Childhood's End

The Toymaker Assassination Saga

Epilogue 02

28th Dec 2018, 10:05 PM
Epilogue 02
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lirvilas 28th Dec 2018, 10:05 PM
Well, how about this, Bettina--aren't you in a far better position than you were when this adventure began?

I mean, it's not like you don't have all that supposedly erased research packed away at a European facility...
lirvilas 28th Dec 2018, 10:34 PM

Today is Stan Lee Cameo Day!


(I hope you agree that inserting him anywhere in the above page would have been... counterproductive.)
Microraptor 29th Dec 2018, 8:16 AM
Oh, what is it with ToyCo people and them briefly contemplating to kill everyone in the room...? 0.o
lirvilas 29th Dec 2018, 9:29 AM
@MR: just to state it explicitly, *here* is the genesis of Tiny’s desire for a much more powerful artifact... one that grants wishes.
Microraptor 29th Dec 2018, 9:47 AM
@ lirv: Once again, that sorta kinda has the potential to re-contextualize something in the upcoming Cryptida chapter...
Something that won't come up until the very end though, so I have still amble time to ponder that...


Rulerbrain 29th Dec 2018, 12:39 AM
I mean, apparently that thing can call down the power of Zeus too

Just sayin, Gus ain't shock proof. Probably.
anonymous coward 29th Dec 2018, 4:02 AM
I was assuming that was artistic license tarting up Bettina using her private remote control and entering a password. You're saying that wasn't it?
lirvilas 29th Dec 2018, 8:37 AM
Naw, I’m confirming that setting off a full fledged EMP weapon would singe one’s hands a wee bit. It was artistic license.
ProfEtheric 29th Dec 2018, 2:43 AM
From a "hindsight is 20/20" point of view, I would argue that Bettina rebuilds the company wonderfully.

Gus is so sure he has the moral high ground here. Gus, my man, that is not the place you live, and you know it.

And suddenly, an idea has sparked...
anonymous coward 29th Dec 2018, 4:05 AM
Chief of R&D experience =/= CEO experience. Where the heck is Tiny Timmy gonna get someone who knows where all the skeletons are buried as well as her brother did on short notice? Loss of continuity of knowledge kills businesses every fscking day.
Microraptor 29th Dec 2018, 8:33 AM
"Where the heck is Tiny Timmy gonna get someone who knows where all the skeletons are buried as well as her brother did on short notice?"

Answer: This Lena Santorini gal.
Plus Wildebees, whom Bettina trusts and who is also in the know.
anonymous coward 29th Dec 2018, 10:23 AM
Perhaps, but inflicting CEO positions on either of them is a heck of a way to punish loyalty. I guess we can see why Bettina herself seems to have bit that particular bullet in the first-comic epilogue.
Microraptor 29th Dec 2018, 11:53 AM
OK, in case of Lena in her future position of authority, while she will certainly revel in receiving visitors in her shiny new office with an huge impressive mural and stuff, events will also bring her damn close to her breaking point...
Microraptor 29th Dec 2018, 8:28 AM
"And suddenly, an idea has sparked..."

That's always an intriguing sentence to hear from you, Prof!
anonymous coward 29th Dec 2018, 4:08 AM
Good job Gus, have your buddy Maerc drive Timmy Timmy (more) insane, then use the questionable things he does because of that and the fights you picked between him, his sister and the fucking political murder squad to argue he needed to be killed. Someone call a janitor and tell them we've got a severe manure overflow problem to clean up.

From Bettina's position I would not credit Gus' evasions of blame as worthy of the time taken to listen to them. On the other side, thousands of hours of research is what, a week or two of work? The employee casualties, trauma, facility damage, and other material damages are probably a heck of a lot more severe than that unless she was racing a competitive deadline, and if she was the facility damage and personnel damage is probably at least as much an issue.
Microraptor 29th Dec 2018, 8:41 AM
"Someone call a janitor and tell them we've got a severe manure overflow problem to clean up."

Careful, mentioning janitors in Gus' presence is rather ill-advised... ;-)
anonymous coward 29th Dec 2018, 10:19 AM
That's calling him a janitor, which is different. I can see the point of not wanting the risk a misunderstanding though.
lirvilas 29th Dec 2018, 9:13 AM
It may be subtle, but every single tragedy Bettina is wailing about could also be viewed as massive successes when it comes to cementing her power base and eliminating poor interior decorating choices.
anonymous coward 29th Dec 2018, 10:37 AM
I tend to find it's the greedy, insecure and duplicitous who most want control. Not everybody is as greedy, vain, prideful and jealous as Duh Trump, eh?
AmeliaP 12th Jan 2019, 7:40 PM
Stan Lee. I'll always remember how he dealt with those assh**les editors he worked with. A fine man. Great homage!
Microraptor 13th Jan 2019, 12:50 PM
RIP Stan Lee!

(I actually pondered if I could do a Stan Lee cameo in December 28th too, but unfortunately just around that time my comic was on a winter holiday break.)
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