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April 29th, 2016

April 29th, 2016 published on 53 Comments on April 29th, 2016

This guy.

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  • Hey, don’t make him have a heart attack, we need him for this story to happen. Great page, nice story start, thanks Kate!

  • Hurrah for ‘this guy’. He shares his biscuits, aww, how sweet!

  • Liz

    The purple hippo of happiness is… sad?

    • Mistwraith

      No the purple hippo of happiness is scared. but it still stopped to warn him, so its brave little hippo too.

      • GristleMcNerd

        That makes me happy. What a good hippo.

  • Tikatu

    I have a feeling that the “they” who are approaching are the elder Barbers–though they might not know where Mal lives.

  • MarriStenberg

    Who is the last? Harriet? The Sins? I’m guess not Nicola cause he’s already met her, but maybe having two Barbers coming to get him together? Maybe even Sid? The seven deadlies still seem like a good bet.

    • Darkoneko Hellsing

      the last of us.

    • John

      Based on the reactions of the various malforms to the Deadlies, I assume when the say “the last” they mean Wrath.

      Also “leave the anchor! they are coming for you!” sounds more ominous than the would be warranted for the Barbers, who I would expect malforms to basically ignore. But the Deadlies do warrant that kind of response, especially given that all of the malforms are taking their own advice and running away.

      • Tsapki

        I think the last may actually be referring to Lust, since O’malley actually desummoned Wrath his very self.

        Recall from the last arch, Lust was the person pulling all the strings and was even able to manipulate the previous Witch of Widdershins into giving it a human body to run amok in.

        • John

          Lust was the first to be freed. It has been free since Henry and Izzy failed to desummon it. The other chapters have shown us Greed, Sloth, Pride, Gluttony, and Envy breaking free as well. Wrath is the only one who was desummoned, so it is the only one who is not currently free. Which makes Wrath “the last” that needs to be freed for Lust’s plan to work.

  • That’s one heck of a way to wake up . . .
    But I’m not sure that just running is the best idea.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Sudden wonder, whether O(Malley sees his own limb in colour, or not.

    • Darkening

      I think that got answered when his vision got transferred to the wizard, but I can’t remember which it was.

    • Margot

      Good question! I guess he must do, since it’s in colour when we see in Mal-vision?

  • AJ

    The timeline of me reading this comic:
    *clicks bookmark*
    *starts in second panel because it’s got more color* (Sorry, I can’t help myself.)
    *sees PPoH*
    Oh, man. The comments are going to be full of screaming.
    *braces self*
    Huh. Not a lot of screaming yet. Better start it: “It’s the PPoH! Hurrah! Hooray! Oh frabjous day!”

    • … yay.

    • That’s okay, I see cheering elsewhere in the comments now. We’re mostly worried about what’s got ‘im so spooked.

      *shakes pompoms*

      • AJ

        I suspect we’ll be transitioning to less gleeful screaming rather shortly, given all the distressing wailing the malforms are doing.

  • NerdyCat

    I don’t have anything meaningful to add so I’ll just share what’s on my mind:
    OMG Mal!!! Best character waifu for laifu I love him so much XD XD XD <333333

    • Me-me


      • Kactus

        I use “Husbu” as an equivalent for Waifu, if you like.

        • Voice Of Reason

          CONGRATULATIONS… i have never seen a better alternative to “waifu”. With luck, we’ll all be seeing the term “Husbu” cropping up in comments now.

      • NerdyCat

        He is my waifu tho

  • CFF

    Well this is a lovely way to wake up.

  • Columbine

    Shocking! The O’Malley sleeps without his gloves on!

    Edit: I adore the PHOH and that it is a) still around and b) the biscuits thing is now officially canon.

  • Eve

    Awwwww, they’re worried about their witch. I love these little spirits.

  • Yeah, help yerself to biscuits. ‘S not me payin’ for ’em. An’ make sure ye make plenty of crumbs so ye annoy the man that did.

  • Greenwood Goat

    Nicola: O’Malley. *collar-grab* O’Malley must stay.

    Harriet: We have come for you.

    Nicola: Work to be done!

    Harriet: Workworkwork!

    Nicola: Need more coffee. *clutches brow*

    Harriet: Indeed. Strong coffee. *rubs eyes*

    O’Malley: Fine. But I’m not buying!


  • ThisCat

    Is that a mosquito in full body armour? wth?

    • SandstormSinger

      I’m kind of curious what type of spirit it is.

      It’s voice is shown in very even and unembellished text as it says “they approach,” as if it’s stating the obvious, so I’m thinking it might be a spirit of logic?? Which makes it fantastic that the spirit of logic is something as illogical as a mosquito in body armor.

      • SteelSaurus

        Not sure if it’s actually a mosquito as it’s got five limbs and a long tail. Though if it was a mosquito and did represent logic, I’d say it makes more sense that you’d think. What’s a person’s knee-jerk reaction to a mosquito?

        • SandstormSinger

          Haha, good point!

      • Tsapki

        Perhaps it’s a spirit of duty? It feels the need to warn O-malley but is calm enough to do so without screaming like half the others.

        • SandstormSinger

          I like that theory too! It would fit with the appearance better than mine, as what says “duty” more than a knight’s armor? Not sure on the mosquito/dragonfly aspect. Maybe it represents duty that’s annoying, just like an insect’s humming wings can be annoying.

    • McRocky71

      Given the side-on angle we are seeing our knightfly (I’ll explain why I’m calling it a knightfly below), it appears to have three legs on that side of it’s body and since most of the malforms we’ve have body symmetry on one axis, logically there are corresponding legs on the other side. Six legs would make it equivalent to an insect. I reckon we only see five limbs for the same reason most cartoonists draw hands with three fingers and a thumb. ;)

      Why do I call it a knightfly? It’s dressed like a knight and the shape of it’s wings are similar to those of a dragonfly. What’s the natural enemy of a dragon? A knight, of course.

    • Euodiachloris

      Or a midge and a mosquito got a bit confused one day and their offspring got lost in the Leeds Armouries at some point… :)

  • Falco

    Last panel: the look of a man who is clearly used to exiting via the window

    • Margot

      D’you think he’ll just go, or will he talk to Wolfe first..?

  • Margot

    The omalley’s back! Yay!

  • Oh gosh, I’m in love with Mal’s sleep-messed hair. (Also does it maybe look… longer???)

  • Blueberrykittens

    Umm?!?! Ummmm?!?!?!?! UMMMMMM?!!!!!!!!???????! This does not seem good and I am very concerned???!!

  • Sanjay Merchant

    So, the Malform Busters have their own answer to Slimer. This is good.

  • Iituem

    “Oh no! PHOH! Knightfly! Feather.. duster… turkey… Cowardly lion? Screamcloud. Wait, who the hell are the rest of you and why are you in my bedroom?”

    • “Screamcloud” is perfect, I love when you guys name the buggerups.

  • Chris Kotthoff

    “This is not normal, even for me!”

  • Matt [in Middletown]

    Well, at least they care enough to warn him.

  • Euodiachloris

    Poor, scared buggerups. I’d adopt them, but my flat is no pets. And, I hate to think what they’d do to the wiring. xD

  • At first I was sad that O’Malley’s room was so plain, but I suppose you don’t decorate as much when you can’t see color. Someone should get him some nice black-and-white artwork.

  • 703 Noemi

    Can he breath okay in panel 1?

  • Kristen Thacker

    PHOH needs to be added to the cast page please please please I love him so much Heis a recuring carecter of awesomeness