73. Plummet skyward
Posted on 23rd Apr 2011, 4:49 AM in 3. At Twisters Borough

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Morgenstern 23rd Apr 2011, 4:49 AM edit delete
This is another one of those pages that started off totally different in my head, but completely changed by the time I was done with it. For better or worse, I couldn't tell you.

Whole chapter's kinda been like that, though. There's been alot of moments that I didn't realize the full gravity of until I reached them--actions current that sync up far too well with bigger things I'd had planned for later. I think this whole thing is going to be alot more relevant to the overarcing plot than I really thought it was going to be, which is pretty neat.

Let it be known that I did fight myself a bit over how I was going to end this chapter. Originally, I was like "Plan A, period." After reading comments and reactions, I was like "Plan B then, I guess." But after some deliberation, it turned into some sort of weird Plan A-2. Long story short, I have debated the repercussions behind all this, and I do realize alot of the implications--many of which are part of the massive series of setups I keep eluding to. There's alot of little things, good and bad, that are all building in the background here.

I expect some people to get upset, both immediately and later.

Sorry if I sound a little vague/over-dramatic/totally out of it. My sleep schedule has gone right down the pooper.

Onecanofsprite 23rd Apr 2011, 5:01 AM edit delete reply
Spinnerlink 23rd Apr 2011, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
Krimzon_Hammer 23rd Apr 2011, 6:43 AM edit delete reply
Lemelie 23rd Apr 2011, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
I'm hugely curious as to the overall plot for this. Trying to imagine what all these events might possibly lead to.
I've also been enjoying watching how your technique's improved continually since you started.
I hope you draw the details of the outcome of this hammer throw! :P
Secret Agent 000 23rd Apr 2011, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
...so the Birdo's dead?


...so, who's going to update TVTropes?
Shana 23rd Apr 2011, 7:27 AM edit delete reply
Whelp, looks like someone got traumatized.
Snerky 23rd Apr 2011, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
...Oh no. I can only imagine about three ways of this ending, and none of them involve Birdo surviving
Are the Chainless about to get murder added to their criminal record?
BurningFinger!!!!!!! 23rd Apr 2011, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
Best use of a hammer. EVER. Hands up if you saw Birdo's untimely demise coming.
*Hand goes up*
Hands up if you anticipated it being that awesome.
*Hand goes down*
But yeah, am I reading to deeply into things when I consider the "Chainless" statement as more than him being a member of the crew?
Futurevgd 23rd Apr 2011, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
@Burning Finger!!!!!!! He might be refering to the fact that he is unbound by normal law and is free.
Whistle-tall 23rd Apr 2011, 9:49 AM edit delete reply
Holy buck! The Hangman's hammer! Before this I had only heard rumors about it!
Grimlock13 23rd Apr 2011, 11:32 AM edit delete reply
Even McGyver isn't that good with his improvisation skills, and he is supposed to be able to anything with some duct tape, a few rubber band, a paper clip and anything else he had available at the moment.

P.S.: Do they have a trope for "McGyver moments" or something?
Ish 23rd Apr 2011, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
I'm excited to see where this ends up going. Keep up the great work!
Oarboar 23rd Apr 2011, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
I am hugely enjoying this strip even though all I know of the Marioverse is from playing the original Donkey Kong arcade game back in college and also racing on Mario Kart. I'm looking forward to all of the developments you're teasing us with.

Now, if you will excuse me, I need to get nitpicky: The word you're looking for is "alluding," not "eluding." Eluding is what you need to do when you have a barrel about to drop on your head.
Bonz0 23rd Apr 2011, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, they do actually. It's called "Mac Gyvering".
Cyberohero 23rd Apr 2011, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
If the death is the case then I am going to quote a certain comedy duo.

Go: Well, here's another fine mess you got me into.

And the other part of my comment.
Looks like Birdo...
B :)
Just got hanged.
Guest 23rd Apr 2011, 1:33 PM edit delete reply
That's..... Kinda not cool. I've read this from the start with no real need to comment at all until now. It's been a great ride so far. Kinda light and kinda heavy at the same time. I mean with what they had to do to Thrive? Thrive was ready and prepared to go on a genocidal rampage of most everything non-plant if he got his way. Thrive was a monster, hands down, in every sense of the word. He had to be taken down completely, not just to save their own necks but that of their entire world. But Chief Birdo? He's a goon. Small-time and smaller potatoes with aspirations that were a bit unrealistic for one of his 'station' for lack of a better term. Lynching him mighta been just a bit of an excessive over-reaction.... don't you think? Knowing and seeing what Martello is capable of, we all know that there were dozens of other ways they could've taken him down without completely taking him out. Bad form Captain, bad form.
Infamous Nefarious 23rd Apr 2011, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
Infamous Nefarious
Oh relax! Did you SEE how much neck muscle is on that guy? I mean SERIOUSLY? I highly doubt that they just blatantly killed the Birdo guy. Probably just yanked him up hard enough to send him over the rafter and through the roof or something crazy like that. Like... 'Team Birdo is blasting off again!' style. The fight has been pretty funny just like he said it would and that would just be hysterical. I mean c'mon! Perfect reoccurring villain here! Comedic relief! Good update. Let it ride.
Bonz0 23rd Apr 2011, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
"Are the chainless about to get murder added to their criminal record?"

