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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Dane McGowan is a hooligan in Liverpool, experiencing strange visions. But when he beats up his teacher, he is caught and sentenced to Harmony House, where they are removing the individuality from their prisoners. When rescued by a gun-toting man in a mask, Dane has to decide whether or not to join The Invisibles.

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The title is actually a far cleverer encapsulation of lots of points in the story than might at first seem apparent. As far as I'm concerned, there are at least three elements at work here: 1. A pun on the fact that dead members of 'The Beatles' appear in the strip (obviously). 2. A pun on the idea of the beetle as symbol of death and resurrection, mirroring the loss of John a' Dreams and the introduction of Dane to the Invisible cell - note that the thing Elfayed shows King Mob is a 'mummified scarab' - i.e. a dead beetle. 3. A pun on the slang expression 'deadbeat'. It may be entirely British slang, I'm not sure, but it basically refers to a person who's a 'good for nothing', a 'layabout', a 'bum'. Dane would seem ,to the outside world in general and to those at Harmony House in particular, to be just such a figure, and it may be interesting in this connection that his predecessor in the cell took the name of 'a stupid, dreamy fellow'. Malcolm refers to Dane's classmates as 'deadweights' on page eight, panel six, which is very nearly the same expression and with the same meaning. [LR] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] According to 1.17 page 9, this scene occurs in September, 1994. [RL] [panel 1] Giza. The pyramids dedicated to Keop, Kefren and Micerino. [PV] [panel 2] The bald one is King Mob. [JdL] "Khephra": Khepra Ra, the god of the sun [and] Creator of the universe, was symbolized by the head of the scarab and was called Khepera, which signified the resurrection of the soul and a new life at the end of the mortal span. [From "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" by Manly P. Hall] [MST] [panel 5] "Scarab": The [symbolic figure of the] Egyptian scarab [...] was evolved by the erudition of the priestcraft from a simple insect which, because of its peculiar habits and appearance, properly symbolized the strength of the body, the resurrection of the soul, and the Eternal and Incomprehensible Creator in His aspect as Lord of the Sun. [...] Initiates of the Egyptian Mysteries were sometimes called scarabs [...] The scarab was the emmisary of the sun, symbolizing light, truth, and regeneration. Stone scarabs called heart scarabs, about three inches long, were placed in the heart cavity of the dead [...] [From the Egyptian book of initiations, the Book of the Dead:] "And behold, thou shalt make a scarab out of green stone..."[From The Secret Teachings of All Ages"] [MST] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] This, in all his splendor, is Dane MacGowan. The name is an obvious play on real-life Irish barfly bard Shane MacGowan, former vocalist for the Pogues (short for "pogue mahone," Gaelic for "kiss my ass") and now "leader" of the Popes. [JdL/JB] I can't remember where I read it, but Dane's stance here supposedly evokes Situationist propoganda - certainly, there are many Situationist posters featuring people preparing to throw molotov cocktails at shops and the like. [LR] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 1] The Carlsberg reference on Dane's 'T' is because it is a soccer top, and the team, Liverpool, are thusly sponsored... [??] Gaz (Gary), Dane and Billy. Billy will reappear in 1.21. [RM] [panel 4] Under the King Mob tag, you can read "G.M." [for Grant Morrison?]. [PV] See the short essay Historical Origin of the Name "King Mob". Another graffiti: "Everton": the second 1st division football club from Liverpool. [RL] Liverpool and Everton (barely) are in the Premier League (our top division). There is no working class divide between the teams, with many families being divided. Both clubs came from the same church team. If there is any divide in Liverpool it is a religious one (catholic and protestant) but the clubs seem to have avoided that. [ADE] There IS an area of Liverpool called Croxteth, it may be adjacent to Toxteth which was renowned for its riots in the early 80s. "Crocky" is possibly a bit posher. [ADE] Dane yells "We are the Boys! We are the Boys!" This would seem to be inspired by the "We are the Mods! We are the Mods!" gang chant from The Who's film, "Quadrophenia." [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panels 2-3] If you have read Morrison's "Dan Dare" comics, you will recall a similar such ending; that is, Dan Dare nuked London with a fusion bomb to thwart the advent of a Cthulhu-like creature from taking over. [Geoff Garvoille?] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 1] Eiffel Tower, Paris. The old woman is Lady Edith Manning. KM met her in the past, maybe during one of his time travel. More about their first encounter in 1.18 and 2.8-2.10 [PV] In King Mob's personal timeline, his 1924 encounter with Edith has not yet occured. [BSI] panel 4: "John-A-Dreams": A stupid, dreamy fellow, always in a brown study [absence of mind; apparent thought but real vacuity] and half sleep. [from "The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable"] [MST] "Yet I, /A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak, /Like John-a- dreams, unpregnant of my cause, /And can say nothing." -Shakespeare: Hamlet, ii. [from "The Secret Teachings, of All Ages" by (Manly P. Hall)] [MST] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 1] The instructor is Mr Six, although we don't learn that until 1.21. 6 was also the number of the Prisoner in the TV show. [BSI] [panel 5] Molotov, Vjaceslav Michajlovic. Pseudonyms of the Soviet politician V. M. Skrjabin (1890, Kukarka, died ). He was one of Lenin's collaborators and editor of Pravda. [PV] Of course, a 'Molotov cocktail' was what Dane used to destroy the library. [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 5] Stu Sutcliff was the first Beatles bass player. John Lennon: everybody knows him. [PV] I guess Lennon and Sutcliffe showing up here is inspired by the film "Backbeat" which was showing a couple of months before issue 1 was released. "Backbeat" was about the early Beatles' Hamburg stay and in particular about Sutcliffe's fall out with them. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 2] "Mr. Lennon!": Refers to the 1980 murder of John Lennon by Mark David Chapman, who yelled "Mr. Lennon" before shooting him. [CE] I don't think that it was Dane saying "Mr Lennon." I read it more of Lennon having a flash-forward to his own assassination (hence the "car backfiring" in the next panel). The time-bending in evidence. [CGU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 2] Dane's "inner demon" Jack Frost. More on him in 1.17 [RL] panel 3: "Erdische Methode gut": not a complete sentence, only fragments. Could translate as "Earthly method good", "good method of/from earth." [RL] "Starker Besitscher", correct spelling is "starker Besitzer": "strong/poweful owner." [RL] "Seelisches land" = "psychic land", the human mind? [PV] Selischesland is not just the Psychic land, but the Shadowland, the dark side of the Psyche...[who?] The reverse of the moon (the home, according Jack Frost) is the dark side of the moon, the side we will never see from the Earth. It could symbolize the inner self, or the madness inside us. This is also another musical quote: "The Dark Side of the Moon" is also the title of the best-selling album by Pink Floyd.[PV] The reverse of the moon is likely to refer to Barbelith - it says later (issue 23, page 14) that Barbelith is "behind the moon". also, the first issue of vol 3 refers to "the invisible star" (pg. 15), and "behind the moon"(pg. 21, sir miles dream visitor). [Br] Dead at 22: Sutcliffe; dead at 40: Lennon. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 1] "TDA" means "Taking and Driving Away", sometimes called TWOCcing (Taking Without Owner's Consent), but basically good old car theft, a major pastime of Britain's dissaffected youth. [??] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 2] "E": the drug Ecstasy, associated with rave culture. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18-19] According to Morrison, these two pages are entirely inspired by a ritual he made with the help of LSD. [PV] The evocation of John Lennon, as stated by King Mob on page 33, follows traditional methods of ceremonial magick. That is, one banishes from the Temple forces contradicting the intent of the operation, and then uses symbols to suggest the intent of the operation. There are two basic operations in magick: invocation, which is to say identification with a godform; and evocation. The former being summoning the entity in you, the latter, being summoning the entity outside you. [KF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] [panel 1] The Beatles albums are: "Revolver," "Rubber Soul" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." [PV] "Pentagram's drawn, banishings completed": This is a reference to the Lesser Banishing Pentagram Ritual, the ritual that most students of Magick start with. It is a fairly simple ritual, which is intended to strengthen the Body of Light (The Astral Body) as well as preparing the Temple for the work to come. The next stage of the operation is to use images and symbols that suggest the godform evoked. The basic tool for this is the use of Kabbalah. Here every god, magical weapon etc. is considered to have a relationship, and the tree of life with its ten sephirahs and 22 paths are used as a map. If we look at "777", a book by Crowley dealing with just these correspondences between ideas, we get the proper picture. [KF] [panel two] "The number 9 of Lennon": If we look at the number 9 in "777" we find the following correspondences: Ganesa (page 540) , Jasmine (page 543), moon (542), beetle (543). The numbers are from the extract of 777 which you can find the the appendixes of Liber ABA, of Crowley. All of these are central to the story in 1.01. Ganesh, the elephant deity, is mentioned; jasmine is burned as incense; etc. [KF] "Revolution 9" is a song by the Beatles, with a background voice that repeats "number 9, number 9". If you play the song backward, the voice says "Turn me, on dead man." Nine is King Mob's number, too. It's the number of his god, Ganesh (see issue 5). [PV] "More popular than Jesus". Famous Lennon quote: "The Beatles are now more popular than Jesus", led to the burning of Beatles records in the American South. [RL] [panel 4] "monks chanting": Beatles trivia: Lennon wanted to record "Tomorrow Never Knows" with Buddhist monks chanting in the background. As this was impossible, every Beatle had to come up with strange sound bytes (nature noise, backward tapes) that ran in the song's background. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] [panel 2] "Eggmen": a reference to "I am the Walrus," from "Magical Mystery Tour." [BSI] "Let me take you down": a reference to "Strawberry Fields Forever", also from "Magical Mystery Tour", although originally released as a single four months prior to "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." [BSI/JB] [panel 3] "Say the word": from 'The Word', on "Rubber Soul." According to the song, the word is Love, BTW. [BSI] "It is not dying": from "Tomorrow Never Knows," off of "Revolver." Grant mentions the song as possibly the most psychedelic song ever in the lettercol of 1.08.[BSI] The first lines of "Tommorrow Never Knows" are lifted from Timothy Leary's LSD guide..., i.e., "When in times of stress...relax...float on down the stream..." [??] "fade up volume on monks chanting the backward static hum of the big bang": This is a reference to the eastern matra "AUM." It is the backward static of the Big Bang, since the Big Bang was from Nothing (Zero) to Everything. The symbolism of AUM is as follows: A - The beginning of Breath, birth. U - The Prolonging of Breath. life. M - Closes the breath, death. I.e. the breath dies out. [KF] [panel 4] "Double Fantasy" was released a couple of days before Lennon's death (after a five-year absence from the music biz). People were surprised that Lennon and Yoko Ono came back with a record praising family life, best examplified by "Beautiful Boy," a song for their son Sean Ono Lennon. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] [panel 5] Kropotkin (Moscow 1842 - Dmitrov 1921) was a Russian revolutionary and anarchist. After he resigned from the Army, he dedicated himself to scientific speculations in Siberia and Manchuria (1862-67). In 1872 he joined the International and, then he left it to become promoter of an anarchism with scientific claims. Arrested and put in jail a lot of times, in 1917 came back in Russia. Among his more famous works: "Paroles d'un revolt" (1885), "La conquete du pain" (1888), "L'anarchie, sa philosophie, son idal" (1896) and "Reci revolutionera" (1906). [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] Miss Dwyer's first appearance. [CAG] "Dwyer" means "the dark one" in Gaelic. [HE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 24] Mr. Gelt. "Gelt" is the Hebrew word for "castration." [PV] PV's note that "'Gelt' is the Hebrew word for 'castration'" is slightly off (probably due to a mistake printed in the issue 2 letter column). "Geld" in German or "gelt" in Yiddish means "money." "Geld" in _English_ means to castrate. According to my Webster's, the two meanings were both present in Old English, with "gelden" meaning "to pay tribute" - an unsettling association and also appropriate in Mr. Gelt's case. (Webster's also lists the Greek word "gallos" meaning a eunuch-priest in the Cybele cult, which is neat but seems like quite a stretch etymologically speaking.) [EB] "Geilt", also sometimes spelled "gelt", is the Irish word for "insane" or frenzied; as in Suibhne Geilt, "Sweeney the Mad", a mythical Irish king who is driven mad by a saint as punishment for blasphemy; Sweeney is a character in some of Yeats's poetry, and (possibly) Eliot's as well. [HE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 26] [panel 1] The Moon XVIII. This card has a cyclic aspect that announces some changes in the life of consultant. Externally it means travels, commercial exchanges and circulation of goods. Internally it means instability, restlessness and uneasiness. [PV] I heard somewhere that the moon card in the tarot deck that Robin uses should have beetles included in its design but the artist was unaware of this. I cannot confirm this. [L] panel 4: "The Beetle's supposed to stand for death and resurrection, isnt it! Trials. Initiations.": The Moon in the Tarot pack, have a beetle crawling with the sun, through the dark night. This is a symbol of initiation, passing through darkness and into the light of the new morning. [KF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 27] "An apple for the teacher": Pupils who want to suck up to their teachers traditionally bring an apple to school for them. In this case I would guess KM is being flippant. Should we see significance in the fact that despite saying she won't fall for the same trap that Eve did Robin is nonetheless eating the apple at the end of the page? [L] Apples have significance to the Beatles. Their record label was called Apple, and they set up a number of companies under this banner, filled with drop-outs and freaks. They lost a lot of money, but boy, did it look fun!" [JBU] The apple, in addition to being the Beatles' company, could refer to the apple from the Garden of Eden [which comes from the Tree of Knowledge]. Also, a possible nod to the Discordians, and the Golden Apple of Eris. This would also be an indirect nod to the "Illuminatus" trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson. [BSI] For more apples, see also 1.6, pages 6, 14-15; and 1.13, page 20, panels 7-9. [JB] When he started writing Invisibles, Grant intended for Ragged Robin to be Crazy Jane from Doom Patrol. After about a year he decided that this did not fit in with the story so started to reorient the character in preparation to reveal her past in 2.06. At the moment we have the 'Ragged Robin is really Crazy Jane' version. (Source: SFX Magazine, Issue 21). [L] [panel 2] "Ragged Robin": A wildflower (Lychnis floscuculi), from the ragged appearance of its fringed petals. The word is used by Tennyson for a pretty damsel in ragged clothes. "The prince/Hath picked a ragged robin from the hedge" -Tennyson, Idylls of the King (The Marriage of Geraint) [From "The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable" by Brewer] [MST] What is Boy doing in New York? Fanny is apparently at the Academy. This is probably a reference to the Invisible Academy that we see in 1.21 and 2.6. [L] panel 4: When King Mob announces that he always wanted to grow up living in a 60's spy series, he's surely foreshadowing the fact that his alter ego, Gideon Stargrave, whom we first meet in issue 17, is more or less literally living in a 60's spy series. Considering the realtionship between Grant Morrison, King Mob and Stargrave, it may also be worth noting that Morrison's love of all things 60's is reflected in the tastes of these heroes. K.M. says something about the mid - 60's T.V. show 'Batman' in 'Black Science: Kickin', referring to the set - up of the enemy base in New Mexico. Jolly Roger informs him that the enemy must have watched the same T.V. shows he did as a kid. [LR] '60s spy series: There's Danger Man" from the British ITC (called Secret Agent Man in the US), starring Patrick McGoohan. McGoohan later starred in The Prisoner ITC series [PL/JdL]. The other major British '60s spy TV series that I'm aware of is The Avengers. [JB] Grant did a comic book version of "The Avengers" called "Steed and Mrs. Peel"; it was released by Eclipse in 1990. [BSI] Robin and King Mob are talking in the place that Dane is brought to by the address on the slip of paper at the end of issue four - it should be noted that it's a disused school - the first place where a person is likely to experience indoctrination during their life. The Invisibles are reversing the usual practice within a school by inititaing Dane into rebellion there, rather than into the tradition of submission. Hence, the play on the fact that King Mob later gives Robin 'an apple for the teacher' etc. It could well be important that Malcolm (alias Mr Six) chose to work in a school - presumably he was attempting to bring about a subtle form of rebellion in the minds of his students (notice how he's teaching them all about revolution). In fact, I'm not certain that his 70's style appearence here (later explained by his Mr. Six aspect) isn't meant to be reminiscent of the 'progressive ' types of teachers who appeared in films like 'Kes', back in the 70's. Dane was ,however, evidently too much for him to handle - which ,considering he is, by King Mob's admission, 'the world's greatest Invisible' may be significant - unless ,of course, Malcolm's inability to tame Dane was all part of the intended initiation. [LR] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 29] [panel four] The King of All Tears talks to Gelt about his blindness and castration - both are metaphorical symbols for the willing subjugation of servants of the enemy. In essence, they can no longer 'see' the realities in the world about them clearly (contrast, for example, Dane's discovery of his 'Third Eye' a.k.a. Barbelith in issue 16, which demonstrates to him the brilliance of the universe around him) - they 'blindly' obey orders issued to them from above. Equally, they are effectively neuteured (in issue 22, there is some suggestion that Miss Dwyer no longer possesses human sex organs), both in physical and spiritual terms. It may be interesting in this sense that, later in the issue, Archie gets shot in the balls, while Bobby is shot in the eyes (see issue 12 for another perspective on this). [LR] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 30] What the hell are those things shooting round Dane's head when he wakes up ? They look like white blood cells. Go figure. [LR] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 32] There is an, early episode of 'The X-Files' which finished the first season of the programme. It's called 'The Erlenmeyer Flask' and it featured decidedly similar scenes in which pickled aliens (rather than souls ?) were found stored en masse in secret depositories. Just thought I'd mention it. [LR] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 35] [panel 2] "The Invisibles": a name of the Freemasons, the Order of the Rosy Cross, and other neo-Templar groups in London and Paris in the 1600s. So called because their influence could be felt in religion, politics, art and the sciences, but the groups themselves could not be seen or found out. [JH] [panel 4] It seems a simple guy dying, but issue 12 will explain everything. [PV] Most of the Harmony House sequence, especially this panel, is reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange. [JB] The film of "A Clockwork Orange" is not actually banned in the UK. A "banned" film implies that the government won't allow it to be shown, and this is not the case here. On its release it was given an X certificate (only people over 18 could see it). After a lot of media hype about copy-cat violence and the like Stanley Kubrick asked the distributor (Warners?) to withdraw the film and (surprisingly) they did. It is therefore illegal to show the film as it would be a breach of copyright, because there is no way to get the required permission to allow it to be shown. Oddly this is actually worse than the film being "banned", as there are legal ways to show a "banned" (i.e. "uncertified") film. [JdL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 36] [panel 3] If Grant is following in the tradition of eyes being "windows to the soul," this is why we hardly ever see the bad guys' eyes. Although in 1.19, Miss Dwyer takes off her glasses and appears to have no eyeballs in her sockets. [L] [panel 5] "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" is a "a bestselling short novel by James Hilton [who also wrote "Shangri-La," which is about "the mythical land of eternal youth and safety from war, supposedly situatied somewhere in the interior of Tibet"] that deals sentimentally with the life of an English schoolmaster." [Benet's] A famous film was made of it, as well. Film details, anyone? [JB]. The "Mr. Chips" line also appears in R.A. Wilson's "The Golden Apple" [Part 2 of the "Illuminatus!" trilogy]. [mr.friday]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET "You've just come at the right time. We're having a bit of a party. D'you like... you know what?" INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET DESTROY THIS COMIC! INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET That's my advice. When you've finished reading THE INVISIBLES #1, tear it up, burn it, feed it to your lizards, lock it in the tank of a stolen car and push it off a bridge. You'll feel good, believe me. It's only a comic, after all. Do you really need more of these things cluttering up your life? Do you really need to be chained to a mountainous dead weight of paper? There'll be another one next month anyway, and chances are your memories of this comic will be much better than the real thing. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET So go on. Do it. And when you've done it, go do the rest of your comics. Death to "speculators"! INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET EXCEED THE STATED DOSE INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET As usual, with no letters to fill the first-issue text pages it's up to me to ramble on a bit, provide some background material on the creation of the item you now hold in your hands and introduce the creative team. Ever conscious of the writer's duty to project at least the illusion of glamour and sophistication, I'm making these notes on the Boulevard Pomare, downtown Papeete, trade winds rattling the palm leaves, a fresh spray of warm rain, white surf on green water, clouds blurring the jagged volcanic outlines of the island of Moorea off in the background. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Slow Sunday in paradise. Drinking espresso with the left hand, screwdrivers with the right, in an effort to disconnect the hemispheres of my brain. The vodka and orange don't seem to be mixing very well. Tastes funny and smells like something shit in my glass. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Only thing to do, I suppose, is keep on drinking until I lose my sense of smell altogether. The best thing about writing is that it can be done anywhere and anywhere is, of course, my favorite place. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Since finishing up DOOM PATROL in '92, I've spent much of the time travelling and recharging my batteries with new sights, new sounds, new gastric upsets. (And now it's really raining, coming down in heavy drifting veils, drops as big as raisins spattering on the wooden rails. Ten minutes later the clouds have passed and here's the sun. Ionized air smelling of baked dust, saturated with oxygen. Drenched and refreshed, the foliage is a vivid surging green now and big yachts bask in the harbor, just waiting to be infiltrated by James Bond.) INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET These travels in what's generally recognized as the "real" world, were balanced and enriched by extensive... um, Internal voyaging, designed to engender what Rimbaud so aptly dubbed "the systematic derangement of the senses." INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET During this period, I was also, to be brutally frank, shattered by the response to DOOM PATROL, which I loved as a parent loves a gifted and misunderstood child, but which was either relentlessly panned by critics or completely ignored. So, I felt I needed time away from comics, time to recover and to rethink my approach to work I emerged from this alchemic crucible with several little black notebooks worth of ideas-the forthcoming FLEX MENTALLO, for instance, and also THE INVISIBLES, which you've got right here. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Freewheeling madly across the globe in states of howling delirium may be highly instructive in a number of ways, but I found that I missed the simple discipline of writing a monthly book and the buzz of readers' feedback. Which brings us right to where we are now. THE INVISIBLES is what I'm going to be concentrating on for the foreseeable future, and I think I've at last found a concept wide-ranging enough to accommodate all the ideas I've had which would otherwise be spread through, a succession of one-shot books and specials. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Although we have a core group of characters, anyone can belong to or oppose the Invisibles, giving me the opportunity to tell stories ranging across time and genre, stories that will eventually come together and be revealed as one large-scale, shimmeringly holographic tapestry. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Generally, the longer stories will feature the activities of our five principal players, while one shots will explore the lives of various ordinary and extraordinary folk drawn into a web of conspiracy that extends from the back streets of your home town to the dark blue-green planet circling Alpha Centauri and beyond, out past the horizon of the spacetime supersphere itself. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET This is the comic I've wanted to write all my life-a comic about everything: action, philosophy, paranoia, sex, magic, biography, travel, drugs, religion, UFOs... you can make your own list. And when it reaches its conclusion, somewhere down the line, I promise to reveal who runs the world, why our lives are the way they are and exactly what happens to us when we die. In the meantime, send us your comments, your dreams, your recipes, your love letters, crank mail, whatever. I'll read 'em all and answer as many as I can here in "Invisible Ink." INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET KILL RAVE INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET I have a dream: Somewhere out there, fourteen-year-old kids are beginning to look around, beginning to get angry and strange and wild. Soon they'll be cutting their hair with blunt scalpels, taking drugs that haven't been synthesized yet, making music that will terrify everyone over twenty-one. I have a dream. And I'd like to be the first to salute les enfants du siecle. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET "NO! I'M SPARTACUS!" INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET GRANT MORRISON is five feet eleven inches tall and has dark brown hair and hazel eyes. His favorite color is turquoise. His favorite foods are chocolate, salt and vinegar crisps, salads and spicy foreign muck. He has an appendectomy scar. His mum is called Agnes, his dad is called Walter and his sister is called Leigh. His favorite animal is a cat and his favorite girl is called Magdalene. He is single, heterosexual (with possible latent homosexual tendencies), and is currently quite wealthy. His work has been described as "gibberish." That's all there is to him. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET STEVE YEOWELL is one of the world's greatest comics artists and a close personal friend of the author. He's in love with the modern world and lives with his girlfriend Jill in a neon-hazed, strobelit world of endless parties. Other than that, there's not much to say about Steve. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET RIAN HUGHES, first-issue cover artist and designer of THE INVISIBLES, is the sort of well-mannered, typically British young man you'd confidently entrust with your teenage daughter's virtue, but you'd be wrong, Professor! Dead wrong. For Rian is sex mad! He is a sex maniac! This Don Juan worships sex in all its forms. The priapic appetites of this Casanova, this leering Lothario, would exhaust even the most enthusiastic of Tantric love godesses. No man's daughter is safe with Romeo Rian Hughes. Heed the warning! INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET NEXT MONTH: Dane McGowan, lost and homeless in London, encounters Mad Tom O' Bedlam and takes a mind-wrenching peek under the skin of the world we know. PLUS Your Humble Narrator and, like, droog returns with more pointless travellers' tales designed to fill up the space before the letters come in. "Invisible Ink"- the place to meet new people! INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Grant Morrison Tahiti, March '94

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Dane is now living on the streets in London, begging for change. He meets Mad Tom O'Bedlam, another homeless person. That night he throws a dustbin through a glass window and is chased by a policeman. Mad Tom grabs him into an alley and when the policeman comes around the corner Tom tells him that he hasn't seen the Dane. The policeman believes him, even though Dane is standing right next to them. Dane is impressed, but doesn't believe that Tom can do magic. Tom takes him down into the tunnels under London and makes him smoke some blue mold and when he wakes they are in another London. Despite this Dane still thinks it is just drugs, so Tom turns out every light in London. Dane is convinced, but just as he wants to know more, Tom disappears, and in his place is an enemy hunting pack...

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The title is a reference to George Orwell's book, "Down And Out In Paris And London." [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE, "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] This is presumably Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park, London. It's a place which is supposed to embody the right to free speech, in that anybody at all can come along, stand up and say anything they like without fear of prosecution or libel action. Obviously this was a lot more significant in the days when failure to agree with the present government carried the death penalty. I should imagine the choice of location is deliberate, though-another token concession by the powers that be. [PO] The speaker in this scene is King Mob in disguise. Throughout this issue all individual members of KM's cell pop up monitoring Dane. [RL] [panels 1-5] Good sourcebooks for the study of electromagnetic mind- control technology are: "Matrix III: The Electromagnetic, Chemical and Biological Control of Human Consciousness, Volume 1 and 2" by Val Valerian, "Operation Mind Control" by Walter Bowart, "Mind Control, World Control" by Jim Keith, and "Psychic Dictatorship in the USA" by Alex Constantine. [JH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] "ELF": "Extremely low frequency" generators. [PV] ELF generators have been a staple of good conspiracy theories for a long time. [BK] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] Boy wears the same earrings wore by Ruby in Sandman 43. And she's very similar to Ruby too. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 2] The spiked-hair girl is a spy working for the enemy (as will see in 1.11). [PV] [panel 4] Ragged Robin [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] Ah, Tom O'Bedlam. The OED defines a Tom O'Bedlam as a madman discharged from Bedlam and licensed to beg on the streets. Cynics would say that this is more or less the Government's current policy on dealing with the mentally ill. Tom spends a great deal of this story quoting lines from Act 3 Scene 4 of Shakespeare's The Tragedy of King Lear. All the lines he quotes are more or less complete gibberish spoken by Edgar, who is IMPERSONATING a Tom O'Bedlam at the time. Presumably that's the point. BTW, Grant isn't quoting these lines in the order in which they appear in the scene. [PO] "Tom's a-cold... star-blasting and taking" is a quotation.[PO] panel 3: "Take heed... proud array" is another Lear quotation. [PO] panel 4: "Who gives anything... fire and flame" is another. [PO] Tom O'Bedlam: "You thing rike (like) jellyfish pretty soon now." This is a line from William S. Burroughs' "Nova Express" book. [JH] [panel 5] "This is... the harelip" is another Lear quotation. [PO] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 3] Planet X is a comic shop in London. Dane is so upset because he sees the bracelets and the collar worn by the mannequins: perhaps they're another sign of constriction (?) [PV] Dane more likely trashed the building as it looks to be an expensive boutique, and he's currently homeless. [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 3] Tom's slapping Dane always confused me. This clears it up a bit even though the results are different. (from "The Art of Dreaming" by Carlos Castaneda) "So, to make my assemblage point (the essence and energy all humans have) shift to a position more suitable to perceiving energy directly, don Juan slapped my back, between my shoulder blades, with such a force that he made me lose my breath. I thought that I must have fainted or that the blow had made me fall asleep. Suddenly, I was looking or I was dreaming I was looking at something literally beyond words. Bright strings of light shot out from everywhere, going everywhere, strings of light which were like nothing that had ever entered my thoughts ."'I made your assemblage point shift,' he went on, ' and for an instant you were dreaming the filaments of the universe. But you don't yet have the discipline or the energy to rearrange your uniformity and cohesion. The old sorcerers were the consummate masters of that rearranging. That was how they saw everything that can be seen by man." Don Jaun claimed that by shifting Castaneda's assemblage point from the habitual placement (between the shoulder blades), he could shift Castaneda's consciousness to different planes of reality. [ HYPERLINK "mailto:email is hidden" Jason and Sarah] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 5] "Swithin... foal" is another Lear quotation. [PO] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 2] "The Prince of Darkness... Mahu" is another "Lear quotation. Incidentally, it doesn't even seem to be a true statement. My dictionaries reveal that "Modo" and "Mahu" were indeed names for demons, but suggest that they were high- ranking officers in the Army of Hell rather than actual names for Satan. "Modo" was responsible for the 7 Deadly Sins, as near as I can make out. "Mahu" is thought to be a corruption of "Mahound", and ultimately a reference to Mohammed. No references to either name is listed for after 1603, and both are (not surprisingly) labeled obscure. [PO] [panel 5] "Through the sharp... warm thee." Another "Lear" quotation. [PO] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 1]: "Pillicock sat..." is, again, from "Lear." A pillicock, incidentally, is an obsolete word for a penis. The word survives in modern English as "pillock." [PO] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 3] "Little Winstons..." Tom's referring to Winston Churchill (the statue is dedicated to him). Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (Blenheim Palace, Oxford 1874 - London 1965) was a famous politician and the man that lead the UK during World War II. An interesting note: it seems that Churchill was taught the V-for- victory sign by Aleister Crowley, the famous occultist. The V-for-victory is a powerful magickal sign. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 1] The Big Issue is a newspaper about issues affecting the homeless which is sold on the streets of British cities by homeless people and whose proceeds benefit the homeless. [PV/JB] panel 4: Lord Fanny. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] This is the first appearance of Sir Miles Delacourt and his cronies. The significance of the girl is unknown: is she another Invisible or do they hunt the general homeless? It is odd that the hunters-the forces of evil-can would work so openly. After this, however, they tend to be shown working more covertly. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 4] Blooding a child during a hunt is a ritual of initiation: the boy becomes a man and a hunter, leaving childhood. [PV] "blooding a child": See 1.18 p. 11. [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel two] Tom is going on about trains running underground through the, dark "with what passengers? What freight?" he asks. I have no idea if Grant intentionally thinks this far ahead, but it did remind me of the 'porcelain trains' of the enemy, which carry the results from the Roswell Autopsy in "Black Science." [LR] panel three: Tom says "It's a place of initiation. We've always had our caves and deep places'. There's a lot on this subject in Joseph Campbell's works on prehistoric/early historic society, such as The Masks of God, where he considers how effective ancient cave systems, filled with awe - inspiring carvings and paintings, would have been in introducing young tribesmen to the secrets of the universe. There is quite possibly an intentional reminder of this during the Australian Aboriginal sequence with King Mob in 1.18. [LR] panel 5: A cross here. Does it relate to Dane's religious edge to his Invisibles life (cf. 1.23)? [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 3] "Luan-Don" is old Celtic for City of Luan, Lune, Luna, Moon. Lon-don. Also, as London was a moon city, it is interesting to note, that where the Houses of Parliament now stand once stood a Roman temple to Apollo in an attempt to spritually subjugate the landscape [R]. [panel 4] "The strange lights of the spires": This is where Tom goes after he finishes teaching Dane in 1.04. Possibly it is heaven, as Tom says on the previous page "The road to Heaven runs through the depths of Hell." [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] [panel 3] "Everything's speeding up. Breaking." A reference to Eschaton/McKenna Timewave theory...but also apparently part of the initiatiate's state-of-mind experience during initiation. [JB] [panels 4-6] Barbelith might come from the ancient Greek language: barbaros (read "barbaros") and litos (read "lithos") meaning respectively "alien" and "stone". It could be the implant/third eye in Dane's head. More about this "stone" concept in 1.16, page 10. [PV] "Barbelith": Morrison has used the word Barbelith before. In the 7-page comic "The House of Heart's Desire (A1 issue 3, b/w art by Dom Regan, Atomeka Press) in which the protagonist carries a door through a surreal landscape. On his way he crosses through the city called Barbelith, the "city of whispers". Quote: "Half of the population were silent, the other half only existed as disembodied voices, screams, mutterings." [RL] I swear in the great name of Grant that this is true. When recently on a visit to some friends in London, we broke into the old Morningston Crescent Tube station and written on the wall in black spray paint is the word "Barbelith" ["pArAdOxUs"] The bad news is that Mornington Crescent is just about to reopen and has no doubt been decorated. [ADE] panels 10-27: The lost button, the aliens in the surgery room and the traffic light could symbolize the loss of something that could tie or that was attached to Dane's mind. We'll learn the real identity of the aliens in 2.06. [PV] [panel 22] What is this? [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19-20] [page 19, panel 1] The airships setting the scene in the 'alternate London' are interesting - they may be (possibly) a reference to 'Watchmen', in which airships noticeably patrolled the sky of an alternative universe. They may also have connections with Michael Moorcock's work - his character, Sir Oswald Bastable, for instance, arrived in 'The Warlord of the Air' in an alternate universe where airships, not aeroplanes, were the primary form of transport. Equally, airships are occassionally mentioned in the 'Jerry Cornelius' books as features of the late 20th century life of alternate realms. On the other hand, though, there might be nothing much in this - to have airships operating in the 1990's, rather than to have had them fall into disuse during the '30s, is a fairly easy shorthand way of revealing that a new location isn't quite the world we know and live in. [LR] The "alternate London": could it be in the same place where is the Invisible College (on the edge of the universe A - see 2.06) [PV] This place has similarities with the Invisible College we see in 2.06. However, in 2.06 the College looks like a single building whilst this place looks like a city. Unless it's purely how different artists respond to Grant's script, I would say this is a different place. [L] [panel 1] See some of the writings of the French Situationists about a city as an ecosystem, as an artform, etc. A good sourcebook is "The Situationist International Anthology." [JH] Major Situationist works: Raoul Vaneigem's "Revolution of Everyday Life" [whose major points are paraphrased by Tom here] and Guy Debord's "Society of the Spectacle." A good SI page is HYPERLINK "http://www.nothingness.org/SI/" \t "_blank" http://www.nothingness.org/SI/. [JB] [panel 4] Urizen is a Greek/Roman water god, like Poseidon, I believe. [BK] "Urizen": Urizen (pronounced 'You Reason') was considered by Blake to be the Demiurge, the Gnostic 'secondary' or 'false' God of matter; a god of restriction. It is fitting that in this (astral?) world, he is chained. Albatross V Urizen in chains, the so-called "Celery-Headed, Vaginal-Eyed Monster" in issue 1, is in chains. Could they be one in the same? [R] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] Canary Wharf is a building in the London Docklands. Southern Dragon Line: according to Feng-shui (the Chinese art of building in selected locations to gain the positive energy from the earth), there's a huge dragon sleeping at the center of the Earth. His nervous system corresponds to several energy lines that flow through the Earth. This concept is very similar to the Ley Lines. To learn more about Ley Lines, go to HYPERLINK "http://www.witcombe.bcpw.sbc.edu/EMLeyLines.html" \t "_blank" http://www.witcombe.bcpw.sbc.edu/EMLeyLines.html [PV] Canary Wharf is a horrible building usually thought of in Britain as a symbol of what went wrong with Thatcherism. Millions of pounds were poured into redeveloping the Docklands, with Canary Wharf as its centrepiece. It was completed just in time for the property crash, lost a fortune, and remained empty for quite a while. It's now in use as a set of offices, as far as I remember. [PO] Canary Wharf is Europe's tallest building, capped with a scale model of the Pyramids of Aegypt... It was originally to be a pair, and stands on a junction of (at least) 2 Ley lines, connecting to Buckingham Palace(!) in the West, and connecting the BBC transmitter at Crystal Palace in the South up to a place in North London called Leytonstone and beyond... Ley stone town...! Look at it as a battery of occult power... since it has been built a large part of it has stood empty! [R] This building will appear again in 1.04 and 2.10. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] [panel 1] The Dog Star is Sirius. [PV] Note that the Dog Star is Sirius, the star which the burial chambers in the pyramids were aligned to, and to which the god Isis is aligned to. As opposed to Osiris, her 'dark twin'. Recently it has been discovered that Sirius has a 'dark twin'... Hunt down references to Aegyptian mythos, also RA Wilson's Cosmic Trigger12and 3, and references to the Dogon and Bozo tribes of Africa and their worship of Nommo the fish god... [R?] [panel 6] "Child Roland... British man" is a quotation from Lear once again. It's Tom's last line in this issue, and Edgar's last line in the scene. [PO] "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" is a poem by Browning (sp?). Among other, things, it was a major inspiration for Stephen King's Dark Tower series. [BSI]

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MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 1-3] King Mob and the other Invisibles are dressed-up like the the fox hunters in 1.02. Another part to the initiation. Interesting how Tom disappears, then returns after Dane's meeting with the cell. [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] A lot of Dane's conscious education seems to revolve around his unimportance. It's only his unconscious education which comes out later which reveals how important he is. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 3] Regarding the blank badge: In the Beatles Anthology video there's a clip from a press conference in New York in '68 with John & Paul when they were forming Apple, and someone asks "what's that badge?" and the camera zooms in on it and he says "it's a badge with nothing on it" or something. Interesting the badge link and the apple link too. [TH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 2] Boy with strange red hair or a girl very similar to her? [PV] Notice that the hat the jogger is wearing is the same one Boy is wearing in 1.02.3.5. I'd guess it's a coloring error here. [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 3] "When me he spies, away he flies...": What's this a quote from?[PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] The building is St. Paul's Cathedral. [JBU] Is this some friendly bird spirit or is the conflict the Invisibles are involved in duplicated in other creatures? Is this how birds see the enemy? [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 1] "Open your eyes, go back to sleep." Tom obviously doesn't think Dane has learnt nearly enough yet, he can open his eyes but his brain will still be asleep. 'Here endeth the lesson', a double meaning in the sense of Tom as the teacher, but the phrase is originally religious, maybe tying in with the cross in Issue 2. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 2] KAR 120C. This is the license of the Prisoner's car. The car could be Kink Mob's car because is very similar to the one shown in issue 1.05. [PV] Although it has the KAR 120C plates, the car is clearly not a Lotus 7, like the Prisoner's car. [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 1] "Pan and Dionysus... and we must be incandescent...". See 2.08-2.10. Pan and Dionysus are ancient greek Gods. Pan is the god of nature and Dionysus the god of pleasure and fun.[PV] panel 3: "Frateretto calls me, and tells me that Nero is an angler in the lake of darkness" - Tom quoting King Lear again. The original meaning was that the emperor Nero was fishing in hell. [EB] [panel 4] Hand of glory: The hand of glory is a powerful magickal item. It's created by severing the hand of a hanged man charged of murder and then mummified following secret rituals. These rituals give the hand the powers to command the elements, to acquire riches, to charm people and create curses. The most powerful hand of glory ever created was the one created by occultist John Dee. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 1] "Dark emperor Mammon" is probably a personification of the economic power. Jesus said to the merchants before the temple that they couldn't serve in the same time God and Mammon. [PV] Mammon is a demon associated with wealth. Ambrose Bierce writes in his "Devil's Dictionary": "The god of the world's leading religion. The chief temple is in the holy city of New York." [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 3] The sculpture is Cleopatra's Needle. Among the hieroglyphs there's a picture of a beetle with the sun. It's Kaphra, the sacred beetle as seen in issue 1.01, page 1. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19-21] Tom is using a rough, immediate type of Reichian therapy on Dane. He's earlier referred to Dane as "little man," which was Reich's generic term for people addicted to authority, afraid to think for themselves. (See Reich's excellent book "Listen, Little Man") Here Tom calls Dane a "little robot," a Reichian term synonymous with "little man". On, page 21, panel two, Tom: "Feel it Dane. Be born. Crack open the armor and let the air in." A goal in Reichian therapy is to break through character armor, the encrusted character formations one accumulates over a lifetime of social power games, sexual neuroses and acculturation into the work world. [JH] Page 20, [panel 2] Mahu and Modo again (see 1.02); any idea on Obidiant, Hobbididance and Flibbertigibbet? [L] "Obidiant ... Flibbertigibbet" - more Lear quotes. "Mopping and mowing" means "moping," i.e., depression. [EB] : "Five...head" is a King Lear quote. [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] [panel 6] Tom is partly quoting the Noel Coward song "If Love Were All": "I believe in doing what I can/In crying when I must/In laughing when I choose." [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 24] Canary Wharf again, as previously seen in 1.02, and will be seen in 1.04 and 2.10. [JB]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 2] The frisbee makes a red circle; paranoia or Barbelith again? [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 2] "...I stayed for you because I was asked. An old friend asked me." That old friend would be Edith. [JB] [panel 4] "What a long, strange dream its been." Has a Grateful Dead quote somehow slipped into Tom's endless King Lear allusions? [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panels 2-3] "Our languages hypnotize us and traps us in little labeled boxes." In 1.19, we'll learn there's a demon who confines our thoughts through the alphabet. [PV] This is also an explicit reference to theories of language propagated by author Robert Anton Wilson in some of his recent books, most notably "Quantum Psychology." [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] The Canary Wharf building, which appears in 1.02, 1.03 and 2.10. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 5] "Auric interference ??? [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9-13] Jack's in the "other universe" where the Invisible College is. See 2.06 for more information on it and the nature of the universe. [CG] [pages 9-10] This jump that Dane and Tom take is a direct parallel to the jump Gloucester took in "King Lear." Gloucester has been blinded (in a terribly manner) and now wants to commit suicide. He meets his son, Edgar, who is disguised as Tom O' Bedlam and asks to be lead over the cliffs of dover. Tom does not reveal himself to his father, as he is being hunted by his evil brother, the bastard Edmund. He takes Gloucester to the beach at the bottom of the cliff, and tells him he is standing on the brink. Gloucester jumps and thinks he has died, although he only falls a few inches. Edgar, still in disguise, revives him, and says that it has been a miracle he survived. Gloucester, through this miracle, starts to see the point of life again and is put back on the path of redemption. The building jump is mechanically similar to the jump taken by Edgar (Tom O' Bedlam) and Gloucester. This would make Dane like Gloucester. Also, Gloucester gained understanding, enlightenment, and insight (true sight), which made up for his lack of real sight. Dane's jump similarly brings him "true sight" or enlightenment. Sight is such a powerful symbol in the first few episodes of The Invisibles, both with Gelt etc. having no eyes, and the sequence where Dane gets the eyes of birds. [ZA] [page 13 panel 3] The Cosmic Traffic Light turns green, but Dane pulls back from it. Was he just about to enter the Invisible College as King Mob and Robin do in 2.06? [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 5] This is the same room from 1.01 where King Mob asked Ragged Robin to read the tarots. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 1] "Big brother is watching you." From "1984" by George Orwell. [PV] [panel 4] "Smile": Smile was a Neoist multiple identity, like 'Luther Blissett.' The tract 'Viva Neoism' says, "Neoists call their pop groups Smile, their performance groups, Smile-even their magazines are called Smile." It seems that the Invisibles go so far as to give the name to their hand grenades [RJ] [panel 5] "School's out" is the title of a famous song by Alice Cooper. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] [panel 5] "It's a man's life in the Invisible Army" is a reference to the (former?) recruiting slogan of the British Army. [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] Sex orgies and cabinet ritual power collections of the CIA and upper crust elite. In the conspiracy literature there are many references to the "sex circuses of the CIA," especially in relation to the Monarch mind-control program. These involve black magick rituals designed to generate psychic energy and fuel to power covert and magickal operations. (The same kind of thing that trapped Quimper into physical form in 2.20 and provided "quite a feast for the governors" upon the death of Princess Di.) [JH] [panels 2 and 3] The blood on the table is from Orlando's acquisition of a new face. How he does it is explained in 1.05. [RL] ** panel 3: "Rex Mundi" (Latin, "King of the World") was the Cathar name for the Demiurge, the half-wit creator of the physical world and its archons (Greek, "princes"), known to the early Gnostics as Ialdabaoth. The Cathars were a Gnostic sect in southern France that was violently wiped out by the Catholic Church, which in typical fashion, then proceeded to justify such action on the necessary on the grounds that the Cathars (often ascetics) were sexually deviant heretics. The Cathars are also connected to Arcadia, the Holy Grail, and the motherload of conspiracy theories through Rennes le Chateau and Nicolas Poussin's painting, both of which are near the very heart of Catharism in southern France. [DMD] [panel 5] Number 10 at the door is a clue that this is Downing Street, traditional home of Britain's Prime Minister. [PV] "Cabinet ritual ... up to our knees in blood and spunk" - American readers might want to know that "spunk" generally means semen. [EB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panel 4] Myrmidons are the opponents' agents (1.05, page 17). [RL] The Myrmidons were the warriors of Achilles. Achilles was pissed off because his rival Agamemnon had claimed as his prize a beautiful slave who "rightfully" belonged to Achilles. The Greeks wrote a book about it. The Invisibles have just claimed their prize. [DMD] [panel 5] Notice Boy writing on the chalkboard. [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] "The old Dane died in the fall... you can sit by his grave for the rest of your life." This is exactly what Dane is doing in 1.23. [CGU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] "Forth...mad": This is Tom O'Bedlam's last speech in King Lear as well as here. [CG

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The cell has discovered that Orlando is in London, but they also have orders to time-travel to relocate one of their agents. They travel to the Windmill Time-Machine and find themselves back in the middle of the French Revolution.

