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May 24th, 2016, 1:58 am




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Mewtwo is getting sick of this.

posted by rosque on May 24th, 2016, 2:00 am



 

Mewtwo you're a crazy son of a batch using your kamehameha at a time like this, but god I love ya!

posted by Guest on May 24th, 2016, 2:44 am



 

Can we just point out how insane Mewtwo looks in that bottom panel? I love it.

posted by Guest on May 24th, 2016, 2:59 am





 
GrrRRRrrRrrrRrr!!

Oh, I'm so pissed right now, like you have no idea!

posted by Dark Matter on May 24th, 2016, 3:03 am



 

But but but friend.

Focus Blast is a Fighting type move.

posted by Delta (Guest) on May 24th, 2016, 3:18 am





 

BOI HE BOUT TO DO IT

posted by Starlyte on May 24th, 2016, 4:23 am





 

@Delta well mewtwo can learn almost all of the power moves Which include Blizzard, Fire blast, Solarbeam, Focus blast, thunder, Hyperbeam, Giga Impact, ect.

posted by Flamel on May 24th, 2016, 4:45 am





 

Delta-guest, @Flamel:

1. Why does he have Focus Blast?

He knew early on that a shadow Darkrai was involved, and expected to have to fight it. He cannot use Psychic techniques on Darkrai except by prior use of Miracle Eye and the effectiveness with Miracle Eye is neutral. Aura Sphere is his innate fighting-type move, he doesn't need to use Miracle Eye first and the type is super effective. Unfortunately (talking pure game terms) Aura Sphere even from M-M2-Y doesn't OHKO a Darkrai. Focus Blast is a TM move and, assuming it hits, does OHKO Darkrai.

For confirmation, we already know he has Focus Blast in Victory Fire because he taught it to Gengar in turn.


2. Why does he choose it here?

If Mewtwo were to select a psychic-type move for STAB, the innate options are Psycho Cut (unlikely as it's physical and low power), Confusion (irrelevant and very low power), Psychic and Psystrike. The latter two are more like local area affects, and indiscriminately blasting the immediate surroundings won't help. Focus Blast is a beam-type move (as we know since it has no effect on Bulletproof mons), which means he can direct all the energy in one direction.


tl;dr something something nerd logic and battle calcs ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

posted by sulfurbunny on May 24th, 2016, 4:52 am



  LOL

Mewtwo doesn't need to turn into 'Shadow state' like Victini or Darkrai, he is who he is.

And it's awesome.

posted by Guest on May 24th, 2016, 5:12 am



  How many shits is Mewtwo willing to give?

None.

None of the shits.

posted by Tallen (Guest) on May 24th, 2016, 8:12 am





 

I'm starting to think that maybe Mewtwo isn't "all there" if you know what I mean.

posted by PJSam on May 24th, 2016, 9:50 am



 

XD I love how Mewtwo is just like, "you know what. Screw this. You wanna go dungeon? Let's go."

Keep calm and fire giant lasers. Solves all your problems. :D If it doesn't solve your problems, the laser isn't big enough.

@Tallen
Also, your comment is amazing. I would upvote it if I could.

posted by ?? (Guest) on May 24th, 2016, 11:58 am





 

Hey, if it works, great. If not... well... That's a problem.

posted by Nashew on May 24th, 2016, 12:49 pm



 

@delta-guest

But uh... Focus Blast can be blocked by bulletproof. I would know... I have an umbreon/chesnaught combo that works well because of that.

posted by Mewpers (Guest) on May 24th, 2016, 1:52 pm





 

ITS OVER 9000!!!!!!

posted by MatrixMercenary on May 24th, 2016, 4:21 pm





 

more like focus miss. stick with aura sphere

posted by SoraIndigo on May 24th, 2016, 5:58 pm





 

He's gonna wreck it

posted by DKWIdoin on May 25th, 2016, 4:02 pm





 
@PJSam

Well, you know what they say, its a fine line between genius and insanity.

posted by XD-MADNESS on May 26th, 2016, 12:58 am



 

Fiat lux; both words originate from Latin.

