A More Perfect Union CP17

Cinema Purgatorio #17 A More Perfect Union cover by Gabriel Andrade

Below are annotations for “That’s for Atlanta” 8 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #17.

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: Armored battleships combat giant ants attempting to cross the Potomac River. Ants defeat two of four battleships.


The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai – via Wikipedia

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  • The giant ants are trying to cross the Potomac River at Liverpool Point, Maryland.

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4 thoughts on “A More Perfect Union CP17

  1. This story’s nearly over now. I don’t imagine part 18 is going to have some Victorian nerve gas that only works on ants. Some large-scale modern pesticide. Or else they have one and it fucks up the rest of the environment as a side-effect. BTW is “Victorian” the right word for the era? Seems a bit presumptuous to use British monarchs / emperors and empresses, as a way to gauge time for the whole world. I suppose there’s “19th Century” but gods, that’s boring.

    Anyway. So overall it’s been a series of vignettes into the American Civil War Against Ants. That is assuming it’s home-grown American ants, otherwise it wouldn’t be a civil war, even an interspecies one. If the ants are from Mexico and further South, then it’s an invasion! If only there was an enormous wall that could have stopped them!

    Anyway… vignettes. The first episode gave the impression we were getting a hero, the captain bloke with the ghost brother, and Private Dylan or whoever he was, as his roguish but honourable sidekick; and a bunch of soldiers as our cast of characters. But then nah, next episode the fairly decently set-up characters are gone, and somebody’s invented a new form of rubber or something that will make the ants bounce away.

    Max has also neglected to tell us where the ants come from. George Romero does the same in his zombie films, but a) he’s George Romero so he can do what he fucking wants, fight me!, and b) there are many possible explanations. Maybe Hell really is full. Maybe it’s something supernatural. Maybe some lab somewhere had an accident. There’s no correct answer, and the viewer doesn’t have to pick one explanation over any of the others. Zombies are a supernatural thing. They obviously aren’t part of normal life.

    Ants are different. Because ants are real. And they do have fascinating behaviour. The ones in this story are just a bit big, that’s all. And very angry, we haven’t seen any of them nesting or gathering food (except when they eat soldiers! and they only have little mouths, so that would take a while!). Why is this? I want to know. Endless re-tellings of actual historical Civil War people, soldiers and nurses, except there’s giant ants, seems stupid. It seems out of place for the dignified stories of real people, some heroes, to include their end being digested by rampaging arthropods.

    The obvious way to do giant ants would be a camp ’50s pastiche. But the best way would be not to do it at all. 17 issues of just vignettes. Of interesting and brave people, made ridiculous by huge ants.

    Why weren’t there any multi-part stories? Why no beginning and end to the story, just middle? Why such a stupid idea altogether? Why insult the dead?

    I’m not mostly offended by Max’s treatment of dead Victorians. I’m mostly bothered by how this story didn’t start, and didn’t go anywhere.

    Still, on the bright side, at least Simon Spurrier hasn’t got a strip in Purgo.

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