JASON MCDONALD: Hello, everyone. Welcome to the
second scintillating issue of 2099UGR Spotlight. This
is Jason McDonald, aka the All-God of the Universe
DAVID ELLIS: ...David Ellis, the REAL All-God
of the Universe ... or at least of 2099 UnderGround
Revised. I'm the Editor-in-Chief; he's the Assistant.
JM: ...and we are here to discuss Moon Knight
2099UGR #1, Volume One! Aaand, apparently battle to
the death over the title of All-God of the Universe...
DE: Eh, battling to the death is kinda
pointless when the combatants are both immortal.
JM: We shall see...
DE: So anyway, Jason, how did you end up
writing the Moon Knight 2099UGR series?
JM: Well, I had been a long time fan of the
2099 Underground, and when Mike Shirley, who was E-i-C
at the time, was to relaunch the site, I actually sent
in an e-mail wondering where the new site was going to
JM: He asked me if I liked to write, and I told
him I had done a few private fanworks. Nothing meant
for publishing or displaying on a site, mind you. Just
writings I did for me, in my spare time. So, he asked
for a submission, to see what my writing style was
JM: Interestingly enough, I actually proposed
to do a continuation of the current Hulk 2099UG
series, but with the re-launch that would be
redundant. Then I told him I'd written something
called Moon KNight 2099UG....
DE: So it wasn't a case of you asking to write
for him; he asked you.
DE: You'd already written the Moon Kight 2099
prototype in private, then?
JM: Well, that original concept for the series
was pretty blah and wholly unremarkable. It basically
was a re-hash of Iron Man 2099UG. Remember, I'd been
about 14 when I came up with it originally. However,
we took the idea of Moon Knight 2099, and crafted an
entire new mythology for the world of 2099.
JM: We decided to have him take the place of
SMAN 2099 - the protector of Downtown NY.
DE: Yeah, since Goblin 2099 has chased S-Man
out of Downtown previously.
JM: Exactly. And Miggy's heading up a megacorp
in Uptown, so he's pretty far removed from that scene.
DE: And Spider-Man was only an occasional
protector of Downtown anyway; the only full-time
protectors of that section were the Stark-Fujikawa
Watchdogs, who weren't the best guys for the job.
JM: Certainly not. They're pretty much after
their own interests anyway, and won't lift a finger if
you're not paid up with your protection plan.
DE: Yep. They've even been known to terrorize
people who AREN'T paid up.
JM: They're kinda like the Mob, in that way.
JM: In the introduction, the goal here is to
give you the flavor of Downtown life in an interesting
way. It gives you a short of intro to the flavor of
the world you're stepping into.
DE: Yeah, the first word in the fanfic is
"Darkness." One sentence, occupying its own paragraph.
That definitely sets the stage.
JM: Heh. The titles of the whole miniseries, in
fact, are all about symbolism like that.
JM: In "Glimmer", you see the first glimmer of
hope in this pantheon of misery that is Downtown.
DE: Right. I really like how "Glimmer" and
"Darkness" work together in the issue.
JM: Thank you. It was a lot of fun coming up
with names for the issues.
JM: "Glimmer", "Silver Lining", "Hope's
Beacon", "Eclipse" and "Shining Crescent"
DE: This issue begins the long tradition of
starting off with an introductory monologue, usually
hovering around in nebulous third-person and
second-person. It has a creepy, cumulative effect that
I really like.
JM: They all symbolize the changing shifts in
mood and tone as the knight escapes, begins his
search, finds his answers, and everything goes
horribly wrong. It was meant to be pretty creepy. To
almost assault your senses, but also act almost as a
DE: The next scene after that, interestingly,
is a present-tense description of (upper) New York
City, and it's a much more upbeat description than the
introduction. Interesting contrast there.
JM: Heh. I never noticed that before. How bout
DE: I like it, as it shows how clean the upper
part of New York is compared to Downtown, and how much
happier it is in comparison. Even though the problems
Downtown faces all start in Uptown.