A fiat is essentially a command, but one that carries far more weight than a simple command. An absolute order, if you will. Not debatable, not arguable, a fiat is an order of will.

Lux is light, illumination.

Put them together and you get "Let there be light," although it's a bit closer to "There shall be light."

Feel free to correct me.

posted by Guest on May 26th, 2016, 6:53 am



 

@guest "fiat lux" is a quote from the latin translation of the bible. https://youtu.be/rO30yRCl2O4
Also: fiat is actually a jussive subjunctive and is more like "hey, light, feel free to happen, yo," as opposed to an actual imperative command (fac lucem). Source: I know latin

posted by Guest on May 26th, 2016, 1:26 pm



  I Just Read It All and I Love It So Much

Sooo much. Everything about it is awesome - the characters, the storyline, the dialogue, the *art*, especially, oh my gosh. Do you draw the art with pencil and paper and scan it, or do you draw it on the computer? Because either way, it's really good, and the characters' expressions are hilarious/cute/heartbreaking. That one "comic" early on, with no dialogue, where Jen wakes up after her first night in the mountains and stares at the sunrise...and then realizes where she is and that she's a Pokémon still, and just looks straight ahead with those big teary eyes but then bites into the apple even if she's crying and scared, because she's *hungry*, dangit...yeah, you hurt me with that one. No words, and it hurt. You, my friend, have talent.

OK, so I found this comic because I was Googling "Mewtwo comics", and the one where Mewtwo is flying to Almia showed up. I thought it looked interesting, so I followed the link and started reading, and even if I had to wait an entire book for Mewtwo to make his first appearance, I still enjoyed myself, lol. It's not good for me to read Pokémon fan-anything where Mewtwo is a character but not the hero of the story, because when I know he's coming but he's not there yet I just sit there thinking, "Yeah, yeah, get to the exciting part," and when he does show up I zero in on him like, "You are now the reason this story exists, it is your story, you are the main character, your struggles, your battles, your lines, your expressions, I will memorize it all and ignore everything else. Ugh, who are these people who want me to pay attention while they try not to fall off a cliff? Am I supposed to care or something?" OK, maybe I'm not that extreme, but I am a huge Mewtwo fan, so you'll have to indulge me while I rave about him for a little while.

Oh my gosh, I love your version of Mewtwo, he's so different and awesome! He reminds me a lot of manga Mewtwo, not as serious or formal as the anime version, liking to crack jokes sometimes and arch his brow at N and *walk*, for goodness's sakes, and (much as I love anime Mewtwo) I find that kind of refreshing. But he's definitely his own character in this, a character I really enjoy. He's quoting Yoda, for crying out loud! Mewtwo is quoting Yoda, I aaagh. (I have this one little pedantic corner that's informing me that Mewtwo is technically OOC, but even it is in love with this version, and I'm really not one to talk about writing Mewtwo OOC. *whistles*.)

Ahem, yes, so, Mewtwo. You earned yourself three stars right there.

Besides Mewtwo, I think I love Gengar, Darkrai, and Kecleon best, with Houndoom a close second. I like Lopunny's attitude, too. Oh, and Wes. WES. He's been in...two comics? Three? and I already love him. Now, I have a confession: I'm such a Genwunner that I still play my Red version on a GameBoy color, so I've never played Mystery Dungeon, have only the vaguest idea about what it is, and don't recognize half the Pokémon. (I didn't know what Jen *was* until - I think it was Victini as Darkrai - somebody called her an "Aurino", and I was like, ah, OK. Boom. There we go XD) So I have no idea whether Wes is a canon character or not, but from your introduction of him I had the feeling he was. Anyhow, whoever he is, I like him. I hope we see more of him.

