Celebrate with the latest, most story-heavy strip to date.
This is also me trying to summarize an entire graphic novel of story in one page, so I’m sorry there’s not more of a gag but eh, do what you can.
Happy 4th birthday, MGDMT.
And Jeeze, Going Robocop like that is really crazy.
Now let’s just say that Twitch Plays Pokemon moved to Gen 2, Crystal to be exact.
…I kinda find it’s interesting that 4 Is Death & the strip comic is ALMOST talking about death… (& revived as full cyborg).
Oh yeah, happy 4th anniversary ^_^
Oh man, I would sign up to go full Robocop in a hot second.
Before you sign the liability waivers for that, remember that Murphy didn’t get the luxury of choice in the matter. And also recall what happened to the guys in Robocop 2 who actually volunteered…
As the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for…
Thank you, sir Buzzkillington. Once again, you are a boon companion in what would otherwise be a life of adventure and mischief.
Yes, but in the non discript space future, It seems to work swimmingly
I can’t believe it’s been four years.
Happy 4th birthday!
I must not be on the ball, because I can’t see words in those series names.
Only some of them are, namely J37: Jet, C48: Cate, A53: Ace (like Ase) And then B52 is Rock Lobster.
So Angel’s team is Angel (A43), Bit, Reg, and… Szg?
Syzygy? Oh man, that reminds me of my favorite character from the Dreadstar comic series ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreadstar ).
I feel really old now, thanks a bunch.
You wanna talk about badass, Vanth Dreadstar was badass enough to destroy a whole galaxy. Syzygy Darklock was no slouch either, with a mystic forcefield that could withstand the impact of multiple high-grade nuclear detonations.
Szgy and the Spiders from Mars?
S29. S Two Nine. Stein would be the most likely candidate.
“Suzy Q,” perhaps?
What about Sting? S.T(wenty).9(g)
“Stiny, keep flushing those toilets!”
So that’s Commander when he’s a high school student? O_O;;
Now that’s badass!
Now the question becomes Was there anything put into him?
is that Frankincastle in the 4th panel?
Has it only been four years? I can barely remember a world without Manly Guys. Pretty cool how readily it’s been assimilated by the Borg hive of popular consciousness and that sort of thing.
Also, I approve of this family structure.
Am i seeing two Angels? or is it considered “older” model and “newer” model?
Ace is shorter, slimmer, a man, and based on Daniel Dae Kim. Angel is taller, more muscular, and a lady-fied combination of Lee van Cleef and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Since Ace has yet to get a decent face shot and they both have the same haircut, I drew them beside each other here once.
So basically Angel is gonna die .3.
Ohh i see, im sorry for that, thank you for showing
Ace appears to have slightly more cropped (slicked back) hair than Angel.
You know, the expression you gave Ace in that sketch reminds me of George Takei …
Cannot unsee… wow, George has really been working out! And getting taller…
So… IS Angel a woman? Angel is a woman’s name, I have a sister called Angel, but I figure it could’ve been one of those ‘toughen you up by giving you a girl’s name’ thing. The picture on your tumblr shows Angel in a bikini, but you once drew Fenix in a bikini so I can’t trust that. Some could argue about just looking at Angel’s figure to figure out the gender. I think the hips could point towards Angel being a woman, but I’ve seen girlier looking men. One of which later went on to become a girl but that’s a different story. And a flat chest means nothing as some woman just don’t have much in that department. I’m sorry, but this has been bugging me ever since he/she appeared in this arc.
She’s a woman and a bodybuilder.
Thank you for clearing that up for me.
Angel is also a popular male name upon the Mexican community.
Even when we see him young he still has the tooth missing. I just want to know what happened to his tooth.
My guess is that he and the Tooth Fairy have some bad blood between them.
Although it’s likely part of the same “image” they cultivated to make him into a Badass. His nose is broken as well, after all.
The tooth fairy is probably http://buzzedition.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Tooth-Fairy-movie-poster.jpg
Not the one from the Santa Clause movies? o_O
OMG! Are you implying that he used to go fairy-bashing?
Seriously I was just wondering the same thing, “when” did he lose that tooth or was it made that way? He’s just genetically predisposed to having his teeth knocked out so one of them already came loose?
Love the pictures, they’re awesome, it really adds a lot to the backstory of the universe.
