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Star Mares Special #2: The Admiral

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I decided a while back that I really wanted to do a Redshift special, to make up for all the times she gets conked on the head -- except, of course, that in the process she gets into so many more scrapes.

Because Redshift never speaks, I looked to silent movies for inspiration this time, so this issue will be loosely based on Buster Keaton's The General (with a little bit of Rogue One thrown in, although I don't know any more about what's in it than can be seen from the trailers, so don't expect too many parallels).  For those who are unfamiliar with it, you can watch the whole thing here.

For those who don't want to watch it (shame on you, it's funny), the basic plot is: a young man tries to enlist in the Confederate army at the start of the American Civil War in order to impress his girlfriend, but because he is a train engineer and thus in too valuable a profession to lose, they won't let him sign up.  As he is disconsolately hanging around the recruiting office, his girl assumes that the reason he's not in uniform is because he's a coward, and refuses to speak to him again until he's in the army.  Some time later, his train (the titular 'General') is stolen (along with the girlfriend) by a bunch of Union saboteurs, and Our Hero goes chasing after them to get it (and her) back.  Many shenanigans ensue (not all of which I had the chance to duplicate in only twelve pages, so you should watch the movie), and it ends up with him disguised as an officer, bluffing the Union commander into surrendering - for which he receives a real commission, his lady love will talk to him again, and they all live happily ever after until they inevitably lose the war.

Now, obviously I'm not copying all that exactly, but several of the broad strokes will be present.

Because I had limited space and thus didn't want to waste panels on dialogue cards, any essential speech will be presented in rhebus form, and I'll provide translations in the notes, because some concepts are really hard to convey entirely in icons.

I hope you enjoy it!

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I'm surprised there's even going to be an Imperial Starfleet at the end of this.
Still waiting for that profile poster for Red and Blue Shift :)
tigreanpony's avatar
Oh this will be good.
GwDuncan's avatar
They are doomed
rio-grande's avatar
Have you consulted the Disney version of the same story?
ChrisTheS's avatar
I didn't know there was one until I looked it up just now.
albedoequals1's avatar
Oh, my gosh.  The General was one of the best movies of all time.  And I love Redshift.  This should be fabulous.

But he doesn't bluff the Union commander, he cuts off their supply lines and floods the river they're standing in.  I've been trying to find a version with the original music (music tells half the story in a silent movie) but the version you linked isn't bad.
ChrisTheS's avatar
He bluffs them into thinking he's not a civilian.
Pony4Koma's avatar
Yes! YES! Best Star Mares OC gets her turn to make her stars shine.   
MDWebster's avatar
Does this mean that it's going to be all visual and very little dialogue for this Special comic?
ChrisTheS's avatar
Pretty much.  Apart from the opening crawl, credits, and sound effects there's no actual text at all, just symbols.  I tried to make them as clear as I could, but as you'll see, it's rather hard to compress certain concepts into one icon.
shyal-malkes's avatar
The expression says it all "What have I gotten myself into?"
ChrisTheS's avatar
This is what it was based on :)
Reshiram95's avatar
So is this special during the new hope with spiring clean and cookie in the Death Star
And where jackboot accepted red shift to work or something
ChrisTheS's avatar
Half of it takes place prior to ANH (the same time period as Rogue One), the other half takes place shortly before the start of volume 3.  It will be fairly clear which half is which :)
Reshiram95's avatar
okay  im looking forward  to  will jackboot be back or a new character which i forgot his name in the rogue one 
ChrisTheS's avatar
No real villains in this one.  It's a lower deck episode.
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