But yes, Gengar, Darkrai, Kecleon. I was so disappointed when you said Kecleon wasn't going to be a major part any more. I mean, we had just seen his backstory, and I'd grown to love him so much (especially back in the days when I was on the fence about Gengar), and then you're just like, "Welp, he might make a cameo every once in a while..." and I think my heart broke a little. Kecleon. More Kecleon. Now. Go.

(I'm kidding. Mostly.)

Gengar...now, Gengar is actually one of my favorite Pokémon (although the way they're portrayed here is creepy as frack), so I was really excited when he showed up. And then he wasn't nice and I didn't like him. And then...ah, shoot...he's being grudgingly nice, and now he's really being nice, and yes, he's a Jerk With A Heart Of Gold, trying to make up for what he did wrong in the past, a tragic hero kind of guy, and he and Kecleon and Jen are a UNIT, and yeah, I really love Gengar now. He's changed.

But Darkrai. You know, I didn't like "The Rise of Darkrai" very much, but I did like Darkrai. Again with the tragic hero thing, geesh. But yeah, so I was predisposed towards Darkrai when I saw him in this, and then he's in chains and scared and trying to get away and Victini is just *evil*, and now he's crying 'cause he can't get away and he can feel himself reverting to being XD002, and he has the number branded on his arm, and yeah, where is this Lovrina that I may punch her in the face? Or have Jen use her new move on her. Heheh. I really, really want them to help Darkrai. When are you updating? (Honest question, I'm new here, do you have a schedule or do you just post when you can?)

Worse still, I can't even hate Victini like I did before, because she's suffering too. I mean, she must have been through a lot to be the way she is now. So now we have for villains Team Plasma (who have not made an appearance so I can properly despise them), and Hoopa, who scares the chocolate crumbs out of me. Great. Darkrai escapes from Victini, only for Mewtwo to be kidnapped by Hoopa.

...

Hoopa, if you kidnap Mewtwo, you and I and Mr. Baseball Bat are going to have a little talk.

Anyhow. So...um...is there anything I don't like, well...I will admit that the first couple hundred comics were very cryptic, to the point of my nearly giving up in frustration, except that I wanted to know what was going on. I mean, I liked it, and I kept reading, but it was a little bit confusing at first. And then the whole Pokémon are smart but not as smart as humans thing...now, I know how hard it is to pull off making non-human creatures seem intelligent, but not on par with humans, and with Reshiram and Zykrom, and the Houndoom pack and Murkrow, it really seems that way, but with Kecleon and the Adventurers' Guild and, to be honest, a lot of the other Pokémon, they still seem so human. Of course (you sly dog), you could be setting us up for the reveal that, hey, Gengar is kind of arrogant about Pokémon in general, and that did come across with...what town was it? where he's saying "They're not this smart" and they quite clearly *are*, but a lot of the time their lack of intelligence seems a bit contrived. Like when Kecleon goes from using the word "corporeal", which even Gengar doesn't know, to not understanding Jen's and Gengar's plan for fighting the Stunfisk, and it didn't ring true to me. I don't know. Maybe I'm too picky. Anyhow...

Jen...now, don't get me wrong, I like her, but she always did seem like she was there for things to happen to, kind of like Tintin. And that works, but she's not as strong of a character as Gengar or Kecleon. If that was your intention, just for her to be an eleven-year-old kid who's scared to death of what's going on and just wants to go home, then it worked, and, hey, with her personal struggles with being helpless and wondering if she even wants to go back, the character has deepened, so I don't know what I'm talking about any more ignore me.

Anyhow, I hope I didn't hurt your feelings with any of that last part, because I really do love the comic and I just wanted to point out some things you could focus on so it could be even better. I hope you have a good day, keep writing, and I eagerly await the next installment!

-ReaderWriterNerd&Geek

posted by ReaderWriterNerd&Geek (Guest) on May 26th, 2016, 11:53 pm





 

Wow, that's officially the longest comment I've ever seen! Just doing a quick sweep-over of points before I do the update:


1. VF Mewtwo *is* the original anime Mewtwo, or how (I guess) he'd be after about 20 years of personal soulseeking and character development.