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINEToAbrief outline by James Burt of "Holy Blood, Holy Grail," a book very important to understanding some of the references in this story: Berenger Sauniere (BS) renovated the church at Rennes le Chateau (RlC) and somehow came into money at the same time. There is a lot of debate as to what the treasure at RlC is, but there is the idea that it is related to the head which the Templars worshipped. The order of the Knights Templar were later suppressed due to their heresy and worshipping of graven idols. The painter Nicholas Poussin (who painted King Mob's postcard) enters the story as he made a hint in a letter about a great treasure. He was later imprisoned, and held incommunicado. Louis XIV then hunted down the original of the painting 'Les Bergers d'Arcadie' and when he found it hung it in his private quarters. The tomb shown in the picture, reading IN ARCADIA EGO, was found in the early 1970s in...Rennes le Chateau. The story leads to the discovery of the 'Prieure de Sion,' an ancient conspiracy who guard the bloodline of Christ, ready to reveal it when the conditions are right [the model for the Grail in Preacher- yes, all the UK comics writers rip off the same sources :-) ] There is a lot of rubbish in the book, but it proved very popular, and seems to answer a number of questions about certain historical mysteries. However, the authors relied on too many ancient texts which later 'disappeared', if they ever existed at all. The Annotations INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] The dalang (the puppeteer) is telling a story very similar to the basic idea running through all the Invisibles issues: there are two (apparently) opposing forces fighting to control or to free the humanity. But the true meaning of the story is that the two forces are maybe only one-two sides of the same coin. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] The text shown in this page is from "Julian and Maddalo" by Shelley, a suggestive picture of himself in comparison to Byron's portrayal. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 4] Poussin, Nicolas (Les Andelys, France 1594 - Rome, Italy 1665). [PV] From Benet's: "French painter. The great, master of the classical school, Poussin worked chiefly at the studio he established in Rome. In his rational, clearly composed paintings of mythological, historical and religious scenes, he imitated the measured gestures of antique sculpture and the clean draftsmanship and effortless order of Raphael. His work exerted an enormous influence on the course of art..." [JB] The painting referred to here is at the Louvre. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 3] Ganesh, the Hindu god "who breaks down obstacles." We'll see another reference to King Mob's god in 2.3 [PV] Ganesh is invoked in 2.2 as well. [CG] panel 5: The "shortpath" is a reference to KM's ability to shift between universes (more on it in 2.06). [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] Boy says "something happened to one of our members." She's referring to John-A-Dreams. See 1.01, page 6, panel 4 for first reference to him; also see 1.09, pages 1-3, for his first appearance. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 5] Who's the pianist? [PV] I may be mistaken, but I believe this whole sequence with Byron and Shelley visiting the asylum is all accounted in the poem "Julian and Maddalo" including the guy playing the piano. The poem is supposed to be based on actual conversations and events. I'm not sure who this real person was. I'm not sure if this is correct. [CH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 3] Boy's speech here becomes far more significant in the light of 2.11 [RJ] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12-13] Uh... Where/when is this scene taking place? [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 2] Ragged Robin gives further proof of her psychic ability, foreseeing the exact moment of KM's arrival. [PV] Well... later on in "Entropy in the UK" [1.17-1.19], Robin has to call in Jim Crow to find KM, as he is normally totally "psi-invisible." Therefore, just to be picky, the issue 5 bit is either a) a boo-boo by Grant or b) Robin trying to impress the others with her psychic mastery although she just saw him in the window or something. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 1] We'll learn more about Jim Crow in 1.10. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] Here's the actual postcard pictured in panel 2... [BvS] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/image_1_5.jpg" \* MERGEFORMATINET The Invisibles seem to have encountered Orlando before yet he does not know that Fanny is a trannie. Or did they only know of Orlando from Fanny telling them all what she saw when she was initiated (1.13-15)? [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 4] The windmill-time machine is a reference to the Gideon Stargrave character (for more info see 1.17, page 21, panel 4). [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 24] [panel 1] The executee is reciting Psalm 23, a common one for those who are dying or dead. [CG]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 1-2] Where do these quotes come from? [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 4] Marquis Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade (Paris 1740 - Charenton 1814). This French writer saw eroticism/sado-masochism as a way to oppose society's norms and religious commands. He exalted the erotic pleasure originating in the physical suffering inflicted on others in his most famous novels: Justine ou les malheurs de la virtue (1791), La philosophie dans le boudoir (1795), Nouvelle Justine suivie de l'Histoire de Juliette sa soeur (1797). Followed by scandals, he escaped in Italy and then he was imprisoned in the Bastille. He died in an asylum in Charenton (France). [PV] The "Arcadia" arc focuses specifically on DeSade's "Les 120 Journees de Sodome" ["120 days of Sodom"; adapted into film in the 1970s by, controversial Italian director/poet Pier Pasolini]. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 4] Who is this mysterious man? According to someone, he could be the hitchhiker in 1.14. Another appearance in 2.06, page 6: He's in the background, playing chess. [PV] My theory is that he is the devil, in some form. Offering the apple, going back to the garden of Eden. [BSI] Notice the apple... Same as in 1.1, page 27; 1.13, page 20, panels 7-9. [JB] panel 5: Members of the Pythagorean Brotherhood (from whom the Freemasons and Rosicrucians draw a lot of symbolism) would offer an apple to a suspected fellow member as a secret sign of their membership in the order. The Pythagorean apple as a secret sign of membership is briefly discussed in "The Mars Mystery" by Graham Hancock, pages 107-108. If you haven't read Hancock before, "The Mars Mystery" is by no means his best book, but it's a worthwhile read anyway... If you haven't read his "Fingerprints of the Gods" you should definitely check that one out; most highly recommended![JH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 1] According to Etienne, the French Revolution was a very complicated power-game between very different forces. [PV] "Alessandro Cagliostro" was a nickname for a man called Giuseppe Balsamo (1743, Palermo-1795, Italy). Cagliostro was the most famous occultist in the second half of the 18th century, very influential in UK and Germany. Famous for his dinners with the dead (one evening he organized a dinner and all the guests saw the ghosts of their dead relatives near them), for his many magical filters and potions (like the one to change the dimension of diamonds or the eternal youth filter). He was damned for a scam regarding the queen Mary d'Antoinette's collier. He was innocent but his fame worked against him, going free due to the French people's will. He died after a years in prison because the Inquisition declared him culprit of sorcery. [PV] St. Germain (Paris 1758 - ???). Claude Louis, count of St. Germain was an adventurer, occultist and alchemist. He found the secret potion that granted him the eternal life. Among his work there are the "industrial processes" to wash the paper and to better the quality of the silk. Due to his immortality, he often changed his identity from Count Weldonne to the Italian alchemist Fulcanelli. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] The song is 'Pop goes the weasel', an English nursey rhyme. [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 3] "Cyphermen": What does this word mean? [PV] "Cypher" means "a person or thing of no important or value; nonentity." [JB] The "Cybermen" in Dr. Who have cybernetic enhancements and de/reprogramming, rendering them emotionless. in motivation, origin and speech style, though not in appearance, very much, as many people have commented, like the Borg. They look more like the Cyphermen. GM wrote a DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE story called "The World Shapers" [DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #127 through 129]. [RK] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 3] Rosicrucians, according to Benet's, were "a mystical society of religious reformers, who first appeared in Germany in the early 17th century and who were said to have knowledge of magical secrets. Their symbol was a red rose upon a cross. "Illuminism" (again, according to Benet's) was "a pseudoscientific movement of mystics and visionaries in the 18th century which influenced literature in the 19th century. At first inspired by Christian doctrines, illuminists sought to live according to the Gospel and to regenerate their souls by direct contact with the divine. They also, however, believed in spiritism, magnetism, alchemy and magic and professed to invoke the invisible and the arcane. Among the most famous illuminists were Swedenborg, who conversed with the dead; Lavater, a believer in black magic, who thought to contact God by magnetism; Claude de Saint-Martin ("the unknown philosopher"), who sought to hasten the coming of Christ by meditation and prayer; Mesmer; the Comte de Saint-Germain, who [claimed] to be several hundred years old and to possess the elixir of eternal life; Gall; and famous Cagliostro, who evoked spirits. An almost instinctive reaction against 18th-century rational philosophies, illuminism under many names (e.g. millenarianism, syncretism, neopaganism, pythagorism, thosopophy, etc.) influenced some writers of the romantic period. It revived a sense of religious exaltation and mystery and created, or recreated, a need for the infinite, a belief in man's inner nature and a feeling for the mysteries of nature and of love." [JB] panel 5: Like the hitchhiker, he doesn't share his name. [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 1] Does this panel-and the last one on the previous page-contain a quotation from a de Sade book? [JB] panel 4: "Jiminy Cricket" is the character representing one's conscience in "Pinnochio." [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 24] [panels 4 and 6] As a young man, William Burroughs cut off the tip of his pinky with garden shears in a (horribly failed) attempt to impress a potential lover. [JH]

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"http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/rule.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o This issue is an explicit variation on Sade's "120 Days of Sodom", adapted into film in the 1970s by controversial Italian director/poet Pier Pasolini. For those looking for Pasolini's film version of "120 Days of Sodom," it's called "Salo." [EB] the title: American readers might not get that "Sod All" in the title of the issue is equivalent to "fuck-all" in the US, i.e., "nothing." The pun is actually a bit literal-minded since "sod" is an abbreviation of "sodomy/sodomite" - therefore equivalent to "bugger" and therefore used more or less interchangeably with "fuck." [EB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] [panel 3] I suppose this is the setting from Sade's book...but maybe the snow in these scenes is not a coincidence? Perhaps it has something to do with the other end-of-time/"snow" scenes in the series? [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 2] Venice. The name of the bridge is "Ponte dei sospiri." [PV] [panel 3] what kind of flower is that? It's the same yellow flower that appear in page 19, panel 5 and in page 20, panel 1. [PV] [panel 4] "Laon and Cythna" are characters from a Shelley poem of the same name; according to Benet's, it's an "allegorical poem on the French Revolution" and later revised it into "The Rise of Islam" the last poem he wrote before leaving for Italy in 1818. The poem "is similar in ideological content to Shelley's 'Queen Mab' [also the nickname of an Invisible in 2.08-2.10!!!] ...[which was] written in 1812-13, a long work inveighing against orthodox Christianity and secular tyranny." [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [Also page 18]: These descriptions of the scientific addiction to obsessive categorization, and the modern-day culmination and consequence of the age of reason, closely match the ideas of the linguist and philosopher Jacques Lacan. Lacan held that to assign a name and meaning to an object/process is masculine, the object/process merely IS, and the conceptual space between the object/process and its name is feminine. The four men, the banker, judge, bishop and duke represent a world where everything is sacrificed to pure reason. In magickal studies to name something is to gain power over it, a power granted to Adam in the book of Genesis. The men in the castle are the extreme end result of that power granted to mankind in the Garden of Eden. [JH] panel 3: The barcode-a sign of late-20th-century commodification. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 14-15, 23-24] Ragged Robin is visiting an unidentified man who seems to be St. Germain [see 1.06 and 2.06, page 6 for other appearances]. [JB] Again: from "Holy Blood, Holy Grail": Berenger Sauniere (BS) renovated the church at Rennes le Chateau (RlC) and somehow came into money at the same time. There is a lot of debate as to what the treasure at RlC is, but there is the idea that it is related to the head which the Templars worshipped. The order of the Knights Templar were later suppressed due to their heresy and worshipping of graven idols. The painter Nicholas Poussin (who painted King Mob's postcard) enters the story as he made a hint in a letter about a great treasure. He was later imprisoned, and held incommunicado. Louis XIV then hunted down the original of the painting 'Les Bergers d'Arcadie' and when he found it hung it in his private quarters. The tomb shown in the picture, reading IN ARCADIA EGO, was found in the early 1970s in...Rennes le Chateau. The story leads to the discovery [pages 23- 24]of the 'Prieure de Sion,' an ancient conspiracy who guard the bloodline of Christ, ready to reveal it when the conditions are right (the model for the Grail in Preacher- yes, all the UK comics writers rip off the same sources :) ). [JBU] Knights Templars. From Benet's: "An order of knighthood founded about 1118 to guard the passage of pilgrims to Jerusalem. Begun in poverty-the seal shows two knights riding on one horse-it was joined by many noblemen who brought great wealth to the order. Their independent conduct on the battlefield eventually became an embarassment rather than an aid to the king of Jerusalem, and their wealth and political power a threat to the kings in Europe. Thus the order was savagely crushed by many rulers, notably Philip IV of France, and officially suppressed by the Pope in 1312." [JB] Poussin: See notes in 1.05 annotations. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 17-19] I dunno...is this the metaphorical button that brings on Eschaton? Are KM, Boy and Sade wandering through the snow-like apocalypse? [JB] The "button" here is, I presume, the nuclear holocaust button. Here Morrison is writing his own ending to de Sade's book, adding the General to the cast and suggesting that there's no other logical conclusion to the orgy of destructive control. [EB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 2] "Mazeppa": anyone know anything about this Shelley poem? [JB]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The Title: "H.E.A.D." stands for "Hedonic Engineering And Development" [see page 16, panel 6] [JB] "Head" is also the title of the psychedelic movie the Monkees made when they tried to distance themselves from their TV series image. The screenplay was co-written by Jack Nicholson. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 3] Timothy Leary was an "acid guru" who popularized LSD. He died in 1996. Leary gave many people acid, including some Hollywood stars. Kesey wrote "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," which was made into the film starring Jack Nicholson. The money from the book financed the bus journey described in Tom Wolfe's 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test." [JBU] Available online: the Timothy Leary website and my interview with Leary, conducted in person six weeks before his death. [JB] [also page 3, panel 3]: This is a reiteration of an argument that Timothy Leary and Charles Manson had in prison. Manson argued that Leary had shown the world the path to freedom and evolution (LSD), but had let everyone down by then refusing to lead us onto the path. Leary maintained that true freedom meant that, shown the means, people had to lead themselves onto the path, without assistance from leaders. Leary only wanted to open the gate; Manson thought he should have led us through it too. This ongoing debate (Leary and Manson were in neighboring solitary confinement cells for a while in the early 1970s) is recounted in Dr. Leary's book "NeuroPolitics." [JH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 1] "O brave new world that has such people in it." is from Shakespeare's "The Tempest." The line is spoken by the wizard Prospero's daughter Miranda. The title of Huxley's novel was a reference to this. [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 6] The first dialogue caption being spoken by the Head of John the Baptist is a lyric from a song by '80s cross-dressing new wave band Dead or Alive. [JB] In Wilson/Shea's "Illuminatus" trilogy, much of the plot revolves around "immanentizing the eschaton." [BSI] "33 1/3, 45 and 78": the speeds to play vinyl albums, singles and old grammophon records. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panels 1-3] The eschaton is the end of the world. This is an explicit reference to Terence McKenna's timewave/Eschaton idea. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panels 1-2] "The Subterraneans" is a 1958 Jack Kerouac book. Anyone know anything about the film version? [JB] "Beat Girl": (From the back on the video box) BEAT GIRL (1960). Starring Gillian Hills, Christopher Lee, Oliver Reed, Nigel Green, David Farrar. Directed by Edward T. Greville. A film about a rebellious teen who becomes a stripper. The original playbill for the movie claimed "SEE Wild parties in back street 'SIN CELLARS'", "SEE Uninhibited striptease '...Melt! Melt! Melt!'", and the famous "My mother was a stripper... I want to be a stripper too!" which sums the film up rather nicely. Thin plot, but the party scenes are great. [CGU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 1] These are the same words spoken by Fanny in issue 1.05, page 16, panel 4. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 11-12] page 11, panel 3: What poem is this line from? [JB] page 11, panel 5 and page 12, panel 1: Re: Pantisocracy, Southey and Coleridge. From Benet's: "Robert Southey (1774-1843), English romantic , one of the so-called Lake poets. Though a leader in his day, he is considered by modern critics to have been a mediocre talent... In his youth [1794], Southey joined Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) in the utopian scheme of pantisocracy and married Edith Fricker, whose sister married Coleridge. His early liberalism was superceded by a conservatism that was attacked in satire by Lord Byron." Coleridge was the leader of the English romantic movement, a friedn of Wordsworth, and is the author of the poems "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and "Kubla Khan." He was also an opium addict. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] Incidentally, Byron's daughter Ada Lovelace (who would've been three at the time of this story) was the lover of Charles Babbage, the inventor of the Difference Engine, a steam-driven computer designed in the mid-1800s. Ada helped create the machine's programming loops and some of the programmed subroutines. The Pentagon honored Ada by naming its classified internal Defense Department computer program "ADA." So through his daughter, Byron did eventually contribute to the creation of his pessimistic vision, via Pentagon computer control systems. For, more info see "In the Age of Intelligent Machines" by Raymond Kurzweil. [JH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 14-15] Everything regarding Fanny's powers will be explained in issues 1.13-1.15. [PV] page 14, panel : "These are old names from an earlier sun." This is a reference to Mayan mythology, which is explained (somewhat) in 1.13, page 1 [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 6] "Hedonic Engineering and Devlopment"-"H.E.A.D." [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 2] How can you work the date out with the I-ching? According to I-ching, 35 means success. The development of everything appears fast, successful and simple. The communication is very important. Inside us there's a very powerful energy, something like a "primary nucleus." During our lives, this nucleus could become weak but there's the possibility for it to return strong and shine. [PV] Another set of explicit references to Terence McKenna's timewave/Eschaton idea. [JB] panel 3: Here's a site with info about DMT extraction and the DMT trip: HYPERLINK "http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/%7Edunnat/dmt.htm" \t "_blank" http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~dunnat/dmt.htm [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] "When one reaches my age, one sees through the struggle. One sees it all for what it truly is. Just a game." This is an important statement that we'll come back repeatedly to later in the series: 1.12. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] What's the poem quoted here? [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] [panel 1] "...boys becoming girls,girls becoming boys WHO DO BOYS LIKE THEY'RE GIRLS." This is a quote from Blur's song "Girls and boys"(Parklife lp) [CI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 23-24] Page 23, panel 1: Note the "Et in Arcadia" graffitti behind the male prostitutes. Is this the heaven we've made? Is our contemporary world the conclusion of the project set in motion by the Templars, gone horribly wrong? [JH] Page 24, panel 3: "I am to be no particular age, no particular sex. I am to be fluid, mercurial." These are all attributes of the alchemical magus Hermes Trismegistus. As the Egyptian Thoth, the Greek Hermes, Dante's Virgil, etc., Hermes is ageless. Hermes Trismegistus is also held in alchemical literature as the Androgynia, the holy hermaphrodite, the antitotalitarian god of boundary dissolution. As such, he/she is also frequently described in the Corpus Hermeticum as "fluid, mercurial," and was actually called Mercury by the Romans. Has de Sade been brought forward in time to participate in the creation of a new, postmodern Hermes Trismegistus? [JH]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET In September 1992, King Mob and John A'Dreams go to a Philadelphia church. John believes that somone is trying to use the Hand of Glory and the formula of the Voltigeurs to open a fracture into Universe B. They find biological masses, and begin to move into the next room. Meanwhile back in the present day, the team is recovering from the Windmill Time Machine. Commandoes (Myrmidons) outside begin to attack, as Jack says he wants to leave the group. While people are distracted he steals King Mob's car and runs away. The rest of the team start to defend themselves against the Myrmidon attack. King Mob's car is wired to explode, but Jack gets free before this. Finding himself in an impossible position he is forced to shoot one of the enemy. The rest of the team escape - but now they have to get to Jack before the enemy does...

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The I-ching hexagram on the cover is for number 27, not for the intended 23. A production error, says Grant. [PV] The title "Things Fall Apart" comes from a 1921 WB Yeats poem entitled "The Second Coming:" INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET "TURNING and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity." [DK] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 1-3] This is John-a-Dreams and King Mob with a buzzcut.[JB] [panel 2] "Tsathoggua" is a H. P. Lovecraft creature. "Voltigeurs": ? "Hand": the stolen Hand of Glory first mentioned in 1.03 [PV] Pre-pierced King Mob! [JH] page two: The large dead beast is a quite similar to the "Old Ones" described in H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness (from a dissection report mentioned in the story): "Objects are eight feet long all over. Six-foot long, five-ridged barell torso three, and five tenths feet central diameter, one foot end diameters. Dark grey, flexible, and infinitely tough. Seven foot membranous wings of same color, found folded, spread out at furrows between ridges... Around equator, one at central apex of each of the five vertical, stavelike ridges are five systems of light grey flexible arms or tentacles... At top of torso blunt, bulbous neck of lighter grey, with gill-like suggestions, holds yellowish five pointed starfish shaped apparent head covered with three-inch wiry cilia of various prismatic colors..." [DS] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] Mushrooms? Toadstools? What's going here? Do these relate in some way to Jack's vision in 1.03, page 11? [JB] This is probally another McKenna reference. In a radio interview (published, I think, in Archaic Revival) he puts forth the theory that mushrooms are alien to our planet. Apparently they don't go back far in the fossil record. Also, spores are able to survive a vacuum. He puts forth the fun idea that another civilization could be using them as communication devices. An hallucination would be an alien message. [RaJ] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 3] The soldier is referring to the assault team that appeared at the end of issue 1.04 [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 4] When King Mob asks himself who could be the traitor, Ragged Robin is drawn outside the circle formed by the other four Invisibles. [PV] Then again, this could be because she's preoccupied with detecting the Myrmidons' imminent arrival...[JB] : "Myrmidon": According to Webster's: Myrmidon, from Greek Myrmidon / 15th century / 1 capitalized: a member of a legendary Thessalian people who accompanied their king Achilles in the Trojan War 2: a loyal follower; especially: a subordinate who executes orders unquestioningly or unscrupulously [MST] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 2] Fanny's using a lipstick. As will we see in 1.15, her grandmother give her this lipstick to use it when Fanny was in danger. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 5] "The Producers" is a brilliant Mel Brooks film. It centers around shares being sold in a play, and it being over- subscribed, so when it goes belly-up, the producers will make a mint. They pick the worst musical they can find, one based on the second world war, written by a pro-Nazi: "Springtime for Hitler". It is absolutely amazing and has aged quite well. [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] [panel 5] The first mention of Mister Six. [PV]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Zombies are roaming around New Orleans. Lamerci calls Papa Guedhe, in the form of Jim crow to get vengeance. Jim Crow believes it has to do with the insect loa. He pulls a puddle off the ground and goes to meet Baron Zaraguin. It becomes clear that white businessmen have been lacing crack cocaine with a chemical that kills its users. They then use zombie- technology to inhabit the dead bodies and use them to commit rapes and murders. Baron Zaraguin gave them the knowledge of Zombie making. Crow strikes a deal with Zaraguin - to take the souls of the murdered boys back in exchange for something 'strong and powerful'. Meanwhile the businessmen inhabit some more victims and go to kill Lamerci, but Jim Crow bursts in and shoots them with his bone gun. He blows bubbles with the souls of the young boys inside them, and Lamerci takes charge of their progress. Scorion lights emerge from the dead bodies and fly towards the businessmen leading Jim to their source. When the police arive they find them dressed as minstrels ripping their boss open while Jim plays the banjo... INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Grant said in this issue's letter column that his sources for this story are: "Divine Horsement" by Maya Deren; "Voodoo and Hoodoo" by Jim Haskins; ""Mama Lola" by Karen McCarthy Brown; and "The Voudoun Gnostic Workbook" by Michel Bertiaux. Note on Jim Crow's name: "Jim Crow" was originally a derogatory term for blacks, it has come to describe the situation of segregation that existed in the U.S. South after the Civil War ended slavery but before the Civil Rights movement. [RM] The voodoo gods are commonly referred to as Les Invisibles. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] panel 2: "Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits" are two '50s/'60s American TV anthology fiction shows known for their overarching weirdness. [PV/JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] panel 1: "Les morts, les mysteres, les Marassa": French for "the dead, the occult arts and the ???" [PV] The "Marassa", are the Divine Twins of the Vodoun pantheon. Twins have a great deal of religio/magical significance in West African religions (most if not all African elements in Vodoun come from West Africa). [HE] panel 3: "Water- woman": Lamerci's referring to her element. [PV] "Water-woman" is also a reference to La Sirenne, the mermaid form of Erzulie, the capricious Loa of feminine beauty and sexuality. [HE] "Mambo": the name of the priestess in Voodoo. Sometimes the spirit gods "ride" [possess] the mambo. [PV] "Papa Guedhe"/"Baron Samedi": names of the Voodoo god of the dead. [PV] Guedhe is also the loa of sexuality and wild partying. He's sort of the Vodoun Dionysios. [HE] panel 4: Jimi Hendrix: famous left-handed guitar player. [PV] panel 5: "bel garcon" = handsome fellow (French). [PV] An alternative translation might be "pretty boy." [JBU] This is a translation of a Vodoun song about Papa Guedhe, which has parallels to a real event in Haitian history- during one of the more recent dictatorships, a host of Vodoun priests, all "ridden" by Guedhe and dressed to the nines, descended on the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince and caused much genial havoc. [HE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] On the tombstone you can see the penciller's name (Christopher Weston). [PV] Let's not forget that the Ace of Spades (in Jim's hatband) is associated with death. Also, the skull on the crotch of JC's pants is symbolically important, since he says in v1.23 that his gun turns sexual thoughts into death. Is there any significance to the time on his clock? The hands stay at basically the same positions, far as I can tell...[RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] panel 2: The "ouija bird": Morrison used something similar in his graphic novel, Mystery Play. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] panel 2: "magickal record": Mages often keep journals reporting all of their magickal operations. [PV] panel 4: Many of the words in this invocation are in "langage", a garbled mix of several West African languages, used by Vodoun initiates for magical purposes. "ti malice" = Little Troublemaker is one of the many titles of Papa G., so probably much of the rest of it is, too. And I'm pretty sure that "zozo" means "penis". [HE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] panel 1: "Season of ghouls"? "October meadows"? [PV] The blue puddle is a type of fluid intelligence often encountered during trips on tryptamine hallucinogens such as ayahuasca or DMT. The blue puddles are used by tribal shamans to view the spirit world of the dead or to divine the future. Try dimethyltryptamine, or read The Yage Letters by William Burroughs, or True Hallucinations by Terence McKenna. [JH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] panel 6: "Let's go walk with a zombie.": "I Walked With a Zombie" is a famous song-covered by REM, among others-by notorious acid casualty Roky Erickson of the '60s Texan psychedelic band 13th Floor Elevators. [CG/JB] "I Walked With a Zombie" is also a movie by Jacques Tournier, of "Cat People" fame. [RD] It's probably one of the earliest films using zombies. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] panel 1: "Ville-aux-camps" = The City of Camps. Called "Lavilokan" in Haitian Creole, this is the otherworld of the Loa and the Dead, which supposedly lies under the sea. [HE] On the interstate highway sign is the fish-symbol of the the Nommo, the Dogon/Sumerian amphibious gods from the star Sirius. See The Sirius Mystery by Robert Temple for an incredibly in-depth study of the Nommo and their apparent impact on early human culture. [JH] panel 4: Magic mirror ??? See also issues 13-14 and 24 [PV] panel 5: "Molten imagination, the bricks and mortar of the universe, endlessly morphing, infinitely pliable. Liquid-looking glass. The door to Everywhere." This "liquid" will appear again and again in the rest of the series... See 1.13, page 9. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 2] "stag thing": Refers to "stag parties": males-only gatherings, usually for viewing of porn films, etc. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 1] "Our scientists ... found a way to design the crystals so that they would resonate at a given frequency." See Terence and Dennis McKenna's 1971 attempts to use electron spin resonance frequencies to permanently bond psychedelic molecules with the human genetic code in their book The Invisible Landscape. Also, the CIA has done research with the molecular frequencies of various substances to test their effects on the human nervous system. LSD has a resonant frequency of 11,000 cps (cycles per second) and when the brain is exposed to that frequency hallucinations and other bizarre phenomena are reported. The experiencer has a psychedelic trip from the chemical frequency, without requiring the actual chemical. [JH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panels 1-2] Jim Crow is singing a rude Guedhe song, this one having to do with Papa G's interest in both the "holes" that pretty women have. [HE] [panel 4] "Good UFOs" and "bad UFOs"? Could UFOs be metaphorical manifestations of good and evil emotions? [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 2] King Mob owes Baron Zaraguin...[JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 1] "Bring out your dead!": A quote from the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." [BSI] The Monty Python quote is a reference to the rag&bone men who used to go around streets with a barrow collecting unwanted stuff from houses, and to the Plague (which is something of an anachronism by approximately 1000 years if King Arthur was around c.600.) [AD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] [panel 5] Crow quotes the opening line of Michael Jackson's song "Bad." [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 24] "Straight outta Camptown!" is a play on L.A. gangsta rap group N.W.A's hit album "Straight Outta Compton." [JB] "Camptown Races" was, I believe, a staple of minstrel shows. Can anybody verify? [BSI] Indeed it is. Although the song title might be "Camptown Ladies": "Camptown ladies sing this song, doo dah, Camptown racetrack five miles long..." [RM]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET A butler who was sent by the Invisibles to kill a 'Royal Monster' has lost contact with his group, and has become fascinated with the beast. His life has collapsed. His estranged daughter appears as one of the homeless that Sir Miles rounds up for a hunt, and suddenly he feels the need to rescue her from his 'employers'. The homeless are released for the Monster to hunt and devour. The butler attempts to save his daughter only to find out that she works for the other side, and wanted to trap him. Sir Miles' assistant threatens to kill her in return for all the information that the butler has about the Invisibles. When he finally agrees to provide it, they kill her anyway - they already have all the information that they need. Later, the butler is tied up and left for the Monster to eat...