JM: Yeah, I really wanted to convey how
disgustingly opulent it is in Uptown. It's all glitter
and glamour. It's like the Vegas strip at night on
JM: One thing I'm realizing here...is that this
doesn't take place in August.... This is freaking
December this should be happening.
DE: August? Ooh, yeah, August was well before
even Doom's tenure as President.
JM: Yeeeup. But as a fledgling young writer, I
had no conception of that then. So all the readers of
this: replace August with December.
DE: *makes a note of that*
DE: The scene also introduces the
"Khonshu-class" transport ship whose cargo becomes the
focus of the issue. "Khonshu" being a reference to the
twencen Moon Knight's moon god benefactor.
JM: Naturally. That was part of the fun in
these early issues: Giving those nods to readers of
the Moon Knight of the current era, despite the fact
that this is a whole other ballgame.
DE: Yeah. As one reviewer pointed out, though,
you kind of overdid it with the twencen Moon Knight
JM: Yeeeeeah. I kinda did reference it a lot.
Marq. Spectre Division. Khonshu class.
JM: I had fun with it, though.
JM: The first scene here is just basically
showing the transport ship, which to coin a phrase is
'more than meets the eye.' Something special,
something unique, is happening or going to happen
within its walls.
DE: Yeah, it's a much more modern ship
disguised to look like a clunker.
JM: The "man with defective genes, no less" was
very much foreshadowing to the revelation that Marq
(Moon Knight 2099) has had a suit of armor bonded into
his very DNA. Which I thought was pretty cool
considering a lot of my comics ideas come from biology
DE: It created an interesting mystery, as the
reader would then want to know HOW the man's genes are
DE: And a thought occurred to me: if the armor
is in his DNA, what would happen if Marq fathered a
child? Would the child be able to form his own suit of
JM: .....oh wow.
JM: Never actually thought of that. But, as a
great Post-Creative-Rationalization, having
genetically-engineered soldiers who could give birth
to other genetically-engineered soldiers would allow a
corporation to create an indefinite amount of
DE: The armor would basically be classified as
a biological process, after all.
JM: Exactly. The rationale behind having the
armor bonded to his genome, is that he can't get rid
of it. Ever.
DE: This makes me wonder if the Spectre
Division scientists had even thought of that angle.
JM: Mmm. Good question.
JM: To remove it would mean he's destroying his
own DNA, which is the building blocks for...everything
in the human body. Without super-advanced genetic
surgery, removing the suit could kill or cripple him
DE: Yeah, the DNA code is the blueprint for the
entire body. It's the default setting.
JM: Without it, you're a husk of molecules. No
brain, no circulatory or nerve systems, nothing.
JM: So Marq can either keep the suit, or die.
Those are his choices.
DE: Yeah, there'd be no organization, no plan
for the body to grow.
JM: And no one he knows could even begin to
figure out how to remove it, so he has to figure out
just what the hell he's going to do with this thing
and how he'll live his life.
JM: In the next scene, we're introduced to the
two main players on this cargo ship: Kendall Yeats and
Thompson McElriche (Mac).
JM: The two men destined to go down with the
JM: Mac is the distrustful pilot of the bunch,
jaded and uncertain of why the corporation is keeping
the cargo, which we later find is actually Marq, who
has had all his memories erased and was intended to be
disposed of in the waste capital of the world:
DE: It becomes clear -- through the worrying of
one of them -- that things are about to go to Hell in
a handbasket. Interestingly enough, Marq is the one
JM: Yeah. The funny thing is that it's all an
accident on his part.
DE: And all because he was banging on the
ceiling of the cargo hold with his staff like some old
man objecting to a loud party in the apartment above
JM: Exactly. He woke up in a dark room, with a
metal bo staff at his side, and with no memory of who
he is or where he came from.
JM: Then his night vision suddenly comes on,
and the world turns green. Is it any wonder this guy
freaks out and starts banging on the soundproofed
JM: Much to his chagrin, he has no idea at this
point that he can channel his bio-electric energy
through the bo staff. He has it aimed up at that
point....right toward the main engines.
