I guess he just wanted to draw a warthog…

And who is in charge of this Safari, anyway?  Apparently it’s Mark, determined to find out “what caused the buffalo to run through” their camp…  Maybe it’s a “Who” and not a What…”

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And there’s Dirty, “betting” again…  sheesh…

Your “Experience?” please…

As Taurus recovers from him Traumatic Brain Injury, he shoulders a weapon while Mark and Chris “Dirty” Dyer play the “I know more about Cape Buffalo that you do” game… I learned the other day that it is entirely possible for two people together to know less than one person who doesn’t know what he is talking about…  While Mark continues to play the “not enraged” card, I have to wonder what Dirty’s life has included that would make him so wise in the ways of African Fauna.  But then he DOES “know people” there- people who are going to help him get out of debt by breaking international laws and norms by trafficking in White Rhino horn destined for the Asian market…

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So sad to watch Mark have to puff his chest out, clearly showing his natural instinct to appear bigger than he is when threatened by another male human being- one who is threatening his domain as one who holds dominion over the Natural world…

Glad you made it “back??”

It’s not like he was away, Mark…  Really.  Who does the writing here?? And with another lame attempt at dialogue involving multiple gambling euphemisms, two in one sentence, I really wish he had been beaten into the dust… but not a scratch on him.  Left for dead, Chris looks like he hasn’t even been fazed…

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And Mark is still on this “something scared the Buffalo” kick.  Got news for you, Nature Boy, these animals live scared.  It’s what keeps them alive…   but OK, we will go with this idea that some external force, some agent of doom set the herd a-runnin’.   Otherwise, where on earth can this story go?  And is that it as far as Dirty’s plan to off Mark?  I suppose it’s just another in a long line of big ideas that never seem to come to fruition…

He sweats!

And has feelings.  For Buffalo, anyway…  not for Taurus or Dirty or anyone else that may be lying out there in a heap or trapped on top of a dented Range Rover…  And with Lori Tompkins safe in the crook of Mark’s chin, he begins to postulate what caused to herd to scramble…  and makes the distinction between a herd that is pissed off and on herd that is frightened.  Which I think is BS…  As large as these animals are, they know one thing and behave as such- they are prey.  Prey for the apex predators that roam the Savana, and their main response is to run, and only in protecting their young will they confront the predator.  So “Enraged?”  I don’t this that’s an option, Mark…

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So enough with the charging Buffalo.  Let’s get back to why Mark is there in the first place… The missing (dead?) naturalist that he went there to visit in the first place.  Their paths have to cross in some form…

 

Excuse me while I sweep this little lady off her feet…

…the rest of you are on your own.  Sorry, but that’s just how it works in the Trail-verse…the rest of you are on your own.  Sorry, but that’s just how it works in the Trail-verse…  Meanwhile, Taurus is demonstrating the skills that placed him on the Kenyan Olympic track and field team…  Decathlon if I recall correctly.  But oh my!  What action!

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I guess we will have to wait until Monday to learn of Dirty’s fate…  did death come knocking?  Seems a little grim…  I’d go with a good bruising and rank humiliation.  That would keep the fires of indignation burning brightly in the Gambler’s heart… and the story line interesting…

Dirty? Dirty who? Who Dat?

Like they couldn’t hear the stampede with their own less-that-Trailian senses?  And besides, it looks like they are in the middle of a dance- sort of the John Travolta/ Uma Thurman kind from  Pulp Fiction…  And we’ve probably never seen Mark running from a full-behind perspective…  oh, the vistas we have uncovered since Allen took the pen…

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Take cover?  Well I guess there IS that giant tree trunk they could hide behind…

oh… It’s ‘Chris’ now?

What happened to “Dirty?”  Been knocked about by the buffalo… I think we have established, by now, the author’s ability to draw the Cape Buffalo in all its various angles…  Well done, James Allen, but it’s time to move this story along.  Enough single panel episodes that leave one feeling trapped in a bad dream…  And is part of surviving a stampede staying hunched over and low to the ground?  Must be, since that’s what Mark is doing!

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The animal to Mark’s left seems to be regarding him with a certain amount of wariness and disdain. Note the sideways glance… The Cape Buffalo Stink-eye, as it were…  looks like Mark has (not surprisingly) his own place within the herd where the animals give him free reign…