Issue #17 Page 2: You Can’t.

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74 Responses to Issue #17 Page 2: You Can’t.

  1. Caera says:

    Yarg, no wonder Bea looks so pensive in the VI. She knew about Nathan but not Knowlton. Sucker Punch!

    How is she going to explain how she knows about Nathan? She’s going to try, if I know her at all…

    • Nass says:

      If I were in her shoes I would tell Alan everything sort of like what she tried to do with Nathan a few issues ago except this time, she actually read about Nathan’s execution so she could tell them exactly where to find him (little does she know it’s too late).

      “Alan, I’m from the 21st century and I can prove it. Nathan is going to be hung as a spy on September 22, he’ll be captured by the Queen’s Rangers near Flushing Bay in New York and…”. “Bea, today is the 23rd.” “Oh no, I’m too late.” Two weeks later they find Samuel Hale, interrogate him and find out it’s all true. “Bea, how did you know all of this.” “What did I tell you two weeks ago Alan?”

      • David says:

        So would Alan keep this between himself and Bea, or would he inform his superiors and try to convince them to “recruit” Bea by having her supply them with information on what strategies and tactics the British will do BEFORE they do them, basically altering the course of the war?

        Somehow I think The Doctor would NOT approve of the latter scenario.

        • Brent says:

          The Doctor probably wouldn’t (COUGH! rose COUGH!), but Doc Brown might.

          • David says:

            I thought Doc Brown was also against messing around with the past. Unless it was in a way that wouldn’t alter the established historical timeline, of course.

            Or maybe this could be like ‘Quantum Leap’ and Bea is SUPPOSED to change the future, because otherwise the American Revolution will end differently and this could then gradually snowball into a world where, for example, the Third Reich wins the Second World War?

          • Brent says:

            That was only at first. If he stayed like that, Marty Jr. would have gone to jail and him and Clara never would have become a thing. That means he’s at least willing to do it.

        • Jen says:

          Except that Bea has already proven (at least to us) that she’s really bad at history. So unless she was able to bone up on info before slipping into the sleeping-pill-induced coma, she wouldn’t be much use.

          • David says:

            @Brent: Hmm, well, Doc Brown DID help Marty alter the future of his parents, but that was all for the better and no harm done, although Biff might disagree. I just meant that Doc would want to avoid causing any changes in the timeline that would be so big that they would not only appear in recorded history but could have disastrous consequences for the future, such as what happened in BTTF 2, although technically that was Marty’s fault.

            Also, how do we KNOW Doc and Clara weren’t meant to be together in the first place and so he was SUPPOSED to interfere with her destiny? Food for thought!

            @Jen: Good point. Bea would be of little use to the Patriot cause right now, at least on this particular trip, and unless she greatly improves her method of “historical research” she’d probably provide so much faulty information to the Patriots on future trips that they end up losing the war. Remember that Bunker Hill/Breed’s Hill mix up?

  2. Susan says:

    NOOOO!!!! Alan, Jack, Bea!!!! I’ve missed you all!

  3. Ah, so many feels! I’ve missed them all so much. So, my impressions from first to last (though not in that order):

    #1. YAY!!
    #3. Aw, that’s right…they didn’t know Knowlton had died :(
    #4. Dang Jack Warren looks cute in the last panel, lol

    • Lora says:

      I’ve always hated stories when there is imminent peril but they stop to kiss. Uh… Nathan needs saving. She can hug him later!

      That’s probably not a very romantic notion, but I think at this point Bea has one mission: Save Nathan’s Life. She didn’t let Liz, Ben, Mom, or Dad get in the way. I guess she won’t let Alan, either.

