Male ~ Born 1959.
Professor of English.
Home: Sweet Home Chicago.
The craft looks like it belongs in the Coast Guard fleet. The Chicago River off of Lake Michigan would not be out of the way. There are numerous harbors on the lakefront.
Love the b&w. Good visual variety as we move from a medium shot of Sam and Tracy at work, to Tracy checking out Dollar Bill’s file, to the location of which Tracy speaks: dock security trolling the wharf. Like the blue balloon, Dollar Bill is (was) a floater.
Tiger is caged. Aquarius hopes some time in the box will loosen Tiger’s tongue. Tiger might like it were Sam and Tracy keeping an eye on the “commune.” The MCU is working to take down a supplier, with Dollar Bill’s presence at the morgue an added complication. Aquarius is unaware of Tiger’s connection to the dead dealer and seems equally clueless as to the contents of the blue balloon. Might the MCU grab up two birds in one bush? Elsewhere, Pouch is starting to sweat as the clock ticks down on his grace period. More of the good stuff.
Thanks to all for the generous likes. Very much appreciated.
See wine bottles emptied out. A pizza box forlorn
On a mission. Sent by Pouch. Slip out before the ‘morn.
Cheesecake sleeps as Tiger creeps in search of blue balloon
“Almost too easy,” he does smirk. That notion ends so soon.
Aquarian Age, once all the rage, a memory of times past
Tiger Lilly’s luck runs out. Might this day be his last?
Hammer in hand. Aggressive band. The questioning begins
He’ll tell them what they wish to hear. Confess to all his sins.
Just to avoid some shattered bones. For Pouch he shall not die
Locked away this fateful day, he heaves a heavy sigh.
In isolation, agitation. This is a tight spot
There are two ways about it. He’ll survive or he shall not.
I fondly recall the Patreon sketch of Ellie giving the lamp a loving gaze in the aftermath of the “date.” Tremendous. Don’t slap down Hubbs when he reaches out, Ellie. Stand by your man in the glass box.
Not a spider’s bite or webbing but balloon strings have this criminal all tangled up in a hue of blue.
Swing and miss!
Enough of this
Take him to The Room.
A gruesome fate
No escaping doom.
While the suggestion of imminent violence got a pass, I agree that we are not likely to see serious injury or death. In volume seven of The Complete Dick Tracy, we see Kitty dead, brutally murdered by Krome. We witness Krome nursing a “throbbing, bullet-shattered arm.” Later, we see Sugar dead, thrown through a car windshield. We subsequently see Mole murder Duke, although Duke’s face is just out of view and off panel. The dead Duke is seen prone on the floor in the next day’s strip. Later, Tracy puts a bullet through Baggo, killing him. Plenty of violence in the 1941-42 volume. Newspaper circulation was robust.
You’re not really a hockey player if you have all of your teeth. Draft her!
Good stuff! Criminals getting violent with other criminals is an action staple of which Gould made good use. When Duke paid Mole to hide out in his underground lair his days were numbered. His mistake in thinking he could rob Mole was his last. Mole strangled Duke (11/21/41) and no tears were shed. Aquarius, Ty, and the Big Fella have Tiger trapped. Going downstairs under duress could mean leaving in a bag…or bags. Great action, well suited to the striking b&w panels. Now, where is that blasted blue balloon? Either Aquarius gave it to (the as yet unseen) Auntie Bellum or it is a floater.