What did somebody say about Jin’s “missing part” being in there?
If that is Jin’s missing part, maybe Bud needs to perform another bit of solar injection waste disposal. They need to make Jin better, not worse.
Scary Irish Lady (and aren’t they all, to some degree?) looks to be older than Jin’s Scary Lanthan Girl…
Wait.. The apparition does not look angry, or feral or something, but more in a total panic.
Hmm..now that’s interesting.
If that’s JIn (and it could be both Jin and a banshee), what’s also very interesting is her pupils are round.
Zat vas Me! It could also be a Banshee. Banshees (as legends go) made men go mad… It would explain the sub crew killing eachother.
Ohh..and excuse me while I go in search of a fresh pair of bloomers…. *does “a Katherine Gilchrist”*
Famous last words?
It’s not magic — it’s worse!
Okay, it is magic. Monica will listen more closely when ancient immortal magical people warn her about things like this in the future.
Nope. M should have learned by now. She hasn’t. She won’t.
Exactly my thoughts when I read it…
Let me mull about that for a while.. Yeah..
“Famous last words” : a muffled “eeeep”….
That’s an ominous vision at the end…
hold let me finish wetting myself
Okay I’m good now
M hasn’t read TV Tropes, has she?
TV Tropes doesn’t exist in the Wapsiverse. (Hopefully.)
Of course TV Tropes exists in the Wapsi-verse; evil is pervasive. “… I’ve found that evil usually triumphs unless good is very, very careful.”
you have an awsome name
that is all.
Why, thank you!
Since the sub was lost of Ireland, could that be a banshee?
Could me a fauthan, a kelpie, all sorts of things.
It ain’t Snegurochka, that’s for sure.
meh didn’t read this one (somehow) and suggested that in the post immediatly below
That last panel looked a lot like Doubt.
Only with more clothes on than Doubt usually sports.
I thought it more like the girl from Bud’s nightmare.
i thought that too but thinking on it
are they irish myths?
Banshee? The Bane-Sidhe? The ghosts so potent even the immortals feared their cry?
Yup! that was my second thought, after the “Missing Jin-part”
Foreground, creepy demon thing, I agree with Toraush Naull – peed myself a little. Background though, amazing and mind-boggling… is it ocean… is it clouds… I dunno! Kinda gets the feeling of evil gettin’ blasted out of a volcano though. sweet.
I kind of see ocean on the left, crashing against rocks on the right, BEHIND THE FRIGGEN’ SCARY LADY……
I see a wave washing on the shore behind latex house paint being injected into a fish tank. (Even the Fae have to admit that’s a cool special effect)
Looks like snow to me. Perhaps in a valley of a mountainous area. Glacier maybe?
Now that I look at the background of that last panel, it seems like it’s a pictures of the ground from high altitude. I looks like nimbus clouds over a low level cloud layer. The lower right section looks like a hole in the cloud cover looking down on some terrain with water. Possibly a river system or some small lakes.
I doubt the ocean. It looks more like a FRIGGIN’ SCARY LADY superimposed on a FRIGGIN’ SCARY MUSHROOM CLOUD!!! 😉
…and now we know what happened to the sub crew.
But, OTOH, I’d think Monica and crew are much more experienced in dealing with demonic apparitions than the submariners were. Heck–she might be lying out on the beach by noon.
Good point. Soo. I guess Monica will -as I already surmised- end-up on her butt, eyes bulging in fear&shock, cursing away, but not “worse for wear”, or whatever that colloquialism is..
Noon tomorrow; she’s got to rebuild the beach this afternoon.
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
This is making me unhappy!
I’m guessing this isn’t a singing telegram.
maybe it will be nice..
i mean monica celebrats st patricks day right?
thats got to be a good thing in any irish-mythological-critters book?
Not really – the encroaching Catholic church made a great ‘crusade’ (sort of) out of ‘purifying’ the Irish lands of pagan beliefs. The celebration of any Catholic holy day would be – frowned upon – by goulies, ghosties, and long-leggedy beasties of Pagan descent.
And perhaps the IRA?
Bean sídhe is ea í, silim…
Sidhe & Marty Krofts, it’s Witchy-Poo!
Now that you mention it….
Good one sir!
More or less – any of a number of fay, actually. “Baen sidhe” (pronounced, approximately, “banshee”) basically means “woman of the sidhe”.