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MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 6] Jean Cocteau (1889-1963): "French poet, novelist, dramatist, essayist, film writer and director. In the vanguard of almost every experimental artistic movement in the first half of the 20th century, particularly cubism and surrealism... [friends with] Picasso, Stravinsky... " [Benet's] His most famous film is probably 1945's La Belle et la bete ("The Beauty and the Beast"). [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] There's a creature in Lovecraft's dream stories very similar to the, uh, Earl of Strathmore, called the moonbeast. [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 2] Sir Miles' birthday wish will come more or less true. Be careful what you wish for, you might get it. [BSI] panel 3: Isn't it unusual, even for a high brow aristrocat like Sir Miles, to refer to Dane as "the McGowan creature"? Does he regard Dane as non-human? [RL] [panel 4] Sir Miles introduces the theme of the Coronation. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 3] The homeless girl with spiked purple hair from 1.02 re-appears. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 1] Macbeth was Thain of Glamis and this is apparently his castle (Duncan being the King he murdered). It is indeed in Scotland. [L] [panel 4] Lord Halifax's famous ghost book is an attempt to list every haunted place in UK. [PV] panel 5: "Haunted Britain" by Anthony D. Hippisley Coxe (Pan, 1973). It says of Glamis castle "whatever the truth is, the 15th Earl, the great grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II, said 'If you could only guess the nature of the secret, you would go down on your knees and thank God it was not yours.'" The book also says that it was the Queen Mother's favourite haunt and there was a minor scandal a few years ago when some of her cousins were found to be residents in one of our psychiatric hospitals. In another reference, the "secret" is said to be the rightful heir to the Earldom which lived for almost 200 years until the 1920s. [AD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] This discussion centers on the then-alive Princess Diana of Wales, her divorce from Prince Charles and the resulting anticipation of the impending collapse of the Royal Family. Sir Miles claims that Diana's "firstborn [William] was to have been the moon-child, the incarnate shadow-king of a new England, the terrible messiah of the dark millenium." [JB] panel five: An "etheric window" is a place in material reality where the spirit world/astral plane is very close, or bleeds through. Haunted houses are etheric windows, as well as fairy rings, graveyards, etc. Mister Six actually creates one when he heals the rift in reality brought upon by the King-of-all- Tears in 1.24. [R] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 1] The butler is reading a book written by Kirk Morrison (King Mob's secret, or former identity). [PV] "The Killing Moon" is, of course, a common phrase, but knowing Grant's pop music tastes, it may also be a nod to the Echo & the Bunnymen song of the same name. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 6] "The game's afoot": A Sherlock Holmes quote. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 4] The monster is the son of an alien probe and a member of the royal family. Maybe the Archons are trying to conquer the Earth and this monster could be the future leader of the new interacial society? [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] Kate reveals she is one of "them." Her friendship with Dane in 1.02 was no accident-which makes her line of questioning in that issue take on a whole new light... [JB]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The cover has a double meaning with the Mod icon/target. [L] This issue: "In the vast and never-ended cosmic struggle of Good vs. Evil, what makes anyone want to be a bad guy? And are bad guys born or made? One man's life and death may hold the key..." [Grant Morrison,1.11 letter column] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Note from Grant on the title: "Best Man Fall, for those of you unfamiliar with the game, is played by childrenin Scotland and possibly elsewhere. The rules are savage and simple-one person takes the part of a soldier and the other players represent his opponents. The soldier is allowed to choose the imaginary weapons against him. He then runs wildly at his opponents and is cut down mercilessly by gunfire or shrapnel or whatever. The object of the game is to 'die' in as spectacular, theatrical or brutally realistic a manner as possible. When the original 'soldier' has been killed, one of his opponents takes over, while the soldier gets to join the team of killers and the process repeats itself. When everyone has had the opportunity to be killed by his peers, the winner is the player who 'died' most convincingly. Herein lies wisdom." [Grant Morrison, 1.12 letter column] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] "Try to remember. It's only a game.": A recurring phrase in the series. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] This scene, in which the baby Bobby suddenly and inexplicably says "Edith says to call him Boody," is revisited in 2.10 [JB]. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 4] The gas mask-also on page 13, panel 6.. Think King Mob's "costume"-and the masks of the Cyphermen. Perhaps therein lies a clue...? [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 1] "Did you see all those wee guys just sitting like zombies?": Bobby is referring to the post-brainwash kids at Harmony House. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 1] "Did you see that Baywatch last night? What a woman, eh?" Of course there's a number of women Archie could be referring to, but Pamela Anderson seems to get mentioned repeatedly in the series (and appears in 1.19 page 2). [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 17, 20, 23] Revisiting the events of 1.01, p.33-34 from Bobby's point of view. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 24] Again: "It's only a game. Try to remember." [JB]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 1-2] These two pages are key. Fanny's explication of Mayan mythology is important in three ways: it explains her background, Mayan mythology, and how Mayan mythology ties in/coincides with McKenna's theories. [JB] [page one] The, caterpillar's devouring the leaf is an image that will be used by Elfayed in 1.17, page 9. [JB] [page two] [panel two] "Do you feel as though time's speeding up, darling? I mean ACTUALLY getting faster." Fanny's question echoes through the series: 1.8, pages 4-5 [John the Baptist's head] and page 17, panel 2. [JB] [page 2] [panel 3] King Mob's speech is a description of the structure of Terence McKenna's fractal Timewave temporal resonance theory. [JH] [page 2] [panel 4] "It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it." King Mob is referring to the tantric sex ritual he has/will perform with Edith. [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panels 2 & 4] This statue is the Cristo Redentor ("Christ the Redeemer"), located in Brazil. [RD] panel 3: The books on the shelf: "Gone ..." is probably "Gone with the wind." [PV] "Bar..." = "Barbra Streisand" (see page 6) or "Barbara Cartland". I think Barbara Cartland.[PV] FWIW, I think Barbra Streisand. [JB] "Teddy B..."= "Teddy Boys" ? [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] Note the two tickets for Barbara Streisand concerts on the wall. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] Brodie looks like actor Lewis Collins who played William Bodie in the British late- 70s/early-80s TV series, "The Professionals." Also his dialogue is very reminiscent of Bodie's. In the series Bodie (who had a very tough and macho attitude) and his partner Doyle were "top operatives for the government department CI5 -Criminal Intelligence 5, a Home Office department set up to deal with terrorism in all forms" (quoted from the web page "PRIMETIME ACTION - by James Pimentel-Pinto"). Their boss was George Cowley, the controller of CI5. The fast paced action series was very succesful in Europe. Division X of 1.25 looks like a cross between The Professionals and the X-Files. [RL] panel 3: Jack/Dane appears, on the run away from the Invisibles. This scene also appears in 1.16, page 2. [PV/JB] [panel 5] "Oneiric energy"? Webster's says "Oneiric" = "having to do with dreams." [JB] "Dream catchers" are those circles of string, supposedly handcrafted by Native Americans, which people often hang from their rear view mirrors like New Age fuzzy dice. Brodie and Sir Miles' exchange suggests that they really work! [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 1] "They'd lock you up for that now: a cat called Darkie." It's not really a reference, but: H.P. Lovecraft's cat was called "Niggerman." [RM] [panel 2] A mention about "reopening" Division X. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 6] Fanny is interacting with what seems to be the "molten imagination" used by Jim Crow in 1.10. [PV/JB] More of the hallucinogenic blue fluid common in tryptamine visions, as practiced by South American shamans and bruja in yage rituals. [JH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] This page is drawn in the "exaggerted anatomy/pin-up" style of Rob Liefield. [PV/JB] Grant said the borrowing of various styles was borrowed from the movie 'Natural Born Killers' in the lettercol of issue 1.17 [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 11&20] These pages are drawn in the style of Dave Gibbons' work on "Watchmen," using a nine-panel grid. [PV/JB] page 11, panel 2Second mention of Edith's psychic "link" with Tom; first was in 1.1, page 6, panel 4. [JB/BSI] [page 11] [panel 3] "that awful building": Canary Wharf. And ol' Edie is smoking marijuana ["skunk"], a "cure for arthritis." [JB] [page 11] [panel 7] Another mention of the mysterious "loss" of John-a-Dreams from KM's cell; see1.9, [page 7] [panels 1- 3] [JB] Can someone please ID the picture hanging on the wall? [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 12-15] These pages-and 18,19, 21 and 22 too-are drawn in the naturalistic, thick-lined syle of Gilbert Hernandez's "Love & Rockets" work set in the magic realism/Central America world of his "Heartbreak Soup" serial. [JB] [panel 4] Drawn and narrated in the "Ripley's Believe It or Not" style, as per the lettercol of 1.17 [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 14] [panel 1] Fanny mentions that hir mother was 'stabbed at Mardi-Gras by some drunk wearing a papier-mache dog's head. Of the group who later rape and damn near kill Fanny (when she's a prostitute, before meeting John-A-Dreams), one is wearing a papier-mache dog mask (V.1 #15, page 15, panel 4). This is the same group that's got Quimper chained to the wall behind them (he's there in V.1 #15 right behind the 'cat', just crudely drawn, he's more apparent in the redrawing of the sequence in V.1 #25). [Jack Frost] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 16-17] These pages are drawn using Frank Miller's "Sin City" style. [PV] [page 17] [panel 2] Vivienne Westwood is a famous English fashion stylist. Heaven is a discotheque in London. [PV] [page 17] [panel 3] the movie is "The Elephant Man" by David Lynch. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] The tea is probably ayahuasca, also called yage, a mixture of DMT (dimethyltryptamine) and harmaline. Yage and salvia divinorum (a super-psychedelic plant native to Mexico) both commonly generate insectoid/alien visions, along with puddles of liquid intelligence as manifest in blue, silver or violet fluid. [JH] [panel 2] All images that we know and love or will soon: The Greys again...Brodie's cat...the hands and legs at the top right look like Babies limbs so that's possibly a reference to Hilde's birth/initiation as a sorceress. Not sure about the cockroach with a cloak (Orlando?) and as for what looks like corn on the cob lying on a couch, I've NO idea! [Loz] [panel 4] The red light again. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] [panel 5] "naguel" = totem protector [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panels 7-9] An apple, again. See 1.01, page 27; 1.06, p. 6, 14-15. [JB] [panel 9] "You must brave the jaws of the dragon, dear. Each of you in turn I shouldn't wonder." A fair enough synopsis of issues 1.13-1.24. [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] [panel 4] Note the reflection of Mictlantecuhtl in the mirror. [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 24] This member of Division X is probably Mr. Six. [PV]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Fanny is in a toilet with Brodie while simultaneously experiencing flashbacks. As a child he meets Tezcatlipoca and grabs his heart from between his snapping ribs, and then follows a dog through to Mictlan. As an adult, Fanny leaves the club with Brodie - only for Kirby to turn up battered and bleeding. He warns King Mob who goes to try to find her. At Fanny's apartment, Brodie pulls out a gun... INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \*

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 2] Another clue about the mysterious "liquid": "It's the time stuff, isn't it? The mirror stuff comes from outside the bubble and reflects it..." [JB] [panel 4] "like Martin and..."... and Lewis. Actors Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis: Martin was the handsome, charming, serious guy and Lewis was the goofy weird guy. In their movies they were always bounded by a strong friendship (not so in their real lives). [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] Is this page's style - an illustration with smoke-text, etc. an homage/reference to something? [JB] Lady Edith and King Mob are going to perform a sex-based ritual to find Jack. This is the second time they do this kind of thing: the first one was in 1924 - which we'll see a glimpse of in issue 1.18, and then again 2.10. [PV/JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] Jack Flint is a member of Division X-more about him in 1.25. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] The two-feature style is from old Sunday comic pages when they still had a whole page. There would sometimes be a second strip above or below the main feature. [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panels 2-4] This information will turn out to be "true" in some sense; see 2.1-2.4. Perhaps this hitchhiker is more significant than he seems upon first reading-and perhaps he is St. Germain, who would still be alive, as, uh, he's immortal? A clue is that a point is made that KM didn't catch his name, which is the same comment Mary Shelley made... [see 1.06, 1.07, 1.08, 2.06] [JB] panel 8: The meaning of this card is that a great change will happen in someone's life. Only if the card is drawn upside down does it mean "death." [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 1] According to issue 13 the dog should be yellow. A mistake made by the colorist? [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 2] The hitchhiker says 'guess you didn't' in reference to King Mob catching his name. This may me another clue he's the devil... 'Hope you guess my name' from the Rolling Stones' 'Sympathy for the Devil.' [BSI] The aura emanating from the hitchhiker here is similar to aura that the modern King Mob radiates when he travels back to the '20s (2.08, [page 9] [panel 2]). I believe this aura is an indication of psychic time-travel; a bit of a dead give-away in fact. Is the hitchhiker/St. Germain/the Devil (take your pick) a time-traveller? It seems very likely: time-travel is certainly a plausible explanation for this character's appearance in multiple time periods. Just two questions, then: how does Mob see the hitchhiker's aura, and why does the photograph pick it up? [Zenkidu] [panel 4] Perhaps the halo above the hitchhiker's head followed by king mob's "ha" (as in realization) and boy's muttering of "jesus" lead to the hiker's identity. [WW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] [panel 3] Of course, 'The Crying Game' also has a transvestite in it... [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] [panels 3-4] More clues as to the nature of reality: "I understand the secret of magic. There is only ONE day. There is only ever one day and it TODAY, the day of nine dogs, day of magicians, day of initiations." [JB] The "day of nine dogs" is a reference to the Mesoamerican calendar cycle (called the "short count" in Maya calendrics), which matches 13 day numbers with 20 day names to make a 260-day repeating count. Add the 365-day Maya year, and you get a cycle that repeats every 54 years. This cycle, called the "calendar round" or *tzol k'in*, was and is important in Mesoamerican magic and religion. See HYPERLINK "http://www.halfmoon.org/calendar.html" \t "_blank" http://www.halfmoon.org/calendar.html for more about the Maya calendar. [HE]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET 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...

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET 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] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 1] Orlando's true form. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET 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 background. [DS] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET 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. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 5-6] John-A-Dreams. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET 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] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panel 2] Again: "You should know now that NOTHING begins nor does it end. Things are ever-present." [JB]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Dane (Jack Frost) is living on the streets of London, stealing for food. He gradually starts to remember some of the lessons that Tom O'Bedlam taught him. He sees the word Barbelith on a wall, and suddenly finds himself talking to 'aliens', who implant a 'magic stone' into his head. When he 'wakes' Sir Miles and some of his hunting pack are offering him a place on their side of the war. Dane kicks him in the bollocks and runs off. The hunters pursue him, but he uses, some of his power, and the street is destroyed. Only Sir Miles is well, and he attacks Dane psychically. Dane wins that battle, picks up a bag of things left for him by Tom O'Bedlam, cuts his hair and starts to hitch-hike to Liverpool.

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] [panel 3] The man in the car is Brodie. This is the scene from 1.13, page 7. [PV/JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 4] This is Dane's fantasy; he doesn't actually reveal his feelings for Boy until 2.09 - more than a year later. [PV/JB] [panel 5] The name of the only cybercafe around Tottenham Court Road is Cyberia (just parallel behind Goodge Street Underground) - it is one of the first in the world. I have never seen them sell smart drinks. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 2] I believe handguns are almost completely illegal in England. Dane got his back in issue 1.09. [BSI] Privately owned guns are now totally illegal in Britain, even for shooting clubs. [AD] [panels 3-4] and [page 5] [panel 1] Flashback to the events just after 1.09, page 20. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 5] Dane is feeding the pigeons. It seems he learned Mad Tom's lesson (1.03). This seems to be a flashback to 1.03, but the dialogue is new and does not correspond to that issues's page 8. In this issue and in 1.21, Grant is showing us new stuff re: Jack/Dane, filling in some blanks left from 1.01-1.04. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 3] Some have speculated that these the two men could be members of Division X. But who-and how? If you follow the time- line, Mr. Six, Jack Flint and George are still not working together again... [PV/JB] I doubt they're Division X. First of all, it seems that Mr. Six, Jack Flint, and George are just about the entirety of Division X. Also, Division X deals in occult type stuff (basically a British take on The X Files), and these guys are entirely bewildered by the behaviour of the security TV. They could be the same as the Men in Black who hassle Division X in 1.25, but I'd guess they're just everyday Conspiracy Cops. [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panels 3-4] Underworld are an electronica group along the lines of the Prodigy; at the time of this comic they had recently released their second album 'SecondToughestInTheInfants' and were soon to have their fifteen minutes of fame after their track 'Born Slippy' was used on the Trainspotting soundtrack. Supergrass are a Britpop band, as are Pulp, the lead singer of which, Jarvis Cocker, wiggled his arse at Michael Jackson at the Brit Music Awards a few years back. 'At This Stage I Couldn't Say' looks like Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, two English comedians who present 'Shooting Stars', a mickey take of celebrity game shows and 'The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer' from which the picture is taken. Sorry, where were we...? [L] "Root Doctaz" is Jim Crow's band; note that they are on tour, and that is one reason why he's in London in time for the events of 1.18 [PV/JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] This scene, which starts on page 7, panel 4, is placed chronologically around the pivotal 1.02, page 18, panel 6. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 9-13] More of what really happened during Jack's inititiation in 1.02 is presented here for the first time. [JB] Almost all of the fringe elements regarding time, language, the 'elves' or 'DMT machine elves', the magic matter, and even the 'LUV LUV LUV' spot in Gideon's recollections [see 2.05] are all borrowed from one text by Terence McKenna: TRUE HALLUCINATIONS. This book should be heavily touted for those wishing to understand some of what Grant's rabbiting on about. [JOB] The aliens' thought-dialogue includes statements where sounds are placed within slashes and parentheses, like "/(word)/." It seems that these blanks must be filled in by the listener, and sometimes the listeners has more than one way of perceiving the word...or none at all. This may in turn tie back into the conversation regarding glossolalia - "the original tongue" - that St. Germain has with Ragged Robin 1.08. [JB] A magic stone is inserted into Jack's head by aliens in order to activate his "/(third eye/ajna chakra)/." This is why Jack has a scar on his forehead in 1.02 after page 18. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 4] "The implant will form a four-dimensional super-conducting crystal structure designed to bond with neural DNA. Call it a /(magic mirror/ufo)/." Or Fanny's liquid superfluid from 1.13-1.15? Seems to be the same soul-stuff... [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [bottom lefthand panel] "Understand: you are the /(chosen one)/ This is /(your time)/ your world is dying but you can lead your people to /(global peace and harmony)/" Jack has been chosen/elected...he's practically a Buddha figure. [JB] [final panel-page 13] Now we will show you the /(truth)/ Watch the /( )/ find it out." This is a direct echo of Fanny's experience in 1.15, page 15, panel 1-including the phrase "find it out," the red circle and the SuperFluid. [JB] "The soul is not in the body. The body is inside the soul." A major tenet of sorcery? [JB] The quote is reminiscent of The Book of the Law (Aleister Crowley), 1:8 - "The Khabs is in the Khu, not the Khu in the Khabs." "Khu" can be translated as "soul" (or, more typically, "spirit"), but unfortunately "khabs" means "star" rather than "body". Still, it's likely that Grant was trying to evoke the quotation. [CM] "Try to remember." -That phrase again. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 1] The Mobius strip: a simbol of infinity. "Which side are you on?" may mean that there's only one side (this is the same discussion as seen in 1.05 when King Mob attends to the puppet show). [PV] It looks like there's writing behind the Mobius, possibly from the Koran. Can anyone identify it? [L] This scene is very similar to the opera 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, written by someone or other and music by Philip Glass. I don't remember the story very well, but I do remember that a man is abducted and the aliens force a small sphere up his nose. I think that the man realizes that the aliens see part of themselves in him. This sounds similar to the lines from page 13: "Look. We are you. Try to remember." Anyway, the first time I read this, I was reminded strongly of the opera. [goofy] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 3] "My name's Gallagher": Dane's using the famous Gallagher brothers' family name. Liam and Noel are vocalist and guitar player-songwriter for Oasis. [PV/JB] INCLUDEPICTURE, "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 4] Pamela Anderson, infamous fake buxom star of Baywatch. Previously alluded to on 1.12, page 16, panel 1. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] More new info about Dane's initation; and his first call on Jack Frost. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] [panel 3] How does he know ? Carbon monoxide's odourless and colourless. [RJ] That's assuming it IS carbon monoxide... [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] [panel 3] Number 23 again (see the discussion about 1.09's cover). This is page 23 too. [PV] 23 is a holy number to Discordians (See Principia Discordia, pg.16), and also appears constantly in Robert Anton Wilson's fiction and nonfiction. [BSI] panel 4: Tesco is a chain of supermarkets. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [note] Dane's story continues in 1.17. [JB]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The story arc's title is a play on "Anarchy in the UK," the Sex Pistols' tune. The second law of thermodynamics, explained on page 1, panel 4 is the basic definition of entropy. [CE] Also, one of Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius books is called "Entropy Tango." [RL] Note: Check out Bard Sinister's notes on Gideon Stargrave's first appearance in "Near Myths." INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 1] "Post-Syd" refers to Syd Barrett, a member of Pink Floyd who left, and became something of a recluse, turning his back on celebrity. [JBU] panel 2: "Hope I Die Before I Get Old": from My Generation, by The Who. [BSI] I have no idea what a "Dux" is in this sense, nor if Evelyn Cruikshank is a 'real' person. [JBU] panel 3: "Wizard Prang, old bean!": "Prang" is WW2 fighter pilot slang for "crash." "Wizard" is slang for "ace" or "brilliant." [L] panel 4: Mr. Fish is (or was) a real boutique, according to Grant in the Lettercol for 1.20 [BSI] I have no idea Shelly's shoes is a real shop. BTW, Marks and Spencers was still selling Paisley underwear in the '80s? Who was buying it ??? [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 1] The chapter headings and short chapters are another nice reminder of Michael Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius books. [JBU] panel 4: This seems to be another appearance of Barbelith. [JBU] "...sets the controls for the heart of the sun.": "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" is a song on the 1968 (Syd-Barrett era) Pink Floyd album, "Saucerful of Secrets." [JB] ** This song is, apparently, based on a Mike Moorcock book, probably called the Fireclown (although it was renamed in the US/UK) [MSW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 3] Krousher's "Physical Interrogation Techniques" is a real book: ISBN 0-915179-23-7. [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 1] Biggles was a character in a series of books for children by Captain WE Johns who was a fighter pilot. [JBU] The change in styles of chapter titles is another nod to the Cornelius Chronicles. [BSI] [panel 2] "Baby's in Black" is on the Beatles album "Beatles for Sale." [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 6] I guess the atom bomb is exploding in the alternative London, destroying the hive. [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 2] Elfayed is another of KM's instructors from the monastery (cf. 1.19, page 8). [JBU] [panel 3] Of course, we've already seen a caterpillar devour a leaf and then metamorphose into a butterfly in 1.13, page 1. [JB] "As above, so below" is also a transmission from Barbelith to Dane in 1.21, page 23, panel 5. [JB] [panels 3-4] Elfayed's ideas on things repeating themselves on all scales is an idea echoed in much of modern science, particularly since the invention of chaos mathematics and the idea of self similarity. In addition, "as above, so below" is a major mystical tenet. [JBU] It's from Hermes Trismegistus' teachings. Here is a translation of The Emerald Tablet from whence this text came: "The Emerald Tablet Truly, without Deceit, certainly and absolutelyÑ That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, in the accomplishment of the Miracle of One Thing. And just as all things have come from One, through, the Mediation of One, so all things follow from this One Thing in the same way. Its Father is the Sun. Its Mother is the Moon. The Wind has carried it in his Belly. Its Nourishment is the Earth. It is the Father of every completed Thing in the whole World. Its Strength is intact if it is turned towards the Earth. Separate the Earth by Fire: the fine from the gross, gently, and with great skill. It rises from Earth to Heaven, and then it descends again to the Earth, and receives Power from Above and from Below. Thus you will have the Glory of the whole World. All Obscurity will be clear to you. This is the strong Power of all Power because it overcomes everything fine and penetrates everything solid. In this way was the World created. From this there will be amazing Applications, because this is the Pattern. Therefore am I called Thrice Greatest Hermes, having the three parts of the Wisdom of the whole World. Herein have I completely explained the Operation of the Sun." [??] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 5] Fanny and King Mob seem to have an organized routine for capture, based upon their real-life cover. Hopefully we'll see more of this; Boy is an ex-cop, Dane a runaway criminal and Ragged Robin is actually a time traveler. So how would these three deal with such an interrogation, considering they will have little in the way of cover? [JBU] [panel 6] It is at this point Fanny steals Sir Miles' handkerchief. [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 3] Jerry Cornelius, acknowledged as the inspiration for Gideon Stargrave, was one aspect of the eternal champion, who was used to tie all of Michael Moorcock's books into a single universe. As an aside, apparently Michael Moorcock sued Grant Morrison for plagiarism; anyone have more details? [JBU] Jerry Cornelius, like Gideon Stargrave, continually jumped between identities and realities. Another Cornelius- Invisibles correlation: both series deal heavily with the Harlequinade, although I haven't been able to find any direct connection between the two series versions (yet). As far as the lawsuit goes, I have no idea. [BSI] In the latest issue of Michael Moorcock's Multiverse comic from Helix (issue 10), the lettercol has a paragraph on the influence of the Cornelius stories on comics and names Hellblazer and Transmetropolitan as examples, as well as naming Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Warren Ellis as examples of comics writers influenced by these stories. The fact that Grant and Invisibles are so conspicuously not mentioned, when the Gideon Stargrave stories, and really a lot of the regular Invisibles storyline (the Harlequinade, chaos vs. control, pop music/culture references, etc.) are actually much more strongly influenced by the Cornelius stuff, suggests to me that there really might be a lawsuit, or at least Moorcock is not happy with the homage. By the way, Jerry Cornelius and the Harliquinade are both in the Multiverse comic. [CH] "Occam's razor" is a philosophical rule invented by a medieval monk, which states that you should not multiply entities beyond necessity (or, the simplest explanation is probably the correct one). It is arguable that he was a major influence on Western philosophy. [JBU/JB] William of Occam (c.1285-1349) was an English philosopher and exponent of Scholasticism. According to encyclopedia.com, "Occam is remembered for his use of the principle of parsimony, formulated as Occam's razor, which enjoined economy in explanation with the axiom 'It is vain to do with more what can be done with less.'" [CVU] [panel 5] Another link to KM's deal with the scorpion Loa, which was mentioned first in 1.10. Scorpions seem to hold a special relevance to KM's life. Perhaps because Morrison is a scorpion? (he was born in January) You can see the similarities between KM and GM. [JBU] If Morrison were a "scorpion", assuming you mean scorpio, he'd have to be born between October 24- November 22. January births fall under Capricorn and Aquarius... according to Mark Millar in 1.22's lettercol, "Gideon Stargrave is Grant Morrison with a girlfriend, cool clothes and no stammer." [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 2] "The direction that cannot be pointed at" seems reminiscent of the weird non-Euclidean geometry which Lovecraft refused to describe in his books. Maybe there is a similar origin for the Archons (see 2.06 for more info) [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] Does anyone else think the benign tumor story is familiar? I could've sworn that I had heard it as "Casper, the Friendly Growth" somewhere. Any other attributions? [CE] panel 3: Ragged Robin's jacket has a number 6 on the lapel- is this another Prisoner reference? [JBU] I certainly read the 6 as a Prisoner reference. [BSI] Robin is reading a copy of "Time Out," which is a magazine which tells literally everything which is happening in the greater London area during the week, from clubs to movies to concerts to theater and so on. If you look on the cover of the magazine, it reads "Which side are you on?" [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 4] "and I go see a band." The band would be Root Doctaz - Robin is going to contact Jim Crow. [RM] page 5: "Deja Vu"? What does this refer to? It seems to foreshadow something that has yet to happen, possibly an event when KM visits the future, and Robin is 15. [JBU] In 1.23 page 20 panel 4, Robin cradles KM's head in her lap and says, "That's so weird, I've done this before." Not the source of her deja vu, but connected no doubt. [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] This is the second Division X recruitment. One more to go... [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 4] In his book (novel?) Chariot of the Gods, Erich von Daniken discusses mummification, suggesting links to the aliens which landed on earth in our pre-history. It's a seriously weird book, and raises some interesting questions. The main problem people had was when von Daniken began to answer them. [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] first caption: "Ultra-violence" comes from Anthony Burgess' "A Clockwork Orange," a book about a group of rebel teenagers who don't give a damn about authority. See also 1.01, page 35, panel 4 annotation. [CG/JB] panel 1: The events in this reality seem to echo the plots mentioned in "Royal Monsters" (1.11), where the English throne is to be given to an 'alien'. [JBU] Gideon's pose here is nearly identical to young Gideon's pose on p.22 [CE] panel 2: left to right: Ronald Reagan, airplane schematics, the Invisible College?, Margaret Thatcher, a sports utility vehicle, the planet earth, and Duran Duran's album "Decade." [CE] "The ballad of John and Yoko ends with murder" refers both to the Beatles song "The Ballad of John and Yoko" and the 1980 murder of John Lennon by Mark David Chapman, who yelled "Mr. Lennon" before shooting him. Dane yells "Mr Lennon" in 1.1 page 12 panel 2, right in the middle of Stu and John having a discussion about life and death. [CE] panel 3: "Thatcher wants to have (Prince) Charles burned in a wicker man this summer. She reckons it'll bring down inflation." In many variants of magickal and Satanic practice, a wicker man is used as a focus point for ritual energies. The wicker man becomes a conduit, through which a minor action can ripple outward and affect the entire planet. Various satanic serial killers in the US in the 1970s used the motif of the wicker man to channel their murders into world-changing events, in an attempt to forge a satanic kingdom on Earth. See the book Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare by Michael Hoffman III. [JH] The Wicker Man dates form approx. 3rd Century BC. A Celtic (Druidic) ritual of burning huge effigies of Gods. Most accounts say that these were crammed with dozens of human sacrifices, but there is a likelihood that some were not. There is an excellent (Hammer?) film called The Wicker Man starring Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward where a modern day village has continued the ritual (1973). See The Original 'Wicker Man' Home Page. There is also a story by Clive Barker called In The Hills, The Cities (I think) in the Books of Blood which describes the building of a two similar giants. [AD] panel 4: Incest is yet another Jerry Cornelius correlation. [BSI] panel 5: Among the guitar bands listed are "The Mixers", Grant Morrison's own band; and "The 5", KM's band (1.19, page 3, panel 1). [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 1] "I'm cutting me own throat here." Cut-me-own-throat Dibbler is the shadiest wheeler-dealer in Ankh-Morpork, in Terry Pratchett's Discworld books. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panels 1-3] The dialogue is directly quoted from the normal opening credits of The Prisoner. Also, the white circle of Rover is echoed several times on the next 3 pages: pg 22, panels 2&3, pg23, panel 3, and the last panel of pg. 24. Is this supposed to evoke some sort of 'anti-barbelith', one used by the enemy? [BSI] Not just the dialogue is quoted from The Prisoner. King Mob is dressed as the Prisoner running on the beach (a scene in the opening credits) and Sir Miles is dressed as the Prisoner's nemesis Number Two. He even seems to be sitting in Number Two's "space age" spherical chair. [RM] panel 4: We have yet to meet Dr. Cohen properly, but the time machine does appear to be the one used in the "Arcadia" [1.05-1.08] arc. Is this an alternate reality or not? [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] [panel 1] Room 101 is a reference to the ultimate torture room in George Orwell's "1984." [JBU/JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET

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"http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/rule.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 3] also [page 3] [panel 5] British comedian Peter Sellers often played Indian characters (like in the film "The Party"). He also did a song called "Goodness Gracious Me," with Sophia Loren, in which Loren sung about her love problems to her Indian psychiatrist, spoken with an over-the-top Indian accent by Sellers. At the end of each chorus she sang "My heart goes boom-bee-dee-boom-bee-dee-boom..." with Sellers commenting "Oh goodness gracious me." This was from the swinging London era. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] The title page with nudes seems very reminiscent of the opening credit sequences from James Bond movies. [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 1] 'Trest in Allah!': is this supposed to be a reference to something? [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] The effects of Key17 (subject incorporates written words into his/her personal universe as the objects they describe) are a direct steal from Time Out of Joint by PKD. In TOOJ, Ragle Gumm (U.S. pun) discovers that the objects in his environment are only words on paper and that he and his neighbors have been conditioned to act as if they were real. Where he expects to see a soda drink stand he finds only a slip of paper with the words "soda stand." A PKD classic! [CAG] The Key 17 premise probably is from Philip K. Dick, but another possible source (which might itself be a PKD steal) is "White Noise" by Don DeLillo, in which a side effect of the drug Dylar allows a man to be killed by the word "bullets." [EB] Grant himself developed a facial abcess a couple months after this issue was written. He commented on correlaries between the book and his illness in the Lettercol of 1.24 [BSI] [panel, 5] First mention of Jolly Roger, from 2.01. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6-7] Mary Brown the cleaning lady's entrance reminds me of an old Malcolm McDowell film called "O Lucky Man!" A similar scene occurs in that film, if I remember it correctly. [CG] CG is right: the line "Would the young man like anything?" is from the torture scene in "O Lucky Man!" (which also includes a trick question Sir Miles would like: "Which is more important, loyalty or obedience?"). [EB] Ms. Brown also appears in 1.22, pages 18-19. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 1] "Millionaire author": so we finally get to know how KM finances his lifestyle. It's always convenient to have millionaires in your comic series (like Batman/Bruce Wayne). [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] The magic stone, embedded in the earth, just as a stone is embedded in Dane's forehead? [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 1] Yikes! What *is* that? [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] [panel 3] "Sounds like he's..ah...speaking in TONGUES.": A reference to glossolalia, a recurring motif in 1.0 [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] [panel 4] Baron Zaraguin, I presume? [RM] From P.K. Dick's "VALIS" [1981], p. 100: "50. The primordial source of all our religions lies with the ancestors of the Dogon tribe, who got their cosmogony and cosmology directly from the three-eyed invaders who visited long ago. The three-eyed invaders are mute and deaf and telepathic, couldnot breathe out atmosphere, had the elongated skull of Ikhnaton and emanated from a planet in the star-system Sirius. Although they had no hands, but had, instead, pincer claws such as a crab has, they were great builders. They covertly influence our history toward a fruitful end." [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] This scene reflects two encounters KM had with Edith. One was first hinted at (but not seen) in 1.14, pg. 6, the other was was shown in 2.10, pg 15. [BSI]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 5] Gideon is singing the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the UK." [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] Pictures in the background include O.J. Simpson, Pamela Anderson, and the AIDS Quilt (?). [RM] Picture of Marilyn Manson? [KF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 1] 5 is a key number in Discordianism. [BSI] Grant took part in a band called The Five. [RK] "An occult group in Leeds": Obvious reference to the the chaos magic group the IOT which originated there circa 1978 formed by Peter Carrol and Ray Sherwin. The IOT was the first organized chaos magic group. Liber Null andPsychonaut by Carrol and Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine introduce the chaos magic paradigm; most people will be able to find them readily available offline. [RK] [panel 4] I believe this temple or whatever it is is where KM "first" meets Edie in 1988, while he is contemplating suicide. KM talks about this event in 2.10, pages 17-18. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 2] Does the 'm' with the hook on the door have any significance? [BSI] It's the zodiac sign for the scorpion. [PV] < panel 6: First appearance of Jolly Roger? [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 2] "plausible like Michael and Lisa-Marie being in love": Of course a reference to the marriage of Michael Jackson and Lisa-Marie Presley, which was often in the news during that time and later failed. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] Who is controlling Sir Miles here: King Mob or Fanny? [RM] I think Fanny attacks Sir Miles, weakening him for King Mob's attack who then gains control over Miles. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE, "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] [panel 1] That's an "A to Zed" that Jim's got there. It's a complete index of all the streets in London. [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panel 1] "Be seeing you." This is an oft-repeated line in The Prisoner (completing the reference from 1.18). [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] Is there any significance to the fact that Gideon and Genevieve have managed to destroy a world without getting killed? [L] The idea of a couple (possibly brother and sister) surviving the end of the world to start a new one comes from Norse mythology, where a man and a woman (Askr and Embla?) survive Ragnarok and presumably start things anew. This ties in with Gideon hanging from the powerline, like Odin (and/or the Hanged Man from the Tarot). [HE]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Boy is reminiscing about her life - writing a journal on the train. She was a cop in New York. On a snowy day while she was having a coffee with her partner, Oscar, a guy with a gun runs past being pursued by men in dark unmarked uniforms. Boy and Oscar pursue him, but as they are trying to get him to drop his weapon he drops down dead - he has been shot. The two cops are told that it is federal business and that they should keep out of it. Her partner does some investigation though, and discovers that the man who was killed believed that black radicals were being rounded up and taken away in trains. They receive a call to visit the location of a robbery in progress and are nearly killed when a bomb goes off. Later, her brother (Eezy D) comes to her and tries to talk to her about a conspiracy that he believes is going on. She ignore him, but when she returns to work the following day Oscar has vanished. Figuring out his diary, which contains train-times she goes to the train yard. Her other brother, Lieutenant Butler, is discussing his arrangement with a mysterious man, and when he says he wants out he is dragged off to be put on the train. Boy comes out of the shadows with a gun, and Butler screams for her to shoot him before he is put on the train. She can't do it, but then Eezy D leaps out with a machine gun and kills him. Then he is shot in turn. The troops are told to wait until the train has gone and then to shoot her, but once the train leaves Oscar appears and shoots them instead. He tells her to wait for a bald Englishman - she is going to join the Invisibles...

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 1] A sign behind Boy's head says W.A.S.T.E., a reference to Thomas Pynchon's Crying of Lot 49 that will reappear in the next Boy-centered storyline-see the annotations for 2.11. [RM] panel 5: Oscar says that he talked with Boy's brother: this could mean the two men share the same ideas because they're are all Invisibles (see the end of this issue). [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] That wino yelling about the "Empire" and "Black Iron" looks a LOT like the real-life Philip K. Dick. [CAG] panel 4: "The empire never ended" comes from "VALIS" and "Radio Free Albemuth" by Philip K. Dick. (The second is a sorta darker retelling of the first). See either book for details. In VALIS/RFA, the fascistic administration of U.S. President Ferris F. Fremont, a thinly-disguised Richard Nixon (Fremont, Calif. maps onto Whittier, Calif., Nixon's birthplace and FFF=666, geddit?) is a continuation of the Roman Empire which suppressed the Essenes/Christians. [CAG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 2] Wesley Snipes is an actor (his first famous role was with Sylvester Stallone in Demolition Man) [PV] panel 3: "The Cosby Show" was a nice, happy '80s NBC sitcom starring Bill Cosby which portrayed a black family in an affluent suburb of Chicago (I think). [CG] panel 4: Eezy D is slang for Easy Dope. [PV] He's reminiscent of rapper Eazy E of N.W.A, one of the first gangsta rappers, who later died of AIDS. So calling yourself "Eezy D" is not very original. The whole stereotypical setup of Boy's family makes sense in the light of 2.11. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 4] "I guess I never really knew him": right! [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 3] Rex 84. 23 detention camps. It this story true? [PV] U.S. concentration camps in real life: Various "reservations" for Indians during the wars against them in 19th Century. Chiefly marked by neglect Civil War. Both the North and South had 'em. Andersonville (Georgia?) was the most notorious. The camp doctor hanged, the Confederate officers in charge walked. Notable feature was the "dead line," marked by planks. If you walked past it, the guards shot you. Japanese-Americans kept in camps such as Manzanar during World War II. U.S. government eventually made some reparations to victims and relatives In sorta real life: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) -, founded 1979, answers to the President, via National Security Council. A Miami Herald article published 5 July 1987 reported that U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, then employed to draw up national security contingency plans, often met Louis O. Guiffrido, then head of FEMA, between 1982 and 1984, to discuss FEMA's role in the event of civil unrest and the imposition of martial law. Guiffrido produced a plan for mass roundup and imprisonment of subversives, recycled from a plan he devised in 1970 for the Army War College in the event of an uprising of black militants (!). The Miami Herald got a copy of the 2 Aug 1984 memo detailing the plan, to be included in an Executive Order or National Security Directive that President Reagan was supposed to sign. According to various right-wing web pages, this is NSDD 58. The Herald story says it's unclear whether it was signed. As for REX-84, the Winter 1990 issue of the Covert Action Information Bulletin reports a series of simulations designed to coordinate the various agencies, civilian and military, needed under the above arrangement. One of these wargames was called REX-84/Night Train (!!). Whatever the ultimate fate of this program, it may have cost FEMA the resources it needed to its ostensible job: disaster relief. FEMA was utterly unprepared for Hurricane Andrew when it hit Florida in 1992 and was therefore overhauled. Neither source cited above says whether camps were actually built, though a few web pages list possible sites. In the 1980s, some politicans wanted mandatory ID of AIDS victims, followed by relocation to hospitals little better than charnel houses. Didn't happen. In fiction: Vineland - Thomas Pynchon (1980s) - There's one in northern California. Unreconstructed hippie Zoyd Wheeler finds it. Squirrelly U.S. government (FBI?) agent Brock Vond dreams of raising families of informants to travel around the country busting opposition groups. It Can't Happen Here - Sinclair Lewis (1935). Fascists led by the folksy Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip win the 1936 election, defeating FDR. Detention camps for dissidents, victims of grudges and almost all blacks and Indians. Two coups follow, each worse than the last. Camp Concentration - Thomas A. Disch. Government experiments on political prisoners. Great! [CAG] The Number 23 shows up again (see 1.16, page 23) [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] Notice the mannequins in the room that blows up, nearly taking Boy and Oscar with it? A similar fire starts off the Illuminatus! trilogy. While investigating its aftermath, cops Goddman and Muldoon find two burned dummies and initially mistake them for bodies. [CAG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 4] Eliot Ness is the man who put Al Capone in jail. For more info, see "The Untouchbles," a film starring Kevin Costner and Sean Connery, based partly on an old American TV series. [PV/JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 1] Blood and Crips are famous L.A. street gangs. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 6] The trains are shown running at 17:00 and 23:00. The 23 is showing up again. (17 is sometimes associated with 23 in Illuminatus) [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panel 6] "It's not Oscar anymore": this could mean that Oscar was only a fake name. He could be an Invisible whose duty was to watch over Lucille/Boy until she'd join the Invisibles (like it happened to Dane/Jack). [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] [panel 3] The "English bald guy" is King Mob. This could be a proof that Oscar is an Invisible too. 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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Dane (Jack Frost) has returned to Liverpool and keeps having flashbacks to his experiences with Tom O'Bedlam. In his flashbacks he experiences Barbelith and visits the Invisible College. He goes to visit his friend Billy, only to discover that he has sold me out to the enemy. As he runs, he bumps into his old teacher. Dane then visits his mother and tries to explain to her what has happened to him - but she doesn't understand. Some of the enemy break in and threaten him, but he disables them through use of a magic word - as one of them attempts to rise, Boy leaps in and knocks him down. She reveals that Dane's school teacher is actually Mr Six, one of the most powerful Invisibles on the planet. Boy asks him to come with her to save King Mob and Fanny...

