So glad I saw one of your reblogs on twitter. A perfect way to end my night. Seriously though, I’d have expected Kilo to meltdown earlier.
I wanna hug Kilo…
Let me get this straight. She is saying Kilo is selfish for not helping a bunch of people who want to hurt him and say Atlas is right to not help others to keep its race safe? Really?
Jaymi isn’t asking Kilo to care about the Peacekeepers, nor is she exactly siding with NIKA (who she is now aware could have saved her brother). She’s concerned about the super powered villian that can and probably will kill the city. That’s the problem they need to tackle now. From Jaymi’s perspective, they need to take care of this before they can mourn and be angry, otherwise they are going to get everyone killed.
I’d still say her priorities are a bit skewed and just as selfish as Kilo’s, albeit for different reasons. Also, I find her a little too blunt to be likable at the moment, and this is coming from someone who’s as blunt as an ax to the face.
How can Jaymi and NIKA’s concerns for protecting a population of people be selfish? They aren’t doing it for themselves, they are doing it for other people.
You are making judgments of this situation way too quickly. Kilo didn’t let NIKA explain herself fully. There is missing information. Jaymi didn’t tell Kilo about Todd because she didn’t want to hurt him, not because she thinks he’s dumb and maybe she doesn’t want to believe Todd is dead too. Kilo is letting his emotions get the best of him so he is hurting some of the only people who care about him as a person.
If anyone is thinking that Kilo is completely in the right, well, we’ll see if you still think that after the next few updates. None of my characters are completely good and Kilo is no exception.
Nika didn’t explain things fully? She said “I didn’t protect him becaus I can’t let my secret out to a bunch of strangers or people will be affraid of my kin”
One could argue that they would try weaponize them like they tried with Kilo, then, again, Kilo did a bunch of stuff to help them and Nika just kept staring until just now.
The author of this comic just told you that NIKA didn’t say everything she could have. Kilo is SCARING HER. NIKA is essentially like a shy 13 year old. Would you be angry at a kid for being scared of strangers? Kilo of all people should know this feeling but he is ignoring it. NIKA gave him books. NIKA shared the school gardens. NIKA gave him friendship. She did things for Kilo just as much as him. Their relationship is not unequal and it is a little insulting that folks ignore all that when considering what is happening on this page.
if you have been reading this comic from the beginning, I would hope you would realize that there is no black and white when it comes to people. People don’t always behave has maybe they ought to, but it helps to understand where you are coming from. Why is it so easy to see where Kilo is coming from, but it is hard to see where NIKA and Jaymi are?
Oh. I understand their motives. The issue is not that I don’t understand, it’s that the motive is insulting. I can accept this behavior from Nika and Jaymi are not portrayed in the right and Kilo in the wrong. Nika gave him friendship. That’s great.
Kilo saved their lives, got his life in risk for others, was sent to jail for rsiking his life and is overall treated like garbage by most of people who don’t actually know him. And now the author is trying to say that Kilo is a bad person because he expected others to have the same type of commitment he had.
And if you put together talking and sharing books on the same level as risking the life and suffering for it, then you need to re-evalluate things.
I don’t think you understand very well what I am telling you if you think I am saying that Kilo is the bad guy here.
The ENTIRE point of Monster’s Garden is that nobody are neither complete angels or monsters and everyone is wounded in different ways. Todd sworn to protect people over himself, but he will shoot first and not bother asking questions. Jaymi doesn’t want anyone to hurt each other, but her bluntness can be hurtful when she isn’t careful. Nigellus wants to fight against a corrupt system, but he doesn’t care about the people getting in his way. NIKA wants to open her heart to organics, but she feels as though she must keep secrets. Kilo hates violence but makes violence his job.
I am telling you that to assume that all of Kilo’s actions in this situation are correct is wrong. Kilo is losing to his emotions in a destructive way. Just because Jaymi and NIKA have literally not had the chance to save and protect Kilo doesn’t mean they wouldn’t have if the opportunity has presented itself, so that’s a bad reason to think that what Kilo had put on the line for them allows him to be mean and nasty toward them because he’s hurt. Kilo had even said himself to Todd that this was wrong and not the answer. Kilo has forgotten his own advice! And he is forgotten that there was a reason HE decided to help them.
