The Night The Lights Went Out In Westview

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It’s like that scene in “Goodfellas” near the end where Jimmy tries to lure Karen into a shady storefront under the pretense of giving her boosted clothes so he can presumably kill her. Only way dumber and with terrible dialog. And pizza. I mean didn’t Adeela grow up in the most dangerous country in the world? Surely she’s not dumb enough to fall for THIS old gag…is she?

And why do the cops need to set up this elaborate ruse to ensnare Adeela in the first place? Couldn’t they have just raided Montoni’s, busted the place up, tased her and dragged her away? I mean look at her, she’s pretty much a female Funky in a hijab, it’s not like she’s going to run away or get very far if she does. But here they are, setting up a whole pizza sting operation, complete with tails and fake storefronts. What was the plan if Cory or Our Other Delivery Guy showed up? The plot holes are more like gaping plot maws now, creating their own inexorable story-sucking gravity and swallowing all common sense and plausibility.

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40 responses to “The Night The Lights Went Out In Westview

  1. William Thompson

    It’s funny because when Dillpickley walks in all the sunglass-wearing agents will jump up and shout “SURRRRRRRRRRRRRPRRRRRRRRRRISE!” They plan to congratulate her on being the one millionth person they’ve surveilled this month.

    • Westview Radiology

      Advillia has develop such a pronounced Westviewian smirk that her mouth has basically disappeared…

  2. Captain Gladys Stoatpamphlet

    “This is the Montoni’s delivery-person” makes my skin crawl.

    • billytheskink

      Ditto. We’re supposed to be in suspense about what’s going to happen to Adeela… but here she is talking like a serial killer.

    • William Thompson

      Your skin? Mine is fine. It’s my stomach that is shuddering through this.

  3. J.J. O'Malley

    Even ignoring the fact that she grew up in a war-torn country where surprise terrorist attacks were common and should thus be even more keenly aware of dangerous situations than an average American female, Adeela is a woman, out delivering pizzas on her own. What woman with an ounce of common sense would walk into an unlit storefront/office building at night?

    And with all that above in mind…what the frack is up with that ridiculous half-smirk on her face in panel three? How does any of this set-up, even in the smirk-crazy Funky universe, call for such a facial expression?

    Oh, well, looking forward to Sunday’s horizontal waterboarding strip.

    • SeaCountry

      I thought the same thing. Most women don’t reach 18 without having way more awareness when they go out at night!

      • William Thompson

        From this we may deduce that Batiuk has never dealt with a woman above the age of seventeen. Which would explain a lot about his female characters.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      God, I am so sick of that facial expression. This strip uses it for EVERYTHING. It just kills the dramatic tension, if the story ever had any to begin with.

    • J.J. O'Malley

      Many thanks to whoever added the “artwork” to my comment. A smirk is worth a thousand words.

  4. erdmann

    Looking at Adeela in panel 3 I think I know what’s really going on here. What we have here is clearly a case of mistaken identity. Them consarned revenooers has done mistook her fer Loweezy Smif. They reckon they can use her as bait to finally git Snuffy an’ shut down his moonshinin’ an’ chicken thievin’ operation once an’ fer all.

    • none

      I’m pretty sure I’d soon tire of endless tongue wagglin’ even after the decades of endless smirking, but it would be a welcome change for the sake of something different.

      It would also make the non-serious arcs actually seem like they’re trying to be lighthearted. “Doho, I tells ya Les, I t’ain’t never won a medal!! Scept that one time that I did. But udder than that, never!!” It could have worked.

      • ComicBookHarriet

        And in return Snuffy Smith can go the Batiuk route. I’d love to see Snuffy Smith passed out in a snow drift on New Year’s Eve while Loweezy parties at the General Store with the Parson.

    • Dood

      You know, this is the comics crossover we thought we didn’t need. Snuffy and Crazy a-stealin’ pizzas and coffee from Montoni’s, Parson Tuttle and Harry Dinkle a-scammin’ their flocks. A real Hootin’ Westivew.

  5. Gerard Plourde

    Does TomBa envision that some human rights group has an award for portraying counter-espionage excesses? Are the agents possibly from a foreign power that is planning to kidnap her and return her to Iraq (or Afghanistan, or maybe Ruritania)?

    • erdmann

      Or Murania? Maybe Queen Tika has sent the Thunder Riders after her.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      That would explain this mess. Batty is dying for some recognition.

