90. Assault on the thought process
Posted on 6th Aug 2011, 1:23 AM in 4. Bob-omb Battlefield

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Morgenstern 6th Aug 2011, 1:23 AM edit delete
On the one hand, he's a little bitter about the whole thing. On the other hand, he really enjoys his job.

Some characters are pretty spur-of-the-moment; some of them I plan out some silly amount of time ahead, and the more I have to sit and wait to employ them, the more I dwell on who and what they are and the more deeply entrenched that character actually becomes in the surrounding canon I imagine. King Bob-omb falls into the latter category. I've been waiting to bust him out since--well, since chapter one, I think, maybe early chapter two--and he's just sort of been cooking in the back of my mind this entire time.

I've said it a few times, but I originally intended At Twisters Borough to be something of a breather chapter. With as heavy as the Thrive arc ended, I didn't want to plow straight from it into this chapter; I assumed that going directly from a story involving some very weird implications and talk of genocide, to THIS, a chapter that's already featured implied Shyguy lobotomies and that's not the heaviest thing to be going on this chapter I assure you... well, I figured it might be a bit much, and I should toss in something a little more light hearted to separate it a bit.

Obviously, that was before the more "light hearted" chapter took off on its own, and headed straight for a couple of very low places. I swear I don't really set out with the intention of being "grimdark," most of the time these things just sort of evolve and go to what seems most logical to me at the time. And it's not like they're just random acts of OH MY, GRITTINESS; the business with Boss Birdo, for instance, is going to be echoing through the comic for chapters to come in a way that I never really thought about until I put it on paper. It started off as an idea that, once it hit me, I knew I had to do it; once it was done and I realized what direction it would take the cast in, I wondered how I would have ever written the rest of this comic without it.

But I've ranted a bit. All this being said, I don't jive well with the idea of empty chapters. I like every story, every arc, every act to have some relevance or importance, even if it seems small. In fact, the changes and the messages and the concepts that seem small are my favorites, because nobody expects the small things to come back and change everything.

Lawelite 6th Aug 2011, 2:18 AM edit delete reply
this fight will be epic
tutter 6th Aug 2011, 2:46 AM edit delete reply
It seems everyone in the Mushroom kingdom is good at conversation fights!
To understand the above exclamation point, that statement should be read like something from speed racer.
CandyCoon 6th Aug 2011, 7:55 PM edit delete reply
I have to say I laughed about that a bit longer than I should have.
Ninja 6th Aug 2011, 3:12 AM edit delete reply
Great Comic, and thank you for the information
Evdog 6th Aug 2011, 3:22 AM edit delete reply
Oh Yeah!!! I feel like Palma should do something fatal to King Bob-Omb, put on sunglasses, and say "I guess you expected none from me".

@ Morgenstern: Don't worry about 'breathers'. It's not everyday that people make deep, complex stuff like this anymore. We'll get our own breathers by reading other things like Brawl In The Family and Awkward Zombie.
I'm_Solid_Snaek 6th Aug 2011, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
And Maybe King Bob-omb could pull off some sorta Sektor-esque kamikaze attack?
Mecha X 6th Aug 2011, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
Fun fact: Martello is Italian for hammer.
DemonBlood 6th Aug 2011, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
I would've never guessed that!
Mecha X 6th Aug 2011, 8:09 AM edit delete reply
Which is why I must state the following statement: STOP! Martello time!
Muchacho NL 6th Aug 2011, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
Muchacho NL
That one would've worked better if Stop wouldn't be stop in Italian. :D
Like the Halt! Hammerzeit one.
Stop! Martello tempo just doesn't have that same ring to it :)
... 6th Aug 2011, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
I would have guessed that Martello's name would have something to do with her hammer-throwing skill.

