Macbeth Does Murder Sense
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  1. Bananaman

    This comic is so awesome

    • Grim-one

      Yes… a classic Shakespherean MacBeth Housepets comic.BRAVO LORD GRIFFIN!! :)

  2. Ryufire

    Now this is getting interesting :)

  3. The Moon Howler

    Hey, what does Tarot holding in her paws? A golden key or something?

    • IceKitsune

      That’s what it looks like to me

    • Tides

      Yeah, i think it is a key. Her character mentions a key in the monologue that precedes MacDuff’s (Peanut’s) entrance.

      Also, I know it’s getting old to say it, probably, but Tarot is delightfully cute in this arc (not that she isn’t normally, just saying). I love it!

      • rallyjr

        Porter:If a man were porter of hell-gate, he should have old turning the key.

        • Tides

          Yep, that’s the one.

    • JokkePokke

      Assuming she’s about to hand it over to Peanut, it’s probably the key to the city!

  4. IceKitsune

    And Max just goes and breaks character. lol I love the first panel it great.

  5. VOLK

    You know… it didn’t bug me at first, but… how the heck do they see in this arc?

    I know… fictional characters, realism is unnecessary, position of bags/pitcher exaggerated for effect or w/e…

    • rallyjr

      sense of smell?

    • Foxstar

      You answered your own question.

  6. Draven

    How can ANYONE be expected to pay attention to things like the law or due proscess, they are both pointless.

    • VOLK

      Exactly! You should only pay attention to POINTY things!

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Like this dagger I see before me?

        • VOLK

          Well, that certainly wouldn’t be pointless…

          • domino


          • Draven

            Point taken.

          • darkgloomie

            Man, aren’t you a sharp one?

          • Critter Rhode

            I was going to take a stab at these but everyone got in before me.

          • Draven

            I’m glad to have had my slice of this conversation.

          • Yehoshua

            Sorry to cut in but I prefer round points, get to it blacksmith.

          • darkgloomie

            Frankly, sir, I think what you write is a hack.

            (gee, weak pun there, sorry guys I’m out of my depth here -.-)

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            yeah, that pun just didn’t cut the mustard.

          • Draven

            I hate to cut this short, but I think that’s all the knife puns there are. It did take sharp wit to get this far though.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            yeah, i don’t think I can handle any more.
            (get it? because a knife has a handle.)

          • darkgloomie

            aww, but I steel wanna go on!

            (ok, guys, STOP ME NOW. I request FRYING PAN ACTION, and soon!)

          • rallyjr

            Just cut it out…. darn it

  7. Daggy

    I kind of absolutely love Peanut’s mouth in the panel’s he’s in. It amuses me greatly.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      which one?

      • Daggy

        Both! I think it’s the little pointy teeth showing that makes it great. *shrug*

  8. Valerio

    Tail talk.

  9. anon_omis

    Can someone explain:
    1)what Tarot is supposed to be?
    2)the joke in the last panel?

    • Tides

      Tarot is playing the Porter, who is basically the part of the doorman in the scene.
      I can’t say for certain, but I’m guessing that Rick was making a joke about the nature Macbeth’s comment about killing them being somewhat blunt/sudden, and possibly making a commentary-type joke about how it was odd that Macbeth would say this instead of just letting it remain a mystery. Macbeth’s reply (Max’s last speech bubble) is simply following along with the nature of Macduff’s/Peanut’s line and taking a humorous twist to what the original line was for Macbeth (originally it was a bit less flippant and egocentric, but rather serious and a passionate defense, claiming he was avenging the king by killing them).

      • anon_omis

        It’s a little early so that didn’t make a whole lot of sense but I think I got it. Thank you very much ^^

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        I like the Porter scene, nice little comedic relief scene in the real play after the murder. Of course this is light anyway so no need for relief but nice to see a “Not doing that” gag about it anyway.

  10. SilverZeo

    Is Tarot cool having her role shoved aside like that… she would since she can see the future…

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Solid Snake doesn’t go (!) like that, it’s the guards that do. There’s a guard in Peanut’s tail!

