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Delbeth

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Strip by: Sloublues

Holly and Meridien: Heheehee! Weird sisters are we!
Holly and Meridien: Double double, toil and trouble . . .
Oliver: Well, this is something you don't see every day.
Meridien: All hail, Oliver, thou shalt be king hereafter!
Oliver: Me? King?
Meridien: Yea, thou shalt killeth Delkin and taketh his crown for thyself!
Oliver: Ha, as if I'd ever do that. I'm outta here.
Meridien: Or should that be "thine self"?
Holly: {calling after Oliver} And stay away from Z'ha'dum!
-- LATER --
Oliver: Is this a dagger I see before me?
Oliver: Is it meet that I slay mine own liege? Verily, it would violate regulations . . .
Samantha (offscreen): Oliver, quitcher monologuing and get your rear over here!
Oliver: Sorry, boss!
Samantha: We just got a huge break in a case. A white whale, alias Moby Dick, is behind that drug ring in the North Sea. We've located his hideout. You'll take the Nautilus and apprehend him and his gang. Take him alive.
Oliver: I'll get right on it, Sam!
Samantha: Don't call me Sam! Now, I'm assigning you to work with King Delkin.
Oliver: Milord Delkin?! But . . .
Samantha: You're by-the-book and he's the loosest goose on the force. I know. But you're my two best officers, and we need this ring cracked before the British Isles are swimming in Marine Jane.
Delkin: Yo, Ollie my man! I know you can't stand my frivolous mannerisms or impulsive actions, but we're going to have to learn to be a team to bring this bad guy down. Pals?
Samantha: Now play nice or I'll have both your badges! Try not to, I don't know, stab each other with a dagger or anything.
{Delkin is talking to William Shakespeare}
Delkin: And then they fight pirates and Amazon Vikings and giant henchsquid with brass knuckles! And Leonardo DiCaprio is the comic relief, and he says . . . Bill, are you getting any of this?

The author writes:

INTERIOR of NAUTILUS. Explosions are heard. Everyone on stage staggers stage left, the lights flicker, and smoke pours in from stage right.

AMAZON VIKING QUEEN

Forsooth! This is no trifling whale we fight.
The foul oceanic fiend, a cyborg he:
photon torpedo chambers he's implanted,
and deadly missiles for their use rest deep
within his cavernous infernal gut.

HAMLET
(turning from his station, and striking a pose)

To be or not to be, that is the question:
To suffer slings of frowning fortune's will,
and thereby die, or else retreat safely,
for surely we cannae take one more hit like that, captain.

ROMEO

To lifeboats fly! Kate Winslet first, then kids!

OLIVER

Full helm astern, that all may not be lost!

KING DELKIN

Belay that order! Full speed plunge ahead,
Consign th' explosives to th' infernal pit,
For I have one insane idea that
might just defeat this Moby Dick.


Character sprites are David Birch's. The ambition of trying to convey lighting effects on a pot using colored pencils is mine. Shakespeare was found in his public domain at Wikipedia, reading about West Side Story and scratching his head while saying "I just don't know . . .".