      • True, true. I suppose I just expect her to miss Alan as much as I have :)

      • Caera says:

        Yeah, it’s kinda refreshing to see a completely focused protagonist. Well, she’s probably a bit less focused after that bit of news. :P

        • David says:

          Now she’ll have to figure out who else in authority she can try to convince to go rescue Nathan. Sadly, it would be all for naught now. :(

          • Brent says:

            Bea: “Dammit, Alan, you’re a major! Go get him rescued!”
            Alan: “But Beatrice, I–”
            Bea: “NOW!!!!”
            Alan: *wibbles* “Yes, ma’am.”
            Jack Warren: “Now wait just a–”
            Bea: ” You want some of this, too?”
            Jack Warren: “….No, ma’am.”
            Bea: “Good!”

          • David says:

            That’s right, Alan and Jack ARE “authority figures”, and isn’t Alan now in command of the Rangers, now that Knowlton has….Oh, I can’t say it! :(

  4. Amber says:

    Wow. Here is my reaction to the mention of Knowlton dying. (adding Nathan’s name works too. The avengers blooper about Coulson’s death.

  5. Brent says:

    Wounded puppy moment…. GO!

    This is like the worst day for her. She knew Nathan was in trouble, but this too? Although what was her plan? Tell Tommy to get Nathan back because she had a dream that he would be dead soon? Assuming he took her seriously, he’d probably just say that that’s the risk Nathan knew he’d take and it was too late. (unless she threatens to burn his remaining tea cosies, hmmm….)

    …..and for some reason, Bea in the VI is really reminding me of Kate Winslet in “Titanic”….and now that song is stuck in my head, $#!%


    Beatrice: “Colonel Knowlton….dead? But….who’ll take care of Freddy now?”
    Freddy: *bursts in* “Mommy!!!”

    • Lora says:

      ” Assuming he took her seriously, he’d probably just say that that’s the risk Nathan knew he’d take and it was too late.”

      Assuming he was still alive, yup, that’s precisely what he’d say. In fact, that’s what he told Alan:

      • kimmquinn says:

        I just feel like if she told anyone they’d be, “she’s a witch!!!”

        • Lora says:

          …anyone but Nathan. :,)

          • David says:

            @Lora: I figure most people in 1776 would think Bea is just suffering from delusions that were probably brought on by her recent captivity. If this were taking place a century earlier THEN I’m sure we’d be having accusations of witchcraft leveled against her. Do you think a 17th century version of Nathan would be as understanding? Especially if he was a member of the Puritan sect? I like to think he would.

          • Faith says:

            Just seeing Knowlton’s face again in that panel made me tear up a little.

          • David says:

            What panel do you mean?

          • Faith says:

            Ah, the one Lora linked to above. I replied in the wrong place. 0:)

          • David says:

            Got it! I was thinking of the current page and thought “What is she talking about? Knowlton’s nowhere on it!” Mystery solved!

          • Faith says:

            Or I’m just seeing ghosts!

  6. Scott M says:

    Ouch. There really isn’t much of a way to make this one funny, even if you try to remove all context. I’ll give it a shot, anyway…

    VI: “Carry on guys, I’m just going to head over to – wait…did I leave the oven on?”

    • Melissa says:

      Agreed. Its too sad. Still,

      VI: I can’t believe, after all that, you’d tell me my overskirt doesn’t match my petticoats. That hurts.

  7. Jen says:

    The looks on Bea and Jack’s faces are just… I think I’d have the same reaction.

    BTW, I forgot to ask this on Wednesday, but what did Jack mean when he asked Alan what happened to his leg? Both legs look fine. Did I miss something?

  8. hazel says:

    I am highly impressed by your ability to keep who knows what straight.

    Do you use a flow chart? Or is more of a John told Alan, but not one’s told Bea, even though Jack knows who told… etc etc? Or perhaps it’s just impressive memory.

    At any right, I’m going to go cry forever now.

  9. Chloe says:

    Now I’m going to have to cry again, thanks a lot. Good grief, I miss Knowlton so much. And Nathan.
    But beautiful job anyways, I loved Allen’s facial expressions.

