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Thoughtful kind of cuss, isn't he? I'm very aware that there's an awful lot of text up there, but I wanted to give folks a snapshot of how much and how quickly Doc thinks. Also, how cold and calculating he is. In a single thought, he sizes up his opponent, decides that he'll kill it if he needs to, and weighs the odds that someone is going to get hurt if he proceeds.
Somehow, I don't think that "62 percent" figure is going to slow him down much, do you? Ah, science.
I had a good time drawing this piece, though I struggled mightily with it. I originally wanted to do one side of Doc's face, with the shadow bleeding into the creature, swooping down on the gang. It looked stupid. So, I did the natural thing of having half Doc, half creature look, with the idea that Doc was almost looking into the creature with his assessment.
Now, I'm afraid the strong visual division makes it seem like the thoughts on the left are Doc's, and the ones on the right are the creature's. Sigh.
Maybe, like Doc, I think too much.
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