Tamara said:I’M BACK! It’s been almost a YEAR since Zules has kept me away from Exvulnerum but I’M HERE NOW. I’ve been doing some reflecting for the past 30 seconds and I just realised that I’ve been readlogging Exvulnerum since 2019! Back then, I was a broke college student with no life who was trying to find some entertainment (and $$$) after classes reviewing things for people and now here I am working my first job as a corporate slave trying to find some entertainment after work reviewing things for people. Thanks for giving me that, Exvulnerum! Btw, I went back to the very first chapter that I readlogged and - cringe! I wonder if I’ll be cringing at this one too in three years? Remind me to check back in when it’s 2025. But, on the other hand, I always wondered if people really did find it any entertaining to read someone else’s reactions to a comic and now I know that it actually kind of, sort of, maybe is (as narcissistic as that sounds).
Anyway, you’re not here to read about me! Let’s put the spotlight back on our dynamic duo who I’ve missed oh so very much! Evember! Should I be worried about the fact that this chapter is called “Something Ugly”. We’ve had terrible, horrible chapters and their titles weren’t even as scary as this one is. Haven’t we already had enough something uglies?! Why do we have an entire chapter dedicated to it this time?! What are you doing to us, Zules??? What are you going to do to us?!?!
Tamara said:Oh Amber, if only you knew what we knew! Actually, all of you! If only you all knew what we knew; Exvulnerum would only be 10 pages long. Ugh, the fact that out of everything we have witnessed over the past 18 chapters from suspected werewolves to monstrous scorpions, it was Dzuna who managed to dull Amber’s spark. Screw you, Dzuna! Where’s the hot dog song when we need it?!
Tamara said:Uh oh, I hope Amber sees what Dzuna’s doing here; Taylor Swift wrote a whole 10-minute song about it. People who don’t want you to suffer don’t use guillotines on you!
Tamara said:Anything? Like anything, anything? Can she make people fall in love or do the rules from Aladdin apply in this universe too? Couldn’t she make the King fall in love with whoever (like the undead hobo or modern-day Hitler) and then let the curse be transferred so they can all live their happy ever afters? I think I’m blessed to be on the extreme end of the introvert spectrum because I could happily live a forever life in a desert in the middle of nowhere if I had the curse. If things get lonely, I’ll always have Dzuna and her shenanigans! She can build me a minimalist palace and get me a lifetime Netflix subscription.
I wonder what Dzuna’s definition of fun is?! She definitely seems like she has the backstory of being the kid who ate glue and drowned little kittens.
NEXT READLOG POST: > here >Tamara said:A lot of uncomfortable things have happened in this story but somehow a parent saying that they needed to have “the talk” with their daughter about men is one of the most uncomfortable for me. Oh, men. One day they’re all sweet and romantic and the next day they leave you writhing in pain with a centuries-old curse.
Tamara said:All that money and the Istobals couldn’t afford marriage counselling?! If only you knew, Mrs. Istobal. If only you knew. But I do feel for this woman, I really do. I hope her Evey is out there somewhere! Don’t let your husband stop you from finding the love of your life!
Tamara said:I mean, I don’t know what she did to have her own house and her own automobile but I don’t think Mr. Istobal’s love was completely profitless for her. Good thing not every man out there is Mr. Istobal, eh? *cough Cygnus cough* I’d agree with the matriarch here if she was talking about someone other than Evey. Otherwise, shush! Let your young teenage daughter live her young teenage girl experience (even if it is riddled with an unusual amount of supernatural curses and fantastical beasts)!
Tamara said:Omg, woman! An adolescent boy who you think gave your daughter the mandatory young love heartbreak does not deserve the same wrath as your absent husband! Leave them alone! But to be fair, if Amber was actually screwed over mentally and emotionally by a guy, I do find comfort in the fact that she has a mother who will look out for her. But still! Your motherly affairs are not required right now!
Tamara said:Gee, sexist much? I wonder what she thinks of her own sons? Deal with it promptly by all means but let Amber go do what she needs to do!
NEXT READLOG POST: > here >Tamara said:Yay, she’s finally leaving! Go! Shoo, shoo! Is this when Evey is going to catch up with them? Is this where we’re going to have our next Evember moment?! Let’s gooooo!
