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Doc Shallot

Subj: Re: The Twelve #6
Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 at 05:23:00 pm EDT (Viewed 58 times)
Reply Subj: Re: The Twelve #6
Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 at 01:00:11 pm EDT (Viewed 112 times)

> Another solid issue, although I am hoping that JMS now starts to concentrate more on the central mystery now that the bulk of the characters have had their backstories revealed.
> I was kind of hoping that we'd find out that Rockman's underground kingdom was real, but now we know that he's a haunted mortal.

I had nearly convinced myself that the last issue would have the 12 backed into a corner, and Rockman's people would show up and save the day, vindicating ol' Rocky having tortured himself all that time.

> It's sad that they'd just let him pound the floor day in and day out. I think I'd try to reveal the truth. He obviously created this fantasy and fought in the war as a distraction to the truth. Now that the war is over he either has to face the truth or find a new mission to occupy his mind. I'd try to heal seems like letting him live the illusion is too cruel and the fact that the military brass is allowing this makes me believe that they have some sort of plan for him.
Yup. I used to think that Dexter was a nice enough military guy doing the best he could with an awkward assignment. This issue changed my mind significantly. He either A) is a COMPLETE bastard, B) has a plan of his own for the 12, C) A&B, or D) is "just following orders".

> Blue Blade is central to the overall plotline so I suspect we may see more of his show. I'm hoping that the final page showing Phantom Reporter in full garb marks the transition from the emphasis on various character histories to a heavier focus on Blue Blade's death and the present day fates of the characters. Phantom Reporter has to watch himself--Black Widow's "master" is probably the jealous type and he has told her that no other man can have her.

I hope you're right about the emphasis. I've enjoyed this mini very much, but it's time to pick up the pace and start using more than half the cast in a given issue.

> I believe Claire's strike was a completely different place. Although her full history has not been explained I googled the character and in her original appearances she served as an agent of the Devil, basically tracking down and killing people who had made deals with the Devil and their debt was now due. It's hard to say if Dynamic Man was having a flashback to the bar violence or this was happening at the same time as the news broadcast a bunch of them were watching. I think he didn't do it and it's someone, or something else. My theory: Electro.

I think you and Fiasco are correct about Claire's strike being in a different place. I'm just not sure what we were supposed to come away with, seeing that scene with Dynamic Man's...memories? daydreaming?... super-imposed over Phantom Reporter's big return.

> Ah, I got that "clothes so tight" joke, I've heard it before. Never aimed at me of course.
> Have you noticed the number "12" showing up a lot? I have, particularly in the last 2 issues. I may have to skim the earlier issues as well. I don't know if it's artistic whimsy or calculated clues. For example, the mine shaft in the latest issue was #12 and almost all scenes except one which featured clocks had the little hand on the 12.

I have not noticed the 12s. Once I've got the whole series, I'll re-read it, and keep an eye out for them.

> > Wow.
> >
> > This Dexter guy is some bastard, huh? Rockman isn't living in a dream, he's haunted. Anyone reading this think that he's happier and better off beating the floor obsessively day and night non-stop than being told the truth and getting some psychiatric help?
> >
> > On another note, hopefully that radio review we heard early in the issue is as much of the Blue Blade's show as we have to endure. I doubt it very much, but I'm hoping.
> >
> > Phantom Reporter puts "the suit" back on in order to impress Claire? Can't wait to see where this goes.
> >
> > And that second to last page confused me. Are we supposed to assume that Dynamic Man went back and destroyed the gay bar? Was Claire's "strike" at the bar, or a totally different place?
> >
> > "Clothes so tight you can tell what religion he is" amused me, mostly because it took me a second to figure out...

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