Not much to add to Ned’s fine spring wrap-up except…
A) It’s nice to see we wrapped up this dead-end plot a bit earlier than last year, which concluded on July 10th.
B) Does anyone else sense that Neal has been making up each story in a strip-by-strip basis as he goes along? Given the very precise seasonal structure to this strip, it would be pretty easy to create a reasonable story arc, knowing the exact number of comics you have available to tell a story. On the other hand, the golf course beckons. Speaking of which…
You might think this reeks of recycling last year’s summer o’ golf and HRONK, but there are already important differences between the start of last July’s catastrophe and this year’s travesty of an intro strip.
2010: Took Gil two days to totally slough off his wife.
2011: Independence Day = Freedom from a summer at home begins immediately!
2010: Gil at least has the courtesy to make a pitcher of
lemonade booze before taunting us with his good fortune and taking off for the summer.
2011: Gil merely taunts everyone with his lucky smug dickishness, with nary a beverage to offer.
2010: Gil pretends he will be on the links rather than sitting at the 19th hole boozin’ it up with Rip Taylor.
2011: Why pretend?
“Be happy with the Dodge, kid. If you work hard and get a job at Jenkins & Co., maybe someday you’ll get a Buick.