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, INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 4-5] These pages revisit 1.4 [CG] page 5, panel 4: The red globe is addressing Dane, calling him Lost One. But ...the Lost Ones are the enemies (???) [PV] Well, Dane does say that no one knows what he is, and he does save Sir Miles in 1.24, so maybe... [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 3] Root Doctaz is Jim Crow's band. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 4] This is the Invisible College from 2.06 [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 3] Oasis poster on the wall. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12-13] The phrase "Try to remember" pops up frequently during appearances of the Barbelith sphere, apparently manifest as a satellite on the far side of the moon. Compare this to the following quotes from Philip K. Dick's Radio Free Albemuth pages 160-161: "You have remembered. You know. There is now no forgetting... the disclosure to the ancient initiate. I had undergone the Orphic ceremonies... to emerge suddenly into the chamber of light... [to be reminded] of my own nature and my past: trip across space from Albemuth, the far star, migration to this world... The enemy had soon followed and the garden we built had been polluted and made toxic with his presence... We became half blind; we forgot until reminded. Reminded by the rotating voice in the nearby sky, placed there long ago in case a calamity occurred... [and if the satellite was found, it would be] old and pitted. It had been there thousands of years... without memory we had fallen victim to our adversary.." Try to remember, indeed! [JH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 4] "Doctor Who" is an English sci-fi TV serial. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 2] Is this a real logo for a show? King Mob used a found Sigil in the Absolute Vertigo story. [BSI] "Top of the Pops" is a long running chart rundown show, it's been going since the 60s and is famous for having bands come on and mime to their hits (if anyone's seen Nirvana 'Live! Tonight! Sold Out!' their weird version of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' is taken from TOTP) The logo is broadly consistent with what I can remember of the time, seeing as the events in the comics were by that time about a year and a half before the issue date. It's not an exact copy, probably for copyright reasons. [L] [panel 3] There's a Marylin Monroe poster on the wall. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] [panel 3] The name "Mr. 6" may be a reference to the Marquis de Sade. In a letter written by Sade to his wife in 1783, while a prisoner at Vincennes, he continually refers to himself in the third person as "Mr. 6," that is, the occupant of Cell #6 of the prison. [RR] [panel 4] The policeman has some kind of metal thing in is head. What could it be? [PV] In Stephen King's "The Tommyknockers," the hero is able to resist the aliens for so long because of the metal plate he had in his head after a skiing accident. Perhaps this policeman had been to Argentina like the guard King Mob shot (1.01 and 1.12). INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] Barbelith, as a satellite on the dark side of the moon, seems very similar to VALIS from Philip K. Dick's novels, at least to me. [BSI] In The Secret Gospel of John, "Barbelo" is the first thought of the Unknowable All. The name sounds awfully similar to Barbelith, and I thought it an interesting coincidence that the satellite which is talking to humanity in its thoughts has a name similar to the first thought. Barbelo comes into existence when the logos sees its reflection in the stream of light surrounding it, hence she is called "the image of the spirit." I believe someone says elsewhere in the Annotations that the red dot (Barbelith's symbol) is the image of the perfect soul. Maybe I'm reaching here, but I want to point out the similarity between "the image of the spirit(logos)" and "the image of the perfect soul." [TL] [panel 5] "As above, so below.": Barbelith's transmission echoes Elfayed quote in 1.17, page 9, panel 4. [JB]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Jim Crow and Ragged Robin have arrived at the House of Fun, where King Mob was being held captive. Inside Miss Dwyer is roaming the corridors looking for blood. King Mob is injured and Fanny attempts to drag him somewhere safe. They begin to feel ill as Cancerous growths appear on their skin in response to the presence of an Archon. They find Sir Miles, who is unaffected, and transfuse some of his blood (which is full of the Archon's nanotechnology) into their bodies. Jim Crow (as Papa Guede) and Ragged Robin enter the building to find reality crumbling. Jack Frost, Boy and Mr Six leave his mother's home and proceed to the House of Fun. Almost immediately Jack loses the others. King Mob and Fanny find the nanotech helps them considerably, but then Miss Dwyer attacks. The rest of the team find themselves fighting Zombies except Jack, who suddenly finds himself face to face with an Archon...,

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET If you put together the covers for 1.22, 1.23 and 1.24, you'll have a very interesting image. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The title, "House of Fun" is the title of a "Madness" song, at least in part about coming of age. The chorus runs like this: Welcome to the House of Fun Now I've come of age Welcome to the House of Fun Welcome to the lion's den Temptation's on his way Welcome to the House of Fun" All of which sounds pretty appropriate for this issue. The song does suggest that The House of Fun is a joke shop, in the lines : I'm sorry son, but we don't stock Party gimmicks in this shop Try the House of Fun, It's quicker if you run, This is a chemist, not a joker's shop" [AW] In a story for 2000AD called 'Really and Truly', Grant used the "House of Fun" as a portable house for government drug agents. [Mr. White] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 5] "Alan Dunn's House of Fun": Is this a reference to someone? [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 2] "Outer Church": We'll see more of it in 2.03-2.04 and 2.12. [PV/JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 3] The vampire Lestat is the main character in the vampire books by Anne Rice [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 2] Jim Crow is speaking Creole. "Papa te rekonet mwen, gwo zozo, sil vu ple" translates as, "papa, you know me, (something) my penis, please." It's a reference to him asking the Loa to empower him. The reference to a penis is not unusual for dealings with the Ghede loa, who are known to be playfully vulgar in speech. My suspicion is that he's saying "charge me up," or something along those lines. [DK] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 1] Jim Crow is again speaking Creole. "papa Legba ouvri bay - a pou mwen pou mwen pase, le ma tounen, sa salyi lwa yo" translates as, "papa Legba open this door - for me so I can enter, (something something)." Crow's speaking to Legba (appropriate, since he is the Loa of crossroads, passage, and gateways, among other things) and asking him for help gaining entry. The end of his request is probably a promise of repayment, which is pretty common in these situations. [DK] "le ma tounen, sa salyi lwa yo" means (approximately) "when I go out, I will praise the loa". The whole phrase is part of an invocation to Legba, who is always invoked for any Vodoun ceremony, as he guards the gate between this world and that of the Loa. [HE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 2] "Welcome to the house of fun" is of course a line from the song "House of Fun" by Madness. [RL] This is what John A'Dreams found in 1.09. [L]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Dane (Jack Frost) is in 2012 recounting the encounter at the House of Fun to a man with blond hair. Jack protects himself from the Archon with a circle of ash, while Jim Crow shoots Zombies with the power of his erotic visualisations. Jack in his circle re-experiences the past and one of his ex-girlfriends - but the memory has been distorted and fouled by the Archon. He is succumbing when he experiences Barbelith - Boy and Mr Six find him in a trance in front of the body of the King-of-all-Tears. He can't be stirred, and while in the trance his future self talks to him about his role in the Universe and he becomes connected. But the abscess in reality is beginning to blow...

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The title is a reference to Nikos Kazantzakis' novel "The Last Temptation of Christ," which was adapted to film by Martin Scorcese. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] I might be wrong, but nonetheless: The guy with Dane is Gary. "Gaz". The missing member of the Croxteth Posse. Several years older, and lobotomized, but that's definitely Gary. [CGU] panel 2: According to 2.06, the man with Dane is the Buddha on the road. Who is he? [PV] I don't think the reference in 2.06 was to this guy. After all, since Jack is supposed to be the Buddha, it probably isn't this guy. In addition, there is the phrase "If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him," which basically is a warning against false prophets and the like. But as to who the man is Jack's talking to, I have no idea. [CG] Dane is not "the" Buddha, he is *a* buddha. There is a gnostic concept in that we were once all God, but we've all forgotten it. Morrison is using Balbelith as the signpost we all created when we were God to lead us the way back... Check the early issues and it will confirm it. [JK] "Technoccult" poster: According to Robin, they're financed by the conspiracy. See 2.06 [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 4] We can read Dane's complete name: Dane PAUL McGowan. Behind Dane's tomb there's a statue very similar to Superman. [PV] About Danes full name: on page 13 his gravestone is missing his middle name. This looks too big to be an error on the artist's part, but it's back on page 16. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] For those not familiar with Buddhism, this issue draws very heavily on the story of how the Buddha attained enlightenment. I believe the gods tried to distract him from this task, first sending gods of lust to hold him to earth with erotic visions. This page corrseponds to that. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 15-17] After lust failed to move the Buddha, the gods of death took over,, taunting him with visions of his own doom. I think after that demonic armies were raised against him, to no avail. Also note that Dane is doing *exactly* what the Buddha did: sitting under a tree, saying nothing and doing nothing. [RD] [page 16] [panel 2] "I think it's V.SAD" What does this mean? [PV] Future-slang for 'very sad?' [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 1] The perfect human soul is a RED GLOBE. The omnipresent red globe. [PV] [panel 3] For those of us like Dane, Webster's says that a Manichaean is a believer in a syncretistic religious dualism originating in Persia in the 3rd century A.D. and teaching the release of the spirit from matter through asceticism. [RD] [panel 5] And again like the story of the Buddha, the enemy gods admit defeat, and the Buddha ascends to a higher understanding. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panel 1] More on Robin's bracelet in 2.01, page 7. [RL] panel 3: We learn Robin's Birthday: June 14, 1988. This is only a few months before Grant's first issue of Doom Patrol, with the first appearance of Crazy Jane, came out. We also learn they share the same name (Kay) in 2.2, pg 14. [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] [panel 1] "The cat in the hat": a children's book written by the late Dr. Seuss. [JB] "I knew who killed Prof. Plum in the kitchen with the fucking revolver": This is a reference to the board game "Clue." To win you have to find out who was the killer, which room the murder was committed in, and what weapon was used. [JB] So, did Dane win, or the King? [L]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Fanny is being attacked by Miss Dwyer, while Robin and Jim Crow approach the source of the disturbance. Boy and Mr Six are at the centre of the abscess. Mr Six seals it by sacrificing his Brian Malcolm personality. Meanwhile, Jack is experiencing Barbelith while being approached by the King-of-all-Tears. King Mob injects Miss Dwyer with Key 23 and Fanny subdues her by showing her a mug with "World's Greatest Dad" written on it. Jack Frost manages to out-think the Archon by telling him that he knows his name. The whole disturbance stops. Jim Crow kills Miss Dwyer, and King Mob is healed by Jack Frost's Magic Mirror. Jack also replaces Sir Miles' aura, and they decide to leave for America.

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MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 4] "Cthulhu": a reference to H.P. Lovecraft's character of the same name. [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 1] Onorthocrasi, Efememphi, Iocho, Nenetophi, and Blaomen are demons from "The Apocriphon of John". See "The Nag Hammadi Library" edited by Mames M. Robinson (HarperCollins). [PR] panel 3: Is the Imbecile Pope another Harelquin-type reference?[CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 2] Another Outer Church reference. See 2.03 [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 1] Barbara Cartland is an English romance novelist. She was related (step-grandmother? Not sure, something like that) to the late Princess Diana - a significant figure in Invisibles lore. Everything is connected!!! [AJS] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 5] At last we know why they call him the King-of-All-Tears. This goes a ways toward substantiating the cosmology postulated on pages 1 and 22 of next issue, but keep in mind the King has no reason to be telling the truth, either. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 2] The King is evidently shifting himself to [page 16] [panel 3] of 2.06. Also, for more talk of time as a sphere, see 1.15 [RD] [panel 3] This bit about colored cubes sounds oddly familiar. Can anyone place it? [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 1] Robin's mysterious photograph, next seen in 2.01 and pivotal for the creation of a time machine. [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 1] This reminds me: Jim's bird has been a lot less talkative than in 1.10. Any reason? [RD] Jim's bird might be less talkative in the later portions of v. 1 than in issue 10 because Jim isn't alone. [KM] Jim's bird may be less talkative because it's a different bird- at some point he refers to this- he may have had to leave the "Ouija Bird" at home, possibly because of England's (6 month) pet quarantine. [HE] [panel 2] "Inferno" is the first part of "The Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri. It tells the story of Dante on a journey through the Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. The Italian writer describes the nature of this three worlds and the famous (dead) people he met. A masterpiece of the Italian literature. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 4] According to her own words, Robin already assisted a dying King Mob (this could happen in the future where she comes from) [PV] Is this related to Robin's deja vu in 1.17, page 15?, [BSI] Also refers to 2.04 when she tells Boy she knows she and King Mob don't have a future together. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panel 4] "ones and nothing": Jack's referring to computer language based on a succession of 1s and 0s ("1" and "0" correspond to open and closed circuits). [PV] "Ones and nothings" - Compare with the enemy's fixation on "yes/no" as seen earlier on the Harmony House card decks and later on the big sphere in the Outer Church images. [EB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] [panel 2] "Abominable plateau of Leng": The Plateau of Leng is in Asia. [KM] This is definitely a Lovecraft reference. [RM]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Note: The characters of Jack and George in Division X are pretty obviously based on the characters of Jack Regan and George Carter (played by John Thaw and Dennis Waterman) in the 1970s British cop show The Sweeney about the Flying Squad. Right down to the likenesses. The Mr. Six character in this issue is also pretty obviously based on the character Jason King from the 1970s British TV series Department S and Jason King, played by Peter Wyngarde. [D] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] [panel 1] This is from the Channel 4 TV series Father Ted, also referred to in page 20, panel 3. Possibly not significant except that it's a very funny sitcom about three catholic priests on an island off the coast of Ireland. [D] Why "and later"? This scene's happened before, not after, the girl chat. [PV] "And Later" maybe because Page 1 starts with "In the beginning" and the girl is talking about the creation of the universe 9000 years ago. So our story happens "later" than that. [RM] [panel 3] For more Flann O'Brien info, go to HYPERLINK "http://indigo.ie/ %7Eocaooai/flindex.html" \t "" http://indigo.ie/~ocaooai/flindex.html [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 1] The Sex Pistols said "fuck" on a british TV show, which led to the show's host (Bill? Grundy) being fired. [RL] panel 2: Didn't the Regan character leave the Sweeney under less-than-perfect conditions? [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 1] Is it just me, or does the statue on the far left of the panel (presumably of Winston Churchill?) look a lot like Quimper with his straw in his mouth? [CE] [panel 3] "Mr. Crowley": Like the famous occultist. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 3] "Captain Jodie reporting for duty, sir": Is this a quote? To me, this is a reference to Jodie the Pig from "The Amityville Horror." [JDA] The pig mask also appears on [page 16] [panel 3] and in [1.15] [page 5] [panel 4] [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 2] Is this the same stuff as 1.1, pg 32? [BSI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] How does the team get to Benny from the shop? Is it just that he's a Sweeney-type grass or do they have luck on their side? [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 3] "I don't like that story mummy." Is this a Psycho reference? [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 3] "Tekeli-li!" comes originally from Edgar Allen Poe's "The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym." It is the noise a bird in the polar land of the Tsalal makes, and more importantly, Lovecraft uses this as inspiration for his first and only true appearance of the shoggoths. They are created by the Elder Ones (extra-terrestrials who created the shoggoths as slaves [and incidentally created human beings as a failed attempt]). The shoggoths are mimics, and have a certain cunning in that way. They rose up and were responsible for the destruction of the Elder Things (due to their relative invulnerability and their parrot-like intelligence). The point is "Tekeli-li!" is the cry of the shoggoth (presumably mimicking the birds of Poe's story) as it pursues the protagonist of "In The Mountains of Madness" (generally regarded as HPL's best work). [JP] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 4] "You were behind me." Did he mean just now, or when he was, sailing the Viking ship? Does Mister Six have a less-than-savoury past? [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 1] "Hele, Conceal, and Never Reveal": This is part of the Masons' initiation oath according to "The Brotherhood" by Stephen Knight. Looks like Eddie's a Mason. (check out HYPERLINK "http://www.ronniet.demon.co.uk/mason-intro.html" \t "_blank" http://www.ronniet.demon.co.uk/mason-intro.html for the ritual) [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 1] This is presumably the mirror from 1.11 [BSI] [panel 2] Eddie's reasoning about the Invisibles sounds very similar to most racist cant. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 1] Is it just me, or does George look an awful lot like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo here? Would make his lines in this panel a lot funnier if this is intentional, which it may be, considering the 70-rejects nature of Division X. [RD] [panel 2] "Armageddon": Biblical event that will put an end to the human world. [PV] "Return of the Great Old Ones": Another reference to Chtulhu myths. [PV] "Hopi Fifth World": If I recall correctly, the Hopi Fifth World is the successor to the present Fourth world, which will be destroyed in a nuclear-like Armageddon or possibly a psychic shift of some sort. There are several worlds to come after the Fifth world as well. [DS] "Ragnarok": The clash of Gods that will destroy the world, according to the Norse mythology. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 3] Note the constant juxtaposing of the pig-mask with depravity (see Sheman). Does this mean anything in particular? [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 2] Quimper seems to be sucking on the stuff the team were shown on page 8. [L] [panels 5 & 7] This reminds me of ideas in P.K. Dick's "VALIS" again, which in turn was derived from Gnostic Christianity. I'd really appreciate it if someone conversant with Gnosticism would make comment...[RD] panel 6: "Queen of Hearts" Nickname given to Princess Diana by the press. [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panel 3] It is Princess Di, of course (see the discussion in 1.11). Interesting to go back to this after the death and virtual sanctification of Diana. [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] [panel 4] So, the Royal Beast from 1.11 is more than just a one-off bit. See also the bit in "Entropy in the UK" [1.17-1.19] where one of the Gideon Stargraves nukes the Royal Beast of his dimension on coronation day...[RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] [panel 2] Note the vacant look, note the plastic sheen on her chin like the reflection on her boots. Is this girl also one of Quimper's little dolls? Is this the sort of thing he tried to do with Jolly Roger in 2.0? Also note the blank look on Robin's face on the last page of 2.10 in this light...[RD] What's the globe Quimper's sucking from? [PV] [panel 6] The number 23 shows up again. [BSI]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The titles of the "Black Science" story arc (Bangin', Kickin' Sorted, and Safe) are all English dance music (or am I supposed to say "electronica"?) slang phrases. [JBU] 'Bangin' refers to the drumbeats of tunes. Also it's a euphemism for sex, a la Robin and KM on page 8.[L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] "It's the end of the word as we know it": A reference to "It's the End of the World as We Know It" by REM? "The word" as in "The Word" of the Bible? The "word" of Key 17 from 1.24? [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] King Mob's shirt has a picture of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevera on it. [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 1] Robin's "Nice and Smooth" echoes the first words spoken by King Mob on page 1, panel 4 in 1.01. [CE] Is this indicative of something? The first volume to a large extent revolved around KM. In addition, he was the leader of the cell during this time. Perhaps Robin's saying this first thing in this volume means that Volume 2 is primarily about her (which holds true for most of the run so far) and that she is the leader. We'll see when Vol. 3 starts up how well this theory holds up. [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET, o [page 7] [panel 3] "The horror, the horror": A reference to Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness as well, of course, to Coppola's film Apocalypse Now. [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 3] Mason is very similar to Bruce Wayne (a.k.a.Batman). Like Batman, when he was very young something happened to him that really changed his life. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 2] Those look more like Quimper-faces than aliens to me... [RD] [panel 3] This whole "liquid information" bit reminds me of Philip K. Dick's VALIS, which talks a lot about unusual transmission media for information and postulates a god who is in fact made of liquid information (see 2.04) [RD] [panel 5] "Did they try to teach you a language?": This seems to refernce the common experiences of DMT users, who often report that, after injesting the drug, enter a realm in which bouncing globes or dwarves (I forget what Terence McKenna calls them) try to gift you with a new kind of language. [JB] "They use emotional aggregates...": This ties in with Columbine's "They talk in emotional aggregates" in 2.07 p18 panel 3, spoken apparently with regards to Jack and Fanny. [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 2] There's a face reflected in the liquid that is in the glass. Who is she/he?It's certainly not Mason's reflection, because of the position of his head. It could be KM, but the next panel shows that he's sitting down. Could it be an "anticipation" of Jolly Roger's arrival: she is nearly bald, too. I think it could be an association to the liquid information Mason's talking about. [CI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 3] "Little Fluffy Clouds" is a song by The Orb. The opening dialogue/lyrics to the song go like this, which works nicely with the photo Robin is holding: MALE VOICE: What were the skies like when you were young? FEMALE VOICE: The ran on forever when I was... we lived in Arizona, and the skies always had little fluffy clouds in them. They were long and clear and there were lots of stars at night... Dunno if this is significant or not, but it is mostly appropriate for the storyline, with 1) Robin appearing as a child in the southwest US (NM not AZ, I realize) and Takashi's "time- as-cartoon-background" theory, and if you want to read *way* too far into it, the shots of a starry starry sky during the LSD scenes. [CE] [panel 5] I believe this is the first time King Mob is shown with an eyebrow ring. [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 7] Notice that the shooting target has a "Mod"/target symbol on its chest. King Mob wears a t-shirt with identical target symbol placement on it, tying into what seems to be a recurring theme of King Mob's imminent demise throughout v2. [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 1] "listen to the voice of Buddha": opening and oft-reoccuring line from the Human League song "Being Boiled." [RL] [panel 2] Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's butler in P.G. Wodehouse's stories. [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] From The New Scientist, 14/11/92: "Galvanized into action by the discovery that the US Congress had voted to give the US Army millions of dollars to test a controversial new AIDS vaccine, the country's most senior health officials and AIDS researchers met last week to consider whether to put the breaks on the trial." $20 million was put aside for the Department of Defense to conduct a trial of gp160, a protein from the coat of HIV. Early reports suggested a reduction in the amount of virus from the injection of this protein. The director of the NIH found none of the [family of] vaccines had any 'consistent effect' on the amount of virus. [JBU] [panel 2]: popular conspiracy theory: the CIA invented AIDS. [RL] AIDS as covert biological warfare? See HYPERLINK "http://www.netspace.net.au/%7Enewdawn/46a.htm" \t "_blank" http://www.netspace.net.au/~newdawn/46a.htm for a doctor's point-of-view. [While you're there, check out the whole site - paranoid conspiracy theory with a mystical twist. Great stuff.] [Z] [panel 3] Ebola: a virus causing severe hemorrhagic fevers. Ebola virus first emerged in two major disease outbreaks which occurred almost simultaneously in Zaire and Sudan in 1976. Over 500 cases were reported, with mortality rates of 88% in Zaire and 53% in Sudan. Following incubation periods of 4-16 days, onset is sudden, marked by fever, chills, headache, anorexia and myalgia. These signs are soon followed by nausea, vomiting, sore throat, abdominal pain and diarrhea. When first examined, patients are usually overtly ill, dehydrated, apathetic and disoriented. Pharyngeal and conjunctival injections are usual. Most of the patients develop severe hemorrhagic manifestations, usually between days 5 and 7. Bleeding is often from multiple sites, with the gastrointestinal tract, lungs and gingiva the most commonly involved. Bleeding and oropharyngeal lesions usually herald a fatal outcome. Death occurs between days 7 and 16, usually from shock with or without severe blood loss. (From the website "MARBURG AND EBOLA VIRUSES, Hans-Dieter Klenk, Werner Slenczka and Heinz Feldmann, Institut Fur Virologie Philipps Universitaet, Marburg Germany"). In 1995 in Zaire the virus killed 245 people. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] [panel 1]: The entity in the beam is explained in 2.02, page 8. [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] [panel 4] Yet another Robert Anton Wilson association, as the number 23 ties heavily into RAW and Robert Shea's "Illuminatus" trilogy. [CE] "23" is the number of ruin according to the I Ching. See 1.9 [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] Mason's theory about Pulp Fiction has been widely circulated on the Net since the movie came out in 1994. (Quentin Tarantino denies the story, but of course he would even if it were true, wouldn't he?) Had anyone heard Mason's Speed theory before, or can we assume that it's Morrison's creation? [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] [panel 2] "Well is that you, John Wayne? Is this me?" Can anyone ID the movie this is from? It's a line that people often use to make it clear they're doing a John Wayne impression-just as you might say "I am not a crook" to do a Nixon impression or "a rilly big shew" to do Ed Sullivan. [RM] This quote comes from Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, wherein someone mutters it to mock the badass drill sergeant Hartman... [CE],

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] Oppenheimer actually said "I am become death, destroyer of worlds" after the first detonation. The quotation is from the Bhagavad-Gita, a Hindu holy book, and I've seen translations of "shatterer" and "destroyer." [CE] To summarize from James Gleick's Genius (pp154-6), his biography of Richard Feynman: "The atom bomb test was carried out at Jornada del Muerto (trans. Journey of death) on 16/7/45. As far as Oppenheimer's comment goes: "The jubilation, the shouting, the dancing, the triumph of that day have been duly recorded. On the road back another physicist thought Feynman was going to float through the roof of the bus. The bomb makers rejoiced and got drunk... Later they remembered having doubts. Oppenheimer, urbane and self-torturing aficionado of Eastern mysticism, said... (while Feynman was thinking "Clouds")... he had thought of a passage from the Bhagavad Gita, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds". The test director... supposedly told him "We are all sons of bitches now"... In the actuality of the event, relief and excitement drowned out most such thoughts. Feynman remembered only one man 'moping'-his own recruiter to the Manhattan project, Robert Wilson (!). Wilson surprised Feynman by saying 'It's a terrible thing that we made.' For most the second thoughts did not come until later." [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 2,3,6-9] According to an interview, Morrison culled the dialogue for these pages from actual conversations he and friends taped while using LSD on a mesa. [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] Ganesha is the Hindu god, destroyer of obstacles. He has an elephant head. [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 4] I recall hearing that Austin and Emilio are actual friends of Grant he just put in for the hell of it. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 1] "If it wasn't for bats [=Batman], insects [=criminals] would take over the world." More evidence of Mason-Bruce Wayne similarity. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 1] "The first atomic bomb..." If you consider the 4th of July to be the "birthday" of the United States, you can also say that America is a cancer. [RM] panel 5-6: "That's called Barbelith, that is. Don't you remember?" Dane assumes that he and Mason share this knowledge because they've both been abducted by aliens (or whatever they are). [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 5] KM flashes forward to page 20, panel 1. Easy to miss with all the babbling going on. [RD] "Driving the porcelain bus" is a British euphemism for throwing up after a night on the piss. [JBU] But in this case it probably refers to the Porcelaine train carrying the pure-information alien. [L] The background could be the Nazca lines made by ancient shamen floating around by remote viewing. (In Mexico?) This issue has the invisibles doing some astral peeping themselves. [DN] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 3] "It is always the day of nine dogs", eh? See 1.13-15 for Fanny's take on this. [RD] [panel 6] Is that a bat symbol I see reflected in KM's shades? [DN] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 2] All the activist cells of the Invisibles are organized according to elemental symbolism. Every member represents an element that defines his role inside the group. Roles changed at the beginning of volume II. [Character] [Volume I] [Volume II] King Mob: Air : Earth Ragged Robin: Fire : Air Boy: Earth : Spirit (???) Fanny: Water : Fire (???) Jack: Spirit : Water [PV] According to Edith in volume 1, Spirit has a mind of its own, so probably Boy is Spirit (see 2.10). [RL] Boy's holding a white slip of paper, which would definitely imply spirit more than fire. [CG] Note that the weight of leadership has already settled on Robin: her hair no longer floats around from this point on. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] [panel 5] "The implants were in our polio immunizations": A reference to The X-Files. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] [panel 3] The White Flame technique, which will be explained in 2.03, pages 12-13. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE, "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET

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"http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Welcome to the second volume of THE INVISIBLES - a bit of radical posturing which talks about anarchy and insurrection while being published by a multinational corporation bent on enslaving the world. Which side are you on? INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Welcome, as we boldly fly in the teeth of the comics recession and relaunch the only comic that dares to tell you, the reader, the Secret of the Universe! Readers of Volume 1, I'm glad you're back! New readers, pull up a sofa, hang on tight and let's hear what you think. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Remember at the start of '96, I mentioned that Terence McKenna's theoretical Timewave graph showed a massive spike toward the zero axis of ultimate chaos/ultimate novelty during this year? If the theory holds water, then we should have witnessed an increase in turbulence and rapid change in the world. So far this year we've seen the creation of the world's smallest engine, cybernetic chips to cure blindness and the announcement of the discovery of life on Mars! Add to this the almost viruslike spread of the "Communion" alien head icon and other images of alien cultures impacting on our own. Sprinkle in the personal turmoil practically everyone I know has been involved in over the last few months, top it all with the rumors that it's not over yet and that NASA has a "major announcement" to make before the end of the year and you have one hell of a weird cake on your plate. This may be spontaneous eruption of millennial archetypes, my lunatic interpretation of a series of random events or something genuinely unusual. I'd be interested to know if anyone else out there has been experiencing what I can only call "turbulence." As far as I can see, it's hitting the vulnerable and unstable areas of people's lives, the areas most inclined to register increased change; for some it's manifesting in sudden financial problems, for others it's been health collapse or the unexpected capsizing of seemingly stable relationships. You may even have noticed an increased tendency for your shoelaces to come undone. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET And while you're thinking about that, hi! Woo! Rock 'n' Roll! to all the groovy people I met at the San Diego Con and my apologies to anyone I didn't get much of a chance to talk to in all the conclusion of the weekend (the charming girl who asked me about that mysterious man in Mary Shelley's coach from volume I, issue #7 springs vividly to mind). Sorry, but I kept getting dragged away to panels or signings or interviews every time we were about to have a conversation. Write me a letter. Same goes for anyone else who wanted a chat but couldn't get through. "Invisible Ink" is only as good as its contributors, so please get writing and may the Lord have mercy upon us all! INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Finally, thanks to everyone who's been writing through the hiatus between volumes. I can't print them all, but I have read every one several times and... here are some of them... INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET JOHN EGAN: "Grant, The Last Temptation of Jack was one of my favorite characters in this story so far. I liked the first half hecause it reminded me of a Nick Fury comic. I liked the second half because I was just as fooled as Jack was. Yes, I too seek nirvana. A worthy goal, to be sure, but like most people, ifyou wave a carrot right in front of me, common sense and even the instinct for preservation be darned, I'll jump up and down and bark like a little dog. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET "If I were asked to sum up THE INVISIBLES in three words, I suppose that 'It's All Bullshit' would be close enough. In a world where 98% of religious teaching consists of fantasy and lies and 2% might be true for you (I'm talking Christian, occult, whatever) this could be the safest approach, but how safe is too safe? You practice magic, so you've taken a leap, shown some faith. At times in my life, I've been pulled in a variety ofdirections (picture a 14-year-old suburban kid reading Anton La Vey's Satanic Bible thinking, 'This is it!' That lasted about a day and a half. At 16 it was the Bhagavad Gita.) But deep down I have so little faith in my fellow man and myself that I've never found the resolve to actually take steps. What book do I read, what discipline do I follow? Traditional therapy is turning me into a chain wreck, so maybe some of that Reichian treatment would pave the road, but was he a brave visionary (as played by Donald Sutherland) or just a nut? Both? Oh, that's a help. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET "By now you're probably afraid that I've mistaken you for Ann Landers and am looking for some sort of advice. No way. Just letting you know I'm out here, reading and reacting. I'll stop now, as you're surely all worn out after ringing heaven's doorbell and running away. I was worried about you for a while, but as my cat, Topaz, is staying overnight at the vet, I've only got enough worry to go around right now. Besides, I suspect that neither God nor the Devil needs the hassle, eh? INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET "Best." INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET You get to open Volume 2, John, thanks for the letter. Healthwise, I'm out of the woods and onto the tarmac waving a flag and I hope Topaz is fine too. Now, I'm no Ann Landers, but... Traditional therapy is based on talking and, in my experience. talking about problems often only serves to dig them in deeper. I regard the orthodox psychiatric methods, for all their useful insights, to be highly inefficient and self-indulgent, leading to reinforeement of negative personality traits (which is why so many people spend years in therapy and are still as neurotic as when they started). Reich's methods don't allow you to hide behind endless ego-derived speeches about how wrong you are or how bad you feel. The techniques are directly physical and effective. In Reichian therapy, you don't talk, you scream and howl and sob and actually relive and discharge trauma as opposed to farting away years just talking about yourself and your imagined problems. My general rule of thumb in murky areas of "magic" and personality engineering is that if a technique produces results for you when you try it, then it's a good technique., If it doesn't produce results, move on. So, it doesn't matter to me whether or not Reich was a genius, a nut, or Donald Sutherland being taken away in a black car; the bottom line is that I found his methods to be practical and effective and would recommend them without hesitation to anyone who's not afraid to shake hands with their own inner demons. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET ROB WALTON: "Grant, I've only just learned the extent of your recent illness through your letter column. I sincerely hope that by the time this letter reaches you, you will have made a full and blithe recovery. I've been writing you the occasional sycophantic letter since issue one of THE INVISIBLES, and at the risk of playing flatterer yet again, I'd like to say that yours would be a loss this industry could not sustain. I really don't know how to express my regard without sounding toady, so I'll leave it to you to filter out the true sentiment from my words. I wish you only the best of health. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET "With regard to THE INVISIBLES, I just recently sat down and reread the series in one go and I'm sorry to say that it all makes perfect sense. So much as we know. Waiting in the wings are several mysteries yet to be clarified, among them the tale of John-A-Dreams, who is the man whose name we never catch (could Lucifer.Satan be the original lnvisible?-I am reminded of God's words to the Satan in the Book of Job: "Where have you been?" "I have been roaming All over the earth," the Adversary replied), and what is Division X? INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET "For those readers who feel confused, I offer these words of comfort: relax, you're reading a beautifully-constructed and thoughtful novel. What appears to be a mystery to you in chapter one will surely be explained in chapter eight, if not by the book's conclusion. The name of Mr. Six was first dropped by King Mob very early in the series, but it wasn't until issue #21 that we learned who he was. The important point being we learned who he was. This is a work in which the author is in full control, a serialized novel not unlike any published by Dickens in the last century (a self-publisher, I might add). By the end of Great Expectations we learned who had given Pip his inheritance, and by the end of this work we shall know if the Invisibles were successful in creating a world in which everyone is happy, even the enemy. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET "THE INVISIBLES is an ambitious, groundbreaking work for the comics industry, far more complex in its subtleties than any work before it. This is a comic truly written for "mature" readers and the very first to justify Vertigo's claim of publishing comics for people who 'read'." INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET You're too kind, Rob. Nice to hear from you again. I'll be starting to explain a lot more about the background to THE INVISIBLES now (as we find out more about Ragged Robin, for instance, a great many things will at last become clear), but anyone who wants to find out just who "The Invisibles" are and how the Universe works will have to sign on for the long haul. Only four years to go! INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET PAUL HOUSTON: "I just finished reading INVISIBLES #24 and the "Invisible Ink" column and I have a few questions and comments. I'm so glad that you didn't pass away, by the way. The comics world would he very lacking without you. Anyways, mainly I want to talk about your sick hallucinations, that one about Jesus or whoever in particular. I'm a big, oh...nut, I guess, about the apocalypse and weird shit like that. Now, what you said about you being part of an oncoming apocalypse, does that mean that you are to play a big part, a bit part, or you don't know? Hey, I couldn't think of a better person besides myself to play a role in some kind of apocalypse. I'd love to know more about that hallucination. Do you think it was just your sick mind or do you think it was more? And, like, what kind of emotions and feelings were you experiencing and receiving? And also, do you know what caused you to get sick? Was it just sudden? INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET "Well, enough about that, now about issue #24. I thought it didn't have the same punch and edge-of-the-seat effect as the previous issues had. Maybe it was just because you were sick. Not to say it was bad, though! INVISIBLES is the one comic I pick up before any others. It's the one comic I must read. I also think "Invisible Ink"is one of the best letters columns in comics." INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET And now you're in it! INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Based on my own experiences, Paul, I'm expecting some kind of unprecedented, radical transformation of society and culture within the next fifteen years. Whether it's a classical Apocalypse scenario, just the End of the World as We Know It, or nothing at all, remains to be seen. My own ideas about What's Going Down are contained in the ongoing INVISIBLES stories. As for my part in it, I don't think I'll be any more of a major player than anyone else, except in the sense that I have a forum to discuss these ideas and promote them in this comic book. THE INVISIBLES is simply my attempt to send out a signal, which will hopefully inspire others in the way that I've been inspired over the years by people like Robert Anton Wilson, Phil Hine, J. G. Ballard, the Sex Pistols, Terence McKenna, William Burroughs or whoever. The comics field< is a small and silly one but I love it, and doing this bollocks has provided me with one useful way of reaching out into the world and making connections with people whose heads are as fucked as mine own. My fondest wish is that some proportion of my readership will be moved enough by what I'm doing to go out and start their own comics, or bands, or Internet sites or whatever and not only spread the "message" further but feed it back to me in a new and mutated form. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Anyway...looks like a space crisis again so I'll wave goodbye. Next month we'll do "meet the creators" but for now I remain your, like, Humble Narrator and look forward to your comments on this "bold new beginning" - The Artist Currently Known As "Prince.",

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Austin smokes out the spirits with Sage, while Lord Fanny drops into a trance - King Mob, Boy and Robin need help. In the installation underground they are surrounded by the enemy, and Jolly Roger is being controlled by Quimper. Robin uses her abilities to enter the head of one of the people controlled by Quimper, who then goes rogue - shooting his own people. Quimper reels from the shock. The rest of the cell respond to this distraction to fight their way out. Colonel Friday activates his armour and drags Quimper into the Outer Church to be 'repaired'. Meanwhile Fanny and Jack are starting a spell by pouring corn around the installation and making a pentagram out of postcards. Roger is freed from Quimper's control. They grab the anti-viral agent and attempt to escape. King Mob carries up the rear to give the others time to get out. He and Jolly Roger are then left alone, they suit up and travel on the porcelian train into a massive underground city... INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panels 3-4] What's it trying to write here? If "You fuck I" is indeed all it's writing, this combined with the I/You globe on page 15 leads me to think that this is a reference to certain Buddhist (and perhaps Hindu) beliefs that duality is an illusion, and that all people are in fact one person, and one with the Buddha. The trick is realizing this, and treating all people as you would yourself, since you are them. The forces of Control only profit by spreading divisive illusions (divide and conquer, yes?). [RD] Could this be a riff on the Horta from Star Trek, who etched "No Kill I" in a tunnel as a message to Kirk and Spock? [HE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] bottom: A reference to 1.12? [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12-13] A possible reference in this sequence is to the system of E-prime, produced by D. David Bourland Jr., which is English without the word "is," designed to "remove the 'essentialist or Aristotelian game-rules from our neuro- linguistic programming.' A source for this is Robert Anton Wilson's Quantum Psychology, which is written in E- Prime. There's also a great story in Wilson's Schrodinger's Cat trilogy where someone is asked the value of a dollar bill that echoes part of this sequence. And, of course, the lesson is given by El Fayed and Mr. Six (who isn't Big Malcolm here). [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] On the cube you can read "this sculpture means total control only." In the circle with the window you can read: "how wr..." = "how wrong" ??? "the man" [PV] Also see 2.12, pages 2-3 for another look at the Outer Church. These two sequences share at least one image. Also, is that Justice League of America villain Prometheus' house in the upper lefthand corner of page 14? Grant says these two series are growing closer... [JB] Three bubbles down from "the crooked house": it looks like Jack with his brains blown out [FF] Or possibly it's King Mob. In 2.12, it's said that the Church and those in it exist out of time so they know all that was and is to happen. [L] Also, in one of the very small bubble son page 14 is an unoccupied toilet; reminds me of the Harlequin from 2.07 [JB] The sled-like thing in the bubble next to the spiked wheel chair appears again in 2.10, page 3. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 1] Are these backwards thoughts Quimper's? Some people claim that Quimper may be some kind of corrupted spirit that originally helped children; perhaps this is where this comes from. See also 2.04, page 14, panels 3 and 4. [RD] Could that be Bobby from 1.12 ["Best Man Fall"] and 2.10? It looks like he has short blond hair and a teddy bear that might be the mysterious 'Boody.' [FF/JB] Also, recall that the aliens told Dane, "As a child, we spoke through your /(toys)/" in 1.16, page 12. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 4] Doom is a popular and violent video game. [PV/JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] [panels 1-2] Gideon Stargrave bought and flew a stealth bomber in 1.17, page 20. [RD/JB] panel 4: "Fly brother, fly" is a line from the Kula Shaker album, which KM was listening to in 2.02 [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] [panel 2] Fanny charges a sigil as described by Morrison in the letter column of 1.16. [RL] For those of you who are less observant - she is masturbating. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 25] "Forget Baden-Powell": The founder of the Boy Scouts is Lord Baden-Powell. [Daisy] Baden-Powell also wrote the unfortunately titled book, "Scouting for Boys." [JBU]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Outside the installation Austin, Emilio, Lord Fanny and Jack Frost are continuing to call up a storm while inside Robin and Boy are trying to extricate the antiviral agent. King Mob and Roger are powering through the underground city in the train - it emerges and troops come on board. King Mob and Roger dispose of them all, before proceeding to Level 6 - the Nightmare Hall. The horrors inside are so grotesque that Roger shoots them all. King Mob notices through a grill that there is a strange amorphous mirror substance being transported. Roger on the other hand bumbs into Quimper. She shoots him, but he doesn't die. While she contemplates how to kill him, Colonel Friday appears - he claims that he has won, and it looks like he has until the plastic explosive attached to the Porcelain Train goes off. In the ensuing chaos the team escapes - except there might be a bit of Quimper in Ragged Robin. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, a young scientist thinks he might have discovered time travel... INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] Among the panels you can see: Jesus on the cross, two cyphermen and a girl (image very similar to 1.06, page 13, panel 5), a lot of bottles (image very similar to 1.01, page 32, panel 1). [PV] We can also see an old man (next to the panel w/ Roger in it) who looks like something in the Nightmare Hall, as well as a bunch of tentacles (bottom left) which could be from there as well. [CG] Something that resembles the "Ragged Quimper" eyes from 2.08 is near the upper left. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 3] The hitchhiker back from 1.14 knew what he was talking about. [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 1] "If I could talk I'd tell you": The dying soldier quotes the title of a Lemmonheads song that was released round about when Grant would have been writing this issue, "If I could talk I'd tell you." (Incidentaly the next line would have been 'If I could SMILE I'd let you know" but were I to think that was more than a coincidence it would probably just mean I'd been reading this comic too long.) [RJ] [panel 2] More esoterica that may or may not be relevant: Terence McKenna (Mr.Timewave/mushroom shaman) likes to talk about how octopi communicate: they change color and shape, all the time (he further speculates that an ink cloud may be an octopus's only way to have a private thought). Beyond telepathy: you are your words, no barrier between thought and communication. He hopes that after the Big Whatever in 2012, we may all speak like that. Grant may or may not be thinking about this here. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] Quimper could be a spirit of bad dreams. See 2.03, page 15. [PV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 3] More resonance with Dick's VALIS re: infogod. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] bottom: "4-dimensional liquid armor. I saw it before in London.": KM is referring to Miss Dwyer, clearly. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panel 1] "Azathoth": from Lovecraft: "a bubbling idiot mass of nuclear chaos" at the center of the galaxy. [RM] panels 2-4: From P.K. Dick's VALIS, p.70: "The universe consists of one vast irrational entity into which has broken a high-order life form which camouflages itself by a sophsiticated mimicry." [JB] panel 4: Would these be the Seals of the apocalypse? Nice imagery... [RD] panel 5: Grant used bad guys in the Pentagon in Doom Patrol, as well. [BSI] The Pentagon was also referred to as a major occult symbol/holding pen for Evil in R.A. Wilson's "Illuminatus!" books (see, when you extend a little triangle from each side of a pentagon, you get a pentagram). [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] top: See 2.06, page 21 for an explanation of the Reverse Universe. Again, read P.K. Dick's "VALIS" as well. [RD] PAGE 23 panels 2-3: "Every time I say "Fanny" I crack up, man.": Another Britishism. See, in the US, a fanny is a butt, while in the UK it refers to a vagina. Fanny has one but not the other... [RD] [panel 6] "This is what you get when you gaze into the abyss." Isn't there a Nietzsche quote about "when you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also"? [RM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 24] [panels 1-2] Just had to add that this is not all that far off: there is a healthy genre of "virtual dating" games in Japan, Tokimeki Memorial and Sakura Wars being the most popular. They play like computer RPGs, but with different goals. I'm not sure about "Virtua Rapist," but I must say it's not totally out of the question... [RD] [panel 5] "Grandfather, Grandfather" was something of a catchphrase for the Doctor's granddaughter Susan in early Doctor Who. [RJ]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The team are at the San Ildefonso Pueblo, and Mason receives information that his time machine has achieved a break-through. They send the HIV anti-viral agent off to their chemists and decide to go to meet the time-travel scientists in San Francisco. Fanny and Jack are sent to retrieve the Hand of Glory from the Harlequinade while they are in the city, while King Mob checks in with an ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile Robin and Mason go to meet Takashi - but in the middle of their discussions Shizuka and Yoshio arrive. They shoot Robin and it glances off her head exposing some metal but leaving her unconscious. They set a bomb and begin to leave. Boy attempts to stop them but fails, and when King Mob arrives Sjikuza and Yoshio are threatening the room with guns. Boy tells him about Robin and he goes up the lift to find her. King Mob and Robin link telepathically, but when Boy arrives at the floor they were on all she sees is an explosion...