JM: Yeah, whoops. Whoops in the extreme.
DE: The stream-of-consciousness flashbacks
worked really well to show how fragmented his memories
were, and there's a lot of foreshadowing to his
origins. The only thing I didn't like about it was the
multiple exclamation points.
JM: Hey, it's my first profession fanfic work.
Though, I do agree. Most things do not need seven
exclamation points at the end of them.
DE: Except JESSICA ALBA IS HOT!!!!!!!
JM: That, actually, deserves quite a few more,
considering the magnitude of her
DE: Oookay. Moving right along...
JM: One thing I wanted to point out before we
move onto the next scene: You know Kendall Yeats, the
JM: That's actually the male version of Kassidy
Yates, from Star Trek: DS9 fame. In retrospect, Yeats
should have been the captain of the ship, to make that
DE: Kassidy Yates? Does that mean he should
expect a valentine from Benjamin Sisko?
JM: Yes, he should.
JM: At this point, his mind, even though it's
been wiped, is trying very hard to remember the whole
of his life. It's only partially successful,
considering he only gets fragments of memory. And it's
certainly physically, a strain on his brain. He gushes
blood from his nose after every flashback.
JM: It's so surreal to look back at this issue
and notice how my writing style's changed. There are a
lot of technicial things I'd do differently with the
structures of the sentences, and the run-ons, and the
use of multiple exclamation points, as you've pointed
JM: Still, this scene is just meant to convey
an absolute sense of FRIGHT and PANIC within our
DE: Yeah, exactly. I look back the stuff I did
when I was first starting out, and I just cringe. But
it's something of a relief, because it means I've
moved past that and learned something since then.
JM: The nit-picky part of me keeps saying:
Oooookay, time to revise this draft some more.
DE: The fright and panic are really palpable,
especially with the frenzied pace of the ship's
JM: That's what I was going for. This entire
issue is about the escape of the night. This, I've
said before, is an adrenaline junkie's wet dream.
JM: I designed it so the tension just builds,
and builds, and BUILDS, AND BUILDS, and doesn't stop
building till the very end. And by the time you're
done, you're like....Jeezus,...I'm exhausted.
DE: Yes. Jeezus. I AM exhausted.
JM: The next tiny scene has Mac realizing that
everyone in the engineering room of the craft was
killed in the discharge of Marq's staff, and the
symphathetic explosions that rocked the ship
afterwards. The entire main engine is blown up, the
port engine's casing is ripped open, which causes it
to explode. The starboard engine's the only thing not
blown up....and it ain't in good shape.
JM: And Mac decides the only way he'll live is
to try and land the sucker. Routine missions like
this: There are no parachutes. They wouldn't even
think to stock them.
DE: Yeah, it's like what happens in Star Trek
anytime someone's in a shuttlecraft.
JM: And yet...they never run OUT of shuttles.
DE: I remember Major Kira on Deep Space Nine
commenting on that once. They had a theme of naming
runabouts after rivers on Earth, and she said that
given how often they go through runabouts it was a
good thing Earth HAS so many rivers.
JM: Lol. Nice.
DE: Pretty soon Mac buys the farm, and it
becomes really nerve-wracking that the only one left
alive in the ship is nowhere near the controls as it's
headed toward pavement.
JM: And he wouldn't even know how to use them.
He has about five minutes of memories at this point.
He does have some procedural memories, like how to
sit, talk, run....but he doesn't know how to pilot a
DE: Yeah, he must've been absent that day.
JM: And even if he'd known that in his previous
life, at this point, he'd need to KNOW he knows that
in order to access those procedural memories. Which he
JM: If that makes sense.
DE: It would depend on how much piloting he'd
done in his previous life. If he'd done a lot of it,
the physical memory would be instinctive
JM: Good point.
JM: The next scene has Marq being buffeted by
the waves of heat and force from the explosion of the
engines, the genetic suit coalescing around him
instinctively, to protect him.
