June 17th, 2008


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Discussion (12)¬

  1. Jha says:

    Lovely. This story arc illustrates so, so terribly well the poverty of a community that tolerates and does nothing of domestic abuse. “All failed, all wrong, all suffered.” That so neatly encapsulates the issue. It’s rare that forms of fiction deal with how DA affects not just those within the relationship but those outside it as well, rarer still that it’s evoked so beautifully.

  2. The Dark Ferret says:

    Love the fourth panel. So minimal, yet so powerful.

  3. Jon says:

    This is perhaps the first page wherein there has been nothing comical at all about Ed’s speech. Usually the way he talks seems kinda funny, at least in the background, but here…I dunno, maybe the reserves of funny were depleted by this story.

    Ed has such wonderful views of morality, he should sit Shadowchild down for a day or two of thorough moral drilling. And then another week and a half of clarification.

  4. CovenantFan says:

    The darkness in Ed’s life casts no shadow. Maybe Shadowchild could never understand because of that fact…or maybe… could see even more clearly??

  5. Beacon80 says:

    Digger should take the Shadowchild to Ed. I have the feeling Ed could answer most of its questions, and make it understand, at least a litte.

  6. Willow says:

    That -would- be an interesting meeting, between Shadowchild and Ed. Still could happen sometime!

  7. Mark Antony says:

    I actually feel that Ed’s truncated speech makes what he says have much more impact. It cuts out all the fluff and everything he says feels that much more immediate.

  8. Kisame says:

    Sigh. All blame. This sentence is too true.

  9. jaynee says:

    Don’t get me wrong Mark, I love Ed’s speech patterns, but I can’t agree with the idea that the correct usgae of grammar necessarily means including “fluff”.

  10. Claire says:

    Agree with Dark Ferret, re panel 4. Oh Ed. ;_____;;

  11. MichaelMN says:

    Capulet, Montage,
    See what a scourge is laid upon your hate,
    That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!
    And I, for winking at you, discords too,
    Have lost a brace of kinsmen. All are punish’d. -Romeo and Juliet, V.iii

  12. JET73L says:

    I rarely saw Ed’s speech as funny. While good grammar is not fluff, it is important for clear communication, Ed’s manner of speaking provides only what is necesaary, and in doing so offers a more powerful delivery of the messages (in my opinion) than any other character in the series.

    The second and third panels are amazing, the fourth panel puts out exactly the right emotion of… Oh, I had it a moment ago. The second-to-last panel is not my favourite aesthetically, but emotionally it does show the bleakness of what Ed seems to be feeling.