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] [panel one] "It's about Time" was one of the advertising slogans for the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie. I'm certain this is a reference since Grant also pinched its other slogan in JLA: Secret Files and Origins. [RJ] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panels 1-2] The Aum cult really did do this. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 3] Note that Grant (in 2.07's lettercol) says he found out about this practice from an actual con. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 2] First appearance of Pierrot and Columbine. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] top left background: What the hell's that? [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 3] "To fight the empire is to be infected by its derangements...": From P.K. Dick's VALIS, p. 134; see other possible references to VALIS in 1.18 and 2.08 [JB] panel 4: "Philip K. Dick is DEAD...": This is the title of a book. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 1] Crossreference "Devil's Daughter" with "Ragged Quimper"... [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 1] More "magic mirror." [RD] Almost all of the fringe elements regarding time, language, the 'elves' or 'DMT machine elves' [see 1.16], the magic matter, and even the 'LUV LUV LUV' spot in Gideon's recollections are all borrowed from one text by Terence McKenna: TRUE HALLUCINATIONS. This book should be heavily touted for those wishing to understand some of what Grant's rabbiting on about. [JOB] [panels 3 & 4] The Undertones were an Irish punk band from the late '70s, made famous by songs like "Teenage Kicks", "Family Entertainment", "Jimmy Jimmy", and "Here Comes The Summer". Two-minute rock at its absolute finest. [CGU] [panel 5] Bottom caption of course from the chorus of the Undertones' "Teenage Kicks." [RL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 4] The basic space-time theory of THE INVISIBLES, rendered this time in science jargon instead of Aztec mythology ("The day of the nine dogs"). [JB]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Title: "The girl most likely to" reminds me of a Morrissey's b-side song :"the girl least likely to". [CI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 2-3] The celestial traffic signal. First seen in 1.02, page 18. [RD/JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 3] [panel 5] "Salomon's House": According to my Wordsworth Dictionary of the Occult, Sir Francis Bacon wrote The New Atlantis which has, as its central theme the house of Solomon, a multidisciplinary laboratory. [L] Benet's describes The New Atlantis as "a Utopian fable published [in 1627] in an unfinished state after his death. It is an account of a voyage to the island 'Bensalem' and of the government and manners of its people. Of particular interest is the Bensalem institution for scientific study, 'Solomon's House,' which provided inspiration for the founding of the Royal Society. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 4] Note the zeppelin in the background. Similar to those in 1.01, page 19. [JB] "The Invisible College" is a non-fiction book by Jacques Vallee, in which he proposes the theory (novel for its time) that UFOs are a manifestation of a phenomenon that has accompanied humanity throughout its history; that UFOs are not physical alien starships, but non-physical entities that have taken on the "mask" of alien ships beacuse it is appropriate to this day and age. The "Invisible College" is also one of the ways in which Rosicrucian-influenced mystical/magical groups refer to the "Secret Masters" of their traditions... [HE] Frances Huxley wrote a book entitled "The Invisibles." It's a study of life amongst voodoo practitioners in Haiti. It sounds very influential, if not inspirational, to say the least. [ANC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 5] [panel 1] Is KM's dialogue some kind of Clockwork Orange ref? "O my brothers"? [RD] [panel 4] Is that young KM and Jacqui? [RD] I think it's actually Sex Pistols "bassist" Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy. [JB] bottom: That Saturn-thing is Barbelith, at least according to Dane in 2.02, page 7. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 6] [panel 1] Notice the blind chessman from "Arcadia" in the righthand side of this panel. [GG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 8-9] Look carefully at Toby's t- shirt... [CI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 12] [panel 2] Is Takashi *supposed* to look like Hadji from Johnny Quest? Sure does.. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 13] [panel 1] Look closely at what Fanny's painting on hir fingernails. "TV in a bottle." It looks like a newscast. Behind the newswoman's head it looks like a giant eye shooting out energy at earth. This is very similar to a story from Grant's run on Doom Patrol, Issue 33, second page. While battling the Cult of the Unwritten Book the 'Patrol encounters what Willougby Kipling calls "the Antigod. The Unmaker. Decreator" and, "The Egyptians called it the Eye Of Horus, Lord of Force and Fire. For thousands of years, the Hindus have known it as the annihilating Eye of Shiva." By the end of the issue the Cult has been beaten but they couldn't stop the Decreator. They merely slowed it down, to quote, "Objects and people will continue to vanish mysteriously. But it'll all happen so slowly that no one need ever know the old place is coming undone." The image on Fanny's fingernails could be the Invisibles' universe "Decreator", come to destroy earth. Robin went back in time at 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 22, 2012 and Jack's cradling someone in his arms fifteen minutes later (see Vol. 1, 23) where he says, "That's it starting." Since it appears this is the day 'it' happens (the Eschaton, the leap into hyperspace, the apocalypse, the end of time and history???) it could also mean that the "Eye of Horus" is descending upon the planet to destroy it. Like with the Ragged Robin/Crazy Jane theory, or Prometheus' house appearing in the Invisibles or the Worlogog (Philosopher's stone) being linked to the Hand of Glory, Grant can't come out and say it's the Decreator because of copyright and work-for-hire laws, but it's basically the same theme. [FF] panel 2: Let me finish Dane's sentence. When you meet the Buddha on the road, you're supposed to kill him (in case you're wondering why, this is from Zen Buddhism, which regards the enlightenment experience as being superior to any religious literature or imagery, which can only distract at best. If the very Buddha himself distracts you from enlightenment by limiting you to his image, ignore him). But, Dane's the Buddha, right? So what's he going to do... [RD] Jack's mention of "meeting the Buddha on the road" could refer to the appearance of the future Jack in 1.23. It's the only apparition that isn't established to be one of the King of All Tears' tricks, so I'm inclined to believe that it isn't one. [CM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 15] [panel 1] Whoever the new person is in the cell, she seems to have access to some sort of 4-D armor like Miss Dwyer's or Col. Friday. [CG] Both Fanny and the Unknown Member of the future Invisibles cell is manifesting something similar to the opposition's armor: I'd be given to believe she, Fanny and others have learned how to utilize the 'magic matter' in the same manner as the enemy, as a defensive weapon (as most body armor initially is). [JBA] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 16] [panel 3] The King-of-all-Tears first appeared in 1.17, page 13. [RD/JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 17] This is evocative of the cover of Flex Mentallo #4, as well as page 6 of the same issue. It was used for Flex's trip through a "teleport tube," though given the nature of the series he might have been travelling through time and/or dimensions at the same time. [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 21] This dimensional theory crops up, almost exactly the same, in Philip K. Dick's VALIS. I strongly recommend reading it to get the full impact of this and the god-as-liquid-information ideas; Dick can spend a lot more time explicating it in a novel than Grant can in 24 pages a month... [RD] [panel 2] Bootsy Collins (a famous, and famously bizarre funk bassist, often spotted in the company of George Clinton)! He always did say he was from another planet... [RD] panel 5: Note the visual similarity here to 2.02, page 2, panel 2. Here King Mob reaches into the "large-scale universe" between the sick and healthy universes - there, Mason imitates Oppenheimer casting a spell. [JWB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \*, MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 22] [panel 1] Grant did some similar weird stuff with the borders of comics and reality back in Animal Man. [BSI] The numbers on the bottom of the page are mirror images of each other. [SW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 23] [panel 2] Gideon mentions wanting to be Jerry Cornelius. [BSI]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 1] This panel's design of Skat's face dissolving into a nightclub scene is reminiscent of jazz album covers of this period. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 2] Singer Josephine Baker was notorious for her lesbian affairs. [JB] panels 3-4: See the essay on the Dogon. Also see the note for 1.18, page 19 re: P.K. Dick's use of the Dogon in his book "VALIS." [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] Important to note that a) this is in flashback and b) the use of quotes implies that, to Robin, it's as if someone else is speaking her and KM's lines. Spooky... [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 2] "That was a bit weird... in bed last night..." I take it that KM and RR are employing the Tantric methods Mr. Reddy talks about, perhaps unconsciously. Later, King Mob does "alter the topography of time and space itself" in a way. High sex magick at work? [AP] [panel 8] The Tower card's meaning is that of destruction of what has been established. The picture shows God's lightning (according to some the Flaming Sword of the Qabala), knocking the 'crown' of achievments from the established tower, while two figures of heirarchy, male and female are blasted out. On one hand, the Tower is an excellent symbol of the Invisibles, since its basically what they do. On the other hand, it could mean that the cell is going to fall apart soon. The tensions and betrayals within the cell would support this. [R] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 1] Notice the photo of Josephine Baker, in back, second from left. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [last panel] That burning thing is apparently a funeral barge of some kind. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] I am not familiar with the tantra that Mr. Reddy and Edith are performing, but I surmise that it includes having sex with a menstruating woman and then both of them imbibing the fluids. [R] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15-16] We get to see the pun in Mr. Skat's name: he does his mojo through scatting, the glossolalial gibberish popular in black music of that time. You can see Cab Calloway scat a little in the Minnie the Moocher number in the "Blues Brothers" movie. [RD] More recently scat was revived by Scatman John, with his singles "Mr. Scatman", and "Scatman's World." [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 4] Note the stressing of the word "accident". It's been suggested that Takashi and those around him may be (supernaturally) accident-prone, considering this dialogue and Robin's accident later on page 20, panel 3. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] [panel 1] The woman in the portrait is Florence Farr, a famous theatre actress in England who joined the Golden Dawn. [R] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panels 3-4] Fanny is having a flash of intuition on the state of affairs as reflected in the card. It is also synchronous that another meaning of the card is that a 'flash' of genius, like a flash of lightning, can destroy years of established rational structure. [R?] [panel 4] Does the guy on the left of the card look like Dane? [RD]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The Invisible cell in 1924 has performed the ritual, and the Hand of Glory is active. Time and space go insane. Edith finds herself looking at herself as an old woman, the first King Mob moves through peoples' lives and watches Edith cry as she looks at Picasso's Guernica. The following day, they go to St. Dunstan's In The East church. Edith and Freddie (Tom O'Bedlam) enter to meet the Harlequin. The two King Mobs wait outside when time collapses around them. Edith meets the Harlequin and he tells her how to operate the Hand. She takes the young King Mob to bed to anoint the Hand. They take a photograph of the whole group, and as the young King Mob fades, something grows from one of the meta-universes. He wakes with a shock into 1997. Finding out about Boy's disappearance, Robin declared a full Invisibles alert - the word is out...

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] Swirls of magic metal or dissolving vases? You decide. [RD] The weird sled-like thing behind King Mob can be seen in one of the bubbles in the Outer Church in 2.03, page 14. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 3] Is this Beryl appearing to her lover Ronald Tolliver (a/k/a first King Mob) as he dies at Guernica in 1937, as described in page 22, panel 4? [JB] panels 4-5: This scene "quotes" Invisibles 1.12, page 7. Why young Bobby refers to "Edith" is still unexplained...[JB] There seems to be a lot more to Bobby than meets the eye, doesn't there? Notice that the fellow dying in 2.4, page 13, panel 1 seems to have the same childhood fear of the gas mask that Bobby does. [TF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panels 1-2] This looks like a late-'50s Beryl viewing Picasso's Guernica, which he painted in 1937.[JB] Check out a page on Guernica. [TF] Bottom panel: The red sphere looks like our often-seen Invisibles gate, last seen, and first explained, in 2.07. [TF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6-7] [page 6, panel 5] This scene quotes from 1.03, page 15, panel 2. [JB] [page 7, panels 1-4] Continues the quote from 1.03, page 15, with a bit of extra dialogue from Edith. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 2] I've just noticed a similarity between Mr Joseph Conrad, whose text 'Heart of Darkness' I'm sure everyone knows, and the Golden Age King Mob. A picture to prove is attached. [Mr. White] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 3] The modern building that suddenly appears to Tolliver is Canary Wharf, which was first pictured in 1.04, page 7, panel 1. It is the building that Tom O'Bedlam brings Dane to during Dane's initiation. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10-11] In this sequence Edith disappears while she is communicating with the Harlequin. The Harlequin, when he appeared in English and French pantomime, was invisible to all but Columbine. Edith appears to be "Columbine" (a "shrewd, vivacious and coquettish maidservant...the daugther of Pantaloon and the sweetheart of Harlequin" according to Benet's Readers Encyclopedia) here, just as Freddy is Pierrot (the "clown lover...a tall thin young man...an artist-lover of soaring imagination, who grimly hides his real passions behind a comic mask," again according to Benet's). [JB] Harlequin is really a stylized descendant of the Arlecchino character in Italian commedia dell'arte. Like the English and French pantomimes, commedia used a small stable of stock characters (including Pantalone/Pantaloon) but Arlecchino was more earthy and less colorful than Harlequin - he tended to be an ingenious bum in the Chaplin mode, mainly trying to avoid starvation, but managing to get other characters horribly abused for comic effect meanwhile. So Harlequin is sort of Arlecchino elevated from the human level. I mention all this because of the speculations that certain Invisibles may be destined to step into new roles in the Harlequinade. [EB] Harlequin as well is based off of another Doom Patrol storyline. In this one, the Doom Patrol go to another planet and get involved in between two factions, one called the Anathematicians and another led by a being called Huss (I forget the faction's name). Huss and his followers lived in a dimension without space called the Kaladioscape. You wouldn't move to things in this place; everything is already there; instead things come to you. Huss and his followers easily travel through space. But otherwise, the two are disimilar. [R] Page 11, panel 3: The Harlequin of theatre and opera never removes his mask: is that why Edith cannot look at his face? [JB] This is in a reference to the face of God, which it is said that none can see without being destroyed, as he says to Moses when he appears as a burning bush. Harlequin is saying that Edith cannot understand what he is. [R] [page 11, panels 4- 5] Edith has glimpsed the true nature of spacetime, where everything happens at once in an eternal now. Harlequin may have showed Edith 'his face' anyway, but she could only make sense of a little of it. It's impossible to tell really how much 'time' passes between panels 3 and 4. Notice also that Edith appears instantly into panel 5 [R]. What happens here with the "snow" is something we've seen before: in 1.23, page 1. Liverpool, December 22nd, 2012: "Look, it's snowing", "That's not Snow. That's it starting." "It" seems to be the apocalypse. [MV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 2], The concept of a Holy Guardian Angel, or HGA, is found in "The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage", and figures into Golden Dawn and Thelemite traditions. The HGA is supposed to be contacted by the mage, who the uses it as a vehicle for greater magickal acts and is taught knowledge by. It is literally an extension of the mage's greater/divine nature. [R] Edith is implying that Harlequin may be her 'magickal, spiritual mentor', much like Jack Frost does with Dane. The HGA is a very personal being, however, and that does not fit with Harlequin's motif, although he has had the most contact with her. [R] Perhaps Invisible HGAs are assigned by Barbelith. [R] [panel 3] Billy Chang is implying that Harlequin or the Shining Ones may be a gestalt being. Grant has used gestalt characters in the past in Doom Patrol, notably Rebis and the Candlemaker (who is an egregore of fear of nuclear annihilation). [R] Panel 5: Chang may be implying that he has the Spirit role of the cell. I theorize that Edith is Fire, Fred Earth, King Mob Air, and Queen Mab water. [R] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 14-16] This scene "quotes" from 1.18, pages 20-21. The Tantric sex skills that Edith apparently uses here may have been learned from "Mr. Reddy" in India, as shown in 2.08, page 13. [JB] Compare pages 15, panel 4 and 16, panel 5 with issue 21, page 14, panel 2 and see annotation. [Jess] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17-18] [page 17, panel 5] The '90s King Mob refers to Benares, India as the place where he and Edith will meet in 1988; KM's travel to this location is shown in 1.19, page 3, panels 3-4. Edith and Freddie already visited there in 2.08, pages 11-13. [I'm sure there are other references to Benares that I haven't found yet...] [JB] page 18, panel 5: Speculation: If Freddie and Edie are cousins, and are meant to be representations of the thetrical/operatic duo of Peirrot and Columbine...then perhaps Freddie's father might be Pantaloon (who is usually Columbine's father), since Freddie's father has been shown giving advice to a younger person, Freddie, regarding his choice of the name 'Tom O'Bedlam' in 2.08 page 19. According to Benet's, Pantaloon is "always an emaciated old man in slippers...[who] could give sound advice to the young and at the same time fall in love like an adolescent..."[JB] No Golden Dawn magus corresponds to Freddie's father, though three magi died in 1923: Dr. Edward Berridge, who studied sexual magicks, and was quite a controversial character within the order; Allan Bennet, friend/mentor of Crowley and who moved to India in 1900, and J.W. Brodie-Innes, who looks the most like Freddie's father, but who resided in Edinburgh, and wasn't particularly a good occultist.[R] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] This sequence shows the photo previously shown in 2.08, page 9, panel 2 being taken. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 3] Reminescent of the celestial traffic signal. Did this experience drive Freddie mad? [RD] panel 4: The starfish- shape appeared before: see 2.4, top of page 22; that is a shape associated with "the Invasion. The Armageddon." [JB] panel 5: The "I/You" globe was previously shown in 2.3 page 15 when the general was taking an injured Quimper to the other side. It's more than just the globe, too. You can see the "Loser" and "The Doctors Say Its Cancer" graffiti as well as the base of the statue that means total control. Which means that we can precisely state that Tom was looking at Rut 7, subgrid 0, Hive Tesseract A, Cell 10310. :-) [TF] The "Tom's a- cold" balloon quotes in this panel refer to Tom's first appearances in 1.02, and the "Through the sharp Hawthorne, blow the winds" quote was "first" spoken by Tom in 1.02 page 9, panel 5. [JB] And, of course, Tom's quotes here and elsewhere are from King Lear. Particularly interesting is the "Through the sharp Hawthorne, blow the winds" quote, which is only Edgar's second line as Tom in King Lear (Act 3, Scene 4). Hunt for this and other fun King Lear references at HYPERLINK "http://the- tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/Tragedy/kinglear/kinglear.all.html" \t "_blank" http://the- tech.mit.edu/Shakespeare/Tragedy/kinglear/kinglear.all.html. [TF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] [panel 4] Freddie "opened the door to Hell, and later, to Heaven." Is Freddie opening the door to Hell when he sees the opening to Rut 7, Subgrid 0, etc.? [RM]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Boy has gone with the enemy - they say she has become lost in her cover identity with the Invisibles. The rest of the team are out looking for her and meet a guy who says that she has been looking for dissident camps in Washington. He says that they were supposed to meet but didn't. Back at their hotel, the team is discussing the use of the Hand of Glory. King Mob is recounting his experiences moving through time. While they are discussing things room service comes in - but they leave a bug on the salt cellar. Mason starts to discuss his company's research facility in town when Jack Frost intuits that that is where Boy is being kept. They are being kept under heavy surveillance as they approach the facility. Boy is pursuaded that she is a component of a device that will destroy, the sun in the name of Abaddon, and is given King Mob, tied up and gagged to shoot in his name.

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The term "Abaddon" is used on pages 3, 22 and 24 of this issue. It is a Hebrew word signifying: 1. ruin, destruction (Job 31:12) 2. place of destruction; the Abyss, realm of the dead (Job 26:6; Proverbs 15:11) 3. it occurs personified (Apocalypse 9:11) as Abaddon and is rendered in Greek by Apollyon, denoting the angel-prince of hell, the minister of death and author of havoc on earth. The Vulgate renders the Greek Apollyon by the Latin Exterminans (that is, "Destroyer"). The identity of Abaddon with Asmodeus, the demon of impurity, has been asserted, but not proved. [MW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 2-3] This 2-page spread seems partly based on Pieter Bruegel's famous "The Triumph of Death," pictured below. I'd recommend checking out the much larger representation of this picture available at HYPERLINK "http://www.oir.ucf.edu/wm/paint/auth/bruegel/death.jpg" \t "_blank" http://www.oir.ucf.edu/wm/paint/auth/bruegel/death.jpg. [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/image_2_12.jpg" \* MERGEFORMATINET The image on the second screen from the top of the tower in the center corresponds to an image on page 14 of 2.03-the scene where Friday returns Quimper to the outer Church for an operation. (To be super-exact, it's the third panel in from the left side, second row of circles from the top.) [FF/JB] The creatures in the other two TV Screens are seen in the army massing in the final pages of 2.04. The sun can be seen in the sky (or I assume it is), yet at the end of this issue Kadmon explains they plan to turn the sun into a black hole. Does this subjugation of the planet occur before this event, has the planet been sucked into the 'evil' metaverse or is this just not a 'true memory of future events? [L] At dead center of this spread is what looks like Boy pointing a gun at King Mob, just like the last panel of the issue. Is this an event that occurs only on the last page that Boy sees juxtaposed with the scene of devastation from the Archons' future attack, because her memories "include future events also"? Or only foreshadowing the last page of the issue. Or both? [FF] Note the blond with hir head shot open-the one about to be chomped on by two crows/ravens-next to King Mob (if this is indeed him). I think it's Fanny, because this character is wearing the same dress as Fanny did in the Wizard poster Jiminez did a few months ago. [FF] Note the black helicopters flying in the background. American paranoids [conspiracy theorists, militia members, etc.] generally argue that they have seen mysterious squadrons of unmarked black helicopters, which they conjecture are somehow part of a secret United Nations or other multinational military presence operating covertly within the U.S. [PV/JB] Also note the scary monster in the Klan get-up atop the robot war horse in front of the bank of screens...than look at the mask draped over Kadmon's arm on the last page. Is there a similarity between the two masks outside of my own mind? [FF] The hood-mask is simply the hood worn by KM (?) on page 23, panels 1 and 3. [PV] Note the presence of people in improved 4-D armor a la Col. Friday. What's the difference between Friday-type shadow and Dwyer-type chitin? To differentiate between monks and nuns of the Outer Church? [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panels 1, 3-4] "The Empire Never Dies": the P.K. Dick reference again. [RD] [panel 4] "...the Discordian tradition.": For more info on the Discordians, see The Principia Discordia. [JB/BSI] panels 4 & 5: Note Dane unconsciously retracing Boy's steps from pages 5 & 6 of last issue. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 2] Jodie Foster played a child prostitute in Taxi Driver. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 1] Does Dane inherit the shirt in some fashion after KM kicks off? [RD] panels 1 & 2: Dane seems to be boiling some gloves on what is one moment a record player and next a cooker, then putting the gloves on. Is this the real Dane or another spirit form like King Mob is at this point? [L] Given the green color of the water, it looked to me like Dane was boiling the Hand of Glory. [EB] panel 3: Hmm. Is this the same word that we were told was "ending" in page 1 of 2.1? [RD] panel 4: A little geometry might help in explicating Dane's point: a circle is a cross-section of a bubble. Thus, our words are just a little piece of the true word that "they" want. Could "they" be the Barbelith entity (entities?)? Could the "word" be something like the mysterious bracketed words we see when they speak? And all this talk of the "word" is making me think of the Gospel of John, which talks an awful lot about God as expressed through language... [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 15-16] Watch Mason take the bill (p. 15, pnl#3); then sign for it (p. 15, pnl#5); then the exchange of looks and silence (p. 16, pnls #1-3)...what did Mason write on that bill? [KC] The waiter is probably really impressed because Mason's given him a whopping big tip. [L] I think the waiter is looking at the sum Mason paid for all the champagne, beer and food. King Mob and his friends wasted a lot of money in very different types of drinks and food. Their strange, eccentric taste could be very similar to the taste of some crazy (and full of money) rockstars [this reminds me of the good old Guns n' Roses - they're finished but I'll remember them as the best band in the world]. Like rock stars, the Invisibles wear strange clothes (Fanny and his dragon-suit, Jack is very punk and Robin's face is painted), the men are enjoying the company of two beautiful and sexy girls (Robin is wearing a bathrobe and Fanny shows two impressive legs-and the waiter maybe doesn't know what there's between those legs! ) and they're talking like crazy men (KM asking the waiter if is a killer...). [PV] The waiter looks VERY familiar. Interrogator/instructor in 2.11? He got an earful and so did his pals at the warehouse, thanks to a strategically-placed bug. But no one ever notices waiters... [CAG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] [panel 2] Does Dane's hat here mean anything in particular? I thought it could refer to his element, but he's Water. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] [panel 1] "Georgie Girl." What's this name a reference to? Sounds *very* familiar...[RD] There is a 1966 Black and White British film called "Georgy Girl" (note slight difference in spelling) which is probably the reference. The theme song was a hit (I think). Lyrics went something like "Hey there, Georgy Girl/Walking down the street so fancy free/ ...[Stuff I've forgotten]... /Oh what a change there'd be/ The world would see/A new Georgy Girl." Probably not directly, relevent, but maybe what you were thinking of. [DM] "Georgie Girl" made me think about the Enid Blyton books about the Famous Five. One of the members called herself George (her real name was Georgina) and wanted to be treated like a boy. For more info, see HYPERLINK "http://www.zenith.tv.co.uk/f5/george.htm" \t "_blank" http://www.zenith.tv.co.uk/f5/george.htm [MS] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panel 4] "Adam Kadmon" is the Kabbalistic term for primordial man; his ultimate, pure, unfallen version. [RD]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Boy is holding a gun to the head of a tied-up King Mob. Earlier that day, King Mob, Lord Fanny, Mason Lang, Ragged Robin and Jack Frost had broken into Motech to find her. As soon as they enter they are under surveillance. The people who are watching them use a few viral words to disrupt their perceptions of the world and finally to 'turn them off'. When King Mob wakes he is being held at gun-point by Boy. When it comes to pull the trigger, she fights back only for one of the apparent enemy to reveal himself to be Oscar - her old partner on the force. King Mob gets himself together and starts to attack them only for them to reveal that they are Cell 23 who specialise in the psychodramatic debugging of Invisibles agents. She is given the opportunity to kill Leo Kravitz, who was in charge of killing both of her brothers, but she can't do it. At that moment she makes contact with Barbelith. King Mob's cell then leave Cell 23 - they are unthrilled with the treatment of Boy.

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 5] The 64-letter alphabet and the 26-letter slave alphabet has a connection with the alphabet demon mentioned by Sir Miles in the Entropy in the U.K. saga (page 7, panel 2), a demon designed to set limits upon abstract thought. [MW] So what makes the "full" alphabet any less evil or restricting than the regular one (which Tom O' Bedlam was also critical of)? Seems to me that it may be fuller, but still ultimately serves the same purpose of tying down abstract notions under cruel grammar. [RD] The language purports not to "describe" things, but to "be" things - which suggests that the reality that could be considered extra-discursive is itself merely a discourse at a higher level. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 2] Note the UFOs from 1.10 in the upper left. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 1] "I had one of them when I was little" recalls the Barbelith Grey's line, "As a child, we spoke to you through your toys." [RD] panel 2: The mask on the wall, Quimper's but with Robin's make-up. [L] panel 3: Fish and the hologram we call Earth were explained in 2.06. [RD] The small creature looks like the insect in the vision Fanny had at the start of her initiation (1.13, page 18), there were several balls like this floating around Bobby in his crib (1.12), it also explains how come his mother didn't see them. [L] panel 4: The experience of the Invisibles among the "language spirits" appears to support the theory that Quimper and Mason's "alien abduction" share the same source...and that Quimper is some sort of spirit or creature normally associated with children. He could possibly have been twisted and scarred by whatever brought him out into the "real world". Notice also that something among the visions there tipped King Mob off to Quimper's presence in Robin's mind... [DK] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 1] Ragged Robin erasing everybody's memory (and the previous panel showing a sort of Quimper-esque face shot) seems a little creepy, not to mention perhaps restrictively unnecessary. As Jack mentions, "But it was all making sense..". [MW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 1] A 'Prisoner' reference. [L] PAGE 13 panel 1: I'm guessing "that" is the Black Train. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] Anyone who doesn't know the significance of the number 23 should read Shea & Wilson's Iluminatus! Trilogy. [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panels 1&2] When exactly did "they" get the chance to implant this bug? If they can do it that fast, then who *doesn't* have one? Or does the initiation process screen them out? [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] [panel 3] Grant is being *very* self-referential this issue, between the autocritiques and the Wilheim Reich reference (Grant is a believer in Reichian therapy). [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] [panel 1] Oscar/Kadmon's "twenty-minutes into the future" is a phrase that appears in the establishing shot of all six "Max Headroom", episodes; the show feaures the powerful, futuristic Network 23 tv broadcasting company which controls- and rots- the minds of it's viewers with its programming. [SD] panel 4: Leo is portrayed as a human being, despite being a murdering monster. See 1.12, and also Lieutenant Lincoln from "Black Science." Note that KM, despite being a supercool groovy assassin, is apparently headed for a messy end, while Dane, who makes a point of sparing his enemies (Sir Miles) becomes Buddha. Herein a moral lies, even if it's only "Live by the gun, die by the gun." [RD] Leo and Bobby (1.12) both wanted to be astronauts. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 2] If staring down the Enemy and not pulling the trigger makes one eligible for contact with Barbelith, then how did King Mob get initiated? [MW] panels 4 & 5: No wonder Boy's eyes hurt in part one-she was wearing *two* pairs of contacts... [RD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] Barbelith's initial words to Boy are exactly the same as they were for Jack way back in volume 1. [DK] Both Boy and Jack had to be purged of long-held trauma before considered fit for contact with Barbelith. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 24] [panel 2] I'm willing to bet anything Oscar is trying to say "I'm talking about the Harlequinade" when King Mob interrupts him. The fact that the Harlequinade (if I am right in thinking Oscar's talking about them) is so interested in/familiar with King Mob may go further to support the theory that Edith is one of/part of them. [DK] "Yes sir, no sir/Three bags full, sir" are lines from The Kinks' "Yes Sir, No Sir" off of their 1969 album "Arthur (or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)." [JB] This may be a line from a Kinks song, but as far as I know it's just something people say in this kind of context. (i.e. It's an expression I use). I assume it's derived from the children's verse "Bah Bah Black Sheep" Bah Bah Black Sheep, Have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, Three bags full. One for the master, And one for the maid, And one for the little boy, Who lives down the lane. [DM] "Yes sir, no sir/Three bags full sir!" is a sort of rakish military flourish for, maybe, "Jawohl!" I don't have a reference, though. So KM mockingly reference hates the idea that he's just another soldier, his "not to reason why?" He should talk, after what he put Dane through early on. [CAG]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Colonel Friday and Sir Miles meet in dreams to discuss the current situation in the world. Meanwhile, Ragged Robin and King Mob have acid sex and S&M in a variety of places. Jack, Boy and Fanny are clubbing - Fanny has found himself a man for the evening. Boy and Jack talk about their situation and end up kissing. Meanwhile, Takashi and Mason pick up the Time Machine.

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The title of this issue may be a reference to the Pet Shop Boys song "dreaming of the Queen" the lyics of which follow. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET I leave you to work out what it all means :) Dreaming of the Queen Visiting for tea You and her and I And Lady Di INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The Queen said: "I'm aghast Love never seems to last However hard you try" INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET And Di replied That there are no more lovers left alive No one has survived So there are no more lovers left alive And that's why love has died INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Yes, it's true Look, it's happened to me and you Then carriages arrived We stood and said goodbye Diana dried her eyes And looked surprised For I was in the nude The old Queen disapproved But people laughed and asked For autographs INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET [chorus] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET I woke up in a sweat Desolate For there were no more lovers left alive No one had survived So there were no more lovers left alive And that's why love had died Yes, it's true Look, it's happened to me and you [ALW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The title might also come from a novel (can't remember the author's name right now) from the '60s that was popular among like Jim Morrision and the Rolling Stones. Actually, the Stones were supposed to do a movie about it, but for some reason never did. The book was about a nuclear war, and the only people left alive were youngsters, who had no records of the people who went before them, so they had to start over from scratch. Actually it might not have been a nuclear war, I think the plot was that all the older people had disapeared. It was a very countercultural book at the time, so maybe that's what Morrison is referring to. Maybe. [JK] INCLUDEPICTURE, "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 1] Add up the numbers on the milk carton (00121243109) and what do you get? That's right, 23. [CE] Sir Miles' drinking milk in the graveyard is another oblique Prisoner reference: in the episode A, B, and C... #2 drinks a lot of milk (as a home- remedy for ulcers, it is implied) under pressure from his superiors to break #6. We've seen KM and SM play these roles, albeit briefly, in Entropy in the UK... this could also reflect a possible change of heart coming up for Miles? [Doc 26] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 3-4] We've seen what importance Diana had to the British arm of the conspiracy in Volume 1 Issues 11 and 25. It is already believed she was murdered in order to stop her in-laws being stepgrandfather to the future King of England. Myra is Myra Hindley who with Ian Bradey committed the Moors Murders of children in the '60s. Periodically her case is referred to the Home Office with regard to releasing her on parole and the Home Office Minister gets to be very butch and win points by saying she will never be released. Electronic tagging of infants has been suggested as one way of preventing newborns being abducted from hospital wards and is being used alongside other methods. [L] "The bogeywoman is back" thing comes from the "Sensation" exhibition at the Tate gallery in london. For those who don't know, "Sensation" was an exhibition of y.b.a. (young british artists... Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Gary Hume and the like... artists more conceptual and self-publicity-seeking than the accepted norm) which featured a giant portrait of Myra Hindley made up (supposedly) of child's handprints (it wasn't... it was a mold of a child's hand that was used as a printing block). Of course, this wasn't really well- received by the general public, and the painting was branded "sick" and "obscene" by the normal outraged voices. the whole thing came to some kind of head when the painting was attacked shortly after the exhibition was opened, and from then on, the thing was given a permanent guard, just like the real Myra herself. The end result was no real artistic or social issues were properly addressed, but the artist (whose name I've forgotten, unfortunately), the exhibition and Myra all recieved lots of free publicity and became part of the nation's consciousness. [GRM] OK, do any/all the names on the tombstones have significance? David Richmond: I found a british fellow by this name at http://hygdahl.mmu.ac.uk/c-a/adp/artstudy/pages/pants/pages/dave.htm and appropriately enough for Sir Miles's dream image, he's a member of the Pants Performance Association. June Forshi Harry Lansing Homer Jackson Mark Millar - OK, this is Grant's frequent writing partner, but 1979-1981? No way is Millar 18. Davies - one of the Kinks? "Nice and Smooth", eh? [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [first two panels] Note Sir Miles' response to Friday's question. He never does say that he doesn't feel guilty. He answers Friday with a question. On page 5 we see Miles in bed with (I'm assuming-a risky proposition with this comic) his wife and he appears a bit disturbed. I'm wondering how Dane/Jack's act of mercy in 1.24 has affected Miles. Back when he was interrogating King Mob (1.18, page 11) we saw a quick view of Miles' past...a tiny scared child watching hunting dogs tear apart a fox. Whatever transitions occured to turn the little boy into the Miles of today could be fading because of Dane/Jack's kindness. It's quite possible Miles will have (or is currently experiencing) a change of heart regarding his masters. He doesn't seem too keen on being modified. [FF] "Mobile hoardings, advertising the multi-national corporations which control their minds": Note all the fashion and otherwise logos prevalent in the dance club scene: Coca-Cola (page 8, panel 1), Kangol (page 8, panel 2), the Prodigy, Adidas (page 8, panel 3), DKNY (page 8, panel 4). [CE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 1] The kid on the milk carton Friday throws away appears as a missing child on the TV on page 20, first panel. [FF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] The design on Dane's shirt is the logo for the band Prodigy. [KF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 9-10] The squiggled-out lines of dialogue are meant to represent the parts of the conversation that can't be heard because of the noise in the club... [HE] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] Quimper masks in the wallpaper... [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] ...and in the mirror... [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] And in Robin's eye here... Her motivations here are unclear. Possibly she's aware of Quimper and is in someway trying to exorcise him. On [page 14] she says she wants to manifest 'a demon'. Alternatively Quimper may be trying to use the ceremony to 'infect' King Mob. Or maybe she is just kinky. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] This could become one of those paradoxes, Takashi may be only able to build a time machine because a working one came back from the future to allow him to build one to send back...[L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] [panel 4] When you buy fish and chips for a couple of pence more you can have a pickled onion too.

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Colonel Friday and Quimper are plotting - Ragged Robin is apparently 30% Quimper now. King Mob is dreaming about the past, and remembers what happened when he and John A'Dreams went to the Philadelphia church. Having found the crucified toad, they go into a back room which is full of bodies merged with each other and with insect parts - the bodies are still alive. Waking up from his dream, he and Robin decide to go and look at the church. Boy, Fanny and Jack are playing in an amusement arcade, before Fanny gets a feeling that something is wrong for them - they decide to jump onto a plane and rescue them. Meanwhile at the church, Robin and King Mob start getting paranoid - they are convinced that someone is in there with them, stalking them. And while all this is going on, did Takashi really give the time machine to the enemy?

