Maybe it will all make better sense at a later date in printed comic form when you can read 20 pages in a few minutes... but what seemed like a painfully long stall months and months ago is really getting rediculous.
The casters are making up arbitrary rules like a bad Dungeon Master to stall the story until it works in their favor for Parson to run through. We get that Charlie is working against Parson here. But what Parson was trying to do should have worked in the first place. He should have been able to run through the tunnel.
And now they're trying to say that Wanda and Jack can't walk back through the portal they just came through?
This is the kind of thing that a DM would say to preserve their story, that would make a reasonable person just quit that gaming group and go find a DM who makes sense.
These are bright, well drawn, intelligent comics. I'm a fan. Rob and Xin have great talent.
But the #1 problem that this comic has had since the start is that enemies keep pulling manufactured rules lawyering out of their behinds to get away with murder and stall the hell out of the plot. Charlies and his Archons are the #1 violator of this rule. What obscure twist can they come up with next to destroy an otherwise good plan? I get the chess match aspect, but, it keeps stalling things badly. Even if I go away from this comic for months to try to come back and see the story moved forward significantly, there are very few things. King Slately had a nice arc there, which moved at a reasonable pace.
I know from reading the forewards of the OOTS books, that, sometimes an author needs to stall his hero so that other stuff can happen. But so many of these waiting at the door panels don't give us any new, good, useful information. And now it's just going to arbitrarily prevent Parson from going through the portal with the people who just came through from the other side.
We get that Charlie can bend the rules and situations like Parson can, but, do we need to see 5 months of him doing it? My daughter is nine and she may be in college by the time Charlie let's Parson through the portal so he can hurt him some more. We're basically just going to see him walk through the door to be further frustrated instead of his goals working out. Given that this is a web comic... to some extent, what might otherwise be good writing has to be tweaked a little right? What I'm saying here isn't unreasonable. Yes, Charlie can mess with the plans, but, can't he do it a little faster?