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. 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 guns, going against what one would expect from dead plant material.
The title text refers to a common trope in Westerns to have the protagonist ride into the sunset. However, given that prevailing winds go from West to East, that means that the tumbleweed would be unable to tumble into the sunset.
- [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