October 12th, 2010


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Discussion (62)¬

  1. matt d says:

    It took me a second, but I guess “here is being nothing” is Ed-speak for “here goes nothing”?

  2. Terry says:

    I anticipate an AWESOME comeback from Ed. So glad this is a Tuesday strip and not a Thursday one.

  3. Errick says:

    Offer me money!

    Power too, promise that!

    Offer me anything I ask for!

    I want my name back, you %#$@#$!

  4. Tulip says:

    I feel bad pointing this out, but with the way the Ed is holding the crowbar, it isn’t going to do anything besides go around in circles.

  5. BarGamer says:

    “This is being weakest link… Goodbye, Digger-mousie!”

  6. bramble says:

    Nah, I think he’s got it hooked into a crack in the side of the chain’s link. See that dark line going up and down from the crowbar? Ed’s trying to pry that apart so that the link breaks.

  7. BarGamer says:

    @Tulip: It is kinda hard to see, but there is a crack along the chain-link that Ed has the crowbar wedged in, not hooked around the link.

  8. Clay says:

    Is anyone else worried that that heart is hanging high over the stone flour, and the only thing holding it up it the chain Ed is about to break? While standing on it? Anyone?

    Befor Ed goes splat don’t forget to Vote: http://topwebcomics.com/gpages/default.aspx?id=10180

  9. BarGamer says:

    You can see the crack in the first panel, by Ed’s right ear.

    If I were Ed, I’d tie myself to the next link up. I mean, after the link breaks, what are you going to do? Jump back to the ledge? Grab the unbroken chain links? Fall on the soft, cushion-y heart?

  10. Robin Bobcat says:

    Errick: Damn, beat me to the quote…

  11. mjfgates says:

    What’s that? Is somebody just a little bit nervous, maybe? Just a TEEEEEEENY bit?

    Heh, heh, heh…

  12. Ryusui says:

    Okay, first the ol’ “get away from there, you fool!” spiel, now “I’ll give you anything you want”?

    Seriously, SGV, if you’re gonna die, at least go out with a little dignity. XD

  13. Veritas says:

    Oh, yeah. Somebody is DESPERATE.

    Really, REALLY hoping nothing comes up to get in the way of Thursday’s update here!

  14. cjack56 says:

    You get a lot of warnings & threats when you’re on the right path-

  15. fixman88 says:

    Wow SGV is suddenly REAL desperate! *giggles* He doesn’t seem so tough now, does he?

  16. Coyoty says:

    Oh yeah, being turned into a gluttonous demon slave sounds real attractive.

  17. Bartimaeus says:

    But can he return Ed’s name? I’m guessing he can’t.

  18. Rhio2k says:

    Ed…is not…LISTENING! Ed is too busy pwning.

  19. JewelWolf says:

    My schedule allowed me ONE little bit of time to comment on Digger, finally, and I shall use it to say this: Ed is FAR to wise to accept an offer from the ancient evil.

  20. Sybil says:

    @Clay He’s on a big squishy meaty organ of a mostly dead deity. When it falls and Ed falls? Well… Maybe we’ll get another awesome onomatopoeia from the heart hitting the ground and Ed falling on the squishy soft heart.

  21. Hawk says:

    SGV hasn’t been paying any attention.

    Ed has a name. What Ed might want, maybe, just MAYBE…is not within SGV’s power to give him.

    What might he want? A chance to know/interact with his daughter. If SGV offers Ed the chance to have his daughter back…that might make him falter just a little. But Ed is, as JewelWolf points out, too wise to fall for such things. Ed knows SGV’s game.

    I would also point out that, in a sense, Ed’s already dead. To his tribe and family he died long ago when he killed Blood Eyes. He may not care if he falls to his death…or he may not be thinking of little, practical things like gravity. He might just be that focused on working on the chain.

  22. Bwee says:

    To Sweetie’s credit, his voice may be painted in panic but his face seems in control. Unless Shadowchild learned not only how to be good, but also how to emote.

  23. Karyl says:

    Go ED!!!

  24. Loren says:

    Ed’s best option is to drop with the heart. I suspect it will break his fall just fine, if he maintains his position on top.

