Her body was never found.
“You… KNOCKED OVER MY TRASH CAN”
“Prepare to die.”
“My name is Amber O’Malley. I pummeled my father. Prepare to die.”
Give this one a cookie!
WELCOME TO DIE!
“You spilled my diet soda!”
“John my diet soda!”
You sir, get +1 internet
Fortunately, Amber can count on Dina to help with the disposal of the body.
You need a whole to bury the body? Dina can dig it.
She just calls in her raptor brothers, and bam! no body
But look at the BONES!
You twat! I soiled my favorite raptor t-shirt I was so scared!
A whole what though?
a whole hole. she tried digging half of one, but couldn’t figure out when to stop.
You’re done once you get all the dirt out of it.
Miki? Do you like my name?
Someone call Bricktop and see if the pigs are hungry.
I called. He didn’t answer. I think Mickey got him.
Good man Mickey.
Holy crap! A “Snatch” reference?! great movie!
Dem pigs eat anyteeng.
I legit want this the moment where dumbing of age goes straight up Game of Thrones about some shit
“hey danny! I need you to help me remove a large heavy trashbag that smells like it has a dead human being from my room. Also incidentally that girl you used to date has vanished without any trace”
That’s not game of thrones. That’s some dumb buddy cop plot.
I think you mean “human bean”.
Leave Leslie out of this.
“It could have been so perfect, Dorothy. But you just HAD to pry and peek.”
Dun dun… dun?
UH-OH, she just realized WALKY IS AMBER
Next: Amber realizes that Dorothy is Sal.
Danny realizes Joe is his alter ego.
Fracking heck and now I can’t get Danny Sexbang out of my head.
if you mix joe and danny you get danny sexbang
Joe is Danny’s Tyler Durden.
The Dumbingverse ends with the singularity.
Eventually, it turns out that there is only one character in Dumbing Of Age, a poor disturbed soul who believes that they are the collective student body of Indiana University.
And that character is David Willis.
And it is still 1998, and he is still hiding in his dorm room, still having a complete nervous breakdown. And in his fevered dreams, he is having a vision of the future, of all possible college life experiences that can be experienced at Indiana University, by all possible college students. And this is his story.
This sounds eerily like a horror movie I’ve seen. Just switch the university with a motel and Willis’ dorm room with a courtroom.
I knew which movie it was before I even clicked the link. One of my favorites of my collection of movies that feature the lead actor from that one.
Amazi-Girl realises that Dina IS EVERYONE.
Oh Willis, PLEASE make that canon!
Actually looks blue to me. That’s more or less the opposite of amber.
Dun Dun, DUN!!!!
This ain’t good.
Nnnooope. No, it ain’t.
Vivvav my friend, things are about to do a rapid pirouette backflip off the deep end.
She totally thinks Amber’s secretly dating Walky.
That look. She needs to be taken care of.
For the family.
Leave the body…take the canoli.
Best ad lib ever in a movie!
Nah. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
For me, it’s a toss-up between the collected works of Harrison Ford.
“The police are here!”
“Uh, all of them, I think.”
“Newman, what are you doing?”
“Well, think me up a cup of coffee and a chocolate doughnut with some of those little sprinkles on top, while you’re thinking.”
Oh amber, nooo, what are you planning…
Amber disappeared before the last panel.
Also Fuck. How did I not catch on to them cheeks. I feel dumber than a Danny.
aaaaaaaaaaaa so obvious in hindsight
Amber’s gonna start talking in “Nolan-Voice” next strip, isn’t she?
“WHERE IS IT? TELL ME WHERE THE BOMB IS!!“
Or Bauer-Voice. “TELL ME WHERE THE BOMB IS!”
and then all the other characters will be saying, “AMBER OMALLY?” “O’MALLY!” “AMBER…” and then it will switch back to amber saying the above lines, lol.
Nolan-Voice + Dorothy = “WHERE ARE WE, TOTO?!”
