Friday, February 20, 2009

Meddling is my middle name.

February 20, 2009

Panel 1: Nice to see that gender roles in the Trail household are temporally consonant with the decor. It's also interesting to note that the Jackelrod Sphere appears to be losing some of its substance. Today, at least, it is partially transparent. The most interesting thing about this panel, however, is the way in which the Jackelrod Sphere seems to write off Bucky. On Wednesday, it had Mark search for "several hours" for the missing deer. On Thursday, it had Mark try to figure out what might have happened at the time of the shooting. Today, it's all about Ken the Kung-Fu Master. I guess the Jackelrod Sphere figured he'd milked the wounded-deer aspect of the story for all it's worth and now he's having Howdy-Doody and the baby blue curtains try to convince Mark to go after Ken instead. The dialog balloon intruding from Panel 2 suggests they're successful. Mark's motivation, however, seems more Mary Worth-ian than Mark Trail-ian.

Panel 2: Hey, I found the lost fucking forest. Mark cut it all down to build a gigantic compound, replete with rustic sign denominating the former site of the forest. The last surviving quail ptarmigan from this once fecund habitat is hightailing it for greener climes.

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