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This comic seriously kicked my ass. omg.
This is the Easter Special ending of a holiday that happened like 6 months ago. :D
Yay. We made it.
Juniper you are ruined the sister group shot!
The spicy racks?
And somehow I have a feeling that this Black Friday was not even close to being the worse for these sisters
i have enough cheerios now, thank you.
You gotta appreciate that kinda aim in a toddler. All his shots are pretty consistent.
You have enough food? No way.
You saw the van, that hot chick with the retro nerd belt tried to kill her.
He’s waiting for you to start catching them in the air like usual. He’s too young to recognize, “Sorry, almost killed a little while ago, not in the mood.”
That’s with used shrimp scampi.
Perfectly natural reaction for a muggle getting involved in a Buckingham Christmas.
That and seeing all the Hobbit and bacon ice cream option.
I wonder who’s going to be the first to crack.
Enjoy your Easter, Rusche! It must be nice to finally have Black Friday over with… (checks calendar)… 5 months later. :)
So any chance we will see Xmas or is there going to be a time skip?
Chris, you really know how to put emotion into a cartoon.
It almost seems like Tarrakin are protecting Anise as well. . . Ginger is deflecting the perfection of the mom glare. I wonder how well she’d stand up to the full name effect. Ellie was just a bystander, but is involved for dragging Quinn into it. And I think that Juniper has to hide behind the menu because then the whole thing will break into chaos.
They… Are… Pumpagon!
This is likely why Rosemary will be hearing nothing about this. What do they explain first? How she briefly had six daughters thanks to an arcane dance technique that temporarily bonded the two together? How her second eldest daughter’s future self came from the future to kill about 43 percent of her daughters? Or perhaps how said second-eldest daughter summoned an eldritch horror to consume said future self via the ENORMOUS GAPING MAW LOCATED IN ITS STOMACH before hitting on the remaining six daughters?
And her roommate.
Yes, and her roommate. Yes, mom, Ellie’s roommate is catatonic because she was hit on by an eldritch horror named Dheu following it opening the massive, tooth-filled maw in the middle of its stomach and consuming whole the alternate future version of your second-eldest daughter. How’s that for an explanation, ma? You sure you want to hear the rest of it? Or maybe you want to just SHUT UP AND EAT YOUR GRAND SLAM ALREADY.
Rosemary raised them. Half of their DNA comes from her. I doubt she’d have the levels of shock that a normal person would. She probably caught Tarra experimenting regarding Dheu in her teenage years causing a “there will be no demon-summoning in this household, young lady” talk that led to Tarra usually letting David do the summoning. I’m guessing similar on the fusion dance with an “I don’t care if it’s not fornication, you’re still becoming one flesh, and Biblically no daughter of mine is doing that under my roof” talk. She’s probably already exterminated any of Cinn’s remaining ratchantulas, too.
They don’t want her to know for the same reason most children don’t want their mother to know they’ve failed to live up to her expectations.
Well, just being there in the van would definitely make Quinn the 8th Sister, if only by experience and living through Black Friday. I wonder if the Sister Council will call her the “colored one”
In hindsight, I think I might have preferred Ginger’s version of things after all (I voted for Tarra in the poll).
I was expecting more kung-fu fights and explosions, not full on fantasy and time travel. It was still enjoyable, just not quite what I had imagined.
Oh well, I guess next time I’ll know what “the Tarraverse” includes.
I didn’t vote, but I would have voted for Tarra. I feel like a bastard, now
Man. I’m wondering about Sister X now.
Sister X lives! (Cause the boss said no one dies in this arc)
She will return! (Maybe to her own timeline? Who knows?)
There is a difference between dying and being trapped in a dimension of eldritch horror. Most DnD players will tell you that.
Though the difference is technical and rarely is any comfort to the player who’s character is now effectively banished forver. Even if she isn’t dead I doubt we’ll ever see Sister X again. Retire her character sheet. It’s over.
Still, the trip out is not going to be pretty.
I gotta say, with seeing Ellie and Pumpkin next to each other, Pumpkin looks like a mini Ellie with Tarra’s hair color lol. I can’t wait to see the next one, especially with how Juniper’s looking at Tag.
This is the end of the story arc with the next comics being transition to the next arc. So next comic will probably involve a time skip.
Way to end things with some awkward unresolved drama Chris, the creator.
Oh, and I hope your Easter is enjoyable. :)
It’s not like they started the thing at toy store. The conflagration had begun already, when they arrived.
The coat factory, ya, that’s all Cinnamon. But nobody but us knows about that.
That’s their story and they’re sticking to it.
They might not have started it, but Sister X certainly finished it with that bazooka/rocket launcher. Not that that’s their fault. So far… in this time line, anyway. Though Pumpagon was not exactly a strategy designed to keep the toy store intact.
Clearly, we’re waiting for Picard.
