wow, if that's not ironic i don't know what is. that dude that he was actually killing immortals, but in the end learns that they don't actually die. how sad.... i feel kinda sympathetic for the guy... kinda
I am a bit confused by the text in the second-to and last panel. He kind of seems to state the same thing twice; he will die... the old man will 'simply' die.
I understand that his explanation stated that he is in a shared body, but this doesn't take away the fact that he himself also 'simply' dies. I see no difference in his death, compared to the death of the old man, thus kind of ruining the impact that the last panel is supposed to have (at least I think you tried to make it have one). Perhaps if he'd had said: "...we are two entities. and I will die here, while she lives one. You.. you will simply die." He would've at least described two different scenario's, but this wouldn't solve the problem. Just hide it somewhat.. since the question I ask you remains: what makes his death superior?
If you don't mind me cutting in, I believe that this is referring to earlier in the comic when it was stated that demons don't 'die', they simply lose themselves for awhile. This leading to the conclusion that even if Belphegor 'dies' he will simply return someday in another form, but that the Smoker will simply 'die', meaning that he won't come back, that it's all over for him and this is the end.
Of course I don't mind And I certainly understand where you're coming from with this statement. But I find that the earlier explanation kind of lost it's dramatic power and does not make the final sentence go POW - yes my critique is purely based on the theatrical value of the writing - Probably because in the second-last panel he goes back to saying the word 'die', even though he already explained that he doesn't actually do that. The usage of this word kind of puts him back on the old man's level, even though my sub-conscience desires there to be a explicit difference between their situations -> in the last two panels specifically. I simply feel he should've concluded his earlier explanation in a better way. "I will die AND return. You will simply die."
Fuck, how the hell did you manage to make me feel sorry for that eye-thingy!? FUCK. That second-to-last panel is friggin sad and the last one is perfectly capturing the moment where a heart skips a beat.