JM: The biggest part of this scene is the
introduction of the costume. I really, REALLY wanted
to convey the point that this is NOT a pleasant
experience. Kind of like, oh, Danny Ketch's skin
burning and melting off when he transforms into the
JM: Everytime he dons the costume, his mouth
gets dry, his nerves burn, his stomach knots and does
flips. It's like that horrible moment before
upchucking. And that is all because Marq is a
PROTOTYPE. Spectre Division hasn't figured out all the
kinks to crafting a smooth, painless transformation.
DE: The experience is about as pleasant as
Bruce Banner turning into the Hulk.
JM: Exactly. Hell, we've seen transformations
where the Hulk rips through Bruce's skin....imagine
how fun that would be.
DE: Not fun at all. And I get the idea that
"painless" wasn't high on the list of the Spectre
JM: Not really. Hell, the Benedicts are all
about sadism. You've seen that in Moon Knight 2099UGR
Vol. 2 #6, which will have been released as of this
JM: So it is a low-priority to them, but it
does show you that even though the genetic armor is
bonded to Marq for life, it really doesn't want to be
there. It's a small incompatibility. Partly due to the
fact it's still unfinished.
JM: Suffice it to say, Marq's a mess at this
point. Bleeding from the skull, nervous system in
JM: The scene with the transport ship
narrowly-missing the apartment complex is to alert you
to how dangerous this thing is. NYC 2099 is a giant
cluster of extremely-tall skyscrapers. If something
like the ship veers out of control....it's going to
hit something. There's just too much crap in the sky
for it not to.
JM: The perspective of bystanders, and
showcasing Mac's ability as a pilot: To actually be
able to kind-of-steer this enormous melting wreck with
DE: There are 'No-Fly' Zones in the city for
just that reason.
JM: Mm-hmm. But in 2099, with hovercars
abounding all over the place, that's kind of obsolete
at this time. Automated traffic flow is just about the
closest we get to "No-Fly Zones". And that's not in
DE: I remember seeing a sign about it in the
background of a panel in Spider-Man 2099 #5.
JM: Really? Hmm....
DE: Yeah, it was when Spider-Man and Specialist
were dangling at the end of a webline anchored to a
Public Eye flybike.
DE: If I remember correctly, it was near a
bunch of pedestrian walkways, so that might explain
JM: Mmm! We'll say this isn't a No-Fly Zone.
And if it is, since the mission's directed by
Stark-Fujikawa, I wouldn't be surprised if they bent
their own rules a bit.
DE: It's possible the craft started out in a
designated flying zone, but veered away from it when
the damage happened.
JM: Possible. That sounds good. The very next
scene is where it loooooks like Mac might right the
ship, but instead the starboard engine finally
explodes from the strain of directing the entire ship
and Mac's panel explodes, killing him.
DE: And so the stuttlecraft descends out of
control to the barren desert planet, destined for an
explosive, CGI-heavy crash.
JM: Ooooooooh yes. Damn right.
JM: At this point, the destruction of the
starboard engine rips out the rear of Marq's prison
and now he's got to contend with not only being thrown
around like a rag doll, but also falling out of an
aircraft hundreds of feet off the ground.
DE: And there are hostile alien lifeforms!
Okay, okay, replace "shuttlecraft" with "transport
ship", "barren desert planet" with "Downtown squalor",
and "hostile alien lifeforms" with ... hobos.
JM: LOL! Yes, this is my script for Star Trek
11: The Wrath of the Transport Ship
JM: I only disguised it as a fanfic issue. You
found out my secret! And now, you must be destroyed!
JM: As always. :-)
JM: So naturally, Marq's being rocked about the
cabin, his body smacking against every wall with the
turbulence. He is a rag doll at this point.
JM: And naturally, he falls out the hole
hundreds of yards above the ground of Downtown. So
yeah, his origin story isn't exactly the happiest.
