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  • Jeff Eppenbach

    Useless to Envy, that is. Wolfe is one of the most secure folks in the world. He likes what he gots, and don’t need what others gots.

    • Phlebas

      Hmm. I think he wants what Florrie’s husband gots. Pretty much safe otherwise, though!

      • Jeff Eppenbach

        He LIKES what Florrie’s husband has. He doesn’t feel he NEEDS her, or any desire to take her away from him.

        • Phlebas

          You could be right – that’s a fair distinction!

    • Remember, Jeff, Envy doesn’t just make people want what others have. Envy can also take.

  • Rachel McGonagill

    Oh, my! Envy looks rather… dragonish in the last panel. C’mon, Voss! C’mon, Ben! Get out of your own ways and rise to the occasion. Please?

    • Ocean Burning.

      Crocodile-fox? Dragon-weasel? Crocodile-fox-dragon-weasel? No, not cute at all! What’s it going to do, swallow Wolfe whole?!

      • Fracodeasel

        • Ocean Burning.

          I hate to admit this, but I was guilty of writing a PPAP-influenced comment.

          • I don’t know what that is

            • Ocean Burning.

              PPAP was all the rage in Asia (where I live) a few months back.
              To quote MoeLane, I almost feel bad for revealing this unto you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E00Zuayv9Q

              • I was confused, then I looked at the views counter, now I am even more confused

                edit: oh my GOD this tune will not leave my head

                • Ocean Burning.

                  Yeah. >_<

        • Ocean Burning.

          I hate to admit this, but I was guilty of writing a PPAP-influenced comment.

  • Phil

    Makes me wonder which of the deadlies will actually be able to get to Wolfe. He must have SOME weakness, right?

    • Stephen Riggs

      Lust, maybe?

      • Emily

        I remember there was some speculation on that in the comments on an earlier page. Somebody suggested that since Wolfe loves flirting with ladies, to the point of stopping to dance with Florrie in the middle of hunting for Voss, Lust would be a likely candidate for affecting him.

        • AJ

          Spoiler alert: Wolfe is actually the form of a virtue trapped on earth, seeking a witch who can desummon him.
          Or at least that’s what it was at first, but the longer he stays, the more attached he gets.

          • Emily

            …and since the only person who would be able to tell is his best friend, who A: has a vested interest in keeping him around, and B: doesn’t talk to people in authority if he can help it, Wolfe is probably safe. I like it!

            • AJ

              Oh, except Ben might’ve noticed. Unless he doesn’t know what he’s looking at.

          • Del

            I still think that Wolfe is a mundane, run-of-the-mill human…. and a saint. He practices virtue, thinks nothing of himself, and loves everyone whom he meets. A guy like that seems immune to temptation, as he does not find anything attractive about evil.

            But even saints can be tempted, and these magics have a way of possessing our heroes.

            Still, it would please me very much if none of the Deadlies are able to overcome Wolfe’s virtue.

            • Ocean Burning.

              I’d *really* like to see him have to handle temptation, though…

            • AJ

              I actually am completely on board with this being the case.

          • Margot

            which virtue?

            • AJ

              Ask me the hard questions, eh?

    • eoforyth

      He never seems to have an excess, so it would be difficult for any of them. He is usually full of the more positive things, can be happy, affectionate and friendly, supportive, and generally quite content with who/what/where he is, which is why he is the only person O’Malley can bear to willingly spend time around. That could even be a plot point!

  • Rulebook Lawyer

    When encountering spirits, demons, and the like; fear them not. Do not give into the reason that they can control you.
    But rather, show confidence and of iron will, for then they will fear you, and thus making your task of controlling all the easier.
    – A saying from a motivational life coach … or demologist … your choice … good luck…. let me know how it turns out…

  • 703 Noemi

    Yes! Ben’s words aren’t green anymore.

    • Nonesuch

      Whoo!

    • SaberRoy

      I think they are still green, just a significantly darker green. Unless it’s just an optical illusion messing with me. Their nota s dark as Sid’s and Vee’s.

      • non_canon

        You’re right, but it’s definitely a sign that Envy’s hold is weakening.

      • Ocean Burning.

        I have sampled the speech bubble and text with MSPaint and can confirm that, while the speech bubble and outline have returned to plain white and black, the text itself is in fact an extremely dark green.

        • AJ

          And the prize for overzealousness in the details of fandom goes to….!

          You! For going above and beyond the call of fans. You have geeked, nerded, and possibly dorked out in the most spectacular way. We salute you!

          • The dweebing could still use a little work, though.

            • AJ

              I’m sure you could give lessons.

          • Ocean Burning.

            Naw. Just doing what I know how. : P

          • Ocean Burning.

            Naw. Just doing what I know how. : P

  • Ghostdanser

    Methinks that Envy may have over extended itself. Ben seems to be breaking out of the malaise imposed upon him, Sid stopped the saw…and while it played the “be right back” card, I think Wolfe is requiring more concentration and energy than Envy cares to admit. And with Voss stepping up in the last panel, I doubt things will get any easier for Envy.