Good thinking, Bud. Keep holding it by the chain. A homicidal Monica would be awkward and troublesome at best; a murderous Golem Girl doesn’t bear thinking about.
she’s smarter than i am!
then again she has been around alot longer.
But monica *smacks* listen to the woman who is fricking indistructable! it worries her..don’t do what SHE wouldn’t do!
Exactly.. And here i was thinking that Shelly and Bud were the impulsive ones..
Today’s comic will have a couple of possible outcomes:
1) Monica ends up on her butt, completely shocked and baffled. Bud angry that M couldn’t hold her impulses to “touch” despite her warnings.
2) Scary woman takes over Monica, M’s demons and scary woman tussle, and crazieness ensues.
3)Bud powerfully shoves Monica away..gets infected by scary woman through touching M.. world as we know it ends….for good…
4) Bud touches Monica ,scary woman does something to Bud, a tearfull “BUUUUD NOOOOOH!! from Monica, Bud reverts to being an inert clay golem, rest of comic is questing for a way to fix Jin and Bud….
I have to admit that 3) is less likely, since it would also mean the end of the comic…And me doth think that Paul still has too much fun drawing it..
You’re right! She definitely needs a Gibbs’ smack on the head. With all that Monica has been through she still seems not to believe in magic or she’d have listened to Bud.
I second the Gibbs Smack.
*… the sound of trapped air in the throat, just barely escaping …*
Okay, I’m breathing again.
“UnHoly Karma!” … or even worse.
In the panel where just before Monica touches the cross, is Bud giving a knowing smile?
perhaps… could just be part of the reflex of pulling something away…
I decidedly see a little grin. A bit like the smile my Gran’ gave when I, as a little kid, refused to believe her when she said that the electric cooking-plate was hot….and insisted on touching it.. “He who doesn’t listen, should feel”
Since you wouldn’t listen anyway (this time), there’s not much grams could do–but maybe next time you’ll listen better.
I had that exact same thought!! I’m glad I read through the comments before just posting.
i thought we had done with the horrors
i had gotten used to the funnys and stuff..
that was like being hit in the head with a mallet on a nice sunny day when you’ve just been thinking about buying icecream!
You were mugged by my dietician?
Yes! ,and it was low-fat yoghurt ice-cream..no fair!
that thought has made that job more appealing.
i would DEFO go for that if i got to whack people on the head who make bad food choices. Would have to be a rubber-squeeky one tho else you would end up giving peeps brain damage after a time.
“no go for the salad. the salad! dont you make me get my mallet!”
OOOHHH!!! And THERE we get a glimpse of what might be bottled up inside this thing… so perhaps not a Key, but the locked box? Which still ties into the Reliquary thought…
I think ‘It’s not like it’s magic!’ may be the stupidest thing that someone with M’s recent past has ever said.
Yeah just a bit.
KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE! BURN IT TO THE GROUND WITH HOLY PURIFICATION!
p.s. capslock is fun! XD
Damn…. You stole my line. I saw that last frame and the first thing that I saw was the scene from DBZ Adbridge when Chi Chi yells “KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!”
*Takes oropax out of ears ,and gives a slight bow* You were screaming? Sir?
If this were a WB cartoon, we would next see Monica throwing the artifact on the floor and beating it repeatedly with Bud.
That is to say using Bud as a club. Darn, takes the humor out of it when it has to be further explained.
You didn’t have to explain it to me.
I could hear the sound effects of the beating and hear Yosemite Sam say, “That’ll larn ya!”
You asked for it M.
Someone had to do it eventually. At least now they have some idea of what it does/contains. One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions (Grace Murray Hopper). Or educated guesses.
i spose with her grampa being the explorer he was it WOULD run in the genes abit.
Ooh get Jin to touch it.
Bainshee and Jin-ghost might have a little fight ^^
Woohoo, more Monica in a bikini, and more bud, always like it when bud
OH HOLY CRAP!!
I know have coffee all over my keyboard and no need for more. You really know how to start a day for people
I now have coffee* Still startled, typing the wrong words lol.
I love buds little smirk there in panel 3.
Paul keeps taking the time to draw the McGuffin with prongs on the bottom. One possible reason is that it was pulled out of something. Ergo, the story arc may be a search for that something so that it can be plugged back in.
