May 23rd, 2020

Snarky Candiru2

Memorial Day 2020

The one in with the Fiona arc ends with Mike getting his room back into a shambles.

(Original Publication Date, 27 May 1991)

Panel 1: We find ourselves in Mike's bedroom watching him read a magazine about the motorcycles he'll never buy and drinking a soda as he talks about how there's nothing better than having your own room back after company's been staying in it.

Panel 2: As we see an apple core on the night stand and clothes strewn haphazardly about, his internal monologue about his own bed, his own drawers and his own stuff starts to explain why Fiona was a burden to him: she was cleaning the place up.

Panel 3: When Elly comes in and tells him that his room is a disaster area, he smiles as he says that he knows this.

Panel 4: When he says that he's just getting it back to normal, we confirm that hunch of ours about his not liking Old Fiona cleaning it up and 'erasing his identity.'

Summary: Since Mike is who he is, in sixteen years, he won't concern himself with the 'stuff' that he and his family 'need'. He also doesn't realize that while Fiona may have gone, her presence will still continue to alter his life. Without the threat of her pool-hall, no farm trip and no wedge between him and Martha.