Finally, the reveal we’ve been waiting all week for. And unless Wally Winkerbean got some black Just For Men just to switch it up, this guy’s completely not Becky’s soldier husband!
First question … who is this guy? I’ve read someone mention that he’s a comic shop owner. Is this true?
Also, who was that dark-skinned girl (Rana) from the previous day?
Is this Becky’s new husband and the girl is her daughter? Rana does refer to Becky as “Mom.”
Or… could this be a total swerve? He’s only been refered to as the dark-skinned girl’s dad, not Becky’s husband. (I noticed that Batiuk seems to be dancing around that particular point in the dialogue.) Is it possible Becky adopted Rana, and black-haired guy was the foster dad?
UPDATE: Astute patrons of The Comics Curmudgeon seem to have a good bead as to where everything is headed. Apparently, Tom Batiuk posted on his blog that there’s a clue to Wally’s fate in the 10/11 strip. That would be the one where Les gets pickpocketed. (Pretty clever timing, by the way. The strip’s just about to expire on the Houston Chronicle page.)
Most have pinpointed the clue to the lower left corner of the strip. The headline on the newspaper reads “Soldiers Taken Hostage.”
Is Wally alive and being tortured? Or did he meet the same fate as Daniel Pearl?
Or maybe this is yet another red herring, and the real clue are the pickpocketers … meaning that Wally has amnesia and has become a petty thief, probably in Cambodia or something, to survive.
Anyway, this is the most tantalizing things that Batiuk has done in a while, so hats off to him.