But seriously the situation in this week's comic with Mandark is not something that should be used for creating such "cheap jokes".
Possibly. Or it could be absolutely perfect;
Humans are weird like that. If this had ended on a truly tragic note, a lot of people would have left feeling vaguely depressed. Adding a slice of humour alleviates this effect somewhat.
Also, Dex' isn't acting like he realises that there is a pop culture reference there - we have no real evidence to support the idea that LOTR exists in PPG-land, much less the movies, making the joke specifically for the audience and Mandark's comment entirely appropriate, if not in character.
The comparison between M' and Gollum's characters is also most satisfying..
Of course, now I want to see Bleedman's rendition of the Fellowship. Aragorn=Samurai Jack's rival?