A la the Culture agent in Consider Phlebas (Iain M. Banks’ Culture series), he’s got a fake tooth that morphs into a gun.
Happy birthday, MGDMT!
I hope you’re not teasing us throwing around the phrase “graphic novel”. I would absolutely buy a graphic novels (or series!) that shows the Commander’s whole life.
idk if you’ve read it but there’s a novel called “machine man” by max barry that is basically the story of lobster’s lady only happening to a weedy white dude. surprisingly fun, if not grim, reading.
Now that is efficient storytelling! Here’s a toast to four awesome years, and hopefully more to come!
Hm. What would the cyborg toast with? Would she go for the pure ethanol, or a WD-40 cocktail, or some kind of nuclear shot, or…
Happy 4th birthday MGDMT! I’ve only discovered you in the last year but I’m hooked on this comic.
The gag comics are hilarious, the story comics are really interesting and the characters/art is amazing too :D
*crosses fingers for MGDMT movie 2020*
Congratulations on four years.
Was it part of the game Deus Ex that the ‘augmentations’ were some how addictive? It’s been a while since I played, but I think that was a plot point some how.
I don’t think the augmentations were, but the medicine needed to prevent your body from rejecting them was.
Cool. It’s been 14 years since I played, so I don’t really remember the details anymore. I know there have been sequels, but I never got into the,.
Deus Ex Human Revolution will change your life. …. I’d highly recommend it, the original may have been fun but HR is where the story has really exploded. Plus, you know. Graphics. And voice acting. And fighting. Beautiful game, worth playing. Steam sale. Go.
The meds aren’t addictive, but if you stop taking them you will die horribly from rejection.
the asians of both teams look pretty exactly alike almost
These are the two of them next to each other, but that first panel is pretty tiny so everyone’s faces got super simplified (like half of them ended up with the same nose). Angel’s kind of a composite of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Lee van Cleef. Ace is supposed to be a less devastatingly handsome Daniel Dae Kim, but I really need to give him more close-ups to get the hang of drawing his features properly, because his head is only ever like a quarter inch tall.
Just googled D. D. Kim… I agree, you really do need to start giving Ace more close-ups!
So the Commander has been missing that tooth right from the start?
That one on the left of the Y47-KR series is lookin awfully familiar.
Their right (which would make it the Ginger Snap), or our right (which would make it Captain Angel)
Okay, for some reason thought you said ‘right’, but the question still stands (just swap which side ex-Mrs Badass is on)
Happy 4th birthday, MGDMT. May all your punchlines continue to be machismo.
I think I laughed harder than you would expect at Angel’s last line there since Jonesy thinks genetically engineered people aren’t “real people,” so i’m already anticipating the awkward situation that will come from her meeting someone that went full-on RoboCop.
You realise the Agency she tends to hang around at has entire groups of cyborgs, including the actual Robocop, right?
She doesn’t quite “hang out” with them, but just happens to be nearby because the Captain is there. I don’t remember she having too much interactions with them.
Okay, so B52 and B17 are both types of bombers, does that mean the rest are something similar? or, as you said above, they are supposed to represent names (like how that one sucessful egg in the movie Species ended up being ‘Sil’?)
I’m gonna be honest most of the names are just random.
V47-KR.. am I reading into this too much, or are the ladies there part of the Valkyrie series? I mean, VAL-KR is pretty close to it..
That’s what I’m guessing, I can’t figure out the males though, D37-9E.
Just random numbers. They’re not all dudes, tho’
Ah, I see that now, yes. Is Red (R36) on the V47-KR Team Rock’s ex wife?
Is that the Commander’s ex-wife on Angel’s team?
:O!! I did not even notice at first!
She looks to be a bit small-boned though, so maybe not?
Child birth usually changes that.
Wow, it’s been four years already? Dang. Cool. Well I’m sure glad I found your comic, ‘Squid. It’s been a good time, and it’s helped me put a lot of things into a different perspective.
Hmm, so what happend to his chest? Is this the laser cannon incedent we’re seeing, or did he get chest hair implants?
We did see his guts on the floor only two pages ago, chances are this was the ‘day after’ shot.
Or may be guts stuffing is a regular occurrence?
Chest hair implants? HIM?
His chest hair is all genetically natural, baby!
Oh no, those family photos are just the cutest. I’m having trouble handling it.
Was rereading this, pondering the ‘hardware’ panel- and then it hit me that Rock Lobster’s surgery incision is in the shape of a flux capacitor.
Did I guess the reference correctly?
Well…..I love the BttF reference….But it is also disturbingly the same as a autopsy incision….I watch WAY too many crime shows.
Maybe that’s where (some of) the time machine components are located?
I just want to say I LOVE Angel’s design. Love it, love it, love it. I have ever since she was introduced.
I think “It’s a slow day.” is a terrific tag line. Hilarious? No, but dry, funny, and definitely in keeping with the life the team leads.
I so want a pair of boots like the one Angel is wearing.
Wait…is the guy who is standing next to the RoboCop lady using Bane-esque upgrades? (The guy who is mostly off-screen)
If so he’s both awesome and disturbing at the same time.
Congrats on four years of mayhem ! :D
So, who else here thinks the black guy is a reference to Zasalamel from the Soul Calibur series? Even got the gold eye in the same spot.
What would be the point of referencing a character when you can just use the actual character?
Point taken. He does reincarnate and all that jazz.
I wonder what Commander is hiding behind his hand thar o: he looks kinda freaked out about it! :O
Four more years! Four more years!
I get that the female team is a letter/number combo for Valkyrie (V47-KR), but I’m having trouble figuring out the intended name for the males D37-9E.
… Detge? Deathguise? who knows…
Well done on the milestone, Coelasquid. Excellent work as usual.
I also like how the Family/Team-Names work out —
V47-KR = Valkyrie
(a valkyrie (from Old Norse valkyrja “chooser of the slain”) is one of a host of female figures who decide which soldiers die in battle and which live)
D37-9E = Delge
(Low quality music or art. Music or art that is not about anything substantial; has no artistic merit, integrity or originality. Examples: the lion’s share of popular music, especially Euro-pop and RnB.)
Good Refences there :)
ahahah the second one was coincidental but sure, let’s go with that. You’re doing my work for me.
Giant scar in his chest.
There’s be no need for scars with that kind of technology, but I guess a giant scar can add to a cool factor for them.
Few things are innately more disturbing than Rock in a regular shirt.
If I had to guess, Lobster’s scar was likely subdermal armor being installed, since I imagine they gave him his red coat and told him he would be shot in the chest a lot.
Good job bein’ clairvoyant, dude.
I have to say, you are amazingly good at summarizing complex stories. Not only do you make it make sense without being overly wordy, but you manage to fit the exposition naturally into the course of a normal conversation! Kudos, big time.
Hate to be “that guy”, but panel three “…and wake up you with all sorts of fancy hardware…”, grats on 4 years though, love the strip, as has everyone I’ve ever shown them too.
Well, “wake you up” or “you wake up” would work either way.
I want to hug poor Commander there. <3
…with a *manly* hug, of course…
Ooo I wonder what Lobster is hiding behind his hand? o3o I doubt it’s the big scar.
no need to apologize for lack of “gag”…. your comedy is gold in general, but if I read it for *just* the funny I’d be missing out on a whole lot. Kinda same way I feel about One Piece, actually (which is my favorite series ever, so that’s a compliment even if you disagree with me)
Nice that we can finally put names to all the people in the photo here:
I guess Ace was the smart guy in the group. And/or the buzzkill.
So first, FINALLY I’M CAUGHT UP ^w^
second, congrats on the 4 years
and third, you have me addicted to the Burrito Bison game
I like getting story/character development with my gags. I’m really enjoying this story arc~
…I just realized to ask this, is Angel a man or woman? It looks like the two groups in the family photo are separated by gender, and Angel is on the right?
This has been covered before, Angel is a woman.
I saw the new Robocop. I came out of the theater thinking it wasn’t that good, but the more I think on it the more I like it.
I love this comic so much. I probably have read, like, 3 comics (and haven’t played a video game since “Ms Pac Man” was new) so I have to ask my daughter about some of the references, but that in NO way takes away from my enjoyment of your work. Plus I get to play video games with my kid, so, WIN-WIN. Please keep making this comic, and if it ever becomes a printed book, I’m there! Thank you again.
Man, all this cool exposition, and all I can keep thinking of is that their serial numbers don’t appear to be at all serial. My head is a fucked up place.
So, re-reading this after accessing the Patreon bonus stuff… whoof, feels…
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