And then what? Ahhh! Paul only knows! (But I bet it’s gonna be good!)
Monica: “Aw, @*#^!!”
I understand her being all preoccupied with her nice little vacation spot going KA-BLOOEY and all, but jeeze, Monica – FOCUS!
Really Monica….. Your demons come to life, you can Poit all over the world, you have two(maybe three) golums on your beck and call, you’ve saved the world from repeating it’s self for the 57th time, your best friend can crush steel coffee pots like they are soda can, and you are 4 foot tall with volley balls for boobs…
But there is no way the artifact, that looks like its on lone from the Green Lantern Core, this couldn’t be magic?!?!?!
Do I need to go into your eye/face light?!?!
(Paul your awsome as always)
Damn it, this should have been a reply to what Jamie said earlier.
One has to wonder if Monica just caught a glimpse of what is locked within, or if she’ll now be plagued by it in some manner similar to the submariners…
Holy crap, there is a Banshee inside the vacuum tube! Well, I might not know precisely that it is a Banshee, but it was found in Ireland.
I wouldn’t be too surprised there are banshees in vacuum-tubes, giving the “music” some of my friends push through their expensive tube-amps.. “Cradle of Filth” “Marduk??? You need a tube-amp to “enjoy” that???
nymphetamine fix by cradle of fiflth would sound good through good speakers i suspect
The band is growly but she is quite melodius 😀
if Monica is a doorway, maybe she just unleashed an uber djiin! ala robin williams “wadda ya want pfff!” 10 000 years sure gives one a crick in the neck!
Kinda reminds me of Time Bandits…”Mom! Dad! Don’t touch it! It’s evil!”
Geezus, Monica! It’s not like whether it’s magic or not should be the only thing to consider when deciding if its a good idea to touch something!
Hmm..suddenly thought of something.
The “thing’ has these prongs sticking-out. Sooo..it seems logical to assume it fits into something.
What if..just bear with me, what if the scary woman we (and M) see is indeed part of Jin’s personality. Let’s say, for the sake of the argument, it’s her “common-sense”, but in this case gone completely bonkers through being locked-up for centuries. It would explain the panicked-crazy look of the apparition…
The “missing” part of the “Thing’ is the part that is needed to get this Jin-part out of the “thing” safely, to connect again with the Jin we know.
This “missing part” has been gone for centuries, maybe even on purpose.
Maybe Jin is much more powerful without the “common-sense” -bit, and someone, or something needed Jin -maybe even only temporarily- unleashed and devoid of “common-sense” so he (She?? Mayahuel??) incarcerated that part of Jin in the “Thing”. Stuff went belly-up (A whole civilization glassed-over would be the mother of all “belly-ups”), and the person or entity that had the Jin-part locked-up, could not revert the situation as planned.
Yes, I know ,it’s waaay speculative, but it seems logic somehow.
Buuut..if this isn’t a Jin-part..all bets are off, and hell is about to break loose in a major way..
You sir just blew my mind…..
I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while now while working(hopefully the boss doesn’t see). It makes a lot of sense that this would be a part of her, they are looking for something to make her complete. Personaly I really don’t want to see where they stick this object to complete her. Those prongs at the bottom look like they would hurt.
Hmm..good addition to my -rather convoluted, i admit- speculations
Just remember that sticking a rather sharp ice-pick in Monica’s head fixed the calendar-machine problem.
I guess Paul wouldn’t be too perturbed by drawing Monica sticking something in Jin’s head, f.i. mebbe Jin even has recepticles in her head or something (given the fact that sticking anything in an indestructable golem would pose a teensy-weensy bit of a problem)
Orrr. I am completely off-base and Paul is currently rolling on the floor, laughing his A$$ off.. 😛
I’ve been pondering why they have to go through 56+ rounds of fixing the calendar machine–and wondered if they haven’t been missing some key gismo or thingamabob. And what if this is it?
According to Jin and her mom, as long as the calander machine was working Jin didn’t have these problems. Something about being stuck in this time loop kept her “some-what” mentaly sane. Now that the machine is destroyed she “went back to the way she was.”
