Modded CP08

Cinema Purgatorio #8 Modded cover, art by Ignacio Calero

Annotations for “Untitled (Show Me How To Put a New Limb On)” in Cinema Purgatorio #8

Writer: Kieron Gillen, Artist: Nahuel Lopez, Cover: 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.

Warning: Spoilers 

General: For round two of Fringe’s battle in the Abyss, she utilizes a recycled modded Tanky Andov to beat her opponent’s Psychokiller Gorilla Thrilla.

The Destroyer from Journey Into Mystery #118 - art by Jack Kirby
The Destroyer from Journey Into Mystery #118 – art by Jack Kirby


  • The rider at the top of the cover is Fringe.
  • The creature (perhaps a version of Tanky Andov) Fringe is riding appears similar to Thor’s armored foe The Destroyer, created by Jack Kirby, and appearing in the first Thor movie.
  • The cover scene does not appear directly in this issue.

Page 1

panel 1

  • Left to right are Fringe, her Junior UltramyocyteBloody Susan, and Mister Boom.

panel 2

  • Gillen and Lopez work a clever bait-and-switch here. The reader assumes that new limb is for the Junior Ultramyocyte, who is missing its left foot. On P4 below, it is revealed that the new limb is actually for the Tanky Andov.

Page 2

panels 1-2

  • The call and response are a take off on the 1969 Edwin Starr song War, which begins “War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.”

panel 4

  • First appearance this issue of Gory Balls.

Page 3

panel 1

  • First appearance of Psychokiller Gorilla Thrilla, a take-off of Donkey Kong. Thrilla is slang for thriller. The gorilla’s fingers are bananas.

panel 2

  • First appearance this issue of Tommy Zero (left).
  • “I love the hair rendering” refers to how CGI rendering of hair is very difficult. Remotely realistic hair, especially in real-time video games, is a fairly recent development.

panel 4

Page 4

panel 1

  • Tanky Andov appeared in CP#6 and #7. It has been modded, adding a spiked ball hand and a garland wreath crown.

Page 5

panel 4

Page 6

panels 3-6

  • These panels form a fixed camera sequence.
  • This action is a more graphic than usual form of teabagging. Teabagging in this context is a (traditionally male) dominance maneuver in multiplayer video games, where a victor’s avatar repeatedly crouches and stands over the body of a fallen foe, simulating (to the degree possible within a primitive animation system not designed for this purpose) the sexual act depicted here. Since the fallen avatar cannot move or resist, this is a sort of virtual rape.

Page 7

panel 3

  • “an honored ritual” – See above.

Page 8

panel 1

  • “That modding is familiar” reminds the reader that Tommy Zero has some (yet to be explained) history with Bloody Susan.

panel 6

  • “Friendlist” is another videogame (and social media) convention.

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