      • 2MK

        Now that’s one wagging situation!

      • Tensa Zangetsu

        I did not get that at all.
        Is it suppose to be a joke or something?

        • SilverZeo

          Video Game Internet Meme thing…

        • Argent Stonecutter

          See the guard on the right side of this picture? That “!” over his head means he’s alerted and actively looking for Solid Snake (the guy in the karate outfit).

      • SilverZeo

        But he did in Brawl didn’t he?

      • darkgloomie

        Maybe it’s one of his fleas?


    • Draven

      Wrong, someone from the Fable universe has a quest that needs to be completed.

      • Draven

        *in Peanuts tail

  11. Avansis

    Did they run out of paper bags or is that pitcher intentional? And what Tarot were going to say, por–?

    • Tides

      The character she is playing is the “Porter,” and has a line that says “…remember the porter.”
      I think the pitcher is intentional, because the character is either drunk or hungover (either way, has been drinking) and so supposing the pitcher was for the drink, I think that was at least part of the joke. Also (but this is a stretch), if the drink was port, then you could say that the pitcher that held said port would itself serve as the symbol of her character’s name in place of the bag with letters.

      • rallyjr

        Also all the other characters have their Initials on their bags while the Porter is some no name guy who answers the door so no name no bag (the 3 witches didn’t have names or bags ether)

        • Avansis

          Ah okay, thanks, this explain something at least. Still a bit confusing as I haven’t read the original macbeth thing.

  12. Cats Pajamas

    More like “Sense Murder (Wis)”, amirite?!

  13. haddib

    I miss eyes.

    • Yehoshua

      Eys ar ovrated,

  14. Tensa Zangetsu

    I have got to like the first the most!
    “Sorry, we have no room for your shenanigans.”
    LOL Σ(・□・;)

    • Tensa Zangetsu

      Sigh I’ve only been here for about four months now…

      • Tensa Zangetsu

        They’re good memories!
        ♪(´ε` )

        • Mettlebird

          Hey don’t i know you from BCB? :P anyways, Housepets! actually was what kept me going through one of my depressions. I had something to look forward to three times a week! :D

          • Tensa Zangetsu

            Mettle it is me Tensa the one that got special Ed
            For no reason!
            I didn’t know you get on here.

  15. Hera Ledro

    Leave it to Peanut to demolish the fourth wall, pick up the pieces, then throw them in the grinder.

    And yes, Macbeth is very campy.I think a lot of the desire to perform it as a serious play, however, comes from the fact that a lot of playwrights and performers think that Shakespeare is serious business, and to turn it into something less than the epitome of its genre (whether comedy, tragedy, or what have you) is a slight to the name of Shakespeare. A tragedy MUST be sad and serious; a comedy MUST be funny and over the top. All of these are, if anything, reasons for the playwrights themselves to lighten up a little and do something different. I have yet to see, in my entire experience as a writer and reviewer, a campy or balanced rendition of MacBeth, or of any of the Shakespearean plays. Lots of theme reversals; very little that shows the director or playwright having any fun.

    • Hera Ledro

      Not counting some of Branagh’s work. Guy is an excellent director for Shakespeare, and knows how to have fun with some of his stuff.

    • Chip Uni


      You win the kewpie doll.

      Shakespeare, first and foremost, was meant to be ENTERTAINING. He wrote for a crowd that were far less educated than, say, readers of a modern web-comic.

      The English language has changed so much that we don’t realize how bawdy and funny he was in his time. (And a joke explained just isn’t funny.)

      • Damon

        I was going to mention myself that Shakespeare actually wrote in the “low” tongue of the time. He didn’t write for nobles and the wealthy, he wrote for the common folk, the peasants and poor. His plays are filled with “bad english,” slang terms and Elizabethan swears and other language that the nobles and well to do would have found very crude.

      • Hera Ledro

        Hooray! I knew my English Major would pay off somehow. So…what can I sell that kewpie doll for?

