May 12, 2009
Panel 1: The JS really outdoes itself with this panel. I count three contractions in Stringy’s exposition and, boy howdy, he almost comes off as human that way! Of course, the JS only used them in order to save space so it could show us just how very not big the dead tree actually is.
Panel 2: And sure enough, Stringy resumes his torture of the English language with this gem: “The tree just fell from being rotten.” Wow. You almost have to wonder if Stringy speaks English as a second language. I won’t go into the gory details, but suffice to say “just”, “from”, and “being rotten” really don’t deserve to be used in this sentence. There are much simpler ways to get across the idea that the tree fell because it was rotten. For example, one could say “The tree fell because it was rotten.”
Panel 3: Stringy and Tom Wopat’s partner in crime finally reveals himself. It is…a squirrel. Clearly, he’s the brains of the bunch, giving orders from high up in a tree where the Right Fist O’ Justice will never be able to reach him.