There you have it, folks. Mystery villain revealed. And with a name like Triceralord, you know he’s got a history with Sam’s alter ego. Evil twin brother? Imperfect clone? Sam himself, traveled back from a dark apocalyptic future? Nah. Don’t bet on any of those. And don’t bet on anything in Sam’s life being the same once Triceralord makes his move!
And pardon our cliffhanger, because that does it for Issue #4. We’ll be back with new strips after a short 2-week break. (But don’t think we’re taking it easy, since we’ll be spending the time putting the finishing touches on our first Short Pants trade paperback!) See you Shorties right back here on August 30th for the beginning of Issue #5… and our countdown to strip #100!
A few months back, Michael said “you realize we’ve created the Charlie Brown of superheroes.” I hadn’t really thought of it that way until then, but now I realize he’s right. And it’s something Maurice has always known, apparently. He’s seen the world pull the football away from Sam too many times over the years to ever trust it’ll let things be well for the poor guy for long.
Look at Sam, enjoying life! It appears like shirking his Triceraman duties agrees with him in a big way.
Oh, and Lily is totally right. Take a note, every actress I’ve ever seen butcher the line read in the famous balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet: She’s not asking where Romeo is. She’s asking why he is who he is. It always bugs me, so I’m certain it would annoy a lit major like Lily. Now don’t say Short Pants never taught you nothin’. We just dropped some Shakespeare knowledge up in this piece, y’heard?
Hey, the kid’s excited. Give him a break. But maybe he should be a little more worried… because there’s that creepy shadow again, promising a world of danger for the new Triceraman. But we won’t leave you hanging long in revealing this arch-foe’s identity. All will be revealed before the end of this issue, which wraps up next week!
You read that right, folks! Not a dream… not an imaginary story… Sam has officially passed on the mantle of Triceraman. So what brought about the biggest shake-up in our nearly 100-strips-worth of history? It just felt like the right time. And not only the right time for us as creators to stir the pot and muck with the status quo, but more importantly the right time for Sam as a character. He’s had a lifetime of this costumed nonsense. Who could begrudge him taking his chance to bow out when he’s provided the perfect opportunity? His relationship with Lily should become instantly stronger, but it might take a while longer before we see how well Jun Yu adjusts to his new duties. So stay tuned. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!