Enrico Maxwell starts relating a flashback to the first time he met Integral: when they were about six years old. The feuds were on a smaller scale, the weapons limited to sandbox toys, and the flowers dandelions rather than roses; but it turns out that nothing ever really changes.
This storyline was actually drawn before the Christmas one. And now you know why the art has gotten worse. Vatican Section XIII – Iscariot Division. Enrico: You mean there’s nothing going on? Nothing at all? Renaldo: No vampires, no meetings, no problems. not a thing. In effect, we have a day off. Enrico (thinking): Hmmm…… Continue reading Nothing Ever Changes 1/22
Enrico: Let’s see. There was an international meeting of vampire hunters held here, and Integra’s father was coming… Renaldo: Wait a minute. Her father? Just how long ago was this? Enrico: Oh, ages. We were both about five or six at the time… [plane window]
Alex is much older than Enrico. In fact, he’s close to Walter’s age. Enrico, therefore, is not a reliable narrator. Enrico: There was a small playground outside the church where the meeting was to take place. My mother told me to play nicely there while the adults talked; hopefully there’d be other kids to play… Continue reading Nothing Ever Changes 3/22
And that’s when she showed up… Lord Hellsing: Now Integra, play nicely, all right? Integra: Hi! I’m Integra Hellsing. Enrico: Enrico Maxwell. Integra: Can I help you build a castle? Enrico (narrating): Of course, I had to know one thing first: Enrico (past): Are you a Catholic or…something else?
Integra: I’m a Protestant! Enrico: Then you can’t play here. This is a Catholics-only sandbox. Anderson: Yeah! Enrico (narrating): Naturally, she left. Integra: Fine. Be that way. See if I care!
Renaldo: Is that it, sir? Enrico: No, but — Anderson: Is he telling the story about meeting Integra? Enrico: Yes, I am. Anderson: Can I listen in? Enrico: I don’t see why not. Pull up a chair. Renaldo: Wait, weren’t you there when he met Integra? Anderson: Yes, but the story changes every time he… Continue reading Nothing Ever Changes 6/22
Answer: Yes, but not nearly as much as he thinks he does. Enrico (narrating): Ahem. Anyway. We continued working on our sand castle. Soon after…she showed up. Vampire: Excuse me. You’re Enrico Maxwell? Enrico: Uh-huh. Vampire: Do you know anything about…vampires?
Enrico (past): Of course…I know everything there is to know about them! Enrico: I was such a child back then…I thought I was the ultimate authority on the subject. Anderson: Do you think that now? Enrico: Is that a trick question? Anderson: Maybe.
Enrico (narrating): Anyway…I started boasting, showing off my knowledge; she started asking questions. Vampire: Could a vampire come out during the day, into the sunlight? Enric: Technically they could, but they usually don’t, since they hate the sun. Vampire: But are they able to? Enrico: Well, I guess so… Vampire: So if the reward were… Continue reading Nothing Ever Changes 9/22
Enrico: I dunno…you know what they say… Alex: Uh, ‘Rico… Enrico: “Vampires operate by their own unknowable, inhuman logic.” Who knows what they’ll do? Alex: Rico…! RICO! Enrico: Alex, can it wait? I’m in the middle of a speech!