EndMaster, The Grandmaster of the Dead

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"I swear, End, you're like a little poisonous devil that sits on people's shoulders and whispers evil into their ears in an effort to cause the most drama and chaos that you can." - Axiom

"There’s a certain point where you need to stand back and realize that all you’re doing is butchering kids on a public forum" - Some kid before I butchered him

"..." - Loving daughter Green

"You are a legend." - Loving daughter Cricket

"Thank you for adopting me." - Loving daughter TCat

"I watch daddy daughter porn and imagine it's me and End." - REALLY loving daughter Thara

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Location- The Outer Reaches of Your Mind

Interests- You really don't want to know

Occupation- Destroyer of Worlds

Signature- Writing: It's more fun than a barrel of Ebola ridden monkeys!

Extra Info- I'm originally from that graveyard called Infinite Story, but I came here as a conqueror because I'm a no good dirty tyrant.

Also the creator of AI Dungeon back when it was originally still good of course.

If you're interested in seeing my one "game" like story, you can click this link.

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Administrative contributions and driving insane traffic our way. Won 2007 Contest Having 11 Storygame(s) Featured Having Infinite Points Posting 13546 Forum Posts Given by alexp on 06/21/2012 - For all the great work on the site. Given by BerkaZerka on 01/09/2017 - What goes around comes around~ Given by EndMaster on 06/22/2012 - Because it's my trophy! Given by Fleshnblood_78 on 08/01/2008 - Thanks for bringing quality to the site Given by Gower on 03/24/2021 - "It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill." - Tolkien Given by JJJ-thebanisher on 02/17/2008 - For excellent writing ability used in epic proportions. Congrats on Legend. Given by Killa_Robot on 12/10/2019 - The only tribute I can give, as I kind of like my soul. Place wouldn't be the same without you. Given by madglee on 03/13/2012 - Start publishing this stuff, man. Excellent. Given by MadHattersDaughter on 03/29/2021 - For the stories and contributions and well, you. But mostly for letting me dress you up in funny costumes! Given by march5th00 on 11/26/2007 - For exceptional writing ability with Necromancer and for winning the CYS 2007 Contest "March's Madness" Given by mizal on 11/11/2019 - A toast to another 1000 years of unmitigated villainy, ever expanding armies of minions, and unquestioned and absolute power. And the writing of course. Given by ninjapitka on 10/22/2022 - A humble offering to your eternal reign Given by tsmpaul on 02/25/2008 - And the award goes to... (drum roll please)... Endmaster, for hitting the top games list! Given by Will11 on 01/15/2017 - For being the best author on the site and contributions as a Moderator

Storygames

A Very Special Choose Your Story

Some stories have a message...kinda...

Additional Notes:

WARNING! (The real one)

This story is pretty offensive, it can get graphic and downright ruthless at times so if you don’t like that sort of humor, don’t read this story. But if you read it anyway don’t complain if you get offended, I did warn you and keep in mind it IS only a story.

(Or read it anyway, get offended and leave a hilariously triggered comment, that's fine too.)

Also, don't bother trying to "win" either. You can't. Just heed the moral lessons you may learn.


Featured Story Alpha Wolf

Old monsters never die, they just get meaner.

Additional Notes:

There are history links for each monster (In the form of your character's memories) and while not neccessary to understand the story, they do provide deeper background. Ignore whatever you might know about various old movie monsters, you'll find that most of their histories are much different in this story.

You may find that this story has a movie feel to it which is appropriate considering the characters involved. The language (and violence) can get graphic sometimes, so if you don't like that sort of thing, you probably shouldn't read it.

Finally this isn't really a "win/lose" type story, however there are definitely good/bad/neutral endings. A few endings are even "really good" though they won't be spelled out as such.


Featured Story Death Song

One musician's tale in a dying world

Additional Notes:

If you’ve read and liked Necromancer, then this might interest you as this story takes place during the same course of events of that story. (Not a prequel, not a sequel, but an equal!)

However, this story is definitely more “story” than “game”. In fact you shouldn’t even bother reading it if you’re intent on “winning”. You can’t. That being said, there is a “true ending” to this story and you’ll probably know if you get it. If you do get it, you can consider it a “win” if you like.

There are a few points in the story where there are links that lead to “Letters to Home”. While not necessary to understand the story, they do provide a little more insight into the protagonist’s thoughts and feelings on various situations.


Featured Story Eternal

Eternal

 

 

The last hope for a dying empire

Additional notes:

This story can be very long assuming you're not dying. Years pass and your surroundings will most likely change. You may very well live a life time in the story.

As with any of my writings, the story comes before the game. However while there isn't a complex inventory and all of that, you can technically "win" by getting one of the epilogues.

There are 13 epilogues total.

There are also several points in the story where there are links that lead to more background information on various people, places, things and events. While not completely necessary to understanding the story, they do give you more insight into it.


Geek

Carnivals aren't all fun and games.

Additional Notes:

While there is only one spot that contains extra histories for this story, it's basically the background information of all the major characters and factions. It's strongly recommended that these are read due to the fact that your character will be interacting with most of these folks in his attempts to successfully accomplish his task(s).

This story has a very factional feel to it, so choose your allegiances carefully to get one of the better endings.


Featured Story Ground Zero

If you see a bright light, duck and cover!

Additional notes:

I should point out that this story can be very long assuming you're not dying. Years pass and your surroundings will most likely change. You may very well live a life time in the story if you're lucky. You will also experience a completely different adventure depending on how you escaped the initial nuclear strike. (Assuming you do survive it.)

As with any of my writings, the "story" comes before the "game". However, this story was written in a "game like" format. So while there isn't a complex inventory and all of that, you can technically "win" by getting one of the 4 special endings. (You'll know if you get one because you'll get an epilogue)


Featured Story Imagination

This one's for the kids, no really!

Additional Notes:

This story has clear cut win/lose endings. There is nothing excessively unusual about this story, it's just a simple "children's story".

(Yes, you can still die in it)


Innkeeper

Running the family business isn't easy!

Additional Notes:

In a few places there are links for history or certain characters. While not necessary to understand the story, they do provide further background information.

There are several endings varying in degrees of good/bad or neutral outcomes. Technically there is one very happy ending, but it isn't labeled as such.


Love SICK

Underneath the sickness there's love...

Additional Notes:

WARNING!

This story contains a lot of graphic content, if you are offended by ultra violence, explicit sexual descriptions, tons of swearing, blasphemy, inappropriate dark humor, and brutal misanthropy in general then DO NOT read this story!

Of course now that I’ve mentioned all the things it contains, you’ll probably read it anyway, you sick little monkey.

Well don’t complain if you get offended, I did warn you and keep in mind it IS only a story.

(Or read it anyway knowing it'll offend you and leave an amusingly triggered comment. That's fine too.)

This also isn't really a "win/lose" type story. While there are some endings better than others, this is basically just a tale about a very twisted man and his very twisted lifestyle.


Featured Story Necromancer

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Additional Notes:

This story is definitely more "story" than "game", however there are two distinct paths that can be followed, each with their own pitfalls and additional choices. There is also "one true" ending in which can be considered a "win" (You'll know if you got it, because you'll get an epilogue)

This story can get long, and assuming you're surviving, years do pass in it and you and your environment will change. There are a few points in the story where there are links that lead to more background information on various people and things. While not completely necessary to understand the story, they do give you more insight into it. The text that accompanies some of the pics are also done for similar purposes (Your journal entries, personal thoughts, letters written to you, etc)


Featured Story Paradise Violated

Humanity never changes...

Additional Notes:

There are links leading to various background information and your character's current thoughts throughout the story. In some cases these may provide greater insight since some mysterious things can occur in this story.

There are also several endings varying in degrees of good/bad/neutral outcomes. Technically there is one ultimate "winning" ending, but it isn't labeled as such.


Repression

Emotions can be wonderful or dangerous...

Additional Notes:

This story has a few bits that are probably a bit on the disturbing side. Not many, but they are there in places. So if you don't like that sort of thing, you probably shouldn't read it.

This story in general is probably a bit odd and less verbose than most of my other stories. There are also several endings varying in degrees of good/bad/neutral outcomes. While there are some endings better than others, this is basically just the tale of a teenager who definitely has some issues.


Featured Story Rogues

From humble beginning to infamy and beyond!

Additional notes:

This story is a fully self contained one and can easily be read on its own, however it also acts as a "sequel" to Innkeeper.

As with any of my writings, the story comes before the game. However while there isn't a complex inventory and all of that, you can technically "win" by getting one of the 12 epilogues.


Featured Story Suzy's Strange Saga

Things would be so much easier if your name was Mary Sue

Additional notes:

This story is a fully self contained one and can easily be read on its own, however it also acts as:

A direct sequel to the "Good Girl" short story in Tales From The Basement.

A semi sequel to the other TFTB short stories, Repression, TRASH, Love SICK and Geek.

A semi prequel to Ground Zero.

As with any of my writings, the story comes before the game. However while there isn't a complex inventory and all of that, you can still "win" by getting one of the epilogues.

There are 16 epilogues total.


Tales From The Basement

Because Basement Dwellers are people too!

Additional Notes:

This story is three stories in one. Your first choice will lead to a separate tale of a different “basement dweller”. Each one is mostly different in tone.

Ebay Escapist is weird and random. It’s the least verbose of the three. (Or my stories in general)

Good Girl is the longest and most descriptive of the three. There is some weirdness going on here too, but is mostly kept much more in "reality". There is a cast of characters link in the beginning to help you keep up with who’s who.

Anime Addict has a lot of offensive language and humor, so if you don't like that sort of thing you shouldn’t read this one.

In all the tales there are several endings varying in degrees of good/bad/neutral outcomes. While there are some endings better than others, these are basically just tales of basement dwellers.


Featured Story Tales From The Basement 2

It's an edgelord boogaloo!

Additional Notes:

This story is three stories in one where it follows a different protagonist based on the first choice.

This story is also probably really offensive or something. Probably shouldn't read it if that's not your thing, but feel free to do so anyway and complain loudly in the comments since those are always good for a laugh.

Anyway, there's your extra warning. You can't say you weren't told.

Incel Insanity and Whining Wokie are all new tales, while Film Fanatic is a "reboot" of sorts of an older story called Exploitation Theater. Yes, it's finally here and been greatly expanded on.

As always the story is always more important than the game focus, but also as always, you definitely can get better endings than others.


Featured Story The Pure, the Vile and the Deadly

Three ladies. Three legends.

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Additional notes:

This story is a fully self contained one and can easily be read on its own, however it also acts as a connection to Rogues, Eternal and Necromancer.

As with any of my writings, the story comes before the game. However there is an epilogue for each "winning" ending.


TRASH

Yee Haw! It's a trailer park life for me!

Additional Notes:

This story has a ton of offensive langauge and humor so if you don't like that sort of thing, you probably shouldn't read it. Though given the setting, the language used is pretty accurate.

This also isn't really a "win/lose" type story. While there are some endings better than others, this is basically just a tale about a typical day of a degenerate that lives in a trailer park.


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A guide from EndMaster on writing about mature topics.

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how do you create a story game? on 4/23/2024 6:31:29 PM

I mean with a name like "kickme" in it, you were sort of asking for it.


how do you create a story game? on 4/23/2024 6:11:57 PM

Xenia?