    • Lora says:

      I miss him too. Every time I get to draw him now for some reason outside of comic cannon, I get so happy.

      • Rose says:

        He’s one of the most distinctively drawn characters I’ve seen–such a complete personality in every drawing of him! I miss him, too.

    • Chloe says:

      Sorry, spelled Alan’s name wrong. Now I need to cry some more.
      And yes, Knowlton is (was? gonna stick with ‘is’…) the best!

  10. Julie says:

    GAH! *whimper* It’s like losing Knowlton all over again! My heart dropped to my stomach and I started hyperventiliating a little when I read today’s page… :(

  11. Now I’m going to cry my tears out now, oh no I’m still crying over Knowlton’s death. I’ll be right back with some Puffs tissues with plus lotion right now.

  12. Mani says:

    I read this page, and I want to cry. Not Nathan and the Colonel both!

  13. This page made me want to cry. (Okay, I actually teared up.) More than Knowlton’s actual death, for some reason. Thanks for being so great at fleshing out characters and drawing facial expressions, Lora.

    • Chloe says:

      I agree–it’s like with this page it finally sunk in tht he isn’t coming back. How dare Alan confirm such a monstrous event. D:

  14. David says:

    How is it that Bea always manages to look so GOOD when she first wakes up? Is it some perk of time-travel? That’s the only explanation I can think of!

    • Brent says:

      It’s the hair. It’s so wavy that it’s able to toss all manner of bad looks away.

      • David says:

        Yeah, THAT,S it! Bea’s hair is just so bouncy and full of body! What could be her secret to achieving that look? Maybe it’s what she uses as a conditioner?

        I only know that she looks like she just stepped of the cover of some historical romance novel right now. Rowr! :)

  15. Melissa says:

    Okay, I know this is a very sad and serious moment of shock, but can I say I love the second panel?? “And YOU! You are sooooo not off the hook! Don’t you Be-a-trice me.”

    On a more serious note, I keep forgetting about knowlton. I keep thinking he’s just going to walk back in, shouting at Alan and Nathan.

    • Brent says:

      Well, he is something of a superhero, at least in the Wolverine/Cable/Deadpool/Hulk sense, so I wouldn’t be that surprised if he did.

      • David says:

        If that were to happen, Alan would probably faint again, or soil his breeches, or both! Can’t say I’d blame him.

  16. Half Moon says:

    Love the brotherly love here…but my heart shattered when I saw Bea and Johns faces….</3

  17. trevor says:

    Bea was too busy reading about someone else’s death. Guess we know where her priorities are. :P

    Also, someone get her some coffee. She’s awfully crabbing when she first wakes up.

  18. Katie says:

    Oh man, the look on Bea’s face when she hears Knowlton’s dead…. sucker punch to the gut!

    I absolutely adore how this scene plays out: Bea puts them both in their place (in that “stop fighting and be good to each other” way) and takes charge. I wonder what Bea will do in the next page, though, now that she knows the Colonel’s dead, especially since she’s on the “gotta save Nathan” warpath.

    Also, that clock hand’s freaking me out. Fills me with Doomsday terror!

  19. Faith says:

    Sorry I’m a little late to this party. My immediate reaction to this update was to go in search of Freddie and excessively huggle him. But I’m here now! And I hope Bea is about to take over for me on the Freddie front…

  20. Regina says:

    Yeah, the last time we saw Fred, it about crushed me. That was so sad.

    Also, I agree Bea doesn’t really have right now to be hugging anyone, not even Alan. I don’t know about you, but if something’s really winding me up, I don’t want anyone touching me, much less hugging me. I can barely stand even talking to someone.

    I can put myself in her shoes here: “Okay, Alan’s alive, and out of danger. I’ll deal with him later. Save Nathan Save Nathan Save Nathan.”

    I can be pretty cold in this mode. It’s not personal. I just don’t have time to be emotional. I personally think her reaction is right on, at least for me.