Well obviously the mask… hid the… change….
Oh crap, masks do work.
Now we’re going to haft to kill ya,nothing personal.
Although, while I’m at it, you did break my boyfriend’s heart.
And while I’m at it, your best friend is dating my ex-boyfriend, who is gay but hiding in the closet and she’s enabling it.
Also, your boyfriend’s twin sister was central to a pretty traumatic event from my childhood.
You know what? Screw it, it is personal.
Another set of poisoned eyebrows leaps from a face!
The ‘brows want nothing to do with this.
Oh snap! Thick glasses-wearing college-girl cat fight!
And many a wrist was damaged that day.
I don’t get the cheek thing.
No Blush = Amazi-tits (or something).
I think: Amazi-Girl doesn’t blush. Amber does? Amber dropped her blush in her last panel: she’s about to get violent or run away with great rapidity. Example below.
We see Amber blushing in the Amazi-girl costume, but mostly when she’s coming out of her Amazi-girl headspace.
That last one she has the blush going on. Does that mean she’s just violent normal Amber beating on her dad?
Yep, the tags say it too. (Just found this out meself)
Yes. Notice “amazi-girl” is not in the tags for that strip. “amber” is.
This strip shows the transition from her speech, too, to be super extra clear.
And then you can see the cheek color in the subsequent Blaine-beating.
I was not getting it either, until this explanation. Even then, it took me a while to get it. That’s when I realized, I was misinterpreting the blush as being a shadow cast by the glasses.
Honestly, I always thought the blushes were just shadows off glasses. I had to go back through to see if there was any blush on others without glasses before, since it’s something I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise without it pointed out,.
It’s her “Dark Yugi” switch, I think.
Waiting for the other shoe to drop.
I see what you did there.
And now…you must die.
That look. She’s put together the dots. She has sympathy. That’s not the look of a person who is ready to run off and publish, that’s the look of a person who realizes that the girl was involved in a physical altercation with a family member.
I thought she looked more like someone about to get mauled by a tiger.
Amber has an Amazi-Tiger pit.
AND SHE IS THE TIGER
It is incredibly. Incredibly. Fortunate that Faz jumped into the lion pit.
The raptor pit
I think you’re right. And I think Amber’s look is less “Now I have to kill you” and more resignation to the inevitable.
It’s true. Plus, of the entire cast, Dorothy is the single most likely person to encourage Amber to get help. Lookit that sympathy! Amber could totally agree to get help so that Dorothy doesn’t publish.
::grasping at straws::
Assuming Amber’s in a headspace to listen. I think the comment about her blushing means that she’s going into her Amazi-Girl headspace, which is pure fight (or occasionally flight).
Worth remembering: It was Amber who stabbed Sal, and Amber who attacked Blaine, both in her room and in the parking lot. Not Amazi-Girl. Even though she was wearing the costume when she beat him down, she was tagged only as “amber”.
From the discussion she just had with Ethan, I don’t think Amazi-Girl is Amber’s way of justifying her violence. (Or at least not only…) I think she’s her way of controlling it.
So, yeah, I think Amazi-Girl coming out here is a good sign. Amber might react like a cornered rat. Amazi-Girl reacts with awesomeness and comic-book banter. And hitting, but only people who need it.
Yeah, I think Amazi-Girl is absolutely an identity she takes on to get away from the violence. Because she attacked Sal and has noticed aggression issues within herself, she feels like she has to be someone else to get away from that.
I also kind of always looked at Amazi-Girl as like… who Amber wishes she was? And not in the obvious superhero way, but to be confident and brave and able to stand up for herself and others without losing control of herself.
So I’m doubting this is going to lead to a fight. I really hope AmaziAmber will talk… I mean, what’s the point of running now that Dorothy knows her identity?
I was thinking the same thing. It’s a look that says “Oh my. You’re really messed up, aren’t you?”
