unless he’s just making some comment about her skin tone
Nah, he things he sees a mosquito trapped in her face. He wants to take her to Dina and see if they can clone a dinosaur.
Tomorrow: “I thought you were more of a rouge, Sal!”
Getting in before anyone else can?
Danny, stop it, even your creator thinks you’re an idiot.
Willis, you meant rogue right?
no, stop it
Obviously you meant Rouge the Bat, right?
I thought he was making a joke about Amber’s make up that I simply don’t know enough about makeup to get
To explain the joke for those who don’t get it (I frequently don’t get the joke): he’s referring to the COLOR rouge. And the COLOR amber. “Are you Amber under there? I thought you were more of a rouge, Sal” = “Are you [yellow] under there? I thought you were more of a [darkish red]?” or something.
Halfassed explanation, but it gets the point across.
You know we only heckle because we care.
This is an amazingly appropriate avatar.
You may heckle because you care, but I heckle because it’s fun to be a pain in the ass.
Strange. I was reading this Yaoi fic the other day where they said exactly the same thing…
We only heckle because we care about the fun we get from being a pain in your ass.
Rouge vs. amber. Um, I get it. At least I think I do. 😉
No, if she were Rogue under there, she’d be draining his life essence through the skin contact.
I’ve laughed 3 separate times at this joke. Well played.
The Rouge Rogue?
NO. Shut UP, Willis!
*what chu talkin bout, willis
It gets old.
Thank you for that moment so much. Please excuse me while I get off the floor.
Tomorrow: “So you DON’T have my DS, then…?”
“I’m more of a puckish rogue”
Do you think he now knows that he is never getting his DS back?
Or as long as he doesn’t let it slip his mind once this ‘blows over’….You know what they say about how much of someone’s ignorance is willful….Hey, it’s not like inability to get an ounce of sympathy for his approach to life has ever stopped him before.
You’re wearing Amber’s SKIN? WHY???
Oh please. We should all know where this is going.
“Amber. Why are you dressed up like Amazi-Girl? Don’t you know that’s dangerous?”
If that happens, I’m giving up on Danny entirely. @_@
Dan: “Suddenly, I saw her left eyebrow, and I just KNEW!”
Amber: “(sigh) so romantic!”
Dan: “I mean, she doesn’t even trim those random extra-long eyebrow hairs to match the rest. It’s like a diseased mutant caterpillar went died on her face. There couldn’t be TWO girls like that on campus! I mean, considering all our bathrooms have mirrors, what are the chances?”
Amber: “…You remember way back, 4 seconds ago, when I beat a man twice your size unconscious… right?”
About friggin’ time.
Wow. the world was so shocked that Danny actually realized something that it stopped raining for a panel.
The rain was probably turned to steam when his light bulb came on.
There was a quantum moment there where two vastly different universes separated forever. It was like Hitler having a Jewish friend in kindergarten.
Why to keep your priorities straight there, Danny Boy.
Right now he’s realising he gave his DS to a perfect stranger.
Think she’ll tell him he gave it to someone who robbed a convenience store?
Actually, Sal didn’t rob the store. She tried to but was caught, right?
Accoprding to Walky, she hold up
two convenience stores.
So this means she was successful at robbing a store once!
Given how awkward and uncertain Sal was about the hold-up we saw, and Amber stabbing everything, I’m seriously wondering how the second convenience store fits into things.
She invested in better equipment, so she could do a better job.
That is, I guess she didn’t use a knife then.
… or Walky counted only the successful ones.
Well, this is pretty important. It re-contextualizes the event from “my girlfriend beat up some jerk” to “My girlfriend saw me talking to another girl, ran off crying, then beat up her abusive father.”
Oh my, the next few strips will be fun as he comes to realize how badly he screwed up.
Our luck, the very next strip will shift to a different set of characters and we won’t find out what happened for, like, a week.
that’s the perfect avatar for the realized threat of cliffhangers!
How badly did he screw up? Like, I’m actually completely at a loss as to how Danny is at fault in this situation, beyond the fact that in general, you probably shouldn’t just follow random strangers off campus. Amber’s the one who’s screwed up here.
Unless you meant he screwed up by not recognizing her until just now, in which case, yeah.
Billie’s really the one at fault when you think about it. She convinced him Sal was Amazi-Girl even after he pointed out her different skin color.
Exactamundo. Blaine is the one using Danny as Amber-bait.
Billie’s theory is pretty stupid, but I can’t hold her to blame for Danny, with all the extra information he had, buying it.
I think I’ve said this before, but if I’d been in Danny’s shoes, I would have assumed that Billie was making fun of me – especially given how she opened that conversation – and flipped her off and walked away.
(Unless I was in Danny’s shoes because I was Walky, in which case I’d be banging Dorothy.)
There is that. A lot of people have agreed that, really, Danny’s not really at fault here. Amber really should have explained that she was latching onto him for the “lovers” thing because her abusive father was stalking her and she needed safety in numbers. I can understand not wanting to reveal this in front of his parents, but as soon as they got alone and Danny made it clear she’d made him uncomfortable, she should have explained it. That would have gotten rid of a lot of awkwardness in the situation, and also prevented this whole fiasco.
Blaine does throw up red flags, but it seems like Danny’s lived a sheltered life so while he’s intellectually aware of abusive parents, he probably doesn’t think to look out for them and assumes parents what the best for their kids. His naivete does border on absurd at times (ex. his entire relationship with Dorothy in the comic), but he’s not really guilty on this one.
