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September 22nd, 2014

September 22nd, 2014 published on 57 Comments on September 22nd, 2014

Sorry to leave you in there an extra week, guys.

Guest week was awesome, thank you to Francesca, Beejazz, Elliwiny, Pascalle, Duckpuncher, Stretch, and Helia! I’ve removed the guest comics from the archive to let the story flow better, but they’re all in the fanart gallery right here, along with a few extras that I hadn’t put up there yet.

  • BlueFox

    Ben has the sight! And Mal is probably freaking out since he doesn’t have it! Well, I think everyone called this. Now the question is, can Mal get it back?

    • No – now the question is why would he WANT it back?

      • BlueFox

        Ok, true. He most likely does not want it back. Not sure if Ben wants to keep it though.

        • Rayndel

          I imagine he will want it back eventually. He uses his sight to -know- what people are feeling, instead of having to guess like everyone else. Odds are pretty good he never really bothered to pay attention to actual body language in that regard.

          • John

            I believe that Mal has been grousing about getting rid of his sight for a long time. I suspect that you are right that now that he has finally succeeded he’s going to discover that it’s not really what he wanted after all.

            • svartalf

              Precisely. Once you get past the issues, he’s got a massive advantage over most because he can SEE things about people, things, etc. that others can’t.

        • Frances Ahlborn

          My theory is he doesn’t have the sight anymore, but he can still hear what they say, which is slightly worse.

          • =Tamar

            He has something else, too. Something that the Sight was just a minor side effect of.

            • Frances Ahlborn

              Right. He just became “the one who walks between and can’t see the path anymore”

  • Jack seems utterly terrified of the soulless man. :P

    • Swagner

      That, or he can suddenly see color, and it’s FREAKING HIM OUT, MAN.

      • Euodiachloris

        I’m betting on a bit of both. “Gah! Colours everywhere… and, none in the usual places!”

      • wanderingdreamer

        “Who knew that colors looked like spirits! Well, kinda anyway?”

  • Relly

    I’m so, so pleased this is happening.

  • Sir_Krackalot

    Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his eyes.

    • Eeew…

    • svartalf

      Looks like this is going to be the case. Yow, this is going to be…interesting… Remember that wizards give Mal headaches and all- Ben’s just got Mal’s spirit senses, if only for a time. That’s going to probably be painful, even to Ben, even though he’s going to be augmented in what he can/can’t do as a result.

    • Marek

      Kind of hard to do, eyes are notoriously squishy… 8D

  • anon

    I love gust week, it’s so windy :D
    but really, saw this coming, and it’s still awesome :P.

    • svartalf

      Chekov’s Gun and all. Ben’s going to find out just how far out on a limb Mal’s been running and he’s going to gain a bit of respect for the same and vice-versa.

  • rainycity1

    oh my…

    • rainycity1

      The glasses!

      • Alex Hollins

        I was thinking the same thing! that could be interesting. (i wonder if thats how artifacts get created. OOOOO…. and we know a cell phone is going tohave something to do with everything at the end…..)

  • Dragon

    Oh shi-!

    • svartalf

      Precisely.

  • …Yes.
    YES.
    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES
    LET THE REAL FUN BEGIN!!!

    *composes self* But seriously, the look on Mal’s face when he realizes that he’s NOT seeing spirits, and he IS seeing THE WORLD IN TECHNICOLOR, and WHAT EVEN. And now BEN. Ohhh this is gonna be so much fuuuuuun 8D

  • Qwefg Lockheart

    I’m kind of worried that he looked at Mal and didn’t see anything but saw spirits from terrified guy. Maybe I’m just looking at the image wrong, but It gives me that impression… Will we be able to take a look at Mal with spirit vision?

    • Sanjay Merchant

      Actually, given where his eyes appear to be pointed, he wasn’t looking at either of them until the last panel. And even then, without his glasses, he probably didn’t see anything other than blurs of various colors.

    • Alex Hollins

      I think the sight isnt in HIM, but in his glasses.

  • “ptoo”

    yep, prolly my reaction, too.

  • Poor freaked out Mal . . .

  • Me-me

    Of course if I were this guy I’d be worried something was wrong with my face. Two guys take one look at you and seem terrified? Time to run to a mirror methinks.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Waiit he’s seeing 3 of them at once on the same person ?

    • Never been in two (or three) minds about something? :)

      • Sanjay Merchant

        Yeah, I figured he’s primarily confused (yellow), but also scared (blue), and some part of him is offended and indignant (red).

      • Darkoneko Hellsing

        I was more thinking “uh so, on him the ability is actually more advanced than on Mal ?”. Maybe because of better magic training, hmm

        • Euodiachloris

          Mal’s seen this kind of thing before, too. *shrugs* Although, this guy in three minds is taking it to extremes. :P Mal’s certainly seen two at a time. :)

    • On my tablet that red one looks a bit like a toucan. Isn’t that Guinness?

  • Nin

    Ben is awesome in this strip, from “Oh god, I need a bath” to the look on his face in the last panel. One of the things I love about this comic is that no matter how cool any one of the characters is, none of them overshadow the others. And I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

  • It’s going to get really fun when Mr Thackeray turns round and sees Mr O’Malley’s spirit.

    • BaronHaynes

      And when he looks in a mirror.

    • Sanjay Merchant

      I had a weird dream last night that Mal’s spirit looked like an aura of gears. I have no idea what that was supposed to mean.

      • It means you are eating too much cheese before bedtime.

  • Yaaaaaaaaaay!

  • Euodiachloris

    The sudden urge for a bath… dissipates under the barrage of new inforation. xD

  • MoonicaMusing

    So, how curious… is Mal’s petrified expression because he’s seeing “normally” for the first time?

    • Alex Hollins

      Ithink someone else called it. as far as he knows, a soulless entity just walked up and is talking to them without any spirits in it.

      • Guest

        I was more speculating than asking the comments section for an answer ^_^ also I didn’t see this until after the following page, but I would have thought that’s not it before as well.

  • Sonja

    Mal seeing the world in colour for the first time! :-) Will he like it?
    Ben, well…

    • Sanjay Merchant

      I actually dunno if he’s gained the ability to see color or is just freaked out that he can’t see people’s spirits anymore.

      • svartalf

        It’s probably both. The monochrome is very apparently a consequence of the Malvision. They’re both off into the weeds right about now.

  • Disloyal Subject

    Personally, I’m delighted that they spent an extra week barreled. But than, I’m cruel like that.
    Huh, it seems all those people that called it were right… this should prove interesting.

  • Chryos

    Is…is that a Toucan representing curiosity? Fear, confusion, and curiosity make sense here, and if that’s a toucan for curiosity, that’s a heck of a pop culture reference.

    • scalymonster

      It’s probably anger (having to clean up the beer mess and all)

  • Anna

    Actually, if Mal had lost his sight don’t you think he would’ve realized it while looking at Ben? Unless Ben doesn’t have a spirit?
    It makes sense though that Ben only sees the shapes in the last panel as he hadn’t looked at the guy until that time.

    • Anna

      Actually, scratch that, I’ve realized he didn’t have the opportunity to look at Ben because of the way they were tied to each other in the barrel, so he sees Ben and the guy for the first time in the fourth panel as he hasn’t looked at them before going by the previous panels. And vice versa, Ben looks at everyone else only during the last panel.

  • NinjaKitten

    Aaah! Aaah! AAAAH YES I KNEW IT!!! AHAHAHAHAHAH!!! *explodes*

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