Back on the point of Jaymi and NIKA not having had the chance yet to do the same for Kilo, I am pretty certain that they would put their lives on the line for him too. You just not have seen that happen because what chance have they had? Jaymi did argue with the PK that arrested him. If she or NIKA any did anything forceful at the time, they’d be in jail too and there’d be no chance to help him after that. They were trying to solve the problem in their own way (and sending gifts to keep Kilo company while they tried to figure this out). You can’t possibly expect them to help Kilo out in the same way he has (that is, usually with brute force)
But sure, if you want to see Jaymi and NIKA as being completely wrong for trying not to upset Kilo with the news about Todd and are focused on stopping Nigellus from killing EVERYONE, I can’t stop you. I just know that there is a reason Kilo left his garden. He wanted friends. But making friends and being a friend is not always easy or painless. Friends are not always perfect. Jaymi and NIKA are not perfect friends, but they wouldn’t be there with Kilo if they were not wanting to look out for his well being. Friends, on both sides, need to understand each other. And they ALL are having trouble with this part.
There is no Kilo is right and no Jaymi is right and no NIKA is right. They are all wrong in different ways and that is what I have spent all 171 pages of MG trying to portray. I would suggest reading through them all again.
@Angelus You know, you don’t have to read the webcomic if you don’t like it. Last time I checked, this is a hobby for her while she is you know, enlisted in the Navy. And I’m not claiming that she’s risking life and limb out there (she probably is), she definitely doesn’t need a self-righteous lecture about risk and self-sacrifice from you.
@KiloMonster Don’t listen to that person. Keep doing what you’re doing. I’ll keep reading it!
I can see why Kilo is upset, he’s reeling from the consequences of opening himself up to people for probably the first time in forever, but it’s sort of unfair of him to ask Nika to just suddenly open up from her outside to her core. I feel for the both of them!
Hm, if anything, I think they’re the ones being selfish and unfair. Kilo has every reason to be upset. They weren’t even going to tell him about Todd and probably assumed he wasn’t paying attention or smart enough to put the pieces together.
That’s a longshot on the assumption that they assume he’s anything, be it smart or dumb. Jaymi is looking at a larger picture, which is stopping the threat on hand, Nika looks to protect her people, regardless of the reason she decided to leave.
Kilo has only his own perspective of life to base things on, where as Jaymi and Nika have their own.
Well, I think that Jaymi is right, and Nika has a lot to protect, but they should consider kilo’s feelings, I mean, when you are treated like a monster most part of your life and suddenly you lost one of the people that treats like a person, well…that hurts. By the way, I think your comic is awesome, and your advice for developing artists really inspired me and helped me, so thanks I cannot wait for the next updates 😀
Consider that Jaymi and NIKA lost their brother. NIKA is also considered an anomaly and has been isolated in her own way. You can sympathize and understand where Kilo is coming from, but to assume he’s the only person hurting about these events is very incorrect.
you know what? you’re right, I can’t imagine the pain of losing a brother, I’m the one that’s not considering the feelings of Jaymi and NIKA. To be in control and to think about the safety of the whole city instead of only yours, requires a lot of courage. I think that Jaymi and NIKA are pretty awesome in that way. I just hope they can work together again, it is kinda sad to see them like this…well, it is REALLY sad.
It’s plain to see that he’s not used to baring his emotions like this.
What he’s feeling right now, it’s practically tangible. You’re very skilled at expressing it.
I definitely like how Jayami is dealing with this, I mean Todd is her brother and she hasn’t lashed back at Kilo for how he’s handling this. Considering how I’ve seen her act earlier I thought she’d get heated fast on Kilo lecturing her about loss when it’s her own brother that’s supposedly dead.
Hey i like how Jayami kept her temper despite of what is going on. Although i think Kilo deserves to throw a fit (Way better than keeping those emotions in and have it fester into something else), but to centralize the blame on NIKA is just wrong. Given the circumstances, I am sure she would’ve tried to save Todd…
Big sad lizard man ;____;
Reading this comic is definitely an emotional roller coaster. The characters are all likable despite their weaknesses and flaws, and becomes even more relatable because of them (yes even the “bad guy of the story”). So, thank you for sharing your characters and the world they live in. You address difficult subjects such as war, rejection, and fears and weaknesses in such a wonderful story.
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