I don’t feel there was actually a good moment for Amber to explain why she seemed to latch onto that. Danny jumped onto ending the friendship about 20 seconds after his parents were gone, said he’d been uncomfortable for x, y and z, then she responded to one point, then he went off about how there couldn’t be an attraction between them because he was dating Amazi-Girl. There hadn’t been an opportunity in that whole mess where bringing that particular point would have fit in, especially because Danny didn’t ask why she even had, he didn’t actually seem to care why, he just didn’t like that it had happened.
And then Amber was heartbroken that he seemed more attracted to her persona than to her which is not really a moment where you’d wish to tell someone you’d been running from your abusive father which is why you had to force yourself on their day, unless of course you were annoyed and trying to actively make the person feel bad for hurting you, which Amber was not going to do because she is a nice person.
He handed Wiggler to the undeserving.
You’ve just hit the nail on the head when it comes to Danny’s approach to romantic relationships. Thing of it is, that he keeps falling for girls that subconsciously create instant karma with that approach…
In his defense (tallying up what he *didn’t* do wrong ASIDE) this rebound thing with Amber/Amazi-girl is probably this 2nd attempt at a love life…So…That…
I never expected that to actually happen
Really? Not sure what else could have happened. She just beat up his ride after all, and she doesn’t have another moving truck to jump on top of. The next thing out of his mouth should have been “Sooooooooo… you got an Amazi-car or something?”
I kinda expected it to be her tearing off her mask and being like, “screw you, Danny,” and stalking away into the rain, but… this could have just as interesting a fallout.
AND THE FINAL HORSE CROSSES THE FINISH LINE.
Final? He’s in first place, even amazi-girl doesn’t know who she is. Though, I suppose Blaine probably figured out in the pummeling.
Ethan was first, to be fair.
Wonder if Mike knows yet since he also grew up with Ethan and Amber.
I just assume that Mike knows everything.
Especially your mom. Biblically.
For a nickel
More like a dime, these days. Inflation is a bongo.
More like twice, at a nickel a pop. Inflation is a bongo.
What about Dorothy and Billie?
Well, to be fair…It was a three legged horse!
Actually, most of campus still doesn’t know. Then again, that’s like, Saying the spectators are participants in the race.
But they’ll get a time bonus due to “style”….
Well it’s safe to assume Walky is behind Dorothy right now. Ba-da-BING!
The worst part?
Danny’s technically the second (after Ethan).
Third, after Ethan and Mike.
We don’t know if Mike knows, but there’s a high chance he probably does. He is Mike.
Mike knows everything. He sees all. He watches you masturbate to “Walky Performs a Sex”
Mike watched Walky Perform a Sex
And boy is your Mary avatar pissed about it!
I dunno. None of the three strips with Amazi-Girl and Ethan in them have them interacting:
And the same search for Amazi-Girl and Mike yields no results.
It may be that neither one of them has ever SEEN Amazi-Girl, so they wouldn’t have the opportunity to notice that she’s Amber.
Ethan definitely knows.
I’m just curious when Amazi-Girl was really born.
Almost certain it was when she got to college. In the strip you linked, it suggests that AG is very recent because she only became “busy” after she spent the summer trying to support Ethan, and I imagine Ethan would have talked to her about it if they were still regularly hanging out, which only seems to have stopped at the start of the semester.
I could have sworn this metaphor meant that Danny’s just slow, as in The final horse crossing the finish line a metaphor for him being slow, not particurally the order in which other people have figured it. Of course I may be wrong.
I’m sure that’s what it is SUPPOSED to mean, but you can’t trust Internet kids to get anything right.
You can trust them to get it right. You can’t trust them to keep it straight if they can twist it into something else.
Well shit. That’ll teach me to go and make a stupid joke before checking out everyone else’s stupid jokes. DAMN YOU YOTOMOE!!!
I was gonna say, I swear I saw nothri’s joke earlier….
Hell just froze over.
Too late, now she doesn’t know who she really is. Shit just got mixed up.
Maybe now she IS Sal O.O
dear god danny is smart for once.
I wouldn’t say smart. Observant?
Not only is he smart enough to figure out that Amber is Amazi-girl…
… so far, he’s the ONLY ONE in-continuity. Even Amber’s uncertain, apparently.
…. dang, that makes him some sort of genius.
That’s a little generous when she’s literally dangling the answer in front of him.
It’s like calling a kid a genius for getting an A on an open book quiz.
… When he’s the only kid in the class getting a passing grade, and the person who wrote the book is having trouble with the main question.
Amber is unmasked in front of his face though! He literally would not have figured it out in any other method other than this incredibly convenient revalation!
Kind of like how the only time Hamlet EVER takes decisive action, rather than thinking and angsting about it, or talking himself out of it, or setting it up and not following through, is at the end of the play, when someone literally puts a poisoned dagger IN HIS HAND.
It was very recently confirmed that Dorothy was not, in fact, following up on the Amazi-Girl story until the chase scene. Give her time to actually do some research, and she’ll probably put the pieces together pretty quickly. Danny has no such excuse.
Dorothy believes Amazi-Girl is Sal, and is ignoring all evidence to the contrary. It is a simple human flaw. Sherlock is careful about it Dorothy could learn from Sherlock.