TSR Comics: Comics with a free game inside! on 4/22/2024 10:01:54 PM

Going to do what I’ve been doing which is going over the main arc first and then following up with the short stories that were running throughout the comic series.

So this next comic is called Intruder and as I mentioned I didn’t actually get into this one from the start the reason being it didn’t look like anything I’d be into and also something as simple as the cover didn’t catch my attention.

Now if the first issue had a cover like this:

Much more eye catching

Well that’s why I ended up buying it and I probably had money burning a hole in my pocket at the time or something.

The first arc of Intruder which I never read had a 4 issue arc, this one covered the remainder of the series at 6 issues. Eight to ten issues was usually about the number of what these TSR comics ended up being. I think RIP had the shortest with 8. 

Now despite this one having six I’m actually not going to spend much time reviewing since…well it’s a slog to go through. Or rather the protagonist is sort of fucking annoying to the point that it makes the overall story intolerable.

I didn’t like Jake Brasher much for being unfun, but holy shit even he wasn’t as angsty as Eric Corbin. All the dude practically does is cry and run throughout the comic. 

But I’m getting ahead of myself. What exactly is Intruder about? Well it was supposed to be a comic about tying all of TSR’s “worlds” together. Different planes of existence, alternate dimensions, etc. That sort of thing. Eric is a scientist who sort of stumbles upon all this and gets into adventures, except he’s sort of a big pussy about it. 

Now he is a scientist and I get that not everyone can be Gordon fucking Freeman, but he’s just really not what I want to see in a protagonist. Probably about the bravest thing he does do is his wife gets captured in the first arc during his battle with the main villain in it, Master of Chaos and he does try to get her back and he even ends up killing the Master of Chaos. Of course I didn’t read any of that arc and can only go by the brief summaries I’ve seen. It is entirely possible Eric’s personality was written a bit braver than it is in this arc, but from a quick check and it does say it had the same writer from the start.

And granted there’s a lot of situations where he doesn’t really have much option except run and he’s not a action hero type, but holy shit he could have at least borrowed a bit of Brasher’s stoicism (When he wasn’t being ANGRY of course). By the time of this second arc Eric is already spent one story arc as a plane hopping “Intruder” and has killed a major villain called The Master of Chaos. One would think he’d be used to having experienced all sorts of horrors by now rather than screaming and crying a lot.

So why did I even continue to buy it? Well as usual the short stories are pretty good, plus the main story is another case of there being a good idea there, but the protagonist sucks a lot. (Plus I was always a bit of completionist) 

Well might as well get on with talking about the actual story a bit.

It starts off with Eric still looking for his wife, he hops to some world with a huge fucking library. In fact this is “Alexandria” and it’s basically keeping a book of every plane, world and dimension in existence. He finds a book about the Master of Chaos and he’s puzzled since he knows he’s dead, but upon opening it he learns that the Master of Chaos started off not too dissimilar from him. Cowardly blue alien with a big head (Long before Megamind) and he was even trying to save his wife (He fails harder since she actually dies rather than merely missing). He ended up killing some ruthless overlord that had lots of fancy powers too. 

And then as an Intruder, CM starts acquiring more abilities soon after and he starts using these powers to entertain various folks and generally be a fun person that other people enjoy since he’s got lots of interesting stories to tell.

But as fun as that all is, it’s NOTHING compared to the amount of big fun you can have being a complete dick to people on a massive scale and that’s exactly what happens. Absolute power and all that, CM starts becoming an asshole and doing all the shit that entails until his story ends with Eric busting a cap in his ass.

Eric then sees another book, which now follows the life of the evil overlord that CM killed during his time as an Intruder. Similar story and ends the same way. Eric goes through several of these books and it basically is the same tale just with a different guy. Eric goes into the first of many of his screaming panic fits:

“No, it can’t be! The universe can’t just run on cruelty and blood! There are other paths besides brutality and madness! What of free will? I will choose my own destiny!” 

Apparently this guy never heard of Lovercraft.

Well you can’t take away a man’s right to be a big pussy so that’s basically what happens through the comic arc. Eric going around looking for his wife and running a lot in panic. Now there is a major ongoing threat while he’s looking for his wife and that is, he hops into a dimension where humanity is extinct or practically extinct and he’s pretty much stuck in it for the entirety of most of this arc.

Now here’s an interesting part of the story. 

In THIS universe humanity was like some warrior race of bad ass conquerors that had a galaxy spanning empire. However they bump into another race called the Tzara who are definitely a warrior race just by their appearance alone:

Being a race of “philosopher kings” was never an option

Naturally a war broke out and after laying waste to half the galaxy, the Tzara kicked humanity’s ass, but this was what they call a pyrrhic victory. Apparently at some point during the war, humans managed to kill all the Tzara females so the plan B was for the few surviving humans to scatter across the galaxy and quietly try to get their numbers back up and just outlive the Tzara. 

But despite being a doomed race, the Tzara weren’t going to just let their enemies outlive them, so they went about hunting down the last of humanity. Which they didn’t have too much trouble with seeing as they still had a titan class ship they could use to bully others into helping them, not to mention humans had been assholes to many other races during their golden age, so wasn’t like humans had many alien allies.

It’s all very METAL and if THAT had actually been the entire story, this comic would have been a whole lot better.

What we get instead is Eric stumbling upon the last human female disguised as a cat furry (Ulrika) at some galactic hive of scum and villainy. Oh and he also stumbles on some drunk bum who is Odin. Yes, THAT Odin. In this dimension apparently instead of properly dying in Ragnarok, he ran away from Fenris. It’s a whole other subplot which honestly wasn’t really needed and just served to make the main story unnecessarily convoluted by trying to tie it altogether.

Part of this tie in is how humanity was in this particular dimension, like I said they were a warrior race and they did semi-dress like space vikings crossed with space romans. Ulrika particularly has a valkyrie style going on after her furry disguise is destroyed. They’re chased by some bounty hunters for awhile looking to get a big payday, but Odin actually helps them out with his godly vaporizing powers. Ulrika is pretty overjoyed about finding a human man though since she’s eager to mate with him and have a whole mess o babies. (She’s also a virgin and doesn’t really know exactly how the actual process works and the time involved in carrying a child)

So you’d think this means Eric and Ulrika got the king of the norse gods on their side, things might not be all the bad, but Odin’s still a big drunk and he’s plagued by self-loathing and sorrow due to the fact he ran away during Ragnarok. So when the Tzara capture ALL of them, Odin’s fairly useless moaning over his failures wondering what the point of everything is. (Great now we got TWO whining faggots in the story) Ulrika is ready to fight, but Eric is like “Yep, this ain’t my fight, I’m off to find my wife, see ya.” and uses his dimension hopping powers to leave. (Okay, that is pretty funny)

However ends up somehow on old Earth or Urth as it’s called here. He talks to the Tree of Life (Which has seen better days) who gives him some acorns to help give life back but it will require sacrifice of his own life. Eric as usual doesn’t want any part of something that invites death, so the Tree tells him of the whole Ragnarok fuck up since Odin was supposed to sacrifice himself to have the whole life and death cycle continue, but since he ran away it fucked everything up. 

Cut back to Ulrika now bald headed and missing an arm and being thrown before the Tzara leader Zatog. He surprisingly mentions that she won’t be killed but instead sterilized and put in an intergalactic zoo. Ulrika is always defiant though and still tries to fight. As for Odin, they got him strapped to a table of some sort, but they’re getting annoyed with his wailing and about ready to just throw him out an airlock. 

Eric pops up again on the ship after his story time with the tree of life is over. Odin suddenly decides to revert to his old self and starts killing the Tzara to protect Eric (of all people) One of the Tzara manages to take out Odin’s one good eye but that just causes a huge explosion of godly power blowing a huge hole in the ship allowing Odin to scoop up Ulrika and Eric and head back to Urth since he wants to finally see how all this will end. Meanwhile Zatog is done with the whole civility thing and orders they take the ship Urth and wipe out humanity once and for all.

The last part of this arc starts off with the Tzara getting to Urth and trying to scan for human life signs. During this time, one of the funnier bits in this comic is a group is taking a tour of their ship.

Lol

Cut next to Eric just finishing up fucking Ulrika. Yep, this guy’s been hopping multiple worlds and dimensions looking for his wife and now is the time he decides to cheat on her with some bald cripple. Great job. (Probably another reason why I didn’t like Eric) 

Ulrika is of course thrilled since she didn’t know how pleasurable it was going to be (Well it’s not like she has anyone else to compare him to) and claims she already can feel the future of the human race inside her and the generations that will worship Eric’s memory. Eric’s just like “Well that’s not how pregnancy works, but if by some chance you see my wife, don’t tell her okay?” (Yes, he actually says that)

Odin’s looking for the tree of life, which despite being blind, he’d be able to sense if it was around. Eric finds him and tells him this is all sort of pointless, but Odin isn’t deterred. He doesn’t find the tree of life, but he does find the rainbow bridge which allows him to get back to the battlefield that he fled during Ragnarok.

While all this is going on the Tzara have found Ulrika and despite having only one arm she’s killing a shitload of them claiming that the Tzara aren’t the warriors they once were during the great war with them. Zatog finally gets the drop on her though.

Odin sees his staff of power and says it can make Urth live again, but Fenris soon appears stating he’s been waiting a very long time for Odin to finally return. Odin is about to run, however Eric of all people manages to convince Odin to not be a big faggot and run away stating that spending his life as a drunk clown wasn’t great and the future isn’t always certain so who is to say Fenris will kill him.

Odin finds his courage and battle Fenris who promptly eats him, but Odin tears open Fenris’ stomach killing him and then dying in the process stating that it’s up to Eric to use the staff to bring about life again.

Good ol’ predictable cowardly Eric doesn’t want to actually listen to his own advice, but the same question comes up again as it has throughout this arc and that’s “Do you love life or just YOUR life?”

Odin turns to dust and Eric’s screaming about how he doesn’t know shit about any of this and he needs help, etc. Then he sees the remainder of the Tzara coming over the horizon and Zatog carrying Ulrika’s head on a wooden pole. (There goes the future!) 

Surrounded and not really knowing what else to do, he exclaims that Zatog has won and that he chooses life while promptly shoving the staff of power into the ground. He then starts doing his Intruder mind thing where he attempts to jump somewhere else causing the Tzara to suspect that he’s up to something and they pull out their blasters and shoot at him.

Which results in one of those things where they assume they killed him, but he just managed to disappear in time. With what they assume the last of humanity dead, the Tzara leave and accept their own grim fate that they’ll be heading to the grave soon as well.

Eric rematerializes by the staff and buries the acorns near and says some encouraging words to make Urth green again, before dimension hopping elsewhere.

And that’s it for that arc. There’s two more issues involving Eric where he hops into another dimension, or rather it shows him being thrown into one by the “game masters” 

There’s 3 big aliens monitoring Eric and they’re pissed that he’s not going mad like the other Intruders and it’s terribly inconvenient. One of them states that it was a bad idea to pick a human though I’d say it was more bad luck on their part that they picked a human that wouldn’t get drunk on power. Still, they can still see he’s got enough of an ego that maybe shit will still work out and they figure they’ll guide him to what he’s looking for. 

