Oh, the Action!! The Suspense!!

As Rusty and Mara are fixating on the Mule, and trying to figure out how to get Rusty’s phone back (talk about ‘splaining…) they are pondering recent decisions and choices that have left them wandering aimlessly in Santa Poco, Mexico!

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And yes, Raul has taken to the rooftops to employ his (apparent) x-ray vision to locate Rusty and Mara!

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Where he searches hopelessly for answers about the life he is leading and the bad choices that have led him to this crucial juncture…

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Only to be tormented by a Toucan… Is this someone’s spirit animal that has been following this ‘storyline’ all the way from the resort to the dig site and now into the city?  It would seem so…

With all that, we are once again reminded that James Allen’s forte is one of arteest, not storyteller…  again, where is this going??

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Is Rusty Channeling The Donald?

Just look at the bugle-mouth in the first installment:

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That has to be the most unflattering look on a human being, and I am sure we all make that face depending on what we are saying.  It’s funny that in today’s world, catching that is increasingly easy as cameras advance in their capabilities and there are literally thousands of pictures from which to choose…  But for James Allen to purposely draw this mug says what?  I honestly don’t know.

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Why are we trusting Juanito the mule?  And I had forgotten that Rusty sacrificed his smart phone to the cause…  That only happened (probably) a month ago…

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Oh, worry not your little head, Master Trail, Papa’s on his way and he’s being set up!!

Mark’s Pissed!

Is that the blue of his hair clashes with the pink of his chamois cloth shirt?  The fact that he has to wear chamois cloth in the tropics?  The fact that it wasn’t his idea to clog up his life with children?

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And why is Professor Carter being dragged into this?  These aren’t his children.  Where are Mara’s folks?  Seriously.

We see a glimpse of the singing bush from The Three Amigos movie in the lower right corner of the second panel.  <<yawn…>>

I will not be posting again until Friday… hang in there Campers, I am sure that so much will happen… (sarcasm intended…)

At least Joe has a cell phone now…

Suddenly Mark is all lathered up at the thought of his bastard step son being in some kind of danger…  Not to mention the fact that Mara’s parents are nowhere to be found… having trusted the Trails to keep her somehow safe…

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And as Jose tries to explain himself/ lure Mark into the fray, he slips in a bit of spanish for good measure…  Ju no how keeeds are… they sleeeped away… Eeet’s a Leeetle Compleeecated, but I’ll Es-plane…

Mark! Long time no see!

Wow… we have to go all the way back to the end of July before we find a daily featuring Mark…  I literally forgot what he looks like… that’s over three months!  The old measure, “Mean Time to Lost Forest” (the average time it took to play out an entire story arc) typically took less time than that!  And what is typical for today’s Trail, the sun doesn’t set on the characters… ever!

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And would you refer to your “old Friend” as “Professor?”  Did “The Professor” on Gilligan’s Island have a name?

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I guess he did… Although I would never have known that without the help of Das Google!

Butter knives?

I guess I just don’t know all there is to know about gang/biker weaponry…

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Are these the equivalent of Ninja throwing stars?  Does Raul plan to carve Rusty and Mara into little pieces?  It’s clear now (for the hot second) that Raul is no “friend” of Mark Trail… and that his facial hair and wardrobe choices are putting him into the “Bad Guy” bucket…

What an odd split-screen for the second and third panel…