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The title refers to "The Philadelphia Experiment" depicted in the '85 movie - it is an urban legend (or conspiracy theory) of sorts, depending on how you look at it. It was mentioned in several UFO films of the seventies, and referenced in DC's WARLORD comic in the eighties, among other places. The story goes like this: In WWII, the U.S. is experimenting with a way to make ships invisible to radar by using high-powered magnetic fields. The ship used for the experiment is a destroyer, the USS Eldridge. When the magentic generators are turned on, the Eldridge disappears and reappears at another port (I can't remember where). The ship supposedly traveled thru space and time. The crew of the ship were either killed by the transit or went crazy. The Eldridge's logs were altered and the ship went on the have the highest suicide rate of any U.S. ship before it was decommisioned. There's information on this kooky story on the web. Look for "Philadelphia Experiment" or "Project Montauk." [TC] "The Philadelphia Experiment" was a 1985 US film written and executive produced by John Carpenter. The Psychotronic Video Guide has this to say: "An American battleship disappears in 1943, and a sailor goes through a timewarp to 1984. The whole world is threatened by a 'time tornado.'" [JB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] The "perpetual warfare" comment makes me think: We know that the "war" that the Invisibles are fighting is ultimately fake in some way. If the agents of control require a perpetual state of warfare, perhaps the Invisibles themselves are instruments towards that end, created by the Enemy so that they would have someone to fight. [CM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 1] We saw the original origami of the time machine burn in 2.05, so is this a new one, or can the origami itself move through time? [EW] panel 5: The liquid information - is this what Mason was talking about in 2.01? [EW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 1] I think the "You were there. Violation." moment with Quimper and the Stranger was a reference to his having 'checked in on the ground crew'. That would mean the Stranger was observing their ferrying the cargo of 'magic matter/mirror/metal' via the Outer Church causeways; the Stranger's interest in the 'magic matter' since its 'fall' from another dimension is unknown. [JBA] Quimper: "You were there. Violation." The Stranger was there in Brazil at the rape of Fanny and Quimper, an efficient ritual that created two ideal agents to keep the duality game/conflict going. [JH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 1] The pattern/symbol/window in the tower of the church reminds me of the famous Crowley sigil that was an image of a penis and testicles seen from above. Might not have been intended though. [SG] [panel 6] This is the first time we get confirmation, by way of his t-shirt, that the man with John is King Mob. When we first see this scene, in 1.09, his shirt is always obscured by his jacket. [EW] "I'll be a lot happier if we just find something I can shoot" - KM was on his path all the way back then. [SG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7-8] From Cosmic Trigger: Final Secret of the Illuminati [Robert Anton Wilson, And/Or Press, Berkeley, CA, 1977]: "Suddenly, in a "blinding flash" or at least a mini-Satori, I knew Crowley's secret. It was in Chapter 69 and deals with Tantric Sex. It will be explained, you may be sure, at the appropriate place in our narrative. The effect on me was that I entered a belief system in which the anti-Illuminati authors I had studied so extensively were no longer seen by me as simple paranoids. They were looking at something quite real, I now felt, and were only misinterpreting it a little bit. They were those without the pentacle of valor who stand in terror outside the door of Chapel Perilous, trembling and warning all who would enter that the Chapel is really an Insect Horror Machine programmed by Death Demons and dripping fetidly with Green Goo." I'd bet RAW and Morrison independently lifted the image from Burroughs. Burroughs, however, drew on pulp SF, back to Lovecraft; and HPL was the most conscious fantasist of the Paranoid Universe. Many conclusions may be jumped to; my relatively tame one is that this church is defending its secrets with industrial-strength xenophobia in '92. [JOB] [page 8] [panel 3] This reminds me of what ants do, when they bring organic matter into their nests, and let it grow fungus for them to feed on. [EW] This insect-human combination is similar to the "zombies" we saw inside the "House of Fun" - see [1.23] [page 6] for example. [JB] [panel 3] "I don't fancy yours much" is one of the great lines of English pub culture. Two men, looking at two women in a pub or club prior to going over to talk to them, first decide who will attempt to seduce which. "I don't fancy yours much" is a common opening gambit, as if the other fellow responds by asking which one is his, you have him. Almost never used without irony. [Tann] These scenes made me think (I'm completely top-of-my-heading here since we don't know much about John yet) that John may have gotten into magick/Invisibles through a youthful fascination with Lovecraft and the implications of his writings. His name, in that context, makes me think of Randolph Carter, Lovecraft's dreamland character (who didn't have too happy of a fate either). Also, his walking into the void may have been a bit of hubris on his part - "now that I'm finally facing a "crawling horror", I want to see if I can beat it and not go mad!" [SG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 1] Over the headboard is the same shirt King Mob was wearing in his dream sequence in [2.14]. Later this issue, we see that KM and, Robin are both wearing the same clothes as in that dream sequence. [EW] I thought that sequence in [2.14] was more drug-induced time distortions a la [2.02]'s scene on the mesa. It doesn't seem to have dreamworld trappings like the opening scene with Sir Miles. [JW] What exactly did KM and Robin get up to last night? But if the graffiti was in red, what would we infer from the stain on the left hand side of the picture? [L] Of course this isn't the same hotel room as in the last issue, they're in Philadelphia now, they were in New Orleans in [2.14]. Presumably they lifted the car we see a bit later and drove it up. And unless massive art errors abound, it's supposed to be a different sleek black car. [CE & DK] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 1] Looks like the same car that KM stole in [1.14]. Maybe KM has a fondness for the sleek black things. [EW] ANU-9 = Anubis and 9 (Lennon's/Ganesha's number, "opener of the way"). [SG] [panel 2] "Nice car. Wanna show me what it can do ?": This is a line from a famous Pergeot 603 advert in which a man is seen to pick up a strange woman in car park and shag her on a beach before returning home to his wife and kids. Just before the viewer can throw something at the screen and say, "Well, I certainly won't be buying any of *their* filthy home-breaking cars", then the camera pans up to reveal that... the strange woman was his wife all along. Kind of fits with the sexual role- playing that KM and Robin have just got into. [RJ] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 3] Robin is eating a cracker here, and KM has one on page 16, just before they enter the church. Is this some sort of sacrament? [EW] NO!! Of course that's the same car from Volume 1 and those "cracker"s are the "biscuits" (cookies) that KM gets from that wandering hippie (St. Germaine?) who had the theory of the space-ship mind-control that injected advertising directly into your subconcious via manufactured dreams, remember? It was around Volume 1, ish 13 or 14, during Fanny's Sheman story arc, and I distinctly remember KM, after having taken all this in about the UFO/adverts, saying something to the effect of, "Here, hand us one over, there's nothing like a biscuit to bring you back down to Earth." or something. Robin and KM eat cookies/biscuits in the car, just like KM and the hitchhiker did. Hey, was the hitchhiker maybe not the Chess Player guy, but John instead? If his "thing" was being able to go completely unrecognized then maybe he could have fooled KM back then. [SG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 3] Quimper seems to have a physical presense, and isn't just a 'bad fairy' but if that is his skull that we can see it doesn't look like his only injuries were burns as he told Mister Six in [1.25] [L] "When I die, that part of me that lives will live in her." Another limitation on Quimper: is he/she dying? Or just has a limited lifespan like human beings? [SG] [panel 4] Quimper has just been scanned in X-ray, but what is this? [EW] This seems to be some sort of aura scan. Perhaps like the Kirillian (sp?) effect? [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panels 4-5] Back to the theme of good vs. evil being a mere illusion. [CG] The "Cop-Out" video game: even though they say they're shooting at "terrorists", the third panel makes it look like they're shooting at cops! Of course, it could be one of those "decoy" moments in shooting games when a non-target stumbles into view. Or it could be a game where you shoot everybody! [SG] [panel 5] "I just thought that fucker with the Balaclava looked like he might be a good laugh if you got to know him" - Dane being the Buddha again and recognizing everyone's humanity. Also, he's mirroring KM's comment about John A Dreams on [page 10]. [SG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 5] Maybe this is stretching it a bit, but Fanny's room number seems very R.A. Wilson. 235, or 23 and 5. [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 1] The Church - okay, in the first panel that window on top looks like a big octopus eye. Now, here comes the odd thing. I don't know if there's any chance Morrison would even know this but there's a skyscraper that you can see as you drive over the bridge into Philadelphia. The top of it is very odd looking - in fact, it looks like a weird mythological temple. Its not just an impression I have, the building supposedly inspired the "Babylonian building" in Ghostbusters, the gods of which Dan Akroyd has constantly referred to as being Lovecraftian. [SG] "Spooky girl with big dresses": Makes me remember the Robin/Crazy Jane comparisons from the first volume. [SG] [panel 3] "It (the Hand of Glory) vanished in 1959" - under what circumstances, I wonder? Any noteworthy fortean event that year? [SG] [panel 4] "I supose they were a cult. That's what everybody called them. That was what we heard.": This line, and the fact that they are in Philly, resonated with the MOVE bombing to me. The MOVE incident was something like a proto-Waco that occurred in the early 1980's. A militant African-American (separatist?) group, which was headquartered in a block of rowhouses in Philly, had continual run-ins with the locals and police (that's not necessarily a slam against them. From what I understand, MOVE members tended to be pretty obnoxious to deal with but I also consider the Philly - and NYC for that matter - police forces hopelessly corrupt and racist so who's to say?). Eventually, there was a siege/standoff situation and the police decided to resolve it by dropping a fucking fire-bomb on the building! Many died (including, like Waco, children of the group). Afterwards, many sought to disregard blame for the carnage by claiming MOVE was a cult. I have no opinion either way, I just thought I'd mention it. [SG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 2] and [page 18] [panel 1] May I suggest that those looking for more information on H.P. Lovecraft go to HYPERLINK "http://www.hplovecraft.com/" \t "_blank" http://www.hplovecraft.com/ at their earliest convenience? [CG] panel 3: Jim Crow is another member of the Invisibles. See 1.10 for more info. [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] I really liked Fanny's mocking tone about "Universe B" being the "bad" universe and how she doesn't accept the hologram theory. KM's response ("We have enough evidence. Its not just a theory") sounds defensive but also notes something I found a little off-putting when I went and reread the first volume (specifically, the time travel arc): This concept of "we". I like reading the book and seeing the cells as rag-tag, anarchic groups that trade information, etc. But things like "time travel codes" and the "mission" to get the Marquis De Sade, and the "we" above - seem to imply some organizationiol level that we haven't seen yet. I don't think it is the Invisible College, for some reason (maybe I see the Invisible College as a power source, not a meeting place), but maybe it is! Anyone have opinions? Who sends them on missions? Who has "evidence"? [SG] Although this is complete and utter speculation, and probably is so far off from the truth it's not even funny,, perhaps the Invisibles' cells ARE the ragtag groups they seem to be (cell 23...euch). Perhaps their missions come from a collective unconcious, a hidden mental urge on the part of humanity to be free, an immune system reaction to the city virus. The Invisibles, most of them showing some sort of psychic talent anyways (Excluding Boy) are hardwired into this collective unconcious. The "we" with enough evidence is the collective unconcious, the "mission" came from the same, and same with the time travel codes. Sort of a way that that the individual cells have freedom to act pretty much as they may, and making sure that other Cells don't step on each other's toes, and might be available for a friendly helping hand. [PL] In reference to the Invisibles organizational structure, it has been alluded to that there exists some hierarchy of teachers. Remember in the "Black Science" arc. Jolly Roger has been brainwashed to betray the team. After infiltrating the Dulce facility, Roger puts a gun to KM's head, apparently under the influence if Quimper. In a John Woo/Mexican standoff between Robin, Roger, Boy, KM and the menage of Delta Force, King Mob gets Roger to remember the 'White Flame' meditation they learned in 'training', which we are then shown in a flashback sequence that allows Roger to break from trance. Roger also seems to have more contact with the hierarchy than KM. For any of the implied hierarchy, it still appears that the Invisibles operate in a networking fashion. One that exists as a 'progressive' structure, therfore making the hierarchy based "purely" on experience. I consider this speculation, but it seems to work until upcoming available information might indicate otherwise. Think of each of the Invisibles 'cells' using web-sites as a model. Mission status might exist on an invitaion and volunteer basis, with cells competing for the same assignment defaulting to a 'lottery' to see who gets to go. [IAO] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] "You didn't see any of this stuff in London or Dulce." She didn't? This seemed really odd, almost like it was stated to make a point that will return later but it seems highly unlikely. I mean, Robin has seen the Cyphermen, right? Granted, they're not on the level of a Miss Dwyer or King Of All Tears but one can extrapolate, right? [SG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 2] This goes back to the "Sheman" arc (the 2nd issue of it, I believe). Said masks also appeared when Division X visited the House of Fun in 1.25. [CG] Putting together Fanny's comments here and Quimper's reference earlier in this issue to a "violation" leads to some speculation. Did the people involved in the raping Fanny and Quimper know the extent of what they were doing, or were they just partying? If we are to assume that they knew what effect their actions would have on Quimper (i.e. manufacturing an agent of the enemy - pure speculation on my part, but I think I have enough to back it up) then could they possibly have known that they would have a profound effect on Fanny as well? Maybe Fanny was recruited by the enemy before the Invisibles found her...she just doesn't realize it. This is in keeping with the theme of illusory distinction between the two sides. [DK] panel 3: I think the the sqiggly lines Fanny speaks in 2.14 in the bar scene denoted a spell. I think he was bewitching the club guy. Notice his eyes rarely look up in the panels. He looks out of it, a strange not-there look that one ususally doesn't see in a dance bar. My experiences are that senses are heightened. not dulled by the mood. Also he doens't say anything and fanny emntions near the back of the issue that he can't understand him. Here, Fanny tells Boy and Jack about hir theory of Quimper. Maybe the spell on the club-goer was a means of discirning this information. He has used sex for spells before. This may be an invalid speculation because the guy wore (or at least brandished) a condom. With the liquid information theme in the issues, if no fluid was exchanged in their sex, it would probably cancel out a spell. [Pocketwatch] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panel 1] KM is holding his gun sideways, Yakuza-movie style, plus the flight of pigeons: is this an homage of sorts to John Woo? [EW] panel 4: Another Britishism: "public school" means what private school does in the U.S., so KM is calling John-a- Dreams a rich kid. [EB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 23] I note the motif of the Dropped Flame; first when Poor Tom departs the world; now when John returns to it. [JOB] The falling star line makes for an interesting comparison between Lucifer the Fallen and John O'Dreams, who has also fallen from grace. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 24] The Army guy looks familiar, like some actor but I can't place it. Actually, the lab-coat guy looks pretty familiar also. Strange. [SG]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET King Mob and Ragged Robin are in the Philadelphia church where John A'Dreams disappeared. King Mob is convinced that John has gone over to the enemy and that he is in the church trying to kill them. Robin doesn't believe that he is there. John is in fact not there, instead the enemy are testing Scorpio, the virtual assassin. On a plane, Boy and Jack, are getting to know each other a bit better, while Jolly Roger collects Jim Crow from a club in Chicago. Meanwhile Robin and King Mob have been driven to distraction and paranoia by Scorpio, and even when they realise what is going on they still start to wonder - is there really a conspiracy, or is one of the richest men in the world (Mason) creating the whole thing?

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The cover, as several people have pointed out shows King Mob is crossing his fingers in the cover image... [JB] KM's pose and clothes (jacket) clearly ape ads for "The Full Monty". I'll not venture as to what this means. [GG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 1-5] More brother-sister incest implications with Mason and Kathryn - reminiscent of Cornelius bks and King Mob in 1.16-18 [Doc 26/JWB] One way or another Mason namechecks Takashi, John (-a-Dreams?), (Colonel?) Friday and (Sir) Miles (Delacourt?). If we assume "John" is John-a-Dreams, and that even though that isn't him chasing KM and Robin he has gone over to the Outer Church, has he got access to seeing all time simultaneously? Is that what Mason is talking about in Page 2, Panels 3-5, namely what will happen at the end of time? If so this is the second time it has been hinted that the Invisibles may not win after all (the first being Issue 2.12) at the end. [L] Re: page 2, panels 3-5 : I assumed Mason was talking about the ending of "Starship Troopers" here, rather than the end of time. For those who haven't seen it, the film doesn't end with the humans defeating the 'mindless' insects. Instead they capture a brain bug, which they plan to 'examine' in order to learn how the insects think and therefore to fight more productively in the future. [GML] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panels 3-5] In Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian," the Judge - a nameless wanderer, possibly a demon of some kind - keeps a sketchbook; he sketches various interesting things as he encounters them, and once he's satisfied with the drawing, he destroys the original. In general, having images of yourself made by a magician is not a good sign, so this portrait may not bode well for Quimper. [EB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 4] A bit Joseph Campbell. [Flossy] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] [panel 6] It's 23:05 or I'm in need of glasses... [TRI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] Presumably it's King Mob's use of the line "It's like a stupid film" that makes Robin think of Mason. [L] King Mob shoots at a door behind which is a brick wall with his name spray-painted on it. Perhaps this is an allusion to him destroying himself? Ye olde, "live by the gun, die by the gun". It ties in with the cover, where we see King Mob showing a smoking finger, wearing the Mod-target shirt, which is bullet-ridden. This also ties in to 2.01, page 14, where we see him "shooting himself" again. [FF]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Jolly Roger is collecting Jim Crow, while in Philadelphia Fanny, Boy and Jack notice that King Mob and Robin have vanished. They contact Mason who says they are in New York. All the Invisibles meet up in NYC apart from King Mob. Mason reveals that the Hand of Glory is back in their possession. Boy says that as soon as she has taught Jack how to fight she is going to leave the group. Colonel Friday and Quimper explain to the Blind Chessman that it is all a trap, while Robin acts mysteriously...

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The clock on the cover is a reference to the nuclear clock, I forget the exact circumstances but it was a recurring motif in the 'Watchmen' series by Alan Moore. Looking through the issue, it appears Jim Crow wears a working timepiece in his hat. [Loz] The clock on the cover is the nuclear clock of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Also known as the Doomsday Clock, they recently moved the minute hand to nine minutes to midnight in order to reflect the current nuclear/political situation in India and Pakistan. [TD] As it happens the current Doosmday Clock setting almost exactly matches the setting of Jim Crow's timepiece at page 3 panel 4. A good prediction, but understandable: Jolly Roger and Jim were watching the video on May 30, but the official Doomsday Clock didn't get moved up until June 11; however the first test explosions by India were on May 11, followed by Pakistan's on May 28. Jimbo (or Grant or Chris Weston) must have been watching CNN on a regular basis. Another interesting coincidence: the Doomsday Clock first appeared in the June 1947 issue of the bulletin, just before the supposed Roswell UFO crash in July of that year. For more information on the Doomsday Clock and its history see, HYPERLINK "http://www.bullatomsci.org/clock.html" \t "_blank" http://www.bullatomsci.org/clock.html. [FH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The title, "Newton's Sleep", has to do with the popular legend that Sir Isaac Newton was sleeping under an apple tree when an apple fell on his head and he was suddenly struck with the thought of the Universal Law of Gravitation. Apples, apples, everywhere. [Whisper] This may also relate to "The sleep of reason produces monsters," the title of an etching by Francisco Goya in which the space behind an unconscious artist/scientist is filled with winged beasts. [EB] The apple of the Bible, of course, refers to forbidden knowledge. Then there is Eris' apple, which "started" the Trojan War. There's the apple of "Snow White." And see page 18 of this issue. [JWB] It was William Blake (1757-1827) who coined the term 'Newton's Sleep'. One beautifully simple poetic aphorism, describing the implications of the manner in which Newton's theories were being used by the eighteenth century prophets of the Enlightenment ("single vision and newtons sleep"). During Blake's lifetime, the ideas of Newton were being used not only to describe certain observations about the operations of the universe, but to describe the whole universe; past, present and future; society, culture and politics. Newton himself bears some responsibility for this philosophical arrogance, since he did claim that his theories could be used to understand the mind of the Creator of the Universe, the Great Architect of Freemasonry. However, his claim was made with the appropriate deference to authority that belief in a supreme being brings, and was very close in spirit to the claims of metaphysical alchemists seeking the mind of God through alchemical research. The claims of his predecessors were not tempered with either humbleness or mystical awareness. On a purely operational level, Newtonian science works just fine for a limited number of relationships between phenomena. The problem arises when it is used as a model to describe ALL OF REALITY. Enlightenment science sought to reduce 'reality' to its discrete constituent units: time, space, matter, mind, etc., using the Newtonian model as its template. Blake lived during the period when this movement was just beginning to gain real ideological power. He very astutely understood its implications. Nietzsche also railed against the limiting and reductionist politics of the Enlightenment. In this century, in the aftermath of the Nazi experience, some historians and philosophers such as Michel Foucault and Theodor Adorno have claimed that the mechanistic paradigm leads inevitably to fascistic and bureaucratic societies in which people are just cogs that must serve or die the greater cause (sound familiar?). In a scientific sense, the mechanistic paradigm has been irrevocably undermined by the discoveries in quantum physics. These discoveries implode all the discrete and isolated categories of Newtonianism: time, space, mind and matter are, like they were in pre-Newtonian times, once again operationally understood as interconnected phenomena. Unfortunately, the philosophical implications of quantum physics have not filtered into the political arena. Those of us who live and work and play in the Western world, exist in a political and economic climate that still largely operates according to unconscious Enlightenment assumptions. Grant has already brilliantly interrogated the Enlightenment project in the "Arcadia" storyline, and, to a lesser extent, in 'The Philadelphia Experiment" (the Philadelphia Experiment of American Liberty being a very self-conscious attempt to create an Enlightenment Utopia on Earth). [Zenkidu] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 2] The Nommo were last mentioned in 2.08 as being let into the world by the ancestors of Mr Skat. [Loz] panel 4: "Then in the year 1963...": The year Doctor Who started, with a story in which two 1963 schoolteachers get taken "all the way back in time" and help give the secret of fire to a tribe of white cavemen. [RJ] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 1] Note the James Bond voodoo doll; I guess Jim really hated 'Live and Let Die' huh? :) [Loz] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 5] Air is a new French techno/electronica band who have had a couple of hits. But, based on the symbolism of the team as established in 2.02 shouldn't Robin be wearing that T-shirt? [Loz] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 1] Is that the wig Fanny wore when she was raped? It almost seems as if there's some kind of residual psychic imprint left from that experience that's channeled through a physical object (the wig); maybe it's just a memory trigger, a twisted memento of sorts? [STM] This is the first time Fanny has dressed up in public since the incident with the cowboys in 2.01 he seems to suggest he needs it to work his powers. [Loz] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 2] This illustration looks like it's aping a famous photo of James Dean in Times Square; I can't remember the exact name of that photo though (is it 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams?') [STM] I remember seeing this as the poster for Taxi Driver as well, with Robert DeNiro taking King Mob's place. I suppose the Martin Scorcese film took it from the old photo, but the second volume is so film heavy... [DN] The CBS eye on Times Square has been modified by the addition of a triangle within the pupil. This is a reversal of the "eye in the pyramid" symbol. [Anagram Eckis] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 3] What videotape has Mason seen? Is this the videotape from Vol. One, Issue 25, the one that Division X ended up with ("They've got a flying saucer from Scotland. They're making films...They're making girls do it with aliens.")? And don't forget Quimper from page 16 of that issue: "I have been known to make short films for a specialized clientele. Conoisseurs. Nothing to be ashamed of. "There was a mirror, yes. One particular scene demanded its use. I...got rid of it after." [JWB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 5] My theory is that the Colonel is passing an orange rather than an apple. The only evidence is that it looks more like an orange than an apple, and that it was a curious request. So it was a curious orange, like in the Fall album and song title, 'Kurious Oranj.' [JBU] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] The apple motif again: The Mysterious Stranger reappears, and this time he appears to be aiding the Enemy; "For the Prettiest One" was the inscription on the golden apple that Eres, the Goddess of Discord, left for Paris. The apple that started the Trojan War. It doesn't appear that he is helping the Enemy as much as he is playing a game in which both sides are pawns. This would not be incosistent with what he told Robin in 1.07. Notice Colonel Friday taking a bite of his apple. Like Adam and Eve, I think he's in for a very rude awakening. [STM] [panel 1] The reappearance of The Nameless Guy From "Arcadia" who has since appeared (presumably) as the prescient hitchhiker of 1.14 (more on that below) and as "himself" inside the Invisible College in 2.06 (Page 6, panel 1 to be hyper-exact). [JWB], [panel 4] Colonel Friday seems to have picked up on Mason's film habit. [Loz] Colonel Friday's ROTTEN apple looks like the moon with its craters. [CI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 4] Mason: "The hallucination has taken control. How do we take control of the hallucination?" Hakim Bey: "Any oppressor who works through the image is susceptible to the power of the image." [Check out HYPERLINK "http://www.t0.or.at/hakimbey/hex.htm" \t "_blank" http://www.t0.or.at/hakimbey/hex.htm] Follow the link to be initiated into occult procedures for screwing up those working as the image-minions of soul-Control. TV producers are used as an example; but the procedure is equally applicable - as the above quote indicates - to advertising companies (which are "run on pure magic"), film-makers, PR firms, art galleries, lawyers, even politicians (and web designers, too, no doubt). [Zenkidu] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 1] Guy Debord was a major figure in Situationism, a sort of avant-garde revolution in the early to late '60s to seperate the divisions between art and audience and amalgamate life nonstop with the message of art, with expression. King Mob makes an appropriately snide comment since Mason is going on with his "It's cool to be a Truman Burbanks" analogy. For more info on Debord, check out HYPERLINK "http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Obituary/debord.html" \t "_blank" http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Obituary/debord.html. [Whisper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o Speculation: INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o Paul Melancon: In the lettercol to 2.05 someone wrote in asking about the hippie and mentioning his suspicion that they were one in the same. Grant's response: "Hmm. Kinda. But I hope you guessed his name..." Which would seem to say that the hippie is certainly the devil, but not necessarily the man with the apples. Which really doesn't help at all. Although it does dovetail nicely with the speech by Quimper at the end of the 1.25 where he says that it doesn't matter which side is right or wrong, good or evil, only that THEY are winning. And judging from the hippie's rant turning out to be nearly completely true, it would seem that the devil is on the side of the Invisibles. Check out Some Thoughts Regarding the Harlequinade for a brilliant theory regarding the identity of the Nameless Guy/Stranger/St. Germaine/Satan. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o Carl Roth: With respect to Mason directing the team. Come on kids, play with me here. Does anyone else remember the electronic device in Robin's head that stopped a bullet from spliting her skull!? Mason does not have the technology to decipher the Time Suit, let alone a device that enhances latent psychic abilties. Someone, somewhere, ( perhaps 'Cell 23'[?] ) has encouraged Mason to play some games. Where did he find a video tape of the 'entity' at Roswell? Someone explain that. Who does Mason have contact with? I feel we have two wild cards in Mason and St. Germane. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o Dave Komlos: Note that even this early in 1.23, Jack refers to the King of All Tears and the demonic visions visited upon him as "shitty special effects" - more reference to the events as part of a film, and possible reference to Mason's hoax. The image of the perfect soul as a red globe above the lotus may be a metaphor - that the red light is the "stop" for our universe. from Zenkidu: Despite holding out for a while, I now concede that the Stranger encountered by Rags and Mary Shelley and Colonel Black is the Devil. Or at least, a Devil. He is acting more like the Gnostic Devil than that repressed little spoilt-boy, the Christian Devil. Our Devil ("I hope you guessed his name...") is acting as a force of change and evolution. The Gnostic interpretation of the Garden of Eden scenario sees the offering of the fruit of the tree of knowledge to Eve as a necessary transgression against God. For the Gnostic God of the World is not a foo-foo father of Love and Light. He is rather a Tyrant, whose goal is to keep humanity incarcerated in the prison of the material world. As long as the Tyrant-as-global-Prison-Warden succeeds, he will keep that part of humanity which is connected to the real, trans-material Realm of Light under his CONTROL. (The story of how humanity came to be receptacles of Light trapped in the Darkness of materiality is a bit convoluted. Check out the Gnostic Library is you want the original texts: HYPERLINK "http://www.webcom.com/gnosis/" \t "_blank" http://www.webcom.com/gnosis/) But the Lord of Light sends his son (aka, Lucifer in some texts, the Cosmic Jesus in others) to remind humanity of their spiritual potential, their essential FREEDOM. The Son of Light (the Morningstar) accomplishes his task by offering Eve that Apple. Thus, in the eternal battle between FREEDOM and CONTROL, the Gnostic Devil is very much on the side of FREEDOM. This Gnostic myth parallels the story of Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods in order to kick start the evolution of humanity towards FREEDOM from the CONTROL of Olympus. Maybe the Stranger's conversation with Mary Shelley is thus that much more poignant. Perhaps he was - in a Promethean sense - responsible for giving humanity 'fire' (the fire of knowledge, the passion of the new, the knowledge of their divine souls), and was punished as a result. Jay suggests that this Stranger/Guy is responsible for punishing those who strive for FREEDOM. On the contrary, perhaps he is personally cognisant of the consequences of FREEDOM, and is offering Mary Shelly, and hence Percy Shelley, some well-meaning advice. Perhaps. Perhaps this is all shite, and I'm reading too much into everything. Anyway, not to give up now, the Erisian connection is also obvious (to me): he is introducing chaos into order, as a means of moving everything to the next higher level of order. "For the Prettiest One," indeed. Let us not forget that Lucifer was always the most beautiful of God's angels... I think that this theory fits well with the theory that the Stranger is also the Harlequin, who was the medieval sublimiation of the Devil figure: legitimated transgressor, prankster, trickster. Trickster: that's what our Stranger is (wow, sudden flash of inspiration!). Like Coyote, Prometheus, the Gnostic Devil, the Harlequin and Eris, the Stranger (even if he is actually none of the above) is acting to mix things up - just like every Trickster figure in world mythology. Whether the Trickster is acting according to a plan of arcane convolutedness or whether he has no plan beyond creating a lot of fucking chaos his essential role is, and has always been, just this: throw a spanner in the works, see how they react. It'll be a gas. from Josiah Bancroft Given Grant's insistance (despite his habit of borrowing from other sources) on not being directly predictable, or even sometimes comprehensible, I'm leaning away from the Stranger/Lucifer theory. It's too commonplace for Grant to try at this point; mainstream writing, yes, but on his baby? He's gone so far as to place the existence of good and evil in a relativistic light, and put the existence of Manichaen influences on our plane down to the influence of the home dimension and victimization of the 'magic matter', that I'd be willing to lay money on his veering FAR away from taking the Stranger in so, straightforward of a direction as to be a commonplace historical/mystical figure as Lucifer, or for that matter, the Comte De Saint-Germaine. "They talk in emotional aggregates." This is mentioned by Mason, regarding the homeopathic Grail experience, and by the Harliquinade... Has anyone questioned as to whether the 'homeopathic drink' was not, in fact, 'magic matter'? Much of the entire second act of the Invisibles has been centered around blatantly obvious themes, this among them... If Mason has, in fact, ingested what he is incapable of utilizing, what has it done to him? Most who have encountered the 'magic matter' have been practitioners of some belief system (read: Fanny, Jim Crow, King Mob), and those who haven't and have encountered it (Brodie, for instance) have had a disjointed recollection/recognition of it for what it was. from E. Lloyd Olson: The pornographic tape the doomed boyfriend is watching in Kill Your Boyfriend when he is killed may be one of Quimper's productions... I recall a mention of tentacles. Note the emphasis in KYB on mutability of identity - is this connected with _Invisibles_? From Picosecond Mirror: It was some kind of porno fantasy/D&D thing, and there were no tentacles mentioned, but there was some line like "Oh baby squeeze my tits with your claws". Another thing about KYB is that the pair of rebellious young killers turn out to be brother & sister in the end. That's very reminiscent of Gideon Stargrave & his sister's incestuous relationship, though the kids in KYB were unaware of it. I wonder if there's a relation between these two bro/sis characters, or if Grant was just trying to be outrageous or kinky & reused an earlier idea. From Mr. White: In the last two issues (2.16&17) Mason's presumed involvement in the overall conspiracy is perhaps significant. He is trying to hint at this often, without actually giving anything away. His comparison between life and movies has been constant, and his telling of the death of Diana significant as the first death by media. In issue 1.05, the start of "Arcadia," was Grant foreshadowing Mason's involvement with the shadow puppet guy that KM saw, the Dalang? If so, how much else is foreshadowed in Arcadia? It's obviously an extremely signifcant story arc. Quimper is working for Mason, right? In 1:25, Quimper tells those '70s detectives, he makes films for rich clientele. And Mason is pretty fucking rich, so he's the likely suspect. Mason has more significance than is recognized. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o Josiah Bancroft: The latest extension of the idea regarding both the Stranger and the Harlequinade is this: The dual universe theory, which Mad Tom (in Dane's training) and King Mob have both explained, may well apply to the Stranger/Harlequinade. Neither the Stranger nor the Harlequinade are generally recognized as being human; perhaps they're emmisaries (Manichaen influences) of the dual universes. To further confuse things in the intrest of illumination: The 'sick' universe and 'our' universe overlap, and this point is our reality? The Outer Church and Saloman's House exist on the periphery of our reality, where it contacts the exterior influence, or universe. Much as these interspatial systems (for lack of a better phrase) have cojoined in conflict to create our world, they may have collaberated at lower levels. "As above, so below." To wit: It has been mentioned/alluded to there being several Manichaen 'messiahs', emmisaries of a higher power, most recently with Dane. It's possible the dual universes contact one another at 'soft places' (to steal from Gaiman) through a human, animal, or plantlike (Lovecraft?) medium to create agitators for their cause. (As if any of this helps to explain where I'm going.) The Stranger and Harlequinade may not merely be the same person, but polar influences acting through the same medium. They're the SAME EXACT thing, capable of being in multiple places and times at once (all times are one) but follow certain parallel courses that betray their similar intent. The Stranger is Harlequin is the Dalang. (Arcadia part one.) The Dalang is a very clever man. He makes us think there is a great war between opposing forces (demonstrated through a shadow- play) but there is only the Dalang. He is the principal motivator for both sides. So what's the goal? (Note: The most recent issue, there are two versions of the Stranger present... Am I onto something here, or am I just rambling?) INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o Paul Melancon: Well, I'm trying to take in the debate as a whole. And the conclusion I seem to come to right now is this: I'd have to agree with Josiah Bancroft (annot for 2.17) and take it a step further. The Hippie and the Stranger and the Harlequin are separate entities, but are all connected. They are a physical manifestation of the 2 universes (the hippie and the Stranger) and their intersection (the Harlequin). And the Harlequin, like the Dalang, is merely performing a shadow-play with the rest of us, a chess game where he plays both colors. And when the final issue rolls around and the true conspiracy is revealed, it will bear no resemblance to anything we have been shown so far.

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Repeat News Flash: "Disco 2000," edited by Sarah Champion, is now on sale with a hand grenade cover no less. It's published as a Sceptre paperback by Hodder and Stoughton and is filled with startling stories of the last day before the next millennium, including, as I've mentioned before, an INVISIBLES-related story by me. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Meanwhile, Dave Mitchell's Oneiros imprint is about to release a book collecting all of my prose stuff including the two plays and, hopefully, a new story. So far, it looks like this sinister artifact will be called "God & Chips," but I'll keep you posted. I'd also encourage everybody to pick up the first Oneiros release, "Metal Sushi" by David Conway, the greatest and most original new "horror" writer in these final moments of the 20th century. If you can't find 'em in stores, try the publisher direct at B Short Street, Mt. Pleasant Swansea SA1 6YG Wales, UK. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET It's true! New York is a Go-Go. I'm here for a month, soaking up the crackle of human electricity and finishing up volume 2 of THE INVISIBLES. Basically, I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps, instead of sleeping in a city that never wakes up. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET PAUL HOUSTON: First of all, where's the letter column? I haven't seen it in months! I always enjoyed the letters because they were usually more than just letters of praise and criticism. The reason I believe it's been absent is that Grant Morrison has been very busy. I've noticed his name on many a recent comic. More power to you if you can do it, but I miss the letter column and Grant's banter. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET I also noticed Brian Bolland stopped putting the squiggly in King Mob's eyebrows. I prefer them without the squigglies., So is the Hand of Glory King Mob's hand or Boy's? I thought at first maybe it would be someone like Jesus or someone ancient, but it isn't, is it? INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Also, okay. Jack has this psychic awareness thingy, right? So why hasn't he noticed Mr. Quimper's control over a certain redhead of the band? Is he just not that adept? INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Also, do you, Grant Morrison, believe in this Meta universe interlapping theory or is it just part of the story? One last question: Who of your contemporaries in this field are you enjoying (writers and artists)? INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The letter column's right here where you left it, Paul, and by the grace of God, will be here every month from now on. Jack's psychic abilities are, as you suspected, still unrefined and largely untapped, although he knows more about what he is and what he can do than he's told us or anyone else. He only knew where Boy was because he'd sneaked a peek into her mind and was able to recognize her psychic signature. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The meta- universe theory is one I cut-and-paste into the storyline because it dovetailed with the conclusions I'd reached following my own curious experiences in the area of the occult and hyper-dimensional. I think it's a beautiful model of how things work, but the true secret of the Invisibles-see volume 3 #11-lies beyond even the meta-universe in the...ummm... meta-meta-universe. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET I'm reading Garth Ennis, Mark Millar, Mark Waid, Warren Ellis, Alan Moore and Joe Kelly (and I'm still reeling from the deep soul shock of being able to read, enjoy and make sense of the X-Men after fifteen years). I like too many artists to list, but I have to admit I'm less inclined to seek out even the most glorious artwork if it ain't allied with a good script. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET And just for the hell of it, this month's favorite music is by "Kid Loco," and "Air," with honorable mentions for the "David Arnold James Bond Project" and the "Vampyros Lesbos" soundtrack (hmmmm... three lesbian references in as many months. Must mean Jolly Roger's coming back soon...) INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET I can't believe it. I can't. This column was the last late thing on my schedule and it's still late but now it's finished. It's actually finished! From here on in, it's roses and warm winds from the west for me. Back next month after I've stopped shaking and sobbing with pitiful, childlike joy. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET G-man.

