The way I imagine that speaking pattern in my head is deeply unsettling.
I imagine it as a slow, echoing whisper, similar to how Parseltongues sound in Harry Potter movie 2
What a coincidence, in my head, he sounds like Ron Weasley
I imagine Stevie from Malcolm in the Middle.
I imagine it like Sling Blade.
I imagine the alien in Independence Day. "Release…. Me."
I imagine it as a very slow, rasping whisper. I also imagine very slight pauses between the words because of the separation of his dialogue into different speech bubbles.
I'm imagining it like a bellows or bagpipes, making words on the inflation and deflation, with the odd tonal properties that would have.
"Imagine aaaall the people…"
Kinda hear it like a grave/raspy version of the G-man.
I'm thinking like the telephone in Room 1408. The book, not the movie. Alien buzzing, machines making sounds that the thing pulls in and reuses.
Oh yeah, the thinny’s voice. Ten, ten, we have killed your friends .. .
Took you long enough, you dumb bat.
(I'm so happy Mercy is finally saving Zane eeeeee)
(shit she's totally gonna be dead by the end of this arc isn't she)
Let's have some faith, Milou never died.
Milou never did battle with unspeakable eldritch horrors.
oh Mercy, you have to think these things through. How are you ever going to untie Wadsworth without thumbs? unless he's actually in a pretty public place and is going to be found in the morning.
Actually, if I remember right bats do have thumbs. They're those things that stick out at the top of their wings.
"Why, that ghost was just old Mr Planchett who runs the lawyer's office!"
"I'd have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for your pesky bat!"
And I totally screwed that up by getting Planchett's job wrong. Go me.
It's because he's identical to Phoenix Wright. Gets your brain all mixed up.
I see him more as Max Shreck, the Christopher Walken character from Batman Returns.
I see him more as Max Schreck, the guy who played Nosferatu. Or actually, as the character Max Schreck, sd plsyed by William DeFoe in "Shadow of the Vampire".
I think Mercy speaks for us all: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE…
I'm always amazed at the little touches. Such an accurate and detailed portrayal of 1930's heart surgery.
GUYS JUST CLICKED HES GOT NO MOUTH GUYS HES GOT NO MOUTH
Wow. I was about to make a snarky comment relating to people thinking everything's Harker, but damn, you've got a point. Jaw-less ghost? Good news Iris, we know where your Dad is…
Whoa, that's probably Horace Bellweather with Iris' mom! The shush he gave to Wadsworth was probably an honest, benevolent warning. Like, "Stop making noise or the demon bats will eat you, dumbass."
Iris's mom? I thought that was Maddy. Or an entirely different ghost. Iris's mother is dead?
Okay, we haven't specifically been told that Iris' mom is dead, but come on. If she isn't out of the picture somehow, how the hell has she not gotten involved in the story yet? Please keep in mind that a major development in this story is Iris realizing that she'd forgotten about her father's recent death. If her mother is still living, wouldn't Iris' first thought be, "Wait, does Mom remember that Dad is dead?" Wouldn't she have wanted to see her mother that night rather than have a sleepover at Dr. Angstrom's?
I'm not suggesting that Mrs. Bellweather was also murdered by malicious spirits, but I think assuming that she is likely deceased is not so crazy. It's either that or she divorced Horace and moved out of town.
The spectral woman with the mouthless ghost on Ouster's Eve was only shown from behind. I'm not sure how anybody could confidently state that she was Maddy. No confirmed Maddy sightings had her appear with other ghosts, and why the heck would ghostly Horace (or ghostly anyone) have his arm over her shoulder?
The ghost in the alley with Iris' dad appears to have long flowing hair, while Maddy seems to be mostly bald (scalped or maybe short haired?) as well as flayed… it's kinda hard to tell in that previous comic though. Maybe she just put it back in a ghost pony tail because she was tired of her old 'do.
I knew it! I knew it! Do I get a cookie? I guessed from Skeleton Key onwards, or quite about, that we would be a save by Mercy! Pleeeeease give me a cookie! :)
I give you eleven, just to make up for all that Compulsive Downvote Syndrom.
You get ALL THE COOKIES, AapoAlas :D
Well, I was expecting the goal here to by Zane's eyes, not his heart.
This comic would have been a lot more relieving/surprising if there weren't so many "Oh boy Mercy's gonna save him" comments. Now I'm scared that Mercy will die, like, right now and this won't even sort of inconvenience Harker
I wonder if Harker will take Mercy's wings.
(…the wings of Mercy. Heh.)
Everyone was expecting Harker to take Wadsworth's eyes, but I never quite understood that. Okay, sure, unlike the others, Wadsworth "sees." But do we really think he has the ability to perceive the strange patterns of the supernatural world because he has special eyes? Isn't that a bit simplistic? Also, do we really think that Harker has trouble seeing the spirit realm? Harker seems to already have a pretty sweet pair of glowing spirit eyes.
I think Harker's observation of Wadsworth's special perception was just an off-the-cuff observation. Maybe even a compliment. Or maybe Wadsworth's special perception really is related to his good heart. He harvested Horace Bellweather, likely a gifted orator (he was a lawyer, after all), to gain the anatomy he needed to speak, so it does seem like he may be picky about which organs he sews into himself.
The heart makes sense though. With all the jumping and freaking out Zane has done, without having a heart attack, that thing must be pretty strong.
"They can't have my brand! I have special eyes."
If he takes anything, he's at LEAST taking his skin.