      • Banana Jr. 6000

        But he’s still not promoting his “prestige arc” in the New York Times. While I can believe that national media is ignoring him after the CTE shitshow, there’s nothing about it in the sycophantic Ohio press, or even the Funkyblog. Maybe he’s waiting for Les to take center stage to push it then.

  6. I don’t care for ’80’s slasher movies, but sometimes you think “Why not?”

    Almost always, there’s a point where someone says “Hey, let’s go party in the abandoned mental institution!” and everyone thinks this is a great idea.

    At that point I say, “That’s it. You’re too stupid to live, and you deserve to die.”

    I’m getting the same vibe here.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      It also nicely pulls off the slasher movie trope of making the victim so unlikeable you want to see them die.

  7. Professor Harlan Grankle

    “Could you turn the lights on first?”

    “Let me check with Mr, Batiuk. That sounds like it makes too much sense.”

  8. Aurora Snorealis

    Fucking STOOPID

  9. ComicBookHarriet

    Plot Maw is my new favorite term, as in, “The Rise of Skywalker is a movie that was torn apart by Plot Maws.

  10. bobanero

    Of course, the agent could have nabbed Adeela in front of Montoni’s, but then we wouldn’t be able to have another week-plus of everybody back at Montoni’s saying “Adeela’s been gone a long time. That must have been a heck of a pizza delivery”

  11. Count of Tower Grove

    Adeela as Fungy in a hajib. So this is what happens next: Adeela goes inside, the lights come on, the ICE squad stands aiming, dogs growling, and Adeela’s expression is that of the now classic “Fungy misses the last second layup.”

  12. Don

    There’s only one reason lights would be off – it’s a surprise party to celebrate her getting her license. Notice that the strip never said how much time elapsed between her getting the license and when the delivery call was made. Of course, the bigger surprise is when ICE shows up – but wait! Les comes up with some legal maneuver he picked up doing research on one of his books, and ICE shrugs its collective shoulders!
    (Actually, I see a swerve coming up, and Adeela wasn’t the target in the first place.)

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      There’s a great bit in the BBC TV version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The ship is going through an asteroid field or something, and the announcer says “this next scene is very disturbing, so we’ll just tell you in advance that everyone will be fine, except one person will get a minor arm injury.” It mocks storytelling itself, by building a tense moment and pre-emptively relieving all the tension.

      For some reason, Tom Batiuk LIVES on this principle. By revealing ICE in the Sunday strip, Batiuk killed any possibilities our imaginations might have put together, like a surprise party. We wouldn’t know who said “the subject is on the move!” on Wednesday, or why they said it. We’d be genuinely curious what’s going to happen. And we’re the haters.

    • Banana Jr. 6000

      And I share your worry that this whole Adeela plot exists only so Les can be a hero again. Ugh.

  13. Adeela: *sighs* “It’s a livin’!”

  14. Perfect Tommy

    Are we all just going to ignore the whereabouts of Unseen Pizza Delivery Guy? Good God man! He could be in terrible danger! #hopesprayersUPDG.

  15. Professor Fate

    As others have noted – a woman who grew up in Iraq who has PTSD is going to waltz into a dark building. Right. And that crashing sound you hear is the willing suspension of disbelief hitting the ground.
    And ICE isn’t really known for their subtlety their pattern is more barge in and drag people away. This makes it look like Adeela is about to be disappeared.
    well expecting consistency of character or actaual knowledge of how things work is a fools errand with this stirp.
    And as a passing note – he’s devoted more strip time to “Adeela delivers a pizza” than he did to “Jff explores the wonders of the Phantom Empire” one must assume that boring is easier to write and draw.

  16. Hitorque

    This has more of a “No Country For Old Men” feel to it… And do *NOT* get me started on that borefest of a movie

  17. hitorque

    So wait a minute… Someone yesterday mentioned that Cory was let out of the Army one day too early and had to report back to the sandbox? HOW IN FUCK’S NAME DOES THAT EVEN WORK WHEN IT TAKES MORE THAT A DAY TO EVEN SHIP HIM BACK THERE? And when he arrives they instantly put him back out on solo ambush patrol up in the mountains so he could get captured and ransomed again? Wasn’t he wayyyy too compromised and too much of a security risk to be of any use? How many Taliban chieftains did we have to free to get PFC Cory Freaking Winkerbean back??

  18. Westview Radiology

    Is Adelia dilly deli Really a character that we can care about? The way Bat Yuck writes this character it’s almost impossible to.