July 18th, 2016

Snarky Candiru2

Mike is also stupid and useless.

Of course, there's another reason why Mike always gets into trouble that someone pointed out years ago when they gave him the mocking nickname the Delicate Genius. While the person in question was pretty much pointing out what a flabby, clumsy hack of an author someone who'd think that the phrase "And the living buried the dead" would have to be, said stylistic suck is symptomatic of one of Mike's biggest problems. Simply put, he's not as smart as he thinks he is and the people around him are smarter than he thinks they are.

The strip in which he thinks that Molly's reaction to being spied upon would be to futilely chase them all down because that's what he'd do reminds us that he's not smart enough to understand that instead of wasting energy on every jerk who bugs him, a smart thing to do would be to chase down a ring-leader and frighten his followers into submission. This means that he's not just scared for his life because he fears what his dad will do, he's confused as anything because someone did something smarter than what he would have done. This is why eventually, he'll be baffled and terrified when the executors of Agnes Dingle's estate sue his ass for taking their mother's life story and turning it into glurge without their consent or approval.