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  • Bennythebaneling

    “I came in like a wrecking ball…”

  • BONG!

    • Weatherheight

      Sadly, when someone says “bong”, I think of two things:
      1) “Slightly Silly Party”:
      2) The Gratan trying to escape from Gargoyle City.

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  • Gotham

    So, why is Anima being locked up? Weren’t they all under the same rule a moment ago? If Anima failed at capturing Alison then Menace failed just as much, didn’t he? And if she’s being locked up because of her previous intentions… does that mean the two of them are playing war as long as Daddy Lord Boy isn’t home? If so then what compelled her to obey Boylord Extraordinaire?

    He’s just a kid, just punch him

    • MaxArt

      He looks like a kid, but it’s a mental image.
      And I’d never fight a kid’s mind. I’d be no match.

    • Darkoneko Hellsing

      they’re just sub-personalities. The kid is the core. He could probably make them disappear.

      • GreatWyrmGold

        I’d be surprised. Nobody and no part of anybody has that much control over their own mind.

    • Insanenoodlyguy

      boylord is dominant and can subsume both. But Anima and Menace hate each other and fight over their respective amount of control, which is actually significant. Because Lord Boy DOESN’T CARE. All he cares about are the barriers. Threaten the barriers? He attacks you with everything. Don’t threaten the barriers? He doesn’t care who’s running the rest.

    • Think of Patrick’s brain as a crime family. The sub-bosses may spend all their time trying to knife each other in the back, but when the capo di tutti capi says jump, they ask how high.

      And Lord Boy is the one with the 40 foot high Staypuft Marshmallow Alison at his beck and call.

      • Weatherheight

        “Dont ever ask me about my business, Alison…”

    • R Lex Eaton

      Going by Jung’s archetypes–Anima, obviously, with Menace as the Shadow–Boy is probably the Ego. The part of Patrick’s mind who identifies as the Self. Which is distinct from the actual Self.

  • Hiram

    ” It’s time to expand your horizons! “

  • AdamBombTV

    á la Mighty Mouse: “HERE I COME TO WRECK YOUR SHIT!!”

    • Weatherheight

      I’m going to steal this for the next Brick I play in a Supers RPG.
      Let me know where to send the nickels…

      • palmvos

        Unity township, PA

      • I just so happen to know of a Supers RPG in late development.. we should talk 😉

        • [disclaimer, by “know”, I mean “am on the production team for”, and “have played in campaigns by the author, who is made of absolute epic”]

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    I came in like a wrecking ball~ I never hit so hard in love

  • Abel Undercity

    “Love you like a ball and chai-yain…”

    What? I’m old. Shut up.

  • zarawesome

    Here comes the (BOOM!)
    Here comes the (BOOM!)
    Here comes the
    Ya’ll don’t really want it now (BOOM!)

  • Dwight Williams


  • motorfirebox

    I’m gonna hit you so hard, the drama of the preceding three hundred and ninety-one pages will be temporarily rendered in full, high-impact digital color!

  • GreatWyrmGold

    Now to wait for the Anima/Menace shippers…

    • Weatherheight

      Please, Anima and Menace were already shipping; they just refuse to admit it. 😀

      • Zac Caslar

        “Psychics: taking ‘go fuck yourself’ to it’s logical extension.”

  • If those two mechs don’t coordinate their movements, things could turn disarmingly messy!

    • Weatherheight

      or messily disarming…

  • Merle

    A chainsaw arm? Was a chainsaw arm REALLY necessary, Patrick?

    • Dean

      These are actually repurposed gardening robots. The other bot’s gun-arm dispenses weed spray.

  • Pol Subanajouy

    So her solution is to smash shit. Bold move, bold move.

    • Zac Caslar

      Well, if this battlefield is one of symbolism and conviction instead of impact and biodynamism than going for all-out intensity and ferocity is Allison playing to her strong suite.

      Trying to empathize and reason Lord Boy out of his fixations didn’t work and possibly this is because it’s not what he thinks of as being her real power. So she cares; why should that dissuade them?

      Because of course “Category 5 Hurricane Allison” won’t leave one stone piled upon another, and it’s time she made landfall.

    • Weatherheight

      Since this is a psychic landscape, playing his game is playing to his strength.
      “Only way to win is not to play, Joshua”, says WOPR “How about a nice game of chess?”

    • Max Antinone

      Well, when the physical metaphor works in the psychic world.

      But I think that it’s not just that her solution is to smash so much as she realized WHAT to smash. Smashing the barrier lets in all the shit Patrick has not learned to deal with maturely. At least, that’s what I take from her realization in the previous strip.

    • Mechwarrior

      “We tried no smashing, and that didn’t work. I’m sticking to
      my strengths, and smashing… is my strengths! I just need to find the right way to
      smash him ..”

      • Tylikcat

        It is like the law of the fundamental applicability of lasers.

      • Brad Elliott

        “As the size of an explosion increases, the number of social situations it is incapable of solving approaches zero.” — Vaarsuvius, Order of the Stick.

  • Dave Van Domelen

    I lost my lucky ball and chain, and now she’s four years gone….

  • Mechwarrior

    Who is the Milkman?

    What is the purpose of the goggles?

    • palmvos

      Milkman- Earnrie
      because he drove the fastest milkcart in the west! (protect his eyes)

    • Taylor Elnicki

      I am the Milkman. My milk is delicious.

      • Theobservantwolf

        It’s fortified with what the world wants. What the world deserves.

