Code Pru CP03

Cinema Purgatorio #3, Code Pru cover. Art by Raulo Caceres
Cinema Purgatorio #3, Code Pru cover. Art by Raulo Caceres

Annotations for “3: A Little Something To Lower Your Spririts” 8 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #3

Writer: Garth Ennis, Artist: Raulo Caceres

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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: Pru and Eric encounter a segmented snake-alien monster that burst forth from the stomach of a victim. They subdue and capture the monster, then drop it off at an underground site.

Cover – no specific annotations

Page 1

panel 2

  • Left is Pru; right is her co-worker Eric Astrachan.

Page 2

Code Pru #2 Page 3 - art by Raulo Caceres
Code Pru #2 Page 3 – art by Raulo Caceres

panel 1

  • The monster is similar to the one in the chestburster scene from 1979 movie Alien.
  • The sound of the monster “RRRIIIEEEEE…” is the same sound that comes from one of Squidpump’s cages – see Code Pru #1 P7,p4 and #2 P21,p3. The creature itself resembles Squidpump’s caged segmented monster that appears on P3 of Code Pru #2. That earlier monster is larger than the current one, so perhaps the current one is a juvenile version of the same species.

Page 3-5 – no specific annotations

Page 7

panel 3

  • This is the first mention of Pru’s last name Slapweather, and first mention of any of Eric Astrachan’s name.
  • Astracghan’s 9-digit number could be a social security number 155-52-5027
  • Slapweather’s 9-digit number 042511950 somewhat resembles a date, possibly March 25, 1950 (though basic research does not reveal any pertinent significance to that date.)

panel 4

  • “William” is the vampire from issue #1.
  • “Francis” is the Frankenstein monster from issue #2.

panel 5

  • The underground area may be the area where Jon Squidpump imprisons the monsters – seen in Code Pru issues #1 and #2.

Page 8

panel 1

  • There is a deliberately missing line of dialogue between pages 7 and 8. From Pru’s response “sleeps at Riley” the reader can infer that Eric has mentioned something related to“In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.” from H.P. Lovecraft’s story “The Call of Cthulhu.”

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2 thoughts on “Code Pru CP03

  1. Maybe “sleeps at Riley” (p.8) could refer to The Sigourney Weaver character’s name in The film Aliens, when The creature is resting inside Ripley’s body, sleeping at Ri(p)ley?


    1. It’s possible (and your scenario sounds a bit like Moore’s Neonomicon) but it seems like it would be very misleading to substitute “Riley” for “Ripley.” We’ll see.


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