What a nice bat. Hopefully she's not just trying to lure everyone into a false sense of security before she STRIKES.
Dun dun DUN!!!
In that case, "Brace for impact!!"
Afraid of brain operations, you say…..
NO. NO YOU DON'T!
I don't trust that hospital. If I were to see this at any other time, I would feel relieved. But with Mr. Zane's history, I can't shake this sensation of paranoia.
Agreed. 'Rushing headlong into them' coupled with a red hospital….oh boy. I'll go grab my blanket.
It's fantastic foreshadowing, that's for sure
who wants to see a hounted hospital
Is that where it's occupied by ghost dogs?
way of the samurai
Is this comic going to ruin the end of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein?"
Oh I love Mercy so much! Shes so precious! Though, this last panel does not bode well <:(
I like the archaic 's' that's on the side of Dr. Angstrom's car. 'Angſtrom' is something I can totally see being written down.
I think that's just the kind of decoration that cars of that era had.
They did have them, but they are not decoration. The roofs of cars were fabric supported with metal frames. The 's' shape is a foldable cross-brace that allowed the roof to be put up or folded flat (ie. cars were convertibles).
I'm seeing Mercy plushies in the future.
Oh well that's not foreboding at all. Excuse me for a moment, I have some full-voiced screaming to do.
I don't know how this comic manages to keep swinging wildly from cute to terrifying, but I like it.
Maybe the hospital is outside of town because it is really scary and no one wants to go near it unless they absolutely have to.
alternatively, the town is really scary and the people in the hospital don't want to go near the town!
I think this would be a really good place to end the chapter. That last line sums up the comic as a whole pretty well.
Subtle batman joke there at the end.
RUINED. I am reading this 2 years late, praying that someone would make the "wadsworth is batman" reference, and you put this comment out and killed it. I may still make the comment as it was meant to be.
The guy we know from drawing black and white outlines of people is THIS good of an artist. Bravo sir…. *sniff* ….. Bravo
Wikipedia's not giving up any clues, but for some reason I've lent a negative connotation to the word "amaranth"…
According to the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica (Oddly appropriate reference source, now that I'm thinking about it), the amaranth flower is associated with Artemis, the goddess of hunting, and immortality, due to the blooms' long lives. Not *terrible* as connections go, but not great either, given Artemis' track record with human beings.
"Amaranth" is a crazy good word. I first ran across it for Checkerboard Nightmare. The REAL good form of it is "amaranthine."
You know what…due to my former job, I think I associate it with Amaranth Advisors, a hedge fund that tanked in 2006. Amaranth lost $6.5 billion by one trader betting on natural gas futures. They were kind of spoken of in hushed tones around the office.
Dictionary.com defines it as "an otherwordly, undying flower", and provides this snippet of a poem by Walter De La Mare: "We wake and whisper awhile, / But, the day gone by, / Silence and sleep like fields / Of amaranth lie."
So nah, I don't see the 'negative connotation' angle at all!
Kris you've got something so cool in this comic. Completely out of left field (to me at least), and it's pure gold. I love your work.
Panel 5 just makes me so happy. Wadsworth's relieved smile, Mercy's protective grip, and Iris' doting grin are just too much.
Phew, the sight of the hospital actually relieved me at the end. I was expecting it to turn out looking like one of those looming, spike-towered Victorian insane aslyums. I'm not saying Kris is that cliche, I just have no idea what American hospitals looked like in the 30s
Zane should be grateful for small Mercies?
Angstrom endorses extra brain treatment plan. Expects to write many research papers about Zane. Is driving Zane to an isolated hospital with promise of ghost. A bat is clinging to Zane's man-nipple, either a carrier for Umbra demon lady or demon bat in zygote form. I can only see this ending well.
Last panel for the win.
"eeee" was my exact reaction when i saw mercy
/cue ominous foreshadowing..
Our Lady of Encroaching Horror Hospital has less of a ring to it than Amaranth General.
Also, bless your little bat heart, Mercy. Whatever happens, you stay out of trouble. Please?
And so, to rid you of your fear of the supernatural, we are taking you to the most haunted building in Broodhollow!
So haunted, in fact, that it only -appears- to not be in Broodhollow.
That's the truth, right dere! As I recall, Broodhollow annexed the area in which the Hospital falls in recent days… 0_o
TURN THE CAR AROUND. Isn't there a vet or something in Broodhollow who could stitch that up? Hell, I bet the Bottlefly Boys are no strangers to triage.
The ad below this comment box is telling me to "Defeat Sex Addiction". What? No!
(Yes I turn off adblocker for webcomics.)
Read the last panel again, and then look that the image. Tell me that something awful is NOT going to happen in that hospital.
Something awful is NOT going to happen in that hospital.
I love this comic… It gives my brain wrinkles.
Speaking as someone who has met/snuggled laboratory bats before, the way she's shown clinging adorably to his shirt is TOTALLY what they do. They're very warm and their fur and wings are super soft! <3
Okay, I made this observation on the previous comic but I did it late so I'm making it again. That car is a hearse, aka the kind of vehicle that transports corpses, and that hospital looks more like a mortuary or a funeral home than a hospital.
Additional brain! Am I the only one who thinks Dr. Angstrom is hilarious?
Just want to say that I really like this comic but I fell in love with it when he got the bat
I was looking back through past comics and I realized Dr. Angstrom's glasses make him look kinda like he has big sparkly anime eyes. Kawaii.
I keep forgetting the era in with the story is set, and therefore it is a little jarring when Dr. Angstrom speaks of outdated psychological practices like psychosurgery are the best in stories like this
er, I meant to say that topics like psychosurgery are the best in a story like this
ADDITIONAL BRAIN! I love this guy,
I feel like this is going to end in a panicked flight through the woods, only to be recovered by search and rescue after a hellish night of terror.
… plus, things aren't looking so hot for Mr. Zane, either.
I keep refreshing the page, but nothing's happening. Why can't Monday come sooner???
That last frame, foreshadowing? I think so!
REALLY hope Mercy isn't evil.
Mercy is adorable!
"…And so I plan on curing my irrational fear of car crashes by driving headlong into zis wall over here"
It'd be awesome, as a recurring gag, if the doctor came up with new and "emerging" theories and techniques. Really digging this!
I can't help but notice the fact that Angstrom keeps saying the wrong psych terms.
he’s not the only citizen of broodhollow that is a titch “off”
Quack of a psycho (analyst.). Aversion therapy uses pain to cause a person to totally avoid something, for example, quit smoking by giving an electric shock every time a person picks up a cigarette. What he's talking about is quite the opposite, embracing and confronting your fears by deliberately exposing yourself to the source.
The giant bats are coming from the hospital, right?
He lives in the time of lobotomies . . . that is scary.
Wanna know what’s even scarier? GIANT BATS AND GHOSTS TRYING TO KILL YOU WITH A LAMP!
I think I would take that over a lobotomy
Mercy is the French skeleton guy, cos Mercy sounds a bit like Merci! (at least that’s my guess, I’m new here.)
Kickass sneaky literature! Unlike old methods of:”removing brain parts”(forgetting, refusing to understand) Zane and the psychoanalyst stand in the opinion (or at least Klaus does, Zane might be passively confronting his reality) that the solution to his mental problems (ocd, psychosis, etc) is “adding more brain.”! Knowing more! Learning more! Man of science and reason and what not, though the process won’t be as quick and easy as Zane first thinks, it’ll be long confusing and grueling. And/or spooky ghosts. Lovin this :D