Fusion #9 Page 1

28th Jan 2014, 6:01 AM in Spit and Wind
Fusion #9 Page 1
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EssayBee 28th Jan 2014, 6:01 AM
Here's page 1 of Fusion #9, and it looks like news of Fusion's exploits from the end of the previous issue is traveling fast.


Black Rose 28th Jan 2014, 8:13 AM
How long before Fusion will be forced to lay low for political reasons?

Followed by Brooder deciding weather or not to believe her story of meeting heroes from "alternate realities"?
Nutster 28th Jan 2014, 10:07 AM
@Rose: Brooder will believe her when Mindmistress's catwalk opens near him and one of the few people that can outsmart him (by an order of magnitude) steps out and confirms the story. Anything short of that, he can still put it down as a teenager's delusion. He will grudgingly accept that there are alternate universes if Magellan's Kwan or Jenny Everywhere shows up instead.
Oruncrest 28th Jan 2014, 11:02 AM
Actually, Dr. Electric will tell Brooder about MindMistress and assure him that Fusion was in good hands.

EssayBee 28th Jan 2014, 11:22 AM
See Oruncrest's reply. Brooder already knows about MM via the Fab Five (and has probably known about her for some time).
Black Rose 28th Jan 2014, 7:08 PM
Then is Brooder aware that MM's alter ego is a mentally challenged young woman?

He'd have to fight the urge to use the word 'retard'.
Tolrick 30th Jan 2014, 5:31 PM
@Black Rose: Why do you seem more than a tad obsessed by this concept?
Since MM is not a major (or even minor)part of this cast, why does it matter?
Black Rose 31st Jan 2014, 9:55 AM
I'm just curious as to how those who are mentally challenged are treated in Fusion's reality. That's all!
EssayBee 31st Jan 2014, 1:14 PM
Black Rose--They're treated the same as they are in our world. As for Brooder's view of Lorelei . . . I think he'd consider her handicap irrelevant. I think the only way he'd have an issue with MM is if he thought MM was somehow taking advantage of Lorelei; since that's not the case, I suspect he'd respect MM for her intellect and for what she does as a superhero and consider Lorelei's handicap a nonissue. That's purely speculation on my part--I've never talked to Brooder personally.
man in black 28th Jan 2014, 1:51 PM
man in black
great page
Phantomskyler 28th Jan 2014, 3:55 PM
Well, looks like Fusion's not gonna be able to slide this adventure under the rug.

I really do wonder about how Fusion will take this, especially if she finds out Brooder manipulated things so that she'd go out there and kick evil rebel asses but also start a global controversy.

On one hand she saved God knows how many lives. On the other than this media frenzy and the (probably) ticked off government agencies has probably forever destroyed any hope of Fusion joining the SAS (or any of the other registered super teams) But then again, after seeing how much red tape these teams are forced to through when lives are on the line, will she even care about joining either of them?

I guess the biggest question is, will she not forgive Brooder for (probably) screwing her dream of being in the SAS officially, or will she begin to see that she's a better hero without being part of of it?
Black Rose 29th Jan 2014, 7:52 AM
You're right! Fusion needs to be on her own! No team,no red tape,NO NOTHING!
EssayBee 29th Jan 2014, 12:06 PM
Black Rose--I'm sure Anakin Skywalker would agree with you.

Phantomskyler--All of your comments will be addressed, although some not until the next story arc (beginning in Issue #12).
Phantomskyler 29th Jan 2014, 2:23 PM
I see. I really do think Brooder is doing this for her own good instead of simply pulling a cold-hearted batman gambit.

The past few issues have been subtly implying that Fusion is a lot stronger than she thinks, at least in the eyes of SAS (like how Riveteer reacted when she found out she took out a heavy hitter like Mass Master with one hit) Brooder probably saw this in her long before, and figures that Fusion could be on the same level as Captain Stupendous one day, but doesn't want her to be tied down by both the political red tape and the status as the ultimate law abiding goody goody Stupendous has to be for the public. I'm guessing Brooder set this all up to coax her into being part of his Black Team, where he'd have an A-class power heroine in a position where she could do some good when nobody is looking.

Sorry for the ramblings, not trying to get spoilers outta ya, just like conversing about your world and characters.
EssayBee 29th Jan 2014, 4:02 PM
No worries about ramblings or spoilers--I love it when readers speculate. I intentionally keep lots of stuff unsaid to stoke reader curiosity--a bit of Hemingway's Iceberg Theory of writing at work. Of course, now you're speculating on things that won't be explained until the end of the entire series!

As for Brooder . . . I'll leave it up to readers to decide his motives, but you'll get some contrasting views in the current scene.
DStaal 30th Jan 2014, 9:49 PM
Ok, then here's my speculation, after re-reading the entire series recently. ;) (I was thinking about posting this before, your post told me to.)