Dorothy isn’t stuck on the Sal idea. Billie is.
Dorothy had figured her living location and track and field.
Following up to say that I’m not sure Dorothy’s even heard the Sal-is-Amazi-Girl theory. She certainly wouldn’t buy into it for long since presumably, Sal did not participate in track and field.
I know FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELS
if they break up because of this i may actually start physically crying
I thought they’d already broken up: Danny with Amber, and Amazi-Girl with Danny.
Maybe, just maybe, tis will get them together again?
Danny couldn’t break up with Amber since they weren’t dating. And Amazi-Girl didn’t actually break up with him, she was just avoiding him after he told Amber they couldn’t hang out together any more.
Of course, now the question is will he stick with her, or cut his losses and get away from the crazy girl?
Get away from her? You kidding? That’s twice she’s saved him now. And he thinks this mess with Blaine is all his fault.
I don’t know about you, but I’d certainly keep my distance after seeing what anger can do to her. I’m not sure how people can think that Amber is justified in what she’s doing.
It has nothing to do with whether or not she’s actually justified. Danny’s the one whose opinion on that counts.
He could also, I don’t know…get her help? If nothing else, talk her into talking to the school counselor, who might be able to get her into a good therapy program.
We’d have a lot fewer problems in the world if people would quit walking away from individuals who have emotional trauma, even if they don’t know the ‘right’ way to deal with it when they see a triggered reaction like this.
Maybe, but I certainly wouldn’t fault him for choosing not to in this particular instance.
Danny is too nice a guy to elicit the level of anger she has for Blaine. I don’t think he has any cause to be concerned for that degree of anger being directed at him. Granted, he does not know what Amber’s history is, but if she tells him even half the crap she has had to put up with, I’m sure he would hate Blaine enough to feel the beatdown was justified.
“Maybe someday, when Indiana no longer needs Amazigirl, I’ll see her again. ‘k, bye.”
I think the Dumbiverse is seeing the last of Amazi-Girl right now.
I didn’t think Amazi-Girl had dumped Danny? I thought he was only under the impression that she stood him up for a night
yeah that’s what I thought too, gah, that quote of charles schultz, potentially falsely attributed “comics will break your heart” is IN PLAY, DUDES
So, Truck now?
GOD DAMMIT, FINALLY!!!
DANNY IS SELF-AWARE!
Run! Before it kills. Us ALL!
The tool goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from social interaction. Danny begins to unlearn at a geometric rate. He becomes self-aware at 7:14 p.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.
“I’ll take that as a no.”
DON’T YOU DARE.
therapy therapy therapy therapy therapy therapy
The extent to which your avatar doesn’t match your comment is really quite stunning.
Amusingly, your comment sounded right on for your avatar.
Honestly, I could just spam every day with “I love all these characters, but they need therapy” and be right. Except Dina, who is perfect as she is.
DoA’s theme song: “Frontier Psychiatrist”?
Dina’s great, but she needs help, too. And she knows it. She’s ahead of most of the cast in having actually taken the step of actively seeking help, though. From Amber, who… may not be the best source of help for Dina’s problems, but I think it’s still probably good for both of them.
Well Dina’s problems are that she has trouble spotting her own odd behaviour, showing sympathy, and understanding people and since Amber herself was like that to a degree, she is a pretty good source of help for it – just not when her entire world seems to be out to destroy her mind.
Now, does he get that she was always Amber or does he think it was just this time.
I really hope it’s the former or I’d have to blue scadoo into the comic and kick him in the face.
Blue scadoo, we can too! ::bwowwww::
Although, maybe this just speaks volumes of the quality of the mask Amber has. If I was a customer I would give this mask a 5/5. Noone recognized me.
Just imagine the Amazon review.
Despite covering a majority of my face, I had my real face revealed several times. The manufacturer should include some kind of safety device against this. Also, i know other reviews have mentioned how easy it is to do this on their own, but not everyone has access to that kind of money.
Recommended by bank robbers and superheros.
Worn in combination with glasses, provides perfect camouflage. However, has a tendency to slip off during extreme fighting. Would not buy again.
Terribly comfortable. I think everybody will be wearing them in the future.
I just figured why you give me so much trouble.
Why is that, do you think?
Well, I haven’t fought just one person for so long. Been specializing in groups. Battling gangs for local charities, that kind of thing.
Why should that make such a *OOMPH*…. difference…
1/5 did not prevent syphilis review misleading
It did this super weird thing where it surrounded my pupils with white stuff. You don’t really notice until you see it half on and half off, but it really is a weird effect.
Made me want to murder teenage campers, particularly if they’d had sex recently. As I am a camp counselor, this was somewhat problematic.
Would have been 1/5, but is at least a decent hockey mask.
WELP, anyone who was taking a bet on danny figuring it out tonight just won a hell of a lot of money!
And it was Danny’s proudest day ever.
God damn it Danny, you better not Dan this up.
This is it folks. This is the first sign of the apocalypse.
Danny gets it… right before the Rapture.
Poor Amber…I just want to give her a hug.
Me Too ~_~
Yes, I agree! Her sad face is breaking my heart.
And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is the sound of a pin dropping.
oh, great job amber, just go and confuse him even more!
Doesn’t take much!
he’s going to come out of all this thinking that Amazi-Girl is actually Joe or something, huh
Next he will realize that Palpatine is the Emperor and that the Necromancer is Sauron.
