You know, I almost said the same thing.
I'm sort of waiting to see if maybe I'm misinterpreting it tomorrow, but it looks really bad today.
I guess it's Trudeau acknowledging that HST is who Duke was based on.
Mainly because Hunter blew the top of his head off, and the gag is that Duke's head keeps exploding.
Is that supposed to be some kind of tribute, both very late and very poorly executed?
When have comics ever been timely on the unexpected?
Yup! but they had to face the issue somehow...
They could have found a better way.
Gah. That is horrible. I wouldn't be bothered if his whole body was popping in and out of existence, but just his head is tacky.
that made me and my transexual lamb, cry.
I honestly don't think Trudeau meant the head-explosion to be in any way related to the way HST killed himself. I think it's kinda funny actually, a classic Duke reaction.
No, I think it's directly related. He reads that HST died, his head explodes. He checks it on the internet, his head explodes.
To me, it smacked of Wiley Coyote -- he steps off the cliff and walks merrily along, until he looks down and realizes where he is, at which point he falls. So you have the Duke/HT character merrily going along his day until he realizes that his alter ego has shot himself in the head.
I get WHY it's happening. I just question the taste with which it is done. It's sort of like part of Trudeau believes he owns HST and not just Duke.
Duke's head has been exploding from almost his original introduction, when he was far more based on HST than he is today. The same as yesterday's Karmic Shift.
These are Fear and Loathing references. This is not a reference to HST's suicide. This is remembering where the character came from.
2005-03-08 08:11 pm (UTC)
That was what I thought as well.
One of my favorite Duke trips involved a miniature B-52 doing a bombing run right in front of him. Something about it just cracks me up-- even though I'm perfectly well aware of the Vietnam tie-in.
Yeah. Pretty tasteless but Hunter would have loved it.
Agreed. Looks right up Hunter's alley.
Hunter S. style applied to Hunter S. Seems karmic enought to me.
I read this too - I didn't think of how HST died until you mentioned it. I just thought the comic was another way of showing one of Duke's "WTF?" moments. For example, back when Duke was recovering from being a zombie (this was a while back), the top half of his head had the famous flag-raising bit on Iwa Jima (sp?) with little explosions going off around it.