  • Phlebas

    Looks like we’ll finally see what Envy is allergic to. Selflessness, maybe? Self-sacrifice?

    • JB

      Broccoli?

  • Maria Gerasimova

    Why is Voss covering his left eye since we saw him near the theater?
    The green jewel is out of it already, we saw it to drop on the ground, didn’t we?
    But his eye is always hidden either with а lоck of his hair or – as now – with his hand.

    • Tikatu

      It seems there is no longer an eye of any kind there. He’s vain enough to want it covered.

      • Nonesuch

        It is also the place where Envy physically entered him and made him dance on its strings like a glorified puppet. I can understand why he’s still afraid to leave it uncovered….

        • MoeLane

          Is it merely an old injury, or is it also, perhaps, a weapon?

        • CountSessine

          It might be painful, with Envy so near.

  • Emily

    Ben’s starting to snap out of it! That is his cousin in that box, after all.

  • John

    That’s Voss who said “W-WAIT!” isn’t it. And as Noemi noted Ben’s words aren’t green anymore. Looks like Envy’s control is starting to fray, perhaps more than Envy realizes.

    • Nonesuch

      I think it’s not so much that Envy is losing its touch, as those two are fighting through the influence and reasserting themselves. :)

    • Nightsbridge

      I think that maybe Envy just got distracted.

  • Nonesuch

    It’s time for the two least likely heroes of the party to step up and save the day! To Ben and Voss both, I say, take heart, cast off your chains of fear and resentment, and rise up against this beast! :)

  • D. Schwartz

    As a 20 year theater technician I have to say they’re doing this wrong. What they needed was the surliest house stagehand to grumpily disconnect the power, then grouchily climb to the catwalks, and nail envy with a sandbag while kvetching under his breath.

    The stagehand would be so not envious that Envy would be envious of their lack of envy and depart in a puff of self-entitled fury.

    But this is not my story to write.

    • Ocean Burning.

      Curious, though, what’s the power source here?
      “Envy would be envious of their lack of envy” = Mind Blown :D

      • reynard61

        At this time in history, theater stage lighting was provided primarily by oil (or less frequently, gas) lamps.

        http://www3.northern.edu/wild/LiteDes/ldhist.htm

        “Drummond lights” (more popularly called “limelights”) were known, but probably had not come into wide use at the time these events were taking place.

        • Ocean Burning.

          Heck yes, I love this comment section : )

          • reynard61

            Google and Wikipedia are good resources for finding historical and technical information.

        • D. Schwartz

          So what point in history is this? I figuring about 1850.

          If so arc lights were not uncommon in that time period.

        • Alex Hollins

          Living in the limelight
          The universal dream
          For those who wish to seem
          Those who wish to be
          Must put aside the alienation
          Get on with the fascination
          The real relation
          The underlying theme

  • Unhooked

    I didn’t know I’d ever miss the little fox form until that last panel.

  • Tyfariel

    Voss, my man, you got this! Redemption all the way!

    Envy’s words in panel 4 suddenly reminded me of Mulan and that training song, “Make A Man Out of You”.

    • reynard61

      Let’s get down to business / to defeat this Sin!

      Wolfe, right now we need you / on your vi…o-lin!

      • Tyfariel

        Beautiful, simply beautiful! I’m green with envy.

        • reynard61

          Thanks!

        • reynard61

          Thanks!

  • non_canon

    I’m not sure which expression gets to me more, Sidney’s expression of relief when the saw stops (and I just noticed the Envy designs on the box are cut in half) or Wolfe’s terrified expression when he tries to reason with Envy (and is it just me or is he shaking a bit).

    Really glad also to see Ben coming out of Envy’s hold there a bit and Voss stepping up. Going to be interesting to see how this one ends.

    • Doldrum

      I think he’s shaking aswell, though I can’t tell if it is because he is scared or if he is trying to fight Envy’s paralyzation, like Sid, Vee, and Ben.

      • Emily

        The way I read it is that Envy is trying to make him do something, and he’s shaking with the effort of resisting.

  • Now that’s interesting. Why can’t Envy make Mr Malik saw Ms Cunningham in half? Is that the Spirits are unable to kill humans? Avarice was certainly going to kill Mr Malik and Ms Barber, but they’d made a deal. Or is it that the Spirits can’t force humans to act against their nature?

    • Killersquirrel66

      I’m not sure if Sidney means that Envy literally can’t make him kill Vee, or if it’s that he refuses to believe that it would be so cruel as to make him kill Vee. So far we haven’t seen anything that suggests spirits can’t make humans kill other humans, but maybe there are rules on such things?

  • Jordan Hiller

    Am I just noticing that Sidney will reach for his hat when he’s nervous or upset?

  • TheCatCameBack

    I love how Wolfe is just completely unaffected by envy- I reaaaalllly want to see his back-story. Please. Just please.

  • Tsapki

    Panel 6: Return of the Dragonweasel!

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