We are back with Cosmic Dash: Volume 4 Episode 3 – Page 8, following Mara and Alix. This page of “Ladies’ Fight” showcases another one of those strange cars that shows up in the comic here and there, but more on that later. This page is #383.
Cosmic Dash Updates
The Nightlifers story, “On the Horizon” is now complete and can be read from the beginning, or if you’ve been keeping up and haven’t seen the latest page, you can view it here. This was the 98th update over at Serreven.com.
Not much to report on, otherwise, besides the continuing remastering of “The Cube” continues to move forward.
On Cars in the Silver Spiral Galaxy
So, for this being a sci-fi comic set in another galaxy, there have been funky little cars that have appeared from time to time. Most of them are kind of clunky and boxy, but there are some that have a little more class. Wheeled vehicles seem to be the most practical solution to a lot of transportation on planets, especially when hover systems and other infrastructure tend to be more limited.
Think of it this way: Wheels tend to be pretty adaptable to a lot of terrains. In a colony where you may not have access to large amounts of power or regular supply shipments, a wheel is a practical choice for moving stuff around. Most cars tend to be kit-bashed in a sense. Basic kits exist and can be mass-produced pretty easily, but many colonists will take parts from different kits to customize a vehicle for their specific needs.
The reason the Lucky Strike II crew has a hoverbike, as seen in the previous issue, is that Dash and Kracker spent time customizing what was a cheap, wheeled scooter into a hoverbike. In truth, what remains of the original scooter doesn’t amount to much at all. However, they can do this because of the resources they have access to, the part-fabrication kit on the ship, and the fact they are both incredibly smart.
For most colonists though, most cars are improvised models cobbled together with what they have or brought with them, tailored for specific tasks.
Cosmic Dash: Volume 4 Episode 3 – Page 7 Transcript
This is the transcript of Cosmic Dash: Volume 4 Episode 3 – Page 7.
Alix: “Do you think they would notice?”
Alix: “I see.”
Alix and Mara have stopped at a pair of intersections in the dirt road. A sign points out a bar and a colonial car sits on the road.
Mara: “So… 30 hours.”
Alix: “It seems so. Do you feel Toucair is capable of fixing the computer system on the ship?”
Mara: “I’ve known him for years. Amazing pilot and programmer.”
Alix: “I see. He seems a little…”
Alix has her arms crossed. Her ears twitch as she is trying to find the right thing to say. Mara looks on.
Alix: “… well…”
Alix mimes drinking with a hand. Mara holds her hand against her face expressing reluctance.
Mara: “Ah, that.”