3.III.10 Devil's Trap 5

April 4th, 2011, 1:24 am

Author Comments:

Gibson Twist, April 4th, 2011, 1:24 am

Bared teeth in every panel, that's how you know shit is going down.

Also, thanks and welcome to all the new readers lately. You picked a hell of a time to join us!


User Comments:

jerrie, April 4th, 2011, 1:30 am

toss the bum out!

reverendjack, April 4th, 2011, 1:33 am

bared teeth and the red growl-font. family holiday brawl!

Mac (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 1:34 am

Is it Wednesday yet?

I'm already antsy for the next update!

RadicalTrain, April 4th, 2011, 1:38 am

Yeah, dad, wtf ARE you doing?

Butterfingers (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 1:46 am

Hell yeah!
Now that's what I'm talking about! The final panel is very cathartic after the last two updates.

The_Hankerchief, April 4th, 2011, 1:50 am

Cue "Ballroom Blitz" mix tape.

I don't think their dad quite realizes the extent of the physical and emotional trauma that Devon put Melanie through. I'm sure that if he did, he'd outrun Jesse Owens himself just to get his hand on the man who hurt his little girl.

Not that it matters, but that's my thoughts, anyway.

King Anasazi, April 4th, 2011, 1:55 am

And so it is christmas...
Okay, so someone is finally able to see that the first one misbehaving here is Daddy...

Even if he doens't realize what went on between Devon and Mel, where does he get off making it his business ? On christmas eve, no less ? Parents are supposed to be on their children's side. Who else is gonna be ?

everlasting-insanity, April 4th, 2011, 2:01 am

Oh no, oh nonono... This can not end well, for anyone. I'm not going to sleep until Wednesday.

reverendjack, April 4th, 2011, 2:02 am

i'm sure he (father) had nothing but good - albeit misplaced - intentions.
he believed that devon was good for his daughter, and could offer her the life that HE wanted his daughter to have. he probably also believed that it was a trivial argument or two that split them apart, and that the 'holiday spirit' (during a time of forgiveness) might help bring them back together. he is oblivious to the truth, yes, and stupid to assume...

SpiralPen, April 4th, 2011, 2:05 am

Mr. Gibson...
You sure know how to make me hate people. XD
And I'm sure I don't speak only for myself.

London-Smyth, April 4th, 2011, 2:09 am

You make me hate Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday is what you do. :P

avian-reader, April 4th, 2011, 2:32 am

Perhaps this will help Patrick see things in perspective.

MagnaMusica (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 4:46 am

Two years of build up, one page, half a minute of reading time.

My veins are boiling, your work has such instant emotional effect, I was just waking up when I started reading, ten seconds later my blood is coarsing stronger than ever, and adrenaline pumping. I am impressed, sir, impressed.

NicoleW (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 5:15 am

Nice way Devon puts it: "That guy Peter that busted into my place after you ran off." After she *ran off*? Oh, really? And why did she run off again, Devon?

Ayua (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 6:16 am

Howdo new reader here!!

Just read from start to...erm...now?

Awesome comic! I hope Patrick hits his Dad for bringing Devon to the house, and then goes Hulk on Devons ass.....wait.

Aenigmatronic (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 6:44 am

I've always loved Patrick.

Spar (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 7:00 am

Ironic that Patrick is more man in this moment that his dad may have been in a very long time.

darkamnios, April 4th, 2011, 7:17 am

Fuck yeah.

Wicked Wretched, April 4th, 2011, 7:20 am

It's not a real Christmas 'till someone gets punched!

Edit: On a serious note, I like how this reminds us that Patrick really does care about Mel.
Yeah, he's an idiot, but you run into a lot of those in real life.
He really does care for his sister though, and is just afraid she'll get hurt.

amiko_16, April 4th, 2011, 7:24 am


cammyjag (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 7:27 am

I think that dad is just as controlling as Devon is, which is probably why Melanie fell for him in the first place. Dad's controlling is more psychological than physical, which is probably also why Patrick can't tell him that he's gay. So it really makes sense that he brought Devon to the house. He 'approves' of Devon, so he's the only one he wants to see Melanie with.

tezzle, April 4th, 2011, 8:10 am

"Now settle down son, your font has gone completely off the handle."

Lee A. (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 8:14 am

Today's strip
Nice use of fonts.

Jeffko (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 8:43 am

YES! Brother and sister are uniting! Patrick is finally thinking beyond his own navel and defending Mel. Kudos, Mr. Twist! I think it's safe to say you've made many readers happy.

I still think you have something up your sleeve for the next few strips, though...

Stubby G (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 10:11 am

Bravo, Patrick. Bravo. Despite how douchey he's been recently, I knew he had some redeeming qualities. Once again, I am shaking with pure emotion and can't wait to see the next update. So on that note, Bravo, Gibson. Bravo.

Guest, April 4th, 2011, 10:43 am

I foresee Patric being screwed over by his dad for this stunt he's about to pull... At least it's a good way to get rid of the boyfriend... But like it was mentioned before, this can't end well for anyone...

