Zombie Cliche Lookout: Not Bad, Good
Once again, today’s cliche is not at all limited to the zombie genre, and shows up all over the map in popular fiction. Since I used Christmas in the comic to help cement the point, let’s pick a Christmas example for today’s cliche, shall we? When I think about Christmas stories where a creepy looking guy turns out to be nice, my mind jumps right to Home Alone, where Calvin befriends his elderly neighbor after being told that he was a serial killer. The Wet Bandits, however, were exactly as bad as they initially appeared to be.
About this Episode:
A couple of things spring to mind about this episode. First, Gus’ charity work. Here in the United States, the charity that’s known for giving needy children a good Christmas is Toys for Tots. However, I wasn’t sure if that would be known to everyone, nor if it would be okay to use their name without permission. Second, the nature of proving that Gus is a good guy. I wanted something that I could use to summarize that he was a good person in as few words as possible, and in a way that shouldn’t be politicized against readers’ political beliefs. Helping needy kids seemed like a pretty easy one.
Discussion Question: Is Anyone Surprised?
I feel like I telegraphed the hell out of this reveal, but I’ve still got to ask: was anyone surprised to learn that Gus the biker isn’t such a bad guy after all? And then let’s break that down into a couple of follow-up questions. For those of you who were surprised by this reveal, what did you expect to come out of the interaction between Gus and our characters? For those of you who weren’t surprised, what gave it away, and how did you expect Gus to compose himself?