I never saw that coming. Tailgate was Amazi-girl!!!
“Omigod! This means Amazi-Girl is…”
(Looks through tags)
Huh. I think I’ve run out of characters. A sad day indeed.
We could ALWAYS fall back on Dina.
….And the penny drops.
Amazi-girl is Penny!
No, no. Penny is Pizza Girl
I spent 2 1/2 hours archive crawling QC to find the strip where Pizza Girl makes a delivery to Penny and couldn’t find it. I know it’s there somewhere but you have to go through each strip one at a time and I’m just getting too old for that shit.
It’s the other one with Chaucer in it.
Good thing she doesn’t have the sweet eye-patch anymore. It’d get in the way of the mask.
Is amazi-girl the transformer or the shoe?
SHE IS THE TRASH CAN.
*plays Garth Brooks’ “The Thunder Rolls”*
NOT Garth Brooks.
This one is even wilder (if that is possible)
The lightning flashes in her eyes, and she knows that she knows~
Dorothy is just too smart and the pieces fit together too well.
I always loved the techno version of that theme.
Time for the Amazi-boot to the head to cause some easy amnesia.
The concussion will be most effective…
Especially since the only one who knows her location is watching biblical cartoons.
Boot won’t cut it might as well cold cock her with a pipe, get the Amazi-rod.
Are you sure? The Amazi-rod might be too much for her…
Suddenly Dottie forgets the last 3 weeks and thinks she’s still dating Danny!!!
Now that would result in a lot of shenanigans.
Now THAT would be fucking funny
No, Amber has to kiss her.
Superman II is quite clear on this.
BRACE FOR IMPACT
I AM THE DREAD PIRATE O’MALLEY! THERE WILL BE NO SURVIVORS!
So… then Dorothy becomes the Dread Pirate O’Malley? That’s how that works, right?
Goodnight, Dorothy. Sleep well, good training today. Most likely kill you in the morning.
Dorthy remember no matter how dumb you feel right now. The austrian army once mistakenly attacked itself resulting in 10,000 deaths. And it still lost the battle
‘Tis true, I don’t think there’s ever been such a massive screw-up since that.
The Australian Army lost a war against Birds.
was gonna bring that up actually
But to be fair the Aussies were out numbered hundreds to one. The birds won through sheer attrition.
And emus were compared to an army of zulu warriors
You can’t expect an easy vivtory fighting Australia wildlife after all.
Unless you’re SAXTON HAAAAAAAAAALEEEEEEEE! Though he did lose Mann Co to a little girl.
Won the war, though. So there’s always hope.
Any outcome that does not result in Amber getting counseling with a good counselor is not a desirable outcome.
Unless she gets counseling with Ninja Rick. That would be permissible.
ahahaha that would be perfect, ninja rick the guidance counselor, spouting “eastern wisdom” he learned from fortune cookies.
Every session is just an hour of him hissing ‘For vengeance…’ at her as the solution to everything.
Either that or Rick WAS her guidance counselor.
ITYM, Episodes of Naruto, not fortune cookies.
We are the psychiatric profession. You will be assimilated.
Theoretically, Amber could kill Dorothy and then take her place.
Considering how alike they looked, she could say she needs to focus on her studies due to a bad mark and it would be like a month before anyone noticed.
Dorothy, Have you put on weight? In All the right places?
Walky: Dorothy! Where have you been? Wait you’re not Dorothy your way more curvy and luscious, with a perfect hour glass figure and…..on second thought forget what I just said want to meet up later tonight?”
It’s GO Time!
that face on Dorothy though, I think she also understands why Amber is Amazi-girl if she connected Blaine getting beat up as well as everything else
Hello, Amazi-Girl. Glad you could join us here.
Man, I even noticed the blush thing in the last strip both of her were in, but didn’t connect it to her switching personae.