Tamara said:Umm… Evey? If you’re going to show up, now would be a very good time to do so.
Tamara said:Knock knock! Who’s there? Evey in his Chevy (or it better be because we’re wasting too much time already)!
Yeah, sorry about that. I’ll leave the joke-writing up to Zules from now on.
Tamara said:IT’S THE WOLFMAN! IT’S EEEEEVVVVVEEEEEMMMMMBBBBBEEEEERRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m just going to stare at this page for another minute and pretend that everything is alright with the world again.
Tamara said:I wonder how Evey is going to explain that he couldn’t help Amber on the worst night of her life because he was… hibernating. Where were Dirty Dan and Pinhead Larry when we needed them?!
NEXT READLOG POST: > here >Tamara said:“I’m sorry, Amber. I messed up and fell in love with you. That was never the plan!” <3
Fun fact: I once unironically used “plummeting moons” in a normal conversation. I hope you’re happy that you’ve indoctrinated me with your wacky vocabulary, Zules!
Tamara said:I just want to take a moment to say that these 5 panels of a 2D comic are so well done that I can vividly visualise Amber reliving her torture in the hospital and being on the verge of a nervous breakdown due to the trauma triggered by the memory of it. Everything from the eyes darting back and forth to the hyperventilating; it’s all so real! Only you, Zules! Only you!
Tamara said:… I’m sure she’ll be able to stop thinking about the crippling, agonising pain that would have killed any normal, mortal human being but, oh yeah, she cannot die so she had no choice but to live with it! No big deal! And oh yeah, it’s also kind of, sort of, maybe, perhaps your fault! No biggie! Don’t worry about it!
Tamara said:I know it’s not exactly the same but it’s amusing to see the parallel between now and when Evey was the King of Pain (hah, this is just the attention deficit talking but for a split second, I mentally pronounced ‘pain’ in French as in ‘bread’ and being the King of Bread sounds a lot more ideal). Evey couldn’t quite tell her why he needed to go where he needed to go when he needed to go there; it was almost the exact same back-and-forth between the two with the “We need to go!” “But-” “Let’s go!” “But-” Ah, I’ve missed these two!
Tamara said:Hmm… Judging by the nature of this situation and the title of this chapter (I’m still not over that, the inevitable dread that I do not know of is looming in the back of my mind), I wonder what’s really in Calit?
NEXT READLOG POST: > here >Tamara said:An unsolicited, genuine compliment from Evey?! Is this a fever dream?! Please excuse the noise that is my fangirling!
Tamara said:*FANGIRLING INTENSIFIES*
No words, just incomprehensible noises.
Tamara said:HAH. Don’t worry about the purple ghostess! The hot dog song is to Dzuna what crosses and holy water are to regular demons.
Tamara said:I was going to ask Evey if he was sure about that but then he beat me to it. Ah Dzuna, you know you’re a special kind of evil when nothing nice can be said about you without a disclaimer!
Tamara said:*Googles tree nether regions* Oh my!
I’m convinced Dzuna dreads going back to Evey as much as he dreads her coming back to him so this is a win-win situation she’s playing at! But will Amber buy it? Let’s find out…
Tamara said:Ugh, Dzuna. Why are you anywhere?!
Tamara said:I’ve never been the King of Pain and therefore, I cannot judge the things one would do to get rid of the curse… but damnit Evey. You’re being your own prosecutor in this case!
NEXT READLOG POST: > here >Tamara said:I see that Dzuna is permanently in her mean girl era and nobody is here for it. Burn her at the stake! Are all curse guardians like this? What would happen if you put two Dzuna-like curse guardians together? Would they out-curse-guardian each other?
Well, I hate to give it to her but she does have a point…
Tamara said:YOU resolved and are causing us to suffer horrendously, Dzuna PurpleGhostess.
You! No one else but you!
And lest we forget the things she has done to cause pain to the already suffering King of Pain… Tell ‘em, Evey! Tell ‘em!
Tamara said:Can we all take a very long moment to appreciate the character development here?! I’ve been waiting YEARS for these two to arrive where they are (well, minus one of them having the curse and all that) and it’s finally happening!!! Shut up and kiss, you two!
Did the understanding and compassion in this room repel Dzuna?
