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  • Jeff Eppenbach

    Gurgle, gurgle, gurgle, gurgle.

  • So, while everybody’s being hauled out the door … where’s Sid?

    • Heylir

      Well, we could have “Sid rescues everyone, including Verity” scenario, after all. I hope. :)

  • Heylir

    :) :) :) It is all I can think about just now. :)

    After a minute, however, I feel the urge to defend this team. You know, Alexa, sometimes “we barely knew each other, we had nothing in common” is preferable than the reverse situation. ;) Real antagonism comes from rivalry, at different levels.

    Another thing, the feat “the Alexa team” performed was a single thought-out action using all resources they had, then. This team goes from one Deadly to other, winging it on the way. They have “sorted out” only two from seven, and there is a “long day” before them, with Mr Luxuria ahead, no less. They got a bit relaxed, alas.

    Also, I think, that team was more aware of how much the situation was serious, but again, it is difficult to remain at alert all the time.

    • Tsapki

      I move that for the sake of brevity, we refer to the Alexa Team as simply the A Team. All in favor?

      • They’ve been Team B in my script all this time so I am okay with this :)

        • Emily

          Team Alexa and Team Ben? ; )

          • Maria Gerasimova

            Теам Вarber :)

            • Emily

              The only trouble with using that name is that both teams have Barbers on them!

        • TheGorram Batguy

          “I love it when a plan comes together.”

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    They should have tried something with eggs.

    • TheGorram Batguy

      They could have had Verity bring it out while doing her best overacting, and then it would be eggs and ham. And given her recent jealousy streak, it would be “eggs and green-eyed ham” if not green eggs.

      • Common Sense

        [Confiscates TheGorram Batguy’s utility belt]
        [Shakes all of the puns out of it onto the floor, hands belt back]
        I’m warning you… one more like that and we’ll take away your cowl!

        • Thorin Schmidt

          [quickly darts in while Common Sense is distracted]
          [grabs a bunch of puns for later…]

          score! eeeeeeeee!

        • TheGorram Batguy

          Much like the real Batman always keeps at least one lock pick hidden somewhere – don’t ask where – I will always have a pun in store. Bwahahaha!

        • Common Sense

          Typical… I try to help, and only make the problem larger… now i know how Ben and Sid feel sometimes…

  • “Wait… why is this bottle ticking?”

    • Sapphire altera

      “I prepared explosive runes this morning.”

  • TheGorram Batguy

    So, that dart was dosed for the Gorilla of Gluttony? And he used Wolfe as a shield? I don’t doubt our author will make him recover, but otherwise I’d worry that such a large dosage of sleeping chemical would be fatal for the much small, thinner Wolfe.

    • Lurker37

      Based on what Verity said before, I think the darts have a set dosage, and she would have needed to hit him with more darts than she had to knock “that slab” out.

      Wolfe was only hit by a single dart, so I’m hoping it was only a standard dose and he’ll be fine.

      • TheGorram Batguy

        Well, I interpreted her fiddling around with her dart launching equipment in panel two, while staring at gorilla esquire as she does, as being her preparing a dart with the necessary dose and hoping it would work, with it ultimately going into Wolfe. I may be wrong and that was just her loading a standard dart.

        • fatweasel

          well she specificly said “not enough for that slab”, if she had higher dose ones then she’d have probably said so instead, my guess is that this is a “if I can’t bring it down then I can at least slow it down”-situation

    • Emily

      This is just about the only situation where Wolfe could be described as the much smaller, thinner one!

      • non_canon

        And you can tell by his expression in panel two that it’s not a feeling he’s used to.

    • Sir. Orc

      Going off what the others below have said, I think she was intending to dose him enough to soften him up for Wolfe, as she didn’t have enough to stop him herself.

  • TheGorram Batguy

    Part of me wants to think that in the last panel, Mr. Gula is thinking “why would anybody design such a small beverage bottle?”

  • Stephen Riggs

    I’m thinking Verity no longer has the right to talk smack to Sid.

    • Euodiachloris

      Won’t stop her, I don’t think. A habit of a lifetime takes a while to break. :P

    • She had it all under control until that idiot Wolfe got in the way. :-)

  • Ghostdanser

    And in Panel 3…
    “Missed it by that much!”

  • Rachel McGonagill

    I wonder if Gula in panel five is considering using such a dart on Gluttony; he appears to have had something of an idea … or, the question mark could just mean he’s confused about darts.

    • Emily

      I think that’s the bottle where Verity mixed up a dose of something to put people off their food, not one of her darts.

    • Maria Gerasimova

      He’s smiling meaningly. It seems to me too he has some back thoughts.

      • John

        I don’t know, his expression in panel 5 looks more like confusion than cunning to me.

        • Maria Gerasimova

          May be both.

          • April March


      • Shee Soon Theng

        It’s not a smile, but one of his default grimaces.

  • Ocean Burning.

    Is it just me, or does this page make it obvious that Verity is not used to straight-up combat situations?

    • John

      I think it’s more that she’s not used to having allies when she fights.

      • Ocean Burning.

        Yeah, that makes sense too. I was thinking I couldn’t remember her doing well in a fight where she didn’t have the element of surprise, but then I remembered her taking out the guys inside the police station… where they had seen her coming, but she was able to finish them up quickly on her own while the others were standing around gossiping. Hm. Your point is making me a little suspicious of Verity’s claims that Harriet is the one who doesn’t work well with others.

        • John

          Nicola’s experience with Harry as a police officer suggests that Verity’s claim is not entirely without merit. I suspect it was more like this:

          And now a partnership composed of two people NEITHER of whom works well with others. Oh yeah, this partnership is sooo doomed.

  • Nonesuch

    My goodness! Gula has really stepped up his game since ‘Piece of cake’.

  • AJ

    This page needs a good ominous/tense soundtrack, no? I’m thinking a minor key, lots of sustained violin… Too obvious?

  • Matt [in Middletown]

    Either ‘Black Vortex” or “Volatile Reaction” by Kevin MacLeod may fit this.

  • Emily

    Come to think of it, this sort of thing has happened to Wolfe before:

    • *Someone’s* gotta be the Giles

  • Sarah Hardister

    Kate this is one of my favorite pages. It’s deliciously biting and a little sad at the same time. Great work!