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET "Einstein's Monsters" is a short story collection by Martin Amis; his preface says the title "refers to nuclear weapons, but also to ourselves ... not fully human, not for now." [EB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 1] "How could you have imagined a universe smaller than an atom?" This description of Colonel Friday's first Outer Church experience is reminiscent of C.S. Lewis's "The Great Divorce," an allegory which proposes that Hell is much smaller than our present universe, which in turn is tiny compared to Heaven; souls in lower states can be crammed into a smaller space because they have less substance. [EB] It's interesting to note that there is a Big Bang theory which proposes that the Big Bang was actually a perfect ten-dimensional Universe fracturing into two seperate universes: the four-dimensional universe we inhabit, and a second six-dimensional universe. While the four- dimensional universe expanded explosively, the second universe did the opposite: it contracted into a microscopic "ball" that is all but unobservable. Also interesting is that when the "Big Crunch" (the violent contraction of our universe, the opposite of the Big Bang) comes, this infinitesimal universe may open up, providing a means of, escape from the universe's ultimate demise by allowing travel to other "universes." This sounds similar, though not identical, to the theory King Mob put forth to Ragged Robin (the Christian Fish). And when the Outer Church is depicted, there is sometimes a large "ball" present. These theories are described in much more detail in the book "Hyperspace" by Michio Kaku (Anchor Books, 1994) [PJW] Compare this panel with page 4, Panel 5. There's a certain visual similarity between this stranger and Mason Lang (based on the little we know about him so I'm reaching here!). They've both done things to make us doubt which side they are allied to...the Stranger appears very ambivalent to the Outer Church's cause...and 2 issues ago Mason seemed to be acting as if he didn't believe in the Invisibles' cause. [Loz] panel 2: Friday was apparently on the USS Eldridge when it allegedly travelled through time or whatever - see title notes for 2.15, "The Philadelphia Experiment." [EB] Allegedly, in the fall of 1943 a U.S. Navy destroyer was made invisible and teleported from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Norfolk, Virginia, in an incident known as the Philadelphia Experiment. More information on the subject can be found at HYPERLINK "http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq21-1.htm" \t "_blank" http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq21- 1.htm or at HYPERLINK "http://www.wincom.net/softarts/philexp.html" \t "_blank" http://www.wincom.net/softarts/philexp.html [Whisper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] [panel 4] Are those just shooting stars in the night sky, or are they entering the compound? [Loz]

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"http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/rule.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The cover is based on Henry Fuseli's "The Nightmare". [CM] It's a preface piece about the shadows within dreams and dreamers. More can be found HYPERLINK "http://www.cc.emory.edu/ENGLISH/classes/Shakespeare_Illustrated/Nightmare.html" \t "_blank" here. [Whisper] I think the original in the Detroit Institute of Arts. [TB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The title is based on the story of Ivan Pavlov and his experiments in stimulus conditioning with dogs. He discovered that after conditioning them to associate the ringing of a bell with the arrival of food, dogs would begin to salivate after the sound of a bell, food or no. ( HYPERLINK "http://www.ed.uiuc.edu/facstaff/g-cziko/without_miracles/07.html" \t "_blank" http://www.ed.uiuc.edu/facstaff/g-cziko/without_miracles/07.html) [Whisper] Pavlov's work was continued by American psychologist B.F. Skinner; both Pavlov and Skinner were heavily criticized by Anthony Burgess in A Clockwork Orange, which is a huge influence on The Invisibles. [White] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 2] They are about to enter level 7, a level below 'Nightmare Hall' in issue 2.04. [White] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 2] The dude playing chess, is playing as both sides at once, and he still has his apple. Notice that the white side, whom he calls 'the sons of light', are on his left, and the black side, 'The dreadful guardians of the black iron prison' are on his right. [White] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panels 1-2] The Blind Chessman's discussion of a game in which, "sometimes I become so deeply involved that I forget I'm playing at all." and "Imagine becoming so wrapped up in the game that you experience existential dread and loss of identity when a piece is removed from the board." Compare the implications of this discussion to the Harmony House guard Bobby in 1.12, page 24, when he dies (his "game piece" is "removed from the board") and at the moment of death he is reminded: "Try to remember. It's only a game." [JH] [panel 5] The Stranger's speech here parallels his conversation with Mary Shelley in "Arcadia." [JWB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 1] "Black iron prison": This term comes from Philip K. Dick, who, after a mystical experience which opened his mind up to what he perceived as different dimensional levels of reality, came to see our world as a false construct built to house a, variety of nasty stuff from the super-dimensions (the *real* realities) that surround us. (Sound familiar?) Anyway, Dick's term for our universe? You guessed it: The Black Iron Prison. All of Dick's later work concerns itself with expressing these concepts in a variety of different manners. [MB] See 1.20 page 9, where someone resembling Dick is screaming about "black iron." [EB] [panel 3] "I don't suppose you know what 'Manichaean' means yet?" See 1.23, page 20 where Dane's supposed future self says to Dane, "You don't even know what 'Manichean' means, do you?" and later in that same issue on page 22, panel 3, where Dane remembers, "I even knew what 'Manichean' meant." [JWB] The line from the Mysterious Stranger seems especially creepy considering that Dane's future self asked Dane that along with a warning that "on December 22nd, 2012, the human agents of one of those opposing forces [either the Invisibles or the Archons] are going to detonate my [perfected human] soul". [Whisper] The concept of the Battle of the Sons of Light versus the Sons of Darkness originates with a Qumran (Dead Sea Sect) scroll titled, conveniently enough, "The Battle of the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness" (I think), an apocalyptic text describing the future battle of the Sons of Light, accompanied by angelic hosts, against the forces of evil arrayed against them in the world; these forces include the Roman Empire, the demons, and all non-Essene Jews. Also, the Blind Man and the Archons could both be connected with Sethian Gnostic concepts. In the Sethian text (discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945), "The Hypostasis of the Archons," the Hebrew God is described as Sammael, the God of the Blind, who induces creation in order to trap the female portion of the true God, the Gnostic God. Hence, all of what normal Christians and Jews worship is false, belonging withing the realm of the demons. By extension, those things which anger the Blind God and his minions, are good. The Tree of Knowledge is presented as the source of wisdom to be gained by the true followers of Seth, the pre-Christian conception of the Gnostic Christ. Could the Blind Man be Sammael from this Gnostic conception? However, note that in panel 3, the Blind Man is sitting not on one side of the board, but is playing both sides. Manichaean entities are ones which are both good and evil: what if the Sons of Light and the Archons are the same? [DSH] The belief that our universe was a trap set by a usurper god to trap the true god is core to Philip K Dick's 'mystical experience' and subsequent beliefs. And judging by the amount of references to his work throughout the Invisibles, I think it's safe to say that belief will figure heavily as we get deeper into this. [PM] The concept of a battle between the Forces of Light and the Forces of Darkness is one of the oldest of human myths: it originated many centuries before the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Qumran texts only represent a late and peculiarly Judaic twist on the concept - which first appeared in the historical record courtesy of the literature of the Zoroastrian religion, collected in a book called the Avesta. Zoroaster (aka Zarathustra; lived between 1500 BC and 1000 BC) was a Persian mystic and prophet who preached a resolutely Gnostic theology: the world was the prison of the forces of light (contained in human souls), and therefore a battleground - because the world was the creation and stronghold of the forces of darkness. In order to perfect the universe it was necessary to purge the material realm; that is, to 'fight' the forces of darkness. This purgation would be accomplished (ie, the 'battle' won) when the soul of each human was 'light' enough to ascend out of the realm of Ahriman, God of Darkness and the Material World, back to its home in the Realm of Ahura Mazda, God of Light. Zoroaster laid down a series of spiritual practices designed to facilitate this 'ascension' (which are still being followed today by the few thousand remaining Zoroastrians, who live mainly in northern Iran). As with all eschatological mystics, Zoroaster maintained that the cosmic battle he described had a predestined outcome - he taught that darkness and materiality would be defeated at the end of time, though only if his spiritual prescriptions were followed, an interesting paradox (one wonders what will happen if they are not; how will his prophecy be realised in such circumstances ...?). In many ways, Zoroastrianism laid the foundation for all future religions which perceive a fundamental and irreconcilable split in reality ... including Manicheanism. Mani, the founder of Manicheanism, was born c. 215 AD; he was more than likely an initiate of Mithra (one of the lesser gods of light in the Zoroastrian pantheon) and a student of early heretical Christianity. In about 240 AD he began to preach a theology that took the doctrine of Zoroaster to its logical extremes. He taught a highly ascetic and world denying (even world hating) philosophy. He was put to death by the Zoroastrian priests of Persia in AD 276 for heresy. In modern parlance, 'Manicheanian' refers to a philosophy that perceives in the world a fundamental and irreconcilable division, usually between light and dark, spirit and matter, good and evil. [Zenkidu] [panel 3] On the chessboard, white is now where the black was and viceversa. [White] panel 6: Interestingly, although the knight has put the king in check, there is a pawn which can kill the knight next turn. I'm not sure that means anything, but what the hell. [DSH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 5] "I am not the god of your fathers...": See 1.24, page 8, panel 3, where Barbelith generates a Christ figure who says to Dane, "I am not the god of your fathers. I am the hidden stone and break all hearts." [JWB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 2] These look like the creatures Jolly Rogers teammates were turned into in 2.04 [Loz] A bit of PKD here. Jolly Roger's nightmare place is reminiscent of the beginning of A Scanner Darkly, in which the character Jerry, sees aphids and their eggs everywhere, even though no one else can. He especially had issues with them being in his hair, using many bottles of shampoo daily. I know that many of PKD's later books were semi-autobiographical, but was this particular character based on a real person or was he made up? [RT] The most recent printing of A Scanner Darkly says Jerry was based on a real person. [JWB] Jolly Roger's 'nightmare' place has the Berlin Wall in it. [White] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 5] The mushrooms from the last time we saw John-A-Dreams - 2.15, page 7 panel 3. [White] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] "Couple of weeks in there, you'll be giving Linda Lovelace lessons..." Linda Lovelace is perhaps best-known for her role in the famous porno movie Deep Throat. She later published a series of autobiographies alleging that she was not willingly involved in the porn industry. It would seem that Mason's lawyer is also a movie buff, albeit perhaps not in the same way Mason is... :) [AM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] "The Sting": Mason is referring to the 1973 movie starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, wherein they portray small-time con men attempting to swindle a racketeer out of a fortune. I'd wager that Robin is playing the part Eileen Brennan played in the original, that of the obligatory girlfriend who's assisting in the con., Interestingly enough, however, Mason seems undecided on his role and allows Takashi to choose either Redford or Newman; in "The Sting," Redford gets in considerably more physical danger. Could Mason be undecided as to just how far he wants to commit his resources in the timesuit affair? [AM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] "Ever get the feeling you've been had?": The infamous statement Johnny Rotten made from the stage in San Francisco during what would be the Sex Pistols' final performance. [JWB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o Speculation from Mr White: Colour is important in this issue, with King Mob and Jolly Roger's 'nightmare' places being in black and white, and the chess guy, talking about coloured dreams. Also remembering back to issue 2:4, Quimper only sees in shades of grey, suggesting perhaps that KM and Roger are both becoming closer to Quimper, and thus the Archons. Also, this could just be coincidence but the titles at the top of certain pages, ie. Page 1 - 'Dulce, New Mexica; King Mob and Jolly Roger', progress from red to green as the story progresses. It starts at red on page 1, and then is a kind of orangey colour for the middle pages, and then is a definite green on the last page with Fanny. Anyone find any signifcance there? from Art Rehak Here's my take on what Mr. White pointed out: Every time we've seen Barbelith, the progression of its color was from red to green. Red seems to be the color of prevention, an indication of a lack of enlightenment, and when they reach the right frame of mind, it changes to green to indicate it. That may be what's happening here: the background goes red when KM & Roger are going thru despair, losing thier faith. When they're trying to fight against it they're in orange, which is between red & green in the spectrum, maybe indicating an in-between state, not quite Invisible but not fully under control. Then in comes the cavalry w/Fanny, who's been uncorrupted by Quimper, and she's gets the green. This fits with what we saw about her personality in the "Sheman" stories of V1. After being abused by the men in masks, s/he swears to crawl thru the shit and "turn it into the purest gold". Then John-A-Dreams comes in and she becomes an Invisible. His/her spirit seems to be the strongest of the bunch, maybe cuz there's both male & female aspects to Fanny. Lots of the ancient gods had female counterparts & some were hermaphrodites. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \*

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Every day is Model's Day in SoHo- mortifications of the flesh in the Land of Plenty. We consume, we devour, while a bunch of teenage girls worn to skeletons like Catholic martyrs, bear our guilt on chicken legs and call it beauty. Thank the bloody gods below that, like all the most fortunate sacrificial-victim-sin-enlightened cultures like our own and that of the Aztecs, they get to have a good time while it lasts. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Meanwhile, Godzilla tramples New York to dust. Meteor tsunamis pulverize the city. Vampire apocalypses! Skies falling! Bruce Willis powerless to save us! It's Sodom AND Gomorrah, it's Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots, and by Christ, We want the End Times and We Want them Now! Twenty-four hours a day! With goddamn fucking fries. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET I love living in New York. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Only one pages of letters from now on, as you'll have noticed by now. I'll still be reading whatever you send, and I still value your responses. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Now read on... INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET MARK HADEN FRAZER: I've been running into a lot of readers lately who not only find THE INVISIBLES confusing, difficult, and something to avoid, but have even complained that the recent JLA storyline, "Rock of Ages," was way too complex and gave them headaches... INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Just what the fuck is going on here? INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET I've always been under the impression that fans in general, beacause they can read... and retain what they read, are at least a notch above of the regular walking-around chowderhead on the intelligence scale. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Perhaps this is an error on my part. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Melville is hard. Joyce is hard. Physics textbooks are hard. Not beyond those willing to make a little effort, mind you, but when I hear otherwise bright individuals who work regular jobs, maintain relationships, own computers and have bookshelves at home that aren't filled with little glass duckies and chunks of driftwood... when I hear them whine like little kids who have been caught with a cigar behind the barn that "I didn't unnnerstand whut happened" concerning something that you've written, it makes me want to SCREAM! INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET I guess what we're seeing here, at the risk of sounding like some elitist asshole, is the general dumbing-down of the populace. When the great wad is bombarded every day, on all sides, with endless hype for the lowest common muck... when movies are rated, not by quality, originality, or performance, but by how many millions they generated at the box office (celebrating then, the ad campaign and not the work itself), when bare-bone and/or recycled plots are infused with obnoxious catch-phrases that are rammed down your throat (to ensure that you can't escape it) and music begins to sound as if it were recorded by the same 8 folks under 73 different names, and when the bestseller list is filled with nothing but TV/movie tie-ins, ghost-written autobiographies, Dilbert collections... something's very, very wrong here. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Hang in there, Grant. You may not be reaching everybody, but the ones you are getting through to appreciate it deeply. Ta. LIZA BERDNICK: Another skittish letter... some music has been enclosed. Enjoy. I tried to reenact "Sensitive Criminals" using a bottle of absinthe (fresh from Prague!) as a substitute for the Hand of Glory. All we had were the storyline, four people, and a quote of Oscar Wilde's for Operating instructions. Time began bending in a interesting way even before we opened the bottle. We all have sort of dream-like memories of the evening..., space was spinning in multiple directions, I woke up passed out in the basement and a friend saw me in two places at once. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Keep opening doors. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Will do, Liza. At least until I figure out how to walk through walls. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Thanks for the present, keep doing the experiments and keep filing the results. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET And "Absinthe from Prague!" That's what I'm going to call my '80s revival Gotho- Romantique group. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Anyone who didn't before should check out KILL YOUR BOYFRIEND, which is out again (and here I should snatch the public stage to apologize for the oversight which left the gorgeous D'Israeli out of my Oscar acceptance speech in the afterword. The book wouldn't have existed but for his brilliant backgrounds and finishes.) More fun with THE INVISIBLES next month! INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET -Grantzilla

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Ragged Robin in 2005 is telling the story. Quimper is horrified to discover that Robin was not his slave and that Fanny had taken her place. Fanny is immune to attacks from the magic mirror substance. Jolly Roger and King Mob make a break for freedom, and Roger may or may not be shot in the process. Meanwhile the Blind Chessman is leading Jack through the compound talking to him about the nature of the world. Fanny confronts Quimper, and they are both bathed in the magic mirror substance. Jack and the Blind Chessman walk into the substance. Roger and King Mob are cornered, but are released when Jim Crow threatens to break a cannister of a genetically modified Hantavirus. As they leave he drops it anyway, but it was only water. Meanwhile the adult Ragged Robin is preparing to enter the newly rebuilt time machine...

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The term "Schrodinger's Cat" in the title refers to a postulated experiment to explain quantum uncertainty (I think). Put a cat, in a sealed box, with a poison set to kill it if a single atom decays. Because you cannot judge what that atom will do or when, the cat is both dead and alive at the same time, you can only find out by opening the box and invalidating the experiment. [Loz] In the actual "thought experiment" the box is totally sealed, so that you cannot see inside it or otherwise sense what is going on with the cat. Also, the chance of the atom decaying within the first hour (and thus releasing the poison) is 50 per cent, and thus whether the cat is alive or dead after one hour is a 50-50 proposition. The application to quantum uncertainty (or indeterminancy) is then as follows: After one hour, and before opening the box, can we say that the cat is definitively alive or dead? In quantum mechanical terms the answer is no; rather the cat exists as a combination (or superposition, to use the technical term) of two quantum states, one in which it is dead and one in which it is alive. When we open the box to observe the cat we "cause" it to assume one of the two states; prior to our observation we cannot predict which state that will be. The conclusion usually drawn is that at the quantum level reality is indeterminate until we perform an experiment to observe it. (In this sense opening the box does not invalidate the experiment, as Loz has it; opening the box is the experiment.) Since at the quantum level we have no way to observe reality except by performing experiments, in a fundamental sense "observers create reality" (or, since we are all observers, "we create reality"). The application of this to Ragged Robin and the Invisibles (or "The Invisibles") I leave as an exercise for the reader. A fun discussion of the concept of reality at the quantum level (well, fun if you like this sort of thing) can be found in the book Are Quanta Real?: A Galilean Dialogue by J.M. Jauch. The book is cast in the form of a dialogue between three people (like one of Galileo's works, hence the title). One of the arguments in the dialogue is very reminiscent of "The Invisibles", and is worth quoting at some length: Sagredo: ...when we try to understand nature, we should look at the phenomena as if they were messages to be understood. Except that each message appears to be random until we establish a code to read it...But since the code is not absolute there may be several messages in the same raw material of the data, so changing the code will result in a message of equally deep significance in something that was merely noise before, and conversely: In a new code a former message may be devoid of meaning. Thus a code presupposes a free choice among different, complementary aspects, each of which has equal claim to reality, if I may use this dubious word. Some of these aspects may be completely unknown to us now but they may reveal themselves to an observer with a different set of abstractions. But tell me, Salviati, how can we then still claim that we discover something out there in the objective real world? Does this not mean that we are merely creating things according to our own images and, that reality is only within ourselves? Salviati: I don't think that this is necessarily so, but it is a question which requires deeper reflection... If we equate "code" with "language" then I believe that this comes close to stating one of the central themes of "The Invisibles". [FH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] [panel 1] Binary systems (Dane's "ones and noughts," the Yes/No of Harmony House, and the I/You of the Outer Church) seem to be a recurring and ominous theme. We've also heard (from Coyote, issue 2.12) that the 26-letter alphabet is a device to limit our awareness. So is Robin's virtual-reality toy another instrument of the Conspiracy? [EB] [panel 2] "Ganzfeldt tank" - Ganzfeld (without the T) means "total field" in German. This name was given to a type of sensory-deprivation apparatus used in ESP experiments, the idea being that a subject cut off from sensory stimulation would be more likely to pick up telepathic images. [EB] Maybe I'm being too literal, but Robin in the Liquid suspension, the 'fluid' nature of reality according to how the 'universe work' by Takshi, and the liquid nature of the magic mirror, seems to be a huge implication of elemental symbolism going on. This is of course backed up by Dane now being the 'Water' member of this Invisibles cells (see issue 2:02), him being the budding Budda:-). [Flossy] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panels 2-3] The dialogue in these panels is a direct quotation from 1.15, page 5. The mask/suit combinations are wonky (with the exception of the cat), and there's blood on the Pig and Rat in 1.15, but not here. Go figure. [CE] Is Quimper the grey alien on the cross? Is the word balloon in page 5, panel 6 and page 6, panel 4 mirror writing because its from the other side of the mirror-entity (god), one of the other realities? [DN] [panel 5] Quimper has spoken in backward print before, when he was injured and taken into the Outer Church in 2.03. [EB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panels 1-3] All of this dialogue is a quotation of 1.07, p16-17. In 1.07 it was spoken by the banker in the 120 Days of Sodom retelling, it's most likely a quotation from the actual 120 Days of Sodom. [CE] panel 4: "It's hard to walk in this world. Each step is pain." - Possibly the first Hans Christian Andersen reference in The Invisibles so far. Quimper = the Little Mermaid? [EB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 2] Robin says: "Must read more about Voudoun (get Maya Deren Book)" Maya Deren was an experimental filmmaker, ethnologist, AND convert of Voudoun (AKA. Hatian Voodoo) during the 1940's. (when such things were simply unheard of!!) The book Robin is refering to is probably "The Divine Horsemen." also the name of the doccumentary she filmed in 1951. [TW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panels 2-3] "Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa": The Kinks' "David Watts" again. (See 2.01) [JWB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 5] The Stranger looks like Dane here, apart from the hair. [DN] The Blind Chessman speaks to the soldiers in the language of Babel ("the soldiers all heard something different"). This is the same language he described to Robin in 1.08, pages 18- 19, the eternal language of the angels, in which "everyone hears what they need to hear," as the Ciphermen did with the head of John the Baptist. This language, where everyone hears what they need to hear, seems to relate to King Mob's assertion to the Marquis de Sade (1.08, page 6) that the Invisibles are trying to create a world "that'll result in everyone getting exactly the kind of world they want. Everyone including the enemy." Since language plays such a large role in the series, maybe the eschaton is the realization of the language of Babel into actual transcendental/physical form. Any thoughts on what seems an obvious connection between these open- ended concepts of language and reality? [JH] The "they all heard something different" comment maps onto not only the previously mentioned glossolalia in Arcadia, but also to the dialogue of the Barbelith/aliens in Dane's experience (v1.16 & v1.21) where cultural identifiers in were marked out /(like this)/. It even mentions "RVM Cultural Gloss" (probably the wrong etymology for glossolalia, but I digress) One could easily do that to ChessBastard's dialogue. So are John the Baptist and Barbelith and ChessBastard all speaking the same language? [CE] On the nature of reality, in the Dictionary of the Occult, it quotes Rimbaud which says, "La vraie est aillleurs" ("Real life is elsewhere") which points to the first step in hermetism. In Mutus Liber, angels sounded trumpets while the adepts slept; the mystic must awake to a form of reality his crude bodily senses cannot grasp. In this way, he can rediscover the 'true life', from which mankind was cut off by some original catastrophe; he can discover the 'lost speech.' Here's a Rimbaud link. [Flossy] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] c.f. the concept of Grant(?) having sex with Robin(?): "Who needs girls when you've got comics? When it all comes down to it, how could you love anybody the way you loved Thundergirl?" (Flex Mentallo #3) [CE] Check out the eye-in-pyramid and scarab stuff on Robin's friend's clothing. And the poster for "Chinatown" in the background. [CE] [panel 3] Horrible as it seems, I believe there really is a "Che soda." I don't have the details at my finger tips, but it was mentioned in the most recent (Autumn 98) issue of Adbusters (http://www.adbusters.org). "The revolution will be carbonated." [RM] Some gourmet alcoholic beverage did name it's product Che very recently and was sued because of it. they lost and had to change the name. [KV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 2] Since we already know the Blind Chessman, who plays both sides, was at Quimper's violation ("You were there. Violation."), might the man with the camcorder be Mason? He is, after all, a film buff, and he also seems to play both sides. This could be Mason's contribution not only to the Quimper-capture (sounds like a horrible new scratch-off game at McDonald's!), but also to the final stage of Fanny's initiation, immediately before being approached by John-A- Dreams. It may be a stretch, but it makes a kind of sense and, based on what we can see, his posture, the suit and dark hair, not to mention the prominent camcorder, it certainly looks like it could be Mason. [JH] [panel 5] Another reference to unearthly beings being physically deformed by the pressure of existing here. Previous examples were the Moonchild in 1.11 and the big mushrooms in 1.09(?). [EB] panels 3-4: Another sign that the Outer Church has read Orwell too literally; see O'Brien's confident statement in 1984 that the future is "a boot crushing a human face, forever." [EB] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o Speculation From Iao Adonai: There are a number of parallels between this issue and the last part of Black Science 1. The ones I spotted where a parallel between Robin and the fictional(?) world of The Invisibles in the story(/history?) she is telling and the idea of the magic mirror alien being trapped in the world of, its own creation. The similarity between her universe of numbers and letters and the Outer Church, and Jim quoting Oppenheimer quoting whatever it was in his "I am become death..." speech. There are also links with the Arcadia storyline in one of the animal heads "If I could make this boy pregnant in defiance of nature..." Also the last time we saw people speaking backwards was when Boy was being deprogrammed, and the tale Oscar told her then is very similar to the tale Fanny tells of Quimper as an angel antibody being stripped and defiled as it falls to Hell. [Loz] I find it interesting that the "Liquid Logic Processor Suit" that Robin wears on page 3, panel 3, and page 21, panel 1, looks very similar to: the time suit she is about to step <"back/forward"> into on page 22, panel 4 of the same issue; King Mob in his head dress on page 16, panel 5, of again said issue also bears a striking resemblence to the Logic Processor Suit ; Miss Dwyer in her 4D "Liquid Armor" on page 24, panel 4 in Book 1's issue 19, #3 of "King Mob in Entropy in the UK" is very much the same as the Liquid Logic Processing suit. And even the Lord of All Tears in his many appearances appears as a similar 'silhouette' to her Liquid Logic Suit. Notice that Quimper and Fanny merge into liquid on page 14, panel 5, of Schroedinger's Cats. As does Jack and the Stranger on page 15, panel 4-5, of Cat's. AND Robin,>> who on page 21 says she is "scared that if I write myself in [ to the story ] _she's_ afraid she'll never get out. _she'll be trapped in her own words." Add this to what Takashi says about " Language _word's_ being the binding agent within the fluidic structure of time. The Time Suit operates via an intravenously fed (LSD anyone??) "Logic Proccesing Solution"." >> Robin is about to step into the Time Suit (pg22,pnl5) and complete the "iteration" program of her story, using language as her binding agent , that makes it.. To make it a living, breathing story, she's writing herself into the [her] story so she can meet the person that makes the whole story come true.. to do something that the "Invisibles can see? So they can find her and get her out of all said shit??" INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o From Antonio French There is an underlying current relating KM, Dane, and Quimper's original nature. Note that in the final issue of the first arc, there was some ectoplasmic residue which changed in accordance with persons' proximity, left over from the 'reality virus' Mr. Six circumvented. It briefly changes to a rabbit, then to a small woman; that along with its green tint leads me to think it's in some way related to the fay, perhaps a changeling of sorts. The fair folk of the Irish came in many forms, some related to rabbits. This is all supposition, of course, and leads nowhere... Back to the topic at hand. Dane comments that "-You used to talk to me through my toys." The dying soldier, as a child, says "-Edith says to call him Boody," referring to his bear. KM, while being exposed to the 'higher alphabet', sees things similar to faeries, (which are talking to him, no less) and comments that he used to 'have one' as a child. Quimper's true (?) form, while crucified, resembles an alien, and he was known to have been similar in nature to everything I've just mentioned. Creatures from either the well or ailing metaverses, when distorted through time, can only communicate or interact through objects (physical reality being a reflection of time proper) and so the 'antibody doctors', lost people such as Tom and J-A-Dreams, and emmisaries of the Outer Church may well all be at various times faeries, aliens, or other fantastic creatures. Again, language is the ultimate key. The mention of the 'reality virus' residue can tie into this: residual matter from the sick metaverse acts to reflect intent or capability of its target audience, either when being controlled or when disconnected from the source. I could be wrong. But, then, so could Grant.

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Ragged Robin is launched in the time machine, something goes wrong and Takashi breaks it with a spanner. Then suddenly it launches again taking Robin outside time. In flashbacks her past comes into focus as she travels through various times. As a girl in the future she experiences a breakdown - her parents think it is because of her contact with Sky. One day Mason, aged 45, rescues her from the asylum. After a brief relationship, in the midst of the conspiracy she is sent back to the past. In another flashback, to just prior to the 1998 launch of the time machine, radiated time molecules are recorded from the Hand of Glory to water and injected into her bloodstream. At around that time (just before the return to Dulce) she has a talk with Fanny and convinces her to take her place in the Quimper mask - it has all been a set-up, and for a very long time. When the machine has relaunched she experiences the Invisibles cell in the twenties activating the Hand of Glory, and then is thrown further back - seeing Takashi's ancestor, who makes a model of the time-suit in Origami. Then she finds herself back in the laboratory of 2012, an archon approaching her. In another flashback she remembers being introduced to the rest of the cell by John A'Dreams. In the timesuit she experiences Barbelith. With Robin gone, Jack, Boy and Fanny turn to King Mob - it is time to talk...

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Here are the lyrics: INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET And what costume shall the poor girl wearTo all tomorrow's partiesA hand-me-down dress from who knows whereTo all tomorrow's partiesAnd where will she go and what shall she doWhen midnight comes aroundShe'll turn once more to Sunday's clownAnd cry behind the doorAnd what costume shall the poor girl wearTo all tomorrow's partiesWhy silks and linens of yesterday's gownsTo all tomorrow's partiesAnd what will she do with Thursday's ragsWhen Monday comes aroundShe'll turn once more to Sunday's clownAnd cry behind the doorAnd what costume shall the poor girl wearTo all tomorrow's partiesFor Thursday's child is Sunday's clownFor whom none will go mourning A blackened shroud, a hand-me-down gownOf rags and silks, a costumeFit for one who sits and criesFor all tomorrow's parties[GEW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 3] There is the planet that Dane saw in 1.04 page 15, Fanny's butterfly from her initiation, one of the minions from the Outer Church waiting to attack from 2.04 page 22, and possibly the Illuminatus! pyramid. [Loz] [panel 4] Not sure about the fish but apart from the team there's a UFO, the toadstools that Archons use to come into the physical world, Baron Zaraguin and ol' Chess Playing Bastard and his board. [Loz] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] This looks like Mister Six. His role seems to be to meet and evaluate potential recruits to the Invisibles before notifying the group to meet and initiate them. [Loz] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 3] Robin has a traffic light picture on the wall. The scanners outside the Invisible College use the same grading scheme when scanning arrivals (2.06). Is it symbolic of her pre-initiated state that it's on red? [Loz] panel 4: Is Mason using the Invisibles as a way of introducing himself to Robin or is he seriously considering making a movie as well. Considering how he discussed Speed in 2.01 as "Invisibles making movies for other Invisibles," it doesn't seem impossible. [Loz] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 3] Note the black and white pattern of the floor, just like a chessboard. [DaT] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 5] Robin says, "Fanny! Diet!"-a message Fanny in the future says she never recieved [issue 2.06, page 13]. When Fanny asked for the message, she puts special emphasis on it being a "Very. Special. Message." Is Robin Changing the future? Seems possible since she can now move about through time. Perhaps if you become a 4th-dimensional creature (As the Lord of all tears, Chess Player, Barbelith and Harliquinade are), you treat humanity as pawns in your own game, hence the chess board imagery when the time suit is activated. Maybe Robin is now a Player. [DaT] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 2] The lines "A machine made of time, its moving parts are the days of your lives." and "Your little lives, powered by blood." are identical to the lines in 2.10 on pages 15 panel 4 and 16 panel 5, when KM and Edith are about to anoint the Hand of Glory. [Jess] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] Based on how the 1920s team experienced this it could be said that Takashi has invented a machine which turns a human into an Archon. [Loz] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 2] "Look it up in Brewer's." This is a reference to the 1894 reference text, The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, compiled by E. Cobham Brewer. The actual definition of "Ragged Robin" is in the book and is also referenced at the following URL: HYPERLINK "http://www.bibliomania.com/Reference/PhraseAndFable/data/1033.html" \t "_blank" http://www.bibliomania.com/Reference/PhraseAndFable/data/1033.html [AMJ] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] [panel 3] The Lovers card is no 6 in the Tarot deck. Six "indicates adaptability and the ability to change in times of difficulty" whilst the card itself represents "attracion, love, beauty, romance, harmony and trials overcome... [I]n a relationship, this card shows that any problems will be overcome and that old bonds are still strong. The querent should be wary of taking things at surface value and should be aware that situations that appear to be negative may well come good in time." (Guide to the Tarot, Geddes and Grosset [pub]) [Loz] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o Speculation from Zenkidu: Rags to Fanny on Page 13, Panel 4: "You told me in 2010, when *everything* turned into a movie." Here's a thought: what if the Invisibles will give everyone-including the enemy-exactly what they want by evolving a (meta-)system that will allow everyone to create, and LIVE in, their own fictional reality. Create their own stories, rather than live in stories created by others. Since stories are all about words, this would explain the desire of the Invisibles (a la Cell 23) to undermine the either/or language of the Enemy by disseminating the language of aggregates gifted to humanity by the alien anti-bodies. It would also certainly explain Grant's thematic emphasis on Mason's obsession with movies. Other related thoughts: Maybe Robin (v.2008)-exploring the story of Mob and Co. in her deep isolation tanks and possibly changing history as she does so-is the pioneer of this leap in human consciousness. And maybe the nano-virus that will escape/be realised on December 21, 2012, will re-configure material reality sufficient to make it more easily amenable to co-creation with human consciousness? Just a thought. INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o Speculation from Huggybear: What Zenkidu is saying reminds me of Morrison's final run on Doom Patrol: remember the nanomachines the Chief had created in his think tank? their purpose was to change the world atom by atom. i think it was the second to last issue of grant's stint on that book where rebis says something like "what if the nanomachines result in a better world?" To which cliff replies "but the people ought to be able to choose..." Which brings me to my question: if what zenkidu's saying has merit, how should we view the results of what happens on december 21, 2012? will people be able to freely choose to accept the conditions brought about by the nanomachines, or will they be forced?

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 1] The Tower in the Tarot deck is an indication of violent change to come. The double entendre with the Washington Monument is a nice touch. [TF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] [panel 2] This may well be a nod to Scott McCloud's recent graphic novel "The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln". In the climactic scene, which takes place at the Lincoln Memorial, the protagonist talks about the danger of worshipping symbols while forgetting about the things that they're supposed to stand for. [CM] [panels 3 & 4] These same black helicopters and red sun were seen way back in series 1, issue #14 (pg. 2) when Colonel Friday and Sir Miles hold their dream conference outside the material plane." Obviously the "death of reality," as Grant put it, has already begun. [TW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 1] It's not really important, but the reflection in KM's camera isn't wearing glasses, while the real KM is. [TW] [panel 4] That's technically, true, about the state of emergency, near as I can tell; however it doesn't mean as much in practice as one might think. The Bruce Willis reference is probably to the action movie Armageddon. [TF] Re: "National State of Emergency since March 9th, 1933" Mason is referring to the "War and Emergency Powers Act" of 1933, signed by Roosevelt, which gives the President the authority to: "rule the country without reference to normal constitutional processes. Under the powers delegated by these statutes, the President may: seize property; organize and control the means of production; seize commodities; assign military forces abroad; institute martial law; seize and control all transportation and communication; regulate the operation of private enterprise; restrict travel; and, in a plethora of particular ways, control the lives of all American citizens." For more information, see: HYPERLINK "http://www.thewinds.org/archive/government/eobf6-97.html" \t "_blank" http://www.thewinds.org/archive/government/eobf6-97.html. [TW] [panel 5] Mason's theory is remarkably similar to some postmodern and poststructuralist philosophy. Jean Baudrillard's theories are particularly relevant - in one of the chapters in The Transparency of Evil he talks about the common features of viruses, transexuality and terrorism. Ring any bells? [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 1] Those are the clothes that they are in in [2.21 page 22 panel 5]. Presumably, what they tell KM is realted to Trump 16. Assuming that Trump means the Major Arcana of the traditional Tarot deck, that's the Tower. [TF] [panel 3] Supermodels bigger than Godzilla. See pg. 7 & 8 of the "We're All Policemen" short. [TW] [panel 6] In Barker's Weaveworld (1985), certain of the female characters have access to a magickal, female-only source of power known as the Menstruum. Morrison's depictions of the 'magic mirror' are suspiciously similar to Barker's descriptions of the Menstruum: mercurial liquid pours from the pores of the user, and is manipulated to achieve the desired effect. [Zenkidu] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 3] More of the "this all a big hoax" alternative. Note the small demon skull in the center of the bridge behind Mason. [TW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 3] The baby (as seen by KM during one of his "shortcuts" in [issue 5] [page 12]) is no longer a cyclops. This is either symbolic of the fact that every traveller's perception of the hologram membrane is slightly different, (which sort of makes sense, considering the alternative track that the Invisibles are aiming for, which would give everybody the world they want) or that the inker really didn't pay close enough attention while skimming over issue #5 [TW] [panel 5] Our Nameless friend seems to be referring to the Arian Heresy, which was addressed by the Council of Nicaea. The details seem rather tricky, but the heresy seems to turn on how divine Jesus was. There's a pretty detailed discussion of the heresy at HYPERLINK "http://www.ewtn.com/library/HOMELIBR/HERESY3.TXT" \t "_blank" http://www.ewtn.com/library/HOMELIBR/HERESY3.TXT, but I really can't assess its veracity. [TF] A clue as to the Blind Chessplayer's origin? The Nicaean Creed was approved by the Nicaean Council in 325 A.D. Also, Quimper says, "once my name was John..." Quimper was John A' Dreams? Even though this seems to go against the, whole antibody/UFO/spirit theory there are some pretty strong connections between the two. (I should have spotted the white suit and cane thing a long time ago) Plus, John A' Dream's name might in some way tie in with Quimper's ability to get inside minds, and predict the invisibles behavior. [TW] The Council of Nicea was convened by the Roman Emperor Constantine to resolve the doctrinal differences that were tearing apart early Christianity and threatening the stability of his state. During the Council, the Pauline/Roman wing of Christianity consolidated it's political power by limiting the Christian canon to the books that today constitute the Bible. The sacred texts of Arianism/Gnostic Christianity - the major doctrinal rival of Pauline Christianity - were judged heretical and exorcised from the canon. This was point-zero for 'orthodox' Christianity's systematic exorcism of Gnostic Christianity from the historical record. This exorcism was so successful that prior to the unearthing of the Nag Hammadi texts in Egypt in 1945, primary evidence for Gnostic Christianity (and, hence, the Gnostic Christ - who is the not the Christ of our fathers) was limited to a few isolated scraps of text, and the attacks recorded in the works of various Church Fathers. [Zenkidu] RE: Nicea I must take complete exception to Zenkidu's notation. 1) The doctrinal differences at Nicea were neither threatening to Christianity nor the Roman State. Unless you were a theologian. 2) The reduction of the Canon was a process that had started nearly 150 years before Nicea and was not complete until the ninth century. 3) Zenkidu talks about "Arian/Gnostic Christianity, the major rival of Pauline Christianity." That nearly made my hair stand on end. Arianism and Gnosticism had nothing to do with each other other than that proto-Orthodoxy disliked both. Gnosticism was never a serious rival to proto- Orthodoxy, wheras from the perspective of the fourth century, if anything, proto-Orthodoxy was the major rival to Arianism. Most Christians, including Constantine and his family, were Arians then. 4) As a matter of fact, Nicea had nothing whatsoever to do with the Canon or with Gnosticism! It was entirely concerned with hairsplitting issues regarding the nature of Christ and precisely when Easter was. 5) Furthermore, there was no such entity as "Gnosticism" in the same way that you would say "Christianity." It is a late nineteenth century appelation for a bunch of groups that had certain similarities of ideas. As Zenkidu points out, we had almost no knowledge of these people before 1947 so it seems silly to use it, but the name stuck. Some of these groups identified themselves as Jews, pagans (Hermeticists, Neo-Platonists, Barbelists) or Christians, and often had much more similarity to those groups than to each other. ie The Sethian Gnostic Saviour/Teacher is more like the traditional Jewish Messiah than like Christ, whereas the Valentinian (Christian Gnostic) Christ was very much the Christ of your fathers. Valentinus barely lost the election for Bishop of Rome in the mid-second century, a position that had some clout even then. 6) For the record, Gnosticism had been under serious attack by proto-Orthodoxy since c. 180 AD and Christian Gnosticism, outside of Manicheanism, had ceased to be a serious issue long before Nicea in 325. In fact, whether it ever had serious appeal outside of an intellectual elite is debatable. If the comment is meant to pick up on the other Gnostic elements in The Invisibles, such as the Archons or Barbelith, then I think Grant slipped up here, perhaps thinking of earlier or later Councils. I believe the Blind Chessman to be the Demiurge; however, if the Nicea comment was deliberate he is something else entirely, perhaps the physical Christ. [DMD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 3] Don't miss the Emp-TV on the television, presumably a slash at the ubiquitous American music channel M-TV. [TF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 4] "If..." is an allegorical story of a revolution lead by pupil Mick Travers that takes place at an old established private school in England (according to the IMDB)[TF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] The second volume has developed a nice shape - with King Mob and his gun at Mason's house opening and closing the volume. You can even see the swimming pool from issue 1 on [page 19] [panels 1 and 2] [panel 1] To save you a trip "the branch of metaphyisics dealing with being, reality, or ultimate substance." Webster's New World, 2nd. ed. [TF] The word ontology comes from Greek roots - logos (word/argument/rationality) and ontos (which is the participle of 'to be' - 'being') [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 1] Sir Miles says: "It's Sunday, Colonel Friday". In GK Chesterton's "The Man Who Was Thursday", Sunday was the head of the Anarchists council where each member is given a codename after a day of the week. Sunday was also the Chief in charge of destroying the anarchists and the council made up of Police, and at the end Sunday is revealed as the Devil and God at the same time. "Do you know what Manichaean means?" The book itself is also subtilted: A Nightmare. Referring to the idea of this perpetual struggle between God and the Devil. [SD] [panel 3] There is a shadow of someone standing behind Colonel Friday in the floating mirror. Could this dark shape be his "successor," or perhaps his immediate superior? Whoever it is, it isn't a soldier, because the figure doesn't appear to be wearing a helmet. Also Quimper "reverted to his ...original condition." If Quimper really is a part of John A' Dreams then we might be seeing him in series III (only time and Grant Morrison can tell!) [TW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] King Mob's detonation of Mason's house at end of #22 is tactic straight from Peter Sellers 007 film Casino Royale, which is brilliant in it's own right. Same tactic, used to destroy the original Bond's material connections to the life he'd created, leaving him with nothing but the blank badge. [DGM] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] The Graffitti includes: "Chris Weston signing off", "Trust no one under IQ 150" See [page 1] of the "And we're all policemen" story in Vertigo's Winter Edge. 98. Dialogue goes as follows: Blond Groupie- "Look at me! I can be the perfect girl! I'll do anything you've ever wanted! Anything!" Gideon- "Hmm. What's your I.Q?" Blond Groupie - "120!" Gideon- "Forget it, retard." "Generation Rex" is an allusion to 'And we're all policemen' (see pg. 6, frames 3&4) Gideon's sister has a "child," via in vitro insemination of cyogenically frozen Tyrannosaurus spunk. Don't ask. [TW] ALso see "Bobbit" on Jolly Roger's knife - I'm assuming there is not need for further clarification. [TEC]