Tamara said:*HEAVY BREATHING* *INTENSIFIED FANGIRLING* *SCREAMING, CRYING, THROWING UP* OOOOOMMMMMGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If this isn’t the greatest testament of anyone’s love (Evey transferring the curse to Amber and Amber wanting to bear his pain for him) then I don’t know what is!
My heart rate: 120bpm. My standards: raised.
NEXT READLOG POST: > here >Tamara said:Dangerously hitching rides on truck beds and gifting rodents to each other! Oh my! Probably the most twisted things that have happened in this story other than setting an entire building on fire and burning people alive just so one person could feel the pain of them all! Shiver me timbers!
Tamara said:So, Dzuna’s game plan is to convince someone with Exvulnerum (who quite possibly experienced one of the worst episodes of it) that someone else who had Exvulenerum is the bad guy for wanting to get rid of it? Seems like a solid plan! How does Dzuna manage to talk so much without a mouth?!
Tamara said:Gee, for some reason, I never even considered the possibility of a baby being eligible to inherit Exvulnerum. Surely Zules wouldn’t be that evil?! Let’s say that a baby did get cursed, I’d like to comfort myself by assuming that the baby would instantly transfer it back to their parent/guardian. Right?! Right. Also, Evey is a literal kid who bore this curse just after he witnessed his father unalive himself. You can’t blame the guy for his 2% skimmed evil.
Tamara said:Why do you do this to us, Zules? Why? Can someone just read the rest of the comic for me and let me know where the happy part that I can fast-forward to is? I’ll give you $3 and half a Snickers bar for your service.
Tamara said:The amount of secondhand mortification I’m feeling right now for a fictional 2D character is unreal.
Tamara said:I don’t know how and why Evey is still standing there, I would be halfway across the country by now if I were him.
NEXT READLOG POST: > here >Tamara said:Evey in the last two panels is an embodiment of me at 2am remembering that one cringey thing I did on a random Wednesday back in 2016. I’d quite literally die if I had a curse deimon in purple leggings play a flashback of it with an audience.
Tamara said:Why are you making Evey (and us) live through this twice, Zules?! WHY?! WHAT IS THE REASON?!
Tamara said:Yeah, I definitely forgot how bad this was. Thanks for the unsolicited reminder of something I’ve tried very hard to repress, Zules! I hope this tirade against you will end soon but at the pace we’re travelling at, I highly doubt so!
Tamara said:I’m going to ignore everything else (for the sake of my sanity) and say that the emotion in the last panel is just incredible! Amber not wanting to believe that the Evey she knew was capable of doing such a heinous act and Evey not wanting Amber to believe that he was. Ugh, perfect! And it’s hard for me to give you compliments right now, Zules, so take it and go before I take it back!!!
Tamara said:I have to give props to Amber if she isn’t even the least bit sympathetic towards Evey after she endured an entire night in the hospital like damn girl, that’s some next level pain tolerance you’ve got there to maintain your morality like that. But… she still hasn’t had the curse for long enough to understand Evey’s desperation to get rid of it.
Tamara said:Well, I was expecting something ugly… but this is just hideous.
Tamara said:I wish Amber could see a flashback of the burning building and just about everything else Evey had to go through to understand why he arrived at that conclusion… You can’t like Dzuna if you hate violence! That ghostess is just unholy…
Tamara said:… I should just destroy all my hopes for Evember into tiny, bite-sized pieces and bury them deep in the grounds of my mental cemetery, shouldn’t I? Amber, oh Amber. I’m sure Evey wishes he didn’t care about you either so that you’d never have to be in this situation in the first place.
Tamara said:I’ve waited NINE HUNDRED AND THIRTY–THREE PAGES to hear these words and THIS is how it happens?!
Tamara said:All the pain in this world that Evey has experienced and it’s the pain of love that causes him to have a psychotic breakdown. Sounds about right.
Tamara said:Well, she’s not going to go home with you after this, Evey. She’s not going to go anywhere with you anymore. You dug your own grave and then Dzuna unearthed you so that she could kill you and bury you again.
Tamara said:How many more pages of agony do we have to endure?! How many?! I never thought I’d be complaining about Exvulnerum having too many pages but here we are! You’ve done it, Zules! Just when I thought we’ve all lived through the worst! Put me out of my misery already!
