created by Jim Whaley


"I'm really lucky to have a friend like you."

"The Strongest Flame"
Published May 2003
14 pages (in print); 15 pages (on-line)
Re<Verse date: May 18 & 19, 1023

Shiro runs into an old friend during a stop in Greene, and Emri has to put her powers to the test to save a life. Meanwhile, Souzoku helps Kouen gain the confidence he needs to protect Emri for what lies ahead.

For details about what was changed for the on-line edition, go to the Revisions section.


  • The sno-cone stand's sign needed to be in Japanese in order for Shiro to be able to read it. Being unable to find a literal translation of "sno-cone," the Japanese characters for "snow" and "cone" were simply put together.
  • In Hisu's kitchen hangs a picture of docks and a sea. Does this mean Hisu could have lived in Grey at some point?
  • Parvovirus is a real virus that has a high mortality rate among canines. The printed issue had a warning about this infection. Parvovirus on Wikipedia
  • Kouen's first name means "red flame" in Japanese, adding to the title's symbolism.


  • The Hoopla booth makes its final appearance in Unfamiliar Reflection. It's seen on pages 2 and 7.
  • Page 3 panel 2, a faceless onlooker has a Kenshin shirt.
  • Page 3 panel 7: Riker and Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation are walking among the crowd near Hisu.
  • The Crimson Christian (from issue 4) is dancing on a Dance Dance Revolution machine with his cross. The cross did not appear before in this series, but CC wields it on several occasions in the webcomic Evil Jim. The version being played is a universal "Nth Mix" to prevent the book from showing its age as future versions of the game are released.



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