I asked the Comic Fury forums to rip me a new one and the result may be that I actually left room for a word balloon.
Hopefully some more of the advice I got will sink in.
getting there, my friend, watch on the 3rd panel, the word ballon draws you back up to the first panel. just bring the it out the bottom of the ballon and out to the left side, we know who's saying it. also, use the "T" factor, never lay a balloon along side an object as in panel 4, separate them or overlap them. one more thing, use a different angle on the troll's face, it's the same in every panel, these are all small details but help immensely