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westward_0992One gets the impression that, in over a month of space flight, Carter has hardly if ever visited the command deck. You may recall that around the time of Westward’s return to the Solar System, he was struggling with the responsibility of command. While he has now reconciled himself to being the captain, it seems evident that the role is something of a burden to him.

The archived strip referenced to your left is from late in Episode Six, when Westward had limped back to the Solar System after a practically disastrous maiden voyage. Though Carter never seemed to accept full responsibility for the misadventure, he’s clearly not overly confident either. -e

  • Matt [in Middletown]

    Meanwhile, all the cardboard Carters that photobombed everyone earlier are holding a meeting elsewhere.
    / kidding.

    Carter seems hesitant to speak.
    Wonder what Ben said.

    • Folarx

      [Deck hands conversation:]
      “What’ Ben say?”
      – “I dunno dude, ‘something something terrifying new vistas of reality something something.”
      “Oh. Okay. …is there some coffee left in the thermos?”
      – “Sure, help yourself.”

      • Matt [in Middletown]

        “Something something Plaaaaaaaan. Something something Dark Siiiiiide.”

    • Anyone unlucky enough to open the door to the left will be buried under an avalanche of Cardboard Carters, each with a slightly different pose.

      • Matt [in Middletown]

        “Buried under cardboard facsimiles of their captain, how will technician third Doyle survive?!”
        Uh, I can just crawl out, I’m fine!
        “Trapped and dying of thirst, Technician Doyle must make a desperate choice!”
        I’m, uh, going to head out now Mr. Narrator.
        “Nonsense! where will that leave the readers? What about suspense, adventure, DANGEEEER?”

        I wouldn’t do that to any characters, honest.

  • Folarx

    I am slightly envious of the Westwardverse’s abundance of transparent aluminium.
    (Yes, also of its star travel, fancy uniforms & frickinly hollow and ancient-machinery-crammed Mars. But transparend Aluminium is a start.)

    • I know. I feel like if we just nailed that one piece of technology, a future in space would inevitably follow.

      • Folarx

        Right? Who needs Hoverboards?

        • Well, that would just be an incalculably cooler future a few inches above the earth. Unless, of course, antigravity came into play.

    • And by the way, how do we know Mars isn’t crammed with ancient machinery?

      • Folarx

        You are absolutely right! While there may be no magic in this world, we can still hope for a taste of Clarke’s Law #3.