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Penny Arcade - Comic - Return of The Returner

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Return of The Returner!

Penny Arcade - Comic - Return of The Returner

Videogaming-related online strip by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. Includes news and commentary.

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    Golden YakGolden Yak Burnished Bovine The sunny beaches of CanadaRegistered User regular
    I hate this. I hate this so much. It sucks. It's a giant wand sword.

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    OverkillengineOverkillengine Registered User regular
    Golden Yak wrote: »
    I hate this. I hate this so much. It sucks. It's a giant wand sword.

    What, were you expecting a sword with a gun attached or something? Ugh, next thing you know everyone will be running around in costumes that are 90% zippers, straps and buckles. And pouches, *all* the pouches.

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    Johnny17Johnny17 Registered User regular
    edited May 2023
    Are those three references to popular comic characters I don't recognize?

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    AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    Johnny17 wrote: »
    Are those three references to popular comic characters I don't recognize?

    No, they're 3 superhero tropes.

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    AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    Golden Yak wrote: »
    I hate this. I hate this so much. It sucks. It's a giant wand sword.

    Excuse me sir, but it's a giant wand rifle.

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    LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    Wand arrows, wand claws, and a wand sword that might also be a gun.

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    el_vicioel_vicio Registered User regular
    Oh snap, L.H. Franzibald is at it again!

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    ArmsForPeace84ArmsForPeace84 Your Partner In Freedom Registered User regular
    el_vicio wrote: »
    Oh snap, L.H. Franzibald is at it again!

    Worse. This new stuff is by L.H. Franzibald, Jr. and Kevin J. Anderson.

    Nothing personal. It's just business.
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    RatherDashing89RatherDashing89 Registered User regular
    I misread "we want you to teach *them*" as "we want you to *teach* them". As in, we don't want you to get the blades, we want you to *teach* the blades.

    And let me say, the Witchalok Blades reincarnating as young Sorcellators who are, ironically, the only hope to defeat the Witchaloks, is totally on brand. Especially now that apparently we're in the modern day?

    And I'll never get tired of the fact that everything is magic wands, specifically kids-magic-kit/stereotype-stage-magician wands rather than gnarled branches.

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    Jean-LucJean-Luc Registered User regular
    It's ensorcelin' time! Sorcezards assemble!

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    MercadeMercade Registered User regular
    Witchaloks are one thing, but are these acolytes any match for the Vampire Pimps?

    Switch: SW-1909-0466-9585
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    MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Aldo wrote: »
    Golden Yak wrote: »
    I hate this. I hate this so much. It sucks. It's a giant wand sword.

    Excuse me sir, but it's a giant wand rifle.

    So it fires giant wands?

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    barcsbarcs ireland Registered User regular
    please, more of this! love this style!

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    ThawmusThawmus +Jackface Registered User regular
    I think I started hating this from the first time I read the word "Witchalok"

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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    The first ever DnD campaign I ran ended with a showdown against a Witchalok, so this comic is right in my wheelhouse

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
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    LttlefootLttlefoot Registered User regular
    Thawmus wrote: »
    I think I started hating this from the first time I read the word "Witchalok"
    Funny. That’s just what a Witchalok would say

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    LttlefootLttlefoot Registered User regular
    I only just realized the original further songs of sorcelation had an epilogue. Read the news post https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/01/28/further-songs-of-sorcelation-part-six

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    Golden YakGolden Yak Burnished Bovine The sunny beaches of CanadaRegistered User regular
    Aldo wrote: »
    Golden Yak wrote: »
    I hate this. I hate this so much. It sucks. It's a giant wand sword.

    Excuse me sir, but it's a giant wand rifle.

    It does look like there's a scope on there... is it a wand rifle sword?

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    Steel AngelSteel Angel Registered User regular
    Aldo wrote: »
    Golden Yak wrote: »
    I hate this. I hate this so much. It sucks. It's a giant wand sword.

    Excuse me sir, but it's a giant wand rifle.

    The reticle on the dude's chest is a further hint at this.
    Golden Yak wrote: »
    Aldo wrote: »
    Golden Yak wrote: »
    I hate this. I hate this so much. It sucks. It's a giant wand sword.

    Excuse me sir, but it's a giant wand rifle.

    It does look like there's a scope on there... is it a wand rifle sword?

    Nah. It's just a wand rifle. But it can take a bayonet that's also a wand.
    Thawmus wrote: »
    I think I started hating this from the first time I read the word "Witchalok"

    Working as intended.

    Big Dookie wrote: »
    I found that tilting it doesn't work very well, and once I started jerking it, I got much better results.

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    LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    Maybe it's a Wand Gunblade.

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    doompookydoompooky Wild (Let's Draw A) Horses Couldn't Drag Me AwayRegistered User regular
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    Watch out for those wavy daggers in that tender area. Kris crotch'll make ya (jump jump)

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    ShowsniShowsni Registered User regular
    I always wondered where the work of Tycho Brahe ends, and the work of L H Franzibald begins. Tycho claims Franzibald stole his work on the Elemenstor Saga to write Song of the Sorcelator, but clearly by the time of Lord of the God-Kings the works had diverged enough that Tycho no longer recognises it.

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    barcsbarcs ireland Registered User regular
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    love when mike draws these characters! here's some grimm shado fanart inspired by the latest strip! tried my best at the corny dialogue!

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    dennisdennis aka bingley Registered User regular
    Nailed it.

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    Emperor MegamanEmperor Megaman Registered User regular
    edited May 2023
    Aldo wrote: »
    Golden Yak wrote: »
    I hate this. I hate this so much. It sucks. It's a giant wand sword.

    Excuse me sir, but it's a giant wand rifle.

    It does look like there's a scope on there... is it a wand rifle sword?

    Nah. It's just a wand rifle. But it can take a bayonet that's also a wand.
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    Lucascraft wrote: »
    Maybe it's a Wand Gunblade.

    I don't think so. However, being a Wand, it has a cylindric shape and is large enough to be used as a blunt weapon if need arises, meaning that it's also de facto a Wand Bat.

    I wonder what's the backstory of the woman Sorcelator (Sorcelatress?). She not only has the same Wand Claws power as the Sorcelator, but she also modeled her outfit after his. Was she inspired by the tale of the Wand Clawed Sorcelator to use her own Wand Claws for Sorcelating?
    Or is she a oposite-sex clone created by corrupts elements of the Wizard governements to try and create the ultimate assasin, who then escaped the lab, developed a consciense and decided to use her power for Sorcelating.

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