Post by imaginaryfriend on Aug 2, 2023 7:28:05 GMT
You know, it was speculated a long time ago by someone else on this forum that Zeta and Gamma were in some way related (named after, described by, what have you) to the functions of the same names. After looking at this page it occurs to me that there was also an experimental reactor named ZETA in the UK and there are comparisons that could be made if one is so inclined. I'm not sure about the utility of such comparisons, having previously not bothered with them, but I will be thinking about them more starting now.
Last Edit: Aug 2, 2023 7:31:24 GMT by imaginaryfriend: proofread always, particularly when you write at 3am
Stronger AKIRA vibes, I think. Just a shade darker, in every sense.
That's what I was thinking... I wonder if Coyote has any control over what is happening, or he has been caught on the wrong foot again... he looked happy when Loup attacked him, but he wasn't really aware of all the factors (he was seeking a "traditional" deity, as opposed to something like Kat or like Zimmy), and he probably isn't "whole", but more like a parasite inside Loup, so he may get swept away by the chaos and shred to bits like everybody else...
After the blackness-with-teeth in the final panel of the previous page, we shift to seeing things from a distance, where there's some sort of black explosion among the buildings of the Court. But we then see a growing dome of blackness expanding from that point, engulfing buildings as it goes. The final three frames focus on one building and show a progression: first, the growing dark sphere begins to impinge on one edge of the building, whose windows mostly seem dark, except for the very top story, where the windows on one side appear bright, but the windows around the corner don't, so it may just be a reflection of the sunlight. But then the dome of darkness has engulfed all of the building but that corner, and the light in those windows becomes bluish rather than yellowish. Finally, with the building entirely engulfed, we see it radically changing form, with large bricks floating out of the structure and tree trunks growing into and out of it. Antennas on the roof have become branches, and the building's angle has slanted, suggesting that it's collapsing or at least becoming non-rectilinear.
Now, Kat recently discovered that the Forest matter and the Court's buildings were made of the same substance at a fundamental level, so it isn't surprising that the two could change form into one another. Indeed, what's going on here is reminiscent of what was going on around Loup when Annie and the rest went into the Forest to give Loup the lake water. This is a deconstruction of the Court/Forest matter that will recombine it into another form. But what form?
What comes to my mind first, at least, is that up to now, Zimmy's world has stayed her world, inside her head. When the Zimmingham experience ends, the normal world is still there, and those not involved in it didn't see anything, except in "The Torn Sea," when there were etheric generators in play making it real. But now it would appear that a large portion of the Court is about to physically experience it for real. I'm not sure the area will recover from it afterward, assuming there is an afterward. This might be a permanent shift in the material reality of the pocket dimension the Court's put itself in.
How big will the dome of shadow get? Will it engulf the entire Court/Forest area? Or will there be a boundary inside which reality is altered, like the Hex in "WandaVision?" And if it gets close enough to the star ocean, will the Court attempt to draw on this energy to get out of town? They supposedly reconfigured their energy collectors for a source other than Coyote's power, but they could always reconfigure it back – or did Omega, perhaps, foresee Coyote/Loup meeting Zimmy and this happening, and is this what they reconfigured the collectors for?
And now it appears Jerrek is about to destroy the whole setting.
I dunno, this is starting to feel old.
Not sure that the whole setting will be destroyed at the end of whatever this is that's starting, but if it is we're seeing a progression. The first time newly-formed "Loup" did the destruction deed purely because he wanted to. The second time was because he completely lost it, but it was still him doing it. Now I don't think he's completely lost it since he's directing his bitter wrath at the cause of his pain as he attacks Coyote (Bitter? Bit him too!) but sorta fell into this as a natural progression of the events and mistaken identity. He's got less control each time.
I think we keep collectively forgetting this isn't the kind of comic where ancient undead elves give powerful magic boons to the hero, it's a comic where a girl loses her hair clip and a zombie spends 50+ chapters trying to get it back to her.
Don't be surprised. I once had occasion to refer to something as 'Lilliputian'. There was a distinct generational divide between those who got it and those who didn't have a clue what I was talking about.
For those who don't know, it's a reference from Swift's tall and satiricial tales of a Dr Lemuel Gulliver, ship's surgeon, who once found himself imprisoned by the (very) diminutive inhabitants of Lilliput. Brobdinagian is the opposite, while 'yahoo' is a savage brute. And if you ever wonder where Studio Ghibli got the idea for an island in the sky from...