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Children, go to your room! No desert for you, tonight!

Well, well, well. The Trailverse is certainly becoming more adventurous and harrowing! But why the heck are Mark and his comrades-in-conspiracy holding up their arms as if they are being arrested? Do they believe Professor Bee (apparently driving at night in his pajamas) is going to shoot them down in cold blood? Where are the guns, guys!?  

Funny how Prof. Bee wags his finger and scolds them, as if they are naughty children. It’s ironic that he is claiming they are the ones up to no good. But why is Mark depicted in panel 4 in that cheap movie cliché of a guilty person fingering his collar when being questioned? Surely Mark must have some degree of self-control, yes!? So much for any contingency planning. But shucks, they’ll never tumble to Mark’s true mission, based on his innocent composure!

This tale is getting a bit whacky, even for an adventure yarn. If Bee and Daggers were going to trail Trail (thank you, thank you!), they could just as easily driven to Herp Hacienda and picked him up to ensure he came alone. Right? Why bother with the cloak-and-daggers stuff? Wait. This is an adventure strip: asked and answered.

A couple of observations on the visual angle:

  1. Not sure what that greenish-yellow shape is in panel 2. It’s not a car door. And not a headlight.
  2. An interesting choice to outline Professor Bee in white to make him stand out from the background, something Rivera did not do for Daggers in panel 2 or Trail in panel 4. While it does effectively bring focus to Bee, I wonder why Rivera did not use yellow instead of white, to maintain consistency with the car lights used in prior strips and provide a practical basis for the highlight.
  3. Nice job of having Aparna crouching behind Mark while still peeking around him in panel 1. It’s a small, but well-done detail. Have we seen that kind of attention to poses and character in the older Trail stips? I cannot recall anything off hand. Usually, they’d all be standing around like tree trunks.

I still have a latent thought in my head that all is not what it seems and that either Cricket Bro or Professor Bee may not be bad guys. But that is asking a lot to have that kind of complexity in a comic strip. And it is already a more complex plot than we normally find in older Trail Tales. Where do we go from here?

4 thoughts on “Children, go to your room! No desert for you, tonight!

  1. I have to hand to you George for these commentaries. It must sometimes get difficult to come up with so much verbiage on this strip. I appreciate the effort! One question…has Dennis retired? Or just taking a sabbatical? In any case, I will read on. The current strip has, as you know has left too baffled to even read.

    • Very difficult to write? Sometimes yes; but often, it is the opposite! Writing the actual blog entries, I try for something more than mere snarky remarks, which are just fine for readers leaving comments. But, like Dennis, I think the blog is here to provide a point of view and analysis. And some snark. Otherwise, we should just give it up and hang out on the Comics Kingdom website to join their merry gang of Mark Trail Gatekeepers.

      Anyway, feel free to call me out if I descend into too much BS, or just fly completely off course. Still, I’m fascinated (and happy) that you read these blogs, knowing your antipathy to the current state of the strip.

      As for Dennis, I do not know his plans. I, too, miss his commentary. But I expect he will jump in from time to time to give us his interesting take on the Trailverse.

      • Thanks for stepping up George. Commentary here and on Comics Kingdom makes this strip. I will keep tossing in my two cents when they are worthy.

  2. I love it. Keep up the good work. It is appreciated. My opinion of Jules style does not change my opinion on
    how much I enjoy both yours and Dennis’s comments. Rock on!

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