I just read the strip from Feb 1 (Sleep Over).
Really? That's it? The climax of the whole Cole debacle is "To good women"?
I'm going to read ahead for a bit to make sure nothing else has come up...
At the risk of flailing, what the hell was the point? 12 strips of I-don't-know-what; it felt like we got the entire arc but no story. How the heck do you base a 12-strip storyline on Cole's pending divorce and then proceed to give us no information regarding the divorce?
Kurtz seems to thrive on running the emotional gamut of his characters, without giving them any meat to play with. We started with offended, moved to contrite, then sympathetic, comradely and indulgent, with a side of drunk.
In the final strip Brent and Cole are being very mature, which brings our emotional state count to 7. This is after 11 strips of entirely predictable behavior. So... what? The characters are normal people? Do we really read comic strips to observe normal people? Sure, we expect them to end up somewhere sane, but we expect a little insanity-slash-hilarity along the way,
You know what emotion we didn't see in Cole? Pain. He said he was in pain, and you would expect a man going through a divorce to be in pain, but he never once acted like it. A man in pain breaks things, punches people, throws up, buys insane gifts for himself, gets tatooed. He doesn't pack his things and write it off after one boozy night with his pal.
There is one exchange -- one -- that rings true:
It's a nicely complex experience, this. You want the truth, but it hurts. I expected this to lead into the story behind Cole's break up -- you know, the whole point of the arc.
"I HAVE PROBLEMS" is not a storyline, at least not one worth reading.