        And to Damon, I think the funniest bit was that the nobles -enjoyed- it. He wrote Richard III (I think it was that one, but could be Richard II) and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth actually quoted it against the Tudors (again, don’t quote me; my history is rusty). His plays were popular amongst the high-brows for the same reason that The Sopranos is popular amongst upstanding citizens: it’s another world that allows us to vicariously experience things that we would otherwise never do in reality. Not exactly the same feeling, but close enough for government work.

  16. WingedWolfGirl

    That’s it.
    I gotta find/watch some version of Macbeth later.
    It’s still pretty funny though.

  17. FenixWong951

    I dont know guys…it seems like Romeo & Juliet would be more…you know…

  18. P

    Expected for follow?

    Anyways, they’re looking expressive today, I like that. I guess it helps that their eyes are covered, so you have to do more with gestures.

  19. T-Squared

    Second Panel:


  20. T-Squared

    BTW, is that a pitcher on Tarot’s head?

  21. kitsune353

    Oh man, skipped the gate keeper is that because the comic is G.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      PG actually. and possibly.

  22. darkgloomie

    Heh, this is hardly country matters, now is it?

    • darkgloomie

      I guess this joke got over my head (as nobody noticed it or was bothered enough to reply)

      Even though yes, the murder of the king and his servants is effectively country matters, in both senses of the (shakespearan) word.

  23. TheCrimsonFox

    I’m beginning to think everyone gets carried away in these plays, lol

  24. Draven

    What’s especially weird is how Macduff plays thestraightman for a series of vaudeville-esque jokes at the beginning of this scene. This Shakespeare stuff is far more campy than people give it credit for.

    Does someone wanna explain that last line for me.

  25. Mr. Random

    I agree, Max. I don’t like mysteries either

    And thats funny lol, “We found their daggers, and they were covered in blood…” I killed them.

  26. One-Who-Howls

    I Did Not Kill Them! But I Did Murder Them. :3

  27. Tensa Zangetsu

    well this meets my quota for a day!

  28. Matthew

    Ideas! for this comic!

  29. Matthew

    could somebody qoute bino and his game speech


    i think grape is so cute by the way

  31. Grip the wolf

    I think I see a typo in the second panel (alarum).
    But still, that is so true. Wolves and pets should be exempt from laws! But especially wolves! XD

    • Draven

      Unbiased opinions from the most socially accepted fandom in the world.

      • Grip the wolf

        Wait, is that an insult or a compliment? *bares fangs* I can fight dirty!

        • Draven

          Doesn’t it take a pack of wolves to take down one deer but one dragon to take down a herd of deer. You do the math.

          • Foxstar

            Let’s end this ‘discussion’ now, please.

  32. whitepaw

    i adore this comic. I wish he would make a tv show from this so we could get to know the characters by seeing their full movements an hearing their voices, It would be fun to see how some of the scenes that they mention in the panels would have really been acted out. Why can’t i be a house pet, “sobbs” WWWWWWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!
    “wipes away tear” house pets have so much fun.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      well the forum community is trying to help with the voice part by providing them voices in the Housepets! Radio Show. sadly, we can do nothing for the animation part.

    • Matthew


  33. Hoheh

    Max is so silly.

  34. Grip the wolf

    Imma see the king now!
    This is just so funny!

  35. darkgloomie

    Am I the only one who noticed a pun in the strip’s title?

  36. My Fate In My Hands

    Oh Max. Stay in character for a second, will you?

  37. Gavinfoxx

    So, uh, when you saw the tail with the exclamation point in it, did anyone else hear the Metal Gear alert sound in their head? You know, that sound everyone always has in Second Life?

  38. gaboris

    How I laughed at that little “!” in panel 2. I could almost hear that alarm go off from the MGS series. X)

  39. PiPtoons

    but due process is what makes it all worthwhile. Hark! Thar be the ice cream man. Time for coffee and VENGANCE!

  40. A random person

    Are any other characters going to be in this arc?