What’s large and has people inside it?
LOOOL I havent seen a funny yo mama jokE in YEARS
Still haven’t :P
Oooo. That burns
I hope you were holding a rawst berry for that SICK BURN.
Well that challenge certainly didn’t last long.
need some ice for that burn?
Now i get it when he said “I’ll Spray bottle this sucker”
Isaac looks so bored with this guy. xD
So it looks like Issac has vaguely weather based abilities.
Looks to me, specifically, that he has a Storm Spirit in him. Winds, water, lightning; that’s a storm! Bet he can to hail, too.
So, what, is he possessed by Lo Pan or something?
Obviously he’s the latest Avatar.
Oh, everyone honor Avatar Isaac!!! Yeah, I can just see the mass destruction now…
Dude… is his hand crying on that poor Lemongrab-voiced sphynx?
thank you! I knew I had that voice in my head from SOMEWHERE!
What carries people inside it and is a testimony for an old anguish of the human race??
Riddle – what has wings (he could, we don’t see his back), thrives on depression (air v.s. “all is hopeless”, and carries people (the ones in his head)?
The best I can do is a Spender Star.
PD: Isaac charges his right hand with spectral power, then hits with the left. Classy.
Isaac’s thumb needs to be recolored in the second panel.
Shadow maybe? It’s the same colour as the one under his neck…
his head casts a shadow onto his thumb.
How about “This beast of burden carries many in its shell, as it bounds over the walls of the world.”?
That Sphinx sure managed to make his time annoying, as for Issac’s powers…Weather is a reasonable guess, I’m going to wait till it’s explained in comic before guessing about the powers since we’ve SEEN Max use his powers and we still aren’t sure what it is!
I remember an old biblical story about evil priests with staffs that turn into snakes… I thought that was a fair guess.
Less evil, more aligned with a different pantheon; The only priests that turned their staffs into snakes that I can recall from Bible-stuff is the Egyptian priests that faced off against Moses.
The answer is hair care.
Exactly! We’ve seen air based abilities (blowing Max off his feet, slamming the sphinx down in a tornado) which is a hair dryer, water abilities as well as a mention about spray bottling (spraying water to style hair), and Collin says that his hair is a result of being a ‘tool’!
What has four legs in the morning, no legs in the afternoon, four legs in the evening, and makes you sit next to someone who will have no concept of personal space?
This. This wins everything.
Okay, there were a bunch of good ones already but this one is the best. Thank you, Anonymous! You made my day. :D
A bus seat. It has two people in it in the morning on the way to school, two on the way back in the afternoon, and it makes you sit next to Susie.
I vote this one
What holds many, yet requires an uplift to be worthwhile?
Boom, gimme my star.
Now now, Sphinx, you have no one to blame but yourself. You should have had the foresight to make your Invisible Wall a little bit wider. Or perhaps chosen a larger gap requiring crossing.
What is a ghost and isn’t an airplane?
I am full, but empty at the core. I travel, but see nothing. What am I?
Make that ‘I travel, but have no legs.’ Hey, we can’t /see/ any legs on that thing, amiright?
I think some combination of those two riddles.
I like it. Got a classical riddle paradox-reminiscent style feel to it. I like it.
What is the answer to my riddle?
Well, that settles it. Issac is the avatar.
He needs to find another bridge.
There is no bridge to cross the gap of this sphinx’ issues.
Remember, kids. Go to school and learn, or you’ll end under a bridge like that poor fella.
They ARE going to school…well. they’ll get there someday :)
What has red eyes and is filled with people?
Ha that’s actually pretty good
Wait, so Isaac has water powers?
Storm powers, I’d say. Winds, rain…
Hmm tornado slam, rain from hands, the ability to cross a small ditch without using the Sphinx’s bridge….
I’m thinking Issac has weather power or elements or something.
Great page as usual!
i dont understand how he got past the wall
He walked around it because the gap is so small that the bridge isn’t necessary in the first place.
Yes, the riddle was to cross the bridge. His powers had nothing to do with the rest of the gap.
The sphinx’s moment of triumph was funny though. Would you really want to have the guy who beat you without breaking a sweat on the same side of the bridge as you? Or would you rather he moved on.
The real question is if non-spectrals are stopped by the barrier.
