The May 17, 2016, “Mark Trail” comic. (James Allen/North America Syndicate Inc.)

Please have mercy on the readers of the Comics pages by removing the “Mark Trail” strip. The recent story line following Mark’s adventures inside a cave system is especially egregious, whether it’s the sensual posing of the female character or the stilted recitation of cave facts as dialogue.

What has tipped me over the edge is the fact that the three characters are deep underground without any artificial light source, yet they nimbly climb crumbling rock bridges and dodge falling towers of crystal. Even the dreadfully formulaic “The Amazing Spider-Man” is more realistic than “Mark Trail.”

William Ade, Burke