Huh. I had forgotten that Marc died. I will have to go back and see how. That’s strange, I usually don’t forget things like that.
Should I assume that the couple to Rikk’s right are Marc’s father and sister? She looks too young to be his mother, and inappropriately dressed (by that generation’s standards), for a funeral.
I see [what looks like] Jesse in the background, playing Wii Tennis; who’s his opponent?
He dove into Tiki wiki to get rid of link So that Shannan and Will could survive the battle.
Also is that bell hop playing tennis with Jessie?
The three non-AEGIS people are Marc’s father, brother and first serious romantic interest, all portrayed here: http://www.faans.com/books1-6/index.php?p=1921
1- Thanks for the link, TC! I also had to look back to remember what Di’s father looked like during her “choking” flashback
2- What a funeral – Wii being played – as much a celebration of his life as it is a grieving. Dat’s wat I want
3- Tim is still Tim – his formal wear is a black TRON shirt
4- Fitz isn’t there because he couldn’t get a size 132X black lab coat in time
5- Two emotions: D’awww…. and: Di’s so hot in black
*Plays Lou Reed’s “My Red Joystick”*
What can I say?–Tim got into my record collection.
Requiescat In Pace, Marc.
Your rulesauce will be forever missed in the table of our lives, and the meal of our existence will be an epic fail because of it.
P.S. Very touching service, but I’m surprised because apparently Marc didn’t request music in his funeral. Still, I totally picture the scene with a couple of Dance, Dance Revolution-type games blasting J-Pop next to Marc’s photo.
Based on Marc’s interview getting onto the team, I’ve gotta hope his Dad makes some sort of comment appreciating his son’s efforts and sacrifice.
I usually don’t like to see any character die in comics, whether it be in the primary colors version – as death is so often a revolving door and thus cheapens the tragedy – or in mediums where death isn’t. But the pain runs a little deeper here for me, since Rikk had seen in Marc the potential for his successor (unless I’m not remembering things right). It feels like such a waste…
And uh, speaking of not remembering things right, I’m wondering if there was more to that bit with Marc and Jessie playacting that I missed. Will need to go back and read it all again someday.
Check it out, Rumi isn’t in prison. I was wondering if she’d have to do some time for that rampage. (Unless she’s out on bail while awaiting trial.)
For some reason, I envision the music played at his service at being that slow piano version of Guile’s theme.
While I like that Marc went the route I’d want to go with MY funeral, (AKA, putting the ‘fun’ in ‘funeral.’), I think it’s strange that it’d be a Wii game. Surely Marc was more of a Microsoft man. But, yeah, I’m totally going to say that what Slipdance said above me there just HAS to be canon. I can’t unimagine it.
When I first saw marc I didn’t think much of him but he became a good favorite of mine especially when he was lost in that world. Then they pulled away from himm and well lets say in the end that he proved that he was a great character and he will be missed. RIP MARC
@Locke: I can’t remember that Marc had any particular console preference, and he’s been shown playing Wii games before.
I’m happy to see so much praise for Marc as a person and character. I never disliked him, and he was one of the first newcomers I started to like. He and Di are the only new guys I have constantly found relevant and interesting; I didn’t start liking Baxter until he stopped being the Libertarian Strawman, I’m still not sure what to make of Jesse, and while I’d love to see more of Hilda and Zaha, the plot doesn’t seem to care about them anymore.
On another note, it’s probably for the best that Tiki Wiki isn’t there.
“Yes, Mr Svenson, your son’s remains are safe within my body.”
“Could we… get him out, give him a proper burial?”
“Not without risking the escape of a highly dangerous alien lifeform. However, said lifeform has probably ripped your son’s body to billions of minuscule pieces and scattered them in all directions, much like you would scatter someone’s ashes after cremating them. I assume you share the common opinion that cremation is an acceptable alternative to burial?”
A touching (and illuminating) page.
It is pleasant (as always) to see Rumi in a kimono, but the colour is startling: is it not a white kimono for the deceased only, and pure-black kimonos for mourners?
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_funeral )
Marc, you will be missed. Pwn some angels at some games, and kick @$$ in the afterlife.
sorry, cannot feel simpathy for a wedge who tried to break a nice couple. rest in pieces, Mark. Maybe some alternate timeline Mark will come to retry?
Drakkin – I can. The heart wants what it wants. It doesn’t mean Mark did the right thing, or that it was ok. But he was human and he had hero-worshipped Shanna since he was a boy. It was poor form, but Shanna was his weak spot and once he realized he could never have her, he gave his life to ensure her and Will would get a chance.
@Matthew – Also find it interesting that Rumi is not in jail. A full pardon for her past service?
@Kensou – Thought that was strange too. Why introduce the whole Mark exploring his sexual orientation angle in the first place if he was slated to die a few strips later? Seems strange to open that door but not go through it.
@Anonymous- Thank you for noticing. I couldn’t remember the specifics. Probably should’ve looked it up. Sorry for any inaccuracies.
Marc’s death hurts more because his story was unfinished. It’s a lot easier to accept the death of a character when their stories have no loose ends, but in Marc’s case he was destined to be the next leader of Team Alpha, learning about his sexuality and himself, bonding with Hilda…none of those were complete, and the abrupt end to those stories is part of what makes Marc’s death so tragic.
Why do I have this feeling that Link and Marc are about to crash this party?
Maybe when TW shows up?
I have to wonder if Zaha has burned all her bridges w/ the team. Her isolation is pretty front and center in that first panel.
Marc’s not the only one who died that day. Let’s not forget Jared, or Joseph. Where are the time travellers, anyway?
As long as Rumi didn’t seriously hurt anyone while on her rampage, and it could be explained that she was merely acting as was expected of her by the aliens in an attempt to buy time, the Prez could give her a pardon without too much trouble.
@Anonymous: Well, considering how Rumi’s family is really traditional (if I remember correctly that is), I can kinda imagine them never having made the transition from white mourning clothes to black ones.
Yeah, white is the tradition. Black is just modernized, so seeing white isn’t that unexpected.
And I agree, Marc’s death hits really hard. I liked him, and he had a lot left to do. His arc wasn’t even nearly tied up, but in the end that’s what death usually is.
As for the other deaths, I imagine we’ll be seeing Jared’s funeral next and a bit on Joseph as well.
I too shall insist on communal video games at my funeral.
So, Tron makes for a sad shirt?
Mark dies on “beginnings-10-of-33″
While we never actually saw a body, and that usually hints at possibilities for the future, he did go into that Tiki-hole effectively attached to a crazed filament-wire-maniac. I don’t really give him good chances in there.
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