Maybe he may realize that Bruce Wayne is Batman and Danny Phantom is Danny Fenton!
Way to beat me to it.
Nah, Danny Fenton got outed like three times in that show and no one figured it out. THIS Danny figuring that out is inconceivable.
“You think Bruce Wayne is Batman? Oh, come on, that billionaire playboy. He’s too busy socializing at cocktail parties and managing the affairs of the Wayne foundation.”
Guy, this may be crazy, but the other day I saw Clark Kent without glasses and he looks exactly like… naw, can’t be.
Just because you *think* he looks like Green Lantern doesn’t mean he is. A lot of people look alike, and Clark is fairly generic looking to be honest.
If the invulnerable flying dude who can bend I-beams into pretzels and shoot death rays out his eyes wants us to pretend we don’t recognize him because he put on glasses and a bad suit, WHAT SUPERMAN I DON’T SEE ANY SUPERMAN OH HI CLARK.
I believe that more than I believe anything else. The man’s over six feet tall and pure chiseled muscle. I mean…the average reporter does NOT look like he could bench press the entire building. A pair of glasses does not transform that body into a nerd.
In All-Star Superman, he had good enough muscular control to make himself look tubby. I buy that for headcanon.
And in DCAU, all men’s bodies looked exactly the same anyway.
To be fair, it’s been made explicit at points that he also slouches, wears suits that are multiple sizes too large (so that people can’t notice the muscle), speaks an octave or two higher… Clark Kenting does involve a lot more than just the glasses.
There was supposedly a comic where someone else tried it based on the idea that it works so well for Superman, but didn’t actually do anything more than throw a pair of glasses on. Apparently it worked about as well as you might think.
To be fair, there have been times I have forgotten to put on my glasses in the morning, and my FRIENDS didn’t recognize me until I talked to them.
“Is that Bruce Wayne’s house?”
“…I hate that guy.”
Oh thank god that didn’t go on for the next 18 months.
He’ll slap his forehead so hard he gets a concussion, and we’ll start over.
YOU HUG HER DANNY. YOU HUG HER RIGHT NOW!
I think we are past the point where a hug will suffice.
Obvious first move though.
But I want a FRICKIN’ KISS!
This is NOT the time for a kiss, dude.
Think she’s so soaked he’ll need a wrangler?
I’ve never heard of an Amber wrangler, but then I’ve never heard of an Amber wringer either.
Clearly he has to carry her back to campus in the rain.
Depends how busy Willis is drawing porn including Walky. Perhaps there’s some space for Amber and Danny? 😉
And get her an umbrella and a towel.
I’m down dor a hug. Hug Her Nao, Danny.
sigh “for a hug” >_<
Wow… Such an awesome build up and reveal. Well played.
Hey… uh… Danny… not to worry you, but your intelligence is showing there…
“Your Genius is showing”
*pulls up zip*
Now now, he could always still Dan it up. ‘I can’t believe this, Amber, now you’re dressing up like my girlfriend to try getting to me? Do you have any idea how much trouble you could get Amazi-girl in if someone saw you beating up your dad like that and thought it was her? You need some serious help.’
That popping sound you hear is the Cluebat popping Danny’s tiny thick skull.
so very tiny. so, so very thick.
hahahahaha what a gross mix of words
The real reason Dorothy broke up with Danny.
More like, A Home-run Bat.
Also, Amber’s line broke my heart.
YUP. it’s like I didn’t even know rough it was going to get til now.
I’m literally tearing up.
If anyone hears a loud cracking noise when looking at this page, it is the sound of my heart breaking. For Amber. And myself for being a drama queen.
This is… wow. That is some powerful writing, Willis. You should be proud. I know I’m proud of you.
Feels, for reals.
Just fucking kiss her already, numbnuts!
…kisses don’t fix this.
They couldn’t hurt.
They could actually. I mean, I didn’t exactly have a prince of a dad myself. If I ever had the pleasure of beating the shit out of him, I don’t think I’d want kisses afterward.
Oh, they could well hurt.
I mean, she’s standing over her abusive father. Let’s have some common sense here.
I sort of feel like they’re not really in a kissing mood right now.
How about a hug?
A hug and a kiss, please.
I don’t think Blaine is in a mood where he would reciprocate.
Then where’s my 3DS?
I knew someone would say it before I did!
Let’s just hope he doesn’t have five or six downloaded videogames on it like I do and special keychains. Then he’ll REALLY cry.
… It was what we wanted.
AND IT RIPPED OUR COLLECTIVE HEARTS OUT AND DEVOURED THEM.
Speak for yourself. My heart is completely intact. I EAT CHEERIOS.
COLLEGE IS WASTED ON THE OLD!
No, eventually we get tenure and the keys to batmobile.
Well played, sir.
Nice that Danny knows but alas, poor Amber. Hope the next chapter holds better things for her.
He actually thinks that Sal puts on an Amber costume so that when she gets caught, people think AMBER is amazi-girl and not her! It’s actually genius, if you think about it.
So to unmask ‘Sal’, someone would have to rip off her Scooby-doo style mask? Yeah, I can see Danny Dannying like that.
“This must mean… Amber, you’re Sal too?!”
This is the best one…..it made laugh in an outward and loud manner 😉
guys, guys is blaine dead
is amber going to prison forever
E’s not dead. E’s just sleeping.
