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Page 46: Action!

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Please enjoy this Mac/Devian fun, courtesy of artist Owen Gieni.

61 Responses to “Page 46: Action!”

  1. Chapin Says:

    Too bad Mac wasn’t in Sparta… coulda soloed the Persians!

  2. Chris Says:

    Very cool.

    When Devian is upside down, shouldn’t her dress be pretty much over her head?

  3. Lydia Says:

    If only there were 300 Macs xD Okay, that was a lame attempt. Go Dev and Mac!

    Love the perspective in the first panel!

  4. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “When Devian is upside down, shouldn’t her dress be pretty much over her head?”

    She’s moving around too quick for it to actually fall, probably in the process of flipping around fast at the moment that photo was taken.

  5. Alex Says:

    This is Madness!

    No, this is Mac!

  6. Mewt Says:

    ‘TONIGHT, WE DINE IN SOUTH DAKOTA!’

    I love Mac’s expression as she shoots the zombie he was about to kill. I’m vaguely reminded of LotR, Legolas and Gimli. ’13! 14!’ ’16. 17.’

  7. Nara Says:

    0_o so many zombies….!!! eek! hope they dont run out of bullets! Can Devian lift him up and carry him even for a short while? Mac’s gonna be in luuuuuurve after this :D

  8. Redrover Says:

    Hell yah.

    I’ve been looking forward to this since I started reading about 40 strips ago!

    Needless to say, it didn’t dissapoint. :D

  9. Alex Says:

    One thing I wondering… are these Zombies out to eat people? Or just to infect people?

    Because so far all the zombies we have seen have all their limbs intact.

  10. steve Says:

    “Can Devian lift him up and carry him even for a short while?”
    The page where she leaves for Mexico, Math askes her if she can pick him up, but she says something along the lines of having flight not super strength…too lazy to cite it.

  11. Histelgo Says:

    flippy flippy Devian is so very cool.

    and Mac’s expression is pretty awesome, too.

  12. Bahamut Says:

    Math asks if she could pick him up and get back, and she says she can’t do that for 50 miles… so she would be able to just pick him up, but not for long.

  13. Hagar Says:

    when did Mack get that gun?

    Must have missed that.

    btw, GREAT comic mate! good luck with the movie!

    H.

  14. Will Says:

    This page and the last one were great! Love the action shots. Like said on the last page, when Math said “group” it made me second guess what exactly he meant, but while my first reaction was humans, I immediately thought “oh he means zombies”.

    As for my comment a couple pages ago about bathrooms in airports, I was just responding to the explanation you have given so far as to how it happened. The logic you have given of biting people and getting them on planes makes perfect sense to me and I agree it could all go down that quick. However, since the bathroom part of it can’t work, I would like to know how TFZ was able to succeed in infecting people who would be getting on planes.

  15. Brellchild Says:

    Holy crapski. They must have every zombie in the city homing on them by now.

    Afraid I don’t understand that second panel. Did he stop running and turn to fight? Is he really that stupid? It looked like they had an almost clean run ahead of them.

    And I still think she is obscenely good with those pistols. She may not have superstrength to go with her flight, but it looks like her reflexes and dexterity may be hyped by her vampirism. From what we can see I don’t think she has missed a shot yet. There’s more than pure skill there.

    I hope they both make it out alive.

  16. Nick Says:

    Love that second panel. Mac looks badass again, instead of looking like he’s about to crap himself. Can’t wait to see this in movie form. Since Mac’s arms look empty besides the weapons. I guess he didn’t really get the chance to restock on supplies like he was hoping. Murdo and Grady are gonna be disappointed they didn’t get their whiskey and porn.

  17. Lydia Says:

    I was kind of wondering the same thing as Alex, actually. Do the zombies actually crave human flesh or are they just killing for the sake of it, not driven by any actual urge to consume brains…

  18. Violinagin Says:

    Did his axe just break? It looks cracked. Or… is it just blood/zombie liquid on it? Please let it be just nasty zombie liquid!

