666: Silent Hammer
Title text: 'I bet he'll keep quiet for a couple weeks and then-- wait, did you nail a piece of scrap wood to my antique table a moment ago?'
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A skeptic is someone who doesn't believe in, or at least strongly doubts the possibility of, supernatural occurrences such as poltergeists or aliens. Black Hat has created a set of tools that work in complete silence so that he can go to his house late at night, do some rearranging of walls and moving of windows, just to screw with him in typical Black Hat fashion.
The number of this comic (666) just happens to be The Number Of The Beast, or the "devil" number (the devil being a supernatural entity, which skeptics believe to not exist).
- [Black Hat is hammering something on a table.]
- Cueball: What—
- Black Hat: Silent hammer. I've made a set of silent tools.
- Cueball: Why?
- Hammer: woosh woosh woosh
- Black Hat: Stealth carpentry. Breaking into a house at night and moving windows, adjusting walls, etc.
- [He takes his silent hammer over to a tool bench with other things on it. Two boxes underneath are labeled "Drills" and "Non-Drills."]
- Black Hat, narrating: After a week or so of questioning his own sanity, the owner will stay up to watch the house at night. I'll make scratching noises in the walls, pipe in knockout gas, move him up to his bed, and never bother him again.
- [The events he's describing are shown in two mini-panels below.]
- Cueball, off-panel: Nice prank, I guess, but what's the point?
- Black Hat: Check out the owner's card, on the table.
- Cueball, off-panel: Chair of the American Skeptics Society? Oh, god.
- Black Hat: Yeah, this doesn't end well for him.