They wouldn’t be since the sphinx’s power relies on interaction with whoever it’s working on. I think I explained it somewhere else in the comments. It’ll be in the comic eventually.
You know what I wanna see now? I wanna see the sphinx and Gollum enter into a riddle war. That’s what I wanna see.
You wish is my command.
I am so happy we panned back to Isaac, you have no idea <3
And having a hand rain on a Sphinx is probably the spectral equivalent to spraying water at a cat out of a bottle. Because what else could that gesture possibly mean?
Given his comment, I think it was more to rouse the phoenix after he slammed its head into the ground. Wake him up so he wouldn’t get eaten himself.
The sphinx had pretty blank eyes when watered.
The tv/movie thing is to splash water on people who are passed out to get them to come to.
“Don’t pass out or . . . “
Is it that thing?”
No wonder Isaac is always under the weather.
And has such a stormy personality
What, did someone rain on his parade in the past?
I don’t know, but sparks must have flown.
Now, whenever I walk into a glass, I will go, “nyerrff”.
Water power? OH PLEASE GOD(Zack)! DONT LET HIM BE AQUAMAN!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Hey Aquaman’s not that bad he can… you know… talk to fish and shit…and swim really fast… oh and ummm… throw water balls
It would suit everyone’s treatment of him painfully well….
If only water balls were more useful underwater.
Aquaman has the ability to “Command the creatures of the deep”
And survive(and swim and attack) under 500+ Atmospheres of Pressure.
But does he have the power to control people who are off the deep end?
He also has the ability to control water.
Screw you, Aquaman is awesome.
I AM GOING TO EARN THAT STAR! SO HELP ME!
“What depressing container herds people around in it’s body?”
“Um…Is it that thing?”
“NO! It’s an airplane! GOD, you are SO DUMB at riddles!”
Yes. I need to learn how to make riddles like that sphinx can. Maybe I’ll build a better bridge for him in return.
On a side note, Isaac’s going to see Max at school all beat up, and wonder what the heck he missed.
What has lots of baggage and whines as it carries people inside it?
This one’s got my vote.
Star for you.
Larger than some
My passengers glum
With numerous men
Who go where I send
Sounds good to me. Even if that last one doesn’t really rhyme.
Rhymes are good. You get a star.
“I’m thinking of a large thing that transports many much smaller things. What is it?”
Hey do you watch Adventure Time? Because I just finished watching it all the way through and the sphinx-guy’s face is reminding me a loooot of some of the character designs in that.
I have seen a smattering of episodes recently, it’s a good show. I get the comparison to that lemon guy ’cause he’s got the same freakin’ face and acts the same but I only saw that episode after people started pointing it out. Woe is me.
Zack, is your spectral ability accidentally ripping off things you’ve never seen?
Yes it is. And on purpose ripping things off that I have seen.
“Oh my goodness, what on earth could that be? *point*”
[INSERT STAR-DESERVING RIDDLE HERE FOR UNIMAGINATIVE WRITER].
So, looks like Isaac is the Storm to Max’s Magneto. Wonder who Cyclops will be… (Hint: It’s Mr. Spender.) But more importantly, why do I get the feeling that despite the hilarious thinking on our favorite medium’s part, the Sphinx’s force surrounding that one piece of wood is foreshadowing something? c(‘-’)p (<== Perplexed chin-scratching)
It happens to be his power. He can set an arbitrary restriction that goes into effect if you lose one of his games. In this case they had to answer 2 out of 3 of his riddles correctly in order to cross his bridge. Yes this is a powerful power. Pretty sure the Sphinx, its power, and the bridge are incidental plot elements that will have little to no effect on the story going forward. Yup, no stupid plot devices being set up here.
What rises when full, and rests when empty, only one may lead, but is packed a plenty?
Also brilliance^ :D
What carries in its belly expensive peanuts, crying infants, and mini skirt clad women serving bad food?
Had that fight gone on longer than it did, and the sphinx tooled up, Isabel could have used it, having red spectral energy and whatnot.
Oh dang I had to go re-tutorial on the earlier Ch3 pages to realize that it was all color-coded between spirit and host and not just anything-goes.
So do non-spectrals have a color for their spectral energy before they even turn special, or does it come FROM their affiliation with ghosts and spirits?
