Lord Fanny is being held by Brodie - she has a gun in her mouth, and she
is experiencing flashes of her past. As a young boy-girl he is talking
to the Skeleton God of Mictlan - in exchange for a joke he lets her pass.
She experiences herself as an eighteen year old, being beaten and raped
at a party by men in animal masks and then abandoned bleeding at the side
of the road. As an adult she experiences the beginnings of her fight with
Brodie, and the appearance of King Mob to her rescue. As an eighteen year
old again she contemplates suicide before being met by John A'Dreams who
asks her to join the Invisibles. As a child again she gains the common
language of shamans and meets Izpapalotl and finally returns to the world.
As an adult, King Mob and Brodie continue to fight - Brodie pulls a gun
and Fanny leaps to his rescue, but he is still shot and collapses unconsious.
Fanny manages to fatally wound Brodie with the last ounce of her strength
and collapses herself. Sir Miles arrives to find King Mob and Lord Fanny
at his mercy....
o Lord Fanny
o King Mob
o Sir Miles
o John A'Dreams
Our heroes confront their nemesis
o [page 1]
[panel 1] This panel takes place simultaneously with page 9, panels
15-16...all of which takes place after the events of 1.16, pages 13-22.
[JB] This panel refers to a Christmas carol. [L]
o [page 4] [panel 1] Orlando's true form. [JB]
o [page 5] [panel 2] Is it just me, or does the man resemble
DeSade? [BSI] [panel 4] The pig mask worn by one of the men is the the
same we'll see in Quimper's office and in House of Fun (see issue 25).
What's the glowing ball on the table? [PV] Also: Fanny's mother was
murdered by "a drunk wearing a papier mache dog's head" at a Mardi Gras
parade. (1.13) [JB] The animal masks are similar to those worn by followers
of Anton LeVey's (sp?) Church of Satan in the US. Perhaps this is why
Fanny doesn't know "what's making me think of demons", as this is a
Satanist gathering? That might explain the hokey crystal ball in the
o [page 9] FWIW, this page's 16-panel format recalls Miller's
Dark Knight and Chaykin's American Flagg. [JB] [panels 1-4] The explosions
and injuries outlined here by the newscaster are actually Jack's battle
with Sir Miles that appears in 1.16. Miles' injuries are evident in
panel 6. [JB/PV] [panel 4] A reference to Orlando's killings in 1.05.
o [page 11] [panel 5-6] John-A-Dreams. [PV]
o [page 15-16] Another clue: "We god are only masks. Who wears
us? Find it out!" says Mictlantehcutli. Fanny asks "'Show me who you
really are.' And suddenly she sees seven doors revolving. She sees with
her eyes she had forgotten how to use." She sees the red circle. The
"violet superfluid" is described as the stuff "sorcerors produce from
their bodies, condensed soulstuff which comes from outside." [JB] [page
15] [panel 4] The menstruating tree is a symbol in Tunguska shamanism
(and many other shamanic traditions worldwide) for the World Axis or
World Tree that holds up the sky and defines the rotation point for
planet Earth. In some variations the tree also produces a river of milk,
on which the newborn human species was nourished in the early days of
the world. [JH]
o [page 21] [panel 2] Again: "You should know now that NOTHING
begins nor does it end. Things are ever-present." [JB]