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Comic 1057 - Four Weeks, Page 26

17th Oct 2021, 11:00 PM in 28. Four Weeks
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Author Notes:

17th Oct 2021, 11:00 PM
Adam C.
Aaand that's it for Hazel. ^^ He won't be appearing in the remaining pages for the chapter.

This was a weird one to work on; kind of cementing Hazel's villain moments throughout this chapter, and systematically subverting anything that could be read as a Pet The Dog moment. Because Xmarlek and Mercy were such Asshole Victims, the comic needed to take the time to establish that Hazel was willing to fuck over not just them, but anyone else who he had his eyes on, including his former girlfriend.

Not to say that Luciana wouldn't be an asshole victim either; she knowingly aided Hazel's takeover and stabbed Mercy in the back to do it, which is why Hazel is taking the time to make it clear what's gonna happen if she tries the same thing with him. Minor touch I really like is that for as rapidly insane as he's been acting, he's still smart enough to concentrate his power base by recruiting Maggi before flexing threats he couldn't've backed up without her. This shows that while he's getting crazy and erratic, he's not any less cunning than he was before.

Honestly, I feel like Hazel doesn't even WANT to kill Luciana and Verbren, and not just because they're more useful to him alive. I read this that Hazel does sincerely want and enjoy their companionship.... but what makes Hazel evil is that he'll still prioritize his own power base over their lives, and only wants them around as long as they know who's in charge.

I've been loving Hazel's suits through the chapter, they do a good job making him look like the new villain, but I've honestly been looking forward to drawing him shirtless again. Tried really hard to make his abs look unnatural to imply the steroid use. It also directly enhanced this scene, since I was trying to make him look especially domestic-abuse-y.
17th Oct 2021, 11:11 PM
Martin F.
Yeah, this was kind of meant to show that as power mad as Hazel's rapidly becoming, he isn't stupid; he knows Luciana has him in a vulnerable position by virtue of what he knows and the second she shows any sign of disloyalty he's quick to make it very clear that won't be tolerated.

Part of the move to do this was to sort of further establish just how far Hazel is willing to go. Luciana arguably came off worse in the previous chapter than he did, seeing as she went along with her boyfriend being murdered when he seemed to genuinely care about her because it benefited her, but she's just an opportunistic snake up against someone much more coldblooded and violent like Hazel.

Like Adam said, this is the last we see of Hazel for the chapter. A lot of the motivation to do this sort of timeskip chapter like this was to put over him really coming into his own as a leader and reshaping the AME into a new form of his own design while he grew out his following past the three people who helped him to get where he is.

There are two more pages left in the chapter so really hoping everyone is going to enjoy what's still to come. After that we'll be taking a short break before starting up chapter 29, Moonlight on a Magic Night.

Somehow both Adam and I started runs of FireRed tonight only to run into a shiny on the way to deliver Oak's Parcel, and I ran into a second shiny on the way back from getting the Pokebalsl so that's really fucking weird.

Comments:

17th Oct 2021, 11:16 PM
Nothing good comes out of being evil.
18th Oct 2021, 7:24 AM
"He never treated me as well as you have..." famous last words
21st Oct 2021, 10:07 PM
Martin F.
Yeah, don't think this was quite what she had in mind, huh?