  19. Nara Says:

    i’ve thought about it and now im 100% sure TFZ is up to something with those zombies that just went underground. he would know that would make it harder for Math to sense them. But what could it be? there are no subways out there… giant sewer/water pipelines? hmmmmm… next week is looking good!

  20. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Hagar: http://www.lastblood.net/main/2007/01/12/page-9-scotch-and-porn/

    Mac says it’s not just food and water they need, it’s ammo, and that implies that it’s not just ammo, but more guns, but either way, while he’s getting ammo and surrounded by tons of zombies, of course he’d get a gun for himself.

    Alex: I think when the zombies do decide to eat people, they eat the shit out of them completely, so we wouldn’t see any of them walking around probably, since there’s hardly anything left of them.

    About Devian lifting Mac: Yeah, probably can for a short distance.

    Will: A trillion ways. It’s too easy. He can find any secluded place to kill/control tons of zombies and then just order them to go get onto international flights going all over the world, having them wear proper clothing first to avoid being noticed as zombies, but they wouldn’t start looking TOO weird, even after being “killed,” for at least a few hours probably, and by that time they’re “sleeping” on the plane with blankets over their head until the flight ends. TFZ can accomplish this any way he wants. There’s no chance of failure.

    “And I still think she is obscenely good with those pistols. She may not have superstrength to go with her flight, but it looks like her reflexes and dexterity may be hyped by her vampirism.”

    Yeah, vampirism or practicing for hundreds of years.

    “From what we can see I don’t think she has missed a shot yet.”

    There’s practically no way of telling how many shots she’s missed from the comics.

    “Since Mac’s arms look empty besides the weapons. I guess he didn’t really get the chance to restock on supplies like he was hoping.”

    His truck and trailer are nearby somewhere, outside the gun shop probably, and, spoiler, we’ll see it again.

    “Do the zombies actually crave human flesh or are they just killing for the sake of it, not driven by any actual urge to consume brains…”

    They crave human flesh, but they get full sometimes, and they have an overall vague order to kill all humans, so sometimes they just bite to kill instead of to eat when they’re not very hungry.

    Violinagin: Just blood.

    SPOILERS BELOW THIS POINT:
    Nara says, “giant sewer/water pipelines?”

    Ding ding! Also, Math can smell things from underground, although it does become slightly harder, so that alone will not explain it.

  21. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Someone named Drek made a comment which I think was accidentally deleted. This was it –

    Drek says, “It looks like blood since it streams to the handle. Just noticed that it was a bone. Mac is getting more bad ass. Even if it seems he’s wearing a long sleeve granny gave him.

    I’d say for a human, Mac is doing a bang up job. Imagine a vampire Mac, he might even be able to grow hair back! Either that or he’ll be Count Hardboiled. There, I did it, egg reference.”

  22. Quarion Says:

    “I’m vaguely reminded of LotR, Legolas and Gimli. ‘13! 14!’ ‘16. 17.’ ”

    ‘That still only counts as one!’

    Also, I am reminded of Ash (Bruce Campbell)
    “Ok you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! You see this? This… is my BOOMstick! The 12-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart’s top of the line. You can find this in the sporting goods department. That’s right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Retails for about $109.95. It’s got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel, and a hair trigger. That’s right. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. YOU GOT THAT?”

  23. Bobby Crosby Says:

    I still haven’t seen those movies. Well, started watching the first one and had to turn it off because it was so boring.  (“Evil Dead,” not LOTR.  Big LOTR fan.)

  24. David Kowis Says:

    “Army of Darkness”

    Not really zombies, but undead, and it’s funny. yeah Ash ;) Same actor, probably along the same story line as Evil Dead. but it’s not titled Evil Dead, iirc. It’s funny and such :)

  25. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “Army of Darkness” is the second sequel to “The Evil Dead” and I was referring to that trilogy.

  26. Oranges Says:

    Yeah, Evil Dead doesn’t start getting funny until the second one. The first one has humor in it but it doesn’t make me smile. Second one- smiles. But the third one makes me laugh. I lovens it. I’d start with Army of Darkness actually and then go back and see Evil Dead 1 and 2 just to see the character progression.