The world he ends up on is completely populated by womyn. Like they don’t even know what the hell a man is and when they find Eric they think “she” has got some sort of tumor on her. Lol.

He wakes up asking if anyone has seen his wife and they’re freaking out, then soon after Eric’s freaking out because he’s gone full tranny and turned into a woman since apparently a new Intruder power has kicked in which allows him to better blend in with his surroundings. The women of the place have actually heard of Intruders before, so they don’t even mind him hanging around a bit. Of course one is showing him around and…

Yeah it just sort of sucks and isn’t that interesting of an arc.

Long story short, there’s a virtual reality thing going on (Complete with that grid like cyberpunk 80s-early 90s Lawnmower Man style), an evil version of Eric pops up in the virtual world, Eric finally finds his wife Gina who turns out to be The Great Mother in this place and there’s some fighting in the virtual world and eventually Eric wakes up in his own bed with Gina by his side, but it’s not his Gina, it’s some alternate Gina. His real Gina stayed behind for her “daughters” (All those women) mentioning that there’s the whole greater plan going on. 

Finally ends with the GMs getting uneasy since Eric is just becoming too unpredictable and maybe they just need to get another Intruder and kill him already, but since this was the last comic of the series, none of that shit matters. (Head canon is they killed him though because Eric sucks)

Yeah that’s it, we’re done and we can move on to the better stories next posts.


TSR Comics: Comics with a free game inside! on 4/21/2024 10:40:48 AM

I mean that's why I liked it. 


TSR Comics: Comics with a free game inside! on 4/21/2024 4:51:32 AM

Alright here's the last short story and appropriately titled:

Goodbye Cruel World

Gotta love it.

Anyway, next up I'll probably review the Intruder series next when I get around to it. It's another one where the main story isn't that great, but it does have a couple of good short stories, one of which is even CYOA related. Stay tuned!


TSR Comics: Comics with a free game inside! on 4/21/2024 4:44:05 AM

Alright the last round up of short stories for RIP before moving on to the next TSR comic. Unlike the main story arc, the short one shots are all pretty good.

11 Stories

So this one starts off with a guy named Gary jumping off a building hoping it will be quick and painless because after all how long can it be to fall 11 STORIES to your death?

Starts out in Vietnam where he’s stolen some dude’s lucky talisman for shits and giggles. Doesn’t really say why other than he’s just being a dick. The owner of it is wondering where it is since his grandmother gave it to him, but Gary says they don’t have time to look for it because it’s time for patrol. 

The patrol gets ambushed and Gary is the only survivor. He realizes that the talisman is the real deal so he’s definitely going to keep it now.

This is where the “gimmick” of the story kicks in because it will cut back to him falling after each flashback with the mention of how close he is to the pavement. The 10th story in particular is probably the best one.

Nothing like completing your war crime checklist

After Nam, he mentions “mellowing out” a bit since he didn’t hurt as many people on purpose. So he’s doing stuff like fucking women and telling them their pregnancy isn’t his problem, beating up black people and blackmailing college faculty in order to get recommendations.

Later he joins a law firm (Because of course this scum was going to become a lawyer) where he ends up spreading rumors about one of the law partners (Thomas) being THE BIG GAY thanks to buddies Gary had in the newspaper business (Remember this is still about the late 70s not the age of darkness we live now where something like that is celebrated). Now this bit isn’t quite confirmed, since his gay shit supposedly happened 12 years ago, but you know what they say, suck one dick and you’re a cocksucker 4LYFE. He ends up leaving town and the firm.

This creates two opportunities for Gary. One he manages to take a junior partner position with the firm since Thomas is gone and two, Thomas was going out with the other senior partner’s daughter Lucy. She’s pretty distraught about all this, but of course Gary’s right there to comfort her so much that he ends up marrying her instead.

By the seventh story, he focuses on the one “good thing” he did which was his son and it shows him being wholesome for a change. Still hasn’t changed though, except now he’s got slightly more purpose for being ruthless so he can make a good life for his son.

Next stories he’s going over more bad shit he’s done like bribing judges to win cases and finally get senior partner. Which soon results in just taking over the firm completely when he ends up murdering Lucy’s dad because he won’t back an investment on a new office building. 

Shows him next having thugs scare an old lady into giving up her home so he can build this damn building, then he renames it after Lucy’s dad on top of all of it. “Daddy would be so proud!” Lucy says.

So by the third story, he starts mentioning all the shit going down because that’s the day the talisman’s power finally wore out. 

Shows Lucy leaving him for Thomas of all people since apparently he still loves her (And probably needs a beard to fend off the gay rumors still going around). The new building isn’t up to code and the safety inspectors are breathing down his neck and worst of all the doctors call and tell him his son has got cancer.

Next story he’s tracked down the grandmother of the guy who originally owned the talisman, offering her a shitload of money to recharge it. However, she knows that he was the one who took it which resulted in her grandson’s death. Gary tries to say the Viet Cong killed him and adds a threat that she better recharge it or else.

Grandma isn’t moved by the threat of death and says that Gary is going to experience retribution for the last 20 years he’s been a fucking asshole. He breaks her neck, but there is no stopping this retribution. 

Cuts to the last story before he splats on the pavement, and it shows him climbing the stairs to go jump off the roof thinking that the best days are over and there’s no point in living through even more shit that’s coming for him, so better to end it now. He can still call the final shot.

However, it ends exactly how it begins, with him saying he hopes this is quick and painless because after all how long can it take to fall 11 STORIES to your death?

All of which implies that Gary is reliving this jump over and over again in some sort of hell.

Next story I’m going to skip since I’m going to show it entirely in a following post because it really is a tale where a picture is worth a 1000 words. (Not much text at all in it anyway) so we’ll move on to the next one which is actually a two parter that was in the RIP 7 and 8 issues. (Which I’ll just review altogether of course)

Junkyard Dogs

This one starts off at a retirement home with some old people and their caretakers sitting outside. One of them Caleb is complaining about how shit the place is, while his blind buddy John knows the place is shit, but he’s a little tired of Caleb bitching all the time. Doesn’t help that their home is half a mile from a garbage dump.

One of the caretakers mentions that some folks from the university are spreading some experimental organisms there to try to breakdown the garbage quicker and turn it into fertilizer.

Well experimental organisms in a horror comic, this isn’t going to cause anything bad at all! (Shows toxic sludge doing its usual thing in the horror genre)

The conversation turns to animals and in particular John’s dead dog Forsythe that John considered to be more than a pet, but rather an extension of himself and losing him was even worse than when he lost his eye sight in the first place. Caleb bitches a bit more and then goes inside.

Just then a man is running towards the home telling them ALL to get inside because “it” is right behind him, they’re confused at first until some mutant dog tackles the man and starts eating him.

The old folks and caretakers aren’t completely helpless and are trying to fight, but nothing is hurting it. An old lady hits it with an axe and Caleb even shoots it multiple times with a shotgun, but when one of them throws ammonia on the dog, that’s what dissolves and kills the thing.

They see more coming and get inside the house trying to figure out what else to use against them. Caleb grabs a bottle of whiskey tossing it at a dog from the window thinking it might have the same effect, but it doesn’t until one of the caretakers Bill tosses a flame on the dog as well. Unfortunately he accidentally lights himself on fire as well needing to employ STOP DROP and ROLL. 

Blind John then hears one of the dogs barking and recognizes it. It’s Forsythe. Blind John goes out despite Caleb trying to stop him, but it’s fine and Forsythe recognizes his old master. So he marks the territory with his acid pee which tells all the other dogs to stay away so they all leave (Including Forsythe) 

So Caleb says they should try to warn the town that a pack of toxic dogs are heading that way, unfortunately due to Forsythe marking the territory, he pissed on a telephone pole which loses structural integrity and falls over, not to mention the car is broken from the start of the story.

Meaning Caleb and Blind John take a double bicycle and pedal their way to town. Caleb thinks this is a bad idea given that John is blind, but John mentions he’s still stronger so it’ll help if he’s pedaling too and he wants to get Forsythe back anyway. They conclude that since the ammonia killed one and they piss acid, their body chemistry is probably a base so that’s their weakness.

(This is where part 2 starts)

The toxic dog mutants are now in town and the first thing they do is kill a bunch of kids and old people at the park. Caleb and John are still cycling to the town with Caleb wondering how many dogs their are since he sees even more of them, John mentions it’s going to depend on how many animal bodies were in the landfill since that’s where they unceremoniously dumped Forsythe and if he’s back then that’s where they’re all coming from. (Oddly just the dogs, no cats or rodents?)

Meanwhile the toxic doggos are ripping the shit out of the townies. There’s bloody body parts all over the streets and the town is pretty fucked. 

Whoops!

At this point Caleb and John have made it into town and John asks what’s it like in town and Caleb tells him that he doesn’t want to know. The dogs however have had their feast so they start heading home for the night. John shouts for Forsythe to come back, but Caleb tells him he doesn’t want him in the condition he’s in. Caleb is interested in getting some medical help for the wounded back at the old folk’s home. 

The clinic is overcrowded with the town’s wounded however so they’re not heading over there anytime soon. Meanwhile some militia type gathers up a mob with a bunch of guns because they’re convinced that good old American FIREPOWER will win the day. Caleb just shakes his head at this idiocy and heads over to the chemical plant which wasn’t even locked due to the panic. 

Caleb finds a tanker truck filled with corrosive chemicals that he thinks will put the dogs down for good. He and John then drive over to the landfill where the militia group are and losing the battle spectacularly against the dogs. Caleb grabs the truck’s hose and tells John to just keep feeding him the line, but John is attacked by a particularly large mutant dog which swipes at him. Fortunately Forsythe intervenes and saves John, but the large dog cut the hose with its claws. 

Caleb tells John to get himself and everyone else out of the landfill because he’s got a plan B. John shouts that his friend is about to do something drastic and those that are still able to manage to get out of the landfill before Caleb makes the ultimate sacrifice of just driving the entire truck into the toxic dump area where the dogs were making their home. They’re all dissolved back into biosludge which then causes the militia leader to say he wished he’d thought of that, to which John says he wishes that HE’D thought of that too. 

Cut to the aftermath showing the old age home which is now named after Caleb. It’s quieter there now without him, but John says Caleb went out loud and useful just the way he wanted. John then mentions how once someone’s a part of you, they’re never really gone. 

Final scene shows John saying “Isn’t that right Forsythe?” and shows Forsythe near a bowl of bloody bones and what looks to be a child’s head.

No seriously, the story ends with the old folks looking at their mutant pet doggo who has clearly just eaten a kid. Look at this shit. 


I like how the dead kid’s head displays an expression of terror as the jaws of an abomination was the last thing he saw.

Now granted John can't see that his wholesome doggo is still eating folks, but surely the other non-blind old folks could tell him, but then again a lot of them probably got put in that shithole by their own ungrateful offspring, so they might be like fuck those kids (and the townies in general) anyway.

Alright, next post will be last story of the RIP series.


TSR Comics: Comics with a free game inside! on 4/20/2024 4:16:27 AM

Alright this next main story arc is rather meh. In fact I remember when I first read it, I had a hard time staying engaged so this review will be sort of shorter than the first main story arc.

