AX, July 5–8

39. Rising Temperature, chapter posted 5/27/07

Page 9 of 14

Rising Temperature — Page 9
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Comment ID #2155

I think you did really well, Taeshi, and i loved this page

lynchy226 March 29, 2010, 10:01 AM EST.

Comment ID #9141

this is too intense man….u need a punch somewhere in there…

bored April 27, 2010, 2:58 AM EST.

Comment ID #17884

Wow, I could feel all the rage.

Megaron May 8, 2010, 12:21 AM EST.

Comment ID #18232

No headshot :[

WTF May 8, 2010, 6:15 PM EST.

Comment ID #19563

I think Mike is mostly ashamed because if you look closely in panel 17, you can see just how close Mike was to actually clawing Abbey.

Koren Korca May 10, 2010, 7:17 PM EST.

Comment ID #21658

How many kids are you gonna upset man? Nad timing I guess…

Cuddle Bear May 14, 2010, 9:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #22761

wow I didn’t check this comment…
*Bad timing…

Cuddle Bear May 17, 2010, 4:29 AM EST.

Comment ID #29759

but abby started the fight?

purple man May 28, 2010, 2:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #58417

anyone else think mike is a douche or is that just me

jurrah:P July 11, 2010, 7:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #60485

get some paintball guns and open fire on eachother that’ll solve the rage

stranger July 17, 2010, 12:14 AM EST.

Comment ID #67087

touched my heart aw last four

j the fourth July 30, 2010, 1:37 AM EST.

Comment ID #67868

This is defiantly my favourite page of all time. Mostly because I reckon Mikie gets pushed around too much like after Lucy tried to save him from drowning, it is awesome to see him strike back.

Lake July 31, 2010, 10:47 AM EST.

Comment ID #73012


Gaka August 11, 2010, 3:10 AM EST.

Comment ID #73904

Holy crap. This isn’t drama anymore, this is some serious ****. Whoa.

Rahe_chan August 12, 2010, 6:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #82568

You can taste the guilt in the last few panels!

Lax August 27, 2010, 8:41 AM EST.

Comment ID #105849


That "Dude" October 16, 2010, 1:51 AM EST.

Comment ID #108483

…Eh, scratch that… I take no sides in this one…

RuBoo October 21, 2010, 1:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #124840

Abbey is really ******. I always knew that Mike didn’t need to be drunk just to whoop ***. :)
Now for some random *** jokes people have already heard

Kickin *** and taken names

Im gonna open up a can of whoop *** (in my case a whole family size can of whoop ***)

shadowfir November 13, 2010, 11:01 PM EST.

Comment ID #128565

Not even gonna touch this. I’d like to see them sort this out though, it’s all a big mess right now.

SushiJaguar November 18, 2010, 4:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #137279

Abbey’s very Daisy-empathic, but she’s so focused on Mike, she doesn’t notice. Looking for love, in all the wrong places. Ironic, yes?

Hoheh December 18, 2010, 7:00 AM EST.

Comment ID #137458


cutel09 December 20, 2010, 5:16 AM EST.

Comment ID #137973

Out of every single Bittersweet Candy Bowl page, this one has to be my favorite :)

Mikenator December 22, 2010, 6:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #138607

Mike’s nails are out.

Lycan December 24, 2010, 5:09 PM EST.

Comment ID #139315

Though you may think that this is a bit irrational, it actually fits REALLY well, the teenager thing isn’t an excuse, its actually really good reasoning, cuz teens do tend to blow up a lot. I love this page.

SmashFiles December 28, 2010, 9:34 PM EST.

Comment ID #139991

I love Mike’s expression on panel 8.

Jupi January 1, 2011, 4:30 AM EST.

Comment ID #140989

Phew….hard to take a side in this one……even if Abbey’s right, I still kinda prefer Mike….no special reason for it though.

sierra January 8, 2011, 11:37 PM EST.

Comment ID #142676

If Mike wasn’t drunki n Confrontation, seems that he could of held up in the fight

dbzhardcore January 18, 2011, 11:14 PM EST.

Comment ID #143212

If you look closely, Mike’s claws have been out since panel 8. He actually cut Abbey’s hand when he blocked that first punch; you can see the cuts in panel 9.

Nolithium January 21, 2011, 7:20 AM EST.

Comment ID #143459

oooooooooooooooooo…………. kitty got claws

Levi January 23, 2011, 11:25 PM EST.

Comment ID #149162

I have some respect for Michel now but I still hate how he thinks about Lucy. But having that evil of a face twords Abbey is kinda cool to see in him.

Steve-O February 23, 2011, 12:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #150726


I think Mike doesn’t realize that he’s hurting people.

blackmage March 7, 2011, 7:11 PM EST.

Comment ID #150883

I only just understood Molly’s comment about people going to hospital and not coming back (after “New Beginnings” page 3). That is a) very good foreshadowing, and b) completely heartbreaking. Both she and her brother deserve a hug.

Hal March 8, 2011, 10:46 PM EST.

