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  1. Story Friday December 15, 2017

    Arguable. Possibly little Nase is the only fairy that explodes. But in his commentary Dan talks about Nase being an extra pair of eyes, so I kind of think that's what Dan has most in mind in this comic, at least. If we see little Nase using a fairy punch later, Susan's probably a full wizard now, able to learn other people's spells. Say, where's the Friday cliffhanger here? Perhaps it's in Susan's reactions in the last three panels. Does she notice something about Adrian Raven now she didn't quite see in their first encounter? Perhaps the natural way Adrian helped her up triggered some memory? Susan accepting that helping hand without question might provide some indication.
  2. Story Friday December 15, 2017

    Susan is obviously good with hammers; much more practice. How long the sword will last in Adrian's hands is another question. Since the original idea was to arm Nanase, maybe one good hit. I kind of think Susan's hair is helping supercharge her sword now. I wouldn't be surprised if it stops glowing as soon as she hands it off, or if it vanishes immediately and Susan has to summon it again. There's another factor here. Remember from back in Hammerchlorians that Susan has a couple of swords. Also a bat and a crowbar. And, now, five dolls (Nase, Susan, Tedd, Updated Nanase, and Grace). That said, does anyone really think Jerry/Zeus is going to keep Diane from running toward Susan? Which brings to my mind something that Voltaire said: He told Ashley at the mall that she could walk right through him. Why would he do that? I don't doubt it was for his own perverse pleasure, but there might have been more behind it. If Immortals are supposed to only empower and guide humans, maybe physically restraining Ashley would have made Voltaire break the law and force him to reset. Jerry/Zeus may be under that restriction, or at least think he might be.
  3. Story Friday December 15, 2017

    The Burmese Pythons multiplying in Florida swamps are getting big enough to eat alligators. So, get ready for Pythoon.
  4. Story, Wednesday December 13, 2017

    Since we now know that all human wizards have immortal ancestors, and since we know that immortals can grant magical powers to humans, it does seem pretty clear they can use magic.
  5. Story, Wednesday December 13, 2017

    Mike didn't get hit anywhere that much. However, I do accept Mike Tyson as the authority on ear biting.
  6. Story, Wednesday December 13, 2017

    That brings to mind, or at least to my mind, this question: Can Pandora show her Chaos form to anyone on the physical plane? Using Edward, Dan set down these basic rules about Immortals back in Hidden Genesis in the second flashback to the time when Magus first came to the Moperverse. We can't see or hear Immortals on the spirit plane. Immortals can see and here us from the spirit plane. Immortals have godlike powers on the spiritual plane. Immortals are weaker on the physical plane. Any one "of us" would have favored odds in a fight against an Immortal. "Us" would include at least Edward, Wolf, and Cranium. Perhaps even Lavender. Dan wrote out those rules ten years ago, but concerning Pandora he seems to have held to them. From what Dan has shown us, within the Moperverse, Pandora's Chaos form has only been seen by two other beings: Magus and Jerry/Zeus, and always on the spiritual plane, and only when Pandora wanted them to see. The only direct attack Pandora has made was the one on Magus when he refused to make Edward kill Abraham. That doesn't mean Pandora or any other Immortal can't attack a mortal on the material plane; there would be no need for those "only guide and empower" rules if they couldn't do anything else. Vampires apparently fall under the same protections, which is why I've been saying that what Voltaire may be playing for is to provoke Pandora into attacking a vampire directly--say, a vampire attacking her son. Happily, those rules don't prohibit Pandora from tearing Voltaire to shreds, and her Chaos form would be just dandy for that.
  7. Story, Wednesday December 13, 2017

    So do you think any of the vampires caught Pandora popping in? I'm assuming Scarf Guy was close enough to keep an eye on the real target, so just maybe the sight of an Immortal with the half-immortal might have suggested a new strategy, such as running away without telling any of the other vampires, since occupying the hunters with killing the others could be helpful in facilitating his safe withdrawal.
  8. Story, Wednesday December 13, 2017

