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  • royalVorpal

    As a lazy skeleton might say…

    • They’re gonna have a bad time.

      • Jenna Thorne


        • Just gonna sliiiiide my Undertale fanarts into this conversation chain because why not (spoilers within)

          • Volkai

            Shit. I’m not allowed to look at those until I finish Undertale, am I?

          • MoeLane

            “Why, what’s Undertale?” – he asks, recognizing the cue for a leading question.

            • My favourite videogame. A clever and cute RPG which deeply appeals to my love of well-written characters and dialogue, extremely tight scripting, and most importantly, my wish to talk my way out of every single fight in every other videogame.
              It’s a gem, it’s £7, there’s a free demo, and the dude who made the whole thing largely on his own seems like a sweetie. Well worth it.

              • MoeLane

                Ten bucks American on Steam. All right, I’ll give it a whirl.

              • AJ

                Wait you can talk your way out of the fights in a videogame?

                Because I might pay money for that.

                • axioanarchist

                  You can and the options range from cute to downright adorable to hilarious to heartbreaking.

                • Yes! It was a big selling point for me, too. So many pacifist options in games are essentially just a different punching animation, so something about being fully, recklessly non-violent, no matter what? That is entirely my bag. Make friends with bosses instead of killing them? Yes please!

                  • AJ

                    I’m not particularly pacifist, but I do pretty much suck at boss fights.

  • Punkpoemprose

    You go Izzy!!!

  • ThisCat

    All according to plan :D

  • mronion

    Luxuria should know that a true nobleman never does anything for himself…

  • l33tninja

    Widdershins is about find their witch, too, right? Am I right?

    • Nonesuch

      I think it was said you need to be born with that distinction, but it skipped a generation… ;-/

    • Yes. When the Deadlies re-emerge in 1834 Mr O’Malley will be there to foil their plans and…

      …and we’re all doomed aren’t we?

  • Kyle Voltti

    here comes the boom

  • Nonesuch

    A loose translation of that incantation: “SKADOOSH!” :D

    But seriously, she has all the sins bang to rights with that spell. ^_^

  • Well, stuff’s about to go down.

    • Correction: Stuff has been going down for roughly the past hour. Stuff’s about to stay down.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Sounds like you were too busy luxuriating in the sound of your own voice.

    :puts on shades:

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Anyone else wondering how many chapters are left? I’ve got a few theories:

    One chapter left: Wrath is the only Deadly not to have a chapter centered around it (its cameo in Envy’s storyline notwithstanding).

    Two chapters left: One more for Wrath, plus one for the heroes to do heroics and save the day.

    Eight chapters left: One more for Wrath, plus one for countering each of the Deadlies and/or summoning powerful enough versions of their opposites to fight them.

    Nine chapters left: As with Eight, but with more for a big climactic battle.

    • The comic won’t end with the Sins arc :)

      • Sanjay Merchant

        This news makes me very happy.

      • Nonesuch

        HOORAY! :D Best news of the day!

      • rainycity1


  • Oh, look. It’s the mysterious person in a hat.

    Who would EVER have suspected it was Izzy?

    • JWLM

      Seriously, who?

      • Sapphire altera

        That guy!

        Probably Eglamore.

        • axioanarchist


        • Euodiachloris

          Or that robot. No, not that one; the other one. ;)

    • Sir. Orc

      Oh my god! It’s Izzy!

  • JWLM

    Who would have thought that the Deadlies, the embodiments of self-centeredness, would not expect that self-sacrifice might not be pointless? Now, in this case, we know that Henry isn’t *actually* going to lay down his life for his brother (or, in this case, his lover), but it’s entirely appropriate that the Deadlies simply don’t believe that anyone would really do that.

    (And I think I just made the first Bible pun in the whole Widdershins comment section. Do I get extra credit?)

    • Columbine

      Yes. Definitely. Have an octopus.

    • das-g

      > (And I think I just made the first Bible pun in the whole Widdershins comment section. Do I get extra credit?)