  25. Azure says:

    @Loren. Along with his neck, spine, hip, leg, head, or whatever other bone comes in contact with the floor. We don’t know exactly how far down the fall is from there, only that it’s VERY deep.

  26. perfesserbear says:

    Let’s see — since Galileo tells us that objects fall at the same rate regardless of their weight, the chain link and Ed’s own weight probably won’t cause the heart to rotate under Ed (he’s a Hyena, not a Coyote, after all). Can you say, “extra smooshy, gross, half-full water bed? I’m thinking the Hag will have another limb to splint, but a certain middle-aged skin painter will survive.

    That said, it’s not much comfort to Ed, up there on an antique, slippery, ducted organ with a pry-bar and a prayer.


    For the record, Demons don’t do dignity…


  27. mitzimom says:

    BarGamer is correct, if you look at the insertion of the crowbar in the second panel, you can clearly see where the prying end of the curve is inserted into a slot on the link – that chain is toast! Ker-splorch numbah two comin’ right up!

  28. enigmaticfox says:

    I’ve been *loving* this whole sequence of the comic…and I hate to be a curmudgeon…but where in the world did Ed get a crowbar? o.O

  29. The_Rippy_One says:

    So SGV is offering everything in the world – Digger gave him the chance to be part of the world. It’s amazing how far people will go to matter, and SGV is about to be bitten for not understanding that.

  30. Gabriel says:

    No, the fall isn’t that far- remember, they were lifting and dropping the heart on the ground to make it “beat”. Gross waterbed landing should be perfectly safe.

    Also, “I want my name back you sonofabitch” was the first thing I thought too.

  31. CJ says:

    I knew the heart was big, but dang, look at the size of those chain links in comparison to Ed!

  32. Pseudo says:

    Both Ed and Digger are basically incorruptible. That’s why their here.

  33. Marie says:

    Ed is saying, “As IF, loser!”

    Go Ed!

    And go VOTE! http://topwebcomics.com/gpages/default.aspx?id=10180

  34. reapicheep says:

    Naturally the squishy heart would help cushion the fall. Or Ed could just hang on to the chain still dangling from the ceiling, and await rescue. I’m sure Digger could cobble together some scaffolding once she’s done dispatching cold servants.

  35. Chip Uni says:

    @BarGamer — Ed is wondering: With what can Ed tie himself? Ed wears only a single belt; is not strong enough to support Ed.

    Ed glad Ed give Digger-Mousie warrior tea. Digger-Mousie fine warrior.

    Ed will remember Tunnel Seventeen in all Ed’s liver.

  36. Niall says:

    Here we see that SGV is all talk.

    Which is, of course, the entire point. 🙂

  37. John the Wysard says:

    Anyone else remembering Mark chapter 1 or Luke chapter 4?

    Go Ed!!!

  38. Hunter says:

    Well, SGV, let’s see…

    Nice life of simplicity and peace above ground in the light with a friend that cares about him?

    Or a life underground among silent, cold, unfeeling monsters with a demon as their leader?

    I’m gonna have to go with the first.

  39. WorkingVolition says:

    Panel 2: Masculine Ed.


  40. Nespin says:

    Thought – SGV is a trickster. Is it possible that killing the bound god will actually set it free, and that desperate attempts to get Ed away are actually a subtle way of /encouraging/ smashing the heart?

  41. Jesslin says:

    You know, I literally burst out laughing when I read SGV’s last lines. Yeah, it’s stereotypical bad guy desperation promising. Yeah, it might be a case of Bre’r Rabbit and the Thorny Patch. But I still couldn’t help it – Ed is totally reclaiming his self-respect, and you can’t beat that with a stick! I laugh, because Ed is The Awesome \o/ ! 😀

    And physics – Pfft! I say, Pfft!!

  42. Madam Atom says:

    @Azure: See, and that’s why I’m thinking this is a whole new place and possibly a whole new heart. Lucius Appaloosius found this yesterday:


    How tall is a hyena? That’s about how high up the bottom of the heart is. At least, the heart we saw before, in the place we saw it before. Held up by five ropes, not a single chain. Being pumped by lizards, with its blood being either drained or circulated, making a noise which has been wholly absent on this visit (as have the lizards).

