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  • Bill Soo

    Hey! No fair! That’s Envys shtick!

    • Nonesuch

      I know, right? No wonder the green fox hates the mutant peacock; it just uses everyone’s stuff and acts like it’s its own!

  • Nonesuch

    I think that’s the first time Pride has fanned its tail like a proper peacock….

    • non_canon

      And what’s interesting is that it seems to be using it to block her view of him, keeping her from seeing him in trouble and shutting her off with it in a way.

      • kuku

        Thanks for pointing that out – she was starting to climb over the tail and then Pride puts its talons in the way.

  • SleepingDragon

    Seriously Pride? What are you hoping for here? That she’s just going to shoot him? I mean, even if she really wanted to take all the glory (which is more Envy’s thing) what would she do after shooting him? That’s putting aside that you clearly don’t know Harry very well. I thought you sins were supposed to be good at this kind of thing…

    • Heylir

      > I thought you sins were supposed to be good at this kind of thing…

      Mmm, no, they weren’t. :) After Envy seriously offered Voss to kill Wolfe for the reward of stolen talents and Gluttony almost pushed Gula into resistance, by its ill-treatment of him, I don’t expect much from them, in this regard.

      They are too single-minded and relying on its power, and that is quite natural given their… nature. :) I’m really afraid that Luxuria turns out to be different.

      Still, in the areas they do have power, Deadlies *are* terrible.

      • Sapphire altera

        Also tactically inept in that by splitting up, the deadlies can be taken down one at a time…

        Although likely they can’t stand each other and were only working together because Luxuria manipulated them into it. I guess he hasn’t had time to re-manipulate everyone yet …

    • #092f0a

      I tend to miss something important. I see two likely explanations:
      It might be budding for time, because being in this form and place seems to be preferrable to these spirits than being desummoned back into their own “world”. If it could stay until Team B sends the other remaining sins along, that would cause some trouble in this anchor-world! Whether it has or knows about a way to break out back into the “real” world, or if it’s just trying to hang on to “dear life”, I have no clue.
      Or it might be doing its own thing, motivating people to be feel pride, because that’s where it gets its power. Regardless of time and place, as long as it can feed on someone’s pride it will have some power. (as I’m writing this: What Heylir wrote about their single-mindedness)

      • BaronHaynes

        I think Harry could be influenced by Pride if it took the right angle, but it seems to be fishing in the wrong spot.

      • Heylir

        Yeah, I recall Harry’s rage feeding Wrath enough to make for Mal impossible to restrain it.

    • BaronHaynes

      Also, playing to her feelings of inadequacy next to Henry (if she even has any?) seems like completely the wrong move. Maybe Pride doesn’t know he was shot? She’s worried about him, not thinking about her own ego.

      Maybe I’m missing/forgetting something though.

    • Margot

      Maybe she’ll resist that easily and Pride will try to make her feel proud about that? But I don’t think it’s that subtle..

  • non_canon

    Harry, no. It would be extremely amusing and an interesting parallel to see you get sucked in a mere few strips after making a remark about Verity getting sucked in, but no.

    Also, I was rereading earlier and noticed something. When Sidney and Mal do magic they sit cross legged, but Ben always sits with his legs tucked under him. Which is a nice little character detail, considering they both look more relaxed but he has the better posture in that position.

    • pingo1387

      Maybe that’s a mark of an “educated” wizard/witch vs. one who has natural talent? They probably teach proper posture in university.

    • Heylir

      There is a sketch where Ben sits cross-legged:

      • non_canon

        Oh wow, I hadn’t seen these before but I really like them. Is this official or fan art?

  • Maria Gerasimova

    It seems to me just now, despite all the insinuations of Pride – or maybe thanks to them – Harry is suddenly bothered by the thought that O’Mally, unlike of herself, wasn’t mentioned by the woman from the future at all.
    She must be afraid something fatal is going to happen with him now.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Pride really has that sweet talk thing down eh.

  • I take it that ‘flippin’ is not the word O’Malley actually used…

    • Sir. Orc

      Perhaps it was and is simply a bit of Wolfe rubbing off on him. Who knows, he may go through a whole day without cursing… eventually.

      • I think the use of rude words was perfectly justified given the circumstances. That’s what rude words are for.

  • AJ

    “No books about Harriet Barber.” Well, yeah, books get written AFTER careers, bird-brains!

