Comic 408 - The Shield of Athena
28th Mar 2019, 12:00 AM in Raiders of the Lost Apple
The Shield of Athena
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
This is supposed the shield that Athena gave to Perseus when he was on his quest to slay Medusa. Though in the actual myth, Perseus used the reflective surface of the shield to look at Medusa via her mirror image, so that he won't get getting petrified by her gaze. (As opposed to reflecting Medusa's face and/or spell back at her. Which means, yeah, I took a bit of artistic license here.)

Athena then grafted the head of Medusa onto the shield. (And there is again some artistic license, since the head is merely painted on in my version. But who is to say that Athena didn't use divine magic to modify the shield...? ;-) )

Furthermore, it may also be identical to the most famous shield of Greek mythology: The Aegis. Oops, I meant to link to here. ;-)
User comments:
ProfEtheric edit delete reply
ProfEtheric
I really hope the next step is not to cut off Ytterbium's head...

And I see (and like) what you did there...
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Spoiler: There won't be any decapitations in this chapter... ;-)

(Also, I wonder if Augustus Alexander ever considered getting the actual Aegis shield for himself - for displaying it in the lobby of his company's headquarters, or something...)
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
Hrrr dat link...
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Uhm... here is a considerably less ancient link.

(And the lesson of the story: A contemporary representation of the Aegis Securitech logo is direly needed over at Fingerless Gloves!)
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
Ha ha ha, just testing some new "tech" for the comments section. I heard in a podcast ("Entreleadership") that written comments don't carry nearly the rush of face-to-face or vocal conversations.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I guess because the written word can't replicate all the nuances of the human voice, et cetera.
Seems to be a rather complicated way just for leaving a comment though. But on the other hand, not much more complicated than putting any other link in a comment, just with the extra step of doing the recording...
Taily edit delete reply
Taily
We just doin' this now??
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I am usually not very fond of how my voice sounds when recorded. :-(
(Says the guy who on the other hand has not much stage fright when holding presentations or acting in theatre...)
AmeliaP edit delete reply
AmeliaP
Oh I understood the reflection thing you did before reading your explanation. It makes sense for me. Clever idea :)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Thanks! And good to know that what is going on in this page is also understandable without the explanation! :-)