    I’m very confused.

  43. motub says:

    @Nespin: I doubt it. After all, don’t the Cold Servants work essentially for SGV (since He-is is actually dead and not the boss of anything)? If there was some benefit in smashing the heart, he could have induced them to do so long ago, I would think.

    — ROFL break —

    What a set of offers by SGV! OK, revenge I can see as an offer, even though Ed very obviously has no interest in same; a demon’s gotta try something, right?

    But it’s the “Comfort? Luxury?” dealio that’s got me LMAO. And that would be…. where, then? What, none of the other Cold Servants wanted it, so SGV has hidden all of the rich appointments of his otherwise cold, dank, dark, and musty-seeming (but presumably expansive) underground “lair” away until someone else not currently a Cold Servant twigged to all this unused comfort and luxury and said, “More for me”?

    That was so funny that I only had a few sniggers left for the idea that being the highest servant of a pretty washed-up, one-trick-pony-whose-one-trick-doesn’t-work-anymore demon (in a dank, musty, but secretly comfortable and luxurious cave system) is somehow an attractive offer to anyone, much less someone on the cusp of heroic destiny, much less Ed on the cusp of heroic destiny.

    — end ROFL break —

    In conclusion, GO, ED!! It is just that you bring this unfortunate situation to a conclusion.

    and I say, drop with the heart. It’s pretty massive, and the chances are reasonable that it will keep you from dying. It will be messy, though. I think it’s too risky to hang from the chain, since who knows how long that is sustainable, or how long it will take for rescue to arrive, and then you’d have to drop without a “cushion”. No, can’t be having that…. You might miss the end of this story, and that just wouldn’t be right.

  44. Gramina says:

    Errick — “I want my Family back, you #%#w@#f@%s@#%o%@s%#!”

    Madam Atom: Umm. um. …Last time Digger was here, they got worried about how vulnerable the heart was once strangers had seen it, and they moved it???? And, um, Helix knew about needing to break the chain due to this whole “ghosts exist outside of time” bit? *hopes*

  45. the dark ferret says:

    Called it!

  46. Point of reference, SGV. You started this conversation with “Stop, Stop fool! ” It’s not altogether wise to provoke someone who literally has your heart in his hands. What you say is “Hey, hansome, can’t we talk this over some tea and cookies? Oh, and I’ll buy you a pony, and and a new car and, and a boat, yeah, and, and, and you can star in your own t.v. show, yeah.”

  47. Coelacanth says:

    That’s…pathetic persuading.

  48. BunnyRock says:

    @Errick: yeah, that quote was needed, glad someone got it in early.

    @John the Wysard: Yes. the temptation of Jesus in the desert. I guess if you’re using this analogy Digger is St John the Baptist. I doubt she’d thank you for canonising her, however. I’m not saying she wouldn’t look great in Ursula’s gallery of lesser known saints, but I doubt she’d like being a figure of religious awe no matter how cool she looked in that Happy haphazard hagiography.


    What worries me however is the urging to stop what he’s doing and give up is a little… too desperate. As the horde of Portal fans that come out of the woodwork like gnurrs on every website can attest, sometimes when the obvious apparently helpless villain who can do nothing but talk at you says not to touch something or you’ll regret it, They actually mean it. I’m guessing that destroying the heart will kill He-is, as everything we’ve been told suggests that it will. Whether that will necessarily also kill SGV is another matter, and even if it does, the death throes of both a god and a demon could be… messy. I’m not saying this plan to cut the hearts chain WILL go horribly horribly right, but I will not be overly surprised if we get a “Nice Job Breaking It hero” moment.

    Also where the heck is Boneclaw mother and those reinforcements! Today of all days is a time to come to the aid of those struggling trapped in the deeps.

  49. Rissa says:

    @Errick: THANK YOU. That reference with this comic totally made my night. 😀 GO ED!

  50. Mark Antony says:

    @BunnyRock: Digger and Ed were only able to get here with help from the skins. It’s unlikely Boneclaw Mother will be able to navigate those tunnels fast enough to arrive anytime soon. My prediction is that the destruction of the heart frees SGV, but Shadowlescent shows up for a Big Damn Heroes moment. Possibly with some demon friends.