Tamara said:How about you help everyone and remove yourself from ALL of our lives, Dzuna?! Petition to erase the rest of her because clearly her mouth alone wasn’t enough! Maybe if we all collectively protested, Zules will kill her off?! Is that too much to hope for?!
Tamara said:No words. Just tears. Lots of them.
Tamara said:Not the disgusting spectacle talking! Why is Evey just standing there and taking her abuse?! Surely he can at least try telling Amber the things he had to go through that drove him to act the way he did?! Surely he can tell her how many of those things were caused by Dzuna for absolutely no reason whatsoever?!
Tamara said:Not the trash talking (pun(?) intended)! UGH, Evey! I wish you’d use that anger in the first panel to slap Dzuna back into whatever deimon dimension she was birthed from!
Tamara said:Your mother was NOT right and you better put that bracelet back on right this instant!
I’m literally going to stop reading this if she says West.
Tamara said:You have now unsubscribed to this readlog. Type “Everything that just happened was just a fever dream and Evember is okay” to renew your subscription.
Tamara said:IT’S FINALLY OVER! I’m telling you right now that the redemption arc better be in Chapter 19 or I’m calling the webtoon authorities!
I’m not even going to react to this Dear Dzuna because there’s NOTHING Dear about her and I don’t want to read anymore speech bubbles coming out of her non-existent mouth! Death to Dzuna!
Tamara said:WHAT IS THIS?! Who asked for this?! Okay, I know I asked for this at some point but I don’t want it anymore! I petitioned for Dzuna to be erased from this comic and now there’s an entire chapter dedicated to her?! I’m STRESSED.
Tamara said:Wow, did we just miss a 1v1 between an adult female Karen and a teenage male Karen? We all know who lost this battle (I mean, as an adult, you’ve already lost the battle when you choose to pick an unnecessary fight with a minor for no apparent reason). I’m glad Amber doesn’t take after her mother…
I wonder what Dzuna would be like as a mother?
Tamara said:What does this woman even do?! Does anyone know? Is she just here for plot (in)convenience? Jeez, if only she would spend as much time being a good mother as she does complaining about how bad her husband is.
Tamara said:She looks like the kind of woman who would name her daughter Amberleigh, no surprise there. Well, I have a family who insists on calling me the name I don’t like so I can relate (though I really wish I couldn’t).
Tamara said:Ah, the classic divorced parents experience! Does this mean we’re getting closer and closer to seeing West?! Ugh. I almost don’t want Amber to go home. And if she goes home… Robin will be there. Surely she realises? Surely she does?!
Tamara said:I wonder what details her mother filled him in with… And as a parent, I’d say that a teenage boy-induced tantrum of that magnitude is more than worthy to be a cause for concern. Is it too much to ask for half a caring and attentive parent?!
NEXT READLOG POST: > here >Tamara said:Is this where Dzuna executes her “BFF” duties? Can she really be any one of those things? Best? Never. Friends? No. Forever? Maybe.
Tamara said:That’s what you get when you listen to Dzuna! Unless it’s going to play out well then I take that back because I refuse to admit that anything good can or will come out of listening to Dzuna.
Tamara said:I still maintain my anti-Dzuna stance. Though I do want to know what she said (but don’t tell her that). Ugh. Calit. With West. And Robin. I know this chapter didn’t have a menacing cover or title but I wouldn’t put it past Zules for some nasty surprises.
Tamara said:Wow. WOW. W.O.W. That’s a low blow coming from Amber. I was right; I told you nothing good would ever come out of listening to Dzuna! But damn, Amber had the choice to not repeat everything Dzuna said, didn’t she? Tsk tsk. Disappointing.
Tamara said:Why do I feel bad for the mother now… Ugh, this is all just too real! I, for one, have never accused my mother of being a promiscuous harlot. But I still relate to Amber on this page.Mothers just have this guilt-tripping superpower (though Amber deserves to be guilt-tripped this one time).
Tamara said:Gee, this woman has one of the worst cases of Narcissistic Mother Syndrome I’ve ever seen.
“Just like me”? I beg to differ but does she realise she’s really just insulting herself?
Tamara said:Well damn. I know the girl survived a night in a hospital bearing everyone’s pain but that’s gotta hurt.
