Sep 2014

Chapter 4: Page 53 – Outgunned

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Man, what is it with Tenzin and fighting unarmed against guys with tanks?  It’s like he has a death wish or something.

We’ve starting getting guest strips for a brief hiatus at the end of this chapter (first week of December).  If anyone wants to try their hand at drawing a funny guest strip or guest art, check out our post about it.

EDIT:  TDA got a couple of cameo appearances this week!  One on the webcomic Center Lane, one on Area 42, and one on Princess Chroma.  Check them out :D

EDIT 2:  Nico points out that he included an easter egg referencing an earlier page in the comic when drawing this page.  500 MCs to whoever can find it :)  (note, there may be multiple references beyond what he intended. They’ll get the reward too.)


  • Nate the Robot

    Yikes, things took a turn for the worse!

    • BuilderJim

      It’s all fun and games until a flippen’ TANK arrives.

  • Pseudonymo Etera

    Viktor gets hit in the left leg
    Tenzin gets hit in the left arm

    Is there some sort of connection I’m seeing here?

    That and I love how you used an M1A2/M1A3 tank.

    • NickDA

      mmmm…. and a tank… where have we seen a tank before in his tortured dreams :D

      • Adriano #WR

        Can’t recall… Please help ! x)

        • 2nd sequence when he’s a little kid.

          • Adriano #WR

            Thank you !

    • Demetri Ermak

      I love the flow of this page.
      Also, the fact that there’s an american tank in a region dominated by chinese copies of soviet tanks tell a somewhat gruesome story of the pre-war politics – the raiders managed to find a whole lot of them for repairs, otherwise that one would have stopped working years ago.

  • Adriano #WR

    I love how the tank just popped out from nowhere lol
    Like if you can’t see a tank coming toward you x)

    But this tank is cool, and all the page is cool.
    Sad because we don’t know what will happen next, but damn cool !

    • If you actually look at the beginning of the sequence, you’ll see a large tank-shaped thing underneath a big tarp. On this page you can see the tarp being uncovered :)

      • Adriano #WR

        Actually, it doesn’t look like a tank. I can accept that they didn’t see it ^^
        Thank you very much !

    • Nico Leon

      yeah :D as Dan says, the tank was there all the time, as Tenzin, nobody saw it, but you can even see it wheels at the center of page 2 xD

      • Adriano #WR

        Omg, you’re right !
        Ahah, you’re really talented, you trapped us all x)

    • Amberlight

      Either there was a lot of explosions and Tenzin and Viktor had a temporary hearing loss, either this is some kind of stealth tank that does not have supermega loud engine.

      • More of the first, and being distracted trying to punch a guys face out. You’ll note that Viktor notices and tries to get Tenzin to notice, but he’s too busy punching, so Viktor has to tackle him.

  • Neil Kapit

    I assume a lot of Tenzin’s body was in less-than-near-mint condition, even before he was blown to pieces in Chapter 3. Bullets from tank-mounted guns tend to be rather large.

    • If you look at him shirtless at the beginning of Chapter 1 you’ll see that Seba tried to draw him with lots of scars and wounds. Minervan medical technology is quite good, but yeah he definitely has old wounds.

  • Delta-v

    Three cameos. Check out melaredblu’s Princess Chroma. :)

    • Oh nice! Added it :)

      • Delta-v

        Oh, good. I tried to add a hyperlink, but I couldn’t get it to work. :(

  • Could it be the stuffed rabbit on the front of the tank is referencing the rabbit Tenzin killed and then had to fight that guy off before he could eat it? That’s the only previous page reference I can think of.

    • Oooh that’s a cool one! 500 MCs for that. Although @nicoleon:disqus was referring to the 3rd and 4th panels, specifically.

  • Amberlight

    They seem to have had a poor reconnaissance – it’s kinda hard to not notice a TANK in the enemy camp. And if they noticed it beforehand but didn’t blew it up at the very beginning, they are rather stupid.

    • Adriano #WR

      Yeah it’s a bit weird.
      But maybe that’s because they’re amateurs.

      • Ding ding! This sequence is about how Tenzin thought he was all cool and awesome, but that he really isn’t prepared to deal with well armed groups and stuff like this.

    • Sebastian Grey

      Lets remember that during the atrocious Second Battle for Shahikot Valley (2002, Operation Anaconda) the US conventional military was shocked-shocked!- to find artillery, anti-air defenses, and bunkers sitting EXACTLY where the Afghans, Russians, and our own goddamned Delta Force, SEAL teams, and ISA operators told them they would be. Because we missed them with our multi-billion dollar drones, they obviously didnt exist. All because the Taliban and Al-Queda affiliates had covered them with brown tarps. This camouflage was so effective, members of General Hagenbeck’s staff refused to believe they existed until they started shooting at soldiers. Fuckups ain’t only for amateurs.

      • Oh excellent point! I’m glad to have such military savvy commenters like you around. I certainly am not :)

  • Adriano #WR

    Omg Area 42 is really a great web-comic !

    Maybe better than Demon Archives ;)

    • This wounds me ;) But you should go tell it’s creator that!

      • Adriano #WR

        Yep you’re right.
        When I’ll have read all the past pages ^^

        • I just now saw this. I’m glad you like it.

          • Adriano #WR

            You’re welcome ! But sadly, I’ve dropped the reading of it some time ago. But I’ll continue reading it, later, I promise !

  • Matt [in Middletown]

    “I throw brick at it, is good plan!”
    You’re always throwing bricks at things, it never works!
    “Maybe this time it does?”
    *Brick takes out machine gunner and several important items besides.
    How, how did that work?!
    “I told you, is good plan!”

    • Never underestimate the power of a brick to the face.

      • Matt [in Middletown]

        But then the brick needed to be in counseling later for its psychological trauma.
        Seriously, did you SEE the face it was forced to come into contact with?
        Emotional scar city, forever!
        It was the heart shaped lipstick design coupled with the Colonel Schultz monocle.
        Most likely.

        • Matt [in Middletown]

          Ahh, ya dope, it’s Colonel Klink and Sergeant Schultz..
          Been too long since ya last watched Hogans Heroes, eh?

          • Are…are you talking to yourself? ;)

            If you make a login instead of a guest account, I think you can edit your comments ;)

          • Matt [in Middletown]

            But what’s the fun in that?
            More entertaining to watch me berate myself after the fact.
            I might even catch a flying brick!

  • smurfton

    What is it with Tenzin and getting shot in the shoulder? seriously Tenzin, take some care of yourself.