This is one of the ones I agonized over. I have gotten enough good feedback that I’m willing to believe it’s funny, but I read it and I’m remorselessly critical.
On the other hand, I think it resonates because everyone has had a drunk, out-of-control friend. For many of my friends, this has been me.
I did a buttload of research on this strip. Hercules actually destroyed Paros when the people there killed his servant. He then went on to Mysia and got drunk with his friend, King Lycus. Unfortunately, King Lycus stayed sober because wife had just died, and he didn’t want to tell Hercules and be a bad host by bumming him out. Herc kind of acted like an ass at this point. True mythology.