JM: For these transport ship scenes, I am so
happy that the cutting is so severe. Each scene is
very, very short compared to the kinds of scenes I
would later to, adding to the sense of peril and speed
and insanity abounding.
DE: Yeah, I was gonna comment that these are
some of the shortest scenes you've written.
JM: Yes. Without a doubt. After this, I'm
pretty sure my average scene is about 3 typed pages in
Word, which is enormous compared to these half-pagers.
JM: Part of it is that there is no mythology or
history set up at this point.
DE: Right. It's just action, action, action.
And admittedly, not a lot in the way of
characterization, especially in the main character.
JM: Yeeeeeeeah. I get better with that later.
Though, it's hard to characterize at this point: He is
a newborn baby, for all the memories he can draw from.
He is pure instinct and panic at this point.
DE: Right. Though I do recall being a bit
disappointed that there was nothing about the main
character to relate to when I first read the issue.
JM: Hmm. Yeah, that does kind of suck.
JM: And unfortunately, the first character we
are able to identify with is Cecilia Indeligato. Not
that I don't like her as a main character, but she's
DE: I remember seriously hoping that improves
over the subsequent issues, and I even worked with you
on the characterizations.
JM: Lol. Yeah. That was very helpful. I
remember I was going to call him "the man in the
armor" for a good three and a half issues until he
found out his real name: Edward.
DE: Yeah, I couldn't see Gale or the others
calling him that; they'd want to come up with a name
for him, even if it's something as simple as John Doe.
JM: Marq was a nice psuedonym he could go under
to make things easier. I now use them symbolically:
Edward symbolizing the man Marq USED to be, and Marq
being the man he's becoming NOW.
JM: Though, see how Gale gives him an intensely
personal name from the get-go: The name of her father.
(This happens in issue #2, btw, for everyone reading.)
DE: Which says a lot about her as a character,
that she forms deep relationships so quickly.
JM: She's a free-spirit, very in-the-moment.
HATES to think about consequences or any "bad" stuff.
JM: She's fun to write. You'll see her in MK #7
and 8. That's all I'm saying on her at the moment. End
shameless, SHAMELESS plug.
DE: Hey, this is a Moon Knight 2099UGR-related
commentary in the first place, so the plug is okay.
JM: Ha-HA! Yeah, unfortunately Marq's
characterization falls short by merit of he is a
purely blank slate as of this moment. Cecilia's
however, is a different story.
DE: Yeah, the subplot with the Stark-Fujikawa
employees (including Cecelia) was interesting, as it
gives us a look into how the corporation is run.
JM: In retrospect, having that one office of
Watchers to supervise over the 200+ ft tall Stark-Fuji
Inc. Headquarters, just wouldn't be enough to keep
tabs on security throughout the whole building, even
if they are at the highest level of corporate
DE: Yeah, they'd have to have their own floor.
JM: Mmmm. But suffice it to say: These guys are
the TOP level. I think I'm going to introduce other
surveillance offices beneath them, but only THEIR
level is subordinate only to Hikaru Takeshi, the
corporation's CEO. In other words, they take their
orders directly from the CEO of the megacorp.
DE: Yeah, that'd be a good idea. I assume the
Watchdogs are part of this particular division, lower
down the ladder.
JM: Yeah, Watchdogs are lower. These guys are
like the upper-white collar class, the Watchdogs are
the blue-collar grunts.
JM: And Cecilia, is your basic disillusioned
office worker. Confined, sick of her job, irritated by
her employees. The only reason she hasn't tried to
quit is because of the money she's pulling in for her
hubby and kids.
DE: Yeah, she's the kind of employee who counts
the seconds until her shift is over.
JM: Like I am with my cashier job at Shop Rite.
JM: Not that I had that job when I wrote this.
JM: But it is a funny coincidence.
