LAST TIME ON CORIOLANUS: There was a big battle at the Volscian city of Corioles, and Martius is running around, covered in blood, killing everyone.
It's time for the big battle! It's mildly anticlimactic (in more ways than one) because just as Martius looks like he's going to take Aufidus down, a bunch of Aufidius's Volscian buddies rush in and save him. This makes Aufidius sad, either because (a) his honor has been besmirched by his troops interfering in an honorable duel-to-the-death, or (b) he is deprived of an excuse to wrestle further with Martius. The possible homoerotic undertones of this fight are ludicrously played up in the 1984 BBC Shakespeare production starring Alan Howard as Coriolanus and Mike Gwilym as Aufidus. Both of them are wearing little more than tiny leather posing pouches, are oiled to a point of luminescence, and spend a lot of time grappling with each other.
I have actually finished penciling 1.9 and 1.10, but before I could ink and scan them this morning I had to rush off to a work appointment that I nearly forgot about. Oh crass commercialism, getting in the way of true art! Anyways, stay tuned tomorrow, when we find out why the play is called Coriolanus, and Martius gets all embarrassed.