Uh, Snerky, I'm pretty sure these guys have murdered before. Wasn't their mention about how Guy got all depressed after he killed someone for the first time by accident?
Marcus 23rd Apr 2011, 2:30 PM edit delete reply


but that answer? That's pretty badass.

That's 'kiss from the captain' badass
Aikidoka 23rd Apr 2011, 3:39 PM edit delete reply
5 bucks says he swallowed it. Just sayin, he seems like a swallower to me...
Mr. Vareel 23rd Apr 2011, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
Even if I saw it coming, I'm still somewhat shocked at Birdo's lynching. Then again (as said or implied by others), we don't have any real evidence Birdo is dead yet. It is possible that the rope will slip and Birdo will just be yanked into the air by her neck (or his neck, if you prefer) and then fall back down, which may not be fatal. But what do I know.

@Guest: Just because Thrive was a mad man (er...mad plant) with power, that doesn't make Birdo any less guilty of crimes. If you go back to the bar fight, you can see the customers scared out of their wits. For all we know, Birdo is a murderous gang leader who is wanted dead (maybe even with an old west style poster "Wanted: DEΛD"). Besides, we already knew this was going to happen. Martello herself said she was going to enjoy killing Birdo, and I doubt pirates make idle threats. She is also drunk, and I doubt you think past the moment when drunk (I don't drink, so this is just a guess).

Hmm... I wonder how the sheriff is going to react to all this. I had some thoughts, but I didn't take murder (or at least an attempted one) into account.
knoppe 23rd Apr 2011, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
wonder how mccoy and guy are doing right now. maybe their enemies got lynched too.
BlueMario 23rd Apr 2011, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
I can honestly say I saw this coming.
I could say I'm dissappointed with the Chainless crew killing.
But, I could also say that I love the action.
It counters out
RADDman 23rd Apr 2011, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
If what you say is true, Morgenstern, about how these events happen randomly as you're writing them, then you are definitely a genius. At least, in my opinion :P
Cassiopia 23rd Apr 2011, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
Considering Birdo was basically planning on making and distributing a snuff film involving the crew, i'm gonna have to rule self defense on this one. Thrive was designed to be a weapon. He was a little far gone to save, but you could have a bit of sympathy for him, or at least Palma could. Birdo's just a nasty piece of work. Plus, I doubt the final battle is going to be this anticlimactic.
That said, Morg, I hope you aren't going to make your homosexual characters all villains. That sort of thing makes me sad :(
Bonz0 23rd Apr 2011, 11:24 PM edit delete reply
What homosexual characters?
S.O.U.P.ern00b 23rd Apr 2011, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
@ Bonz0 Oh, no not this debate again. Kill it! Kill it with fire!
As to the comic, Go's gonna be scarred. It's strange how lynching isn't necessarily as gory as other deaths can be, but it still makes the mind cringe at the horrendous thought (or in Go's case, sight) of it.
Delta Pangaea 24th Apr 2011, 12:13 AM edit delete reply
Wait... how is Palma able to haul up Birdo's fat ass?

Wasn't she established as... y'know, NOT physically strong?

That aside... Murder, ye olde west style! Or.. ONE of the ye olde west styles...
Hoshi 24th Apr 2011, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
@Delta Pangaea
She was established as being weak for a Pinata... Which is "like being slow for a bullet" =D
LC 24th Apr 2011, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Wow what a bunch of Greedo shot first whiners
Who said the Chainless crew are "good" by any particular standards?
Krimzon_Hammer 24th Apr 2011, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
Most people prefer there main characters "good".
movethearmchair 24th Apr 2011, 9:59 AM edit delete reply
does this mean that the Chainless crew gets a glowing egg and can walk through that birds mouth into the casino? LOL
Cassiopia 24th Apr 2011, 11:08 AM edit delete reply
@S.O.U.P.ern00b I was talking about the two other gang members. I'm not trying to guess Birdo's gender. I know better.
Yoshi 24th Apr 2011, 2:25 PM edit delete reply

Snerky 24th Apr 2011, 3:43 PM edit delete reply

For some reason killing some guy in a bar fight, especially accidentally, seems less objectionable than stealth-lynching somebody from behind. I mean, she could have KO'd the guy/girl with the hammer and left them for the sheriff, or something.
MeowMixIsForCats339 24th Apr 2011, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
Aw, Crap! We still can't see Palma's eyes!

