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I do believe you're right, and it makes sense. At this point, Protagonistan is still keeping the alien contact secret from the general public, and only sharing it with useful experts or policy-makers who have a need to know. Informing the UN but keeping it within the Security Council is the same logic writ large.
Edit: it will require a certain finesse to get through this scene without revealing whether or not Protagonistan is Russia.
Sure, but the problem with that is that per current procedures, there are only five WEOG seats and three are filled with the permanent members France, UK, and USA, so there's no way that Germany, the Netherlands, and Portugal could be on the SC simultaneously ...
... short of one of them having had an alignment change and qualifying as "Eastern European" in the storyverse ... :-3
I just found this comic last night, and I could not stop reading when I got started, so I stayed up until way too late reading all the way through. It is a very good take on humanity's first meeting with aliens, very close to what I would have done myself, if I was talented enough to make something similar.
I am looking very much forward to seeing where this goes…
I also like the art style and the design of the main aliens, being quite different from humans, but not so different that the reader is “alienated” too much to relate to them.
It is also good to see that some of the aliens in the fleet are non-humanoid, and vary different from the main ones, as I think it would be stupid to expect all intiligent aliens to be humanoid.
Well, that depends how you define humanoid. An extra set of arms and tail is not enough to make you a non-humanoid IMO. Not then you otherwise have an overall human body structure.
But maybe we can agree on calling them simi-humanoids?
Also, I was wondering, do they have some kind of amphibian origin? Their tails seems like they would be very good for swimming.
When put in a situation no one has experienced before, it is impossible to say whether you have enough information or not. What Bahnin says in the two last frames is very much speculation based on very shallow observations. A very big problem here is that a military person are talking to politicians and not to other military. These two categories will react very different on the same information, due to their different background and experience.
Just look at the phrase: "Our experts unanimously agree". If you do not want a politician to take a hasty position of how to meet this potential threat, this is not the way to explain things. Bahnin's goal here should be to get the politicians to slowly contemplate the issues at hand and thereafter make a responsible deliberation before they make any decision. And also lead them to make decisions that are not irreversible if the situation changes (maybe even drastically).
The way Bahnin handles the outbreak of questions is bad. He should ask them to hear his whole report before they ask any question. To start answer questions here will most probably derail the report and mix knowledge and assumptions to an degree that will make it impossible for the politicians to understand what is what , thereby have them make the wrong decisions.
'Hello, Commander. In light of the recent extraterrestrial incursion, this Council of Nations has convened to approve the activation of the XCOM Project.
You have been chosen to lead this initiative. To oversee our first—and last—line of defense.
Your efforts will have considerable influence on this planet's future. We urge you to keep that in mind as you proceed.
Good luck, Commander.'