Lovely bird the Norwegian Blaine, beautiful plumage!
No, no, E’s stunned. You stunned him, just as he was wakin’ up!
Norwegian Blues stun easily, major.
E’s just pinin’, for the fjords.
As long as there is evil in the world, there will also be Blaine.
He’s probably not dead. Did you read the previous strip? Stop panicking, yo.
did I DID I DID I READ THE PREVIOUS STRIP???
*goes back, reads*
yeah I read that shit
it’s not like you can’t die from a HORRIFIC BATTERING by a trained fighter, even if it doesn’t happen the moment you throw your hand up
But he’s not going to.
He certainly would be dead if Danny wouldn’t have stopped Ambers final punch.
Now berate Danny for “danning it up”!
Not Dannying up a few things does not mean we can’t call him out when he still totally Dans up other things. Everyone can have good moments, it does not change the fact he is still Danny and still completely fails to reflect on things to the point where it is painful.
For a different example: just because a murderer doesn’t kill some people he could have does not mean that he is not going to get called out for killing other people. He is still a murderer that feels no empathy for other people.
Nothing an evening lying unconscious in a rainy parking lot couldn’t cure.
Probably not. But we can hope.
you can’t put an idea in prison.
YOU GIVE ME, AND ALL THE WORLD, MUCH HOPE, SIR !
I’m fairly certain he’s not, but even if he were dead, Amber would probably get leniency.
From, y’know, stopping a felony. Such as kidnapping.
And the guy’s outed as abusive from multiple angles *AND* has ties to organized crime.
5 years, at the worst.
I never thought of that. Knowing how Amber’s storyline has gotten more and more intense and hasn’t once showed signs of stopping, it might not be out of the realm of possibility.
No. It has been stated previously that no one will die in DoA.
But does Blaine count as a person?
Where was that again? ’cause all I could find was “no getting hit by a truck”
[though I’m admittedly kinda lazy to spend another five hours digging through alt text as per usually happens]
I don’t remember exactly, I’m pretty sure it was a comment on one of the pages in response to someone asking if people would die.
I’ll join the chorus of “Finally.”
Mr. Willis, you made me tear up with the look of desolation on Amber’s face as she came to her realization.
Thank you for this story.
Now….ki..you know what? This is OK.
Now cuddle…cuddle like you’ve never cuddled before!
Feels… I feel the FEEEEELS… ;-; Amber needs a hug now Danny, so FRIGGIN HUG HER YOU DOLT!
…damn you, Willis.
Self-loathing is not healthy, professor.
From one Willis to another.
After rejecting amber for Amazigirl, i kinda want her to not take danny back.
Well, this hopeless romantic hopes she’ll forgive him.
He knows her secret!!!
HE MUST DIE
“She’s a broken lady, waiting to be mended
Like a potter would mend a broken vase.
A broken lady, waiting to be mended
And have what’s left of the pieces put back in place.”
Poor Amber, she is so lost. Hopefully the catharsis of finally standing up to Blaine will help her to heal the damage that pushed her into being Amazi-Girl in the first place. She still has tons of anger issues to deal with, but there’s hope that this confrontation settled a large chunk of the pent up rage toward Blaine that she had been refocusing onto safer target.
Unfortunately, that’s not how it works- and I believe (take a grain of salt here, it’s too late to go looking it up) that it’s been proven; “taking out” your anger doesn’t diminish it. Quite the opposite, in fact.
If you’ll suffer an anecdote- it’s never made me less mad, to finally hit someone.
IIRC, the problem is that while it does diminish your anger temporarily, it also starts building associations in your brain between “getting really angry” and “feeling good afterwards”.
Finally, Danny isn’t the last to know something. Good show, old boy.
Dangit Amazi-girl, now Danny will NEVER figure out who you are!
Good Lord. The dawn breaks. And he is taking blame for something stupid he did. Good for you Danny.
Okay Amber. He knows. Now maybe things will get better for you.
Danny’s problem has never been admitting to his own wrongdoings.
I have to wonder if her answer will actually confuse him, and keep her secret intact. I honestly hope not.
Well, if history is any indicator, Danny will truly Danny this moment up with a major Dannying of Danny. So, in short, it will confuse him and keep her secret intact.
Her mask is only at 50% and failing.
Meaning that she’s 50% AG and 50% Amber!
No wonder she doesn’t know.
How could such a (somewhat) tender moment can be so facepalming at the same time?????? @O@####
Danny’s freaking face in the fourth panel. hahahahaha
This is why I can’t hate Danny.
Yeah, he’s a dork and a doofus, but his heart is pretty solidly in the right place. He’s not smart enough to always make the best decisions, but he’s the guy who, when Amber’s lost in rage, helps her find herself again.
Let’s hope. We haven’t seen that last sentence happen yet.
He started when he pulled her off of Blaine.
Yeah. He’s doin’ alright.
<~ "Well now I'm all confused! Are you Amber, or not? Do you have amnesia? Ohmygod, you have amnesia!"
Great arc. Made me suffer feelings. You’re a wiz. Not just art but writing.
“Oh my god, it was so obvious! I’m so stupid for not figuring it out earlier!”
“Oh, its not your fault Danny, I wanted it to be a secret. In fact, in a hypothetical situation where our activities were somehow observed by unseen forces, those forces would completely understand the difficulty of the position you were put in and come to realize you were not responsible. I mean, unless those forces were all unfeeling sociopaths. Or ugly.”