Main premise is its about a cop who gets killed by a serial killer and he comes back from the dead for revenge. Sounds somewhat familiar to the premise to the first arc, but this one has more of a serious tone. And yes while succubitches ripping people to bloody shreds is serious business, you also had a dead game show host making insulting comments on various situations which lightened the mood a bit and gave the comic a sense of fun.

This one has no such fun which doesn’t make it quite as good overall despite dead cops and serial killers running about. Basically like usual I’m going to end up explaining the story and make it sound more entertaining than it actually is. And if it still doesn’t sound entertaining, well I’m working with what I got.

Also this one has no connection whatsoever to the other arc, it’s just another tale of revenge from the grave. Not even set in the same universe since the afterlife seems to work a bit differently here (As I’ll describe later)

Also these had short stories at the end of them too, but like before I’ll do those on a separate post.

RIP Story Arc 5-8: Brasher Avenger of the Dead

Cover already sucks compared to the first four RIPs

So starts off with Brasher tracking a serial killer he’s been hunting for a long time. The serial killer is called the Ten Penny Killer because he kills his victims by hammering in ten penny nails into their skulls, which while a little unique, it's not exactly the most efficient way of killing someone. Naturally this killer is only targeting women because that’s standard operating procedure for serial killers. Not to mention he’s already using an inefficient means of killing his victims, makes sense to pick targets who will be easier to overpower.

Brasher is doing the whole inner monologue in his head about the killer saying how he knows he’s close this time wandering through back alleys. Stumbles upon one dead whore with nails in her head and then there’s a bit elsewhere with some other whore begging for her life on her knees. However, Ten penny’s not moved by promises of free blowjobs and just wants her to shut up and accept the SLAM, which unfortunately for her isn’t a dick in her vertical smile this time but a nail in her head.

Brasher stumbled upon her body too, but apparently ten penny got spooked by Brasher approaching so he didn’t manage to finish the job properly so now she’s just mumbling shit with nails in her skull. Brasher doesn’t get far when he’s ambushed by TP and in a poor showing of his cop training, TP not only gets the upperhand and knocks the gun away, but he also manages to crack Brasher in the skull with his hammer hard enough to incapacitate him.

“Never done a cop before, hell never done a man before. First time for everything.” - Ten Penny Killer discovering his latent homosexuality

So Ten Penny skull fucks Brasher with a nail to his head and everything goes black.

Next it show Brasher getting back up and he’s not really looking any worse for wear. He sees TP not too far away and starts to run after him, a cop car passes the alley causing the killer to hide behind a trash can. Brasher is screaming at the car to stop and then grabs at TP only to find that his arms go right through him.

TP is unaware of any of this and seeing that the coast is clear he runs off leaving Brasher to wonder what the hell is going on. Doesn’t take long though to see he’s fucking dead with nails in his head (And now cops are around his body since it’s a crime scene) and his current form is that of a ghost especially since he’s now floating upward. However, he’s still not exactly convinced, he thinks maybe this is all a dream so he heads home where he meets his mom.

His bald headed young green naked translucent mom. Not sure how he recognized her immediately, but I’m guessing the voice helped.

So he’s wondering why she’s so young or even around because she’s dead. She mentions that he’s dead too and he’s got to accept that so he can move on. She’s even here to guide him to the afterlife. He still isn’t convinced, but after a quick look into the morgue he realizes “Yep, I’m dead.” and promptly turns into a bald naked translucent green person too. He tries one last effort to enter his own body, but he’s unable to, which just makes him madder since he’s been able to go through other shit.

His main anger stems from not getting the Ten Penny Killer, but also that TP got him instead (Nobody likes to lose). So he goes to the afterlife with his mom which is a weird place. It’s a barren alien looking landscape where all the other green naked spirits join together like a DNA helix going upward to the sky. Joining this spirit centipede links you and everyone gains everyone else’s knowledge and experiences and all that other commie faggotry.

Like I said, the ghost/afterlife thing here is working a lot differently than it did in the other story arc.

However, at some point the spirits separate since some of them are experiencing past trauma of their lives which usually ended violently and they can’t let go. These spirits go to a giant bramble bush area. Brasher at this point becomes angry enough that he breaks free and gets the attention of “God” who is just this humanoid shaped being of pure light.

Brasher explains he doesn’t belong with them because they’re all too afraid to die, but he’s too MAD to die. He WANTS to go back to KILL…but only other killers, he clarifies.

He then goes on about how he also wants to help those too afraid to do anything about their situation and “set them free” so that they can move on to the better location of the afterlife and no longer have the trauma. He reasons that there can’t be any harm in killing murderers early so they don’t send innocents to the afterlife early.

Unless murder and murderers are part of the “design” and if that’s the case, Brasher says he feels like killing God. (Who has been completely silent this whole)

God says that murder isn’t part of the natural design so Brasher then comes to the conclusion that there’s an opposite player in this “great game” that perverts it with murder and shit, to which God replies that this is true. (The Devil duh)

So God says Brasher is going to lose everything he gained during his time in the afterlife, but he can return to earth to carry out his self appointed mission. So he goes back, but he’s still in his green ghost form and can’t actually do anything physical, however he soon learns he can possess matter and animate it.

He goes to the butcher shop and builds a body out of meat to dig up his old body and repossess it. Seems like it would have been easier to possess a dead one from the fucking morgue or a funeral home, but then again you don’t get the chance to do something like walking around in a body made up of pork chops, spare ribs and sausage links everyday.

Now in his old body, Brasher vows he’s going to make ALL the killers pay so they all better watch the fuck out.

(Also this whole time his real name is Ralph Needham, but he actually becomes Jake Brasher when he comes back from the dead)

Next Issue

One of many covers which will show Brasher in a various state of anguish of some sort

So now Brasher’s in his dead body drinking in a bar and not feeling any of the effects of the alcohol (Negative or positive) since surprise, he’s fucking dead. He gets pissed about that and leaves with several of the other patrons glad he’s gone because he was stinking up the place smelling like formaldehyde.

Realizing he’s gotta do something about his stench based on what he’s overhearing people say (Since he can’t smell himself) he heads to the store to buy a shitload of cologne, or rather he doesn’t buy it so much as he just threatens to bust the clerk in the mouth and takes the bag of stuff. He’s already pissed about the clerk making jokes about how he smells anyway.)

He also realizes at this point he really didn’t think a lot of this through since he doesn’t have any money and he’s lucky that in the bar they were just glad he was gone before they asked for any.

So as much as he’d like to stay at his old place, he really can’t so he sits his body near his apartment like he’s one of the winos and goes in as a ghost to pick up his hidden stash of money and a few extra clothes. He finds his superintendent trying to ransack the place, but he scares him away by throwing shit at him like a poltergeist.

He gets his stuff and returns to his body to begin his search. He’s trying to keep his mind off his girlfriend Jenny which then cuts to her at work and being all sad. She’s apparently a social worker and a rare one where she actually believes she can make a difference with the scum walking into the place.

Cuts back to Brasher getting a new place and decking it out like and office, he also cusses out his landlord after he mentions laying the aftershave on a little thick. He starts wondering how to resolve the smell thing, but gets distracted thinking about Jenny again and how they were complete opposites and how he’s going to get Ten Penny. (You also get to see the big ass hole in his forehead which he covers up with his hair)

Cut to Ten Penny who is peacefully washing dishes in his boring suburban house that looks like the rest on the block. He’s hearing a voice that’s telling him to go out and kill someone tonight, but he’s tired and says he doesn’t have to do it every night. This voice keeps goading him on which even Ten Penny mentions that he’s only doing it because the voice won’t leave him alone and what does it want from him.

The voice says that it just needs a favor every now and then and that another kill would make up for the cop. Ten Penny doesn’t understand since he killed the cop, but the voice points out that it wasn’t a SHE. The voice suggests killing the cop’s wife and if not his wife then his girlfriend. Ten Penny says for all anyone knows the cop could have had a boyfriend to which the voice says it doesn’t really matter who he targets as long as the next kill is a SHE. He gets a special nail because he’s going to do something special tonight.

(Well it's the horror genre, if women aren't soul sucking monsters, they're obviously going to be hapless victims)

Cut to Brasher buying a car (and stinking up the car dealership with his cologne) and heading to the grave of one of TPs victims (Ellen). He starts questioning the grave until finally a green naked ghost girl comes out wondering why he’s disturbing her. He explains the situation that he’s trying to get revenge and she should help. Meanwhile the grave keeper thinks Brasher is some nut and calls the cops on him.

Ellen helps a little bit by giving some very minor details of what she can remember, meanwhile Brasher has to make a quick getaway due to the cops arriving, but they see enough to recognize that they just saw Ralph Needham, but that it couldn’t have been him since he’s dead. Then Ellen pops up briefly to say it was him before disappearing and now they freak out since they’re right near her grave and she was the woman TP killed that same night.

Speaking of TP, it shows him picking up some hitchhiking chick with a new wave punk hair style, but then TP himself is still rocking the glorious MULLET, the 80s weren’t quite over yet!

Brasher meanwhile does something silly like going to see his girlfriend and lets her know that its really him writing on her mirror with her lipstick. He manages to communicate to her that they could even see each other again though he’s not sure if that’s a great idea since things would be very different. Jenny however is down for it, but Brasher doesn’t have any more time to explain since he hears the police scanner he bought going off about another murder so he leaves.

Cut to the chick TP picked up, or rather just her head nailed to a tree. This is a bit different than his usual MO since he’s never chopped up these women before. He’s getting worse and the last scene shows TP saying how he made that last one special and how if she’s going to hitchhike like a big whore then the pillbug can crawl in her ears. (TP obviously doesn’t know shit about pillbugs since you more often find them under rocks and damp places like a rotting log. A dry healthy tree trunk would be more likely to have ants or beetles hanging around it)

Next issue

Well this one at least has a bit more going with a dead hooker on the front rather than just Brasher looking angry at something

So Brasher’s back at his office trying to figure out where TP could be lamenting the fact that despite his ghostly powers increasing, he’s no closer to his goal. Just then another naked green ghost girl comes floating in, Brasher thinks that it’s another TP victim, however she states that she got killed by a different guy called the Black River Killer with a clothesline.

Brasher figures she wants his help so she can get off the bramble bush and move on, but she says she’s in a worse place than the brambles. Where she’s at is complete blackness and that she’s “Soul dead.” However she was still clever enough to make it back the earthly realm since she learned what Brasher was doing. Brasher doesn’t really want to just drop chasing TP to go chasing after BRK though, but this ghost points out that TP, BRK and others like them are all just merely “soldiers” controlled by a greater entity that wants to bring more suffering into the world.

She makes her ghostly exit leaving Brasher to inner monologue and think about a bunch of shit (Including Jenny again) but the main one is heading over to the hospital where the blowjob girl TP nailed that night he nailed Brasher is still alive in a coma. (Since y’know Brasher interrupted the process)

While he can’t speak to her in meatbag form, he can certainly speak to her in naked green ghost form so he plops his body in a chair and exits it since her spirit is out of her, but still tethered to her meat body.. She’s actually pissed at him for either not getting there in time before she got nailed or not arriving a little later so TP could at least kill her and she wouldn’t be stuck in a coma.

