It's a bird-eat-bird world within the panels of "Shoe," where the winged characters barely blink over the idea of noshing on one of their own.
See if you can swallow this: In Monday's episode of this venerable chronicle of a bunch of avian journalists hoping against hope they can cadge another paycheck from the flailing newspaper that has supported them lo these many years, one of the main characters orders a plate of chopped liver. So what, you ask? Well, we respond, isn't chopped liver typically made up of chicken organs? And if you follow these facts to their inevitable conclusion, aren't we then watching a couple of fowls dining on the organs of other fowls? And isn't that a little foul?
Pardon us while we regain our composure.
This isn't the first time the dark practice of cannibalism has surfaced within these comic's panels. Anyone recall this shocking episode from October of 2012, in which the bumbling "Perfesser" professes a yen for dining upon moo goo gai pan made with chicken.
You can't necessarily fault the birds for dining on such stuff. It may be all they can afford. Don't forget, the aging broadsheet for which they work, the ancient Treetops Tattler Tribune, is in dire straits. Maybe Cosmo Fishhawk and Shoe the editor (the two birds pictured above) are merely trying to save a buck here and there, no matter what odious grub it forces down their gullets. The look of wide-eyed revulsion on blue-feathered Shoe tells us all we need to know about the heinous act they must commit if they are to stay alive.
Yet if the characters continue down this road, how much longer will they be able to resist dining on each other? And will the remaining bird be able to keep the Tribune going? Something to chew on.
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