Annotations for “Where is the Rat King?” 8 pages in Cinema Purgatorio #16
Writer: Kieron Gillen, Artist: Nahuel Lopez
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.
- Left to right are: Tommy Zero (in sky), Fluffbumble, Mister Boom, Bloody Susan, Fringe and Junior Ultramyocyte.
The Story so far
- “The fucker of my fucker is a right fucker” is a take-off on the proverb “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
- “The ascension” refers to Jesus ascending into heaven as well as to videogame players leveling up. Contrast it with the Abyss under which is hell – see CP#7 P3.
- “This is Modded! Who gives a fuck about story?” references the story set-up scenes that gamers often skip to get to the action. It is also perhaps Gillen having a self-deprecating laugh.
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- “There be dragons” is a play on the ancient mapping phrase “here be dragons.” (For what it’s worth, there is a 2011 film titled There Be Dragons.)
- First appearances of The Rat King.
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- “Riding a dragon is the only way” references how, in Bubble Bobble, “Later levels can only be completed by mastering tricky techniques, like riding on bubbles to get out of otherwise inescapable pits. “
- “Work on many levels” is a line which itself works on multiple levels, as he is referring to:
– Metaphorical levels of meaning.
– Different heights of platforms.
– Successive “levels” of a game like Bubble Bobble.
- Ladders and platforms are ubiquitous within the “platformer” game genre.
- The rainbows are likely a reference to the first Bubble Bobble sequel, Rainbow Islands.
- Platforms made of brick, and large mushrooms, are both design elements from Super Mario Bros., possibly the most influential platformer.
- Commenter Greenaum points out that in Rainbow Islands, if you spend too much time in any one level, deadly water starts rising quickly from the bottom.