1. Not a worm. Caterpillar. However, unlike the wimpy, organic ones, that change into butterflies, he is having none of that. Instead, he chooses to use technology to fly, taking to the air in a high-speed interceptor. Presumably to intercept all the hippie butterflies. He has declared war on nature! (as seen by the attack on the butterflies). Genes are not destiny! No fate but what we make! It’s either an empowering story of overcoming limitations through the application of intellect and determination or a story of technological hubris. Presumably, later chapters of the story will make it clear.

  2. I agree that “caterpillar” was intended, but the creature drawn here seems closer to “millipede” (too many legs).

  3. It’s a youth roaring past a bunch of old people, discombobulating them. They are yelling that he had better stay off their lawn, and also that his music is “just noise.”

  4. It’s a rookie flyer (apparently, he hasn’t even gotten his wings!) “buzzing the tower”.

  5. He didn’t “attack” the butterflies and flowers, he just showed them that you don’t have to be slow. Less like the “Top Gun” clip, more like a 16-year-old in a hot-rod car whipping past the old-folks who believe that speed limits apply to them.

  6. Are we supposed to understand that the butterflies know that the pilot is a catterpillar? I kind of think not, since this information is the last thing revealed and the butterflies look quite hapless in the panel before. But IDK, I really like this comic even if I don’t understand it.

  7. Now I’m kinda curious, what’s the difference between “a 16-year-old in a hot rod car whipping past the old folks…” and the “Top Gun” clip? Well, besides the obvious mode of transportation.

  8. Quite an immature insect, first of all, obviously, because he is still a caterpillar, and secondly, he is certainly acting immature.

  9. “what’s the difference between “a 16-year-old in a hot rod car whipping past the old folks…” and the “Top Gun” clip?”

    Milatary aviators are older, more mature, and possess the discipline implied by military service. Granted, “Top Gun” is not at all accurate in its portrayal of military aviation.

  10. Wow, a strip that actually gets *clearer* after explanation.

    This works perfectly as Top Gun “buzzing the tower”. Which might even be an acceptable universal pop cultural reference.

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