He tells her to just move on then, but she’s a bit too scared to do that still. He questions her about that night and she does manage to give him some vital info he didn’t have before. He thanks her and is about to leave, but she asks him how the afterlife is and he gives his opinion on it and how weird the place is, which doesn’t sound very reassuring to her. There’s some back and forth about how she helped him and how he hasn’t been very helpful to her, but he says the only way she’s going to find out if the afterlife will or will not be peaceful for her is to just go there.

(She’s mainly scared since she was a whore in life so she figures “The gates” to a pleasant afterlife will be barred for her, but I mean she was providing a vital service of keeping at least some of the incel levels lower, I mean like that’s a good thing right?)

Cut to TP watching TV and laughing about the reports on his latest kill, but The Voice isn’t thrilled with him, even calling him “Eddie-boy” (Still calling him TP for this review though) Despite the fact that the Voice said it didn’t care what victim he nailed as long as it was a SHE, the Voice is now bitching that TP didn’t target some SHE close to the cop. TP gets just as angry saying the cop wasn’t married, but the Voice once again says he probably had a girlfriend and TP needs to get on that shit right away and he’ll help him directly in finding her.

Cut to Brasher visiting said girlfriend where he proceeds to have a talk about the whole fucking nature of good and evil, the grand plan of life, the universe and everything and a whole bunch of other shit. He then senses an evil presence watching the pair of them, but it goes away. Still it’s enough to set Brasher into action that he really needs to go find TP quick and stop fucking around. Jenny mentions that she wants to die so she can be with Brasher, but he’s pretty adamant that she should NOT want that. (Especially since he hasn’t exactly passed on to the afterlife anyway)

Cut back to TP who says he found his target, but Brasher was there and he doesn’t know how the hell he is since he knows he killed him. The Voice however tells him that doesn’t matter since he’s got it on his side. TP is now shook up about this whole situation causing the Voice to pressure him even more into now not just killing Jenny but ALSO killing Brasher again. TP says “He’s gonna!” “Yeah, when?” is the Voice’s answer. TP mentions he’ll kill the girl first to “cripple” him then he’ll kill the cop.
 
So now the comic goes into another Brasher monologue where he’s pondering if serial killers are “born” like that from the start or are they “Chosen” by an evil force. He mentions a lot of them have similar traits meaning maybe they are all connected via evil entity.

Now I’m not sure if this was intentional or just limited artistry talent, but I should mention that A LOT of the main male characters DO look similar. Brasher, TP and I haven’t gotten to his bit yet, but the Black River Killer are all drawn similar as far as their faces go (Just different hair styles/colors). It’s sort of suggested throughout that Brasher has similar traits as TP, he just goes about it in a “positive” way. A sort of neat way of connecting this in story theory I suppose.

Now the reason why it might have just been limited talent is due to the fact that you also see other male characters with similar faces to Brasher. I sort of remember when first reading the series getting confused a bit on who exactly was who at least once. I suppose these all could have been hidden serial killers as well though, but anyway let’s move on.

So while Brasher is thinking about all this it cuts to a forest type area where a man in an arm cast has a broke down car and a girl riding a bike stops to help him. Of course when she looks in the hood of the car, she gets a blow to the back of the head and stuffed into the trunk. (BRK is obviously modeled after a combo of the real Green River Killer and Ted Bundy, even has Ted’s hair style)

TP meanwhile is on his way to kill Jenny, posing as a handyman come to fix her pipes. He claims the superintendent sent him and even when she calls to check, the super at first claims he didn’t and then you see him change his story when the evil entity’s eyes are upon him. (I think this was just evil god mind control powers rather than the super being connected to the serial killers though)

Brasher then gets a vision of the BRK finishing off his latest victim in the woods with a clothesline, then he realizes the evil entity is taunting him since he shows TP at Jenny’s home next causing Brasher to leave immediately in naked green ghost form since it’s faster.

Final issue

Oh good we get a close up of Brasher snarling for the last comic. Hadn't gotten enough of that yet.

Comic opens up with a close up of Brasher’s ghost snarling and vowing vengeance, etc.

He’s off to save Jenny, but when he gets to her apartment door he gets transported to BRK’s cabin in the woods. After realizing where he is, he stumbles upon a dead body in a bathtub which turns out to be the lady that first confronted him about BRK. She appears in ghost form explaining that she’ll be moving under the floorboards soon now that he’s recently killed some new girl. Brasher takes a look and sees a shitload of rotting dead ladies prompting tub girl to ask now that he’s here is he going to do something about it.

BRK enters the cabin where upon he falls through some weakened floorboards, though its sort of implied Brasher just pulled him through since he’s apparently got the power to directly affect things in the physical realm even as a ghost. In keeping with this power, Brasher strangles BRK with his own clothesline.

Meanwhile TP and Jenny are running around her apartment in typical horror movie style.

Brasher then starts wondering how he even got here and that maybe Jenny wasn’t in danger after all and it was the Demon/Voice that was just fucking with him the whole time.

However, Tub Girl then reveals that the Demon DID send him here. Brasher doesn’t understand why it would just to kill its own puppets, to which Tub Girl says, maybe it saw something in Brasher that it liked better and then points out that it didn’t occur to him that SHE was also sent by the demon too saying that not all murder victims are necessarily innocent.

Even without being marked by hell/demons surely some folks are just evil assholes by pure chance. Then Tub Girl starts making out with BRK who is now also a naked green ghost. Tub Girl mocks Brasher about Jenny before he leaves angry (His default setting) through the cabin door.

Cut back to Ten Penny who is just getting home ranting about how the Demon better be finally happy after all the shit he went through. Brasher is there at his house and recognizes that it’s TP, not to mention he sees the body of the woman who’s head he cut off earlier laying on his bed in a dress.

Brasher takes TP’s own hammer and some nails and heads toward TP who now thinks this is his Demon boss that’s pissed at him for talking back so much. He starts begging for his life and claiming he followed all his orders and finally asks “What sort of Demon are you?”

Which is just lol. Even if this wasn’t Brasher, everyone should know demons killing their own servants is pretty damn common, but TP wasn’t exactly the brightest anyway.

Brasher nails TP like he got nailed, finally getting revenge. He then adds a cherry on top when TP becomes a naked green ghost and Brasher claims he’s his guide to the afterlife and leads him straight to the bramble bush where some of his victims were. It’s not good for him.

Now I’m not entirely certain if that last bit was a line Brasher crossed, but his mom appears and says what has he done. Even doing what he did to a killer isn’t good. He tries to explain he didn’t know what came over him and God appears. Brasher says he’s still not ready to die yet and this is just a temporary stop, but then God says he can’t die now and he’s no longer allowed here.

Brasher then decends into another realm of the afterlife which is presumably the Hell area. Lot of reds and blacks (The colors, not the people though I’m sure a lot of both are there too) Lot of blood and bodies, in fact the evil entity behind all the serial killer shit is made up of a bunch of bodies sitting in a giant pool of blood.

After a bit of back and forth with the Devil as it were, Brasher wakes up in his old body and goes running over to Jenny’s apartment where he of course finds her dead with nails in her head. His mom appears again saying that she’s gone forever to the place he can never go to since she was innocent and he isn’t.

It doesn’t matter if he only killed other killers, its all part of THE EVIL ONE’S plans. Y’know it’s the whole stare into the abyss and the abyss looks back and becoming the monster to kill the other monsters thing. She disappears and you see Jenny now as naked green ghost in some golden paradise area with Brasher’s mom trying to console her that she’ll never see Brasher again.

Cut to the last page with Brasher inner monologuing placing flowers on Jenny’s grave. He then makes some vow that if he can’t have Jenny then he’s just going to spend the rest of his undead life tracking down serial killers because well, what else has he got to do now?

Last panel is him leaving the cemetery with a newspaper in the gutter saying two serial killers are dead and him saying that he guesses he belongs here in hell.

Fin.

And that’s a wrap for that story arc.

Upon a second look at it (Because I never did bother reading it after the first time until now) there were a few okay ideas here but I think the main problem is well I just didn’t care for Brasher himself and that’s bad since he’s practically the main focal point of the story arc. Something about him just wasn’t very likable and maybe that was the point that he wasn’t really that great of a person though you don’t really learn much about him in general other than he’s obsessed with catching killers and serious all the time. And hell, I’m even perfectly fine with snarling main protagonists who are just constantly angry all the time, but I dunno Brasher just didn’t pull it off.

Even TP who is a scumbag serial killer was a little more interesting to me due to him arguing with his demon boss all the time.

Again, I think there was an implication that Brasher was just another serial killer, but he just targeted other serial killers. So sort of like an undead Dexter (long before Dexter was even a thing) Granted I never got into Dexter after the first season either. I dunno, the concept of a “good serial killer” has never appealed I suppose. If I’m going to watch/read something from the prospective of a serial killer, just go all the way evil on it. Or at least Hannibal Lector level where even if he does do a few pet the dog moments he’s still ultimately eating folks.

Well that’s my opinion on it anyway.

Next up will be the short stories within this arc of the comics, which as usual are mostly better than the main story. Stay tuned!


TSR Comics: Comics with a free game inside! on 4/19/2024 2:44:45 AM

So the first issue of RIP didn’t actually have an additional short story in it. Maybe they hadn’t decided yet if the entire comic was going to be dedicated to their main tale. Guess they decided that the comic needed a bit of variety.

Onward to the short stories.

Shelf Life

Yep, when you wake up as just a head in a jar in an empty room, you know you’re fucked.

So Dr. Jeremy wakes up in a pretty horrible situation though he’s more confused than scared. The main thing he’s wondering about is why there are no technicians around or anyone for that matter. He tries to speak and finds that he is able as the machine he’s connected to does some sort of voice synthesizer, so he probably sounds all cool and robotic which is at least one plus. 

He’s also confused on why the hell he’s awake when they were supposed to only do that when they’d have a body to give him. 

“For 5 mill, they could have at least given me a clock.”

You get a small flashback of when he was still in one piece and talking to the media one last time. He mentions that he’s liquidated all his assets and heading straight to Cryonics Inc. to get frozen because he’s got incurable brain cancer. When asked why he’s just getting his head frozen he says that the 5 mill will easily cover his head AND give him some bonus contingency options! 

And also in the future if medicine has advanced in a way to cure his brain cancer then it will easily be able to give him a new body too.

I gotta say right now that this is an incredibly optimistic idea on the part of the doctor, in fact it’s optimistic to the point of retarded. Well he did have brain cancer I suppose.

He starts trying to think about other things from the past because his current situation is hellish. Soon a man enters the room by the name of Darv. His real name is actually longer like a Mexican which he probably is since there’s a “Vasquez” in part of it when he give it out, but his mestizo status isn’t really important other than how mixed race everyone is in the FUTURE.

Jeremy asks what’s going on and all that, and Darv explains to him that there are no doctors or anything like that around in this facility. Dar is the only “caretaker” of the place and that 90 years have passed. Jeremy is a little surprised that it took that long to cure him, but Darv mentions that they cured him 40 years ago. So now Jeremy figures that they don’t have the medical means of giving him a new body, though Darv says that giving him a new body is entirely possible. However 5 mill doesn’t buy what it used to buy in the 90s, the US dollar crashed hard in 2022 and now America is a source of cheap labor for the rest of the world and its paying off a HUGE fucking national debt. (Always interesting to see what doom and gloom old scifi tales predict. Huge national debt is always a safe bet though) so he’s going to now need another 200 MILLION to get one. 

