Things are taking a turn for the surreal and self-indulgent in the realm of 3L malaise. The more a look at this strip the less sense it makes and the more funny it seems. Because I like things that make no sense. Which is why I'm becoming a lawyer.
Quite a bit of research went into this week's offering. First I had to scour the Internet to make sure I knew what the psychic knife actually looks like. In the process I found that searching for pictures of Psylocke online in a campus computer lab is extraordinarily embarrassing, Psylocke being one of the most masturbatory characters in the Marvel universe. The fan art is, shall we say, exceptionally disturbing. But that's what happens when you have a character who's a fashion model, a ninja, hates wearing clothes, almost always spreads her legs when she kicks fools, and is vaguely Asian.
I also brought in an outside dialogue coach to make sure the Ghost's verbal response to his undoing was accurate. Special thanks to Zack in that regard. Zack also explained to me what the psychic knife actually does ("sort of like getting kicked in the nuts," he says), and while it isn't fatal when applied to the living I figured it could destroy a Ghost. Because that makes no sense.
Finally, I've realized that I've drawn a lot of strips where the humor is based on a random act of violence in the second frame. The weapon of choice varies from one strip to the next: large fist, two small fists, rope, baseball bat, single, medium-sized fist, golf club, water cooler bottle, and human body have all been used with varying degrees of effectiveness. In addition, I'm pretty sure they were all subconsciously inspired by this Penny Arcade strip, so not only am I repetitive, I'm also a hack.