JM: And her boss, Steven Rogerson, is like the
cheerleader no one wants. He's the worst boss you can
have: Unreasonable, gung-ho about the corporation,
completely disassociated with reality, with delusions
JM: In this scene, Cecilia tries to go to the
bathroom, and is berated by Steven. Presumably, she
does this a lot to pass the time and take breathers,
especially in the stifling work environment Steven
JM: We see a clip of Amanda, who becomes
Veeeeery important later...
JM: And before Cecilia can leave, she sees the
flailing transport ship falling to the Earth, and
recommends to call *cringe* Mr. Sama *end
JM: At this point, I'd assumed that -sama
wasn't an honorific, and that it was in fact, Hikaru's
DE: The "Mr. Sama" was something I pointed out
after reading the issue. "Sama" is an honorific at the
end of a Japanese name, not the name itself. It'd be
like calling someone "Mister Master".
JM: HOWEVER, as a Post-Creative Rationalization
(I forget who came up with the idea of a PCR, but I
must now take a moment to worship the ground he walks
on) we'll say that Cecilia is one of the many
employees of Stark ignorant of the customs of Japanese
JM: Why oh why didn't I change it....?
DE: I seem to recall a lot of back-and-forth
discussion about whether or not it could be changed,
and I think it was decided that a lotof Stark-Fuji
employees WEREN'T particularly aware of the honorifics
rules. Heck, a lot of Japanese in present-day Japan
JM: Heh. Yeeup. That's right. Plus, I don't
think we'd found an acceptable, 'formal' alternative
to call him. You hadn't given him a last name, yet.
DE: And there was even a scene in Moon Knight
2099UGR #5 in which Hikaru himself corrects someone on
the "Mr. Sama" gaffe.
JM: Heh-heh. Yeeeah. It was a funny moment you
inspired there. I thought I could poke a little fun at
DE: He had a family name (Hikaru), but he
didn't have a given name until I named him "Takeshi"
months later. But the funny thing is, I've seen comics
where he's called "Fujikawa-Sama", which indicates
that perhaps his family name is Fujikawa and his given
name is Hikaru. So the issue is even further muddied.
JM: For our purposes, he is Hikaru Takeshi,
with deep roots in the Fujikawa namesake.
DE: And now that I think about it, it'd make
more sense for his name to be Fujikawa Hikaru (in the
Japanese tradition of family name first, given name
JM: Fujikawa Hikaru Takeshi.
DE: Could be. It was never definitively cleared
up in the comics that I know of.
JM: Nathan Christopher Charles Summers Grey
DE: Now let's not get into that.
JM: Anywho...the next scene involves Marq
plummeting to the earth after falling from the burning
wreckage of the transport ship.
DE: Because he and the ship have to hit the
JM: And THIS is where it happens! So yeah, he's
plummeting and discovers the bo staff is returning TO
him. See, at this point, he though that was simply
debris in the cargo hold he was trapped in. He has no
idea that it was created from the nanites in his
JM: He fumbles with the bo staff, thinking that
his only chance is to use the massive energies it
generates as a kind of cushion to slow his fall. Only,
it has no switch.
DE: Back to the drawing board with THAT
JM: LOL. The great thing is: He has no IDEA he
can fly with the costume. No clue. So he never even
thinks to try it. Until Emmanuel tells him he might
be able to. Which can't help him at this moment.
DE: Yeah, the thing about experience is that
you don't get it until after you need it.
JM: He activates it by instinct, and expends an
ENORMOUS amount of energy to keep himself from
falling. The only thing is: it's bio-electric energy
he's expending. ATP, mitochondrial energy. The kind
that cells need to reproduce, break down sugars, and
otherwise live and move about the body.
JM: So naturally, spending that much energy
EXHAUSTS his body to an insane degree, and eventually
he's too tired to continue. So he falls the rest of
the way and shatters many of the bones in his body
JM: His last vision before he hits is an image
of the full moon, of course.
JM: It's a good idea, but you need to use it in
JM: The suit amplifies bio-energy enough to use
as a weapon, but using too much drains you. And the
ability has no shut-off failsafes or red, blinking
warning lights. Like in Star Trek: Generations: "It'll
be installed next Tuesday".