Anyways, keep up the good work Morgenstern and Obfuscobble. I want to see moar! Oh well, I'll have to something while I wait for next week's strip.
EKA 6th Aug 2011, 12:11 PM edit delete reply
Do all the characters have meaningful names, or just her?
NotJoe 6th Aug 2011, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
According to the TVTropes page, Go means 5. He's the fifth member of the Chainless.
DemonBlood 7th Aug 2011, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
Yup, Go means 5, it's japanese.
Mecha X 6th Aug 2011, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
Palma means palm in Spanish, witch makes sense as Palma does her fighting with her hands.
NotJoe 6th Aug 2011, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
Mecha X 6th Aug 2011, 10:46 PM edit delete reply
Hmm, that too.
Bonz0 7th Aug 2011, 2:48 AM edit delete reply
Yeah! And "guy", in English, refers to a support cable used to guide, steady, or secure something. Surely this refers to Guy's role in McCoy's life, turning him from a wanderer interested only in excitement and fighting into a guardian and brother figure for Guy, giving him a purpose in life.

Or, maybe because "Guy" is a term of informal address for a male. Another term of informal address for a male is the term "Mack". Guy's tribe was attacked by Mack the Knife.

Or Maybe it's a reference to Guy Fawkes, who also wore a mask.

Mecha X 7th Aug 2011, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
@ Bonz0: Ok, ok, I admit it perhaps I am reading too much into things. But hey, I'm a nerd and nerds do that.

@ Evdog: Ok what the heck I'll ask, how am I a slowpoke?

Evdog 12th Aug 2011, 2:15 AM edit delete reply
Read Therazan's first comment, and onwards, below Comic #58.
Mecha X 12th Aug 2011, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
@ Evdog: Huh, you're right...
I guess that makes me the Slowpoke then. ^^;
Evdog 7th Aug 2011, 2:12 AM edit delete reply
@ Mecha X:image
antimattergizmo 6th Aug 2011, 9:22 AM edit delete reply
Since this is a sentient machine with no human tissue, you could get really down and dirty with exactly how he dies.
*in my opinion I think some sort of microwave device that makes his cords untwine and slowly fall apart (with appropriate oil spurting everywhere :D)
Not Important 6th Aug 2011, 9:41 AM edit delete reply
I've noticed that King Bob-omb doesn't have a fuse. Of course he wouldn't rise up against them, he doesn't have a means to blow up with.

Also, those keys on his arms. If he doesn't wind them up every now and then, do his arms lock up?
infinity6 10th Aug 2011, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
His elbows are like fuses! Hit the funny string!
Futurevgd 6th Aug 2011, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
wow,he tossed a pianta, and continued talking while a bomb exploded on him, he's sentinent, and he's a king. So, why is he working for the Koopa army? he could rebel on his own, and probably succeed. (i may be overthinking)
Therazan 6th Aug 2011, 10:16 AM edit delete reply

There's nothimg much to say after that.
Drake 6th Aug 2011, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
You know, with all this talk of the odd things people think King Bob-om will do, I must mention that I don't think Morganstern has given people powers that they don't posess in Mario, so we can assume that King Bob-om is just like in Mario64. Throw him on his butt three times.
Drake 6th Aug 2011, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
Oh, and I almost forgot! Why did the bombs blow up "boom" instread of "bomb"?
Therazan 6th Aug 2011, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
If we are to make remarks about words, in the games he is called Big Bob-omb, not King Bob-omb. Have a look on the Mario Wiki.
Evdog 7th Aug 2011, 2:17 AM edit delete reply
I agree. "Bomb" would be a good reference to the franchise.
NotJoe 6th Aug 2011, 11:12 AM edit delete reply
My previous statement about King Bob-omb's badassery stands.
Homestuckfan 6th Aug 2011, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
I love you.
red shy guy 6th Aug 2011, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
infinity6 10th Aug 2011, 3:16 PM edit delete reply

Marcus 6th Aug 2011, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
Best way to give your plot a break is to give the characters a break. Actual vacations instead of just 'a weekend ashore' sorta dealie.
EKA 6th Aug 2011, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
Oh hell yes.

Is there anything else to say?
Dude 6th Aug 2011, 12:51 PM edit delete reply
Hail to the King!
I'm_Solid_Snaek 6th Aug 2011, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
Too lazy to log in. Meh. Here's an idea- vacation on Yoshi's Island.
Evdog 7th Aug 2011, 2:20 AM edit delete reply
Sei Shonagon 7th Aug 2011, 1:59 AM edit delete reply
Sei Shonagon
vacation? How about a few weeks of them napping? Or drinking coffee in Paris and watching world go by? It is mid august and vacation makes sense.
Grimlock13 12th Aug 2011, 1:00 AM edit delete reply
A week on the Chainless as it travel toward a new adventure.
Tommo 7th Aug 2011, 2:23 AM edit delete reply
Imagine the King Bob-omb throwing a Falcon punch. It sure would be explosive!

