This comic’s inspired by a moment in a Dungeons and Dragons game I was playing some years back where my friend Mark was playing a ridiculous garden gnome. When confronted with a knight in imposing black metal armour, clanking towards us with steely resolve and hefty bastard sword, he decided not to run away. Not to cast a fireball at him. He decided to make an illusion ofÂ this knight’sÂ helmet falling off. It really took the wind out of the guy’s sails and we enjoyed a good laugh at his expense before smacking him down with our d20s.
Sometimes when I’m not enjoying a comic or movie that I thought looked promising, I try to flip the switch in my brain to take it as a campy joke instead of a serious attempt at storytelling and I enjoy it much more. Like that terrible, terrible movie Wanted. The characters were paper thin, despicable and trying to be too cool for school. But when I assumed the movie was sarcastic it was hilarious. The protagonist running into a room full of looms yelling out the bad guy’s name as he chases after him “SLOAN!!!!” made me laugh so hard. What is this? A Jean Claude Trans Am movie? It’s like how they figured out marketing Anaconda or Showgirls as comedies would make them more money.