this outcome was obvious from the beginning.
It is surprising that it took this long. Was it 3 punches to the face that was Joe’s limit?
Presumably more than that. We don’t know how many happened “off-panel” and before Joyce got in on the action, Joe was taking a suckerpunch every 7 seconds.
Since Joyce said “our fists” in her statement, I’m guessing she got a few punches in as well.
Good point. Clearly further studies will be needed.
Well, that was quick.
As were the fists.
So…does this mean Mike can tag in as Joyce’s date now?
Having Mike as my gravatar makes this even better
I certainly hope so.
apparently Galasso likes crushing mother bears with his heel
That newspaper was in the first page with Galasso too.
What a delightful Easter egg that isn’t horrifying at all.
I think it’s talking about a previously existing pizza parlor…
I was really hoping that Galasso recieved media attention after crushing bears underneath his iron… Not-heel.
in case you aren’t aware, Mother Bear’s is the name of a popular pizza place near Indiana University.
Mike hand-tossed your mom.
With his penis.
For a nickel.
And gave the sloppy seconds to your uncle.
Mike must have one hell of a coin purse to carry all those nickels around.
Eagerly awaiting Joyce’s inevitable reality check.
Way to go Joe, don’t take that bullshit!
Was hoping to see Joe punch out Mike, but I’m glad to see he stood up for himself enough to leave.
Stay classy, Mike.
Mike, focusing on what’s important.
Well, he’s technically being nice. He just cost her a pair of customers with his antics and so by getting a pizza, he’s cancelling out his dickish behaviour in the way it effects Connie.
Now the question is: will he eat the whole pizza by himself?
Why not? It’s only a medium, and I for one can eat an entire large by myself even now, could manage 3 in my college hey day
Unless of course, he decides to do a dine and dash…
Well Joyce did yell out his name, plus I’m pretty sure Connie could remember a guy who beat up another guy for staring at her rack and ruined a date, which would allow her to send Ninja Rick to take care of them (I assume Rick works for them, for some reason. It just feels right).
Unless that’s a frequent occurrence.
…honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if this kind of thing was a frequent occurrence, considering whose restaurant this is.
Joe lasted longer than I thought he would
That’s what she said.
it’s what you get for a nickel.
Guess it proves that Mike’s strength is merely annoying since Joe isn’t not too injured.
“Our fists were instruments of the Lord!”
Lol. You never cross someone as religious as Joyce. She will show no mercy when inflicting the Lord’s pain onto your lecherous ass.
I believe that this statement of her may lead to a friendly, if not close, relationship with Mike.
You think that Joyce is going to enjoying hearing Mike talking about how he banged her mom? For an amount undoubtedly under a quarter?
Was… Was that Dumbiverse!Joyce’s first usage of “hanky-panky”? Damn, Willis, that’s dark.
I think I saw it earlier, but I’m not sure. I could be wrong though.
Wow Joe got all swear-y.
& I love Mike’s faaaaaaace in the the middle panel. Like, it’s somewhere between “got the job done” & “damn it I wanted more punches.”
Oh yeah & part “yeah…this is a night for olives.”
…i suddenly need pizza. why must i have midnight cravings of food that i can’t currently obtain? >_<
Seconded! Mike’s sounds good…
Our fists were instruments of the lord? So… Does that make Captain Falcon the pope?
(Also, Olives and Peppers? Ew.)
Two of my favourite pizza ingredients, behind spinach and feta or artichoke hearts and eggplant.
As for the date, that went better than expected. Um… or maybe not, seeing as they left together, sans chaperone.
I wouldn’t say they’re leaving together. Looks more like Joyce is yelling at him until she’s done dispensing relijustice.
And yet the result is the same: two people walking out of a building at the same time.
I’m not predicting anything here, and I’d be surprised if anything does come of Joyce stepping across that threshold. Odds are good that she’ll either come back or go home.
In any case, Mike’s the only customer left of the three.
Pineapple Pepperoni Pizza!
Oh God, I’m starving.
Batman’s fists are Hammers of Justice.
Chuck Norris’s chin-fist is the Hammer of Destruction.
I might not agree with her, but I definitely like Righteously Angry Joyce. “OUR FISTS WERE INSTRUMENTS OF THE LORD, YOU LECHEROUS FIEND!!!!!”
She kicks ass for the Lord.
But the grander question is: will Conquest get a tip?
She’ll get more than the tip.
I’m a horrible person.
On her FAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE
She’ll then have to make change.
Wait.. “Please to be seated”?
The podium is half obscured. The “wait” is definitely there, and in the unused corner of that sign is a little drawing of Galasso.
Actually, I liked the thought of “Please to be seated.” It makes Galasso’s so much funnier.
For Galasso’s, I’d expect more of a “Wait to be seated so that you may pay homage to Galasso’s greatness and serve him.”
Joyce’s actions are not those of someone truly secure in her faith. Joe came within inches of shaking her worldview, I think, though he put a foot wrong when he championed “lust” instead of something more neutral like “desire” or “attraction.”
