Today's comic was interesting for me to write. If you thought Aleste's belligerence didn't make total sense during the flight arcs...well, so did I. Sometimes I don't think things all the way through, which is why I sat down and asked myself 'Why is Aleste such an asshole?' and looked for the most interesting answer. What I came up with was 'He rationally chooses to be one.'
I wonder if this is a position that my readers can relate to? I mean, Paige seems to live a charmed life, driving an expensive car, playing with the deadliest weapon in the world, wearing gorgeous dresses and being best friends with Janna and the rest of the Lockheed crew. Looking at someone who has it all, don't you wish they had just one wrench in their works, one thorn in their side? Aleste does, and he decided to take it upon himself to be that antagonist.
Is Aleste a nice guy? Not really...he's workable, but he's sure not a sweetheart. Is he a total bastard? Not really...but sometimes he puts on a good show of it.
Silpheed seems to like him, though. Maybe it just takes the right kind of energetic yet mellow attitude.