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Girl Genius Comic for Friday, March 09, 2012

March 8th, 2012 (09:28 pm)

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<3 We've got the Jager Insignia back in stock, including a new silver version! Also, ornate trilobites and fantasy airships came in again, in both colors. (I'll get those listed tomorrow.)--Kaja <3

The new Girl Genius Omnibus from Tor Books

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Posted by: midnightchemist (midnightchemist)
Posted at: March 9th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Evil Gil

I disagree. Gil IS good, but that doesn't mean he is always "nice". Sometimes the hero can't afford to make nice all the time if he/she wants to get anything done, especially when you are dealing with "difficult" (crazy) people, or people who have their own ageendas that run counter to yours (in the case of Wooster, for example).

Posted by: lightningnettle (lightningnettle)
Posted at: March 9th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Evil Gil

No, I'm sorry; but threatening to kill whole towns/countries over one single person is evil. They were not pragmatic decisions for the good of many, it was only to keep Agatha safe, or to find her. Agatha herself would have been appalled.

Now I like Gil, and I think he is mostly good; but not where Agatha is concerned.

Posted by: midnightchemist (midnightchemist)
Posted at: March 9th, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Evil Gil

Under most situations, you would be right. However, in order to understand where Gil was coming from when he threatened to boil the seas around Britian, you have to see it under the light that was cast on that scene.

Wooster openly stated he was going to take Agatha in only because the people he worked for would see her as a useful tool for their own ambitions. Agatha would be a policial prisoner of the British Empire. In order to keep her safe and free, Gil realized he couldn't threaten Wooster alone (as the spy would be willing to die for his nation), but would have to treaten the very thing he held dear - his homeland. The situation nessitated the need to up the stakes so high.

Gil also used the "Madness Place" to great effect to seal the deal, and pulled himself out of it as soon as Wooster left the room - meaning he only threatened to ensure Wooster's compliance, not that he would actually do such a thing. I doubt highly that Gil even has a plan in place for such a contingency.

Also, remember in the very end of that scene, Adam thanked Gil for what he had done. If there is anyone who understands Agatha and how she would feel about anything, it would be the very people that raised her from a little girl. If they saw nothing wrong with what Gil did, I then think it is likely Agatha wouldn't either - if she knew the entire situation behind what happened, that is.

Posted by: Jenne (bunnyjadwiga)
Posted at: March 9th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Evil Gil

In retrospect, there's a good sense Gil might not have done it if it came to the clinch. However, I suspect that him going into the Madness Place at all was what convinced Wooster this was Serious and Dangerous and that Gil could be Klaus-like if he found it necessary.

Posted by: sam_arkand (sam_arkand)
Posted at: March 10th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Evil Gil

Important point to that scene: that was a staged manifestation of the Madness Place. Gil has enough control over his Sparky insanity to go from "lovestruck, genocidal lunatic" to "regretful man saying quietly goodbye to his good friend". For a madboy, that's a *lot* of self-restraint.

"Good But Not Nice" is a defining trope in Girl Genius. All of the major protagonists--including Agatha herself--have shown themselves capable of incredible viciousness and directed brutality when need be. The Foglios have created a setting with a lot of moral ambiguity.

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