This is soooo frustrating to read. In a well done sort of way. This is what I imagine was going on right under my nose a month ago before my naive wife got swept up and was unfaithful. Kudos to you for showing what shitbags some guys can be, and how naive some gals can be, simultaneously.
he's doing the exact same thing everybody's talked to her about! and she doesn't see it (yet)! argh! aaaarrghh! frustrating. and I know others have already mentioned this but aaaaahh, frustrating!
Goddammit, Rick! You just HAD to go and prove me wrong, didn't you! I said there was very little evidence of your intent, and now you pull this shit... I had high hopes for you, Guy Fawkes, I really did.
Welp, guess I better go get some beer to wash these words down.
Never asks about her day? Shit, when has Lauren asked about HIS day?
@Jeffko: Like Tarabba said, you tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. Most of the rest of us (me included) made snap judgments about what a dick he was being, but you tried to give him a chance. You're a better person than I. :)
Meanwhile, Gibson, I bow to your skills in writing a really, REALLY hate-able character. :)
For everyone commenting on Lauren being smarter than this... She probably is, but I still don't expect to see this arc find its happy ending for a while. Remember in the prologue, how Peter says "There was a time, doesn't seem that long ago, I didn't think I would ever see Sam and Lauren together again." I think that time is fast approaching :C
It's kind of fun to go through my dailies and see what comic lands on Valentine's Day. This one especially. Other comics have special holiday pics, PoY has a manipulating douche pulling out all his stops.
On one hand, Rick has a point. All he's seen is some intense jealousy from Sam, and a pretty unhealthy dynamic between the two of them.
On the other hand, as a person who has had acquaintaces talk about me to my partner this way and talk to me about my partner this way, I can only say one thing: Rick's officially a douchebag. Whether he wants to get into her pants or just cares because he's being a good friend is irrelevant. He's being really pushy with his "Sam's a bad boyfriend" hypothesis, and that's just not cool. Especially from a guy who doesn't know him.
Good job, Gibson, for making Rick such a dirtbag that everyone now hates him. I don't know how such a nice guy can write the dialogue for such an asshole without going insane.
For those of you saying they thought Lauren was smarter than this, remember that there are different kinds of smart. She may be book smart, but she appears to have led a sheltered life before college. Unfortunately, the only way to get relationship smart is getting hurt or seeing others get hurt. We all want to believe the best in people until we are proven wrong enough times to learn caution. No one starts out suspicious of the motives of others.
If this is him trying to be a friend, he needs to work on his communication skills. If he is honestly worried about Lauren's relationship, that's great- but he never asked how long the work on the exhibition has been going, or what it means to Sam- or any of the relevant questions about why Sam is acting how he is. He just sees Sam at his worst, and never stops to give him the benefit of the doubt but jumps into his own assumptions. I don't see how he doesn't realize that his behavior is exactly replicating the behavior shown to him- unless he does realize it, and is trying to match Christo jerk for jerk, in which case this is going to go down very poorly.
Also, @Jeffko, tbh the more I've been following this comic recently the more I want this guy to turn out to be honestly not trying to jump Lauren's pants, just to have people be like "wait...all he said was 'maybe this isn't right, are you sure this is working out?' we just jumped to major conclusions here"
Here's the thing- it's also 100% possible that Rick isn't deliberately being a douche bag. It may very well be that, from his point of view, he's "being a good friend" by telling Lauren the truth as he sees it- and by being "better for her" than he perceives Sam to be. Similarly, his utter lack of interest in being friendly with Sam and the guys could be due to his belief that they're not worth being friends with, and are bad for Lauren. Obviously that's pretty friggin' immature attitude to take, but these are college kids- a lot (not all, but a lot) of them have not yet figured out the difference between being a narcissistic a-hole and a decent human being (I know I struggled with it well into my twenties). My point being, as much as I instantly recoil from Rick's "type", it may not be a conscious thing on his part- and it may be something he just might outgrow, given enough life experience.
(I'm totally rooting for Lauren to set him straight, tho')
Most of the time, a guy who makes your boyfriend and all your friends uncomfortable is someone you shouldn't want around. It's always best to use the people who know and love you as the outside perspective you lack regarding your life.
Unfortunately, it can take losing everyone's trust in you for an abusive relationship to teach you that lesson. I tend to be the type to hope for the best in people, but I had to learn to recognize and quickly remove those that aren't worth the trouble, just in case. If they're good people, that's great. I don't necessarily need every good person I meet actively in my life and relationships.