Title text: The tumbleweed then tried to roll off into the sunset, but due to the Old West's placement north of the subtropical ridge, the prevailing winds were in the wrong direction.
Shootouts were common in many old Western films, most famous on spaghetti Westerns. Commonly, to accentuate the silence and dreariness of the scene before the fight, a tumbleweed would roll past the fighters. In this comic, the two gunmen, as per the cliche, stand quietly. The tumbleweed then rolls past, and pulls a pair of revolvers. It then shoots both of the gunfighters simultaneously, winning the duel. This is somewhat unusual.
The title text refers to a common trope in Westerns to have the hero (or in this case, the tumbleweed) ride (roll) into the sunset at the conclusion of the film. However, given that prevailing winds go from West to East, that means that the tumbleweed would be unable to tumble into the sunset, thus meaning it cannot reenact this trope no matter how hard it tries.
- [Two cowboys face off silently in the desert, the blazing sun beating down.]
- [They exchange steely glares, hands poised to reach their guns, as a tumbleweed rolls into frame.]
- [Close-up on the tumbleweed. It draws two guns.]
- CLICK CLICK
- [The tumbleweed shoots both cowboys simultaneously, and they fall backwards.]
- BLAM BLAM
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