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XCOM: The Volunteer Part 1 (contains EU spoilers) by genetheawkward XCOM: The Volunteer Part 1 (contains EU spoilers) by genetheawkward
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So I'm really excited for XCOM 2.  Haven't been that excited for a new game in some time.  I'm the kind of person who will wait 2 years after a game comes out so I can get it for a lower price.  But...but XCOM.
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Bacxaber Featured By Owner Edited Jan 17, 2017   General Artist
Damn, nice! The reason the aliens don't care about their own lives is because they're:
1: Clones (even the ethereals. They're just clones who haven't been killed for 6000 years)
2: All part of a hivemind.

I'd just expect an experienced XCOM soldier to already know that, is all. Maybe she did and just couldn't tell her sister, but whatever.
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genetheawkward Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're right, of course, they have no reason to care about their own. :)  For one thing, she's trying to explain her situation to her sister in simple terms that a kid would understand.  But I'd argue she does know the reason they don't care - and it doesn't really change much in the grand scheme of things.  A small hive of bees can kill you despite the fact that they're tiny and die if they sting you, because they don't care if they die and have that hive mind.  The solution is, of course, not to go poking beehives if you can help it, because they're pretty docile otherwise.  But we're not talking about bees, we're talking about murderous tentacle cthulu monsters from outer space.  Most intelligent enemies, you can beat up until they retreat to fight another day.  Even crazy humans with a cause will run from a losing battle if given the chance.  There's no way to "push back" alien forces.

Similar shock issues came up with kamikaze and suicide bombers IRL, using religion or honor or what have you as their "hive" mentality.  Just wrapping your head around how to fight something like that is crazy, even if you're aware of it.  It's stressful.

It's also established in early game that the aliens themselves are horrific enough that the hardest soldiers of our world and our wars will panic despite years of training under stress, so if we're talking realism... XD

I'd also argue that by definition clones are their own people and have their own feelings, but that's another conversation lol sorry for wall of text, I enjoy picking apart cosmology stuff.
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Bacxaber Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017   General Artist
I wasn't criticizing, mate. Chill. But being clones is completely irrelevant. I agree that, in general, clones are individuals and deserve rights - but my point was, they're mass-producing their soldiers, hence why they're considered cannon fodder.
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genetheawkward Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I totally went overboard because I overthink this stuff, not because I thought I was being criticized.  Your point made me think lol.  I do think it's particularly horrific o.o
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TheOneYouFear Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AHH! Frack!
TheOneYouFear has been stunned by a Feel! Soldiers Panicking!
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genetheawkward Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahahaha okay I legitimately laughed aloud at my desk, congratulations XD
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TheOneYouFear Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I try my best :D
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PolandMaster Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting very interesting
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Toon-Resurrection92 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just got done playing XCOM. Now I feel bad for the troops that died on my watch. Thanks a lot! Sad Drunk 
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genetheawkward Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha~ You're welcome. <3 *removes fist from your feels*
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Stormrider29 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016
she kind of looks genetically enhanced..
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xthedarkgrimreaper Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
hey! aren’t your the artist that got your art featured at XCOM’s twitter and Facebook? www.facebook.com/XCOM/photos/p…
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genetheawkward Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup! It was so awesome when I got a comment/note pointing it out to me!  I am so honored! QwQ
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aaqucnaona Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Student Filmographer
This is amazing. I love it.
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Lemonsofliberty Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
And then the sister gets crit'd by a random sectoid straight out of move free and dies, the end
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genetheawkward Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this ;-;
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Gorerocker Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
HOLY CRAP THAT IS AWESOME. You are amazing, wow i really enjoyed that like holy crap.  keep up the amazing work.
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gilthanaz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
Really awesome. Even the XCOM creators already took note of it, so did the guys at xcomfanatics. Please make more XCOM related comics!
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aduvan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
great job, i enjoyed it.
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TheRealJayDee Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
This... is pretty damn awesome! :D
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Chasarsis Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
o_o this is fantastic. Well done!
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Rawin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Thanks for this (:
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wolfman2361 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Love it!
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Sirsoth Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
very good history cant wait for the next one.
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firefly00 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Because, whatever the nature of the adversary, whatever technology might be fielded, a war will still have its operators, and their many life stories that exist beyond the AO.  Well done, sir; bloody well done.
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TenaKitten Featured By Owner Edited Jan 10, 2016
Wow. This comic made my skin crawl. And I don't know if it was in a happy or a creeped-out way. In any way, you made something great here. And the same counts for part 2.
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SoleofAmaranth Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
now that is cool
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TheGurw Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got chills on the last panel.
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Indoran Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Great work :) made me care about the characters in a couple minutes, way better than George Lucas with unlimited budget and 3 movies lol
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WillToWrite Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
The gungans will need to put up a ray shield for all the shots you're firing.
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wern212 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Wow... the feels are real.
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Kivicus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
Love it cant wait to see part 3!!!
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ionthehedgehog2 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
get ready soldier.shits about to hit the fan
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Oddsquad Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015
This is REALLY good. Heartfelt and has me hyped for the sequel. Thank you!
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genetheawkward Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mission accomplished, Commander :)
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NeroonCousland Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
Amazing work!
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FeCyrineu Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
What class the older sister was? Cause a psionic sniper is bad. They are alot of times using squadsight, meaning they can't use their pshy abilities.
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genetheawkward Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mechanically, a psionic support is best, but my first Volunteer actually was my sniper.  I disagree that it doesn't work at all though.  While a sniper can't use psi abilities from across the map, the addition of the invisible assholes in EW made it a bad idea to put your sniper that far from everyone else anyway...and also, you can move and psi in a single turn instead of moving and being stuck with your pistol.  Still, it would've been much more convenient for me if I'd gotten a support!!!  Snipers have better things to do with their actions, like double-tapping!
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codyfun123 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like she was a Support based on "It's my job to support everyone and keep crazy assholes like Kowalski alive.".

Anyways, awesome comic on an awesome subject!
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PyrZern Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My  'Volunteer' was a medic too :P Well, a combat medic cuz she got a lot of kills somehow :P
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MatthewVett Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Awesome comic!  
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DamionRayne Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Awww, this is quite cute.
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PyrZern Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliantly done. Great job.
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