OK, Han… We get it…

You’ve got a bad feeling about this.  Do you have another line you’d like to use??  Really, a hovercraft?  This somehow seems less menacing…  almost like a welcoming party… “You have bested my dive team and my Sea-ATV team, so you are now worthy of my hovercraft…”

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In the olden-days of Trail, Mark would cock his head to discern a distant  sound and it was usually a rifle shot (poachers!) or a Rutting Buck… No doubt he truly did not know what that sound was…  Mark you must feel as though you’ve arrived in a foreign land…

Not Ken’s first rodeo, either…

A double header, ladies and gents…  Saturday action below, which shows Ken’s pugilistic prowess, not to mention the famous Mark Trail hay-maker…

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I remember griping about the fact that Mark wasn’t allowed to hit anyone anymore in the Allen epoch, but we are apparently beyond that… as long as Mark is getting shot at (sort of, since the bullets all went the other way…) he is free to unleash his fists of fury.

From the Curmudgeon: (I missed the oddity in panel two…)

Just keeping you updated on the Trailian fisticuffs! Lotsa punching going on. Let’s focus on that and not Ken’s leg apparently phasing right through the solid matter of the bad guy’s arm in panel two. Very disturbing, the thought that Mississippi Ken might not be bound by the same laws of time and space as we are. Let’s not dwell on it. Ha ha, punching!

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A “Lullaby machine?”  Really?  That’s actually kind of funny…  And what- is Ken into Martial Arts or something?  Second panel top might suggest as much…  OK, now what?  Do they pick up the weapons and wait for the next onslaught of Henchmen?  These guys won’t stay out for long…

He’s mad as Hell…

…and not going to take it any more…  But I  mean really… Where did these guys go to bad guy school, anyway?  With spit, sunglasses and guns flying from the two that Ken took “by surprise,” let’s hope Mark is not holding back and is taking out the third…  Lesson here I suppose is never mess with a guy sporting a ponytail and a lavender t-shirt…  all might not be as it appears…

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Well kids, we’ll see where this all goes…  Ken got the drop on these two, but I’m sure there will be days of action to follow!

2 on 3? That seems fair…

And hey, wait a gosh-darned second, there, Ken… MARK owns all the obvious lines in this strip…  “They’ve run out of ammo!”  Another interesting feature of the James Allen Trail-verse:  the use of contractions-   ‘They’ve,’ ‘let’s,’ Oh dear! All stops are out now!

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I like how Ken is referring to the three as “The Bad Guys..”  and the look of blood lust on his face in panel 3 is priceless…  What would Uncle Doyle think about all this?

Aw shucks!! Out of bullets!!

What’s the saying?  We don’t have a GUN problem, we have a BULLET problem?  Without Ammo, guns are just fancy and expensive paperweights…

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So as the goons look at their now empty weapons with dismay, they are also confronted with an eco-disaster wrought by the incendiary rounds…  this still makes no sense to me, but it is kind of funny…

Why do you suppose they are doing that for?!?

Oh, Ken… like music to my ears… bad grammar and stupid questions!  Not to mention zero directional sense… didn’t the bad guys see from whence the flare came?  And they now fire aimlessly away from that general direction?  Wasting ammo like they have an unlimited supply at hand?  Or maybe they just want to put on a show for the Evil One on the Yacht?  They aren’t really down with the whole “world domination” thing?

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At first I pictured the island to be the kind used in all the bad “deserted on an island what would you bring?” jokes… but it seems to be of significant size.  Enough to to get yourself gone and hid- better get a move on, boys…

We are clearly trying to appeal to a new target market…

With all the automatic weapons fire and lack of dialogue, the Creative Force behind Mark Trail must be trying to appeal to those who would have their mothers accompany them to the midnight release of the next “Call of Duty” installment, “Black Ops 3…

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So, as the world passes me by, I will sit here and yearn for a cornier, less violent past…

Has the Evil One perfected cloning?

By the look of these henchmen, it would seem as though they were hatched from the same crucible.  Sort of like the forge that spawned all the Orcs in the Lord of the rings trilogy, or what produced the Grand Army of the Republic in second (first?) Star Wars series…

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So, without mothers to worry about them or the ability to love, they go off into the bush at the command of the Great One (can’t wait to meet him (or her) and see who is behind all this craziness…)

I would be flattering myself unduly…

…if I were to imagine anyone saying, “Gosh, what’s with The Daily Trail?  I certainly hope nothing has happened to that witty guy who riffs on Mark Trail every morning except Sunday…”

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Fear not dear readers, I am well.  Which is more than I can say for the strip that I have loved and snarked at for decades now…

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As Mark takes cover behind a rock with bullets magically missing him and ken, there’s just not much to say about it all.  And I don’t think it’s because I have grown weary of keeping up this blog, it’s more likely that I have no interest in this story line…

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So sure, Mark, let’s keep up the chase.  This can last another couple of weeks, which would be seriously unfortunate.  There’s no real tension here, as there is no chance of any harm coming to you.  Without tension and suspense, or even the opportunity to learn something new, we will pace along with you a few days at a time until something interesting happens…