I think 84 has made a new friend.
And 84 shows that basic manners is still one of her greatest superpowers.
Long story short, they’re on fairy tale rules now. And the polite young lady who pays careful attention to what the mystical beings say is the most dangerous person around.
When dealing with fairy tales, politeness always is the best solution. Try reading the “Enchanted Forest Chronicles” and you will understand.
Love that series.
I think politeness IS 84’s greatest superpower, just as comon sense is Moonshadow’s… Hmm… I wonder what other characters in this series are like that, that their greatest superpowers are mundane things that get overshadowed by the obvious…
Seconded. Seriously, anyone who has not read the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede – first chance you get, go to the bookstore or library, get ‘em, and read ‘em. Those are probably my family’s favorite books after “The Lord of the Rings”.
Is the clock finally caught up? Or is it only good in this pocket dimension?
Where’s a Time Lord when you need one?
At the local pub.
No! Not a gift shop!
..That actually sounds like an upgrade for Manhattan.
And like the number seven is a hint.
Given that seven is a mystically attuned number, it’s likely just pointing out (again) that Veles is ‘teh magic dood’.
I can’t wait to see how the arrogance and condescension of the others are going to be their undoing while 84’s respect, humility, and friendliness gives her an edge.
Oh good a gift shop as well. And 84 demonstrates yet again why I think she will ‘win’ this contest. Politeness is a very good trait. It serverd her well when she and emerald gauntlet contested and it will serve her well here.
“Lady of four score and still four more”… I like that one…
Why does that feel like a clue to me? Watch for future references to twice an answer to life, the universe and everything as well.
Two score & still two more?
….so not a Tarot deck, he’s playing solitaire ?
yes. clock solitaire, to be precise, he needs the fifteen of fifteen (3:15 PM)
Is it just me, or did the way he refer to her sound similar to how he referred to the card he needed? Usually everything about these hint people is important, as much what they are doing as what they say.
I think his game of cards is just that – a game of cards, something to pass the time whilst waiting at the gate to greet newcomers. As to his saying ‘four-score-and-still-four-more’, that’s probably just his way of saying 84 (which he can clearly read on her outfit).
Time and the author, however, will prove which one of us is more correct…
I’m rooting for 84, of course. But I can’t help but think that Manhattan would be a lot better off with Veles in charge.
Would you like your new Manhattan with or without dragons Tom Gwynn?
As long as I get to enjoy the pleasure palaces, does it matter?
I am thinking the dragons would lower crime, increase tourism, and be a benefit no matter how you look at it.
I rather like the implied point in the first panel: that mundane intelligence is just as potent a force as any superpower. Another point in 84’s favour – she’s a clear and straightforward thinker when she needs to be.
I had a friend play a game of solitare using a tarot deck once….
Their postman died.
According to http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Grigor , Grigor is “The Watchful One”
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