August 16th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 17 August 2012

The middle part of the micro-arc is one of the first reminders that Michael has internalized John's belief that verbal abuse "works"; as it is with his father, Mike responds to a non-event by keeping Lizzie off-balance psychologically.

(Strip Number 452, Original Publication Date, 19 August 1983)

Panel 1: We start off with Elly arranging to send Lizzie to play-care for the autumn. What she doesn't realize is that she's got a sullen little turd of a son overhearing her.

Panel 2: Since the obnoxious little troll thinks that Lizzie messed up his stuff on purpose, he taunts her with a scenario her three year old brain can't refute because her bullshit detector hasn't been installed yet: Elly is sending her away forever because his stuff got messed up.

Panel 3: Elly concludes her conversation by telling the lady at the daycare centre that she'll drop Lizzie off in a couple of weeks.

Panel 4: Lizzie reacts to this by latching onto her and crying piteously.

Summary: What makes this all the more irritating is that nothing that sticks is done about it. Elly folds and John is proud that his son has realized that the weak and defenseless have no rights he need respect.