Eskimio (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 11:12 am

For the first time in a while now, I'm actually glad to see Patrick. I hope this initiates some turnaround in Patrick's recent behavior, that foreign guy is really starting to get on my nerves...

KiggenGrimmace, April 4th, 2011, 12:44 pm

... panel five, Dad's words. Very Heavy.

Artwork is exceptional, as always!

BTW, is it just me, or has GT allowed Patrick to get the "hot-head" haircut at just the right time? *smirk*

frodo67000, April 4th, 2011, 1:52 pm

been a while since I have liked something Patrick did/said in a while. I forgot how much he hates him.

New guy (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 2:08 pm

Holy Shit
I started reading about a week or two ago. I can't believe I got up to speed in the middle of something so freakin intense. I've been loving it so far, keep up the good work.

Kruu, April 4th, 2011, 2:57 pm

or Daddy might be an abusive prick too.
Seems an abuser is more likely to accept a family member being in an abusive relationship, "cause thats how a female supposed to be treated".

No matter what dad's a dick for enviting an Ex to holiday meal.

Vicki (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 3:08 pm

Finally, Patrick is stepping up. Whooo, Patrick! Go, Patrick. And, yes, based on how Mel is currently behaving and based on her past choices, I do believe that dad is/was controlling and abusive in some way.

Master Morality (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 3:30 pm

Patrick may well redeem himself in this strip :)

ceeber (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 4:38 pm

Why no one will give me a tardis
Sometimes I think that if I ever had time travel ability, I'd end up using it just to see the next update of this webcomic. And the one after that. And the one after that. And...oh, damn, it's 2013, I better go back now. :D

peanutbutterpancakes, April 4th, 2011, 4:51 pm

Thank you Patrick! I'm glad your anger with Andy has not made you completely crazy. This is the appropriate response

kalinda (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 6:37 pm

o no
Patrick response is perfect but I can't help feeling like this is all going to to go bad.... D:

Susanowo (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 8:34 pm

I'm glad Patrick is standing up against Devon. I'm excited. (though I'm am tempted to let a couple updates build up so I can read the scene with momentum :P

Neko with a Katana, April 4th, 2011, 9:24 pm


Harrow, April 4th, 2011, 10:24 pm

Panel 5 looks silly. Hee.

Desiree (Guest), April 4th, 2011, 10:55 pm

I can't wait
Simple as that I can't wait, why do you do this to us!! I need to know what happens next!
Also: I have a feeling Devon will let something slip about Patrick. no no this will not end well for anyone

Michelle (Guest), April 5th, 2011, 1:00 am

Can't do it
I almost can't read this anymore. It is stressing me out! If someone doesen't punch Devon soon and make daddy dearest realise what a monster he really is, i'm gonna scream.
Why isn't he seeing the bigger picture? Is he really so blind? Will the two *really* cover up for Devon (and Peter) anymore when they see the ramifications?

xkrazydog, April 5th, 2011, 1:01 am

Patrick is on fireeeee. Owait no its his hair.

Dude. Devon just like summed up his asshattery in the first 3 panels.
"Who is it???" Not you, jackass. Not you.

Wired (Guest), April 5th, 2011, 5:53 am

Is it just me or did the second/third last panel's text change?

Gibson Twist, April 5th, 2011, 11:08 am

Nope. Just you.

Amonyoshu, April 5th, 2011, 11:51 am

I suppose it's my turn...
Actually, that is rather satisfying...

sIck, April 5th, 2011, 3:07 pm

Beat his ass, Patrick! It would totally redeem you for me!

sIck, April 5th, 2011, 3:13 pm

or even better yet, Patrick's dad is going to hold Patrick (like a douche) and Devon is going to hit Patrick, at which point Melanie snaps and kills him with fire.

Eria (Guest), April 5th, 2011, 5:01 pm

Anyone think that Devon's gonna out Patrick?

Ren (Guest), April 5th, 2011, 5:06 pm

Woo! Raging Patrick!

Kick his woman-hitting ass!

kingpain (Guest), April 5th, 2011, 6:23 pm

...Kill Them All!!! Patrick would be great here with a gldius on the Stars channel...2 bits he spills Melanie's secrets to the dad in his rage. Great job Twist!

MAMA LUIGI, April 5th, 2011, 9:32 pm


Flickering Romance, April 6th, 2011, 12:08 am

Finally! I've been waiting for this.

To be honest, from the moment Daddy there entered this comic I've thought his relationship with Mel's mother was probably similar to Devon's with Mel. Abuse? Maybe, maybe not. But definitely the same concepts behind the controlling and manipulating attitude. I mean look how Daddy treats Patrick.

Daddy probably looked at Devon and saw a younger version of himself. Who better for his daughter? But wait. Daughter leaves this man who embodies the same/similar outlooks as himself? The man Daddy had agreed with and assigned to be his daughter's devotion? Now, now, Daddy can't have that.

Totally looking forward to Patrick putting Daddy in his place and making him realise that he's trying to push is baby girl into a abusive relationship. Hoping Patrick will make a revelation of his own as well, and make a choice of the better between two (in his mind) evils.

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