Regarding OOC: Yes, some people have felt he's too lighthearted and flippant, but in my opinion we saw the start of this change between the first and second M2 movies: by the start of the second he was capable of feeling sympathy for humanity, and by the end of it he was capable of admitting it. A lot can change for anyone in twenty years. Being the tremendously powerful psychic he is, I'm absolutely convinced he'd develop empathy over time, no matter his starting state--how can he not, when he's capable of picking up anyone's thoughts and feelings?

Meeting N was also a big catalyst for his personal development (though he's still got a long way to go). Perhaps we'll see a background comic about that sometime, though it wouldn't fit in Victory Fire proper.


2. Re Wes, he will be back, ohh yes, oh my. He was originally intended to just have that one cameo, but he so utterly stole the show that we decided he'd have to be a recurring major character.


3. Victory Fire updates Tuesdays and Fridays at 8am UTC, always has done, always will do until the story's end. I'm sure people will tell you about the history we've had which includes broken computers, severe illness and death of close family members... Once I was stuck on a boat in the Arctic Circle and the comic still went up on time. I'm fairly sure that update-wise we are the most reliable fancomic on the Internet.


4. Regarding the slow start: yes, also agreed. Without getting into the messy history of the comic too deeply, we've had several iterations of Victory Fire; this public version was being co-written by myself and a friend, but the friend quit halfway through Book 4 and I had to seek out someone else to at least beta-read. Original beta-reader abandoned us at a rather critical point: the thing was very big and messy and I've been struggling to pull everything together from that point on.


5. Regarding Pokemon not being as smart as humans: yes, don't trust Gengar on that! Look at Mewtwo. He's a Pokemon and N has straight-up said he's the "smartest person" N's ever met. Look at Team Charm, they're no dummies either. But. They tend to think in different ways to humans--not less smart, different--and you'll find it's an upcoming theme that both sides, Pokemon and human, are misunderstanding each other. Take another look at page 401: though he recovers quickly, Wes is astonished when Mewtwo speaks to him. He has Pokemon of his own, he's a good trainer, but he never thought of them as being capable of comprehending human speech at an equal level...

posted by sulfurbunny on May 27th, 2016, 2:01 am



 

i just noticing but was mewtwo smirking evilly?

posted by mcslurpi on May 27th, 2016, 6:26 am



 

Thanks for the quick reply! And haha, I have, yet again, made a name for myself with my mile-long comments. I'm so ruddy long-winded. :P

1. OK, got it, I was wondering about that, since I knew we were operating in kind of a "gameverse", I wasn't sure *which* Mewtwo we were dealing with. Thanks :) And I agree, after twenty years, I think Mewtwo would lighten up at least a little - the epiphany at the end of Mewtwo Returns went a long way towards changing him, when he and Ash are saying goodbye, Mewtwo doesn't stop smiling once.

And, should you ever feel like writing a background comic about him meeting N, I would read it. Probably over and over.

2. Yay, more Wes! I can't wait ^.^

3. OK, I have to know the ending to this story, why were you on a boat in the middle of the Arctic Circle? LOL. I admire your dedication, though; I love reliable updaters. :)

4. Oy. I sympathize with trying to make sense of a big messy heap of story, so, yeah, I understand the slow start. :) You have readers, anyway!

5. Ahhh, OK, different ways of thinking. Now it all makes sense. I guess I can hardly blame Gengar for thinking the way he does; arrogance about the intelligence of Pokemon seems pretty deeply ingrained, if Kecleon's backstory is anything to go by. I was just like, "Seriously? He's been this guy's partner since they were both kids and nobody thinks to tell him, 'Oh, hey, your trainer's dead'?" That's just wrong.

And yes, the whole Wes/Mewtwo meeting definitely seemed like a Big Thing. The moment when they shake hands is awesome. I have to wonder whether Mewtwo's ever shaken hands with anybody before?