.....It's like Martello all over again.....
MeowMixIsForCats339 24th Apr 2011, 5:26 PM edit delete reply
Praise the Lord, for He is risen! Happy Easter, everybody!
Grimlock13 24th Apr 2011, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
Good day to you too.

Also, the "heroes" of this series are pirates, criminals by definition, and this comic isn't about saving the world from evil, it is about their life as pirate, so a few mishaps can happen along the road. I don't mean that they are evil or that their action won't do anything good for the world(they did save the world after all), only that in their positions they don't have as many choices as more conventional heroes have and extreme actions may sometime be needed. It is part of their life as pirates.
Bonz0 24th Apr 2011, 7:51 PM edit delete reply
Killing some guy accidentally? That's not what I was referring to. I was talking about the time Guy stabbed a goomba mobster and killed him. That wasn't an accident, that was a choice Guy made in order to save Martello's life.

Sure, they could have Birdo locked up, but then he's just going to seek revenge and cause more trouble for the crew.

Remember, the reason Birdo wants to kill the Chainless rather than lock them up and collect bounty money is because he knows that THEY will eventually seek revenge. By killing any member of the Birdo gang they are acting in self defense.

Also, Birdo made fun of Martello's face. And that's just terrible.


What debate? I didn't say anything about any of the character's genders. I was merely pointing out that we have no idea whether any of the villains are homosexual. Not even Birdo, regardless of what GENDER you think he or she is, we don't really have ANY clues as to what his or her sexuality is.

@Delta Pangea
I was under the impression that she was the physically strongest of the group. McCoy and Guy are precision fighters who rely on skill rather than strength. Go is inexperienced and untrained. Martello seems to be more of a weapon user whereas Palma only has her fists to fall back on. Plus, Piantas are naturally much stronger than Koopas. Even a well trained Koopa soldier probably couldn't take on the average Pianta. Not once in the entire history of Mario do I remember a Koopa picking up and throwing Mario around like a ragdoll.
Cassiopia 24th Apr 2011, 10:02 PM edit delete reply
@Bonzo Haze was definitely hitting on Guy back on page 68.
(I don't wan't to get into the "Guy is a girl" debate either, but even if he is, there's no way for Haze to know that)
All of this is speculation on my part, though. Only Word of Morgenstern would settle it for sure.
Bonz0 24th Apr 2011, 10:18 PM edit delete reply
I can see how one might see Haze's words on that page as him flirting with Guy, but this could just be how Haze acts during a fight. He acted in a similarly nonchalant way in his fight with Martello. I think he just likes to tease and distract his opponent. The entire Dayzee race seems to be very playful even when they're in serious fights.
RavenUp 24th Apr 2011, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
Guys, Palmas eyes are probably covered to show that she has no idea what she is doing and is just folowing orders, I think she will be hysrerical about killing birdo later though.
Metal D. Rose 24th Apr 2011, 11:27 PM edit delete reply
Metal D. Rose
Hmm. Anyone else guessing that Birdo's not going down without a fight?
model S 25th Apr 2011, 12:02 AM edit delete reply
wasn't i the first one that brought up "guy is a girl" in the comments?
Bonz0 25th Apr 2011, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
Maybe. But who cares? I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought Guy was a girl when they saw that advertisement for the comic with Guy in the maid outfit. Before even reading a single page of the comic.
Metal D. Rose 25th Apr 2011, 12:25 AM edit delete reply
Metal D. Rose
I'm probably not the one to be saying this but don't you guys think that Guy being a girl would be unlikely? I mean, who would name their daughter Guy?
Bonz0 25th Apr 2011, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
Since Guy never speaks, he probably never bothered to tell the rest of the Chainless his name or even write it down. "Guy" is probably just a nickname they came up with that references his species.
Metal D. Rose 25th Apr 2011, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
Metal D. Rose
Hm. That's true. But consider the fact that before random girls were all over Guy (and McCoy) and since it's hinted that Birdo's team is gay (I mean gay as homosexual, not stupid) and it was shown that Haze flirted with Guy, it's not a good chance that Guy is a girl.
Bonz0 25th Apr 2011, 1:22 AM edit delete reply
Well those random girls and Haze might not know what gender Guy is.
Metal D. Rose 25th Apr 2011, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
Metal D. Rose
Eh. Even though it's unlikely, I actually like the idea of Guy being a girl.