I mean, if she wanted to be a nun, that would be one thing, but she’s perfectly committed to getting her M.R.S. Gonna be kind of difficult to do that if desire isn’t part of the equation. Not impossible, I suppose. Maybe she’ll end up bearding Ethan.
Possibly, but unlikely. Ethan’s already “out” and I doubt that Willis is going to put him back in the closet.
But is the Ethan of this universe out, or still in denial as Shortpacked‘s Ethan was during his college years? We don’t know much about the new one yet.
Maybe he’s –DUN DUN– actually straight. Alternate universes, infinite possibilities, and all that jazz.
He’s out. Willis said so on his formspring me and its also implied in his character bio
Aha… missed that one. Probably not then.
In that case, she’s not liable to be friendly to him at all, at least not as we Earth people define “friendly”. There may not be any open hostility, but there will be attempts to “cure” him. Assuming they ever interact at all, of course.
“Ethan’s nice and well-meaning, but kind of a pushover. Though he won’t come out and say it, he’s excited to go to a big college where there will be more outted gay dudes than at his high school. Because, you know, he’s gay. And not just for Batman.”
Joe came within inches of shakin’ a lot of things. HEYOOOO! Tip your waitresses, folks.
If Joyce is out to get her M.R.S., dating guys who are just out for a one night love them then leave them isn’t going to further her cause either. Besides, Joe’s intentions were far from honourable from the very beginning.
True, but while WE knew that about Joe, she didn’t. As far as SHE knew, he was The One…after she converted him from Judaism and got his parents back together, of course.
I assure you, not even the most romantic and marriage-minded boy in that college (there must be a few of them) would put up with a tenth of the guff that Joe did on this date, and only one who shared Joyce’s worldview exactly would be able to avoid it.
joyce is going to sleep iwth a girl on accident and flip out, that is my prediction
I don’t particularly like Joyce… *cringe*
Having been madly in love with a girl this religious when I was in high school… reading this is… weird. She was totally fine with me being atheist right up until the point I wanted to date her. OTOH, she grew up in a pretty rough part of town, so she wasn’t nearly as naive as Joyce.
CRAZY jesus bitch.. hmmm the crazy ones are normally the best in the sac… looks like joes gonna miss out
Naw… Mike might follow him home.
HAHAHAHAHA whole new definition of fisting
A better definition of fisting?
i dont think any defintition of fisting is a good one.
I think everybody has to have a kind of weird pizza they like (I like ham and onion pizza, for example). Mike is no exception, it seems.
My favorite is white garlic sauce with anchovies, ham, pineapple, and cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella. However, I worked at four or five different pizza chains before (and once after) college, so mundane flavors do not have the sharp, salty content I look for in snack foods.
And in regards to Joyce, I just have one simple question. If you don’t want a guy to look, what’s with the dress with no bra?
color me simple but i love pepperoni and bacon. and he wasn’t staring at joyces chest. he was staring at the blonde working at the pizza joint.
Conquest’s clevage has the power to draw the eyes of the weak. It helps that Joe’s eyes are automatically attracted to boobs.
And that her boobs were about at his eye-level when she called his attention to her presence.
YAY FOR PIZZA!!! gotta love when a webcomic gives you a craving and you get it fulfilled
Pepperoni and bacon are super gross. =P
MEAT GLORIOUS GLORIOUS MEATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT
I’ll admit, I used to like pepperoni, but bacon has always been something I hated. I feel like a broken human,
i LOVE bacon but you already know that
If she’s like the girl I knew, good people who resist their sin should have no trouble with her wearing something like that.
And why is everyone calling olive and green pepper pizza weird? ; ; They’re mainstay parts of GREAT combos.
I like olives and I kinda like peppers…but I wouldn’t order a pizza with JUST those two toppings. (And Mike doesn’t seem like the vegetarian type to me.)
Mike might be a vegetarian, not because he doesn’t like animals, but because he hates vegetables.
i think he would also hate animals.. he looks like a cat kicker 2 me
Don’t dismiss it until you try it.
Your avatar fits. Also, I’m going to try this. And probably not going to like it. BUT TRY IT NONETHELESS!
So Joyce hired someone to beat on Joe and then helps Mike hit him, and yet she acts like SHE’S the victim in all this? Ugh, I hate it when people use religion as justification for their bad actions.
I mean, Joe didn’t even DO anything that normally would warrant a beating. He was actually a more or less a gentlemen from the start of the date. That’s pretty impressive coming from Joe.
WITHOUT his penis. O_O
You buncha Marys…
It isn’t justified, but her reaction seems to be based on a combination of guilt and a sense of betrayal. Also, notice that she just left with Joe and left Mike behind.
I’m pretty sure she’s just pursuing him towards the door to continue yelling at him, not actually leaving with him. I wouldn’t be surprised if she tries to salvage the date by hanging with Mike at Galasso’s for a few strips until Mike verbally shoves her off, since he’s Mike and all.