      Not without proper attribution. Don’t expect us all to know the whole Bible by heart.

      • JWLM

        Well played. Here, have an octopus.

        FWIW, John 15:13

        • das-g

          Is that the one you got from Columbine?

          /me sets the poor animal free.

      • Acts 21:6

        • SelenticSurface

          Lol! Cute. >_<

    • AJ

      I’m so amused that they’re all so busy assuming that Harry’s pointlessly self-sacrificng that they totally miss what he’s ACTUALLY SAYING.

  • MoeLane

    “Should have thought this through, Luxy-me-lad. Humans MADE you. You’re nothing but *pieces* of us, smooshed all together and put in a suit. You lot have got power, yes. Quite a lot. But you’re SIMPLE.”

    • Sanjay Merchant

      “The difference is, I make this suit look good.”

  • dana

    How did she get all that hair under that little hat? :)

    • Burke

      The hat was atop her head, the hair was in the tail behind.

      • AJ

        But that doesn’t make sense. We would see it hanging down by her shoulder in that first panel if it was loose.

        • Alétheia

          It could be resting on her back, too, instead of hanging down. :)

        • Euodiachloris

          Down the back of her coat is a possibility. I know my ponytail has a habit of working its way both into and out of my scarf or coat without any help. :P

    • AJ

      Hat of Holding.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    “thanks to you”, he says. If they brought the real one he’d know too, so…

    The one thing that worries me is that the magic is supposedly only active within the circle, and it doesn’t seems larger below than on the surface. So unless he push them in somehow (or just luxuria), what would it do ?

    • I wouldn’t put it past Izzy to figure out the way to make the magic cylinder cone-shaped.

      • Darkoneko Hellsing

        Or maybe he could just push Luxuria inside, indeed, and that’s why all the other deadlies were scattered around.

    • Alétheia

      It might have a sort of whirlwind effect, pulling the deadlies into it? The spell itself could only be active within the circle, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be an effect outside of it (especially within as short of a range as the deadlies are already in)… :)

  • It’s nice to know they can depend on each other, isn’t it?
    Isabelle can rely on Henry to get into trouble.
    Henry can rely on Isabelle to think of a way to get him out of it.

    • Euodiachloris

      It’s called “delegation” — all good relationships have it going both ways. xD

  • billydaking

    Last panel–right about now, the music score would be rising with drums and feverish strings heightening to….well, the next comic.

    Or is that just me?

    • What’s the good guy equivalent of Ominous Latin Chanting? Propitious Latin Chanting, maybe?

  • Mecha_bill

    Here I was looking forward to a triumphant conclusion to this chapter…..then I remembered this is just the prologue!

  • Columbine

    Damn Izzy is looking awesome and Henry is looking smug. This is shaping up to be a fantastic conclusion. And I’m really looking forward to seeing Lust’s spirit-form. I can’t quite imagine what it could be.

  • Jarin


  • There’s Big Damn Heroes who show up right in the “ta-da” nick of time to stop the villain, and then there’s Big Damn Heroes who show up right in the “ta-dah” nick of time to let the villain know they stopped him an hour ago.

    • AJ

      Which you wouldn’t think would be as ridiculously satisfying as it is. There’s less action that way, really, but it’s just so deeply good to hear, “What? Are you still here? We already broke your superweapon, disbanded your troops, and paved over your castle. Go along now, there’s a good little villain.”

      • Sanjay Merchant

        Well, it’s a bit like a surprise party, only instead of getting presents, you get your plans foiled.

        • Alétheia

          Awww… can you still get cake, though?

          • Sanjay Merchant

            Well, meddling heroes are fond of giving villains their just desserts, so yes.

    • Sapphire altera

      It’s a reverse Watchmen :P

      • I was actually considering paraphrasing Ozy’s speech

  • AJ

    Seriously, Lux. Harry as much as tells you, “You have a serious problem that you can remedy if you start running NOW.” And your response is what? “I’ll get to it.” Don’t you think you’re above all that pride?