If this comes to a physical altercation I do not see this ending well for Dorthy. We’ve seen what Amazi-girl can do. We’ve also seen what Dorthy can do, and that seems to be homework and Walky, not in that order.
If it came to a physical altercation I do not see it ending well for Amber, assaulting the student next door. But John and MsSchiff are probably right, Amazi-girl is about bottling that stuff.
I have a feeling that the ‘resigned’ look is the one I’d go for. Amber knows she is caught. How she is going to handle that is the question. Run, or stay and face up to the whole mess by talking to someone.
As to Dorothy, I think she looks sorry and sad. If she has put together the two O’malleys, which yeah, she did, then chances are she has now figured out that The Beaten, bastard daddy, and the Beater, the dark haired girl right here, are involved in the worse kind of mess: super dysfunctional family.
Maybe, she even now knows why Danny grew some, when he flat out told Dorothy to back off Amber. Because Danny was involved, and he condones what was done, she knows it has to be bad, because Danny ain’t exactly Capt. America.
Poor Dorothy. She should just disappear from the comic while we do a background of Amber taking out the trash.
Another way to tell the difference between Amber and Dorothy: Dorothy’s glasses are horizontal, while Amber’s are vertical.
And. Y’know. Different faces. Different heights. Different builds. Different hair color. Different hair style. Different complexions. Different wardrobes. (Thought admittedly Dotty horns in on Amber’s typical yellow-and-blue color scheme occasionally.)
She Going to haft to have her Buried out in the dessert mafia style isn’t she?
Amber, last strip: That wasn’t nice. Now youze gotta leave.
Amber, present: …Now youze can’t leave.
Or she could give Dotty the Cement Tennis-Shoe….or the Cement Tuxedo.
Apparently pigs are also good at this sort of thing.
And nobody ever looks for graves in the middle of forests.
RE: Frame 7
I DON’T LIKE THAT LOOK
Now is not the time for sympathy, Dorothy, Amber just slipped on her crazy face. Get out of the room, board up the door and boobytrap the window.
Congratulations Dorothy. You are the first person to find out Amber is Amazi-girl without having (a.) Prior Knowledge or (b.) Having it dangled right in front of your face! And your prize is….
A BRAND NEW CAR!
…that turns into some robot or something. It’s on the shelf behind you.
“Insert picture where Dorothy is jumping for joy”
….Amber Performs a Distracting Sex?
You face on the back of every milk carton in the country!….wait a minute.
I meant, your face on the front page of every major newspaper…and the word MISSING.
Gives whole new meaning to “Amber Alert”.
So, her face on the three newspapers that are left? (hey-oooh!)
It was fairly dangled in front of her face. Blaine O’Malley was beaten up by someone, likely Amazigirl. Amber O’Malley was in possession of several unique items that belong to Amazigirl. Amber freaked out when questioned about the assault on Blaine. That’s more details than Danny had, and the fans hated him for not picking up on it.
Amazi-girl was literally unmasked in front of him.
Dorothy has clues because Dorothy has been looking for clues. She spotted them, she thought about them, she put them together, she figured out the answer all by herself with her brain. This is in no way comparable to stumbling around in willful ignorance until the answer literally falls in your lap.
Danny hung out with both regularly. He at the least made out with her. Dorothy saw Amazi-girl once, granted in broad daylight, but AG actually covered her face up more when they were face to face. Basically, Dorothy needed to figure it out based on hair and/or body type if she was going to figure it out any sooner. Because she was already in the process of connecting Amber and Blain, and she DID figure it out based on physical objects.
Dorothy has the worst poker face in history.
she knows your secret. now you have to kill her.
If the shoe fits…
“As per our agreement, you may now ask me a FEW questions. Go.”
Amber’s going to prison, isn’t she?
No, quickly arrange a coverup!
Or a fatal accident!
No, because after (an incredible make out session)* Dorothy realizes that she can help Amazi-girl, and she comes up with her own costume. Leading to the formation of the Justice League of IU.