    I'm hoping for a fairy Catalina.
  9. Story, Wednesday December 13, 2017

    The first is plausible since he got hammered in the face and is holding his cheek (and isn't that the wimpiest behavior you've ever seen in a vampire?). But put it together with his first-panel thought about the the actual target approaching...? Or perhaps the Aberrations have started referring to Diane as "Face", as in "I hope one of the others gets you and the Face." What? It could be a nickname. Doubtful because Diane has exactly the same face as Susan, so Diane could hardly be the Face. One problem with Dan writing most dialog in all-caps is unless he repeats a word in his commentary we don't know if it's supposed to be capitalized, as nicknames should be.
  10. Story, Wednesday December 13, 2017

    The first is plausible since he got hammered in the face and is holding his cheek (and isn't that the wimpiest behavior you've ever seen in a vampire?). But put it together with his first-panel thought about the the actual target approaching...?
  11. Story, Wednesday December 13, 2017

    I think Thor was supposed to use special gloves called Greipner, because the hammer is white-hot when it returns--after all, it's basically a bolt of lightning.
  12. Story, Wednesday December 13, 2017

    Let's not forget that there were three vampires headed for the food court. Like Sirleck actually expected all of them to survive. In fact, if none of them survive, none of them can tell who hired them. And it kind of sounds like Sirleck hasn't paid any of them yet. He told Big Mouth he had magic. Apparently he thinks he has enough. Of course, he might not know he's taking on an elf wizard with at least three centuries of experience, trained by an Immortal mother for who knows how long.
  13. Story, Monday December 11, 2017

    Good point. Maybe Dan is building up suspense before the Big Reveal. Here's a scenario: Carol Brown is actually on the scene with a video feed, arguing with her station manager to put the story on, while he (or maybe she) tells her it's just another stunt like the fake griffin last Saturday--I mean, a flying furry snake and a big talking Koala Bear in a funny little hat?! Magus has been observing life in Moperville for over two years now, so I'm pretty sure he knows what people are doing with smartphones and even cars, even it he doesn't know how they work. After all, how many people in our world don't know how cars or phones work? Maybe the Fairy Doll lobbyists have gotten restrictive laws, heavy taxes, and licensing fees on telephones in the Magusverse. You know, like Ma Bell in the old days. Another good point. Spidey would have made a big pile of ash that could have taken longer to finish burning. Fortunately it seems to be white ash, so the DGB could maybe just pretend it was snow. Hey, it's January just a bit outside Chicago.
  14. Story, Monday December 11, 2017

    Or Dan couldn't resist making the "lions and tigers and bears" joke, (oh my!). Much as I would like to see Barney the creepy purple dinosaur next on the hit list, however, you've got a point. These aberrations do clash with the ones we've seen before. There was nothing cuddly about the Paris vampire; Sirleck was and is creepy as hell; the Spider Vampire was menace o'plenty; and while Big Mouth isn't the sharpest pencil in the box, cuddly he ain't. Scarf Face is kind of on the edge; nothing particularly menacing about his looks so far, but as I've said before, he's smarter. And the "spontaneous combustion" feature is something Dan hasn't really hinted about before; he went to great trouble to have Dame Tara dispose of the remains of the Spider Vampire in mid-air--after she'd sliced it in at least three parts with her Guillotine attack (hey, another reference to France; I guess there's a France on the other side of the world, as if their vampires weren't enough of a problem.) This could be a game-changer. If all the aberrations from now on conveniently turn into ash, clean-up should be easier in more ways than one. No inconvenient monster bodies or parts of bodies to explain away. And no one has brought out a smart phone since the stampede of distracted teens! Not even any of the three people we know who saw Pandora floating in the air! What's happening here? Has Big Mouth eaten all the distracted smartphone addicts in the mall by now? Or Wiley's bears from Non-Sequitur? And speaking of phones, what about Ashley's phone? Did Magus and/or Sirleck take it away? Did Ashley accidentally leave it at home? Did Ashley "accidentally" leave it at home?
  15. Story, Monday December 11, 2017

    Yet another plot theory: Maybe the Scarf Vampire (or maybe it's a turtleneck?) will survive long enough to track down Sirleck and demand payback for sending him into a place crawling with vampire hunters. Scarf Guy seems smart enough to make a strategic withdrawal.
  16. Story, Monday December 11, 2017

