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Comic transcript

Iskra: Good Morning!
Iskra: My name is agent Iskra
Iskra: Has General Bahin informed you about our arrival?
Major: Yes, follow me please.
Major: Do keep in mind that you are just guests here.
Iskra: I’m afraid it’s not all that simple, Major. This situation of yours is now on the international level.
Iskra: You are still in command of this base, but from now on, everything concerning contacts with the extraterrestrial organism will be our jurisdiction.
Iskra: And I’ve heard things aren’t going so smoothly?
Major: There was some chasing, the alien girl tried to escape.
Major: But I’ve orchestrated the whole situation...
Major: ...and it helped to break the ice between us and to begin proper cooperation.
Iskra: I...
Iskra: See...

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MrZJunior (transfer from Disqus)

Is it just me or does she look like Twilight Sparkle?

Mersharr (transfer from Disqus)

Orchestrated the whole situation? So he let her escape the cell on purpose? Risking the lives of many soldiers?

JoB (transfer from Disqus)

... how exactly does an unarmed escapee, with fingers too thick for a human-sized trigger guard (like on the weapons fired at her), not getting into the well-guarded shuttle nor (presumably) wherever else alien weaponry from the crash is kept, pose a risk to "the lives of many soldiers"? I'd rather be worried about (civilian) lives at risk if somebody dangerous did actually escape to where people are intentionally kept in the dark about his very existence ...


Have you missed the part where she bent a metal pipe with one hand?

JoB (transfer from Disqus)

Not at all. How did that fare against armed (with distance weapons) military again? Delaying their pursuing her for as long as the pursuers' movements (and selection of weapons to use ...) were restricted by the building they were in, that's all.

Mersharr (transfer from Disqus)

She may be quite capable of killing a couple soldiers unarmed.

charles81 (transfer from Disqus)

Escape attempts as ice breakers... love it.

The Major just continues to impress me. She roughed him up a bit and threatened his life but he just kept his cool and now sees it as the opening to better communications.

Greg C (Silence Echoes) (transfer from Disqus)

"Honestly they're very reasonable, they're in a rough situation much like we are."

Delta-v (transfer from Disqus)

"So you see, Agent Iskra, you are quite unnecessary."

Stolen Moment (transfer from Disqus)

Isn't that the "Now I have to kill all of you" phrase?

glenn (transfer from Disqus)

Oh no. She must be a highly-trained "Expert" and the Official In Charge.

Furinkazan (transfer from Disqus)

That poor agent clearly was not expecting that

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