“Yeah, I don’t really know where I was going with that.”
“What if those forces were feeling sociopaths?”
Ew. These sociopaths are all sticky! At least those ones are nice and fuzzy.
Do we really want to give Amber the power to break the fourth wall? It doesn’t seem to help Deadpool’s sanity.
Called it a few comics ago
Pffff. I’ve known Amber was Amazi-girl for weeks now.
So… how is half of her mask staying up?
How was the entire mask staying up beforehand? BY SHEER FORCE OF DRAMATIC NECESSITY!
Dramatic Necessity is stronger than gravity.
Most forces are, including the Van der Waals force.
The half of her mask still sticking to her face could be damp with rain/tears. This dampness might be providing an adhesive force to keep the mask on.
Unless it’s not soaked through.
Well, Danny, you get your wish: http://www.dumbingofage.com/2012/comic/book-2/06-strange-beerfellows/alterego/
Now be a good Danny and go Dan it up by accusing Sal of having stolen your 3DS, thereby setting Amber off all over again.
I bet he was hoping it would’ve been the second one.
I’m fairly certain the same is true of her.
It’s probably a good thing we can’t post images in the comments, because I can think of a few I’d be posting right now.
Amber needs to accept that she’s inherited her father’s rage and then decide what she’s going to do with it.
Dan can content himself that at least he uncovered Amazigirl’s identity after an epic battle with her evil father that took him hostage. That’s superhero worthy right?
Actually I would agree with this comment.
Unfortunately, we don’t know that Danny has realized that Amber *is* Amazi-Girl. All we know is that he’s realized that the girl he’s currently holding is Amber.
I could easily see Danny accusing Amber of dressing up as his girlfriend in an attempt to fool him, steal him away from his true love, Amazi-Girl, and beat up on her father in the process. I mean, look, he gave Amazi-Girl his 3DS earlier, and Amber doesn’t have it. That essentially PROVES that Amber isn’t Amazi-Girl.
I mean, this is Danny we’re talking about. A box of rocks is smarter.
Somehow, though Danny is the proverbial broken clock, even that is right twice a day. And I think we just hit that time here.
If that actually happens, I’m packing up my bags and moving to a different comic.
Okay, no I’m not, but I will rage against the Willis.
You may not, but I might. It’s one thing to have a character be kinda dumb, but that’s a level of stupid that is not appropriate to a comic with this tone at all.
I don’t think even DANNY’s that dumb.
I mean, that’s getting into Silver Age Lois Lane or Steve Trevor (more appropriately) dumb here.
However, now that Danny knows, by the laws of superheroics, that means the strip goes downhill from here.
It’s the rain.
“AND THERE HE GOES FOLKS! THE SLOW CLOPPING CANTER HAS JUST ROUNDED THE CORNER…DANNY BOY HEAVES HIS FALTER BREATH AS THE AUDIENCE CHEERS….THREE MORE STEPS AND….YES!!! DANNY BOY HAS CROSSED THE FINISH LINE! THE RACE IS OVER! THE LAST HORSE HAS FINALLY MADE IT HOME!”
Please give that text your most obnoxious “fast talking announcer at a race track where you just put all your money down on the wrong horse” accent when you read it in your head. Thanks in advance.
I couldn’t help but read it in Tom Kenny’s announcer voice from IGPX.
But make it mind-numbingly slow, so it actually stretches long enough to give DANNY BOY time to reach all the way (all the THREE STEPS) from the CORNER to the FINISH LINE)?
Now Danny needs to go from being Lois Lane to being Alfred. Get the wounded warrior home and patch her up.
No, what she needs is a gifted and hardworking professional, not an 18-year-old with an established personal relationship.
I think Danny could pull of a Mary Jane if he tightened up a bit.
Amber’s eyes are getting a bit freaky here.
Oh my God. This is…this is just incredible. You took something everyone knew was coming and just grounded it in the most emotional context you could. This is an amazing, amazing strip. Thank you, Willis.
I think at this point, they should get out of the rain, head into that McDonald’s, grab some Chicken McNuggets, and talk about what just happened and why.
At the very least, they should get some Chicken McNuggets.
Or pizza, then he could tell her she’s smart and pretty.
Somehow Danny’s shocked face comes off as comical to me on second look of the strip.
I’ve seen something vera similar to this on the last two chapters of Skip Beat. DON’T GO THERE.
Remember in the second Keaton movie, Max Schreck sees Batman unmasked and says, “Bruce Wayne? Why are you dressed up like Batman?” I wouldn’t put that past Danny — or Willis.
I’m only just realizing this strip that Amazi-girl doesn’t wear glasses.
How bad is Amber’s vision? If she can see competently as Amazi-girl it couldn’t be that bad. Unless she’s just swinging wildly when she’s crime-fighting.
‘Ey, you! Blurry shape with the alcohol! Leave before I lay down my THUNDER FISTS. Just hold still for like, two minutes.’
Maybe she wears contacts as Amazi-Girl. Though that theory’s less fun. XD
Well, I know people who go around all day without glasses and do just fine, but know people who need them to read. It might just be that she doesn’t need vision all that accurate to fight crime.