Wonder if there's going to be a backstory for Guy. (I see that the girls are having their backstories. Wonder if there's going to be more.)
Bonz0 25th Apr 2011, 1:49 AM edit delete reply
Just for the record, I don't think Guy is a girl either. It was just my initial thought since the first time I saw the character he was in a maid outfit.
Whistle-tall 25th Apr 2011, 2:10 AM edit delete reply
In addition to being called the "Hangman's hammer" the move in the comic above could be referred to as:
The Hammerman's noose,
Hanging the nail on its head,
The Sledge-choker,
or the "Holy Shmeezus!!!, that Koopa just threw a hammer with rope tied to it and hung that Birdo from the bar ceiling!!!"
Snerky 25th Apr 2011, 3:01 AM edit delete reply
It's a Mario comic and we're possibly about to witness a kind of gruesome murder. That just makes me a little uncomfortable.
Yoshi 25th Apr 2011, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
Birdo: I'll remember this!
Metal D. Rose 25th Apr 2011, 11:14 AM edit delete reply
Metal D. Rose
@Snerky There's a lot of Mario fan stuff that has worse kinds of imagery than a possible murder scene. (There Will Be Brawl is a case in point.)
Richie9999 25th Apr 2011, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
Birdo forgot what the door mouse said.
MeowMixIsForCats339 25th Apr 2011, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
@ Richie9999 what DID the door mouse say???
Morgenstern 25th Apr 2011, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
'But what did the Dormouse say?' one of the jury asked.
"That I can't remember", said the Hatter.

Alternatively, feed your head.
@Metal 25th Apr 2011, 7:20 PM edit delete reply
I have not heard of that
But if it's darker than lynching characters from my childhood I think I'll pass. o_o
4page 25th Apr 2011, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
Is it just me or is the first panel missing the cracks on the wall behind Go?
Morgenstern 25th Apr 2011, 8:36 PM edit delete reply
I could claim it's just you, but nobody would believe me.

(Whoops, looks like I screwed up)
RavenUp 25th Apr 2011, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
@4page yes the cracks are indead missing
MeowMixIsForCats339 26th Apr 2011, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
@ Morgenstern OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH, its from Alice in Wonderland. No wonder I didn't know what it was. The animated movie bacically traumatized me as a mear child, so needless to say, I have NEVER read the book.
MeowMixIsForCats339 26th Apr 2011, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
Hands up if you think that they should get an airship, go into outer space, and meet Rosilina!
Metal D. Rose 26th Apr 2011, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
Metal D. Rose
@MeowMixIsForCats339 Sounds like a good idea, but Rosalina would probably kick them out if the Chainless Crew hurt any of the Lumas.
model S 26th Apr 2011, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
i still say guy is a girl.

also i like the idea of the attack being nmed "hangman's hammur" or "the bahn hammur"
Mr. Vareel 26th Apr 2011, 3:56 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
I'm back an-WOΛH! The "Guy is a girl" debate has been brought up again. Martello's method of attack has been given several names. Fan ideas for upcoming comics have been given. Λnd there has been references to There Will be Brawl, Through the Looking Glass (or "Λlice in Wonderland, or whatever you want to call it), and the GBΛ remake of SMB2 (Super Mario Λdvance, if memory serves)! Wow…I don’t know how to respond to all of this…I’m just going to try and ignore most of it.

@Yoshi: I get it! I know where that's from!
Grimlock13 26th Apr 2011, 4:20 PM edit delete reply
I've passed through all the page and noticed something strange. Not a single "hammer time" joke in the comments...
BlueMario 26th Apr 2011, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
It was mentioned on the last page
Grimlock13 26th Apr 2011, 5:15 PM edit delete reply
My bad...
Mr. Vareel 26th Apr 2011, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
I've heard the "Hammer time" joke before, but I don't get it at all. Would someone be so kind as to elaborate?
Mr. Vareel 26th Apr 2011, 6:16 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Vareel
I want a muffin.
Owl 26th Apr 2011, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
NML 26th Apr 2011, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
@MewMixIsForCats339 Feed your head.
S.O.U.P.ern00b 27th Apr 2011, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
@ Bonz0 and Cassiopia Sorry about the misunderstanding. I was simply sick and tired of the whole Birdo gender debate, which I found utterly pointless, and wanted to snuff out any seeds of continuation on that topic. *keeps a suspicious eye on the other commenters... with a knife*
Whistle-tall 27th Apr 2011, 1:53 AM edit delete reply
Anyone gonna respond to any of my noose jokes here? I feel like my words have just been HANGING up there for a while. (awful pun, sorry). Nah, I mostly don't care whoseawhatsit happens to my words, as long as its not offensive.
PS I've got another name for the move: The Hammerhead gallows!
Knoppe 29th Apr 2011, 2:09 PM edit delete reply
POP goes the birdo
Hobojoe007 29th May 2011, 1:25 AM edit delete reply
Palma is such a badass! She must have read books on all sorts of crazy action and combat stuff to be able to swing that arround birdo's neck and kill her while being half conscious and drunk. Or she's just really lucky, like Captain Jack Sparrow :D