One thing that struck over the last few days, other than the glacial pace of the story, was the introduction of old-school Trail “wildlife” in every strip. That was a reliable feature of the Dodd/Elrod era. We seem to be returning to that as we join our characters in mid conversation:
That’s right, Mr. “I know everything about gold and panning for it… that’s why I keep working my little shop- it’s really just a side-hustle to conceal the fact that I have a fortune in Gold stored in the basement!” YES- WE HAVE A MAP!
Doc, sincerity drips from your craggy face! How could anyone doubt you??
JJ is keeping his poker face on… but deep down he has a little tingle running up his leg… I mean, how could he not??