselves under different names and rebranded, anyway.

      • Dalben

        Arthur Andersen

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Andersen

        Also any corporation that was convicted of a crime, of which there are various examples, would have been convicted of something less than waging violent revolution and associated crimes.

        • JeffH

          Arthur Anderson wasn’t destroyed. As your link points out, it just did some financial gymnastics and renamed itself as Accenture. That’s about the best you are going to get, because the US Government doesn’t want to punish the stockholders or employees for the ethics (or lack thereof) of the Executives of the company.

          Personally, I think there should be a “corporate death penalty” for companies who act like the ones I mentioned. This would retroactively withdraw bonuses for the previous 5 years of all acting Executives in the company, fire those Executives, then seize and liquidate holdings of all members of the board of directors and use the proceeds to hire a new, ethical Executive team to lead the company out of the cesspool. Corporations can’t have ethics, but if you make it so the board of directors and corporate executives lose everything if the company acts unethically/horribly, then they may pump the brakes when the company proposes to, for example, steal money from it’s own customers, take risks on destroying significant amounts of life in the Gulf of Mexico, or creates a sub-prime mortgage game that tanks the global economy.

  • Professor Harmless

    Funny Story. I realize this is the last chapter and all. And that we’re probably finally seeing the super secret organization behind eliminating people that could actually change the world. But I’m willing to bet money that we’re never going to find out what actually caused the storm that created the supers here in the first place.

    • Hiram

      Well you know, a duck flaps it wings in a New Mexico. . .

    • Mechwarrior

      Someone switched on an Infinite Improbability Drive.

    • Weatherheight

      I’m pretty sure it was The Duck from Chapter 6, Page 112

      • Tylikcat

        If this were the late nineties, we would already have set up a web shrine to the Great Duck.

        • Weatherheight

          It’s not yet too late to do just that…

      • The Duck from issue 6 page 112

        It was my actually my father, Duke Waterfowl Fauntleroy Duckling, voluntarily altering the natural course of the world in conjuring up the Storm while I lay dormant in my mother’s eggs, hoping I and indeed an entire new generation of my people would be granted magical powers, symbolizing our hopes, dreams and fears about an incertain future.
        This untamed hubris, this sacrifice for a better world, this unthinkable crime was merely a insignificant step in the grand secret history of the Eternal War raging between our kind and those bastardly bastard swans, ripe with magnificent tales of heroism, heartbreaking tragedy and betrayal, and the myths which define both our duckture and ourselves, but that’s a whole other thing I’m sure you haven’t the time

        point is father flubbed it and it affected humans instead hence all of this nonsense

  • Gotham

    I’d love it if the twist of this conversation is, Odin isn’t actually making insidious implications and threats, and none of this will move the plot forward.

    He’s just very bad at expressing the “society’s” genuine respect for successful companies. Rambles a bunch, lets his conspirationist side get the better of him and seems intimidating while he does it because it’s just his natural demeanor

    • motorfirebox

      “But at any rate, I’m here to talk to you about an amazing business opportunity. Have you ever heard of Amway?”

      • Eric Schissel

        “sorry, I meant plastics…”

        • Incendax

          “Essential Oils.”

          • alexikakon

            “Do you use MoviePass?”

          • Eric Schissel

            I can see it now, somehow.
            “Generic Police Show Generic Police Chief: “Our detonations people say they used an Essential Oil explosive.”
            Generic Police Sergeant: “Is there nothing they won’t warp, sir?”
            Generic Police Chief: “No, Sergeant, no, there isn’t.” “

          • motorfirebox

            We’ve got reports of weaponized lavender on the streets!

      • Dalben

        See, we have our own telepath enriching our financial assets and you did such a good job for Menace we want to hire you away to be OUR front man. What’s he paying you? We’ll doub… err…increase it by 25%. Plus we have an executive retreat on the moon.

  • Lysiuj

    Theory time!
    The Conspiracy really did track the bios who could make real change, and they really did act on it early.
    But they didn’t kill them – they saved them! They were protecting them from being killed by others – governments, independent agents, other secret societies (or just dying of accidents for that matter). And they’ve kept them hidden and safe all this time so that they can reach adulthood and change the world.

    • Lysiuj

      Of course if this is the case, a question that comes to mind is whether they educated / indoctrinated them to a specific worldview, or if they’re just raising them well and then letting them make the decision of how to use their powers.

    • Anonymous

      The old gods wanted a new crop of gods.

      The storm was the herald of the new crop.

      They then found the most powerful gods — the ones that could change the world — and kidnapped them (or killed the ones they could not kidnap) and raised them as their own.

      The others they left alone, as inconsequential.

      • Lysiuj

        It’s a god-eat-god world.

      • Mechwarrior

        It’s a plot by Mr. Wednesday.

        • Eric Schissel

          It’ll be Thursday Next…

    • Weatherheight

      Marvel Comics did something similar with the first Celestials story way back when around Thor 300. Odin tried to fight them, Gaia found the best examples of humanity (with powers, of course) and took them under her wing and trained them on how to best use their powers.
      Then she offered them up to the Celestials as proof of humanity’s worthiness.
      Almost like a sacrifice….
      Suddenly this got dark…

  • S.I. Rosenbaum

    where did his rings go?????????????

    • strongfemaleprotagonist

      Molly drawing too fast….

      • S.I. Rosenbaum

        oh phew. They’re back.

        The rings freak me the fuck right out. This character design is so disturbing.

      • Eric Schissel

        still should be “for you and me”, on that topic. “Well. Not -me-, but.”

  • bryan rasmussen

    any minute now he’s gonna start rambling on about how it isn’t like the old days back in Valhalla.

    • Eric Schissel

      his fault really for not maintaining his weapons properly. When you have an eccentric weapon that requires “lack-of-oathbreaking” for proper maintenance, lack of oathbreaking should become Very Very Important…

  • bryan rasmussen

    we know it’s Odin because of his use of the subjunctive case. Can’t he just say nobody’s suggesting you are him – no way, Odin is too much of a showoff.

  • Gabriel Normandeau

    Wait, if this Guy is Odin….. That Guevara is Loki?!

  • StClair

    “Your ‘assistant’, however, would be just about the right age. And the same height and build…”

  • Callinectes

    He has the eye.

    Of a duck.

    • The Duck from issue 6 page 112

      My master plan will always remain elusive to you all in general but you also specifically on particular and your subsequent relentless failings at uncovering its long running web of mischief will be my sweetest lakewater

      • Callinectes

        If you check my IP address it will be the same as yours, duck.

  • Tycho

    So, if he’s Odin…

    Were his two associates, who’ve just left the room, actually Hugin and Munin?