*not really, but somebody already shipped them.
You know its to bad Joyce didn’t come could took her out as well, two birds one stone.
You knoweth to much!
Dorothy, I have a word of advice to give you at this point. It might not be good advice, or even feasible for you to follow up on, but it is something I think needs to be said here.
You and me both know she can’t out run her.
At least she will be tired enough not to leave her in the Everglades or something.
“I will kill your Mom. I will kill your Dad. I will kill your stupid Walky.”
“I want you dead, I want your family dead, I want your house burn to the ground.”
I don’t think people realize that Dotty’s chances of survival INCREASED the moment Amber went Amazi. Think about it. Every time she’s done something unmeasuredly violent, it’s been AMBER in control.
I think the ball is in Dorothy’s court now. Does she want to be a reporter, or does she want to be a human being? What’s more important to her: Her story, or this girl’s psyche?
You hear that? That’s the sound of broken glass.
dun dun duuuuuuuunnnn
Amber O’Malley, consider yourself BONED!!!
Oh Walky, you’ve laid the foundations of your own doom. Ain’t no cartoon-hustling slackabout gonna stand long between the superhero and her Lois Lane.
Nah, he wants to get a shark tank, so this is totally his supervillain origins. He’ll be fine.
“Dina, get the shovel.”
Quick Amber, out the window!
Amber should have chucked that shoe through the waste disposal chute.
- DOWN the chute, I mean.
I really like your drama, Willis. Watching the scene makes me want to just hug both girls. (I am not one, despite my avatar. And anyway, Ruth’d say the same…)
Being a fan of Amazi-girl, I have often found Dorothy’s pursuit of her to make Dorothy come across as irritating and self-centered. But I want to give credit where credit is due, so I’ll grant this: Dorothy’s expression in the last panel is suitably frightened. A lesser investigative reporter would look smug or triumphant, but Dorothy realizes when she’s found out too much, too fast.
Two options, Dorothy: 1. Play dumb. 2. Be friendly. 3. RUN.
Hmmm. That’s three. Of course the ‘take the third’ option is always the best.
4. Fight. Dunno which one is closer to the door, but Amber could actually get in a lot of trouble if Dorothy outs her. She’s probably strong enough to restrain and quiet her long enough to come up with an effective threat. Amber has taken option 3 several times, but Amazi-G is getting stronger, and more cornered.
DOROTHY has three options. Amazi-Girl has two: Talk it out (I hope) or fight it out (I sincerely hope NOT). She, having already crossed, has dispensed with playing dumb.
So are Amber and Dorothy going to enjoy a Superman/Lois Lane relationship now?
Ok, seriously, the cheek thing, genious.
Also, i love today’s title. Who caught who?
OMG! Dorothy is going to be so dead :P.
“You’ve found me out. You won’t like me now that you’ve found me out.”
I honestly hadn’t noticed the cheek thing as applying to that, but I did note the chance in expression and eye set, also Dorothy’s worried, sorta fearful expression. Nifty design aspect.
*Theme from Kill Bill begins to play*
She did the math.
So this means … Amber’s room mate is Amazi-Girl?
“Hey! Did I say you could stop, have a few flashbacks, and make sudden realizations? You need to get out of my room. Now!”
See, for me, those last two panels aren’t quite “now I must kill you” and “now I must die”.
“So. Now you know.”
“And now I need to know more.”
Dorothy: “****ing ****, it’s her.”
And all through the campus, the students say
that Dorothy’s body was never found that day.
Can you hear that?
Is the sound of dots being connected.
Dotty connecting the dots
” I will have to kill you now…. sorry! “
Too bad this strip isn’t based at the University of Washington. Then you could call it “Shoeless In Seattle”!………Hello?……..Anybody?………
Joe is going to walk in next frame. “Now kiss”
I might just have bad memory, but I don’t get why the shoe and the transformers equate to Dorothy figuring our who Amazi-girl is.
