Today’s strip features the classic phrase: “I was just messing with you.” I’m not a big fan of that phrase. It’s mostly used by jerks who like to push buttons but still maintain a facade of civility. So is this the subtle variation on the classic Gil Thorp plot heel? The passive aggressive douche?
Maybe Ryan “Cane” Van Auken is sincere. Maybe he really has addressed his anger issues and is merely joking as a defense against the abrupt and intrusive questioning by Pete De Windt. Maybe he’ll turn out to be a great teammate and an all around swell guy. Yeah, right.
ETA the inspiration for the title: