I was baffled by an incorrect narrative I was constructing: The aliens are laser-burning a mutation into the human genome in the first panel [and specifically the Y chromosome]; then battling in an abandoned city with a colonnade; then withdrawing and leaving a different neighborhood intact, because of something they learn in the human/alien dictionary. And for some reason that leads them to misspell their victory message.
…. And then I looked at panel 1 on a different scale.
From Le Vieux Lapin, who desisted from his not-understanding once he learned how the game is played! However, there does remain a non-obvious aspect, which your editors did not see for quite a while, and which is mainly the joke!
I generally grudge-read PBF, along with a couple other hyper-cynical comics. But this one struck me as funny and appealing.
And really nice is the collection of rock stuff in the middle panel. That’s a Yellow Submarine picture on the wall, the album on the bed with the yellow smear is probably the banana-cover Velvet Underground first album, the open mouth next to it seems Rolling Stones related. And is the blimp picture a reference to Led Zeppelin?
Hah! Gotcha, Mothra! From Andréa. (Who suggests there is word play going on between ‘Mothra’ and treating it as a ‘moth’. But isn’t that just what the name is about?)
Absurdism, put in its place.
Contributed by Andréa, who says “Particularly funny for me, as mysteries are my favorite genre.”