Don’t Patronize the Old…

It doesn’t help!!  And Mark, your “feeling” face is a might off-putting…

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Small cave?  Seems large and well-lit to me…  I mean, you ARE standing up and seem to have plenty of shoulder room!

OK, let’s wrap this up.  Punch lines that last a week are (unfortunately) typical, but nonetheless tedious…

Doc is cycling…

… through some emotions…  Shock, Anger, Denial, Bargaining, Acceptance.

You can see them all on his various expressions…

Easy there, big guy, don’t hurt yourself!  That head-swivel is reserved for those a little younger than you…

All righty then!  Enough with the Mark-splaining…  This is getting more tedious than usual!

She still has the gun!

And I can’t stop looking at how she is drawn in panel one…  What happened to her hips?  JJ isn’t saying much either…  At least not while Mark is man-splaining away…

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Poor Doc!  He had such high hopes!  The disappointment on his craggy face is obvious, even from a rear-three-quarter angle…

We been had!!

And it would appear that this stranger was a very a patient sort…

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Such is life…  This Bearded Stranger also appears to have been a Confidence Man…  playing on the hopes and dreams of others- including JJ, Doc and Leola… Mark was the only one of the group to keep his head on straight…

Now what to do about JJ?  Now that he has shown his true colors?

Cue the Head Scratching and the Yawns…

Yes, the chest is empty…

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…but for a “framed newspaper?”  Because that’s what you did with newspapers back in the day, right?

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The robbers all escaped…

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… until they didn’t, or at least two didn’t escape… because they were shot.  But given the age of the “Bearded Stranger” then, and Doc now, I am guessing he is dead.  So tell us Mark, tell us what you “understand” now…