#242: Sacrifice (Part Three)

[Fred slams his front door. Lightning outside.] \n SFX: SLAM \n [Max prepares a spell outside the door.] \n Max: heh heh heh \n [Spell grows stronger.] \n SFX: PWEEEEE \n [Door explodes. Beatrice shields Fred with magic.] \n SFX: BOOM \n [Max stands outside, looking through the huge hole.] \n Max: Here's Johnny! \n [Max and Beatrice in front of the McJeannason family tree.] \n Beatrice: Stay away from my nephew! \n Max: Oh yeah? How'll you stop me? \n [Beatrice zaps Max with life magic.] \n SFX: BZZT \n [Max prepares a spell.] \n Max: So you wanna fight? \n [Beatrice prepares a spell.] \n [Their spells connect in a flurry of electricity and fire.] \n SFX: CRACK \n [Max prepares a spell. (same time as 2 panels ago, not after last panel)] \n [Grandfather clock strikes midnight.] \n SFX: BONG \n [Max's spell shorts out.] \n SFX: FZZT \n [Max grins nervously.] \n Max: Oh. \n Max: Oops. \n [Max speaks to an annoyed Beatrice.] \n Max: Listen, I know I might've made a wrong decision in trying to kill your nephew. But if you would just consider- \n [Beatrice zaps Max.] \n SFX: ZAP
Happy Halloweeeen! 👻 (BTW, family tree doesn't show all family members yet, I was on a time crunch :P)


#241: Sacrifice (Part Two)

 Max, hasn't anyone told you not to run with magic?
Sorry I missed last week! Makeup should be coming, hopefully.


#240: Sacrifice (Part One)

[Snoring coming from a spooky, spidery room.] \n Fred: ZZZzZZzZz \n [Fred is lying down on a messy bed with candy wrappers.] \n Fred: zZZzZZZZ \n [A spectral blue hand taps Fred.] \n Off-screen: Hey. \n [Fred sits up, rubbing his eyes.] \n Fred: Zxqsm? \n [Fred stares up at a ghost with a bun in her hair.] \n [Same scene.] \n Fred: AAAAAAAAAAAAA \n [Same scene.] \n Fred: AAAAAAAAAAA \n [Same scene.] \n Ghost: Stop it. \n [Ghost looks around. Fred comes to terms with the ghost.] \n Ghost: I thought you'd take better care of the house... \n Fred: Great-Aunt Beatrice? How did...why... \n [Full-body view of Beatrice.] \n Beatrice: Someone summoned me back to the mortal world. I don't know who... \n [She points out the window. A beam of magic energy points toward the orchard near Fred's house. Margonsfield's skyline is visible in the background.] \n Beatrice: Somewhere in that direction. \n [Fred walks by a spooky tree. Beatrice is hovering spookily, the beam still coming from her hand. The spooky moon illuminates the landscape.] \n [Change of perspective. The beam points to Max, who is meditating and hovering, with the sigils of the magical elements: Time, Life, Persimmons, Pi, Energy, surrounding him.] \n Fred: Max?! \n Max: Hey. \n [Same scene, different perspective.] \n Beatrice: Why did you summon me? \n Max: It's just a magical exercise. A soul exchange between the mortals and afterlife every Halloween before the next midnight is sufficient for me to keep my powers. \n [Zoom in on Beatrice and Fred.] \n Beatrice: Oh, ok. \n Fred: Exchange? \n [The sigils disintegrate. Max draws a dagger.] \n Max: That's right. \n SFX: SHIIING \n [The dagger embeds itself in the tree right beside Fred.] \n SFX: WHUNK

My darkest and spookiest comic ever. How canon this all is is left as an exercise for the reader.

I'm back everybody! Trying to update a little more. Alternative title: The Tiny Stripz Halloween Special!