Back to the present with this page, as a more pressing threat seems to emerge. We tried to lead into this event in some of the previous pages, hopefully we pulled it off.
Thanks for reading,
– Luther out
I was waiting to see how that conflict would play out. Glad it wasn’t just ambient noise, although that would have worked just fine as environmental flavor as well.
Heh, my troopies knew better than to draw down on doc…because I was doc and doc don’t play that.
Looks like someone has had enough and wants out. Doc can probably get him out and there might even be a clause in the contract where he isn’t hit with penalties for medical issues. Knowing the Marketers the Doc is under his own contract where he gets a bonus for keeping people in the fight and a penalty for anyone he sidelines. That’s just begging for a conflict.
Ah yes, the issues of troop morale. Considering the capitalistic and egoistic society this is actually very likely to happen. Think about the poor fellow, knowing what the enemy is capable of, fighting just for the profit of a mega company and you earn only enough money to call it a job isn’t really beneficial for morale.
I think there is another angle. Think about how most of them were recruited. A recruiter liked what they saw and gave them a card. Most of these guys and gals probably did not sign up for a war. This is essentially a heavily armed repo company. Their expectations were likely to fight other companies, recover the property (or similar asset) in question, and negotiations between CEOs takes care of the rest. A prolonged battle of danger every day is more then the original job description.
It’s not even that, from what I’ve gathered. It seems the most common duty of Free Market soldiers of fortune is property security against Resource Belt bandits. Basically they get to fend off raggedy-ass Third World irregulars trying to steal things.
My point about the expectations is still true. They didn’t sign up for this (though I’m sure their contract says otherwise) and now that the pressure is on we’re seeing the cracks form in their structure. Before this is all over I have a feeling both sides are going to wish the initial negotiations had gone better.
Panel 2, her spidey infantry senses are tingling
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