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Comic 64 - Countdown

14th May 2007, 6:52 AM
Countdown
Average Rating: 5 (12 votes)
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Stormwind13 22nd Sep 2015, 9:41 PM edit delete reply

Ada looks so beautiful in that last panel there. Just wish she didn't have to be SCARED like that.
Mark_L_A 23rd Sep 2015, 12:37 AM edit delete reply

I agree totally.
xpacetrue 23rd Sep 2015, 3:46 AM edit delete reply

Interesting prayer. It sounds almost like poetry.

If I had to guess, I'd guess that the 'Sons of Mary' refer to humankind. But I am curious who 'Martha's Sons' refers to. Androidkind? AI's in general? Do androids recognize a 'Martha' as a progenitor, sort of like Galina? Or maybe Martha refers to a creator?

Then again, perhaps I'm completely off base. Maybe readers aren't supposed to understand it?
Tokyo Rose 23rd Sep 2015, 6:35 PM edit delete reply

It IS poetry. :) Check the author's note on the previous page; Ada is reciting "The Sons of Martha", written by Rudyard Kipling.

Kipling wrote it to honor those who work to provide for the physical needs of others--engineers, builders, and so on--often at dire peril to themselves, and often in direct opposition to natural forces and potential disasters. It was inspired by the biblical story of the sisters Mary and Martha; when Jesus and his disciples visited their house, Martha rushed about attending to the duties of hospitality, while Mary sat down to listen to Jesus's teachings. Martha finally got annoyed and pointed out that Mary wasn't helping her take care of the guests' needs, and Jesus pretty much said "she's doing something more important".

There's a lot of analysis that can go into this, but what it comes down to is that Martha was the practical one who was focused on the important duties of a hostess and the comfort of her guests, while Mary was the intellectual and spiritual one who gave learning and spiritual growth a higher priority. Kipling's poem reflects this, casting the Sons of Mary as those who are blissfully unaware of all the dangers around them while they seek for enlightenment--because the Sons of Martha are taking care of them and keeping them safe and comfortable.
DLKmusic 17th Jan 2016, 12:57 AM edit delete reply

I even commented on the last page, thinking this was original... didn't realize it was Kipling. Even so, the thought still stands, if you ever want to do a filler page, this poem recreated in verse form would make a great one.


(Gee, DLK, maybe you should read the authors notes once in a while... duh!)
Haegan2005 23rd Sep 2015, 8:00 PM edit delete reply

I like the new extended scene ladies!
mjkj 26th Sep 2015, 2:32 AM edit delete reply

Wow, Ada!!!!
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