– Some of you have been wondering why Jake even recognizes Jenny the Mermaid, if Modest ever told Jake about what happened with the Mermaids while she and Modest were in Yeld and what Jenny has been up to since then. If you’re asking any of those questions it’s because you don’t own any of the Modest Medusa books. When I first started doing the books I decided I’d put some extra stories in them to help flesh out some minor characters. I never intended these stories to be very important, but several of them have become somewhat key. The 3 books have over 75 pages of comic you’ve never seen, and the most important ones are about Jenny. You can buy the books here if you want to (for a good price too!), but if you don’t… here’s what happened.
At the end of Season 1 Modest’s mother (The Gorgon) used her magic to pull Jake through the toilet portal into Yeld. Jenny and her friend were laying in wait, with instructions to capture anyone who showed up. After a brief fight Jenny caught Jake in a net, but ended up accidentally drowning him*.
Later on the Mermaids deliver drowned Jake to the gorgon and collect their reward. they also end up keeping the Kitchen knife that came through the toilet with Jake (the one he stabbed the Chainsaw Unicorn with), which is why it shows up at the bottom of their lake in Season 2, in the perfect spot for Marah to gouge Jenny’s eye out.
The reason the Mermaids are hanging out at the lake in Season 2 and trying to kidnap Modest is because they’re still under orders from her Mom to capture anyone who shows up through the portal. However, after losing her eye and having her best friend turned to stone Jenny decides to get revenge instead. She spends weeks tracking down Marah and the Pirates, and finally ambushes them in an underwater cavern as they search for a treasure that will help them rescue Jake and Medusa (the dragon spear from Season 3). Jenny tries to take revenge, but after a short fight with Marah realizes that everything that happened was actually her fault, a result of working for the Gorgon, and by extension, the Prince. Jenny decides to forgo her revenge, but warns Marah that assaulting the Prince’s castle is a suicide mission.
Later on we find Jenny back at the lake, sulking in the shadow of her petrified friend. She comes to the realization that it’s time to change her life.
*Special note! I mentioned the Mermaids actually drowned Jake. This is important because it was the first part of a major plot that I abandoned. The mermaids take the drowned Jake to the Gorgon where she talks to his spirit or ghost or subconscious (it’s not really clear). My original plan going into Season 2 was that Jake was dead, and that when the girls finally got to the castle to rescue him all they’d find was his body. This is why Jake appears underwater in the lake in Marah’s dream in Season 2, and underwater on teh cover of Season 2. The idea was that the girl’s would meet a ghost at the castle who would follow them around and try to help them, and they’d eventually realize that ghost was Jake and find a way t return him to his body just in time for a big fight with the Prince. But I eventually decided that was all too complicated, and I really wanted Marah to have the big fight with the Prince (under the premise that Jake should never be the center of teh story and that Marah was the hero). So the drowned Jake plot line was quietly swept under the rug (although if you look closely you can find a few references to it).
Y’know, I completely forgot Jenny kidnapped Jake. It completely slipped my mind!
And someone pointed something out on your Patreon: name a mystical creature. Jake’s punched it XD
Jake, you really spoil us. Just like when you killed yourself banging out a month worth of strips so that people would stop hating on Ms. Booth, now you do all this extra work writing up a really informative recap. Just so us cheapskates who haven’t bought your books (yet) can understand a character’s motivation. Proving once again why you’re the best in the business–and that you deserve another hug. Thank you!
Awwwwwww… That’s right. She used it all up on legs and clothes and stuff.
And (dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnnnn) it looks as if the next few comics might lend a little proof to some suspicions I have. After the fight and its aftermath I just may post what those are.
I gotta ask – is there a chance you’ll ever release the missing pages, or just the books themselves, in ebook form?
(Physical books are extremely annoying to get (shipping/customs), and once you’ve read them they mostly just take up space.)
Yes. The first book is available as a PDF right now through DrivethroughComics, but I plan to release all 3 eventually in multiple formats. I just haven’t had the time.
So, because Jake supposedly drowned,is that why on the comic covers during that arc, Jake was blue?
Five yeaars of Medusa and Jake ~ easy to forget things. I re-read the books once in a while just to rememner and enjoy.
On an offside note: good job coloring for Barry! I loved the fishiness.
Thanks. I’m really happy with the new Hereville book. I think it’s the best of the 3.
Oof, that’s gotta hurt.
Sigh… I bet she just wanted to say “sorry”. No she will have to do that while curled up on floor.
And here I thought I just didn’t remember something.
Love your comic, but your gauge of things that are important and not important plotwise could use some work.
Just fyi Jake, $20 for Season 3 book does not really look like a good price for someone living in the not-so-developed countries 😉
I understand. But unfortunately thats just how much it costs. Self publishing is expensive. Full color, hardcover books are expensive to make. I do offer a nice discount on the bundles.
Whoa! Action Jake!
So Jake definitely has a reason to go after Jenny, and get in the first shot.
And – importantly – he didn’t miss (although may still learn the lesson of Ed Gruberman).
There are no fingerprints
Deep under water
Nothing to tie one to a crime
And if you seek vengeance
All you need are instruments of pain
You need your
Laser Beams? Check
Body Bag? Check
For when you quench your blood thirst
Others will seek their vengeance on you
And they won’t rest
Until you’re dead
Well thanks for filling us in! If you do that I guess you can get away with having paywalled sidestories.
Hopefully nobody jumped to the conclusion that Jake just punches anything from Yeld. Not that you could blame him.
Paywalled side stories? Seriously, man?
Er.. whatever you want to call them! paper book exclusive stories that you have to buy.
Sorry. “Paywall, has such a gross, entitled connotation to me. It sounds like I’m greedily keeping content from my readers. This especially bothers me since I give almost all of the content I create away for free. Whenever I here paywall I always think “Did you think you were just entitled to everything I do for free? Can’t I charge for anything?”
I think you have as much right to charge as we do to get stuff for free! and in the case of a tiebreaker, it’s up to you
The only things you have any innate rate to get for free are air and water. There are plenty of publishers that would pay Jake for what he chooses to offer for free. So there isn’t even close to a tie to break. And if he was “paywalling” (what a stupid term), he wouldn’t have given this recap and would have said”You just have to buy the book!”
I totally would. That whole realm would be my punching bag. Starting with those faeries … I’d even resurrect that dragon and use him to practice my backhand. No, not the tennis swing.
I thought that she was on a mission or something and she was bullshitting about changing her life. I also thought that she either made up the pure heart thing or she actually bekieved it and thought that as long as she has access to magic she’s a really good person.
I know I have been playing to much undertale when I check modest for break and wonder how Undyne got here first
Doing the right thing means never having to be punched in the gut while trying to apologize.
In this case the right thing to do would have been to avoid the guy you drowned in a net.