Jeremy asks how the hell he’s supposed to raise that amount while he’s a head in a jar, Darv mentions there’s a reporter waiting to see him and maybe he should talk to her. Lacking any other plan, Jeremy agrees.

The news lady is black, but she’s got the last name “Mckinlev” (More race mixing, Jeremy’s the last pure white guy lol) She asks him how he feels about being the pioneer of legalized suicide, mass freezing, and state sponsored euthanasia. (Wait, I thought suicide was always legal, I mean even if it wasn’t what are they going to do, give you the death penalty?) Also that hundreds of others followed his lead. 

Jeremy soon learns that while he was the first frozen head, he wasn’t the first to be awakened. There’s already been about ten others before him. The first one did the best since she was the first to wake up and tap into the whole history thing so she got a body. The second guy who woke up did alright and he just barely got a new body, by the third one nobody gave a shit anymore, just another head in a jar. (Yeah they just let them die, lol)

So he mentions he’s the first head frozen, which she says sure but it’s not worth 200 million. He mentions that he was one of the best neurosurgeons in the world (Well if you were so great, why couldn’t you cure your own brain cancer?) and her response is yeah all that shit’s done by robots now that don’t make errors or at least for rich folks and he’s 90 years out of date anyway. And it’s no use playing the history angle because the other heads already tapped that well dry. Plus the new generation of SUPER ZOOMERS are stuck paying off all this debt and don’t like hearing about the old days about how people had it easy. (Okay pretty much nailed that prediction)

Jeremy begs her to raise the money and she’s like this isn’t Lithuania (Lol, okay they threw that one in there just to be absurd) Americans don’t have a shitload of money anymore, but she’ll see what she can do.

With the reporter leaving, Darv mentions he’ll be on his way too. Jeremy asks how much time he has left and Darv mentions with the way the economy is looking, six days. Best not to think about it too much.

So besides feeling hatred towards Darv since he sees him a smug bastard, Jeremy spends the next six days thinking about all the cool shit he used to be able to do when he had a body. Eat delicious food, fuck his model girlfriend, enjoy his convertible sports car, etc. He’s going out of his mind which is extra bad since that’s about all he has. 

Six days pass and the only reason Jeremy knows that is because Darv comes back to shut his machine off. Jeremy is pissed saying he’s got the right to live, but Darv says it’s really nothing personal, it’s just how economics works and that he won’t feel a thing.

Just then Mckinlev comes rushing in saying she’s managed to raise 20 million and put it into Jeremy’s account so to take his hand of the button. Jeremy asks how long will it take for her to raise the rest, which now pisses off Mckinlev that it was lucky that she managed to raise that much for him the least he could have done was say thanks. She then leaves saying she’s lost interest so not to bother trying to ask for her help anymore.

Darv mentions he’s pretty busy so he’ll be back to check on Jeremy in about another month and also makes his exit. All of this leaving Jeremy how he started: A head in a jar in an empty room, except now he’s definitely feeling something different than confusion which is a desire to be put out of his misery.


Yep, it’s like a scifi version of Johnny Got His Gun

One thing I do wonder about though regardless of all the other shit going on, is why the hell would they freeze his head with his glasses on? Or did they just put them back on after curing his brain cancer and putting his head in the jar. Maybe that was the extra bonus that his 5 mill bought. (It wasn’t worth it)

Next story…

Power User

Alright this one starts off with a couple in some nice neighborhood, Ben and Sandy. Ben finds a delivery van outside his home and it’s the computer he ordered. 

This one will be getting a few more pictures since I actually thought about posting this whole thing before, but I’ll jump around on the story pics a bit since I’ll still be doing the play by play as it were.


Holy shit, 300 Megabyte Hard Disk AND 16 bit VGA graphics!

I think the most amusing part of this story is the technology aspect since this won’t be the only time in the story where something sounds really advanced, but looking back on it now is of course hilarious.

So as you can see Ben is pretty pre-occupied with his super duper elite home computer to the point where he’s beginning to ignore his girlfriend (Well this one predicted the future a little more accurately in that aspect) The program that he runs called “Runme” doesn’t actually do anything so they head to the movies, but while they’re gone the computer program starts doing stuff and it’s apparent that Ben has installed some sort of primitive AI into his computer which now has on the screen “Use Me”

Cuts to Ben on another day canceling a date with Sandy because he’s busy with his computer. Sandy’s not happy about this and asks what the hell he’s exactly planning on doing with the computer anyway, which is followed by the computer screen saying “Improve Me”

One week later Ben’s making his own power glove (Because fuck Nintendo’s monopoly)

A 1.5 GIGAbyte external hard drive AND a CD rom drive? An optical mouse? Who could dream of such technological wonders?

Surprisingly as pissed as Sandy is about Ben spending all the savings on new computer shit, she’s actually more concerned about what’s going on with him. This manages to snap him out of his autistic computer obsession for a moment, but he tells her she just doesn’t understand which she replies that she is NOT going to let that computer come between them before storming off.

At this point the computer screen now says “Protect Me”. When Ben asks how, the computer responds with “Uninterruptible Power Supply”

So Now Ben’s on the phone with a computer supply place demanding the best power supply they got and that he needs one that supplies power for at least 48 hours regardless of what happens. They explain they got stuff like that, but they’re really expensive, but he doesn’t give a shit, so he orders it. And now the computer screen says “Join Me”

Cut to several days later and Sandy is banging on Ben’s door shouting what’s happened to them, he tells her to go away and that there is no “Us” anymore as things have changed.

And they change even more in a body horror sort of way…


Nigga really understood the WEAKNESS OF HIS FLESH

So despite Ben now cosplaying as one of the Adeptus Mechanicus, Sandy does NOT actually run away in horror, she instead tries to somehow help by getting the wires and shit off of him. Of course she soon realizes it’s no use since he’s fucking fused everything to his body or wrapped it within himself.

All this causes Ben to do is give her a nasty electric shock and tell her she’s obsolete since he’s been upgraded.

Once again Sandy tries to reason with him, but he’s more machine than man at this point…

So…

And that’s how the Borg came to be

Anyway, like I said I was going to post this one on Valentine’s Day, but I went with that other cartoon choice instead which apparently only Cricket bothered to look at because she’s a good daughter.

Also this is the opposite of the succubus story since it proves that not all women are scheming soul sucking monsters, there are good ones out there that are more than willing to ride with you down the path of insanity and beyond. You just gotta find them, don’t give up hope!

Next story...

Communicable

And for this one I’m not really going to bother with pics since it’s more wordy and doesn’t have anything cool like driving a butcher knife through the forearm. In fact this story is rather meh compared to the other two, or at least I always thought so. However, it does have something rather amusing that happens later, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

This starts off with weird little boy called Jack in a doctor’s office and his obviously overbearing mother going on about how he’s got some dreaded disease. The doc tries to calm her down saying he’s not sick and that she overreacts all the time when Jack gets so much as a sniffle. The whole story is told a bit in a “protagonist reflecting about his past” situation

So Jack’s in bed a lot because his mom is a nut job who thinks he’s sick all the time. However, she’s right at least one time when he had a really bad flu during the summer when he was 12. Even the doctor didn’t think he was going to make it. This is when he started to actually hear the germs in his system basically taunting him and wondering if they should kill him or not and humans in general since they just see all of us as cattle.

As he gets older he starts telling others that he “hears the germs” which now makes him just look crazy on top of everything else. His mom is still keeping him in bed a lot. One wonders how the fuck he graduates from high school, let alone college. 

Eventually he goes to work for Vector which is a place that specializes in disease and germ research and Jack apparently is a whiz in the whole gene splicing field. 

What Jack ends up doing is “curing the flu” by splicing some of the flu virus with a cure for it. He mentions it’s a general antidote, but his fellow scientists aren’t so convinced and want more tests done, but he’s already gone ahead and done tests on himself. It doesn’t really explain it, but its assumed that he’s also doing some splicing of his own DNA to get this cure, since well he HAS had every fucking flu under the sun, so he’s actually pretty immune to such things by now or he’s immune enough that he’s more of a “carrier” rather than feeling any effects by them. 

Like I said, it’s all a bit unclear, but he’s trying to “trap” the germs/viruses so he can speak with them and make them understand that humanity aren’t “cattle”.

In any case, while he might be immune to the flu, his closest buddy isn’t and the germs attack him instead and they’re a lot more powerful now. (I should mention there are little places throughout the story where the germs ARE speaking

Thinking that he’s on the right path Jack next wants to do the same thing with fucking AIDS. First thing he hears is AIDS isn’t like the flu since despite how deadly it is it isn’t as communicable so it’s harder to track. Yes, there’s medicine keeping degenerates alive past their expiration date NOW, but back when this was written, full blown AIDS was considered nothing to fuck with (Literally). Jack is undeterred and gets permission from his boss to start experimenting with AIDS.

And yes, you already guessed it, this genius injects himself with the fucking AIDS virus. In fact, it’s sort of suggested that he injected himself with the shit before he even got permission for this project. Meanwhile he’s still got the flu running around in his system that he’s spreading around but not feeling any effects from. 

Combine that with AIDS and he’s managed to now create SUPER AIDS that IS communicable through the fucking air. 

Well he mentions this at some fancy science gathering and his fellow scientist is horrified to learn that Jack’s injected himself with AIDS, though Jack thinks he’s winning somehow. Lol.

With SUPER AIDS now coursing through his body he believes its a situation that “He’s not trapped with SUPER AIDS, SUPER AIDS is trapped with him!” And now they HAVE to talk to him. 

Well that goes about as well as you’d expect, once again meaning not at all.

Cut to the next scene and Jack’s looking pretty damn bad off as he watches TV. His boss calls him up saying his fellow researcher is dead and his family has been quarantined. His boss begins to exclaim that the damn flu cure is what did this, but Jack corrects his boss saying it’s worse than the flu, that it’s AIDS and then says he lost. (No shit, you injected yourself with AIDS you fucktard)

Next he babbles about how he thought the germs couldn’t hear him, but they tricked him because they were listening to everything he was saying. Meanwhile he’s seeing a giant germ face mocking him and saying “cattle” before he passes out.

Shows him next on a bed in the hospital dying of SUPER AIDS. Later the doctor that was checking him out is leaving and mentions to someone else about how he had to order 50 AIDS tests that day. After some back and forth about maybe wearing hazmat suits and the stats for AIDS going up, the doc says that they shouldn’t go overboard with protection since AIDS doesn’t communicate that easily. 

Last scene is the doc wishing his cold would go away and then seeing a black germ face on his windshield saying “cattle”.

And that’s a wrap for that story.

Okay, next post whenever I get around to it will be the second main story arc of the RIP series. Stay tuned! 


TSR Comics: Comics with a free game inside! on 4/18/2024 7:38:16 PM

Alright I’m going to split the reviews up a little differently. I’ll go over an entire main story arc for a comic series and then the following post I’ll do all the little one off stories in another post. Then I’ll repeat a similar process with the rest of these.

RIP Story Arc 1-4: Dead Connection

To be fair I suppose the comic never actually SAID it was going to be a zombie story just because it had some walking corpses on the cover.

First off I should mention that this arc doesn’t even really have a title of sorts other than “RIP”. I’m calling it the Dead Connection though for the sake of labeling things and the fact that this whole thing starts out with a show like Love Connection which was a dating game show back in the 80s-90s (And this y’know involves dead people)

Alright so first issue starts off with a nameless gameshow host crawling around with his guts spilling out and his face half hacked open. He soon learns after speaking with some other corpses roaming around, he’s dead and this is the afterlife. He also realizes someone has killed him though he doesn’t know who it was.

Putting this altogether, one of the corpses tell him that the current place they all are is a sort of Limbo where they just wait around forever. However, you can rest in peace if you get revenge on the one who killed you.

So he heads back to the land of the living as a ghost where he starts doing some investigating. It should also be mentioned he’s pretty much making snarky wisecracks and being sarcastic whenever’s he’s talking (Which is usually to himself)

Upon going back to his game show, he sees they’ve already replaced him and the woman (Loray) that was on the show the night he died is back on it and she’s picking yet another guy on it. He’s not even the one the audience voted for (They voted for the Chad football player) but he’s more what Loray is looking for which is he’s a lonely below average looking single rich guy that works on Wall Street.

Well it doesn’t take long to find out that Loray isn’t just an ordinary gold digging hussy, she’s a succubus on a mission. There’s this whole coven of succubi scheming for world domination by turning various powerful men into their slaves. Using the dating game is just one of their ways of hooking up with these men.

And yes, this DOES sound like a very silly way to go about this plan for world domination via simps, but let’s just go with it.

So she enslaves Michael who then starts telling all his other lonely buddies to go on the show to hook with succubi, though oddly Loray seems to be the only one currently working this angle so she keeps going on the show, claiming she has a contract to appear on there a bunch of times.

How does this tie in with the game show host’s murder? Well he just sort of figures that Loray must be behind it somehow so he starts following her and Michael around trying to learn more. Keep in mind that he can’t actually be heard or seen by anyone. So he’s basically just ranting a lot of times in frustration about how he hates being dead and telling Michael to snap out of it.

Eventually he DOES manage to sort of get through to him causing Michael to start “rebelling” a bit from his succubus seduction, though it’s not really clear if that’s due to the game show host’s ghost powers weakly having an effect or the succubus just stretching the limits of her own powers due to all the men she’s been seducing and controlling.

So Michael stops simping to the point where he begins to start getting jealous and angry that his succubus girlfriend is still going out with other dudes on the game show. Not wishing to be a cuck any longer he barges in on her while she’s in the middle of sucking another guy’s…soul. She’s pissed about Michael not being a good little simp and knowing his place, so she beats the shit out of him in her succubus form which definitely isn’t “waifu” material (Well I’m sure it still would be to some) and leaves him for dead.

However, Michael isn’t quite dead yet and he manages to drag his ass to the game show studio and interrupting the show screaming that she’s a monster, killed people and all that.

Now what she does next isn’t the brightest move if you’re in a secret society, instead of say playing innocent and just saying she doesn’t know what this obviously crazy man is talking about, she ends up transforming right on fucking camera in front of a live studio audience talking about how mistakes on camera can’t be corrected. Well no shit you dumb demonic bitch, you just made a huge one by exposing yourself.

Anyway she finishes off Michael in a gruesome way (You see his ribs getting pulled out, meanwhile ghost host is yelling at Michael saying he isn’t going to just let some succubus kick his ass like that is he) In his final death moments Michael manages to pull a huge hot light down on her setting her on fire and killing her. (Meanwhile she’s saying in her own dying moments that this will stop nothing)

You see Ghost Host cheering that “his side” won, while the audience snaps out of their shock and start clapping, believing that all of this is part of the show (While mentioning somewhere a TV executive smiles knowing this is going to be the highest rated episode ever)

You then get an epilogue of Ghost Host still in the 50s Diner Limbo since the succubus wasn’t the one who killed him. He’s a bit down about it, but another dead one explains he gets a few more chances at getting revenge before he goes into the SHAME pit forever. Just then the Loray comes walking into the diner a little confused about her situation. She then recognizes Ghost Host saying that he was the one who got chopped up and if he’s here then this must mean she’s dead too.

He starts questioning her on who had him killed, but she says she doesn’t know and it wouldn’t be her group since he wouldn’t have been important enough to bother because they focus on upwardly mobile men of power. Game show hosts are a dime a dozen. She then goes on about how they have this major plan to have their agents in key locations on Wall Street and how Silicon Valley is next and how its going to be glorious, she then laments that she just wish she was still alive to see it.

Despite being told that it wasn’t her coven of demonic dominatrixes, the ghost host still believes that someone in this succubus conspiracy must know something, so his next step is heading to Silicon Valley for his next shot at revenge.

Issue 2

Hawt.

So this one starts off with Ghost Host helpfully explaining the “rules” to Limbo to a recently run over jogger, before he goes on his next trip to revengeville.

As expected this one picks up in Silicon Valley where the succubus group are feeding on some dude and giving some helpful exposition while doing it or at least the head succubus bitch is. She goes on to say that there’s three stages of feedings. One gets them under their power, but still keeps them somewhat independent so they can do stuff on their own. Second drains them to the point of only being good enough as mindless thugs and soldiers while the third just wastes them away to husks.

Despite all this, some are still able to resist, but they just kill them in that case. Also it shows they own an insane asylum where they can just pop in and feed as much as they want to sustain their immortality.

So at this point, it’s sort of going on the idea that in THIS world at least, succubi are more like vampires rather than demons from hell. Though it still sort of doesn’t make it clear if they’re from some hell domain. One would think not considering Loray didn’t go back to hell when she got killed she got sent to Limbo though even that is a bit odd since going by “the rules” of that place. You go there when your soul isn’t at peace. She got killed by Michael with a parting death blow, so it isn’t like she’d be able to get revenge on him though maybe she’s just eternally damned to the place or something.

I dunno, it’s a dumb horror comic, why the fuck are you expecting logic?

So bringing it back to our Ghost Host protagonist, he literally doesn’t give a fuck if the succubi take over the world, all he wants to know is if they’re the ones that were involved in killing him and then while making his point he ends up ghostly touching the head succubus who then recoils exclaiming that she felt a cold presence like they were being spied on. One her underlings says she felt it too. So now we’ve established that Ghost Host does have influence on the earthly realm after all.

So this one mostly revolves around some computer nerds George and Mark. Mark looks more like a traditional Virgin nerd, yet he’s got the girlfriend Janice. Meanwhile George looks more like a Chad, but he’s going on that “Love and Marriage” game show that the succubi are using to pick up dudes. (Again, this seems like a really convoluted plan, seriously they could easily just meet these guys the old fashioned way a lot quicker) There’s some nerd talk about computer security and the game show is brought up, but Janice doesn’t seem too happy that George is going on it. (Also brought up is how there was a monster that attacked on the show in New York, but it’s all been dismissed as a publicity stunt)

Cut to Mark later calling out his girlfriend Janice that he knows damn well that she’s been looking at George and doesn’t really love him. Janice tries to explain that she really wanted it to work out between them, but well she can’t help being a whore. She says she’s moving out and Mark in a major simp move exclaims that he still wants to be friends which Janice accepts because it’s always a good idea to have dick in a jar just in case of an emergency.

Janice moves out and excitedly goes to tell George who apparently went on the dating show and is now acting pretty strangely. He’s hostile towards Janice and exclaims he’s busy working. Janice is upset since her whore plan isn’t working out like she thought it was going to, then she also notices that George is transferring private info to another place that he’s not supposed to be doing.

Cut back to the succubi where one of them is going on about how this was a good plan since he’s giving them vital information, though the head succubus doesn’t like this plan. Apparently Angelica (The succubus who went out on the date with George) soul sucked him twice in one night (Because he resisted a bit) which is risky since it can turn the dude into an Incubus and you can’t have a proper girls’ coven if you got horny demon dudes now running around in it. (Plus letting transforms humans into the inner circle isn’t what the head succubus wants)

It all comes to a head when George is tired of Janice interfering with his work and he just transforms into his incubus form chasing after her, exclaiming that she will be his forever and to not resist him. After narrowly escaping and stabbing George in the eye, naturally, she goes running back to Mark to save her. (See? Keeping the dick in the jar for an emergency WAS needed sooner than she thought!)

A scuffle ensues and George probably could have easily killed Mark, but he’s so HORNY for Janice that he can’t even be bothered to finish him off before trying to RAEP Janice.

George starts going on about how long he’s waited to fuck Janice and how Mark won’t stand in his way. Mark still can’t believe all of this is real and half believes that he’s dreaming, but if it is a dream, he’s going to be the hero in it and manages to kill George by slicing his wings and then shoving him through broken glass shards.

So now Angelica has lost her link, though with some encouragement, the head succubus tells her that she can still control his body like a puppet, which she starts to do resulting in some body horror where George’s dead succubus carcass is unleashing its intestines to act as ropes to try to capture Mark and Janice. Around this point Mark tries to access George’s computer to learn where he was sending the info to so he can find out who is behind all this. He gets the info and he and Janice are soon being chased by most of the office where they work now since the succubi have already taken over most of them to use as soldiers.

Mark runs over George and his wacky intestine rodeo, but the succubus slaves manage to rip Janice out of the car. Mark just screams that he’ll be back for her which is funny though realistically leaving her behind was about the only thing he could do.

He heads back home and manages to get the exact address of where the info was sent and heads over there with a pistol in hand. There’s a short monolog by Mark about how he JUST bought the thing since being a liberal faggot guns were against everything he stood for, but as any real american knows you ALWAYS need a gun. Meanwhile Ghost Host is saying to just get on with blasting the succubitches back to hell.

He goes in the house seeing a bunch of succubi doing some sort of feeding ritual with Janice while the head succ is saying how she’ll enjoy being one of them. (Oh sure head succ made a big deal about not wanting humans into the inner circle, but she’s alright with it as long as they’re fellow vaginia havers. Women go an’ figure ‘em!)

Mark goes into supreme gentleman mode and starts mowing down the succubi, including the head succ who gets a bullet in her dome. Ghost Host is cheering him on the entire time until one of the succubi manages to tackle Mark knocking the gun out of his hand. It’s at this point things look grim until Ghost Host is so frustrated by this situation he wonders if he can move things like a poltergeist. He focuses really hard and sure enough he manages to move the gun and shoot the succubus attacking Mark. (Making Mark briefly wonder who shot her)

The surviving succubi at this point fly away and Mark goes to untie Janice saying how much he loves her and that how this time everything between them will be better. Janice exclaims that she loves Mark too, but wishes that he’d saved her in time. He’s confused by this until Janice explains she’s already been turned just as he soon will be and promptly soul sucks him.

Ghost Host is now lamenting that not only did he go through all this just to get an unhappy ending, but apparently Mark didn’t manage to kill any of the succubi that were directly involved in his death so he’s wasted another chance at revenge.