    • reynard61

      Not necessarily. Look at the quickie-bios that get written about various celebs while they’re popular. Heck, look at all the stuff that’s been written about the current occupant of the Oval Office. (And I’m pretty sure that there’s more on the way…)

      • AJ

        Well, yeah, in today’s free-e-paper world. Back when paper was so expensive you wrote on the paper both ways to save it*, not so much. :P

        * (this example not entirely historically correct)

  • Tsapki

    Dang, Pride is pressing all the buttons.

    Irritation at perceiving people as holding you, the desire to make a name for yourself rather than being recognized only for your family name, and the fear that your personal contributions may be forgotten because of being part of a team rather than a capable individual.

  • Emily

    If Pride had tried this earlier, before Harry and Mal were on friendly terms, it might have had some success, but I don’t think it’s going to work so well now…

  • Me-me

    “You ARE pride, right? … Are you sure? I was expecting something … different. Not better! Just different, that’s all. It’s okay. I’m sure you’re very prideful. You know, in your own way.”

    • Happyroach

      *insert many GIFs of applause here*

  • Dvarin

    One wonders if Harry gleaned from Nora’s story and the phone message that she actually IS famous in the future.

    • Shee Soon Theng

      She’s already realized this; a common person two centuries from now knows of her, just from her profession, her last name and being a woman? Plus, she doesn’t really consider what she’s done so far (other than a footnote that she tackled Victoria) to really stand her out in memory apart from Henry.

  • Ocean Burning.

    Poor Mal, I was afraid of something like this… I hope the effect is only temporary and that he’ll recover quickly! Now I do wonder, did Pride know that would happen or not?
    P.S., I love Pride’s over-dramatizing face in the last panel. XD

  • MoeLane

    …Pride, you stupid [expletive deleted]. One of your people put a bullet through Harry’s grandfather! You’re just reminding her that he might be dead right now!

    (Edit: Yes, I’m counting Sloth’s avatar as being one of ‘your people.’ Strictly speaking, they’re all Lust’s anyway, including the other Deadlies.)

  • R

    Somehow, I don’t think O’Malley would mind sharing the glory. Actually, let Harry have all the glory, and everybody leave him alone.

    • TheGorram Batguy

      This person gets it. This person understands.

  • Sarah Hardister

    There’s something about Harry climbing through Pride’s bright fluffy feathers that just tickles me. :)

  • TheGorram Batguy

    Pride’s face in the last panel makes me think of somebody telling campy horror stories with over-the-top melodramatic flair. This is very funny to me.
    (And now I am forced to face the fact that the phrase “campy horror stories” has a double meaning.)

    • Ocean Burning.

      Campy campfire stories. Told by campers camping in a campground.

  • Euodiachloris

    Sorry, Pride. Harry tends to drag partners along for the ride, and she has done that for a while. Sharing is something she does, even with a grumpy front. :)

    See also her acquisition of Gren.

  • Matt [in Middletown]

    Hey pride.. the night winds can always carry one more scream.

  • CorvusCornix

    D: why can’t Mal see…? He’s looked at mirrors before…and Ben has seen him when he had the sight?

    • Maria Gerasimova

      He’s blinded with brightness of his own aura.

      • Ocean Burning.

        Well, we didn’t actually see if that was the problem… But that’s a theory. : )

        • I’m wondering that too! If I’m remembering right, Mal didn’t like mirrors because he sees nothing when he looks at himself, and he seems pretty shocked about whatever blinded him this time. Maybe because they’re in this anchor between space he’s blindingly bright instead for some reason?

  • Sir. Orc

    Pride: “Just think, they’ll be fawning over *him* as their savior”
    Harry: *looks at Mal*
    Mal: *stumbling around* “Bloody, friggin, deranged, bloody peacock, bloody friggin” Widdershins…”
    Harry: “… uh, huh. Phasmia Superbia…”

  • DataProwler Netizen

    You know, Pride, none of this fame speculation in the future exists until AFTER she wallops you, right? And how does pride in someone else work for ya?

  • Del

    Harriet is not fond of limelight and attention, and she is reflexive in her urge to share credit with her colleagues.

    We saw this, the last time we encountered Pride:

  • Huh. What DOES Mal see in the mirror if it practically blinds him? I’m guessing it’s a bit more than what Ben saw with Mal’s powers.

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