Jaymi really needs to watch her language. There’s a child in the room, gosh dangit
Normally she does, but she also thinks Aysh is sleeping (Aysh’s open eye is away from Jaymi). Jaymi also didn’t know Aysh was in the area when she and NIKA fought the Skelepede that other time. She otherwise shows restraint when she /knows/ Aysh is watching her.
It’s time to stop reading the comic now. It is not going to give you what you want. The words on this page aren’t going to change. And even when Jaymi and Kilo talk later on, I doubt you will be satisfied with the conversation. So is time to stop reading. No, seriously, don’t come back. There are thousands of comics out there, so there is bound to be something better that captures your heart. Monster’s Garden isn’t going to be it.
Please don’t blame people who are terrified and paralyzed for being scared instead of making perfect and selfless decisions all the time. NIKA was clearly conflicted about not busting out her superpowers, and is regretting that her decision made things harder for her friends. When someone is struggling and regretful, it’s not a good time to push them further and tell them they’re awful and shitty.
Similarly, I can understand Kilo being mad and wanting to lash out. But that doesn’t make his decision a good one either. Just like NIKA was scared and paralyzed and made decisions that blew back on her friends, Kilo was scared and angry and lashed out at his friend, and I can bet he’s going to regret it too (and by “going to” I mostly mean “already is” in two pages).
One thing I really like about the themes that are emerging in this comic is people stuck in shitty circumstances making shitty decisions that they then have to live with because they’re not perfect, but trying to make up for them. I don’t want NIKA and Jaymi to talk to Kilo and say, “haha, I guess you’re right, NIKA is a terrible friend and should go away forever, our mistake.” I want them to talk about how they hurt each other, why they did, and come to an understanding about how they each feel, and how to be better friends in the future.
Also, remember that NIKA isn’t just worried about herself, she’s worried about her whole people. There are other ATLAS out there that could be targetted for all the reasons she gave, so it’s arguably selfish for her to save herself and her friends while exposing them. It’s not just a simple matter of sacrificing her own safety for someone else’s, she had to sacrifice one family’s safety for another’s. That’s a really hard decision even if she wasn’t a scared and emotional and confused character.
Bam. I agree with all of the above. NIKA’s decision affected much more than just herself, which means the risk carried a significant responsibility. It’s not like she enjoyed holding back, either.
And while her talking/comic book-giving with Kilo is perhaps not Useful in a practical, life-saving way, I wouldn’t devalue that so much.
Kilo’s upset, he’s not wrong to be upset, but he lashed out inappropriately. It’s okay for a protagonist to screw up. It’s what makes things interesting.
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