Tamara said:Is she telling Amber to run away and be free? Or is she trying to reverse psychology her daughter by giving her everything she thinks she desires so that her teenage-fuelled rebellion will provoke her to do the opposite? Or does she just want Amber to learn her lesson the hard way?
Tamara said:You’re not so different from Evey right now, are you? Dzuna’s not exactly your best friend, is she? Going to West for a problem he has no answers to isn’t the best solution, is it?
Tamara said:I thought Dzuna was going to be the most insufferable person in this chapter but I’m willing to bet all the money in my poor person’s wallet that West is going to prove me very wrong.
Tamara said:Will WE ever be happy again, Zules?! Will we?! Is there any light at the end of the Exvulnerum tunnel or are you going to keep us addicted to the taste of our own misery?!
Tamara said:I will NOT be charmed by Dzuna’s shenanigans! Why does Amber keep falling for them?!
The things I would do for the ability to syphon off of other people’s wardrobes though…
Tamara said:The things I would do for the ability to syphon off of other people’s wardrobes and then see a real-life visualisation of myself in their outfits though…
Tamara said:Is Dzuna and Amber doing sleepover activities Zules’ idea of compensating for all the horror she has put us through for the last chapter?! It’s not working!
Tamara said:Of course Dzuna crosses her arms and turns away at the idea of resolving drama instead of causing it.
Tamara said:Also, WHO conjured her?! WHO is responsible for this??? Tell me who, I just wanna talk!
Tamara said:This is probably the most Amber question I’ve heard in a long time and it somehow makes me a little happy amidst all the bad things that are happening.
Tamara said:Yay, Dzuna has a problem!
Tamara said:Wow, did Dzuna just… make a good point? That I… agree with?
Tamara said:Also, how is Amber still so very unsympathetic towards Evey after everything she just went through and had to do against her will? Boo! How do you find it more logical to travel to WEST for answers instead of the guy who literally had the exact same thing you did and knows exactly what you’re going through?!
Tamara said:But… Why is she purple? Is Cognizance purple? I still have so many questions…
Tamara said:Ah, there’s the Amber that I remember! (Woah, memory unlocked. Does anyone remember that old episode of Danny Phantom with the popstar ghost named Ember? “Ember, you will remember… You will remember my name!” Great, now I have to go listen to that song and have my recommendations filled with early 2000s Nickelodeon music.
NEXT READLOG POST: > here >Tamara said:Crush yourself, you purple humanoid!
Tamara said:HAH! Of course the first instance of genuine comic relief after a long time comes from Evey unintentionally being Evey! Unsolicited comment (saying anything pregnancy-related to a seemingly pregnant woman, especially one you don’t know, is a bad idea in general) but would I be reaching if I said he’s doing this for Amber? What are the odds that she actually goes into labour and has contractions on this train ride? And why is Amber actively looking for him if she doesn’t want to be found…? Lots of unspoken feelings in the air!
Tamara said:I wish I had Evey’s ability to UNO reverse card rejections. Oh, how the tables have turned! Amber should at least return the favour of bearing with someone else’s nonsense on the way to try to rid oneself of a debilitating curse.
Tamara said:Really? This entire fiasco of rejection is just about him not loving her? And didn’t he quite literally admit that he did? I know the flashback she saw was ugly but it was also a testament of how desperately he wanted to rid himself of the curse and also a testament to how much he actually loves her if he didn’t want to transfer it to her despite that desperation.
Wake up, Amber! Evey good. Dzuna bad.
Tamara said:I didn’t think it was possible for me to dislike Amber but here we are…
Tamara said:I didn’t think it was possible for me to
dislikehate Amber but here we are…
Tamara said:The girl said she hates violence and she went for the kill. If this doesn’t open Amber’s eyes to the fact that Dzuna is a floating red flag then I don’t know what will…
Tamara said:Does Amber not realise that she is her own person and she can consciously choose not to say the things Dzuna tells her to say? The whole ‘bad influence’ thing has its limitations and this has crossed to the point of it not being a valid excuse anymore.
And what does Dzuna really want from all this?
Tamara said:Someone’s trying very hard to convince herself and she knows it. And I think “I’m not who I thought I was…”, “I’m… a bad person…”, “I’m better off without Dzuna…” would sound just about right.
NEXT READLOG POST: > here >Tamara said:I don’t trust anything that’s purple and has impeccable penmanship.