Ring of Fired
|Ring of Fired|
|Comic Strip Info|
|Released:||August 27, 2013|
|Number of pages:||68|
Ring of Fired (also known as Team Fortress Comics #1) is a comic released on August 27, 2013 Patch. It is the first part of a seven-part comic series. Originally, the series was originally announced as a bi-monthly publication, but after the releasing the second issue Unhappy Returns (also known as Team Fortress Comics #2), the series was published at ever increasing intervals, up to more than a year.
The comic opens with Saxton Hale jumping from a plane with the pilot, Jerry, and the stuffed and mounted yeti he fought and captured a year earlier on the eve of the Robot War and had recently killed with his bare hands at Yeti Park. After landing in Mann Co. Headquarters, he is confronted by Gray Mann who has come for the "Mann Co. Challenge"; if the CEO of another company defeats Hale in unarmed combat, they take over. Gray, however, reveals that his pre-teen daughter, Olivia, is the owner of Gray Gravel. Saxton refuses to fight her, and thus the company is transferred to Gray, who fires the mercenaries. Hale leaves the country, and Miss Pauling finds that the Administrator has also vanished, leaving the message "Miss Pauling... hide" on the computer screen.
Six months later, the Soldier is now leading a tour of celebrities' homes where he, and a group of elderly women, run to Tom Jones's home where Merasmus is living. The Soldier kills Tom, and Merasmus calls the police. Soon enough, Miss Pauling, dressed as a police officer, "arrests" Soldier and tells him that they need to find the rest of the team. They lure Pyro from his job as CEO of Frontier Engineering by setting fire to a nearby building, while Demoman readily joins them despite becoming overweight and even more of an alcoholic. Miss Pauling explains that the Administrator, whose current whereabouts are still unknown, gave the order to reassemble the mercenaries.
Meanwhile, Gray Mann finds that Mann. Co's entire supply of Australium has been taken, presumably by the Administrator. It is revealed that Gray's life-extending machine is powered by Australium and that his own supply is starting to run low. An unseen figure explains that all the other Australium sites have been emptied as well.
The team, now consisting of the Soldier, Pyro, Demoman and Miss Pauling, make plans to fly to Siberia and Australia to pick up Heavy and Sniper, respectively. Demoman mentions that Medic now has "a fancy job", while Miss Pauling worries as the Engineer has become especially hard to find. While they deliberate as to where the remaining mercenaries are, they find a newspaper saying that the Scout and Spy have been arrested and will be hanged for large-scale acts of vandalism.
- The title is a reference to the 1963 Johnny Cash song, "Ring of Fire".
- The title page is a reference to a famous panel in the comic "Spider-Man No More!".
- On the title page, a magazine titled "Hat-Wearing MAN" can be seen. This is a reference to the Sniper vs. Spy Update in which hats were added to the game.
- Page 8 references the origin of Batman, where Batman's alias, Bruce Wayne, witnesses his parents' murder in a back alley after an opera.
- On pages 9, 10, 11, and 23, unlike most of the photos that show Saxton Hale fighting some animal, a photo is seen that shows Saxton in a celebrity handshake pose with a tie-wearing bear. A similar tie-wearing bear also appears in similar celebrity handshake photo in Tom Jones’ home on page 38.
- The colors of several characters' ties inexplicably change between panels - Gray Mann's tie changes from gray to blue after he burns his hands on page 15, and it is black on page 24. The same occurs with Mr. Bidwell and Mr. Reddy's ties, both changing from blue to black on page 23.
- Page 31: 392 American soldiers died "defending Fort Stanwix from the British," in upper New York State.
- In the third panel on pages 38-39, Soldier is missing the vertical flap down the middle of his coat.
- On pages 45–48, the back page of Pyro's newspaper is the second page of Lecture Valley.
- On the top two panels page 45-46, the tips of the Pyro's gloves are yellow, just like its in-game model, but are black in the rest of the comic, with the exception of the bottom panel on page 48 and the pages 66-67.
- On page 45, on the bottom of the newspaper's front page is an article claiming that the Beatles are missing and were last seen near a lake, confirming the Soldier's claim on page 37 that the Beatles were the floating logs the old women saw in a lake.
- It is revealed that fire itself is what causes Pyro's vision of the world. Without it, Pyro sees everything as dull and grey, but still cartoonish.
- Demoman's Eyelander is shown to be fully sentient and capable of speech; it was previously shown to be simply haunted and only whisper 'heads'.
- Demoman is wearing a Badlands Brawlers T-shirt, the same team that appeared in the WAR! Comic.
- Page 61 shows the statue fountain in the Demoman's front yard, still spouting water from the neck from when he first decapitated it with the Eyelander in the WAR! Comic.
- The puppy Pyro holds on page 66 is a Dalmatian, commonly known as a 'firehouse dog' due to the breed historically being used for various purposes by firefighters.
- Preceded in the Storyline by:
- Senate hearings (The Poopy Joe Files, page 834) (The Administrator, with Miss Pauling, explains her objectives to the committee [redacted])
- Doom-Mates (Merasmus loosing his home)
- Blood Brothers (Full introduction of Gray Mann)
- A Fate Worse Than Chess (Commencement of the Robot War)
- Shadow Boxers (Gray Mann's Australian Island base)
- Jungle Inferno (video) (Saxton kills the escaped Yeti.)
- Followed by: