If this page looks a bit "washed out" it's because I colored it using nothing but the airbrush instead of base colors bucketfill tool.
The next page after this is back to base colors with the background looking pretty similar to this one as far as the textures are concerned. So let me know what you think of this style of coloring versus the base coloring style I normally do
Also, I know I didn't expressly mention this in the comic (since it would be needlessly breaking the fourth wall), but the setting for the last few pages still took place during the day. It was just a very DARK place.
Beyond that, hope you enjoy.
If you want to browse through more of this comic, go here: [link]
Feel free to commission me. Details, contact info and prices are on my Deviant Art Journal here: [link]
It looks like Michelle is under the influence of Angel's 'Happy' spell. The coloring in breathtaking, and I'm not just saying that because of the sudden transitions from colored to black and white to 'different kind of colored'.
Thank you, I really hated that grayscale you did, this looks so much better. More finished.
It is creepy, frankly way more creepy then that soul sucking priest and I diffidently think that he is the lesser of the two evils. Don’t try to convince me for you can’t. I already know where this is going, you will try to make Angel into the better, and the most preferred of the two.
That won’t work however, it will just destroy the integrity of the entire story, she needs karmic retribution.
The ideal end is if you frame it. Want to know what I mean by that, note me.
*shrug* Angel is better than that priest, but only barely. Someone who's been mind controlled like that can still be released, but someone who's been killed and drained like that is probably gone for good.
She's far from being "good", and the more she uses her power selfishly, the wider the abyss under her will be when it comes time for her to pass on that power.
Once you're dead, you're dead. But someone enslaved can be freed.
It doesn't make the latter "better" or "worse". You might as well make a value judgment on whether a poison that's instantly lethal is "better" or "worse" than one that indefinitely cripples or debilitates. Nobody in their right mind is going to want either.
Same thing here. This is a Morton's fork, except that Angel's actions are portrayed as being less repulsive than the priest's.
No Angel's action are portrayed as MORE repulsive then the priest, that's my entire point. they are more repulsive, not only in and off themselves, but primarily through their underlying intensions.
The priest kills for “food”. He needs them to survive and thrive. His actions are do different then that of a lion hunting a gazelle (or perhaps the hyena stealing the gazelle afterwards). Either way, he does it because HE HAS TO DO IT. He could do it more responsibly, no doubt about that; but self preservation is still a very legitimate reason.
Angel’s action is completely different. She doesn’t have to do anything, she does it, she does it for revenge, and in a mad powerflip. She not he, is the true monster.
Even if he had no choice at all in having to drain energy to survive (which I find doubtful - that did not have the appearance of eating for sustenance, that had the appearance of stealing years to artificially extend his own life), he has lots of choices in how he goes about it. He could have picked an animal, for example. He also deliberately chose to "consume" someone who came to him looking for guidance and reassurance because of his position in the community.
I also think you're speculating beyond any possible knowledge by saying that he did so because of self-preservation. And even leaving that aside, self-preservation justifies things like stealing in order to eat. It doesn't justify (say) killing and eating people, especially if other choices are available. It's a reasonably safe bet that the priest's action was more taking advantage of an opportunity, so he had other choices. Self-preservation does not apply here.
Angel, by comparison, is by no means good. She doesn't have to do anything, she is doing some things because of a twisted sense of revenge, others merely because she can, some even out of a misguided belief that she's doing "good". But she isn't draining people and killing them to increase her own power. She isn't "cultivating" them for later "consumption". And that makes a difference.
Angel is out of control, and she isn't acting at all responsible. But she had this job dumped on her without any warning, training, or guidance, or even asking for it. Even someone with the best of intentions would probably be screwing up right and left. And someone like Angel, who doesn't have the best of intentions, is doing an even worse job. She's anything but a "good" witch.
But she's also not a true monster. That takes experience which she doesn't have, being an inexperienced teenager who had this power dropped in her lap with no warning, guidance, or training. Give her a year or two, and she probably would be, but as it currently stands, she's just on the road.
” But she isn't draining people and killing them to increase her own power. She isn't "cultivating" them for later "consumption". And that makes a difference.”
Yes exactly, that makes a difference, that makes it WORSE. Having an agenda for doing something is better then doing something, JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN.
Yes I believe that priest does what he does to extend his life, aka TO SURVIVE. At present we don’t have the technology to “transfer” life like that, but it is very likely that he has to drain humans to survive in human form. And why kill the man that came to him for consolation? There are many reasons, first and foremost easy pray. It is a very common concept and a necessary one if we are to remain sane, that we do not bestow personhood upon our food. If you eat meet, which is natural to do if you are a human, you must realize that your food used to be a sentient being, killed for your pleasure of consumption. Yes he may be able to survive on animals, even maintain a human form with one, but if they aren’t as tasty that’s another reason not to do it.
I’ll like you to look up one of the new webcomics I have found called “Flipside” start at chapter 17, and read to chapter 18. Tell me what you think. Ps. It’s a very good webcomic so it should be interesting for you regardless.
You're basically arguing that someone who has an agenda and methodically commits murder (and the moral equivalent of cannibalism) is better than someone wandering around causing non-lethal mayhem for the heck of it. And that argument does not fly.
As for your argument about the priest, there are several major problems with it.
1. You don't actually know anything about the priest except what's been shown in the comic. Thinking something to be very likely when you don't have any solid information to base it on is like building a house on sand.
2. Survival is not the same as artificially extending one's life at the cost of others. I've read books where mages were able to do so by draining the remaining years out of people they killed, but never did anyone, in or out of the book, try to argue that it was justified for survival.
3. Most animals are sentient. Self-awareness is nothing special. But there's an enormous difference when you talk about a sophont, an intelligent being capable of reason and communication. To treat a provably intelligent being as a food animal is an atrocity.
4. Luring someone into a relationship of trust merely so you can betray them is a crime, and it is certainly a betrayal.
5. The argument "don't grant personhood to your food" is sophistry. Personhood isn't something one can grant to another, it's something that a being is able to claim.
6. This argument can be used to justify vampirism, but there's a reason vampires in fiction are almost always hunted down when they're discovered. Vampires who were to actually be part of society would not predate on other members of that society (they would get sustenance from a blood bank or from animals). The priest is effectively part of society because of his position as a preacher. There is no justification for that, because it undercuts everything society stands for.
Give me a link to the webcomic and I'll take a look at it.
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