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  • Euodiachloris

    So… not number one in Gym. Not surprised. xD

  • The queens fitness test? lol

    • Sanjay Merchant

      Is it bad that I can’t quite tell if you’re referring to the Queen of England or Queens, the borough in the City of New York?

      • Nice. in this case, I was making fun of the President’s Fitness Test, which used to be a thing in public schools in the US, consiting of timing kids on a variety of exercises, including climbing a rope. So, queen of england.

  • Morgothy

    Ben’s encounter with danger isn’t quite turning out as he would have hoped, but hey, he’s at least managed to escape! Hah, I was wondering if he’d do something wizardy, given what he was locked up with, only as it turns out he did something that, as O’Malley astutely points out, is the opposite of wizardy or suited to his skills! But he should be commended for being even this much of an Action Wizard, given that it’s not his forté !

    • Euodiachloris

      Thinking outside the closet. xD

  • Rulebook Lawyer

    Remember, remember … of the gunpowder plot … of which we never forgot.

    • AJ

      Y’know, that’s what I thought, too. Ben said, “Gunpowder!” and I was like, “Wait, that’s not Parliament. WHAT ARE THIS?”

  • Oh good, Ben finally came of the closet

    • Sarah Hardister

      The comment that launched the titters of a thousand fangirls.

  • JWLM

    You know, for a very squishy wizard, Ben has a bad habit of running directly into squashers. Even in third strip where we see him back in No Rest for the Wicked, we see him go charging after a malform without backup…

  • rhapsha

    You know what, good for Ben. It might not be what he’s good at, but he’s being active and doing something about his situation.

    Not sure I’d do the same, I am somewhat of an acrophobe.

    • Disloyal Subject

      I’d make a smartass remark like “at least he’s trying,” but he’s actually doing alright. One should never get so wrapped up in trying to apply powers that they overlook the mundane solution.

      • schwal

        It amuses me that we consider climbing out of a window with sheets tied together the mundane solution here.

  • … it has been easy up until now? :o

  • Del

    Now I give up….

    So, a Deadly can only be freed into Widdershins after he has endangered the life of a Barber sister (who must always manage to escape safely)?

    • Sanjay Merchant

      I’m guessing there’s some history between the Deadlies and Grandpa Barber, and they’re back for revenge. Of course, I’ve been totally wrong before, so who knows?

  • Sarah Hardister

    I cannot get enough of this Ghostbusting Malform Patrol. By far my favorite characters. Gimme more.

    • Worry not, while this story is nearly over, I’m far from finished with these guys.

  • If he dropped into the hedge, he’d be a hedge wizard.

    • AJ

      This is the sort of comment that deserves a string of puns in its honor. Let’s see…
      Nope, I got nuffin.

  • Frances Ahlborn

    I don’t know, Ben’s wearing gloves…depending on their durability, he could probably slide down the makeshift rope without much friction damage to his hands. Might have some trouble sticking the landing, though. Gravity is a harsh mistress.

  • Sgt. Howard

    Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the ability to put fear aside and do what is needed. Three times now I have seen this weakly, OCD neurotic actually display a remarkable level of courage… mind you, COMPETANCE is another matter entirely….

    • He’s honestly probably the boldest person in the comic.

      • Morgothy

        I always viewed Ben’s boldness as being borne of a strong devotion to doing his duty, or at least, a commitment to doing what he feels he ‘ought’ to do. I particularly thought that because he started out being bold in situations where it was either his job he’d been asked to do, or a problem he himself had inadvertently caused. This particular instance though is arguably a mix of wanting to settle scores for something Voss/Envy did to him, and a general moral commitment to trying to stop terrible things from happening. I don’t say this as from the POV of feeling I definitely know the truth here, just musing about my evolving ideas of Ben’s courage and personality.

      • AJ

        Bolder than Florrie? Truly? (Florrie who I keep wanting to call “Florinda” for some reason.)

        • Graham Garrett

          Florrie is more the fearless type than the brave type.

      • Nin

        It’s hard to pick a favorite character in this comic, but if I had to choose, it would be Ben. Partly because of the cleaning, but his tendency to throw himself into danger definitely doesn’t hurt.

      • Graham Garrett

        With the possible exception of Nora.

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