    Zombies are gonna dig tunnels. Crap.

    BTW- Just to add one more argument for “Zombie Take Over”.
    It would take I’m guessing around a week for TFZ to take over the west coast. Then he wouldn’t even need to hide the zombies on flights. Hell, once a carrier of any 100% deadly disease gets to an airport it’s game over for humanity. We could contain an outbreak on a land-mass (ala 28 Days) but not when it reaches an airport or ship. That is the price for our “shrinking globe”. All pathologists will tell you this.

    Maybe you’ve answered this before but when does the mind-control portion kick in? I know you said 24 hours before first infection to zombie but I don’t remember reading about the mind control. (Just think of all these questions as a good way to plug up plot holes and then go have several of your favorite drink because you deserve it)

  27. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Well there’s zero plot holes to plug up, so no problems there. And I have answered those before, but no problem. It’s 24 hours from first infection to zombie ONLY IF YOUR INJURIES WOULDN’T BE OTHERWISE FATAL (for about the 2 millionth time), just in case you weren’t clear on that. And no, I’m not yelling and screaming, just making things as clear as possible. But in most cases you’re killed right away by the zombies and immediately become a zombie right after dying, and that’s when the mind control kicks in, when you’re dead from zombie bites and are now a zombie, which happens anywhere from 10 seconds or so after you’re bitten (if they instantly kill you with the bites) to 24 hours at the latest.

    “It would take I’m guessing around a week for TFZ to take over the west coast.”

    He takes over the whole world in a similar time frame. The absolute key for quick destruction is him getting his zombies onto those flights and into every continent instantly (within 15 hours or so) and he easily does that, and then it spreads from there. He has to get them all over before everyone in the world knows about the huge threat and what’s going on, and by then it’s too late. I see over 90% of the population of the Earth being killed in the first week, then 99.999% after two weeks, then they just pick off the rest.

  28. Bahamut Says:

    And another plus for the zombies : they don’t need to sleep, and when it’s dark it’s a lot easier to kill someone and turn him into a zombie without anyone noticing. And if anyone would notice the fact that someone is killing somebody… well, before te police would arrive, we would have 0 bodies/zombies on the “crime scene”, so everyone would probably say that nothing happened, and that the person who called the police was either seeing things or just doing a stupid joke. And through the whole night, 1 zombie would be able to “create” at least 50 other zombies i think, and they would create other zombies, so you would probably have about 1000 zombies at least. In other words : way too fast for normal people to survive long, and in bigger cities it would probably be even more. Hope I got that at least a bit right

  29. Nara Says:

    Evil dead was boring, i think you can watch Army of Darkness on its own. and then watch Bubba Ho-Tep because its insanely quirky :)
    Ok so maybe going down in the sewer/water pipes hides their scent because they get covered in nastiness and as zombies they wouldnt care? im sure there are other things… hmmm must think on this….
    just finished checking Marry Me, couldnt believe the drama going on in the posts, its like every page there is one freakazoid heckler-type! you’d never think a romantic comedy would spawn so much dissention! do they go to those movies and scream at the screen? sheesh. poor Bobby

  30. Brellchild Says:

    Still trying to second guess what that closest group of zombies is up to. Unless there is something fairly unusual about the area (I am assuming farming country) there just aren’t any tunnels or pipes big enough for humans (or zombies) that run for ten miles. Certainly not to or through a town as small as this one seems to be.

    In the big cities I am guessing this was a major benefit to the zombies, because there are underground tunnels *everywhere*. But this far out into the countryside? Nah.

    And what would be the point anyways? TFZ doesn’t need to be subtle.

  31. Vo Says:

    Ok. Since I’m bored. Welcome to Zombie Points.

    Zombies only die with brain destruction.

    People are stupid, panicky animals and have no real hope.

    Apparently, 200 Mexicans outlasted all but 33 other people in the world.

    It takes 65 years of blood starvation to become a zombie if you are a vampire. If you are a human, and infected, it happens instantly when you die.