Quinn’s got the “thousand yard stare” all right…
I absolutely love that picture of the girls. Their faces and postures say everything (except who Kaiser Soze is). It reminds me of the silent argument between Ellie and Quinn about who should go in to the electronics store. Fantastic non-verbal communication.
Don’t mess with mama. Her Guilt-Trip ability is not to be trifled with.
And don’t worry, Quinn. The first is always the worst. Next year will be much more fun. There’s only a 30% chance someone will be eaten by unnatural abominations from the nether realms every given year, so thems good odds by Buckingham standards.
I didn’t realize Quinn was so affected by the experience….hahaha
Also, is that Ginger’s hubby on the side?
I want to eat Denny’s now…..Or more likely, I just want food now.
Wouldn’t you be freaked out if Death smiled at you and tipped his hat with as much charm as an eldritch horror can summon? And yes, that is William, Ginger’s husband, looking at her, wondering just if he’ll ever hear about it later. . .
I’m seeing concern more than curiosity in William’s expression. Ginger does appear to be someone who bottles things up to keep up appearances. I’m betting William’s reading her as bottled up to the breaking point and trying to decide if he should try to get Rosemary or his parents to look after the boys to give Ginger some peace and quiet to unwind and vent however much she might need to.
I would tend to concur. However, It may be that Herb would come in three hours later, after having turned the scene over to the CDC, USAMRIID, ATF, DHS, and the Florida Swift Responce HazMat Team, along with the Florida National Guard and it’s respective branches.
At that point, either the glare stare from mom onto the girls may either intensify or just revert to nominal background levels of interrogation. She may even switch towards Quinn and seeing as to how she can be made ok again.
What is Rosemary’s profession? I’m thinking of something along the lines of professional. And yes, I said it that way, counselor or therapist. Perhaps psychiatrist. That’s got to make enough money to either pay for the girls at birth (maybe just Ginger) or the insurance to cover their births and stuff afterwards. I thought of that, and I kind of got a Mike Seever’s Dad vibe, but more serious, more paternal and less sit-com.
Ginger was described as stay-at-home mom and “recreating the experience in bizarro world” so I’d assumed Rosemary was a stay-at-home mom and the financial means for having that many children to be mainly a fictional convenience. Although, public employees usually have at least decent health benefits, so I would think most of the delivery costs would’ve been covered by Herb’s insurance.
Maybe Herb’s on the take. The Colombians have been paying him to look the other way for years while they run product into Lakeland, making that critical connection between Tampa and Orlando.
Or, Rosemary’s parents, having fled Cuba before the time of Castro, took their belongings, savings and such and fled to Miami. Where they sent their daughter to the best high school and college and graduate school, where she worked until meeting Herb.
That is a hell of a strip, Rusche! The lineup of the family as the sisters are questioned by Rosemary is great, but I especially liked Juniper’s sneaky glance at the end. The feels, man, the feels.
Man, I hope Juniper’s arc turns out well. ;_;
This. So this. Those last two panels. No dialogue. Two characters total. Yet, so much feels. So very much. More than most strips manage in their entire run, and all done while the author is dealing with his own troubles. Rusche, I salute you.
He has a real gift for drawing subtle facial expressions.
If this is the last strip of the storyline, that means Black Friday ended on Good Friday. :) I hope not, because I want to see the rest of this confrontation…
HAHA. That is very true isn’t it? Good observation. :D
Not only that, if you left out Quinn you’ve got the same number of people that were at the Last Supper.
I think previous comments on some of those confrontations (specifically Juniper/Ginger/Tag issue) was they’d be backburnered for a while but eventually would get resolution.
Dude, Tag, that paper is upside down. Hey grandma, how does… HOLY CRAP WHAT HAPPENED TO AUNT TARA!?!?!?
Okay, something been nagging at me. Since it’s been established that Ginger took the son that Juniper didn’t want, is that him with the green crayon in the bottom center panel? Anyone else think that’s him?
Yes, that is Tag, Juniper’s progeny.
I find it interesting that Ellie, arguably the only sister not to break any laws, is most blatantly avoiding eye contact (others avoiding are at least looking at menus instead of off into space).
Also, this story arc has taught me something. It’s bad to be a right eye in the Shotgun Shuffle universe.
Also, since I missed posting on the last comic while it was current, very happy to hear Lily’s doing better.
Poor William is just like “uhhhhhhh Ginger?”. Anyway Chris I know this is late hut I’m glad things are working out for your daughter and I hope she recovers quickly!
Bad form for three in a row, but I’m curious how long has Juniper’s face been her Flickr as opposed to the wiki (which did seem abandoned-ish last I looked, including by myself)? Also 251 pictures at the moment, so someone put some good effort into that.
I think we need to have another poll- is Juniper about to have a moment of quiet contemplation, where she looks back over her life and her past mistakes and decides to mend her ways, or is she about to say something really, REALLY dumb?
i vote uber blonde moment
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