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August 7th, 2015

August 7th, 2015 published on 42 Comments on August 7th, 2015

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  • ShadeTail

    Well, then. My theory that they aren’t actually the personification of the Sins suddenly gets some more backing.

    • One assumes they’re like the sins’ other human flunkies like Voss, etc.

      • Tsapki

        Perhaps Luxuria’s plan is to stuff the Sins inside of them and he has actually spent a significant amount of time finding especially suitable hosts.

        It’s been awhile, but wasn’t Voss only originally able to see Envy because he was so attuned to that emotion and due to the fact he was at a powerful magic site where Envy could actually manifest?

        • the Amazing Mister Moriarty

          He felt powerful envy while visiting an “anchor” of magic and that accidentaly summoned Envy without the summoning circle. And only he could see it because humans don’t see spirits unless inside summoning circle (except O’Malley), but Voss had a stone or something that Envy used as a mobile anchor and also i guess because he is the the one that summoned Envy.

      • I was under the assumption that they ~became~ the sins.

    • Now that you mention it, that would explain why Envy’s personality is so different from the last time we saw her

      • ShadeTail

        It would also explain the presence of Gorilla-man, who is representing Gluttony in this chapter. We met him back in chapter 4, when he was working for Gluttony. If he wasn’t the Spirit in human form in that chapter, he wouldn’t be now either. And that implies that the others also aren’t the Sins in human form.

        Mr. Luxuria is the one question mark. Considering that he was beheaded and is still alive nearly 200 years later, he’s super-human at the very least, if not the actual personification of Lust.

      • svartalf

        It is and isn’t. There’s glimmers of this Invidia in the form Voss summoned and vice-versa.

  • Darth Fez

    Wow, Invi has a very scary “she knows too much!” face.

    • svartalf

      That she does.

  • Invidia in that last panel makes me think of this:

  • Dave

    Ah! Marie! It is you!!

  • Euodiachloris

    *wince* Well, somebody might have put herself on the disposable list, there. Thank goodness for Flashbacksville. :/

  • Columbine

    OOOOOOOoo potential reveal for what’s going on? Yes please.

    • svartalf

      Oh, you wouldn’t be *THAT* lucky. Kate’s going to tease and taunt us for a while longer… >:-D

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    “Big deal, neither are we.”

    • D. Schwartz

      Or are they? Maybe they are merely vessels for the deadlies and not them incarnate. We will see.

      • svartalf

        If they’re vessels, they’d know that they’re no longer quite human either. Voss wasn’t when Invidia was in full control of his body either.

        • D. Schwartz

          But still pretty close compared to a fully incarnate deadly. I would say superhuman instead of not quite human.

          Except the more I think about this they are maybe the planned vessels or the weakly possessed vessels or some other relationship that maintains their humanity at this time.

  • D. Schwartz

    I simply love the range of expressions in that last panel.

  • Firedog

    Le gasp!

  • szbnahl

    So they needed rescuing from the guillotine, but His Grace the Duke of Kent could walk away from an axe decapitation? I’m definitely joining the “only Luxuria is a deadly and the others are regular humans” camp.

    • Firedog

      I dunno. Maybe he saved them by turning them into a beings that react to beheading like you would to appointment with a dentist?

    • David Argall

      I vote for all being “human”, but all have rather close relations to a deadly, to the point where it can be hard to tell the difference. Luxuria has considerable magic power, but these only need be in addition, and we are viewing a magic world, where having one’s head cut off need not be that serious. So he need not be especially closely tied to the deadly.
      Of course, Envy had a pretty full personality last time, so one or several of our 7 may not be human, but I will still vote for all human.

  • Geoff

    Every one of Invidia’s expressions is a treasure. I hope she survives to get into the silent film industry or something.

  • ~ Tilde? ~

    • McRocky71

      It’s short for Matilde, a variant spelling of Mathilda.

      • John

        An old Germanic name meaning “mighty in battle”, giving us another appropriate first name.

  • Sarah Hardister

    I’m inclined to think they are all the Sins, and the “le gasp!” looks in the last panel is their appropriate reaction to Isabelle’s on-the-nail observation.

    • ShadeTail

      Maybe. But then the question is, why would they have needed saving from the guillotine? Luxuria, aka Duke of Kent, is somehow still alive nearly 200 years after his own beheading, which suggests he either is the actual Spirit of Lust or has a very close relationship with the Spirit. If the others were the same for their respective Spirits, escaping getting their heads lopped off probably wouldn’t be something they would feel they owe him for.

      • Euodiachloris

        Unless he shared how to do it without having to go looking for a new avatar/ stooge…

        • ShadeTail

          I guess that’s possible. But the Deadlies have never shown any particular care for their human lackeys before, so I don’t see why they would care now.

  • Corsenna

    I like that Henry’s still twitching at his bonds.

    • svartalf

      Wouldn’t you be too? This is mortal danger type ‘fun’ here.

      • Corsenna

        Well, yes, but I meant it as an appreciation of the attention to small details. It’s the little things that make this comic so much fun.

        • I’m always thrilled when someone spots a small detail, thank you!

  • Jay

    This Pride is so much more fantastic than earlier/later peacock Pride. I find myself torn between hoping nothing bad happens to her, and knowing that Pride isn’t around in the “present day”…

  • Michael Brewer

    Yeah, I can’t tell if that’s a “Wait, /what/?” expression in the last panel or a “Oh crap she figured it out.” expression either.

    • Definitely “wait what” expressions. All is, as they say, not as it seems.

    • svartalf

      I think it’s more the “Oh, Crap…” variety- because one’s livid furious about the revelation and the other’s got a deer in the headlamps type look on her face.

  • Catkins

    Second panel made me ship Invidia and Superbia together.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    I just had a thought: what if they’re not like Luxuria, but he’s set them on the path to becoming like him?

    My theory, Mr. Luxuria is the product of somehow infusing a person more-or-less permanently with a spirit (in this case, the Deadly Sin of Lust). He’s seeking to bring his six best friends into the mortal world in a similar way, and has only recently found six suitable suckers, er, I mean, hosts. They reflect their namesakes so well because the Deadlies are already heavily influencing their behavior. They don’t realize just how far this goes, because none of them have yet suffered a lethal injury or lived long enough to notice they’re not aging anymore. Perhaps, in the cases of Superbia and Invidia, the bonding occurred only after they were saved from the guillotine. Or perhaps it’s too early for them to get benefits like being able to recover from a beheading. Either way, it will be interesting to learn more!

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