A More Perfect Union CP14

Cinema Purgatorio #14 A More Perfect Union cover by Gabriel Andrade

Below are annotations for “Brief You On Our Current Situation” 7 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #14.

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: TBA


  • The bearded soldier appears to be James Zimmerman.

Page 1

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  • This is apparently General James “Pete” Longstreet who appeared in issue #7. (There are three somewhat-similar-looking big-black-beard soldiers in the story: Longstreet, General Jeb Stuart, and James Zimmerman.)

panel 2

  • The bearded man is General Robert Edward Lee – also introduced in CP#2.

panel 3

  • “Admiral [David G.] Farragut” was a real world Civil War naval leader – mentioned earlier in CP2 P6,p3.
  • “Potomac” is the Potomac River, the large east coast river that forms the border between Virginia and Washington D.C.

Page 2

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  • Left to right are: (moustache), Lee, (assistant), Longstreet, (moustache), and (beard).

panel 3

  • “Following their scent” may refer to following the “Sioux-scent” mentioned on page 3 of issue #2.

Page 3

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  • “General Green” may be the “Pappy Green” mentioned in CP2 P9,p3 – who might be George S. Greene.

Page 4

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  • The “Pete” mentioned here confirms that the black-bearded man is  General James “Pete” Longstreet.

Page 5

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  • “General [Henry Jackson] Hunt” was the real world union artillery chief at Gettysburg, mentioned earlier (mentioned earlier on P6 of CP#9).
  • The “prize” is not clear yet. Possibly it is some sort of queen ant? It was first mentioned in CP2 P3,p3.

panel 3

Page 6

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  • “Stuart” is General Jeb Stuart.
  • “Experimental flying battery” should be clearer in future issues.

panel 2

  • The intersection of “Tarrytown and Wheatfield roads” doesn’t bring up any matches. It appears that “Tarrytown” should be “Taneytown” which would describe this site.

panel 4

  • “Custer” – see next page.
George A. Custer – photo via Wikipedia

Page 7

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  • This is the first full appearance of, as stated, George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876). Custer achieved fame as a Union Civil War leader, but is now best known for being killed by Native Americans at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

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One thought on “A More Perfect Union CP14

  1. Still really got no clue what’s going on here, after 14 issues. And unlike Purgatorio, I don’t think that’s deliberate!

    As far as the “story” goes, we jump about between various bits of the American Civil War, except there’s giant ants in there. And that’s about it. Doesn’t seem to be any progress, any characters, any connection between episodes. Just a few “Did You Know?”‘s about the war, with ants milling around to one side, looking superfluous and vaguely embarassed.

    Our guy with the beard just bounces around. You could easily think you’d missed several installments in-between (which would explain the delays!).

    The Vast isn’t great either. Code Pru I like, plenty of fun and character, little sweet vignettes. And Modded is silly but still fun.


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