This Week in Milford

July 27, 2022

Oh !#%@! He Went There!

“Nice speech up there, Thorp.

“Nice attempt at a burn, Cornelius.

“The name’s Martinez. Luke Martinez. I’m fixin’ to be in your damn face like my cousin Davey.”

“Martinez, huh. Thought you might be kin to my old pal Martin Luna.”

“Oh yeah? Well you’re full of !#%@, Thorp.”

“Damn, Martinez, you can’t even tell the joke right. You see flies on me? No? If you did, you’d either say I was full of honey or that flies are attracted to !#%@. Now step off before I break off that hairy paw of yours and stick it up your keister.”

So Martinez has been hired to replace the lump who whined about losing True Standish to Gil, then had his flies handed to him on a plate courtesy of True, John Pascoe & co. Or maybe to replace someone who replaced the lump. Dunno about y’all but between the goatee and the lavender top, I’m getting a Jesus Quintana vibe from Luke here. (Is lavender even a Valley Tech color? With this strip’s colorists, don’t bet against it.)

Barajas has given us a Gil with a touch of the ol’ leatherneck from the strip’s inception. He’s also given us a bewhiskered antagonist to give Gil !#%@, at least through the summer if not through the rest of the year. Will Henry give us enough backstory to find out what Martinez’ beef with Gil is? If he’s playing the long game, I reckon we TWIMers can too.


  1. I guess we’ll see, but I assume Martinez is just a natural blow-hard asshole. Since Gil didn’t know who he was, they must not have history. Looking forward to coaching fireworks when they play each other this fall.

    Comment by MopMan — July 27, 2022 @ 2:33 pm

  2. From now on, I want at least one strip a week to have a panel of Gil downing whiskey, grimacing, while saying to some insulting loudmouth “I’m sorry, but do I know you?”
    This is the best action line since “Ease up, chum!” or whatever it was exactly Kaz said.
    There’s just gotta be an uppercut or a sidewinder in our near future, a Mark Trail payoff smacker. Loving this so far, Mr. Barajas!

    Comment by Moon Mullins — July 27, 2022 @ 4:06 pm

  3. I got a text today : “Downpuppy, are you planning on holding onto 5 Elm St long term?”
    No indication who from, so “Have we been introduced?”
    A realtor. Replied with no company info.
    This guy is just a stain on the sole of Gil’s shoe.

    Comment by Downpuppy — July 27, 2022 @ 4:16 pm

  4. In P4 Gil says, “ Them’s fightin’ words!!”

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 27, 2022 @ 4:39 pm

  5. I gotta admit, I didn’t care for the COTY start to this story but I’m enjoying it now. Let’s see how Gil handles this prick.

    Comment by franku2016 — July 27, 2022 @ 9:05 pm

  6. […] can put out a podcast. Maybe if his special guest Luke Hernnadez, the new sheriff from Valley Tech (hey, wasn’t that Luke Martinez? who goofed, the strip’s creators or Marty?), is as big a blowhard as we’ve seen so far, […]

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