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  • wanderingdreamer

    Wowza, that lizard almost looks like he came out of a different comic entirely! XD

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    im gonna go out on a limb and guess fear

    • Swagner

      Panic, perhaps?

      • SleepingDragon

        The minor spirit of minor neuroses?

        • GristleMcNerd

          Pretty sure that one’s currently sitting on my shoulder, bloated to an obscene size.

        • Bipolarism, pherhaps?

      • Del

        If personal experience is a guide, our little malform is the personification of an anxiety attack.

        In spite of Mal’s startled response, the little guy does not appear to mean any harm. He wants help.

        • Del

          Does England have people with Anxiety Disorder?

          Or is that just an American thing?

    • Aydr

      I was leaning toward paranoia myself.

  • slim kittens

    Judging by the color I’d say cowardice.

    • JWLM

      I think it’s more an homage to Dr. Seuss.

  • Pauline

    An attack or a joyful greeting?

    • Basil Sage

      I definitely read it as the latter.

      • =Tamar

        Didn’t Mal promise to send a lot of malforms “back home” in a previous adventure, and then fail to do it because of circumstances? This might be one of them.

  • Cooper

    Oh boy, a groupie.

  • Bill Soo

    Paranoia?

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Looks like someone (…something ?) is feeling Greed coming.

    • Disloyal Subject

      Gonna be a while, then. This is Envy’s arc.

  • Basil Sage

    Panel 4 is particularly lovely (yes, I know shipping Mal with Ben makes no sense; don’t you judge me).
    More importantly, this page makes me wonder:
    What exactly counts as an ability Voss can steal? If Voss is right-handed and someone else is left handed, can he steal their left-handedness to become ambidextrous? And is so, what would the person be left with? Can he steal things like someone’s courage (which is a virtue with its own magical personification)? Can he steal a wizard’s innate ability? Or Mal’s? If he doesn’t like having an ability (like, say, if he steals Mal’s and it drives him nuts), can he give it back? If Envy leaves him, will he lose the abilities he’d stolen?
    If the answers to the last three questions are yes, no and yes, well… Wouldn’t that be interesting.

    • SleepingDragon

      Not a time traveller here so I’m guessing but I’d say the lefthandedness… probably yes? Courage… I’d say no but it’s really a hunch. The last three I’m also expecting a yes, no, yes and this may be the key to this plotline. I also still remember the particular phrasing Envy used to describe its “gift”.
      As for shipping… but the less sense it makes the more fun it is!

      • Basil Sage

        Good point about the phrasing. I forgot that Voss needs that button to keep the magic working.

        As for shipping: if it made sense, it would be canon is what I say.

  • Winger

    As far as spiritual monikers go, “The One Who Sees” does have a certain ring to it. And on the topic of names…since he always introduces himself as O’Malley first and goes by Mal among friends, I’ve often wondered just how much he dislikes the name Jack. Too many other Jacks? Named after someone he’s not fond of? Just plain doesn’t feel it fits as much as Mal(content)?

    • reynard61

      They named the monkey “Jack”.

      Oh wait. There *isn’t* a monkey in this is there. Well, blew that theory…

    • David Argall

      British reserve could be at fault, even if O’Malley is not British. The use of the first name implies some degree of association and he may not be comfortable with the closeness he deems that to imply.

  • It’s the Oh God of Hangovers!

  • Sonja

    Mal has fans! :-D

  • Hornet

    Has someone been reading Dr. Seuss?

    • Steelraven

      This

  • Looks like somebody summoned up paranoia.

  • Nonesuch

    Alright, here’s my speculation.

    Voss is the one who bought this factory (remember, it’s under new management), and with Envy’s help he terrified or otherwise forced this malform into coming in, doing its things, and then waiting for the crew to come and send it home. In short, this is a trap with the malform for bait.

    Of course the malform would be doubly eager to be sent home. Not only is it out of its home, but it has drawn the up close and personal attention of Envy. That’s scary enough to make anyone want to run home and hide under the covers!

  • rhapsha

    I like that O’Malley can already sense something’s wrong about this situation by panel 3.

  • Poor panicked lizard spirit . . .

  • I can imagine why Mal’s not very cooperative with Ben if that’s what he has to look at all the time.

    “YOU HAVE A BIG PURPLE HIPPY AURA. YOU CAN’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO.”

    Still looks less irritating than Sid’s, though. XD

  • CFF

    So…will Mal be able to see in color when his ability to see malforms is taken away?

  • awhorl

    Suppose Voss steals whatever it is that makes him envy Wolfe–he doesn’t know even know what it is, but he wants it–and it happens to be Wolfe’s contented disposition that offers good will to everyone. Thus they effectively switch personalities. Thus Envy the Deadly can’t stand Voss and takes off–and the rest of the plot concerns getting the two personalities switched back. How’s that for a guess from someone who really really tries never to guess?

  • XD This is going to be lovely, I can tell!

    Aww, and I’m all caught up! I’m both happy and sad about this. I’m really enjoying this comic, I haven’t had so much fun burning through an archive in a while! The dialogue, the humor, the storytelling, the art, all of it is quite fantastic! Keep up the excellent work, and thanks for providing me with a new source of humor and fun shenanigans!

    (And just ’cause I like to give credit where credit is due, I found you through my friend Vanilleon’s tumblr when she was letting people know about your Patreon page. ^^)

  • Neoriceisgood

    I’m up to date now, that makes me so mad.

  • Mia

    Ohmigosh it’s so cute!!!! I love it. I want to hug it. Look how worried it is in the first panel!!! Poor thing!

  • CorvusCornix

    Pain or Panic?

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