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  1. cheapskate0 commented on Dick Tracy 2 days ago

    Bribery’s current physical condition remains an open question.
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    I don’t know why, but I can’t help thinking that the next big reveal will be…
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    Mr. Bribery in a wheelchair!
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    Which would explain why we haven’t seen him doing anything or anywhere than sitting behind a desk!

  2. cheapskate0 commented on Dick Tracy 2 days ago

    Love your summary!
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    Of late, it seems as if we needed some kind of score card!

  3. cheapskate0 commented on Dick Tracy 2 days ago

    [Note: Bribery has yet to be seen in anything other than a seated position. Whether this is coincidence, or whether he lacks the use of his legs remains a topic for speculation.]
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    Great observation – I was about to mention that next!
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    Part of what makes this feel so much like a 1960s Batman plot is that our chief villain – Bribery – isn’t really doing anything.
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    This, as opposed to Bribery’s famous leaping and dancing from the 1960s.
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    I also note, of late, the lack of Bribery’s famed head-tilt, another signature feature of this character.
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    I, for one, really appreciated the head-tilt earlier in this story; it provided a truly out-of-kilter slant to the entire goings-on…

  4. cheapskate0 commented on Dick Tracy 2 days ago

    I’m still hoping Bribery uses one of the story-established Space Coupe Kiddie Ride vehicles to attempt an escape …
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    An appropriate 1960s Batman plot device for a comic strip that – of late – has a lot of 1960s Batman camp feel to it…

  5. cheapskate0 commented on Dick Tracy 2 days ago

    And then, there’s Mumbles.
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    Regardless of his past, these days, he seems more like “comic relief” – from Stilleta (the knife incident at EJ’s) to his brief cameo with Ghote (“you lousy fraud”), to his current run-in with T-Bolt (whom most of us now guess is Lee Ebony in disguise).
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    Another thought: Perhaps Mumbles is the only one who knows what’s really going on. He gets around, he sees things, and he remembers them.
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    Like, Johnny Adonis, whom T-Bolt was supposed to have taken out…
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    Perhaps we’re about to get a real caper with a classic Tracy villain – Mumbles – Still Da Man!

  6. cheapskate0 commented on Dick Tracy 2 days ago

    Also disappointing is the whole bunch of them – Venus and Apollo are looking more like buffoons – with the implication that they have always been incompetent – even back when we first met them.
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    That is when they messed up the original Moon Maid and space coupe caper, right?
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    I don’t think they can blame that one on Bardoll.

  7. cheapskate0 commented on Dick Tracy 2 days ago

    Certainly a lot of action going on.
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    Am I the only one miffed that Melies went out so early and in a rather pointless way?
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    Among other things, with all that “foreshadowing” many of you noted earlier, where is that shot of the man-in-the-moon-with-the-bullet-in-his-eye?
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    As Bardoll’s “replacement,” I suppose Melies was never meant to be anything more than a “henchman,” but hey! This character seemed to have so much more potential.
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    Now, I suppose we’ll get to know nothing more about him, where he came from.
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    And especially, we’ll never know how he came to look like the man-in-the-moon.

  8. cheapskate0 commented on Endtown 2 days ago

    Positioning of characters (as others have pointed out) as well as Holly’s general displeasure at keeping Kirbee around…
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    Is it possible that Holly saw that kiss Kirbee gave Wally?
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    In general:
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    I’m tiring of the line that all Topsiders are absolutely evil.
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    Since absolutely all these “mutants” were once “human,” doesn’t that mean that absolutely all of them were once “Topsiders”?
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    Which leads to yet another disturbing thought:
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    Perhaps only those who had redeeming qualities “mutated”…
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    Stated another way, only the least human people were allowed to remain human…

  9. cheapskate0 commented on Dick Tracy 7 days ago

    Forgive me for not having read all the comments.
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    But I’m still confused: Just why is the MCU at the Blackhearts’ headquarters in the first place?
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    I’m not at all sure that they are, as yet, aware of Dietrich Smith’s abduction, let alone the Blackhearts’ role in it.
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    I’m pretty sure the MCU is unaware that Mr. Bribery has the gold that they have, presumably, given up on looking for. To the MCU, I’m sure they thought it sank in the lake with Chew Shoes.
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    And I’m really, really sure that they are totally unaware that Mr. Bribery lives on as the Blackhearts’ Mr. Bigg.
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    So, what the sam hill has been going on these last few weeks (our time, minutes in Tracy time)?
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    By the by, in response to others’ comments,
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    Melies’ actions today seem far more consistent with what I thought were his motives all along – just to get back in the good graces of Mr. Bribery. Yes, Willy007 pointed out a week or so ago where Melies talked about killing Bribery, but that comment seemed like an outlier to me.
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    Especially when, in the next panels, he delivers Dietrich to Bribery.
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    Getting on his good side seems to be his primary motivation, and has been, even when he hinted at his killing – which is now revealed to be a shill.

  10. cheapskate0 commented on Endtown 17 days ago

    I’m so glad that at last there is a little humor back in the strip.
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    Agreed!
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    I also agree with you that, among other things, the last arc was depressing.