danslepoubelle wrote:Check Tiki Wiki getting his butt in gear in the second last panel. Will really made an impression with that little apocalypse speech
Alice Macher wrote:I disagree. The turn-around in AEGIS's fortunes didn't begin with the current chapter, after all.
"Betrayal" was where it all went wrong: Joseph and one of the Xenochiclets killed, the surviving Xenochiclet turning on Team Alpha in anger, Rikk captured before Animal's blood could be shed on him, Tiki Wiki seemingly murdering Will, and Bellhop seemingly pulling Rumy over to the Hand's side.
About midway through "Breakdowns," AEGIS and Team Alpha began to come out ahead. Not flawlessly, and not without setbacks (mainly, Jayespin's personality reasserting itself at the worst possible time), but Jared revealed he had a plan; Baxter and Marc stepped up and showed gumption; Shanna pulled herself together amazingly quickly, and Julie proved a capable leader. Even Dotty wasn't a total waste of space.
In "Backstory," Ally came back on the scene to stop Rumy's rampage (although the fruits of that weren't seen until the current chapter); we learned Will wasn't truly dead and Tiki Wiki not really a traitor; and most importantly, Link--and the Hand as a whole--was finally exposed to both the President and the public as the menace it is.
So what we're seeing now, in "Beginnings," is all the pieces of this turnaround coming together.
The battle against the Cuckoos hasn't been without casualties. But AEGIS has had its D-Day. The Cuckoos are going down. They're Hitler in his bunker, now.
Thray wrote:This just feels so heartbreaking and unfair. Marc, who had the most potential of all the recruits and was certainly the future leader of AEGIS, sacrificed himself to save Shanna...only to die without realizing that Shanna was doomed anyway. ugh.
Not to mention, the war *still* isn't won. If even one of the Cuckoos survives, they can retreat to space, breed, and prepare a more careful attack. Unlike our heroes, it's very, very easy for them to pull victory from the jaws of defeat.
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