  • Zac Caslar

    Joining in on the theme…

    “Boom! Here comes the Boom!
    Ready or not, here comes the boys from the Lasal
    Boom! Here comes the Boom!
    Ha, ha,
    How you like me now!?”

  • Tuscahoma

    Wow, smashing down barriers to force reintegration of a telepath who is now a projecting telepath while in said telepath’s mind. You have brass balls, Alison. Oh wait, just one big iron one.

    “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”

    • Thomas S

      So you also think the target is the wall surrounding the city?

  • Peter G

    Anima and Menace have played the first 2 panels before. Patrick’s internal conflict has been going on for a long time.

  • Wolftamer9

    She’s five feet tall and sick of you, and all your rattling on…

    • AustinC123

      Some similar-interest nerds on here it seems.

    • aseariel

      Allison might actually *be* lucky for him, too. Or… some of him. Her. Them. What is the preferred pronoun for a fragmented aspect of a telepath?

      • Guilherme Carvalho

        For the asshole ones, I’d just go with “that”.

        • aseariel

          Fair enough!

  • Scott

    Wow. Allison is LITERALLY breaking down Patrick’s walls in order to get him to open up and deal with his emotions. I am torn. On one hand, I want to roll my eyes at such an overused relationship cliche. On the other, I have never seen anyone actually take the metaphor and turn it into a literal act so I’m sort of impressed…

  • Lu

    This does not sound so well in fact. Like if breaking the walls do not come from him, how can this be a positive change? He may be totally unequipped to deal with the pain. He may become really crazy, overwhelmed by everyone’s thoughts and memories. And once Allison liberates from the brain prison Patrick’s corrupt politician mother and find out she had a thing for the two brothers maybe she too is going to have a break down.

  • AustinC123

    Has anyone been reading the latest run of Astonishing X-Men? It’s good and a lot of it is Psychic Warfare with lots of fuzzy dream-logic, seems like a complementary read.

    • Weatherheight

      And once again, they’re casting Xavier as the douche.
      I agree that Astonishing X-Men’s current arc is very good, but seriously, telepaths always go bad unless (a) their power set gets nerfed like h*ck (looking at you, Betsy) or (b) they develop a utterly and completely nonsensical physical power (looking at you, Emma). Apparently, being a woman also helps…
      I’m a little bitter…

      • AustinC123

        Xavier is a monster

        • Weatherheight

          Bad writing is monstrous.

  • AustinC123

    I wonder whether Alison’s deep, abiding love for and belief in the ‘big perfect blow that ends the fight’ will be the key, here. And whether her self-recriminations and undermining of that belief will have been the reason this wasn’t resolved sooner. If so, hopefully she will understand that this is a mindscape-only lesson.

  • Weatherheight

    It suddenly occurs to me that Alison is wielding a weapon rather than her fists…

    I wonder if this is to reflect that the only way to affect the walls is to use another psychic construct of Patrick’s.
    Alison’s manifestation of her psyche in Patrick’s head is too “Alison” to seriously impact (pun intended) anything that’s too “Patrick”.
    I like that (and now I ‘m hoping it’s intentional rather than happy coincidence).

    • palmvos

      its also a reference to a ‘i came in like a wrecking ball’ i’m sure a link is below somewhere. if not i’m very disappointed

  • Meghan C-M

    Tear down the wall! Tear down the wall! Tear down the wall!

    • Guilherme Carvalho

      The bleeding hearts and artists make their stand.

  • Oh snap

  • Colleen Winters

    Have fun storming the castle!

  • Zac Caslar

    Y’know if Allison is literally going to smash down Patrick’s inner emotional walls I hope she’s ready for the weep-blubbery-pukey-with-a-side-of-RAEGE-fest that the real world Pat’s likely to become.

    Better throw down some towels and let Feral out a window because I predict a riot.

  • KatherineMW

    I’m comparing Issue 7 to Issue 5, and it feels like the art has really gone downhill and gotten more simplistic and cartoon-like. The earlier pages had a lot more texture and detail. Is anyone else getting that impression?

    • Witchetty

      I think it’s unfair to describe it as going “downhill.” The art has been getting more minimalist, with bolder strokes and more exaggerated features, but it seems like the actual effort and care taken in the drawings has remained constant. It’s all stylistic preference. Personally, I also liked issue 5’s style a bit more, but I’m starting to warm up to the new characterizations.

    • Tylikcat

      I think the current artwork is more lyrical.

  • Arthur Frayn

    “Since, my friend, you have revealed your deepest fear,
    I sentence you to be exposed before your peers.

  • Devon Jolly

    Is it wrong of me to want to…essentially get rid of anima at the same time as Menace? SFP seems to be going that way, dunking them both in the Component and reducing the city, but I rather dislike the three primary personalities equally. Adorkable Librarian boy should take over.

    • Aresius King

      I think that would turn WholePatrick into a person completely obsessed with his past, as the only surviving part of his self would be the one that cherishes memories

      • Devon Jolly

        Don’t we all cherish our memories? Never mind that’d he’s still have the unnamed fifth aspect of his personality, pluss what became of the three we sewer drop, memory was not engineered so that we could preserve the past, it was so that we could learn from it. Librarian dude is concerned with the validity of those memories, so any details that could produce lessons would be and stay in sharp relief. He’d be much more than merely nostalgic.

  • Danygalw


  • “Gotta knock a little harder..”


  • Jshadow

    Lord Boy… are we really still going with this?

  • Caitlin Yilmaz