Pirate Mike’s Grand Vision!

This one really reflects my struggle with characterizing Pirate Mike. I’m never sure exactly what kind of pirate he is, what his code is, how evil or good he is. I particularly enjoyed the newspaper and throwing in the Mark Maguire line about not being there to talk about the past (which was pure genius, whatever advisor came up with that one). What I was surprised by and has surprised me about the strip in general, are the politically charged responses from the whole range of perspectives, including self-styled conservatives claiming Mike has a “liberal” viewpoint here. I’m more concerned with Mike announcing certain admirable principles that he then fails to live up to. As far as I can tell, that’s a fairly universal human characteristic regardless of one’s fantasies of where one might fall on some imagined political spectrum.