Quite likely, but it doesn’t change the fact that she and Joe left together.
And that’s supposed to help her case… how? Her behavior is still uncalled for in every manner. It’s a first date, and she’s been nothing but rude, inconsiderate and judgmental. There is no justification for her actually helping Mike hit Joe.
And the only reason she left without Mike, is because Mik opted to stay behind because no doubt his amusement at beating Joe had passed. Joyce didn’t tell him to stay behind.
I think you may be arguing against something I’ve never claimed. Justification is irrelevant here, as we’ve already agreed there isn’t any. Understanding does not mean justifying.
Also, “Nothing but…” is overstating things. She attempted to be considerate toward attitudes she finds intolerable, and failed in the end. Excessive? Yes. Points for trying? Nowhere close enough to avoid a failing grade.
Still, the net result is Joe, self-considered God’s gift to women is now aware that God’s return policy can be rather unpleasant. Sarah may get a good laugh out of what happened to him, and well she should. That kind of smug benefits from regular helpings of floor.
She PAID him to hit Joe. In free punches.
Hmmm… Mike just made somebody happy.
(Besides your mom)
Was I the only one who saw the induendo on that last panel? or am I that perverted?
You were, until you mentioned it. Then I looked back and saw it for myself. Though to be fair, everything Conquest says could be taken as innuendo.
Nope – I saw it too.
Joyce, the idea is not to follow him out.
Mike, punch her.
Mike’s job here is done.
WOW, Joyce looks scary when she’s furious!
Technically they did get physical, so at least Joe has that.
I bet Mike will throw the pizza, frisbee-style, at Joe, The olives and green peppers is just to throw us off.
Clever, Willis … clever.
I have two things to say.
1) You tell her, bro. Bitch be crazy.
2) You tell her, bro. That sounds like some tasty pizza.
I read, “Our fists were instruments of the Lord!”
I imagine a bookend scene involving Joe’s hands and Joyce wholeheartedly affirming her belief in a deity.
It won’t happen, but the symmetry amuses me.
Hanky-pankious? I think it would sound more Latin if it were “hankious-pankious”, but that is just me. And Mike’s work is done; and after a hard night of bastarding, Mike has himself a nice pie, topped with…black olives and green peppers? Hmmmm, that does sound rather good, now that I think about it.
Oh, but there must be hanky-panky.
Well, since you insist…your place or mine?
*eyes gravatars in this discussion*
It’s Danny’s dream come true! (Only, he’s not involved. So, perhaps his nightmare come true.)
I will remember this dialogue in the unlikely event that it becomes significant to the plot. For now, however, I am amused.
GALASSO FEELS THAT HIS TWO NEW MINIONS SHOULD HOOK UP, Y/N?
Will this help him bear an heir? If so (y)/n if not… (y)/n
That was quick.
Well Joyce just needs to find a guy who isn’t interested in sex or looking at women. So she should probably date Ethan.
S: I wish Joyce would drop the crazy…Shes starting to annoy me and I really like Joyce! D:
At this stage in her life in a previous series, she hadn’t yet outgrown the crazy. Give her time.
Yeah, thats true! ^ ^
Mature works on Joyce
1. Called it.
2. I’m not sure that Joe and Joyce left together. To me, it looks like she’s standing and yelling, not walking.
To me it looks like she’s going to ragepreach him back to the dorms, but she could be standing still as well.
I love that this looks like a discussion between Mikes.
That makes me wonder–what would Mike do if he met himself?
I think it depends on who’s there. He would do whatever was the most traumatizing to others present.
I would assume an epic hate fuck the likes of which none can imagine.
Ragepreaching is a possiblity, and I like the word. Not a fan of the action, though.
The last panel is positively laden with innuendo.
I think this is my favorite DoA strip so far. The reason? Mike and Connie, the two bestests Willis’ characters evah!
And the casual conversation after the crazyness helped cement the funny.
Now shipping Mike/Connie.
Now shipping Mike/pizza.
i was taking a drink when i read that, and almost bit my tongue trying not to spit-take onto my comp
the only way to make a more evil pizza is to put pineapple on it.
There’s nothing evil about a Hawaiian pizza
Yes, but a Hawaiian pizza made by Galasso’s dark pizza armies? That is the height of dastardliness.
Are you sure you’re not talking about anchovies?
Good move Joe.
As this comic goes on I find Joyce more and more Unlikeable, because I KNEW people like her, people who were religious and seemed so sweet and innocent.. and still do nasty things to people in the name of the “Lord” ._.
Okay, all other characters aside, Mike still rocks. He’s why I’m going to continue reading this webcomic.
Also, anyone else notice the headline in the backgound? Man, I can’t believe ANYONE would do that to innocent, most-likely-bloodthirsty mother bears…
I’m interested in her hand tossed pizza.
Joe never actually fought back, did he?
‘hanky-pankious’. I don’t know if I’ll ever use that phrase, but I think it’s awesome.
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