    Human zombies are instinctual predators. They have no higher brain function.

    It took less than a month to destroy civilization. This is not impossible, only improbable. I think that zombies count as improbable.

    Vampire have a wealth of superhuman abilities as a collective, but individually specialize.

    Any non-brain injuries that would put a human down for the count, will not have the same affect on zombies for three reasons. One, they are already dead and are running on nerves and muscles. Two, a dead body doesn’t have reflexes. This is why burning zombies will keep walking. No pain receptors. Three, they are supernatural. Deal with it. That’s the way this world works.

    Anything I missed? If so, I’ll be back in a few days to check. Hope this helps, Bobby. Feel free to contradict and correct as necessary.

  32. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Brellchild: There could be any number of reasons for underground tunnels. Perhaps TFZ was involved in building them himself even.

    “And what would be the point anyways? TFZ doesn’t need to be subtle.”

    He’s all about torture. He obviously knows that vampires are there and going in unexpectedly can certainly lead to more pain for the vampires in various ways, more failure, making them feel like they weren’t even a match for TFZ in any way and that he didn’t even need sheer numbers to defeat them. All kinds of reasons.

  33. Ferreter Says:

    A long list of questions I have–hopefully they are not spoiler (or tooo much of a spoiler that they can be answered) while being ones that have not been asked before–if not, I hope to find outin the comic…

    Does TFZ plan on surviving the destruction of humans & vampires?

    Does TFZ need anything to survive or eat?

    Are there any others like TFZ (vampires who went soo long w/out blood), and if so what are they doing?

    What does TFZ plan on doing if he managed to wipe out both the vampires and the humans?

    Somewhere along the line I think you mentioned that the surviving humans in America (wish I had a better way of putting that) would become the only humans let–is this b/c of Devian helping Mac, making her inable to help (what are the humans in Mexico doing/what’s going on there)?

    I think I remeber you saying humans can get infected by any type of zombie bit whether it be a a tiny scrape against teeth or not, but what about scratches? I’m sure Mac can’t get out of there completely unscathed, so is he a danger in the future? (lol this might be a spoiler–but probably not)

    Sorry about this being all questions…you can probably see where I’m going with them though (?)

  34. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “Does TFZ plan on surviving the destruction of humans & vampires?”

    He doesn’t care.

    “Does TFZ need anything to survive or eat?”

    No.

    “Are there any others like TFZ (vampires who went soo long w/out blood), and if so what are they doing?”

    As Math said, there was one before, before his time, but it was contained in Bulgaria. That’s all I’ll say about that for now.

    “What does TFZ plan on doing if he managed to wipe out both the vampires and the humans?”

    Doesn’t care. Only cares about making sure all the vampires go through the same torture he did, although they could always just kill themselves, but he might have a plan to stop that too.

    “Somewhere along the line I think you mentioned that the surviving humans in America (wish I had a better way of putting that) would become the only humans let–is this b/c of Devian helping Mac, making her inable to help (what are the humans in Mexico doing/what’s going on there)?”

    No, it’s because TFZ kills everything that he wants to kill (so far at least) and Devian alone could not help any.

    “I think I remeber you saying humans can get infected by any type of zombie bit whether it be a a tiny scrape against teeth or not, but what about scratches? I’m sure Mac can’t get out of there completely unscathed, so is he a danger in the future?”

    Scratches don’t count, only bites. I think Mac will make it.

  35. Carl Says:

    Brellchild:
    Still trying to second guess what that closest group of zombies is up to. Unless there is something fairly unusual about the area (I am assuming farming country) there just aren’t any tunnels or pipes big enough for humans (or zombies) that run for ten miles. Certainly not to or through a town as small as this one seems to be.

    Lot’s of reasons for large tunnels in farming country. I’ve seen underground aquaducts big enough to drive a semi through. Aquaducts that big are not exactly common, but ones that a group of people could walk through aren’t that uncommon.

  36. Nico Says:

    Has everyone forgot, if the master crossed under the ocean, then the Spawn most likely can to. He only needed to send a handful to each major land mass, and spread from there.