Issue 3

This doesn't actually happen anywhere in the comic, but it's still a cool cover

Okay so next one begins with an introduction to a Bruce Campbell knock off called Brad Gorman, except he’s not as cool since he doesn’t like the B-movies he’s playing in and feels he’s better than all that. Shows an obviously evil studio executive called Pressner that offers Brad a deal and to meet him later.

Cut to the next scene of this same exe with a bunch of women (More succs) doing some sort of ritual to summon some sort of demon spirit who is pissed that they keep summoning him for minor shit. He reassures them that Brad will be famous, so getting him under their control will be a good thing for their world domination plans.

Ghost Host is spying on all this and now he’s starting to wonder if the succs were actually behind his murder, he’s REALLY sure that they were so he questions the demon spirit that’s done with the succ collect call. After harassing the demon spirit long enough, eventually the DS decides that he isn’t being paid enough in souls and the succs still owe him for shit they haven’t paid yet, so in order to get rid of Ghost Host he tells them about the Brad situation.

So Ghost Host follows up on the Brad lead, keep in mind he’s STILL working on a hunch. There’s still no damn proof of anything and he could be very well wasting his chances at revenge.

Brad shows up to Pressner’s studio where he’s met with several half naked women and how this is his audition. He’s all for it at first, but then he starts feeling weird and starts asking about what’s his motivation, what’s the plot and script and then finally if this is a porn movie, because he doesn’t do porn.

Ghost Host is watching all this from Limbo in a broken down TV shop and in comic book logic without actually explaining how, he is actually able to appear on the screens in the real world at Brad’s “audition”. (Something about how him being a game show host on TV in life is implied) From there he directly warns Brad that he needs to get the fuck out of there right now lest he gets his soul sucked. Brad isn’t exactly sure what’s going on, but he’s creeped out by the whole situation enough that he escapes immediately. This pisses off the succubi of course and they nearly kill Pressner, but he manages to grovel enough that he lives for now.

Brad’s hiding out in another section of the studio, specifically Pressner’s office looking for a gun saying that all wimps like him usually own one to PROVE THEIR MANHOOD. Instead he finds files of the Love and Marriage show that look important considering how they were hidden. And now Ghost Host manages to appear once again on a TV in the office and rather than being a “kindly guide” that’s explaining the situation he’s a complete dick that starts insulting Brad immediately, calling him “jerk-toast” and mentioning that getting soul sucked into a zombie wouldn’t be too much of a stretch for Brad. (And then explains everything)

Meanwhile the succubi are calling upon their soul sucked actors to search the studio for Brad. However Pressner figures it out that Brad’s hiding in his own office since the lights are off in it and he always leaves the lights on due to being scared of the dark. Idiotically however instead of telling his succubi masters immediately, he goes to confront Brad directly and THEN calls security.

Brad easily dispatches Pressner by throwing him out the window where he splats on the ground which then alerts the lynch mob looking for him. So the next few pages are Brad monologging in his head about his situation and the various movies he’s done. He kills all the succubi chasing him on various sets he’s worked on. One gets killed by an animatronic giant octopus that drowns her (There’s actually a bit where Brad is confused on how she can fly over running water and she tells him “That’s vampires you fool!”) Another gets laser blaster by some robots on a scifi set with Brad mentioning that he once complained that the effects were too realistic.

The last one corners him in the costume room and she does the dumb villain thing of gloating about how she’s going to kill him until he manages to get away from her long enough to grab a rubber arm to smack her in the head with which causes her to fall off the platform they’re both on and into a big vat of polyurethane.

Final scene is Brad hitchhiking on some desolate road and mentioning that the files he found contain all the places the succubi have hit and the next stop is DC. Ghost Host is around cheering his fortune that finally he’s picked someone that has lived this time.

Issue 4

I like how the succubus on the covers don't look anything like the demonic monsters in the actual comic

So this starts right away with Brad in DC and confronting a senator called Clayton who has agreed to see him despite no appointment since she’s a big fan of his movies. He brings up the Love and Marriage show files and mentions that her name is on one of the faxes.

She expresses surprise and accuses this of all being a publicity stunt while showing him out. He keeps trying to explain himself, but things get worse when he recognizes one of the succubi from the “audition” and she recognizes him as well. Doesn’t take long before the senator also transforms into her natural form and they try to stop him from escaping.

He manages to get to a public area, bumping into a bunch of other male senators and then going on about the succubus conspiracy. Clayton and her fellow succ come around the corner in their human forms and she makes up a story about how this homeless man just started ranting at her about this odd tale (Brad isn’t in the best looking condition right now given he’s been travelling all the way from the west coast)

So they all decide the best thing to do is have him thrown into a mental institution since that’s where crazy people should go, plus the succ like to keep folks in there anyway until they have time to take care of them properly.

Ghost Host is pretty frustrated by all this, especially when he sticks around long enough around Clayton and her cronies discussing that they’ll take care of Brad like they took care of that “Dolt who originally hosted Love and Marriage” (Nope, you still don’t learn his real name)

Finally this bit of really lucky random gloating vindicates Ghost Host’s suspicions that the succubi had him killed (Specifically the Senator) though he’s confused on why she did except she mentions he saw something he shouldn’t have despite the fact that he has no idea what the fuck it was he supposedly saw.

Yep, Ghost Host’s murder (and reveal of the murderer) are in the scheme of things a really “Shit happens” sort of thing. He never saw anything and the succubi just thought he did and had him killed. Whoops!

Meanwhile Brad’s locked up in a mental asylum where he’s trying to figure out on how to escape along with noticing that it’s run very strangely with the staff weighing people everyday and making comments about someone being too skinny or needing to fatten up. It’s sort of implied the whole mental asylum part of the larger plan involves rounding up the homeless as the source of an easy meal whenever the succubi get hungry.

Surprisingly despite being somewhat of a security concern for the succubi, Brad isn’t really confined very tightly. The guards beat him occasionally and he’s not allowed to leave, but it’s not like he’s in a straight jacket drugged up and in a dark cell in the basement. Hell, his cell isn’t even all that bad in the scheme of things.

Eventually Brad manages to get out just by breaking a regular window with some obviously weak ass bars on it by throwing a weighing scale through it. (Who knew?) He also does this when he sees a senator arriving at the facility for election reasons or some shit. Brad remembered that this guy was there when he was trying to escape the succubi earlier and that he looked a little convinced by his story even then, or at least intrigued by it.

Brad babbles his mad tale to him once again while guards are already rushing to collect him. He’s apparently convincing enough that this senator does want to take a look around inside the place though the senator’s assistant isn’t as keen on that idea. The senator starts walking around and he smells something off. His assistant tries to stop him from going into the kitchen and he does so anyway where he finds a bunch of soul sucked staff chopping up the patients for succubus dinner.

The senator is immediately killed by his assistant who reveals that (Surprise!) she was another succ. Brad kills her with a knife while she’s occupied eating the senator then he makes his bloody escape stabbing all the succ slaves along the way until he reaches the senator’s limo where he threatens the driver to take him to a gala that Clayton is supposed to be at. Ghost Host has caught back up with him and manages to suggest (Though ghostly advice) a disguise so he can at least get inside the gala without getting shot. Brad rips off the hairpiece of the limo driver and messes it up a bit to look “raggedy”

Well, simple glasses worked for Superman as a disguise. It’s a fucking comic book, don’t think about it too hard.

Clayton is there being applauding for taking steps towards solving the homeless problem, Brad manages to get in claiming he’s one of the homeless (Who they’ve graciously allowed to attend this fancy thing presumably as examples of “the good work”) She’s going on about opening more homeless shelters and such and then Brad manages to take one of the guns away from one of the guards and riddles Clayton full of bullets like a gangsta.

At this point everyone else is in panic mode running for cover or drawing their own guns on Brad (who has surprisingly not been shot) Ghost Host is absolutely ecstatic though with the one who ordered his death now also dead. He cheers on Brad saying that he’s probably going to get his head blown off, but he’s certainly got his gratitude!

Fortunately for Brad, Clayton turns back into her natural succubus form soon after her death which then prompts a last moment attack by the other succubi in the room and they promptly get filled full of lead for their efforts. For all their plans of secrecy they have a real problem of throwing it away when things don’t go completely according to plan. I mean presumably these ladies COULD have escaped in the mayhem and regrouped in a coven somewhere.

This last bit sparks another congratulation from Ghost Host that Brad managed to also survive all this and then Ghost Host starts disappearing from the real world assuming he’s fulfilled his revenge mission.

You then get a small epilogue which has the new reports stating how Brad is a big star now especially after exposing the succubus plan. However it also shows another succubus elsewhere setting up a new plan involving children. Hey this comic already predicted the whole democrat/lizard people/satanic/pedo conspiracy long before Alex Jones!

Meanwhile Ghost Host finds himself back in Limbo, wondering why he’s still there until a shining light and voice from above calls him out and tells him to stop whining. Ghost Host asks if this is God and God relies that yes it’s him and they call him “Mr. Heaven” up there. He also says that Ghost Host did a good job of getting revenge even if he made a lot of noise along the way. As a reward he gets his own condo in heaven. Turns out God is just as snarky and wisecracking as Ghost Host.

Last scene is Ghost Host ascending to heaven asking if he can host his own game show up there.

Fin.

I remember liking this story a lot when I was a teenager, mostly due to all the blood and gore in it naturally. Upon the long “older” look on it now, yeah I still don’t mind it, though some of the stuff in it would probably be considered really “Red Pill” nowadays and spark wokie outrage. Which if anything makes it more amusing.

There isn’t a single main female character that ISN’T a soul sucking succubus! They’re ALL preying upon a bunch of nerds, lonely dudes and even dumb Chads for their evil conspiracy. No man is safe!

Hell, even the one female character that doesn’t start out as a succubus, Janice from the second issue, falls into the whole thing of “Not appreciating a good guy and going for the more masculine Chad type" (Though not completely stereotypical since he is still a fucking nerd working with computers, he’s just got the “jock looks”) Later of course she turns into a succubus or as the incel crowd might say her natural form. Lol.

All the main male protagonists in it are fairly noble or don’t have any major flaws other than maybe being a little slow on what these ladies REALLY have in store for them. Hell the last one who survives is called BRAD, just a few letters away from Chad, coincidence? Of course not!

So yeah I kind of get the idea that the guy who wrote this one MIGHT have had a bad relationship break up around that time or in the past. (Maybe several) Probably was cursing women the entire time he was writing it, but hey it all makes for a good story right?

Or at least more entertaining ones. Besides once again, it’s a fucking comic book, getting triggered over something like that is silly.

I'd say the bigger story problem was the Ghost Host's revenge plan since as I mentioned a few times he really is going in blind and just assuming the succubi are behind it for most of the story. Of course his hunch paid off, but it was pretty random how the senator just decided to blab about it at the right time he heard it.

Seems like there was the whole "dead guy getting revenge so he could rest in peace" idea, but then the main writer just wanted to make something about these scheming succubitches. Well I guess it worked out if a little slap dash at the end.

Alright that’s it for the main course of the first arc. Next post will be the short stories and then we’ll move on to the second half of this RIP series.


FAVORITE WORDS OF CYS on 4/18/2024 6:20:04 PM

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