Original Release Date: September 14, 2010
There's a solid mix of comedy and seriousness here. Mike, of course, provides comic relief, and Todd shows typical minion spinelessness in the presence of his master. It makes a little more sense for Mike to make quips here than, say, the time he was joking around as Irrational Robot Antagonist had him and the two ninja pinned down with its guns. Mike is more battle-hardened now, a bit more courageous, and he has to feel pretty safe standing between two ninja currently not attempting to kill each other. Bob's retort is a little weak, though.
The "forgettable midwest college campus" referenced in the last panel, of course, refers to my alma mater, Southeast Missouri State University. I went to school there. I also worked there later in life. I got a good education and had a good work experience there, but it's a love-hate relationship, nonetheless.