Sluri’s “mana injury” is a plot point that’s kind of floated in the background over the past year or two. As was mentioned not too long ago, when Kevin destroyed Fantasy World, she overtaxed her magical abilities trying to rescue its inhabitants and wound up suffering a type of magical injury Ted calls mana burn. (I stole the name from Magic: The Gathering! Look it up some time.)
At the time it seemed like Sluri would never be able to use magic again – but flash forward a bit, and we see her back in the fray, using magic without issue… until the time she used too much magic, and started falling apart at the seams again. So that’s a thing that can happen! And (as per today’s comic) it’s only going to get worse. So, putting all of that together, Rog’s reasons for sidelining Sluri might become a little clearer.
I hope nobody encounters this stuff and thinks they’re expected to be remembering “rules” to the comic’s “magic system” or anything – that’s not the point. It’s more of a metaphor for any element of your body that might rebel against you. Everything in Badnix is a metaphor! Or a pun. Or an obtuse video game reference. Sometimes all 3 simultaneously.
Anyway, the important takeaway here is that Darrk’s real name was “Derek” all along. HA! What a maroon! (I really hope nobody named Derek reads this comic)
The comic has returned! And, as promised, we’re kicking off the new storyline by introducing the 16th (and final!) region of the Badnixverse – NINJA WORLD!
Ninja World draws a lot of inspiration from Japanese art and mythology (as content from old games so often did). The creatures the Badnix encounter here are largely actual monsters from Japanese folklore; for example the umbrella demon Kasa-obake, or the ghostly lantern Chōchin-obake. And there are plenty more where they came from!
I don’t doubt we’ll be seeing a lot of this place going forward. Stay tuned!
Ever think to yourself while reading a comic, “boy, I wish I knew which 20-year old games were being opaquely referenced in this panel”? Sure, we all have! While Badnix is on break, I thought I’d share some notes on bits from past storylines that you might have overlooked. Next up is Dinosaur Planet!
Ever think to yourself while reading a comic, “boy, I wish I knew which 20-year old games were being opaquely referenced in this panel”? Sure, we all have! While Badnix is on break, I thought I’d share some notes on bits from past storylines that you might have overlooked. First up is the most recent installment, Chain of Memories.
- Tin Man was heavily based on EVE, an antique robot from the original Mother on the NES. Like Tin Man, EVE was found in a hidden underwater base, which she later escaped by shattering its windows.
- We only get a few glimpses of Don Gepetto, the original puppet master of the Bug Mob, but he seems to have been an actual living puppet. Apart from the obvious Pinocchio parallel, his design draws on Geno from Super Mario RPG.
- The Sub Pop was inspired (among other things) by the Marine Pop from Super Mario Land. The Sub Pop bursting apart instead of imploding into a grisly mess of steel is, of course, a case of me fudging physics for the sake of a fun cartoon visual, but if it helps you can pretend the Sub Pop had some type of “safeguard” in place that detected the unsafe pressure and sprung apart on its own. (Why that feature was included is anyone’s guess.)
- On a similar note, Arika’s concern about “getting the bends” is actually unfounded – the bends is caused by decompression during a diver’s ascent. She didn’t ascend! She just teleported to a different dimension using a magical instrument. Which I’m assuming carries no health risks.
- The underwater Bug Mob hideout visited by Perry and Arika is pretty much a dead ringer for the robot fish mini-boss in Bubble Man’s stage from Megaman 2.
- Many of the trees in Food World are actually made out of a fork standing in front of a plate.
- Marigold’s design borrows some elements from the assistants in the Monster Rancher games. I originally intended to have some scenes of her wrangling large, monstrous produce, but that wound up being cut for space. Her outfit also vaguely echoes Perry’s: the red & blue color scheme, high collar, oversized boots, etc.
- Perry’s Star Wars fandom has been a facet of his character almost since the beginning of the comic. If you look closely, you can see a Star Wars VHS tape and a Papa Plastik CD in one of the boxes Perry sifts through at Marigold’s house.