    • Kyle Voltti

      He’s a deadly sin they’re always undone by their Hubris.

      • Nerd

        Except for Pride. It just makes Pride EVEN MORE AMAZING!!!

  • Chris the Blue

    He fooled around and fell in love.
    He’s a fooOOOoooOOOoool, a fool for love.

  • Jeff Hogberg

    Just went back through the last few and realized that I had completely missed the reasonably obvious mysterious figure in a few.

  • Nimm

    Aww yiiiiiiiiss! She’s BACK

  • Dshim

    Tired and skimming the speech bubbles and for a second there I thought the last speech bubble was said by Luxuria, and I was like “whoa wait Isabelle can’t be backstabbing Henry” and had to read the second time properly.

  • Sarah W

    Because Kate reblogged, I thought the world had been nice and given me *two* updates . . . hmph.

    Isabelle comes into the open! And I know this isn’t the end scene, because no one’s found a lady yet. (Which, uh . . . sounds weird as a sentence, but . . .) There’s been nothing about a lady being missing. How much realer is s**t planning to *get*?

    • Columbine

      Possibly a reference to the common street game/con act instead of literally finding a lady?

      • Sanjay Merchant

        Within the story itself, it refers to the first half of the story centering around finding Isabelle and what she knows and the second half hinging on NOT knowing where she is. (Clearly Luxuria should’ve summoned Genre Savviness as an assistant.)

        (Yes, we’re using the more modern definition of lady, which is “polite synonym for ‘woman'” as opposed to the more formal “woman with noble title”. Plus what Columbine said about referencing the street game.)

        • JWLM

          Also, to the extent in which Henry is “Lord Barber” (that is to say, not at all), Izzy is about to become “Lady Barber”.

  • Nightsbridge

    A circle within a circle seems to create some kind of amplifying effect.


    • Nonesuch

      And it’s set around the Anchor, too… :p

  • Volkai

    *wordless cackling laughter*

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Question: is the summoning language actual Latin or just Latin-sounding gibberish?

    • AJ

      I believe it was said that it’s Latin-ese, so as to avoid both far too much research and having people be excessively pedantic about “proper” Latin grammar.

      ….But that might have been J.K. Rowling.

    • Killersquirrel66

      I seem to recall Kate saying in a comment during the first story that it’s a mix of latin and italian, deliberately mangled and with some made-up words in it to prevent, as AJ said, people being pedantic about grammer. I think it was in the scene on the train, if you want to try and track it down.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    I was bored and wandering through the archives, when I noticed that there’s a nice callback in this update.

    From the December 26th, 2014 update:

    “Invidia (inhabiting Voss’s body): Hah! I was wrong! You’re more like your grandfather than your grandmother! He didn’t think very far ahead, either!”

    Brava, Ms. Ashwin!

    • Glad someone noticed that!

    • AJ

      You just know Invy is stuck on that now and every time a Barber is involved he’s going to be like, “Kay, Barbers. Don’t think too far ahead. I’ve got this.”

  • JWLM

    And how, exactly, is Henry floating up there now that the cuffs are unlocked?

    • Turnip the Scintillating

      He didn’t finish unlocking them. In panel two it looks like he stops fiddling with them in a hurry since he noticed Luxuria gesturing his way. He didn’t wanna get caught!

  • Oh hey, if anyone is hanging about, I’m streaming while inking the next page and listening to some videogame tunes right here right now (1:30am GMT) –

    • all done, thanks to everyone who showed up!

  • Sanjay Merchant

    I guess Greed is the one to note that Luxuria’s partially in the amulet, since it’s got a similar situation with the Bracelet and the Statue (at least until Sid destroys them, roughly 40 years after the events depicted here). Makes me wonder, though, about who sealed a piece of it up that way, and what Greed was up to that prompted that sealing.

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