  37. Nico Says:

    Ah, and I forgot to say, wouldn’t his pressence reduce their scent enough to make it seem to Math like they had gone underground?
    Not to say they haven’t, but there is a chance they are walking above ground, with their lord’s protection.

  38. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Nico, the problem with ocean walking is how long it takes (up to several months, depending on exactly where you’re going). About his presence reducing their scent: That alone doesn’t do the trick, but you’ll see.

  39. irish Says:

    Can’t wait for tomorrow (begins in 25 minutes here). I’ve never even LIKED webcomics before, let alone looking forward to them and fanatically awaiting them…

  40. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Cool, irish, glad you’re liking it. Just to let you know, the earliest the new page will go up is about six hours from now and it might end up being Monday night (not sure yet).

  41. Hagar the Horrible Says:

    Thank you Bobby for the reply.

    In the movie I would implement a scene where you see Mack grabbing a gun or get’s one thrown to him by Devian, people don’t like to think much when watching a movie.

    Don’t rush on next page, just “deliver”, like you guys always seem to do.

    *thumbs up*

    H.

  42. Bobby Crosby Says:

    No problem.

    “In the movie I would implement a scene where you see Mack grabbing a gun or get’s one thrown to him by Devian . . .”

    Well he shoots Devian first, which is how she gets involved, so she can’t be the one who gave him the gun. In the movie we’ll see that Mac’s outside of a gun shop.

  43. Mewt Says:

    Pft… Mac’s surrounded by zombies, out in the open, and he’s looking -up-…?

  44. Hagar the Horrible Says:

    “Well he shoots Devian first, which is how she gets involved, so she can’t be the one who gave him the gun. In the movie we’ll see that Mac’s outside of a gun shop.”

    Of course!

    That’s why you write this stuff and not me :p

    Now start working on the next page in stead of responding to my silly questions!

    @ Mewt: he doesn’t look up, he shot her by accident because the zombies where this || close to killing him.

    H.

  45. Irish Says:

    By all means, take your time. This next page has to last me another two days :) I like being able to savor everything thus far. I’m not trying to hurry you, just noting my appreciation. There are so many subtleties to writing a strong story, and having something good enough that I’m not even trying to poke holes in it says something.

    Instead of poking holes and becoming less and less interested, I’m enjoying your character and your very rich environment, and having the plotline uncover it bit by bit.

  46. Azriel Says:

    This web comic is amazing, I just want to wish you luck and tell you that I will keeps reading it, and as soon as the movie comes out in the states I’m buying three copies

  47. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Just to let you know, I didn’t get Owen the script until around midnight last night and the current plan is to have the page up tonight, some time in the next 5-10 hours.

    Irish, glad you’re liking it so much. I wish I liked it as much as you do! Same toyou, Azriel!

    “Mewt: he doesn’t look up, he shot her by accident because the zombies where this || close to killing him.”

    I think Mewt might have been referring to a moment after that when he was looking up Devian’s skirt possibly, after Devian already was accidentally shot and flew down.  To elaborate on that, you can see on Page 41 that Mac’s arm gets pulled and yanked back by a zombie and that’s why he accidentally shoots straight up into the air.

  48. Shannboy Says:

    I was wondering, devian has healing abilities right? because I haven’t seen any blood coming from her, expet when she got shot

  49. Bobby Crosby Says:

    All vampires have healing abilities, yeah. Can only kill them with the stake through the heart.

  50. Yanson Says:

    What about vampires getting bitten by zombies?

    And I think that Mac should be a bit more of a muscle if he was to take on a townful of zombies alone – and survive.

    Love the comic!

    ps. How the hell did those zombies reproduse so fast? weren’t there the military to stop them?
    *takes cover a second before many sharp and heavy items are hurled in his direction*

  51. Yanson Says:

    reproduce*
    sorry, I’m kind of sleepy… *checks for bites on his body*

  52. Bobby Crosby Says:

    All of those questions have been answered several times in massive detail. Zombie bites have no affect on vampires. Military can’t do shit against billions of zombies.

