Yeah, there’s a little history there, but nothing either one would cop to. That doesn’t mean he isn’t interested, or even that wasn’t trying to date her without her knowing about it, or even even that she’s not interested. But certainly not interested in games. Or maybe this is how she flirts. People are complicated.
Max spends enough time being annoyed at the things men do* that she hasn’t done a whole lot of dating in her life. It is safe to say she has pretty high standards though. She can afford to pretty selective as she checks a lot of boxes in the “desirable” categories. Wealth, fame, beauty, exotic, power – both literal and societal. This assumes “Strong enough to accidentally kill me if she sneezes while we’re kissing” is not a strong turn off for a potential suitor. Also; “Strong enough to permanently emasculate me if she sneezes while we’re… (long pause) You know. Say no more. Wink wink nudge nudge, eh?”
Of course, Maxima has to balance her inclination toward selectiveness with her own sex drive. That’s something that’s never been established in the comic for her. Dabbler, in her own words, never goes below an 11, but she has pretty strong willpower. That begins to wane as her innate hunger goes un-slaked. Harem is probably a 7 or 8 on the sex drive scale, and maybe a 5 or 6 on the willpower scale, which means she’s woken up next to a few people and thought “Come on, Daphne.” Anvil’s right in the middle, but gets a few spikes when she sees a guy with is her type, primarily guys who are taller than her, which is rare enough, and gangly guys aren’t really her thing either. It’s safe to say she likes watching basketball. Sydney comes in pretty low on the scale, despite getting flustered around cute guys. In her case, she also wrestles with a certain degree of self confidence deficit, so in the rare cases she’s genuinely smitten, she’s usually slow to put it out there.
In case anyone doesn’t know, Conan’s line is a paraphrasing of a statement attributed to Khan (Genghis, not Singh), “The greatest happiness is to vanquish your enemies, to chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth, to see those dear to them bathed in tears, to clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters.” But I think Conan’s is more pithy.
Ug, two double pages in a row, both with mini comics? I need a vacation. And by vacation I mean a single page that’s slightly easier to draw than usual. :/
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