Well, there's another long comment. Bye!

-ReaderWriterNerd&Geek

posted by ReaderWriterNerd&Geek (Guest) on May 29th, 2016, 11:47 am





 

ReaderWriterNerd&Geek - no pressure or anything, but if you make an account on SmackJeeves you can tag people and be tagged in turn so you get notified when someone's replied to you. I don't automatically see that someone's commented on a VF page, unless they tag me by username, so it's a bit of a crapshoot whether I happen to come back to any specific page and see a comment left for me there.


Let's talk about Wes! If you're a genwunner, you've never played Pokemon Colosseum. Wes is from Orre, a desertified region that has suffered severe environmental damage; wild Pokemon are extremely rare. He is the most interesting protagonist any Pokemon game has had--because Wes is a criminal, the star member of a group called Team Snagem. In the introductory cutscene, we watch him raid his own team's base, steal a prototype Snag Machine (a device that jailbreaks Pokeballs to allow other trainers' Pokemon to be caught), and then blow up the whole base before escaping on a freakin' hoverbike.

So, that's Wes. And we get to play as him. If you ever have access to a copy of Pokemon Colosseum, it's worth it.


And let's talk about the handshake. I particularly like the handshake myself because it says a lot about the character of both Mewtwo and Wes.

As N mentions on 398, Mewtwo "doesn't like people knowing" about him. He's done his utmost to keep his very existence a secret from humanity, because he knows what's at stake if the general public find out he exists: every trainer on the planet would want to get hold of him. It's a huge step for him to be willing to reveal himself to anyone like this.

Wes has clearly dealt with difficult people before. He realizes immediately that he just messed up, but bounces right back and puts Mewtwo off-balance in turn by treating him... exactly as he'd just demanded to be treated. Mewtwo wasn't expecting that and is actually a little frightened, but he's caught and knows it, because if he refuses the handshake at this point, then he's the asshole.

After that, Mewtwo has no idea what to do about Wes, and spends the next few panels in a state of confusion--which Wes also picks up on. Wes then presses his advantage and challenges Mewtwo on 401--and Mewtwo actually backs down. Subsequently his hostility to Wes just evaporates. In that short space of time Wes defuses the situation and wins a baseline of trust from Mewtwo that probably took N months to earn. (Now it could be argued that N did the real groundwork here; Mewtwo wouldn't have trusted any human before he'd met N, but still--one wonders what N is thinking as he watches this go down!)

posted by sulfurbunny on May 29th, 2016, 4:26 pm



 

Yes, the strat of "Hit everything with Focus Blast". I remember that strat.

posted by Dragon Master (somehow logged ou (Guest) on June 2nd, 2016, 2:54 pm



 

@sulfurbunny: Thanks for the tip! Perhaps I will, some time in the future; I have all these things I'm following now and it would be a heck of a lot easier for me if I just made an account. But then I have so many random accounts for so many things floating around all over the place...anyway.

OMIGOSH WES SOUNDS AWESOME. :D I think I need Pokemon Colosseum for my birthday now. (I wonder if it's a bad sign that I want to play a criminal. Ah, well.)

Wow, yeah, I knew that handshake was awesome on a lot of different levels. Can I just compliment the artwork here, because you managed to get so much across just with Mewtwo and Wes's expressions. And, yeah, I almost imagine N being like, "Oh he doesn't shake - hands...oh. Oh, well then, uh, never mind. O.O" LOL.

I don't know why I just remembered this, but Mewtwo's line of "[A person's Pokemon] aren't always the best judges of character"...did you intend that to sound like it had a double meaning, like he was talking about himself and his experiences? Because that's how I heard it, suddenly.

posted by ReaderWriterNerd&Geek (Guest) on June 3rd, 2016, 1:03 am





 

Oh, everything's got multiple meanings in this comic! :D

posted by sulfurbunny on June 3rd, 2016, 2:07 am