You are building up to a fight between the Creeping Order and Fusion, over the 'soul' (or heart, or whatever) of Fracture, with the Earth hanging in the balance. Fracture has heeded the Creeping Order before, in other universes - probably not intentionally, and with the best motives, originally. (Basically: Was tricked into destroying something in an effort to save it, and blames herself. This caused her breakdown, which may have made her easier to trick subsequently if it's happened more than once.)

The Creeping Order has at least one operative on the planet at the moment - the one who brought down the space shuttle, and was in issue 7.

Fracture is bonded to Shane, but hides most of the time. (Even from follow 'travelers'. Do they have a name?)

Lord is working with the Creeping Order, for his own purposes. (And probably doesn't realize their end game - either way, he thinks he can play them. He can't.) He may know even know it.

Oh, and the Drainomite is not natural to Earth - it's a Creeping Order creation, or something they brought to fight Captain Stupendous.

I'm probably wrong on at least one of these, but I'll guess I'm more right than wrong. ;)
DStaal 30th Jan 2014, 9:50 PM
Oh, I forgot one: X-Pleative is a pastor. We've seen him in one of the interviews. ;)
EssayBee 31st Jan 2014, 1:35 PM
Well, you picked up on a lot of the key things. For the sake of spoilers, I won't say what's right (if anything), but I'll point out two things that are wrong.

First off, Drainomyte wasn't created by the Creeping Order. Dr. Electric was correct in his interview when he said that Drainomyte is a sort of crystalized Creation Energy. (Actually, since Creation Energy gives rise to all the matter/energy in all the universes, I think it's perhaps more accurate to say that Drainomyte is a sort of "fossilized energy" from the beginning of the universe. I only know this because Savunn showed me some of Dr. Electric's research articles on Creation Energy.) With that in mind, in Captain Stupendous's interview, Alanna was on the right track when she suggested that the Captain's kind are "agents of the Inceptiverse," since that would be the polar opposite of the Creeping Order, who are agents of the Nothingverse. That said, I suspect Drainomyte is sort of like a chunk from the Captain's homeworld (if he had a homeworld) and acts in a similar manner to Kryptonite for Superman.

Also, Fusion will not be facing the Creeping Order. If the Creeping Order caused people to say, "No hope," and commit suicide, I think at least Brooder and Stupendous would have a better clue of what's going on and would be taking appropriate measures/giving proper warning. The Creeping Order were wiped out of Fusion's universe during the times Stupendous explained in his interview. (But it was a good deduction on your part!)
DStaal 6th Feb 2014, 9:01 PM
The Drainomyte one was on the far edge of speculation - I'm not particularly surprised it's wrong.

I am aware that all of the Creeping Order were wiped out during Stupendous' fight with them. I thought the dimensional hole that let whatever brought the shuttle down into this dimension allowed one in. (I.E. They *were* wiped out. Past tense.)

Now I don't know what came through that. I'm still leaning towards one of their agents/tools (and I'm still sure it's that demon thing), which could still lead to an indirect fight. I look forward to seeing.

(And I don't see why you thought I'd be surprised by Fusion's press coverage - they are impressed, and it's the top story.)
EssayBee 7th Feb 2014, 9:29 AM
Ah. Your deduction about the Creeping Order does make sense--I didn't even think about it being any of their agents crossing over in Issue #4. However, if for nothing other than thematic reasons, the Creeping Order are a foe for Stupendous; Fusion needs a foe specialized for her.
Xade 29th Jan 2014, 2:43 AM
I bet somewhere Captain Stupendous is blushing so much that the nearby people are suddenly tugging at their collars because of a sudden temperature increase.
EssayBee 29th Jan 2014, 12:03 PM
Remember from his interview in Faces magazine that posted before this issue that he apparently used to do this sort of thing quite a bit when he first started out as Captain Stupendous, and that it was this sort of activity that made world powers very nervous. Groups like SAS were then formed to hopefully head off any significant political backlash against Supers (at the cost of preventing registered Supers from legally being able to do this sort of thing). So I don't think the Captain would be blushing so much as holding his breath to see how things play out.
Black Rose 29th Jan 2014, 3:59 PM
What issues will take place AFTER CrossoverKill?
EssayBee 29th Jan 2014, 4:14 PM
Issues 12 and up. In short, the final story arc of the series (which will probably go to Issue 16 or 18). I have lots of notes and some rough scripting for the final story arc (and it has to do with elements that have been in play since Issue #1), but no actual issue planning yet.
jamoecw 30th Jan 2014, 3:14 PM
nothing travels faster than the speed of light, except bad news, which obeys its own special laws.
Black Rose 31st Jan 2014, 10:03 AM
Should EssayBee contribute a filler page for the Dasien webcomic? Like to see his version of Das and Parker?