Below are annotations for “Untitled [38 years after the Etheric Invasion, the West Atlantic Desert.]” in Cinema Purgatorio #1
Writer: Kieron Gillen, Artist: Ignacio Calero
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: Fringe and the daemon Fluffbumble encounter Tommy Zero. Zero summons the arch lord Levithane to fight Fringe and Fluffbumble. Zero wins and departs with Fluffbumble. Bloody Susan and Mister Boom encounter Fringe.
- Pictured are Bloody Susan and Mister Boom introduced on P8 below.
- The setting for the story is the “West Atlantic Desert” hence the beached ships.
- This image is the Modded cover for Cinema Purgatorio #2.
- The people named are William Christensen (Avatar Press editor in chief), Alan Moore, and the story’s creators.
- The “West Atlantic Desert” is apparently the former West Atlantic Ocean. Large beached ocean vessels litter the landscape.
- “38 years after the Etheric Invasion” refers to gaming, specifically Space Invaders. From Gillen’s Modded background article at Bleeding Cool:
Modded is set in a world which fundamentally ended 37 years ago, with the Etheric Invasion which destroyed the world (aka the arrival of Space Invaders). Are you the sort of person who just went “Space-Invaders? What about Pong?” Well, I suspect this is the book for you, because the difference between Pong’s impact and Space-Invader’s impact is exactly the sort of thing we touch on. And hey, don’t stop at Pong. Go to Space Wars. Go to Turing’s first chess program. Go to HG Wells with his Little Wars. Go to Kriegspiel. Go to the first person who sat down, carved symbol on a bit of bone and realised you could do probably have some fun with these “dice” things…
- First appearances of Fringe and the daemon Fluffbumble.
- First appearance of Tommy Zero.
- “You know the rules” seems to be a reference to the sort of duels played in Pokemon video or card games.
- “BME” could be Biomedical Electronics.
- Nitpick: Zero’s left hand seems to have grown its own glove since it appeared bare in P2,p2 (perhaps he just put on his glove). His left shoulder armor appears to have changed somewhat too.
- “Levithane” sounds like a Pokemon character name derived from “Leviathan.” Some Pokemon names are just a letter or two different from a conventially spelled similar creature – such as Pollywag from polliwog, Spearow from sparrow, Tentacool from tentacle, etc.
- Commenter Victor Rees points out that there are few instances of homophobic language from Zero, beginning with “Gayyyyyyy” here. See also Purgatorio #2 P1,p2. Rees sees these as part of Gillen’s commentary on attitudes of many real-life gamers, who are often immature and sexist.
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- “I want them all” is a version of the Pokemon slogan “Gotta Catch ‘Em All.”
- First appearance of Bloody Susan and Mister Boom.
- “Abyssal daemonatrixes” are apparently related to the ocean’s abyssal planes.
- This panel shows a similar view to P1,p1 with the central flower now wilted.
- Bloody Susan’s line here will turn out to have multiple meanings.
- In many early arcade videogames, when the player lost their last “life”, the game would give you the option to keep playing from where you were by inserting another quarter. The would usually present this option by putting up big letters saying “Continue?” In the same way, you can continue the story of Modded, if you are willing to pay for the next issue.