From what’s been presented so far, this Paz is more of a First than the First is. Cap’n Giv certainly seems to view Paz more like you’d expect a captain to view an exec — a subordinate whose job it is to handle the details, be the captain’s crew-facing face, and, as privately as possible, to test the captain’s perspective on the issue at hand. Afshar (AND Reyes) seem to view Reyes as an annoying supernumerary. Is the (or at least a) major arc of this story going to be Reyes realizing what her damn job is and stepping up?
Exactly, and if Afshar can read minds and he still gives Reyes the “Shut-up, Wesley!” that means he’s being condescending on purpose.
Makes me wonder if I’m missing the point of the strip. Could my disdain for two main characters be intentional on the author’s part?
I’ve been wondering the same thing re: Afshar and Delos Reyes. Neither is a person I’d like, in a real-life encounter.
But that feeling is apart from my feelings about them as characters in this story. They seem to be expertly created for a hubris-and-humiliation sort of storyline. I said earlier Afshar seems to be created specifically for the reader to want to see with egg on his face.
And I love the facial expressions the artist gives both of them — Afshar smug, Delos Reyes angry, but each giving the impression they have a shuttle parked a little too far forward in the hangar bay …
Yes, yes I agree.
Oh! I have a hypothesis…
Afshar and Reyes are hyper-partisan caricatures of Picard and Kirk, respectively. And, if so, that means that we’re finally having that Kirk vs Picard debate played out for us in this story.
‘nuthin but net… lol
With both of them expertly created for a hubris-and-humiliation sort of storyline…
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