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WORLD OF HURT – The Thrill-Seekers – Episode 21: “Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil – Part 1”
Welcome back, everyone.
This is the beginning of an extended flashback which reveals the events that led to the death of Alicia Patterson. I wanted to set up a valid reason for Duke’s actions and his involvement with Charles, Ned, and Tuck, and I was proud of how the dialogue from previous strips logically fed in to this sequence. Additionally, some of the things that emerged from this story actually surprised me as I was working through it. Not to give anything away, but in the middle of the “Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil” mini-arc, I suddenly realized that the entire story behind Alicia’s death was an interesting metaphor for the slave trade, particularly the involvement of Africans in the heinous practice. My commentary in Tuesday’s update aside, I try not to be overtly political in WORLD OF HURT, because at the end of the day it’s a crime/adventure story, but I’m proud of this particular bit of subtext that evolved in the story.
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