Dorothy and Walky found them when they were last tracking Amazi-girl. She stole back the Transformer and the matching shoe was in the waste basket.
i’m sorry, cheek color change. amazigirl and dorothy?
Amber’s got rosy cheeks when she’s Amber, but as Amazigirl doesn’t blush, when she crosses into that persona, the rosies go away. Meaning…at the end here, we’re not looking at Amber. We’re looking at Amazigirl.
Squeee! I can’t wait for the character development that’s going to happen during this story arc.
This is my canon.
*Amber reaches over*
“You actually just twisted my neck slightly to the side.”
“Actually, that felt pretty good.”
Yep. Amber is either about to flee, attack, or passionately make out with Dorothy. I know which one I’m in favor of.
I really wish people would stop commenting on random characters making out or performing a sex. Just because people have sex doesn’t mean they do it indiscriminatly. It is especially unlikely in this situation because they have not interacted before this strip, and neither have shown any inclination for bi/lesbian tendencies. The running joke is getting to be as irritating as asking if Ethan is gay or OMG Amber is Amazigirl.
You’re not the only one
Okay, I have no idea what’s going on. I’m not sure how Walky at all relates to her Amber. Could someone perhaps help me to figure this out?
Shoe (in Walky’s hand and the garbage can) + Transformer (in Walky’s other hand and on now under the desk) = Amber is Amazi-Girl
How does that compute? I understand that this is the collective conclusion, but it seems that Dorothy could much more likely conclude that Amber is stalking Walky. Is there something I’ve overlooked in the story so far?
I am not sure how Dorothy could conclude Amber is stalking Walky merely by possessing a woman’s shoe which matches the one they found yesterday. If anything, that points to Walky stalking Amber, which Dorothy knows they did, because she was helping.
If you deduce that Batman is Bruce Wayne, don’t you get to be Robin?
In my personal headspace, this ends with Dorothy taking Amber to go speak to Ruth. Together, the three of them decide that Amber needs to go to get help. She leaves school and gets the treatment she so desperately needs, comes back, and resolves her relationship issues with her father in an adult fashion.
Dina, meanwhile, patrols the night as Amazi-Raptor.
You are aware that with comic strip time, it will take several years IRL to get to that point realistically, right?
I mean, there’s nothing wrong with that, but it will effectively remove Amber from the story, as therapy is Boring (which is why it’s never an option). Why do you think Dana hasn’t appeared for real?
Clearly, there is only one reasonable option.
Knock Dorothy unconscious and hide her in the wardrobe.
Remember, superheroes don’t kill civilians and dump them in local lakes, despite how easy it is.
No, Willis, no one noticed the cheeks. All that hard work was for nothing.
Hmm, I must go re-read the comic to see how many other women characters have secret amazi-hero identities we haven’t seen in the comic yet.
(time passes) Wow, one I guess was obvious, the others, though… :p
Oh so it won’t be Blaine she’s helped by Danny to sneak out of campus in a plastic bag.
Dorothy’s expression looks as though she is going to say the only thing that might save it all: “Amber, I think we need to talk.” I hope she does and that Amber lets her talk.
“You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry”
That night at her computer, Dorothy reads in the screen:
“The heroine everyone calls amazi-girl is a woman called Amber O’Milley”
Dororthy:(presses delete, walks outside, and looks up) “go get them Amber”
That movie is hated on way too much. Thanks for the reference.
Oh dear. This is gonna end badly.
Aaaaaand it all comes crashing down.
It’s like watching a car crash in slow motion: it’s terrible, but I can’t stop watching… O_O
It’s interesting how so many people assume impending violence. Amber’s face in her last panel says to me, “Ok, so you found me out. Now what will you do with that knowledge. Will you make the right choice?…”
And, of course, Dorothy’s face in her last panel says to me, “You flipped me off from the top of that truck… That was mean…”
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