    I was meaning a certain purple dinosaur. We sold them at Fry's Electronics for the 1997 Christmas season. Anything for Diane if she makes puppy dog eyes.
  17. Story, Monday December 11, 2017

    Also a plausible theory. Dan really hasn't developed Lucy very much, has he? An interesting possibility is no-magic Lucy weighing in to protect Diane--and then having Rhoda save Lucy. And there are a trio of people I hadn't thought of before: Charlotte, Rhea, and Rick. Charlotte's already taken on a vampire to protect Diane, so if she can do anything, she will. Since there really isn't anything going on at the college with an inhuman-looking peeping Tom, one or all of them could be at the Mall, maybe even at the food court. Diane didn't tell Rhea anything about Susan,
  18. Story, Monday December 11, 2017

    Well, maybe, but Lucy has never shown anything like admiration or sympathy for for any boy, and I kind of got the vibe that Lucy was really disappointed to hear Diane tell her she wanted a "real relationship".But your theory about Lucy crushing on Rhoda brings up the intriguing possibility of a real catfight...MRROOOOOWWWW!!!!!
  19. Story, Monday December 11, 2017

    Could, but would she? Remember this is Mommy protecting her Child. I kind of presume Pandora destroyed the werewolves by giving Abraham the powers to destroy them. Even Bill Gates once said "Clippy must die!"
  20. Story, Monday December 11, 2017

    Yes, it would, but it was Diane who cried "ABOVE YOU!" Adrian didn't summon a sword against Abraham; he brought his sword cane to school. We don't know if he can summon magical weapons or enchant normal ones. But we do know he can make murder shrouds of exploding crows. I suspect whether or not Adrian takes out the second comically cute vampire, another vampire will get the drop on him. That could be the point where Pandora irrevocably breaks Immortal Law to personally kill a vampire or five, and has a minute, tops, before getting reset. Or the point where Diane does something to stall that vampire. Or the point where someone else who could just happen to be at the mall intervenes, such as: Noah Greg Vladia (on a date with Greg?) Rhoda and Catalina (obviously together) Matt Cohen (crushing on Susan) (Obviously overmatched) Lucy (crushing on Susan) (Maybe not so overmatched--Liz is as tall as Elliot and I think we suspect she knows a thing or two about fighting) I think the next vampire should look like Barney. Heck, I've always had suspicions about Barney. Do any of you remember Microsoft Barney? He was a PC peripheral who would talk to your kids...which means he could tell them whatever Bill Gates wanted to tell them. And do you ever remember seeing Barney and Bill Gates together?
  21. http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2432 Is it just me, or does today's vampire remind you of the Wish Dragon from The Neverending Story? Fur and that wide doggie nose...
  22. Story, Friday December 8, 2017

    Catalina is a Spanish or Porguguese version of Katherine, meaning "pure". Maybe Dan will do something with that connection someday. "Rhoda" means "rose"; it's from Greek (but also was a very popular Latin name, yet another thing the Romans stole for themselves. It can also refer to a person from Rhodes, which is named for its famous rosees. And ancestors from the Eastern Mediterranean sort of fit with Rhoda's complexion.
  23. Story, Friday December 8, 2017

    Exactly. But the forehand stroke would have put her sword behind her, and wouldn't have looked nearly as cool.
  24. Story, Friday December 8, 2017

    Doubtful. No freckles. Dan really did this first engagement right. Little Nase flew into Fluffy the Vampire Snake's eye, then exploded just as Susan was summoning her sword--the spikes are an effect of summoning her weapons, especially the one on the handle. In two panels Little Nase has literally blindsided the vampire, giving Susan enough time to move her sword around for the beheadning stroke in the last panel.That was a bit over the top; any experienced swordfighter would have gone right for an impaling attack, faster and harder to dodge. This is a big reason the Roman Legions butchered every Celtic army foolish enough to meet them in pitched battle with their cool-looking slashing longswords. That said, beheading a giant flying snake with one stroke will make Carol Brown a star if she's recording it. And in Dan's comments, "R.I.P" obviously means "Rest In Pieces".