Kreistor wrote:If this page was omitted, no one would notice the loss.
Not every page has to be a home run. Sometimes, you want to load up the bases BEFORE knocking (another) one out of the park.
My point is that no new bases were loaded. At best we were shown a fake to pick off the guy at third, to force him to shorten his lead. At worst, the pitcher stepped off the rubber to reset.
Robert Jordan got really bad at this in Wheel of Time. Giving us constant updates of people (he was following far too many) that didn't wind up doing more than tell us, "He's still alive and working on that problem, but he hasn't solved it yet. But hey, he did get drunk once!" All but taking 1/2 a book to do it.He could have just written the whole thing in a paragraph. Even Jordan admitted that he had blown it, but then he died, so... the point is, in a long haul project, don't slow the pace to update a plot issue that hasn't changed, because you don't know how much time you've got to finish the project.
Syal wrote:You'd probably miss it when Slately flies through enemy territory and they don't attack. That's what it's setting up.
Who is "they" that don't attack? The archons? The Archons aren't under Ossomer's command at the moment, and can verify orders via their own Thinkamancy, if he decides to try to take them over. Slately's plan is to attack the Archons anyway, to gain the cash to raise Tramennis to heir, not escape. Ossomer's doubt wasn't new in this comic, either... he revealed that in-depth in the text updates, so that he may resist Wanda is also not new to this comic. The pliers clearly haven't turned everyone into a copy of ansom with his motivations twisted... Sylvia doesn't dwell on her loyalty and purpose at all. Ossomer seems to have purpose, but lacks the conviction of rightness that Ansom developed. How much of Ansom's worship of Toolism is merely Ansom's own rationalization vs. how much is the Arkentool's change to him during Decryption? Probably more is rationalization than many think.