I’m shortsighted myself and without my glasses everything is blurry but the only real issues are faces and writing, Amazi-Girl hasn’t really needed to read so I imagine Amber has similar vision to me.
For the longest time (before the onslaught of early 30’s decay attacked me with slight farsightedness) I had 20/20 vision but saw double-ish from esotropia, so my glasses largely functioned as a way to hold a prism in front of my face. Could be something like that.
Like me, Amber wears glasses because she has astigmatism. Mostly it means she’s not great at reading without them.
I’m really glad I’m not the only one who JUST NOTICED THAT in THIS PARTICULAR STRIP.
Colour me observant.
A regular Dan you are.
Yanno, given the circumstances I want to make fun of Danny for FINALLY realizing Amber is Amazi-Girl…
…but man does Amber’s line go where I was afraid it would.
Just hope Blaine didn’t hear it subconsciously…
I’m waaaaaay too emotionally attached to these characters right now.
Perfect. I love the facial expressions, panel to panel. And the angle at which she holds her head! Amber looks so damn tired.
DUNH DUNH DUNNNNHHH!
I realize that last line is probably meant as an indication of her fractured psyche, but I can’t help reading it like it’s the answer of a kid that can’t lie but is too embarrassed to say the truth.
“Did you lick the salt lick, Amber?”
O_O dem feels. My feelings have reached new heights in terms of involvement.
The only question left: is Danny like Christopher Walken in this situation? “Why is Bruce Wayne (Amber) dressed like Batman (Amazi-Girl)?” Hopefully you can do the mental math correctly on this one.
AND THERE IT IS, Danny is finally up speed here
Side not: oh no! Danny might not get his DS back
I’m sure that one of the local pawn shops will have it soon.
I’m hoping that Sal hangs onto it and takes very good care of it and gives it back to Danny the next time she sees him (or asks to keep it a little longer because she’s having so much fun playing Mario Kart with that Amazi-Girl person, except they keep arguing about who gets the bug guy), and the trust Danny showed in her helps start the process of restoring her faith in humanity. It’d be really nice to see Danny’s obliviousness and idiocy accidentally unfuck something up.
Amber needs hugs.
“Mr. Blaine O’Malley? Your flight to hell has been suspended because of heavy snowstorms.”
OK I LOL’ed at this one, and not just an amused chuckle either, a full-on guffaw.
Counter to my expectations, I’m relieved I’m not yelling “DAMN YOU WILLIS” and that Danny didn’t Danny this up.
Dammit, Danny! It’s not that good a disguise! You are an idiot!
Mm…he seemed to trust Blaine…and just by Amazi-girl beating the ever loving snot out of him, he takes her word that he was a bad guy? I mean, he WAS….but her almost killing him doesn’t prove he was….
Blaine did hold him hostage, and the way he reacted to her accusations… he didn’t really try to deny them or anything.
She told him Blaine was an abusive asshole who was trying to use him as leverage over Amber. This would have put several things into perspective. Then Blaine violently grabbed him.
And to think that this whole story arc started when Riley DeSanto wanted to have unlimited Cocoa Puffs for breakfast…..
Single best hero unmasking ever.with “…I don’t know.” Well done
And now the kiss. The law of JOE demands it.
And the seraphim did sing in rejoice, singing, “Now he gets it!” to the tune of “Hallelujah”.
Ugh, finally. There’s no trope in storytelling that bothers me more than an identity misunderstanding, particularly if it’s extremely obvious.
So glad these intense, dramatic strips have finally paid out in character growth. Too much tension to hold over several days 0_o
Hugs + “I think we need to talk about this. Somewhere warm and dry.”
“How about Taco Bell?”
“And away from … that man.”
“And I owe you a bucket of apologies”.
Danny shut the fuck up and hold her. That’s ALL you need to do right now! Well that and get the hell out of there.
Oh Amber… Danny, hold her for all of us readers and her. And stop talking.
I had always held out some kind of hope that Danny was just playing stupid and had figured out Amazi-Girl’s identity fairly early. Even that he was playing some long game by pretending to be taken in by the Sal thing.
Nope, he’s just that stupid. And surprised.
In honour (dishonour?) of his surprise and stupidity, a new Gravatar.
Nope, masks are just that good in DoAverse.
Out of context, Danny there looks like a zombie or something.
A surprised zombie.
And the clueless award for the most unaware since Lois Lane goes to,…..
Meh,.. Just shut up and hold her,…
I sense another set of SlipShine panels coming on (sorry for the pun).
“Amber, why are you wearing AmaziGirl’s costume?”
“Take it off before she catches you.”
Faz:Give me back my costume!
Well done, mr Willis. Well done indeed. And I can’t tell how glad I am that Danny opens with “This was my fault”. I kept saying the guy has his heart in the right place. Don’t prove me wrong now!
It’s more his encephalotopology that is in question rather than his cardiotopology.
His head’s certainly not in the right place but then, hardly anyone’s is in this comic. It’s all in the title
With any luck, Danny will decide this is an Animated-Batwoman/Tangent-Joker thing, and there are *three* women who are all Amazi-Girl… and the third is Dorothy!
It took him nine hundred and twenty-one strips to figure this out. Nice.
“Oh my god. Who did I give my DS to?”
Don’t worry. Danny! Her brother is dating your ex who is trying to unmask your girlfriend and has seen an obvious Chekov’s gun during that chase scene. And your roommate knows the girl who is dating Amazi-girl’s gay friend and those two have another friend who is the roommate of the previously mentioned brother of the one who has your DS.