DE: And somewhere on his way down, when he's
resigned himself to his fate, he utters the longest
philosophical musing possible.
JM: Lol. Yeeeeah, just a little bit. Gotta
foreshadow him becoming Moony somehow, right?
DE: Right. And during his monologue, I was
expecting him to say, "Like sands through the
hourglass, so are the days of our lives."
JM: Y'see, in his former life, Marq was a
JM: Yeah. Much of what he said could have been
in the description rather than in his dialogue.
JM: There's this thread on Heroesfanfic started
by Jason Kenney in which writers talk about their
strengths and weakenesses. I mentioned that one of my
vices is to explain through dialogue, to the point
that it is unrealistic and rambling.
JM: Well, I was reeeally bad earlier here. But
I like to think I've gotten better at separating
description from dialogue.
DE: The next very brief scene reveals that when
Marq hit the ground, it was very LOUD. It echoed
across Downtown an' stuff.
JM: Do you realize that that second paragraph,
is a single sentence?
DE: Yeah, as far as run-on sentences go, that
one was a beaut.
JM: It was windy that night. It carried the
sound, and stuff. ;-)
DE: The newb-crater heard 'round the world.
JM: That was mostly him making the crater. It
was less "THE DOWNTOWN AREA" and more "FIVE OR SIX
DE: "Cleanup on Aisle Six."
JM: "Gale, get the mop"
DE: Though to be fair, it was actually the
Khonshu (gesundheit) ship making the noise, not Marq.
JM: (I can't believe I forgot it wasn't Marq)
JM: True, true. It was a helluva bang.
DE: And on that porny note, we segue to the
next scene, with Amanda and Steve.
JM: Ah. Well, that's fun too.
JM: But when I was writing it, I wanted this
ENORMOUS explosion. Like at the very end of an action
movie, the ship explodes in this huge CGI-esque bang.
The collateral damage is ridiculous.
JM: Which reminds me that I haven't even
addressed that in the series. That area would NOT have
been repaired at all.
DE: Yeah, I'm sure that ship made the
second-biggest pothole in New York history.
JM: And what's the first biggest?
DE: I dunno, I've never been to New York.
JM: ....there's "Mr. Sama" again. *sigh*,
sometimes I miss blissful ignorance.
DE: Yeah, the unintentionally amusing part is
that the "Mr. Sama" bit is coming from Steven
Rogerson, who is such a brown-noser I'm sure he'd have
made it his business to brush up on Japanese
JM: Only Steven would get it totally wrong and
end up pissing the guy off even more.
DE: And he'd never work in this town again.
JM: If only....
DE: That might make his co-workers happy.
JM: But yes, referring back to the explosion
Downtown scene, that was big for the effect that the
next few issues will have the subplot of Stark-Fuji
trying to spin the accident on Alchemax, leading to
anger b/w Hikaru and Miggy.
DE: Yeah, I liked Miguel O'Hara's irate cameo
as he responded to the frame-up.
JM: Mike Shirley was actually going to build a
big subplot for his SMAN series, stemming from the
relationship b/w Miggy and Hikaru.
JM: That's where that comes from mostly.
DE: Yeah, there was a lot of coordination
between titles at that point. Mike's Spider-Man title
was going to be the flagship of 2099UGR, but sadly, it
didn't work out that way.
JM: Nerp. I've seen a few scenes from SMAN #1,
which never actually coded right on the FadingHorizon
site for one reason or another. It would've been damn
JM: Er, I should say pieces of a scene or two.
DE: Yeah, I recall reading those excerpts. I
was really looking forward to the series. But that
sounds like a commentary for another issue.
JM: Psst! Guess what's on the agenda for NEXT
Time boys and girls?
JM: That's right. Muppets 2099.
JM: You're welcome.
JM: That's a wrap for this particular
commentary. I am Jason McDonald, aka that guy, signing
off. And signing off with me is...
DE: David Ellis, aka the guy who pwns that guy.
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