- "I challenge you to race your junk heap of a vehicle against mine. The one who wins is the stronger man."
- ―Giovanni Ancelotti to San Salvador
Joyride is the eighth and final comic in Season 7 of Sibling Rivalries, and the 60th comic total.
After receiving his first car, San Salvador and best friend Tony enjoy cruising around the town, until they are challenged to a race by Giovanni Ancelotti of the Wisconsin Warriors.
♥ = character's debut
♠ = character does not speak throughout comic (does not apply to Claude)
♣ = character is mentioned only
♦ = character appear in a speaking/non-speaking cameo only
McReary Siblings' Friends
- Salvador Martinez
- Tony Gonzales
- Salvador Ventura ♦
- Angel Chacon ♦
- Zoe Torres ♦
- Jose Gonzales ♦
- Steve Madison ♦
- As the comic features San Salvador and Tony as the protagonists, this is the fifth comic to not focus primarily on any member of the McReary family (after "The Ballad of Anti-Cutecumber", "The Return of Armando Vasquez" and "Life of Joel"; "Torres and Tribulations" also puts the characters in a secondary role), and the second time since "The Return of Armando Vasquez" where the siblings only appear in one cameo (several panels in that comic, but literally only one panel in this one).
- Only Francis, Derrick, and Kate do not have any lines, while Packie and Gerry have one line each.
- Cristino Martinez, San Salvador's older brother, was mentioned for the first time since Season 4's "Wouldn't It Be Nice?". "Joyride" is the first canon mention of him as the former comic was deemed non-canon when the character of Aiden Wilson was written out of the series continuity.
- San Salvador owns a 2017 BMW 5-Series given to him by his brother Cristino, and Giovanni owns a 2020 AMG GTR.
- San Salvador listens to real-life Green Bay radio station WAPL 105.7 FM (a classic rock station) while in the car, and also has his station tuned to La Mas Grande 92.7 FM (a regional Mexican station) during his race with Giovanni. He specifically listens to the songs "Highway Star" by Deep Purple, and "China Grove" by The Doobie Brothers on WAPL, both of which feature on Liberty Rock Radio 97.8 in Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned.
- The plot of this comic was on GTA Nerd's mind for years since at least 2018 while the sixth season was ongoing.
- This comic marks Giovanni's second almost-physical appearance in the series, since "Get Rec'd!". Just like that comic, however, his face is not visible, only arms and legs. He also has tattoos for the first time, of the Wisconsin Warriors logo.
- As of this comic, San Salvador and Giovanni are now 16 years old, while they were 15 years old from the start of the series until now, being the only characters that were allowed to age and break the series' rule of no characters aging past their 2013 ages.
- Second comic since Season 2's "Roommates" where the comic title is only one word long.
- "Joyride" was the name of a cancelled pilot to the second incarnation of a new series by GTA Nerd called Christopher Turner. The first iteration focused on the titular high school freshman; he is shy and depressed, but he learns to overcome issues with the friends he meets; the series was seen as very sad and "preachy" by GTA Nerd, so the second iteration retooled the character, where he was now a sophomore being less depressed but still awkward, getting his first car and cruising with his established set of friends.
- Salvador listens to "Highway Star" as this was the song which Chris also listened to after cruising around in his car for the first time.
- James Johnson, Marco Johnson, and Trevor Johnson were meant to accompany Joel and Giovanni in the latter's car, but were cut from the comic. In addition, Giovanni's GTR is only a two-seater.
- Notably the first season finale that Pablo Torres was absent for since his introduction in Season 2. He is also absent in Season 8 finale "The Adventures of Brees Fan and Kin Packie".
- This comic itself is mentioned by Gerry in Season 9 comic "How The Cookies Crumble", when he tells Angel it took seven seasons for San Salvador to get his own comic, in response to Angel wondering when he will get to be the primary focus of a comic.