A More Perfect Union CP10

Cinema Purgatorio #10, A More Perfect Union cover by German Ponce
Cinema Purgatorio #10, A More Perfect Union cover by German Ponce

Below are annotations for “Untitled (Git’Em Off Me)” 8 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #10.

Writer: Max Brooks, Artist: Gabriel Andrade

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Note: Some of this is obvious, but you never know who’s reading and what their exposure is. If there’s anything we missed or got wrong, let us know in comments.

General: Sergeant Amos Humiston is injured in battle with the invading giant ant army. After being rescued by a squad of female soldiers, he recuperates under the care of Clara Barton.

Cover

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Page 1

The Humiston children, from left, Franklin, Frederick and Alice

panel 1

  • The photo is based on real life Union Soldier Amos Humiston‘s photo, show earlier in CP#4 on P2,p2-3.

panel 2

  • It is his photo, so this soldier is Amos Humiston.

Page 2

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panels 4-5

  • Panels 4-5 constitute a fixed-camera sequence.

Page 3

panels 1-3

  • Panels 1-3 are a fixed-camera sequence.

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Page 4

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panel 2

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Page 5

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panel 2

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Page 6

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panel 4

  • First appearance of female soldiers. See Max Brooks Nerdist interview where he mentions “There’s women fighting alongside men. Basically we don’t have the luxury of dicing our species up into little categories and picking our favorites.”

Page 7

panel 1

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Clara Barton via Wikipedia

panel 2

  • First appearance of famous real-world nurse Clara Barton. – described in Brooks’ notes following the story.

panel 3

  • “Quack” is of course slang for a fake doctor.

panel 5

  • The civilian with the mustache appears to be Joshua Chamberlain who first appeared on P1 of CP#1, though, from issue 1 he was apparently dead – though perhaps not. Unclear – suggest??

Page 8

panel 1

  • No “General Walker” has been mentioned to this point in the story. The identity is not entirely clear at this point, but given the “her” pronoun, it could well be surgeon Mary Edwards Walker (1832-1919).

panel 2

panel 4

  • “This war’s greatest breakthrough could end up being soap and water” refers to advances in germ theory. As Brooks states in his notes, Semmelweis “came up with the crazy idea that doctors should wash their hands.”

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