This Week in Milford

May 14, 2016

The Darth Knight Returns


I ain’t gonna lie: I like today’s strip in a genuine, non-ironic fashion. The first panel could have been lifted straight from a Frank Miller graphic novel (if not a Jack Chick tract). Surprising what Whigham can do when he’s not drawing tonsures, Paulie Walnuts hair and potato noses. Panel two features the kind of teasing you expect in a high school locker room, though Barry’s freckles again take a temporary hiatus. Finally we learn that, besides being an I-before-team guy, Barry also lacks a brain-to-mouth filter.

I suppose on Monday we’ll learn that Stupid Cow “Hang ’em” Hiatt is Ken Brown’s aunt or something or that Darth’s less sympathetic teammates will now start calling him “Dewey” instead of Del. For now let’s just enjoy a Saturday strip that contains reasonably plausible dialogue given the pace of this spring arc.



  1. Maybe this is the strip that cracks the geode. I had not considered that the judge might be the relative of a teammate: I had been thinking more that a teammate might have had someone killed by a drunk driver. But maybe it’s both… In any case, Darth Meinhoff’s stock with his teammates is falling outside the frame like one of those cartoon graphs of “company earnings.” Teenchy is right that the artwork in the first panel is first rate, and I admit it’s possible this could turn into a good story after all.

    Comment by vaganova — May 14, 2016 @ 2:33 pm

  2. I’m in agreement with my fellow TWIMsters. Panel 1 is first rate and puts me in mind of some moody graphic novel (I was thinking Charles Burns type stuff, and since Barry is mostly in shadow, maybe some gruesome mutation is implied). Plus the whole tone of the strip is dark and dripping with pathos, so it works nicely. Damn, I wasn’t expecting that today, but kudos to Whigham.

    Comment by nedryerson — May 14, 2016 @ 3:12 pm

  3. “… Barry also lacks a brain-to-mouth filter”.
    In other words, a normal high school student.
    Yeah, there’s several good directions the plot could go, most of which would require abandoning Boo and her knuckleball.

    Comment by Philip — May 14, 2016 @ 3:54 pm

  4. You really want to know? Ol’ Barry doesn’t give him a chance to answer . I’m sure the answer would be no. Whose the stupid cow now?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 14, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

  5. “Stupid cow” is an awfully Oscar Wilde-y sort of insult to be coming from the mouth of a 21st Century tank-town high schooler. But I guess they couldn’t have had him use the N-word, could they?

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 14, 2016 @ 9:37 pm

  6. Wow, that’s the best art I’ve seen from Whigham in years, and on a week when I complained I was having trouble telling the adults apart. Very evocative. I hope we see more of this.

    Comment by AirForbes — May 14, 2016 @ 10:43 pm

  7. Boy, as for the writing in this season’s arc? Let me just agree with the others that panel one is almost certainly some of the best art to appear in anyone’s paper over the weekend.

    Comment by timbuys — May 15, 2016 @ 1:28 pm

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