The Calendar Machine arc is complicated. First, yes, it was causing time to loop around on a 1450-year cycle. On the other hand, just breaking or resetting the machine wouldn’t fix the problems; they needed to rescue Mayahuel from the Demon Realm, stuff the renegade demons back into the Demon Realm, and at the same time turn off the Calendar Machine. This led to a preposterously complex plan that failed a few dozen times for various reasons (mostly unexplored). So, yes, just fixing the Calendar Machine would have been fairly easy. For that matter, the whole combination wouldn’t have been so hard except that they needed Monica’s help and at the same time the total ignorance of the demons who were riding in Monica’s mind. By the rules of drama, the iteration we saw was the one where it finally worked.
Is it possible that this thing interfaced with the calender machine? And Jin never knew?
What is needed to interface Jin with the artifact must be a Monster cable….
BOO! and groan!
I ain’t tippin’ the jar on that one…
That was my first thought. Lock anything in an artefact for a gadzillion years and it will be batpoo crazy unless they go comatose.
“Thumb Drive of the Gods”
HO-ly crud! I hope Bud’s got sense enough to jerk the relic away from Monica before it damages her permanently. If it hasn’t already.
“It’s not like it’s magic.” I agree with others, that one of the stupidest things Monica has said. Everything Bud had told her, the relic’s appearance and possible origin, all of those should have SCREAMED ‘magic’ to Monica.
Crispy and the Banshee should get together and see who can scare the other the worst.
There’s a nice Dutch proverb that covers poor Monica very well at this moment:
“Schrik op schrik, houdt een mens gezond” transl.: Scare upon scare, keeps a person healthy
First Bud blows-up her favourite sand-bank, then Bud gets all riled-up if she tries to examine a strange artifact, and now she gets a apparition thrown in her face… Wat a day.. 😆
i prefer my apples but then again im from england…
I think here it might go more like, “Scare upon scare, keeps a person on their toes.”
$200.00 for the original art(4/18) on ebay!!
…and the auction isn’t even over!!
Just wait’ll I get my refund!!
Its times like this that I wish I could draw!!!!!
It’s times like this I would be overdrawn…
Sold for $202!
Almost wasn’t quite close enough…
Damn Monica! you just voided the warranty!
The more I think of it, the prongs on the relic hoozit and having to fit it into something else reminds me of Excaliber. The origin-myth of said sword?? Only it wasn’t Arthur (Artur, Arto or Artos) who pulled it apart.
AND I keep thinking, too, that the last panel would make one KILLER screen saver!! You seriously ROCK, Pablo!!!
Waitaminnit! Why is everyone so worried? Monica is a glyph reader and has had years of experience sucessfully dealing with her own demons.
Remember her telling the GGGs,”If I don’t do EXACTLY what they (her demons) tell me to, they become totally…harmless.”?
Who better to handle whatever that figure associated with the artifact really is?
unless it is not a “demon” and is instead “an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld.”
( thats banshee folks )
her own demons sure
her demons might come out to bat for her though.
Um…. or not…
So as it turns out, it is a bathroom key!
Not on Mars, though.
It could be the being inside is so eager to get out in order to use the toilet.
OTOH, that vision may cause one to do bathroom duty on the spot. Or is that what you meant?
Yes, the second option.
Paul is running late tonight.
Really is. Hope all is okay…
Paul is running really late tonight… >worried look<
What have we learned about touching strange mystical objects that you are not supposed to touch, Monica? First the little statue of the Aztec God, then the Golems, now the key thing? >.>
If you weren’t inadvertently saving the world, you would totally deserve a time out, missy!
i thought the golems touched monica when they first showed up ^^
Paul, God help us all if you decide to transcribe your webcomic into a motion picture…YOU’LL SCARE THE LIVING HELL OUT OF THE AUDIENCE!!! 😀
The Banshee ( /ˈbænʃiː/ ban-shee), from the Irish bean sí [bʲæn ˈʃiː] (“woman of the síde” or “woman of the fairy mounds”) is a feminine spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld.
Okay, so omen fulfilled. Damn! Time-lines and time-travel give me brain cramps. If Shelly hadn’t met this sphinx yet, she hasn’t hidden the object yet… but if she hasn’t hidden it yet, it couldn’t have killed her. Ouch, ouch, ouch…
I just noticed but the irises of the creature in the vision were a 5-pointed star on the right eye and a crescent moon in the left eye. That’s a cool detail.
Ohhhh, that’s not good. O_O;
Wait, is that the girl who snuck up on Jin in the snow?
Also, it looks like the artifact is meant to plug into something.
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