  53. Yanson Says:

    I was kidding about the military, but I’m curious about the zombies’ chances against the vampires.
    So, basically if there is a bunch of zombies and a vampire, there is no way to kill the vampire? Seriously, how can the vampires die (excluding starvation)?

  54. Bobby Crosby Says:

    Um, I answered that in the post directly above your first post on this page — “All vampires have healing abilities, yeah. Can only kill them with the stake through the heart.”

  55. Yanson Says:

    But the zombies can’t use stakes :)
    Or can they? Well, they surely can use bombs… What if a vampire gets blown to dust?

    Sorry for my little brainstorm, (I really read thru the comments) but this plot makes me go crazy :D I’m curious about the chances of the vampires protecting the humans.
    How a vampire can die is not really important. They can smell blood and sense zombies (?). Couldn’t that help them stop the outbreak during the first day? I know that now all their base are belong to zombies and they have nowhere to go. The only things they could do now is to wait for the weapon to kill the zombies (oh, where does Payne get his red gatorade from?), try to find and kill tfz (has he got some cloaking abilities?) and protect the humans of course.

    I’m also curious about “turning” the people to vampires. How do vamps “turn” and how do they drain blood? If there are only about 50 vampires these must be different things.

    And what about the Bulgarian Dracula? What was all this and how was it contaminated? Is this going to be mentioned further in the story?

  56. Dominov Says:

    all their base are belong to zombies

    SOMEBODY SET US UP THE ZOMBIE!

    Hehe, I had to.

  57. Bobby Crosby Says:

    “But the zombies can’t use stakes :)
    Or can they? Well, they surely can use bombs…”

    If they can use bombs, obviously they can use stakes, but what does that matter? You’re forgetting that the zombies DON’T WANT TO KILL THE VAMPIRES. They want to torture them through decades of no blood. They don’t want to kill them.

    “Couldn’t that help them stop the outbreak during the first day?”

    How? There’s only 50 of them. Nothing they could do. By the time a vampire even first heard about what was going on there were already tens of thousands of zombies. Too late for them to help.

    “The only things they could do now is to wait for the weapon to kill the zombies (oh, where does Payne get his red gatorade from?)”

    Payne? Do you mean the red gatorade Math had? Or are you wondering about Addison Payne and the other vampires and their blood? Either way, they got their blood from humans, of course, and they can go 10 days or so without blood and still be strong enough to walk around and such, but probably not fight anyone after 10 days. As Math said, after two weeks it was already torture and he couldn’t move or whatever he said. Math got his bottle of red gatorade from the last group that he and Val tried to save, but failed (obviously), shortly before they came to the school in SD.

    “And what about the Bulgarian Dracula? What was all this and how was it contaminated?”

    It was hundreds of years ago and it was contained (not “contaminated”) because there were fewer means of travel back, easier to contain it when all anyone can do is WALK.  There were also probably more vampires back then, and far less humans in general.
    And I’ve answered the other questions way too many times to repeat.

  58. Drek Says:

    From observing the comments in this strip, since it is posted via a blog technique – we will eventually get to a point of redundancy.

    Evidence:
    “Um, I answered that in the post directly above your first post on this page”

    Would a page on this site dedicated to factoids or discovered trinkets of info be useful?

  59. Tegu Says:

    THIS IS THE BEST PAGE SO FAR!

  60. Wazza Says:

    G’Day there from Oz Bobby, and to all the people haunting this comic!

    Just wanted to say that I’ve been an avid reader since I stumbled onto this site. It’s brilliant (hell, that word doesn’t do it enough justice…) and I’m going to have my eyes glued to the screen when more pages come up. Bring it on!

    Why did I post on this page, you ask? Quite simply due to that I reckon I’ve got a good guess at Mac’s present thoughts in these panels:

    THANK GOD FOR AIR SUPPORT.

    Yep, knew you’d all agree with me there :D

    Well I’ll quit bugging you all now. Happy New Year to you all when it comes to your corner of the world. Have a safe one!

  61. ModdyPride Says:

    MAC IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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