Modded CP05

Cinema Purgatorio #5 Modded cover, art by Ignacio Calero
Cinema Purgatorio #5 Modded cover, art by Ignacio Calero

Annotations for “Untitled (Home at Last)” in Cinema Purgatorio #5

Writer: Kieron Gillen, Artist: Ignacio Calero

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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

Cover

  • The cover shows Fluffbumble being chased by Tommy Zero (center) and friends.

Page 1

panel 2

  • The human is Tommy Zero.

panel 3

  • “Your pocket-dimension” refers to the dynamics of Pokemon where pokemon “pocket monsters” live in a sort of pocket dimension until called on.
  • “Loserdog” appears to be Zero‘s name for Fluffbumble.

panel 4

  • The creature on the left is Fluffbumble.
  • “Reminds me of something” appears to tie back to the flower that Fluffbumble made in P1,p1 of CP#1.
  • Zero’s costume seems to change over time. In CP#1 P2,p2 his codpiece has an unhappy face icon with Xs for eyes. Here it has become a standard happy face.

Page 2

panel 1

  • Left to right are Scout, GnollMereBloody Susan, Fringe, Fringe’s Junior Ultramyocyte, and Susan’s Mister Boom.

panel 2

  • “Stakes” are not entirely clear at this point, nor when the bag of stakes is shown on P6 below.

Page 3

panel 1

  • coming soon

panel 2

  • coming soon

Page 4

panel 1

  • The artwork appears to become a bit more cartoony around the Abyss.

panel 2

  • coming soon

Page 5

panel 1

  • coming soon

panel 3

  • Commenter Victor Rees points that out that “who you are doesn’t matter… Who you present yourself as is all that matters. The Abyss is willing to accept anyone – if you’re willing to act just like them” suggests that the Abyss, with tournaments and anonymous, mask-wearing gamers can be seen as the internet itself. It’s a giant, dangerous territory where general bullying conformity and anonymity allow people to live their fantasies by harassing and attacking others.

Page 6

panel 1

  • coming soon

panel 2

  • coming soon

Page 7

panel 1

  • coming soon

panel 2

  • coming soon

Page 8

panel 1

  • coming soon

panel 2

  • coming soon

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One thought on “Modded CP05

  1. This issue is fleshing out a bit more the world Gillen has in mind – a distorted view of the real-world internet/gaming culture. The Abyss, with it’s tournaments and anonymous, mask-wearing gamers can be seen as the internet itself. It’s a giant, dangerous territory where general bullying conformity (“The Abyss is willing to accept anyone – if you’re willing to act just like them”) and anonymity allow people to live their fantasies by harassing and attacking others (“Who you are doesn’t matter… who you present yourself as is all that matters”).
    Continuing with the depiction of Tommy Zero and his entourage in earlier issues, the majority of gamers are shown to be sex-obsessed and vulgar (“Get fucking dressed and get pissing ready”), mirroring the general immaturity people accuse online gamers of.

    It’s a world populated by young people, shown in the line “Old men think they rule the world”. More specifically, it seems to be populated by young men, which makes the panel saying “Our turn now” more intriguing – two women about to enter a male-dominated area.

    Additional and unrelated detail – that might be Jason Voorhees’ mask on page 8, panel 3.

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