Aha! Mr Sleazy and/or Mistreated. 'Twas only a matter of time before he and Peter shared a common space. This can only result in great violence or great revelation, or possibly both.
Also, really..."Why are you mad at me". A)He didn't accuse her of inviting him, he asked. And that was, tbh, a perfectly reasonable question.
B) He has a good point. Rick has made a definite habit of being wherever Lauren has, pretty much anytime we as an audience see her.
Also, I want to say the facial expressions in this particular page are some of my favorites from the entire time this thing has been running.
I think it's getting close to time Slugger reminds us all how he got the nickname Slugger.
EDIT: In fact I just re-read the the fight scene at the first One Inch Punch performance and when he dispensed some vengeance at Devon. Just gotta re-find when he actually got the name Slugger. I also noticed how drastically the style improved from then to now, even forgot there was some black and white too... What's up with that? But yeah, I might just simultaneously start over and keep up now, relive what got me hooked.
Gibson, I get the impression that you don't agree with everyone's feelings on Rick. I also get the impression you may identify with Rick on some level, and that's why you don't like what people have to say about him. That's not a judgement or an insult, by the way; just something I wonder about.
My guess as towards why he's not looking forward to the comments is that our good friend Mr. Twist know many things we don't about the coming events. Perhaps it's not Sam we're supposed to side with in Twist's perfect world, but Rick. The new guy who just wants to be friends with Lauren, but is experiencing a hateparty from her friends. I've had that experience with my group of friends before when one girl tried to introduce her new boyfriend. It did not go well.
@Christina: @Teenlink: At the risk of breaking the silence that authors should employ, my feelings here have nothing at all to do with how people are perceiving Rick. But the story isn't over, and my job is only to deliver the information, much as I might want to proselytize.
Sam does bring up a point, he is ALWAYS there... that is a little creepy--I almost want to go back and reread the whole thing and see if he has in fact been there the whole time! D: How creepy would that be?!!
Also, Rick's expression in the last panel made me laugh. We'll see where this goes, I won't speculate any further.
I really don't like Sam or Rick. Lauren just needs to be single until a decent guy comes along. Or forever, because there is no reason why a person shouldn't live and die single. In her case, it's much preferable to the alternatives.
@akagenki: I dunno, I don't think there's really anything wrong with Sam except he doesn't seem to handle stress well. I don't recall him doing anything particularly douchey besides bugging out on Lauren saying she doesn't support him when she got him all that film. In his defense, though, it was a poor choice precipitated by being pretty tightened up about the exhibition and Dildo Rick buzzing around.
M: Dammit Peter, I love you and you can't totally trust Kara and I'd totally rock your world. Pick me instead.
But then Slugger wouldn't be Slugger if he did that. Well, Michelle wouldn't be herself either. I know I think that because Kara's kinda slippery, but she hasn't done anything wrong, per se. She tried setting up that threesome with Michelle, yeah, but I guess in her view of a relationship, that came from a good place? *sigh* Just wish she wasn't so damn inscrutable and didn't have a love'em and leave'em rep.
Aw come on! I wanted to see where she was going with that. Rick you make is so easy to hate you. Mostly because:
-Sam turns into a dick
-You are after Lauren when she is not into you
-You're about to meet Slugger's fist... wait no that's something you got going for you.
Rick, just back off and stop flirting with her and everything would be fine. They might not lick you but they might accept you then.
@Los: Everything you say is completely valid, but I have almost no tolerance for any kind of jealousy or possessiveness even when there's a supposed excuse for it. A person who doesn't handle stress well can make you pretty damn miserable as well. I definitely think Sam is better than Rick, but I still don't like him.