[S.T.O.R.Y. 5/29/02] Suddenly Susan

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[S.T.O.R.Y. 5/29/02] Suddenly Susan

Postby Chaos Priest on Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:00 pm


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Hammer queen, serve the pain from the whacking
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See that girl, flee the scene, dodging the hammer queen

I love Susan's pose in the last panel. It is pure awesomeness. I wonder how much time she spends practicing her form?
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Re: [S.T.O.R.Y. 5/29/02] Suddenly Susan

Postby ChibiCarrera on Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:54 pm

I don't think she spends too much time on her poses. Susan is the pure essence of awesomeness. She needs no practice.
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Re: [S.T.O.R.Y. 5/29/02] Suddenly Susan

Postby Nightranger on Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:46 pm

I just thought of something: do we ever see Susan teasing Sarah (or anyone else) like she is here any other time?
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Re: [S.T.O.R.Y. 5/29/02] Suddenly Susan

Postby The Old Hack on Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:03 pm

hallelujah, here she comes
queen hammergirl
enchanté, what can I say
don't care at all
You know, she used to have to wait around
she used to be the lonely one
but now that she can hammer the whole town
she's the only -- she's the only one...

Susan is all but a walking Crowning Moment of Awesome. And I don't actually think she is teasing Sarah here. She is merely trying to be genuinely supportive in a somewhat skewed way, given that this is in her very early stages where she hasn't gotten to know either Elliot, Tedd or Justin that well.

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Re: [S.T.O.R.Y. 5/29/02] Suddenly Susan

Postby ChronosCat on Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:10 pm

== Spring, 2006 ==

Chronos: I've heard plenty of stories before of people who couldn't see that the person they were pining for / in a relationship with was a jerk. From an outside point of view, I can see how Susan might think this was one of those cases. On the other hand, the "Typical male behavior" part was uncalled for.

Also, that in panel 4 needs to know when to quit while he's behind.

== Jan, 2009 ==

Nightranger wrote:I just thought of something: do we ever see Susan teasing Sarah (or anyone else) like she is here any other time?

Crystal: The first time I read it, I thought Susan was being completely serious. (Wrong, in the case of being Sarah's hero, but still completely serious.) Even now, that last part is the only part where I think she might be teasing.

While I don't know about teasing, joking in general is not out of character for Susan - IIRC she does occasionally crack a dry joke - though she's more likely to be the one responding sarcastically.
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Re: [S.T.O.R.Y. 5/29/02] Suddenly Susan

Postby SleepyOrigami on Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:33 pm

I assume that Susan must practice using the hammers quite often as she is very skilled in their use and they are important to her. It seems like forever since there has been a good hammering in the comic. I wonder how awesome it will be when all her (assumed) hard work pays off with an awakening. 100 hammers at once? One giant hammer?

Anyways, this strip seems to provide further proof that Sarah has very few friends at this point. I wonder if this is a personal choice or due to some dark secret in her past that has yet to be revealed.
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Re: [S.T.O.R.Y. 5/29/02] Suddenly Susan

Postby Tarvok on Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:04 am

The more I read, the more I get the impression that this first arc showed us some last vestige, of immature, junior-highish behavior. Elliot and his Cloak of Solitude. Susan and her bombastic man-hating. Tedd and his awkward glasses-wearing, reflexively perverted self. Nanase's early self-confidence shattered temporarily by growth. All but Grace, whose character's progression is the only one that betrays drift, as opposed to growth... and Sarah, who began as the most "mature" member of the cast (having started her career as "the chick" to "the stupid guys"), but seems to be relaxing now that her friends are growing up a bit (and she sheds an old grudge).

I have to agree with The Old Hack: Susan is a veritable walking Crowning Moment of Awesome, even today. She just doesn't wield the hammers any more. They've all faced danger together multiple times (Sister, Painted Black), and then bonded in a highly intimate fashion (Birthday Party).

Given how little in-comic time has passed for these developments, I have to bring up my "temporal microcosm" theory, once more. It really feels like they've advanced from freshman to junior year in a matter of weeks.
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