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January 30th, 2015

January 30th, 2015 published on 55 Comments on January 30th, 2015

She doesn’t seem pleased.

Gonna start doing one of those in-character Q&A sessions next week or so after the current story ends, like these ones I did the other year!

So feel free to ask a Widdershins character a question in the comments, in my Tumblr Ask Box, or via Twitter! You can ask any character from any story, not just the last one, and ask as many questions as you like. I can’t answer all of them, so please don’t be offended if I don’t use yours!

  • Tikatu

    Now, do we get to hear what Voss imparted to Wolfe … or did he not have time to impart anything? (As was sorta surmised on Wednesday.)

    Nice to see things back to normal between Mal and Ben!

    • kuku

      Just what I was wondering! Love how Mal accuses Ben of their success – “yer fault.”

      • Nightsbridge

        His praise has gotta come in the form of an insult. It is the only way he knows how to engage ben.

        • DLKmusic

          or anyone else for that matter!

          • Nightsbridge

            Wolfe is perhaps the one exception

        • dana

          Ha, how did Florence and Nicola find Ben and Mal so quickly? They just followed the sound of the arguing.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    OF COURSE he has. lol.
    But life on the run isn’t too fun, either.

    • TachyonCode

      Especially not when you don’t speak the language… what was Wolfe thinking, I wonder?

      • Duke of URL

        They’re in Victorian England, right? There was a /huge/ German-speaking population in the major cities of England at that time. He should have no trouble fading into the background.

        • AJ

          Especially since he’s clearly not a German maestro of whatever and all. Just a simple german worker. Nothing to see here.

        • TachyonCode

          Well, if he can just GET there, yeah.

          • AJ

            He sells that fancy garb, buys a train ticket, and Bob’s your uncle.

      • Darkoneko Hellsing

        Seen that way, he’s now pretty much in the situation the O’Malley was during the flashback sequence.

  • Jonathan Trouba

    “Yeah, Wolfe’s got ‘im over-”


    “…Damn yer bleedin’ ‘eart, Wolfe.”

    • Nonesuch

      I doubt O’Malley would ever say those exact words. ^^ He lives a better life because of that great heart.

      • Dee

        Actually, he might, but not with any real force. After all, he’s got a rep to maintain!

  • Euodiachloris

    Um. How easy is it to hold a cheery-but-abashed smile in the face of imminent Barber explosiveness? *blink*

    • Nonesuch

      Wolfe has had a lot of practice with smiling in the face of explosive tempers. ^^ He was in the army and now rooms with O’Malley and Thackerey, after all. ^^

      • Euodiachloris

        True. xD But, something tells me that the wrath of Barbers is in a slightly different league…

        • Nonesuch

          True, but I daresay it’ll wither a bit in the face of Florrie’s disapproving pout if too much of that wrath is directed at Wolfe… ;)

          • awhorl

            You know he may be armed with some blackmail material about Barbers at this point–a defensive explosive of his own if he needs one. It may help with cheery-but-abashed-smile maintenance.

  • Jer

    Wolfeish (adjective) : not to be mistaken with “wolfish”, wolfeish pertain to someone having an unshakable faith in humanity in addition to incredible compassion, abnegation and fortitude of character.

    • TheMeddler

      And mad violin skills.

  • TheMeddler

    So Voss just managed to ‘escape’ before Captain Barber arrived. I guess that was a pretty close shave.

  • slim kittens

    “Ben, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

  • Escaped? In fact the link worked both ways so some of that wrath ended up in Herr Wolfe, unleasing all that pent up anger. He strangled Herr Voss in an insane rage and hid the body in the bushes. Once he’s sent Captain Barber and her henchpersons off on a wild goose chase he’ll be able to bury the body quietly and no-one will ever know…

    • AJ

      ….You frighten me.

      • Sorry. I’ve been forgetting to take my medication again.

        • Me-me

          Next you’ll be rebelling against the Heterodynes and getting frozen in time only to shack up with pirate queens in two years’ time.

          • Rebel agen de Mistress? NEFER!! Time bubble? na ja, hy can tek it or leave it. Schack hup vit Pirate Queen. Ja, hy can lif vit dot. Mebbe not vor vera long….

        • AJ

          [Standard joke about forgetting being the more common situation.]
          [Additional, less standard joke about your knees.]

  • Nonesuch

    *chuckles* I daresay Wolfe ‘turned his head’ right after saying something along the lines of: “You have deserved a chance to live a better life, mein Freund. So go live it.

  • “He’s FAST – I hardly looked away and he was gone!”

  • “Verzeihung” – “forgiveness” – short for “Verzeihung bitte!” – “excuse me” or “I’m sorry”…

    • DLKmusic

      I miss-typed it in Google translate at first, and now I want to know what I miss-typed it as, because my first try returned “foreshadowing”,

      • Vorahnung?

        • Naurael

          Prophezeihung, maybe?

  • Nonesuch

    A question for the Barber siblings: do you all keep in regular contact, despite the different ways your lives have gone? Are there regular family reunions?
    Another question for Florrie: Would you say you’re the ‘strongest sibling’, i.e., the one who can get all the others to do what you want? (In your case, not by force but by outwitting them. :p)

  • Dragon

    Hey Mal, can we see what your spirit looks like?

    • Apvogt

      We been over this man.

      • Sir. Orc

        It doesn’t show up. Almost like he doesn’t have one.

        • Apvogt

          Yeah, and the last time someone asked about it in a Q&A he got defensive.

      • Dragon

        Yeah, now I remember. Still curious though.

  • Darg

    I’d like to point out we have no idea what envy said to voss… NICE TRY KATE, distracting us! :P

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Oh dear, Mal, it looks like your kneecaps might not be safe after all.

    • Shee Soon Theng

      Mal had nothing to do with that; he kept his end of the bargain.

  • Deepbluediver

    OK, fine, so Voss is on the lamb. But without all of his (envy’s?) stolen skills, how long do you think he can stay out of trouble? Unless he’s stashed some money somewhere, he’s broke, in a country where he doesn’t speak the language, and about as competent as a baby who drank to much lead-paint.

  • I love how O’Malley says it’s Ben’s *fault* that the de-summoning went well. As if it’s a bad thing. Ha!

  • The Wing

    It’s all your fault it went well, Ben. I mean really, if you hadn’t put your stupid nose in, we’d all be dead. Thank you SO much.

    Love that Mal can accuse Ben for saving the day and actually make it sound insulting.

  • If Voss wants to stay free, then the ideas of selling his fancy clothes, leaving Widdershins, and blending in with some big city’s German population would be the way to go.
    If Voss wants to redeem himself, then he’s likely to stay nearby, looking for opportunities to help Wolfe in order to pay him back for letting him escape, saving him from Envy, and for trying to get him blamed for that incident in the army that got everything started for these guys.
    It’s a toss up, really . . . comes down to what he wants out of life at this point.

  • Pizkie

    So much for newfound friendship, understanding and coorporation. And they were SO CLOSE, even!

    • Rome wasn’t built in a day!

  • Frances Ahlborn

    Loving Jack’s eyeroll in the last panel.

    • Thanks! I liked how it came out but it’s kinda lost when the panel is shrunk, so here’s a bigger version for fun.

  • Mark Orapello

    Personally I think they’ve both got a talent for summing but different sorts. Mal has that spiritual connection and Ben has the library like knowledge. Might be that they have to work together if they want the same results. Though I suppose Mal could learn he seems to be… not of the bookish variety.

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