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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon And here we learn that Mad Science Ben could have been much more dangerous. Imagine him with a laser that cuts apart jovian worlds. Heck, imagine yourself with that laser. "I'll just cut this engine block in two---OH MY GOD, I've drilled a hole down into the mantle and created a volcano!"

We have, of course, seen the first two stages of Doctor Haas' mad science in the pages of the comic: Infection and (in multiple scenes) Obsession. Now that I come to think of it, those are both good names for colognes...

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs Yeah, but "Chase Scene: A new fragrance by Coco Chanel"? I can't really picture it.

I'm very happy that this is the last time ever I'll have to draw that stupid geodynamic robot. On the other hand, it's too bad that this is also the second and last appearance by the Priozersk police, as I'm quite pleased with the design I came up with for them (seen a bit better on this page.) My main objective was to design some uniforms which didn't look like American police uniforms. I think I did rather well.

I do want to clarify what I wrote in this space last time. Some readers might have gotten the impression that I was heaping abuse on writers who use the whole Enormous Government Conspiracy shtick, accusing them of being unimaginative dullards who deludedly believe they're being subversive and clever when they're really just repeating clichés that were already tired ten years ago. I want to emphasize that that was indeed exactly what I was doing. Seriously, anybody who's been paying the slightest bit of attention at any time in the past fifty years should have realized by now that the United States Government couldn't cover up a cupcake with vanilla frosting. Unless you either a) are having fun with the idea or b) are Warren Ellis, then please, just cut it out and try to come up with something more original. Future generations will thank you.