I know - that was really bad.
Top Hunter 7th Aug 2011, 9:23 AM edit delete reply
King B's next move:

Lieutenant 7th Aug 2011, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
The direct approach is oft times the bad approach to try first
RADDman 7th Aug 2011, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
After reading that comment you made on this, Morgenstern, I must say that this is the best webcomic I have ever read. This'll be awesome. I can't wait to see where it goes after you said that all the things that happen will impact what goes on later :D
Gladdos's Comic Core 8th Aug 2011, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
MUHAHAHAAH! I return form GlaDos's Clutches!

I must indeed say, I am surprised. Many of you probaly thought I had Gone, But no.

The Art... is amazing.
I really think it has inproved since....
well.. anyway

Im gald that character art is fixed, and it looks *FABOLOUS!*.

It looks like king Bomb-Omb got some upgrades. Back into the vault i go, for another chapters. or until I find something to critize in the art.

You just cant pick on the story. It is worthy of any hate GlaDos might have, and I loe it. GO MUSHROOM GO!
Travelling_doctor 9th Aug 2011, 3:33 AM edit delete reply
King Bob-omb
i mustache you a question
but im shavin' it for later
NoBrakes 9th Aug 2011, 4:44 AM edit delete reply
Careful with those facial hair puns, or you'll get sideburned
Grimlock13 12th Aug 2011, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
I agree with NoBrakes. Continue with the pun and you'll have to beard the consequences. It might become hairy.
infinity6 12th Aug 2011, 6:40 PM edit delete reply
It's okay, Travelling_doctor, they're just trying to get your goatee.
Chuck 9th Aug 2011, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
I can't help but voice him as colonial sanders
Bonz0 9th Aug 2011, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
How can you imagine his voice being anything but Foghorn Leghorn after reading his "And I say, Ma'am,..." comment?
??? 9th Aug 2011, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
DemonBlood 9th Aug 2011, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
Was zum Teufel???
DemonBlood 10th Aug 2011, 4:28 AM edit delete reply
Seriously, ??? explain yourself!
Futurevgd 10th Aug 2011, 9:04 AM edit delete reply

sorry i hate it when people dont finish thier sentences. clearly he wanted to say fun. Which doesnt make a lot of sense, but niether does FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.
Ranter 9th Aug 2011, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
I just went nostalgically back to page 70. Go used to be so small-looking and adorable when he was drawn by Morg. ...Well, not so much when he absorbed that liquor vim, but you get my drift. Soooo cute, he was.
Evdog 10th Aug 2011, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
I don't know how people are going to react to this, but here is an edited version of this comic .
Owl 11th Aug 2011, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
That's horrible!

So why am I laughing?
Ranter 11th Aug 2011, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
It's terrible, but I couldn't stop myself from laughing either. It's okay, there's nothing wrong with you.
NotJoe 12th Aug 2011, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
It's rather obvious that he's not a pink bob-omb. I wonder why she had to ask.
Mecha X 13th Aug 2011, 1:10 PM edit delete reply
I got a good chuckle out of it.
tutter 13th Aug 2011, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
Lol. Now I picture him with like... the big black guy accent.
Tommo 11th Aug 2011, 8:28 PM edit delete reply
Imagine if King Bob-Omb's belt gave off a Power Star when defeated.
Ranter 11th Aug 2011, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
Hey, Ob, some friendly fan advice-- you should think about making the sky a lighter blue, unless you plan on making it rain, soon. :)
??? 13th Aug 2011, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Not zum tuefel
DemonBlood 13th Aug 2011, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
Arbeite an deiner Rechtschreibung. Du hast "Teufel" falsch geschrieben.
DemonBlood 13th Aug 2011, 6:42 PM edit delete reply
Also, please don't mix german and english words, it sounds kinda stupid. If you want to reply like that, just write: "Nicht zum Teufel!", or something like that!
Red hat 13th Aug 2011, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
NotJoe 13th Aug 2011, 7:55 PM edit delete reply