Comment ID #153550

Is it just me, or does Mike have a habit of accidentally pointing out peoples’ issues, saying that they’re his, and saying that the person doesn’t understand him.
Maybe not so much a habit as just doing it every now and then.
First Chirpy, now Abbey

Nithros March 28, 2011, 12:53 AM EST.

Comment ID #155654

Badass Mike is Badass… and a bit of an ***

Sandvich April 6, 2011, 5:44 AM EST.

Comment ID #161919

The emotions just drip off of the computer screen…

Mike needs to calm the **** down. He needs to realize that he has caused a lot of misery and woe. Yet he denies it. Abbey AT LEAST tried to help Daisy. And what “help” does Lucy need? She has her pets, for Chrissakes! And really, if it’s not Sandy, it’s her! If I ever got into this argument with Mike, I’d kick his ***. I don’t like how he’s able to hold off Abbey.

NintendoSegaSonyGuy May 18, 2011, 10:16 PM EST.

Comment ID #162063

While Abbey has a very good point, shoving Mike around the way he’s done is waaaaaaaay out of line. Mike not’s a saint—he’s never been. I strongly dislike his treatment of Lucy and even his attempts to side step Daisy? But on one hand can we honestly blame the guy? He’s known the two for most of his life and has gotten USED to treating them the way he has. Does it excuse anything? No, no it doesn’t. But trying to physically intimidate him into action the way Abbey is doing? Ha. Like that’s any better. Abbey needs to learn to channel his anger and express his feelings in a much more healthy way. I’m in no way surprised Mike pushed him back—what was he supposed to do, just take it? In real life, I’d hope no one would ever let someone else who’s supposed to be a friend physically hurt them like this, even if what they’re saying about you is true.

Smock May 19, 2011, 9:57 AM EST.

Comment ID #166548

I now have this strange desire for Mikey and Abbey to get together… You know the deal. Fights ALWAYS end with some sort of sexual joke. It’s just how it is.

Mattykins :3 June 11, 2011, 8:02 AM EST.

Comment ID #168530

“…send him to the hospital…” Please tell me she doesn’t mean a mental institution, please not that. If Abbey is /that/ much like his father, then I hope his father is in one, but not Abbey. Also, what the hell happened to his mother?

Milos June 22, 2011, 5:43 PM EST.

Comment ID #168964

Quite honestly, I really don’t like Mikie at all. Like at all. He’s a jerk that constantly has approval for others and extremely rarely gives it to others. I just have almost no respect for him on any level.

Jyrico June 24, 2011, 11:48 PM EST.

Comment ID #173817

Awk-ward! :x

TehLulzinator July 24, 2011, 2:22 AM EST.

Comment ID #174316

that rage is miniscule compared to my own.

should’ve shattered abbey’s shoulder blades and made him eat dirt, damn rat.

Thanatos July 26, 2011, 3:24 PM EST.

Comment ID #174965

abbey should have kicked mike’s butt, he kinda deserved it
i mean, i don’t even like daisy, and lucy would probably be better off with paulo, but mike’s quite an ******* some times
he needs to get his *** kicked a little bit

Ryoushi-kun July 31, 2011, 6:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #180037

Holy crap, little girl. Guilt assassin, boom, bullet to the heart.

Ah, teenage emotions. Man, I do not miss that.

Fruvous September 1, 2011, 3:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #184273

Why is Mike talking about feeling helpless when someone depends on you…? Is he referring to Confrontation?

Luigifan October 6, 2011, 6:57 PM EST.

Comment ID #194703

“As if you’d know about feeling powerless around anyone who depends on you!”
I saw the bite-back on that one coming. I was thinking, “Don’t be so sure!!”

Juliannie November 29, 2011, 4:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #201669

Ooh…..oh…….. OH………… I just… Molly saying that she’ll never see him if he goes to the hospital… How did I forget this…? ;_;

theghost December 20, 2011, 6:05 PM EST.

Comment ID #204325

Is it me or does mike get in situations like this often and underestimate someone just like he underestimated chirpy back in feline festivities

Eagle eye January 3, 2012, 4:23 AM EST.

Comment ID #206850

i almost cried at this page

alfie the artick fox January 27, 2012, 11:49 PM EST.

Comment ID #207167

oMG!!!!! I don’t know who’s side I’m on any more! =(

Kitkat January 30, 2012, 8:40 PM EST.

Comment ID #207257

Abbey - Is upset because he wants to help Daisy however she will only accept help from Mike. Abbey kinda lost it when Mike told him that he didn’t know this.

Mike - He is only focused on Sandy and Lucy since. Sandy is his girlfriend and he is obsessed with her, no more needs to be said. However, Lucy is DEPENDENT on Mike and dealing with Lucy is a huge task in itself, it is very hard for him to focus on his other friends.

In all both are really equal in arguments however there reasons both contradict with each other so really there is nothing ether of them can do about it.

This was very well thought through.

Ozzie January 31, 2012, 9:56 PM EST.

Comment ID #211926

:D I know her name!! The two are having a good fight.
I mean, what does Abbey’s sister mean that she won’t see
Abbey when he goes to the hospital? She can still visit him

Anonymousx101 March 15, 2012, 2:13 PM EST.