They have a color on their own, but if they’re turned spectral by exposure to something supernatural then they have the color of whatever they were exposed to (like if a normal human gets possessed by a spirit, more on this later). So both, really.
Is it even possible to dual-wield tools?
Is it possible to wield a tool while possessed?
Because plunger frog is blue. and Isaac is blue.
water creation plus reflection duplication seems a really nice combo. Puddles + mirroring creates henchmen = reflectomancer.
Different shades don’t mix, or so I’ve heard. :(
It’s like having an aura XD
“What has a tail and a nose and carries boarders over borders?”
hahaha i like this one best
What holds many lives
But is driven by one
Alone it can’t fly
Decay makes it run
Because fossil fuels? Idk, that’s the best I could do because I am bad at riddles.
Nice page! ^w^
I can totally see one of those numerous kids from school getting the Sphynx’s power. Johnny’s hair is pretty bright red, but I doubt he would be much good at setting up riddles.
Neither is the sphinx
I think it’s just by creating conditionals, which maybe have to possess some modicum of fairness in order to work? Or work proportionate to how legit the user’s proposal is? Johnny could probably get some plank-wide barriers out of “fiddy or fight”, which any fleeing losers could get laid-out by.
Heck, if the power is medieval enough in interpretation, there is *nothing* more fair than a challenge to single combat! Johnny would love that, on account of really being anything but fair to have to fight against…
i totally see those two becoming Medium/spirit partners.
I’m guessing Isaac got a storm spirit?
Rain and Lightning are dead giveaways if nothing else. The jumping could be attuned to wind.
His shirt says “clothing”. I NEED THAT SHIRT.
i agree 100$
I believe that this is the fastest Paranatural has gotten to 100 comments (this should be 101). Less than 2.5 days.
Why is this so addictive? You rock Zack!
I’m actually starting to like Isaac now
…WOW Zack managed to make a likeable character…THAT doesnt happen like a BAJILLION times!
Have you been gone for the last week or so, Isaac has been awesomesauce for the last several pages. He’s like a friendly, level-headed Starscream.
I agree with this. Isaac is the best.
What is big, high as a kite and full of people?
Ooh, that one’s pretty good. But then again, there’s no evidence the big red spirit is stoned. Unless, he’s coming DOWN!
People who are stoned often ponder deep existential subjects, but their general conclusion is usually “Woah!!”
Bahahahaha! ^ yes
Who thinks Isaac and Isabel might have handled that Sphinx a bit differently? I get the feeling they’re more rough about it, even reckless. They probably had enough combined power to subdue the frog whale guy without forcing him to degrade himself and hide in a tool.
I’ve gotta agree with that; they (I’m assuming you meant Ed, not Isaac?) definitely seem to be pretty aggressive. However, we still have to take into account the fact that Isabel was reluctant at first to fight the spirit, since she though Max was describing a benevolent spirit. Considering that, they might’ve chosen to listen to the riddles and do nothing, but if they could pass the them, they may not have done anything, since that really poses no threat. If they couldn’t and sphinx spirit had attacked is another story. Then they probably would’ve pounded him into oblivion.
Whoops, meant to say Racist Whale from in the 3rd/4th sentence.
Wow was i tired or something? Yes I meant Ed. Him and Isabel are nuts.
You could say he rained on sphinx’s parade.
Okay, so he’s got weather powers?
Which means his hair is the shape of a LIGHTNING BOLT!
Or he’s got killer lift with that windblown look.
ISAAC DESTROYER OF SPHINXES.
Also…yay, loopholes. c:
is issac an avatar?
Just a guess, but we’ll see someone with white spectral energy who can use tools of any color, and is a collector of sorts. The only tool type he won’t be able to use is black, it being the absence of color. Or not. Yeah, probably not.
Just read the entire thing in one sit. You got a cool thing going on here, brah.
On another, totally unrelated note to the above sentence or the page at hand, you are terribly sarcastic.
Ohhh. This spirit has the same color spectral energy as Isabel
This was the first page I ever saw of Paranatural. Now I’m reading through the series a second time in between updates. Keep up the good work! This is an awesome comic!
New alternate title for this chapter: “The Adventures of Snarkman & Spikeboy”. :D
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