SUCH A POOR
BUT SUCH FINE
I hope people haven't been assuming that's just burlap or leather or something on his face, there.
This story continues to be terrific…
Please don't kill Mercy. :C I love that bat
Why Can I not stop reading his voice like Stevie's from Malcom in the Middle…..
I think Iris would be more appropriate for the eyes…
Eye see what you did there.
LOVE MERCY. YESSSSSSSS
Does Stitchy have a ring around a rib in the second panel? Interesting…
(Squints) (Re-reads comic) Could just be a thread though.
I picture the Stitch'd Mang's voice as being this odd, disjointed, breathless mess. Like, if a man tried to tell a story after running a long distance, but then someone took that story, separated all of the words, and then just pasted them together to form new sentences.
Like Keither Sutherland in Dark City?
Zane has his stitches again in the first panel. I thought Harker tore them out? Unless… did he re-stitch him up after tearing them out? Good lord, that is horrifying.
They were regular stitches in the last panel, now they're cross-stitches. Poor Zane.
Wait does that mean, Harker thought the stitching before was inferior and decided to fix that? That's kind of oddly adorable and creepy at the same time. "WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE TRASH. LET ME FIX THAT FOR YOU."
I think this is the case. He mentioned they were bad, and the new ones look very good.
And Harker would've used a straight needle, rather than the curved kind used for sutures. Brrrr.
Probably rusty too.
And neither the needle or the string (or worse, some kind of twine) would be sterile.
Calling it now; Zane survives this only to die of infection a week later.
Good girl, Mercy! Good girl! But for dog's sake be careful!
In my head Stitchy sounds like someone from those "don't smoke because look what it did to me" commercials – like he has to cover some hole somewhere to make sound come out. Which sounds way dirtier than I actually mean it.
Yea Mercy! Skin that sore loser of an entity!
Oh good. Now he'll have wings.
He does have a good heart.
"No! My one weakness: adorable flying mammals! Aaarrgghh…"
Go, Mercy! (oh god please don't hurt Mercy..)
OH I GET IT.
So who took Harker's heart? Is that just a general reference to the fire that took his life? Actually, we don't know anything about that fire. Maybe foul play was involved? An arsonist?
Not sure if there's any relevance. I was going to suggest that maybe one of the characters about town was responsible, but given that the fire likely happened 70-80 years before the events of this story, that seems unlikely. The only dude who seems like he might be old enough to have some connection to the fire would be the quiet, sleepy old guy who owns the Hotel Umbra. And even he was probably just a kid at the time. Not that kids can't start fires…
"Not that kids can't start fires…"
We know Broodhollow celebrates Totenkinder. Go read some of the Ichor Falls stories on Totenkinder if you want to be amazed how relevant what you just wrote might be.
And by good he means functional. The bar is set low when you're a creepy skellington.
i'm still shitting my pants over this arc.
I'm wondering if his reaction is less about having a bat assaulting him, as it is about having a pair of eyes on him. Being watched might cause him substantial pain, if it's part of his particular ghostly schtick.
But…but bats are blind!
Perhaps ghosts in this universe have a terrible weakness to sonar?
Well, if tuning forks (allegedly) have an effect on evil spirits, why not?
Sorry, that's a myth. :)
Random stuff on reread regarding the "forgetfulness":
First, I think there's something within the Zane bloodline that allows for remembering as well as "seeing." Certainly, Virgil's interest in his own genealogy cannot be a coincidence.
There seems to be an area around Broodhollow that is associated with the forgetfulness. Iris remembers her dad when she's at the hospital, which is noted to be a ways out of town. Similarly, the nurse there remembered everything about Iris' dad.
I wonder if the reddish specter Zane saw on his way BACK into town represents the outside border of that zone?
Another thought is that it has to do with their non-alcoholic beverage of choice (switchwater) in conjunction with that zone. The aforementioned nurse noted her preference for sobriety.
The old lady in the train at the beginning, for example, may have drank sufficient amounts of switchwater and then entered the "zone" thereby causing her weird episode.
Lastly, maybe the memories created within Broodhollow when affected by sufficient Switchwater are separate from the rest. It's not forgetfulness, it's compartmentalization.
WILD CONJECTURE TIME!
Sufficient trauma to the psyche of Broodhollow has caused the town to compartmentalize it's memories, and therefore the memories of all the people living there! Switchwater somehow plays a part in making this possible!
Dr. Angstrom does talk about the town/ it's people as though it's a single mind at least a couple of times.
The title for this one is so incredibly clever. I just wanted to say that.
Also, I am LOVING the way this story is going. Every new update makes me hold my breath.
If Mercy dies the readers are never going to forgive Kris for it…
Pretty much… Highly unlikely to happen.
I don't know if they'll forgive him, but I, for one, will continue reading!
But the strip title is SO obvious, Berty Blackman even sings about it.
Okay guys forget my comment on the last comic, MercyXHarker fics, go
If Mercy goes full Hedwig and sacrifices herself for Zane, I am quitting. I quit reading things. All things.
*whips around* "ALL THIINGS!!"
"So what happened that's making you so happy?"
"Oh, a bat is tearing someone's skin off!"
"It's a nice bat."
Oh! Was the Stitched Man the person that Maddy saw stealing something (body parts?) from a cadaver, and who then killed Maddy for seeing him? Or maybe the Stitched Man was the cadaver that Maddy saw someone else stealing body parts from, and thus he wants to take what was taken from him?
The ghost is his Uncle, I'm calling it.
He wants you for your body.