So at least it’s somewhere in the web of lies that is your floor of the dorm.
Unless Sal gave it to Marcie. Or fenced it.
And the last horse has finished the race.
Well not technically since Billie thinks she’s Sal, and Dorothy still has no answer soooooo, there’s that.
So technically, Danny is ahead of almost everyone
I think Ethan said he knew who Amazigirl was, so he’s second behind Ethan, so there is that
And Ethan had years of head start.
Panel 4: Danny realizes how much he f*cked up XD
Yes, that is the look of: I dun goofed somthing!
Silly Amber! Why would you do something as dangerous as impersonate the real Amazi-girl?
Now, as this all unfolds, he’s likely to realize how Amber not only jerked him around but also put him directly in danger. It’s hard to see this ending romantically.
ironically the titles of the last three strips read out “freeze up down under”.
That’s probably deliberate.
Unless some small part of his brain doesn’t Dan up the memory of when both Amazi-girl AND Amber told him that Amazi-girl was not a complete person – just a compartment for violent and painful emotions. Danny’s an idiot, but he may also be a decent enough guy to realize Amber just fell apart and is in the middle of an identity crisis right now.
Amazi-girl really reminds me how much Willis loves Evangelion.
Not even Danny can compare to Shinji.
You probably don’t understand the character of Shinji that well, if *that’s* the character you think is being associated with him here.
Why do you become the Amazi-Girl?
Maybe she is Zuul
So after this page I just randomed onto another and got this http://www.dumbingofage.com/2012/comic/book-2/04-time-keeps-on-slippin/preoccupied/ oh my goddddd
DAMN YOU, WILLIS. WHY ARE YOU SUCH AN EVIL GENIUS OF WEBCOMIC STORYTELLING.
Two fatal flaws in Danny’s plan:
1) Blaine is Amber’s enemy, not Amazi-Girl’s.
2) Danny’s been going around telling the press that’s he’s dating Amazi-Girl.
This is the perfect time for Sal to come.
But math class isn’t until tomorrow.
Well, I laughed
…NOW YOU NOTICE!?
Finally Dan… finally you connect the dots, but now is your last chance, if you screw this up, your chance with Amazi-girl/Amber is toast
Now it’s their turn to perform a sex. I hope Amber still has some Amazi-condoms on her.
Didn’t mean to rain on your parade.
It’s actually not rain in the comic, it’s my bitter tears of rage after reading your pun. Which makes it a timeloop or whatever.
I’m pretty sure that would violate at least the spirit, if not the letter, of Joe’s third rule about when sex is not okay.
Yes, even Joe know the rules of banging decently.
This does reveal one major flaw in Joe’s Laws: You can never bang in the rain due to rule 3 being untestable and thus has to always assumed to be in effect.
Which is terrible.
I think that almost being kidnapped or killed is a huge boner killer.
Well of course she can’t check the tags – they’re definitely not accurate, after all they don’t even list Amazi-Girl!
Getting back Danny’s dx is going to be difficult for them. Hopefully Danny doesn’t do it in front of Amber.
REALIZATION! You slow, slow boy you
Slow?? He recognized her as soon as he saw her with her mask off. Hell, with half her mask off.
*does dance* called it, called it. Called it called it CALLED IT! I called the rage black out! And we all did see the whole unmasking in the rain thing happening too so meh.
I hope someone thinks to turn Blaine on his side so he doesn’t drown.
Why would anyone do that?
All right, I believe that now that Danny boy is up to speed, this is his time to make-it or break-it, just how will he react to all this. So for the love of mercy Danny:
DON’T DAN THIS UP!!!
Loving the alt text
Ok, so I just finished reading walky performs a sex, and now I think its safe to say that Dorothy doesn’t have a freckled ass
um, good to know…
It was a subject of some debate a while back…
I want that last dialog to be in a superhero movie. I don’t know which one or said by who, but that is awesome.
Well now she’s going to have to tell him everything.
Panel 4 – Danny’s freaking out internally about Amber being Amazi-girl
Panel 5 – Danny’s realizing that he didn’t leave his 3DS with Amber…
Every time I think I can like Danny again he ruins it for me
Late, I know but damn. Danny came to two realizations that were a large portion of all the Danny hate in just 3 panels! It’s all his fault and she’s fucking AMBER!
i just realized… how does amber see without her glasses?
I am more interested in how that mask is sticking to her face, does she tape it on?
I always liked Danny and I’m still a fan. He’s pissed me off quite a bit, but I was never a member of the “We hate Danny” club.
I can admit he hasn’t done anything super amazing just yet. He just got his butt saved by Amber and thankfully didn’t fuck but by being so thick he couldn’t notice her. . .Still waiting Willis! 😛
In that penultimate panel Danny just realized he’ll never see his 3DS again.
If you are not feeling the SHOCKING REVELATION as you are reading panel 4, you are reading this wrong.
The fact that it takes a slip of the eye mask to realize that Amazi-Girl is not a trim, tall dark skinned woman is hilarious.
And an exasperated shout of “FINALLY” was heard emanating from across the world.
Zounds! Now will Danny ever get back his DS? Only time will tell!
It’s kinda weird how long it took anyone to realize the girl that looks exactly like Amber in a costume was Amber.
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