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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.