Comment ID #213441

I think you showed this really well. It’s not black and white, no one is truly blameless. It’s ambiguos, and no one is really right. You really did this one well.

Shiva April 2, 2012, 9:29 PM EST.

Comment ID #221467

“Don’t send him to the hospital”, “I’ll never see him again”

I had no idea those two statements of hers would be refrencing to something important MANY chapters later.

The continuity to all of this is pure gold.

Death of Ink July 8, 2012, 6:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #224028

The mother said her name already. Its H-


Okay… And Mike AND Abbey are ******

Lloyd July 29, 2012, 1:08 PM EST.

Comment ID #225871

I can’t believe how this relates so well to my life. I’ve benn accused of this, loving a woman my age, but knows me in such a fashion that we’re good friends. When they accuse me of liking her, I say I’m not interested in a relationship right now, and get accused of being gay or bisexual. No offense to gays and Bisexuals, you guys have every right.

I’ll say this once and only once. I’ve been confronted by a classmate about me contemplating scuicide. She confronted me because she saw the pain and angst in my eyes and how I reacted to certain people. I was younger and was emotionally and mentally unstable due to the fact that one of my relatives died that year, so to be picked on and being in touch with my femenime side, I was bullied and stupid enough that I wanted to kill myself. The morale of this story and probably the angst chapters is, Never give up andante never shun out another person due to your ignorance and angst. There will always be help for you.

Ryan W (11 yrs old) August 21, 2012, 3:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #226201

The more I read this, the more it seems that Abraham fits Krugman’s description of Gingrich.

Anon August 26, 2012, 9:35 PM EST.

Comment ID #236073

Yeah, the thing is, when I’m “broken”, I tend to be scary enough that people usually don’t argue because they realize it won’t help them in the least (I can get really stubborn when I reach that point), so either they back down, or they at least lay off while trying to resist my attempt to beat my anger into their head, although that only happens if they are doing something to me that annoys me to all heck. Otherwise, it’s usually because someone is being unfair to my other friends and I feel like it NEEDS TO END. All in all, I love how you made this play out, because it is actually very realistic.

I'll Eat Yourself January 8, 2013, 7:45 AM EST.

Comment ID #241628

OK. This is almost like my life but with a few altercations. One I’m not in high school anymore, 2 I didn’t have a girlfriend at this time, 3 none of my “friends” in there right mind hit, pushed, shoved, and attacked me in any way if they wanted to stay put of the hospital, I was/am the tough guy of my groups of friends, but I can relate to everyone’s problems, it like if you put the problems just about everyone in the comic has/had, you get my middle school to high school life. Abby was wrong to push Mike, bit instead of pushing back Mike should have tried harder to talk this out.

Devin March 24, 2013, 4:55 PM EST.

Comment ID #246523

I think you put some extra drama on my dramatic drama with a side of drama.

Mylo May 24, 2013, 4:30 PM EST.

Comment ID #256182

I’m reading this for the 3rd time and I realized that Lucy’s abuse has already been taking a toll on him by now. He’s just as scary as Abbey, huh.

Just-A-Lurker August 9, 2013, 1:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #260130


Shadow September 24, 2013, 1:25 AM EST.

Comment ID #267683

Good to see both of them being open about their struggles.

As “good” guys, it’s nice to see Abbey and Mike having to come to terms with some of their shortcomings. If they can avoid killing each other, these two may be very good for each other.

Chromoid November 24, 2013, 10:39 PM EST.

Comment ID #268690

He should have looked at his hand the other way.

meep November 29, 2013, 8:55 AM EST.

Comment ID #275049

Mike can be pretty strong when he gets mad, huh? Then again, Abbey did go a bit over the top there…

Well, the whole “Daisy Issue” isn’t Mike’s fault entirely. I mean, first, whenever he saw Daisy, he’d talk to her, but she always ran away or wasn’t there enough. When Abbey approached her about it, she ran away as well because she was looking for Mike’s approach on the matter, but he never really did that. It was kinda Daisy’s fault for selfishly looking elsewhere, but any normal person would’ve done the same if they were in her shoes.

Reader-tan February 11, 2014, 8:46 AM EST.

Comment ID #278747

Yes please.More emotional chapters.I’m so involved, I wanna cry.

technicallychaotic April 5, 2014, 9:27 AM EST.

Comment ID #280501

@ hoheh, summed up, albeit crudely, most of the story…
ps. mike and abbey both seem to have anger management issues…

Anon May 4, 2014, 12:41 PM EST.

Comment ID #282066

ok first i almost started crying

but then i saw the description.

i laughed.

bob the builder June 6, 2014, 11:07 PM EST.

Comment ID #285110

I kinda wanna kill them both……………..

TemplarArchon_Hunter August 10, 2014, 6:28 AM EST.

Comment ID #286450

First chapter to actually make me cry. *Slow applause* (Abbey has been through quite a lot, and I always feel bad seeing comments saying that he’s in the wrong. I personally think that he’s correct. I know how hard a life like this can be because my life has so many similarities to everything that’s been shown about him).

First Time Reader September 9, 2014, 3:27 AM EST.

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