Maybe Tolstoy started this way.
Does Hagar the Horrible do story arcs? I didn't think that they normally do. If so, this would be a great lead-in to a week of tired jokes about trying to get into fancy restaurants, snotty maitre d's, waitresses, undercooked goats, the portions these days, etc.As it is, though, I think they kind of forgot the punchline. If it had said, for example"I thought you'd like to take me out for dinner....Or I can serve you your little French girlfriend's head on a pike!"That would have at least gotten a laugh out of me, for being unexpected, if nothing else.
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