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jmluvsbob
Oh my god...

Well, that explains why Speedy is feeling so bad. I feel so sorry for him.

I know things can get a bit jumbled up with the abstraction and such, but are we to assume he's started talking to Darby about it, or is this more of an internal monologue he's having with himself? Unless that becomes more clear with the next pages, then no need to answer.
SPIKE
Here's the visual shorthand being used, which I'll spoiler in case other readers don't want to see it. [edit: nevermind I can't figure out how to do it] Of course the interpretations are up to you&this is a plain ol' index. Will there be exceptions? Probably not, unless it's important enough of a situation to sacrifice clarity for.

Normal speech bubbles: He's saying this out loud. Darby may not respond, but he hears it.
Staticked-out speech bubbles: Stuff that he's not saying out loud. Darby can't hear it. Sometimes there's only a bit of distortion so that you, the reader, knows what he's saying, and other times it's completely gone. Within the story these are effectively the same.
Closed captions: He's saying this out loud and Darby can hear it. The captions are always covering up something else, which he's not saying and neither you nor Darby can hear.
jmluvsbob
Thank you! This is actually really helpful. Believe me, I love some ambiguity, but I'm also kind of slow at times. And that slowness can lead me to being at least a little confused. But this explanation is really helpful!
SPIKE
no problem, this is one of those things that's too confusing if it's left ambiguous
That last panel of Darby is how I look whenever customers start telling me their life stories.