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"http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/rule.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] The new volume begins with a spot of self referential, ironic humour. The Invisibles, and the revolution, are on sale again. The main players are represented by shop window dummys, clothed in Invisibles merchandise. Grant recognizing, and expressing, the view that his comic is an "inauthentic simulation of revolutionary praxis". Anarchy as commodity. Anarchy for the masses. [Frobie] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] This is the grave of Queen Mab. Why was Sir Miles there? Could that be his mother or no? [Mr Whisper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] This is the death scene of Diana and Dodi, complete with the red motorcycle and first-on-the-scene paparazzi. It's interesting that this scene was inserted here. Is it Sir Miles remembering, or reminding readers he was an important part of her death/sacrifice? [RT] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panels 3 and 4] Note the numbers on the bus (no.23), the time is 4:01(4+1)...and the number on the gate is 5... [CI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 2] "Mr. Six,THE LAST OF THE FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOYS":it's another song by Morrissey (Bona drag lp). [CI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 4] The badge on Mr. Six's lapel (p.11, panel 4) is of Jason King, the dandy detective from the series 'Division S', which seems to make explicit the 70's TV detective show motif. I get the impression that Grant is also paying homage to an episode of the Comic Strip Presents.., entitled 'Detectives On The Verge Of a Nervous Breakdown', which drew together parodies of The Sweeney, Division S and Spender as they attempt to solve a 70's style murder.[SL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 12/13] That couldn't possibly be Mr. Stargrave on pages 12 and 13, could it? I mean, I've never seen the bastard with a beard and long locks so it's certainly possible isn't it? His dialogue about "fucked my ears when I was young. Rhythm guitar" reminds me. [Mr Whisper] [page 13] [panel 3] Josef Goebbels was a member of the National Sozialist Party.After the Nazis came into power in 1933,he was appointed Reichminister for propaganda and national enlightenment.In this position he was a master of manupulating the German people so they became willing followers of Hitler and believed in the destiny of Germany to rule the world. [CI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 2] I take it Helga is the soon-to-be New Invisible all the new previews are speaking of. She certainly looks like the notorious Chick W/ 4- D Armor we saw ordering Takashi to send Robin to the present in "The Girl Most Likely To". [Mr Whisper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 1] the teletubby girl's "invisible star" probably refers to sirius B - the origin of the amphibious NOMMO in dogon lore. this star is invisible to the naked eye, but was known to the "stone age" dogon before most astronomers knew it existed. RAW's cosmic trigger has a lot of info relating to the sirius mystery and trying to relate Robert Temple's evidence to the legacies of modern occultists / consciousness expanders (Crowley, Leary etc). [PS] This is Denise, the girl that slipped George Harper the "Queen of Hearts" videotape in Vol. 1, issue 25 [CS] [panel 3] Mystic Meg is this rather poor quality tabloid horoscope person who suddenly became quite famous by being on the National Lottery each week. [CS/TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 2] "You've earned your BLUE PETER badge yet again." As I am not English, I didn't know what that meant till I found out the BBC site. There's a 40years going on show for children:if you take part at their competitions , you can win a badge.There are different colours dipending on the level of the competition: the blue one is for beginners,I think. If someone can tell me more... [CI] The Blue Peter badge is given to anyone who has either been on the show, had a picture or something they have done shown on the show or who wins any of their competitions. The normal one is a white shield with a blue ship on it, although there is a gold one for special occasions. The badge lets people into certain exhibitions free. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] Issue 12 is full of the Lovecraftian mythos. The following reference is from 'The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana" (Written by Daniel Harms, released by Chaosium): "The Last King, AKA. Aldones, and "The King in Yellow" is the name for the, messenger of Nyarlathotep, and usually takes the form of a gigantic human wearing the yellow 'Palid Mask.' Associated with the 'King in Yellow' is the 'Yellow Sign', "a symbol which is the focus for the power of Hastur, the Unspeakable One. This sign is usually useless until the arrival of the King in Yellow in our world. Then it would warp the dreams of the people who saw it, and give them visions of the city of Carcosa on the Lake of Hali." I think that pretty much sums up most of what we see on page 21. [TW] Actually the reference is not Lovecraftian, but to "The King In Yellow," a magnificent grotesque story by Robert Chambers, who would surely have gone on to become the Ur-Lovecraft had he not experienced a sudden earlier-career genre shift. The romance novels he then produced become best-sellers around the turn of the century. [DMD] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET

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\* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The title of the issue is a bastardisation of "Cool Brittania" - a major political slogan of Tony Blair's Labour Party which was part of the attempts to 'rebrand' Britain. The idea was to move away from the international perception of the UK as stuffy, obsessed with tradition and backwards looking and to concentrate instead on the forward thinking aspects of the UK. To some extent this has worked. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The cover is a pisstake of the most popular kids TV programme(this one's quite a phenomenon) in the UK called 'teletubbies' . The hills, the rabbits and the cartoon sun are the setting that these 4 characters (actors in full bodysuits) called 'teletubbies' run around in. They also have TV's in their bellies that the kids watch. [JB] There is an eerie connection to rabbits in the WICKER MAN movie (see HYPERLINK "http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/8049/index.html" \t "_blank" http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/8049/index.html) and the title GOOD-BYE BABY RABBITS from vol.1, issue 24. [Mr Whisper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] All of these photographs were taken by George Harper and Mister Six last issue [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] [panel 2] For more on the Princess Diana/sacrifice on the Pont D'Alma conspiracy theory, check out this fantastical site HYPERLINK "http://www.mcn.org/b/poisonfrog/diana/page2.htm" \t "blank" http://www.mcn.org/b/poisonfrog/diana/page2.htm. [Mr Whisper] [panel 3] There is indeed going to be a total eclipse of the sun viewable from the UK in August which is causing quite a lot of excitement. It will be best viewed from Cornwall. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 4] Initiation ceremonies in The Invisibles generally appear to be good things bringing the person into the Invisibles Army. You only have to look at Jack, Boy and Fanny to see that. Jack Flint could be being brought into the conspiracy. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 1] This statue is of Ganesh, one of King Mob's favourite deities. Known as the god that knocks down walls, Ganesh has appeared several times in the Invisibles before. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 2] "TEST CARD F: Television, Mythinformation and Social Control" was written anonymously and published by the Institute for Social Disengineering at 21 Cave St. Oxford in the UK. The book itself is an interesting treatise on the commodification of culture via the narcotic/hypnotic quality of the boob tube. [Mr Whisper] [panel 5] The 'rich friend' is Mason Lang. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 4] The person in the dinner jacket is Beryl Wyndham, also known as Queen Mab. Her companion is Lady Edith Manning. It is known that they had a short-lived lesbian affair. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 1] The Ordo Templi Orientis is a sort of Masonic like organization. More can be found at HYPERLINK "http://oto.org" \t "_blank", http://oto.org. [Mr Whisper] [panel 2] The only reference to "Brother Raoul" I can find is a confession regarding the rumored idol worshipping of the Knights Templar. INQUISITOR: Now tell us about the head.BROTHER RAOUL: Well, the head. I've seen it at seven chapters held by Brother Hugh de Peraud and others. INQUISITOR: What did one do to worship it? BROTHER RAOUL: Well, it was like this. It was presented, and everyone threw himself on the ground, pushed back his cowl, and worshipped it. INQUISITOR: What was its face like? BROTHER RAOUL: Terrible. It seemed to me that it was the face of a demon, of a maufé [evil spirit]. Every time I saw it I was filled with such terror I could scarcely look at it, trembling in all my members." - from M. Michelet, Procés des Templiers [Mr Whisper] [panel 5] That's Beryl Wyndham dying. Said to have had her lungs give out, as they were burying Winston Churchill on the TV. [Mr Whisper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 2] For the benefit of the Americans among us, Jack is referring to French Fries. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 4] Of special interest is the powerful society in Afghanistan in ancient times called the Roshaniya-illuminated ones. There are actually references to this mystical cult going back through history to the House of Wisdom at Cairo. The major tenets of this cult were: the abolition of private property; the elimination of religion; the elimination of nation states; the belief that illumination emanated from the Supreme Being who desired a class of perfect men and women to carry out the organization and direction of the world; belief in a plan to reshape the social system of the world by first taking control of individual countries one by one, and the belief that after reaching the fourth degree one could communicate directly with the unknown supervisors who had imparted knowledge to initiates throughout the ages. [Mr Whisper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 5] The red object behind the moon is Barbelith. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] [panel 4] Originally the wicker man ritual was described by Julius Caesar in Book Six of The Gallic War, in which he describes the customs of the Celts of Gaul. He writes: "The whole Gallic race is addicted to religious ritual; consequently those suffering from serious maladies or subject to the perils of battle sacrifice human victims... Some weave huge figures of wicker and fill their limbs with humans, who are then burned to death when the figures are set afire. They suppose that the gods prefer this execution to be applied to thieves, robbers, and other malefactors taken in the act, but in default of such they resort to the execution of the innocent." A disturbing retelling of this story was the cult-classic horror film THE WICKER MAN which starred Edward Woodward (TV's The Equalizer) as a cop who travels to a remote Scottish island to investigate the disappearance of a young girl and finds she is to be sacrificed. More recently the Wicker Man has been recently incarnated in the Burning Man festival ( HYPERLINK "http://www.burningman.com" \t "_blank" www.burningman.com), a Mardi-Gras like event held the week before Labor Day in the Nevada Desert. [Mr Whisper]

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\* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 1] Following the "70s detectives" motif of the story, the photograph on Mr. Crowley's desk portrays detectives Bodie (Lewis Collins) and Doyle (Martin Shaw), from the absolutely brilliant British TV show "The Professionals." This action series ran from 1977 until 1983, and is widely considered one of the best (if not the best) police series produced in the UK. [ME] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 1] An obvious parallel between Jack & Mr. Six/Brian Malcom's "sacrifice" in issue 24 of the 1st series.[TW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 2] Who's the dark haired bloke? The jaw looks a little too angular tobe Mason Lang, though I suppose it could be. More likely, it's Oscar the, "deprogrammer" from issue 13 (series 2) after a bit of a shave.[TW] [panel 3] "X-ray of his skull printed on a dishtowel" - I'm guessing a Shroud of Turin joke, unless someone else can think of a better reference. [TW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 2] Sounds like something similar to Boy's "psychodramatic debugging." I'm not too surprised about the whole "psychic trackers" thing. After all, the CIA had their own set of psychics and remote viewers, why shouldn't Sir Miles.[TW] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 1] "Full speed ahead to code name 'Quixote'" Miles is obviously up to no good, and it's obvious that the Time-Travel windmill is going to be a key factor in the upcoming issues... (I wonder where Beryl fits into this whole picture). [TW] [panel 4] BBC has a tranny presenter! (I'll have to go back and check the quote and page. Someone else will have to get the presenter's name. I saw her on "Comic Relief" last month, raising enough money to get 101 naked people on BBC!). [CAG] The name of the TV presenter is Lilly Savage. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 1] Anyone got the inside scoop on the Millennium Dome for us yanks? (and how the words "fiction suit" might apply?) [TW] SPOILER ON FICTION SUIT: According to Grant in the salisbury book, a 'fiction suit' is how he (Grant) plans on changing places with King Mob in the Invisibles. Literally. he describes it as "a technology". GMgoes into the comic, KM comes out into our world. [Devil Music USA] The Millenium Dome is a huge and hugely controversial building started by the last goverment of the UK to commemorate the Millenium and taken over by Tony Blair's New Labour. It is supposed to open sometime near the end of this year and host exhibitions concerned with the last thousand years divided into 'zones' reflecting national identity, the body, the arts and entertainment etc. It is very expensive. I think the reference to "Fiction Suit" reflects Helga's attempts to decode the meta-language and is probably a reference to one of the discussions between King Mob and Cell 23. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panel 5] The poster is a diagram of HYPERLINK "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/anal_univ.htm" our universe as the phase boundary of the sick universe and the healthy universe. "Princess Jekyll and Sister Hindley" are Diana and Myra, the Nurturing Mother and the Devouring Mother explained by Sir Miles at the beginning of Two-14. Diana's death would enable the latter to supplant the former. The crown warns of the coronation of the Moonchild. The name and logo are nicked from the Ministry of Sound. [CAG]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET George Harper turns out not to need deprogramming. Sir Miles bursts into the windmill with a gun. Meanwhile Lord Fanny and King Mob dispose of the troops surrounding them. Sir Miles reveals that he owes a favour to the Invisibles and is here to save them in return. The cell in turn reveals that they have used telepathy to force him to come to them. They psychically force him to re-experience his past and his interaction with Queen Mab and the Invisibles in the 60s before taking him hostage. Later with a grin on their faces, the Invisibles start to dig up Queen Mab. Credits INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/rule.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o Grant Morrison (Writer)o Warren Pleece (Layouts)o Philip Bond (Finishes)o Daniel Vozzo (Colors and Seps)o Todd Klein (Letters)o Shelly Roeberg (Editor)The Invisibles created by Grant Morrison INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET

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"http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/rule.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 5] Maybe Miles is referring to the time Jack replaced his aura, in 1.24. [Goofy] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 1] The Panatella is of the best Havana collection cigars. But it is also one of the Islands of Lesbos. [EV] [panel 5] Sir Miles is "remembering" and reliving his meeting with Beryl (Queen Mab) and her death. The rexperiencing part is important as it explains why he views himself as old instead of bohemian Miles. [L] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 1] Beryl Wyndham is standing in front of Picasso's Guernica, barely recognizable because its characters and events have been represented in a naturalistic style. Apparently, Ms. Wyndham and Sir Miles can see through the painter's convoluted cubism and understand the "real" content of the work. [ME] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 3] The TOAD is an interesting symbolic figures of the "mushrooms mistical experience", which is common in many cultures (especially in the Mexican one); in fact when the animal is irritated it produces a toxic substance, the "butoferina", that if it's swallowed it could provoque hallucinations. In english popular tradition the mushroom was called "toad stool", but also in witches tradition it was very popular because, as you all know, they use the toad's tail in their magical potion. [EV] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 1] The book that Jolly Roger is reading is by David Icke, who used to be, a footballer and a football commentator in the UK before he represented the Green Party and then declared himself the second coming of Christ. Generally considered a bit of a freak in the UK. [TEC] For more info on David Icke, go and see his own website: HYPERLINK "http://www.davidicke.com" \t "_blank" www.davidicke.com [CI] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 1] For more on David Icke see the annotation for page 14, panel 1. [TEC] [panel 4] "Beryl Wyndham, Thou Art Avenged" is a paraphrase of "Jacques de Molay, thou art avanged", supposedly said at the execution of Louis XVI of Framce. Jacques de Molay was the leader of the Templars when they were destroyed in France. [JL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panel 5] "You are in the Village" is a reference to the 60s TV show 'The Prisoner'. Patrick McGooan was the secret agent (Quite possibly the one he played in Dangerman but this is never confirmed) is abducted and wakes up to find out he is in a village(The stylistically intruiging Port Merion in Wales) where he is only Number 6 (His identity being taken) and the premise of the show is that at this village several ways are employed to try and twist his reality so that he reveals the secrets he knows / he will work for those that have abducted him. There are many plot lines which are easily Invisibles standard in terms of how people perceive things. Key quote, "I am not a number, I am a man" [IL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] [panel 1] The face in the television is Parapa the Rappa, from a stylish Japanese Playstation game where you must use the controller to rap on rhythm to gain points. [Nicodemas] [panel 2] A "knees up" simply refers to some form of party, although in this context it might have rather more sexual connotations. [TEC]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET The cover has a composite figure on it which incorporates Shiva (the arms - with a few extra for effect)), Ganesh (the elephant head) and (I believe) the amphibious Nommo. Its trunk appears to turn into a gas mask rather like those of the Cyphermen, its tusks appear to have been removed for ivory. The red dot in the forehead resembles both the Hindi tradition, the mark on the foreheads of the Nons and Barbelith itself. It carries the pyramid with the eye, which is apparently both a masonic, occult image and is depicted on the dollar bill. In its second hand is the origami figure that has inspired Takashi's time-suit. In the third hand there is a grenade, which appears to be a symbol for the group itself and was depicted on the first issue cover. The fourth hand is open and empty. The fifth hand carries lip-stick and has very obvious nail-varnish - these reflect the character of Lord Fanny, sexual/gender transgression and the issues of the first volume that were specifically concerned with hir. The sixth hand carries the crown of the United Kingdom, which reflects the series' interest in the monarchy and in the Moon Child. The seventh hand carries a typewriter. This suggests Grant's interest in the nature of fictional reality and its contact with 'actual' reality. Note that the eight arms and eight eyes reflect the number of the issue. [TEC] Ganesh's fourth and eighth hands are showing eight fingers between them-another reference to the issue number. [CG] The eye & pyramid symbol is purportedly the symbol of the Illuminati of Bavaria. Whether or not they actually existed is open to question; they seem to have become implicated by the more paranoid as the instigators of a massive global conspiracy involving the Freemasons, Rosicrucians and the Templars. Also, what scant historical knowledge of them has been further muddied by people confusing Robert Anton Wilson's fictitious "Illuminatus" trilogy with fact. From what I can discern they were supposed to have been some sort of proto- Communist secret society, established by Adam Weishaupt in 1776, and dedicated to the overthrow of the main power blocs of the time (the Church and the State), which seems to parallel nicely with the Invisibles, particularly as the highest degree was Rex or King (Mob...?). [ HYPERLINK "http://home.fireplug.net/ %7Ershand/streams/masons/illuminati.html" \t "_blank" further information] [SL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] It seems likely that Thierro (the non) and the driver are the same characters that De Sade recruits at the end of the Arcadia story line: Thierro "is", of course, Thierry, the young prostitute who must "be of no particular age, no particular sex" and who is to "slough" his name and past "as a snake sheds his skin"; the driver is the young girl De Sade picks up in the nightclub in San Francisco, her hair grown longer, her "perversions" broader. It seems fitting that those who began De Sades alchemical work are those who will bring it to its completion. [Frobie] [panel 1] King Mob is, standing in the Paris window of Edith's flat. [TEC] On King Mob's e-mail address: Popul - (the) people; Populus - of (the) people; Populi - [to] (the) people Rex Popul could conceivable be translated as King Mob. I like the shortening to RexPop. I think the different addies might be a lettering/editing error, but I like the idea of King Pop being both King and High Priest, of some dark god, no doubt. Or is that simply how GM sees himself? [DMD] [panel 3] The Time Machine, H. G. Wells's science fiction novel, has been immortalized on film several time.Edith is probably referring to the 1960 version.Also, her comment that everything repeats itself reinforces Takashi's time travel theories (see v 2, #6, p. 20, panels 1-3) [TF] [panel 5] Apparently the queen sends telegrams to anyone who reaches 100 years old, like Williard Scott does in America. [TF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 4] DeSade as our liberator from neuroses? Grant seems to share Robert Anton Wilson's somewhat fanciful interpretation of deSade's writings. Surf to HYPERLINK "http://www.alphane.com/raw.htm" \t "_blank" http://www.alphane.com/raw.htm for a lesson in reading deSade as a 'revolutionary' (instead of just a perv with a penchant for whipping peasant girls). [Z] Doucement means softly.Apparently The Divine Marquis is a loud guy. [TF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 2] "Dead from the Waist Down" is the first single from Catatonia's album "Equally Blessed and Cursed".The NATO/Balkans and India/Pakistan references are to conflicts of the day. [TF] [panel 4] Presumably KM is referring to "The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating Science and Religion".Wilber writes on topics of spirituality in the modern age. [TF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 2] "You should be so lucky, lucky fucky lucky" Dane is reciting a popular school playground subversion of the lyrics to the Kylie Minogue single "I Should Be So Lucky" (1986 ?) [SL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 2] William Reich theorized that sex produced Orgone energy can be harnassed for a number of uses. HYPERLINK "http://www.orgonomy.org" \t "_blank" http://www.orgonomy.org/ has a lot to say about Orgone, including pointers to conferences and other information. [TF] DeSade's orgone energy pool is reminiscent of the Chief's 'Think Tank' from the end of Doom Patrol. [Jack Frost] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 2] If we believe Robin, Nons appear in public sometime in the next 12 years.See v 2, #6, p. 9, panel 2. [TF] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 5] From HYPERLINK "http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/9879/necshog.htm" \t "_blank" http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/9879/necshog.htm: Magickal traditions from around the world contain formula for creating magickal creatures as slaves/servants. These creatures can be created in whatever shape is needed or desired by the magician. These magickal creatures are called "Tulpas" (trans. "thought-forms") by the Tibetans. From HYPERLINK "http://wmuc.umd.edu/OnTheMargin/pastshows/bmfoster/" \t "_blank" http://wmuc.umd.edu/OnTheMargin/pastshows/bmfoster/: Alexandra David-Neel, born in France in 1868, was a most unusual woman for her time - or, for that matter, any time. A Buddhist and an authority on Buddhism, an explorer, an author, and a feminist, she was the first European woman to explore the forbidden Tibetan city of Lhasa - a journey that entailed crossing the Trans-Himalayas in midwinter. Yet she was not only an adventurer but a dedicated scholar whose writings include translations of Tibetan texts, studies of Buddhism as well as an autobiography and a number of novels. [Z] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 5] The lyric is from The Smiths "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" and the verse goes like this: 'What she asked of me at the end of the day Caligula would have blushed "You've been in the house too long," she said, and I naturally fled'. [Goofy] This panel is a flashback to when King Mob first met Edith. He remembers listening to Morrissey and contemplating suicide. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] [panel 3] Stanislav Grof is a psychiatric (psychedelic) researcher who believes that the true spirituality begins on the perinatal level. He thinks that the mechanistic, materialistic model of our society misses vital dimensions of human being and seriously limits possibilities of deep, transformative healing. The human psyche is a much larger reality than the traditional model of academic psychiatry recognizes. Human consciousness may not begin and end with biological birth and death: non-ordinary states reveal access to experience impossible in the personalistic model. Non-ordinary states of consciousness, such as near-death experiences, shamanism and other altered states, reveal an infinite field of consciousness in multiple manifestations. "Mystical experience plays the vital role in human existence and it's important for the full life of which addictions are only incomplete distortions." [ HYPERLINK "mailto:email is hidden" EV] The subject of the email "ceci n'est pas une pipe" refers to the painting "The Treachery of Images" (1952), by Rene Magritte. A relevant quote: "Magritte struggles against bourgeois cultural hegemony, yet he himself lived the life he mocks in his painting. After 1950, Magritte commonly appeared in photographs wearing a nondescript bowler hat like the subjects in his paintings. He lived all of his later life in Brussels in a modest middle class dwelling, opting not to return to the artistic hub of Paris. As an explanation for Magritte's conventional lifestyle coupled with his unconventional paintings, George Melly, with the BBC, wrote, 'He is a secret agent, his object is to bring into disrepute the whole apparatus of bourgeois reality. Like all saboteurs, he avoids detection by dressing and behaving like everybody else.'" [SL] The painting in question consists of an image of a pipe with a comment above it, which translated means "This is not a pipe". The painting operates on several levels - there is the obvious absurdist position of contrasting the pipe with the statement, then there is the further level in which the difference between the IMAGE of the pipe and the THING of a pipe are contrasted. What we are seeing is a representation of a pipe, not a pipe in itself. This is then further complicated by the self-referential nature of the comment itself - THIS is not a pipe - which demonstrates the further abstraction that is involved in transforming the THING pipe into the WORD pipe. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 2] Nigredo is the first step of an alchemical work: seeing what we do not want to know about ourselves. Beelzebub is either one of Satan's aliases or another demon or devil depending on your cosmology and alignment. [TF],

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET COVER NOTES:The SEVENTH SEAL reference is obvious-the image of the "Dance of Death" across the top of the cover is, I believe, a scanned still from the film itself. equally obvious is the "hidden" seven, in Edith and Death's hands (Death is extending five fingers, Edith two-making seven total). But to me it looks as if Edith and Death (near anagrams, those) are playing the schoolyard game "Rock/Paper/Scissors". And that Edith has triumphed over Death: scissors cuts paper. [JF] The cover's background image is indeed scanned from Ingmar Bergman's film "The Seventh Seal". [ HYPERLINK "http://www.openix.com/%7Edanb/seal.htm" \t "_blank" See the original image] [FH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] That's the statue of Shiva with a gun (representing the old ways of the Invisibles) and a syringe (representing the new ways of the Invisibles i.e. Key 23). [Mr Whisper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] [panel 1] The book Mason and King Mob have been reading is most likely "Impossibility : The Limits of Science and the Science of Limits", by the astrophysicist John D. Barrow. [ HYPERLINK "http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/ %7Esander/mensa/glbmail1.html" \t "_blank" see a review] I note with interest that one of the points of the book is that even "type omega" civilizations, with seemingly unlimited power, would be subject to limits of various sorts, including limits on how perfect a society they could construct. As the reviewer notes, paradoxes involving democratic voting systems ("Arrow's Impossibility Theorem") mean that there can be no optimal way of making social decisions democratically; "the only voting systems that are strategy-proof are dictorial", according to Barrow, to which the reviewer adds "In the end, we can best replace the dictator with random tie-breakers. So perhaps we would be wise to appoint the ... lottery as our final constitutional arbiter." Randomness as an alternative to dictatorial rule: now there's an Invisibles sentiment! [FH] That fuzzy image is the Jimenez/Stokes drawing of Jack and Fanny dancing for the Harlequin to get the Hand of Glory (V.2 #7, page 18, panel 6) [Jack Frost] [panel 2] Nikolai Kardashev is a Russian astrophysicist who proposed what are now known as the "Kardashev classifications" in his 1964 paper "Transmission of Information by Extraterrestrial Civilizations (Soviet Astronomy, vol.8, No.2, pp.217-220, 1964). [ HYPERLINK "http://www.coseti.org/lemarch1.htm" \t "_blank" more information] [FH] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 2-3] Notice the horse dying in the background and the people loading up a giant syringe and gun in the back of a truck. Is this the same gun and syringe from the Shiva statue? [Mr Whisper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 1] A flashback to King Mob's experience in Australia back in volume one. [Mr Whisper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 5] The fly buzzing around Sir Miles seems to add to the series ongoing insect motif (along with the description of the armored Mrs. Dwyer in the House of Fun arc as insect-like, the butterfly totem that guided Fanny as a child, the fly that sat on Jack's hand in Vol 2, Issue 22). [Mr Whisper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 5] Harpocrates or Heru-pa-khered was a deity of Ancient Egypt, a defender of the weak and the innocent against outside forces and who was depicted as a child with his finger held to his mouth. [ HYPERLINK "http://www.kemet.org/nfrnames/heru-pa-khered.html" \t "_blank" More info] Antiques Roadshow is a PBS television show wherein antique experts invite people in the cities they visit to have their family heirlooms, etc appraised. [Mr Whisper] They are more likely to be referring to the English version of Antiques Roadshow which has been a staple of British Sunday evening television for twenty years. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 5] Flint is using the Invisible Alphabet. He also mentions John A'Dreams who we haven't heard of/from in a while. [Mr Whisper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 1] A Lagonda, twould seem, is a vintage car. [ HYPERLINK "http://www.vintagecoachworks.co.uk/homeframe.htm" \t "_blank" More information] [Mr Whisper], INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] Notice how Mr. Reddy looks like Jack did to the Blind Chessman in Vol 2, Issue 19. Is that how we all look "stripped off"?[Mr Whisper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] Does Edith's mentioning of fictionsuits have anything to do with Robin's fiction suits in the immersion tanks she used in 2005? [Mr Whisper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] Edith's speech bubbles suddenly become Barbelith's. [I]

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"http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/rule.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] When did Key 17, used in interrogating King Mob, become Key 23? is there a difference? Numerologists, anyone? [Todd] Note how the two syringes resemble an eleven, while one is marked 23. This motif fills this issue. [TEC] [panel 4] The computer is a Macintosh G3. It's close to being the best mass market computer available at the moment. [Rakehell] [panel 7] Helga becomes a "logonaut," from Logos, The Word, and "naut" explorer. [Todd] The 'Logos' is often used in postmodern philosophy and deconstruction to refer to a restrictive and patriarchal sterile and modernist way of thought. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 2] The creatures seem to be mining out the letters M, A, S, and T which are the first 4 letters of the word MASTER. [Enamon] They appear to be attempting to free the mind from the spell of the alphabet. [TEC] I think that this may be an Invisible mythos incorporation of T McKenna's "machine elves" which are experinced during the repeatable DMT trip. These beings are round and mechanized yet organic. They "speak" in a sort of glossolalic visual language which is "alien" but somehow comprehensible to the tripper. It's a visual thing (like a squid's skin changing to communicate emotion), and lends a concrete meaning to the phrase "I see what you mean". These "machine elves" always have a message but, if memory serves, it's sometimes "misunderstood". So maybe Grant is offering us his spin on these DMT elves; in this case, they would seem to be somewhat sinister, suggesting that they may have been "corrupted" by The Outer Church. Mckenna discusses the "machine elf" experience in various books and also speaks of them on two excellent tape/CDs called GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES AND PSYCHEDELIC POETICS and SURFING FINNEGAN'S WAKE/RIDING THE RANGE WITH MARSHALL MCLUHEN, the second offering being TM's esalen discussion of the Joycean bizzarro language in the Wake and also an illuminating chat about McLuhan. [MP] [panel 5] This appears to be how you "spell" Barbelith in the alien language. [Todd] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 4] The statue appears to be Bast. [CG] [panel 5] RVM stands for Remote Viewing Module and is probably Edith. [Andrew/Alex] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] I'd guess that Barbelith is what's checking out and recording KM and Mason [CG] [panel 1] The movie is really called HYPERLINK "http://us.imdb.com/Title?0057579" \t "_blank" "The Three Lives of Thomasina". [CG] [panel 2] Mason is talking - his plans to trick the government are further explained in HYPERLINK "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/2_22.htm" 2#22. [Andrew/Alex] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 4] The creature that lunges out of the darkness to attack Pennington is HYPERLINK "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/char_orla.htm" Orlando, last seen in the She-Man arc in volume one. He flays people and wears the skin. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 5] For more info on Baader-Meinhoff, go to HYPERLINK "http://www.baader-meinhof.com" \t "_blank" http://www.baader-meinhof.com/. [CG] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 2] This is evidence that Helga is the 4-d armor wearing Invisible from "The Girl Most Likely to...", or else that she knows enough to make herself look that way. Maybe until Helga had her extended language incident in this issue she had no capacity to form the armor (if indeed she is forming it, and this isn't a key 23 trick). [October Ghost] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \*, MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] Edith mentions that Freddie will "be at the door with a tumbler". He once listened in on her and a lover in this way. [Andrew/Alex] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] For anyone that missed it, the red circle is Barbelith. [Enamon] [panel 2] This is Edith in the 1920s, and she appears to be playing with Freddie, aka HYPERLINK "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/char_tom.htm" Tom O'Bedlam. The church in the background appears to be the one from Edith's experience with the Harlequinade in Sensitive Criminals. The playground equipment references Tom and Jack Frost on the swings in one of the earliest issues of volume one. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] The crack appearing on the wall is actually Edith's pulse. It appears on panel 3, continues normally on panel 5, speeds up on panel 7 and flatlines on panel 9. [Enamon] It ends up pointing at a statue of a goddess. Does anyone know which one? [TEC] The statue probably Shiva. He's there at the beginning and end. [Rakehell] "You're the only one of my old friends who could make it...oh. There they are...Of course, its time". "It's time" was written on a note she received at the end of reminiscing the Sensitive Criminals Arc in HYPERLINK "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/2_10.htm" 2.10. It has been speculated often Edith is part of the Harlequinade with Freddie, does she go to meet him now? 11:23 is when Helga exposed herself to the alien alphabet at the beginning of the issue, whats the connection? 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MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 1] That's the Millennium dome, right?; Gratuitious Scooby-Doo reference, just in case anyone wasn't paying attention. [Chip] [panel 2] KM in Edith's apartment, overlooking the Eiffel tower [Chip] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] [panel 1] One more Macintosh. You've gotta love that apple motif. [Chip] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 1] Throughout the issue, play "Spot the KALI Acronym!" [Chip] [panel 2] There's one-"Kill All Little Innocents" [Chip] [panel 3] Lila is a sanskrit term which means "divine play" (so the phrase "play of lila" is a little redundant). Refer to English equivalent in Shakespeare: "as flies to wanton boys, so are we to the gods - they use us for their sport." That's a bit bleaker than the Hindu idea. Think more along the idea of the Dance of Shiva - or the Divine Embrace of Shiva and Parvati and you're closer. I draw a correspondence between this idea and the Two of Coins in the Tarot. Life is a game... sometimes it's Twister, sometimes it's Monopoly... and sometimes it's CHESS. [grant] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 1] The Foom! is the surveillance camera exploding. You can just see it in the upper left-hand corner of page 4 last panel. No one shoots it - is Jack demonstrating telekinesis? [Topper] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 1] Another KALI [Chip] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 4] For those not in the know, the Stepford Wives was a film in which normally argumentative and interesting women were killed and replaced with subservient identical robots. [TEC] "The Midwich Cuckoos" was a novel by John Wyndham (I believe), which was later turned into the lassic English SF movie VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED. Synopsis: all the citizens of this small, isolated English village (Midwich, natch) experience "missing time." Many of the women are found to be pregnant shortly afterwards. All the children of these pregnancies have blond-white hair and piercing blue eyes... oh, and did I mention that they're a malevolent alien group-mind with big-time, psionic abilities? The cuckoo, of course, is a bird that leaves its eggs in the nests of other birds, allowing its young to be hatched and reared by another species... [Jack Fear] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 1] Has anyone noticed the phrase used twice (?) in this issue, "Everything is true, nothing is permitted", is actually an inversion of a phrase I've usually heard as "Nothing is true, everything is permitted"? I've seen it before, attributed to Hassan i Sabbah, "the old man of the mountain," in some of William Burrough's novels. He was the leader of a Persian (?) cult of assassins who used, among other things, hash to indoctrinate his followers with the belief that anything that happens to them in this life is inconsequential since they had a get-in-free pass to paradise (our word "hashish" comes from the Persian word for assassin, "ashishin" I think). [ElHombreInvisible] [panel 5] Notice Mister Six's smoke rings! [Loz] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 2] Download-reminiscent of VALIS to me... [Chip] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] I'm getting definite 2001 overtones here. [Chip] [panel 1] At the time of printing, Terrence McKenna did indeed have cancer. [TEC] [panel 3] Another KALI. Barbelith=VALIS (Philip K Dick) again? [Chip] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 1] This is a reference to that jolly old optical illusion featured in Doom Patrol #54, which turned into Barbelith, I believe. You can see a HYPERLINK "http://www.exploratorium.edu/books/goblets_poster.html" \t "_blank" classic version. [Zephir] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] [panel 1] Cluedo is the British version of the game known in America as Clue. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panel 3] The bald chap with the Hindu-like red dot may be Thierro. He/She is a Non - a genderless being. [TEC] Thierro repeats a prophet's warning that Paris will be destroyed on August 11; way back in the very first issue, Gideon said Paris would soon be picturesque ruins. 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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Mister Six has been in contact with the 'other things', and when he emerges, he contacts a newly shaved Helga with details of the plan. In London Sir Miles, Rossiter and Orlando and preparing the path for the Moonchild's occupation by an Archon. Miss Dwyer's replacement turns out to be John A'Dreams. King Mob is watching as the events unfold. Fanny and Jack are undertaking their own form of preparation spinning glamors all across London. In 2012, we see Dane on the street experiencing the end of the world, while Fanny, Helga and Takashi fight the Rex Mundi as Robin's timesuit is launched. As the Moonchild is led to Westminster Abbey and the Eclipse starts to occur, Sir Miles starts to act strangely...Credits INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/rule.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o Grant Morrison (Writer) o Steve Yeowell (Art)o Ashley Wood (Art)o Steve Parkhouse (Art)o Philip Bond (Art)o Jill Thompson (Art)o John Ridgway (Art)o Daniel Vozzo (Colors and Seps)o Todd Klein (Letters)o Shelly Roeberg (Editor)The Invisibles created by Grant Morrison

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Title: Stepford Planet: It is the beginning of a seeding process which will encompass the whole world, in which a new breed of humanity will flower blah etc. From Stepford Wives (a film where all the woman of Stepford, USA, were replaced by compliant drones by their husbands). [rory] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 4] Is Mr. Six touching the wall that separates fictional reality from our own? Is that why even the caption box and the lettering ripple along with the rest of the contents of the panel? [Jack Frost] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] [panel 6] The man Jack is cradling is his old pal Gaz, from all the way back in issue 1. It's a reprise/continuation of the scene at the beginning of Vol.1 #23 [Broad Arrow Jack] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 1] Isn't she reminiscent of Mason pissing on New York? [Ganesha] The flyer for "Ministry of Tomorrow" features a variation on the logo for the British dance collective "Ministry of Sound." The MOS logo has been doubled and a Glen/Glenda composite face (obviously an icon for Fanny) has been added in between. [Anagram Eckis] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 2] Edith fainted on a roundabout in #6 (page 20 panel 6) in the same playground she met the Harlequin. Now Mr Six wakes on a roundabout after talking to the Harlequin. [Imp0zz!bL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 1] I presume the mutilated swastika is a letter from the Outer Alphabet or something? [Ganesha] In my black-and-white copy, they ARE swastikas. Looks like there was an editorial decision to alter them. I'm wondering, for what reason?, [Broad Arrow Jack] [panel 2] The man in white is an ex-member of The Invisibles known as HYPERLINK "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/char_john.htm" John A'Dreams who disappeared in a church after experiencing an incursion from 'another reality'. HYPERLINK "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/char_dwye.htm" Miss Dwyer was Sir Miles' old aide/master - she was a human adapted by the Archons. All such adapted people in series wear round black glasses. [TEC] [panel 4] Nice oblique reference to the Blind Chessman with the black-and-white tiles. [Ganesha] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] [panel 1] !Kung is a language spoken by Kalahari bushmen and one sound of the language is a click represented by the exclamation point. The click is a tongue-roof of the mouth click, like you do when you make the tick-tock sound of a clock. It's a very strange language. If you've ever seen the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, the language the bushman speaks is !Kung, or some similar language. I found it amusing that Helga translated Winnie the Pooh into !Kung. [Seamus] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 2] Edith fainted on a roundabout in #6 (page 20 panel 6) in the same playground she met the Harlequin. Now Mr Six wakes on a roundabout after talking to the Harlequin. [Imp0zz!bL] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 3] Nasi Goring is a spicy Indonesian dish consisting of rice, eggs, shrimp, and peanuts. [Broad Arrow Jack] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 21] [panel 3] When Miles 'flips', he hears the words "You have become schizophrenic". It's what the philosophers Deleuze and Guattari call the conjunctive synthesis, the moment of realisation, "so that's what I am," that leads off to new syntheses, new and unstable individualities. Miles is connecting with flows that have nothing to do with any binary pattern, us/them, you/me. "The alchemical marriage is about merging opposites; the sun and moon, the good guys and the bad guys." Everyone is moving out of their 'roles' and into the universal history of becoming- other, becoming-cosmic... [Jackie Susann] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] [panel 1] . It's carrying a hacked-up, limbless torso - perhaps the child sacrifice? [Ganesha]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Cover First time I've noticed the little marijuana leaf on the front of Pierrot's mask/hood. Seems an odd symbol for the Harlequinade..? [Ganesha] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 5] This is Jacqui, an ex-girlfriend of King Mob, who we last saw in Volume 2. [TEC] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] [panel 1] Raudive was that guy who made tape recordings in haunted houses and found mysterious voices when he played them back really loud. Burroughs writes about him in The Adding Machine. [Jackie Susann] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 4] So all of our confusion from issue 4 about Pennington / Rossiter seems to have been on purspose, as Miles is himself confused. Are their identities switching? It's as if Miles' "schizophrenia" is not restricted to himself, therefore identies of those around him are switching - as result of the impending collapse of distinction between the two sides. Especially as one of them is a traitor, the opposition is dissolving, and it is most visible to the "schizophrenic" Miles, who has seen both sides. [Mystery Gypt] [panel 5] At first I thought that this "conscious mind can hold eight seperate things" was maybe a reference to the Buddhist 8-Fold path of escaping Samsara: this 8-fold path leads to Nirvana, the extinguising of distinctions; and here Miles follows his comment about eight with a joke reffering to to non-distinction between Pennington and Rossiter. But because of the reference to the Hylic Grail, i think perhaps it is a reference to the "ogdoad" of Gnosticism, the eightfold emanations of thought, from which the universe follows. In fact, the Gnostic and Buddhist 8-fold schemes are contradictory: one creates, one annhiliates, the world. So here in one vague line, Grant removes the distinction from these two opposing thoughts. [Mystery Gypt] [panel 6]Pennington/Rossiter is himself forgetting distinctions. He confabulates when Miles said "the black sun" and "the hylic grail" (# 4, page 22, pn 2) into just one phrase, "The Black Grail" Hylic is again from Gnosticism, meaning material, base, and totally damned - versus the gnostic (which immediately go to heavenly light) and the psychic (which could go either way). Since the Archons, in Gnosticism (as in the comic), are the nasty fucks who are the opposite of heavenly light, but are instead of the non-holy and most dense and material matter, the hylic-material grail would be the power source of evil. I've heard of the hylic grail before but can't remember where. [Mystery Gypt] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 1] that's KM and Fanny in their homeless duds in the foreground. [Jackie Susann] [panel 2] That's John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe strolling by, just as they were in issue HYPERLINK "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/1_1.htm" 1#1. [Mystery Gypt / Broad Arrow Jack] [panel 3/4] The Harlequinade appear to be walking outside the phone booth. [Jackie Susann] [panel 5] Someone pointed out that "She was a girl from Birmingham" is from the Sex Pistols' song "Bodies" why? perhaps because the next line in the song is "She just had an abortion" whichi is maybe stuck in KM's head because it was said so many times in reference to the moonchildbeast. [Mystery Gypt] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 3] What's Jack got in the Galaxy chocolate box? A second Hand of Glory? There's no green glow... [Ganesha] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 5] Miles is again confusing Rossiter / Pennington BOTH or EITHER ONE could be the betrayer, depending on whose side Miles REALLY is on. [Mystery Gypt] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 5] Helga is carrying her Cut-and-Paste Grimoire of the Black Grail last seen in HYPERLINK "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/3_4.htm" 3#4. [TEC]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Cover: isn't the cover like "The holy grail or two faces"? Wasn't that a King Mob line in volume two I think?. [ HYPERLINK "mailto:email is hidden" email is hidden] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1,2,3] [panel 6] Who's narrating here? Possibly a future Invisible (maybe even the girl on the last page) as evidenced by "This was fucking King Mob, man... They still talk about him" on p2 pan 1; but it also sounds like it was someone who was there, as the narrator says "Sometimes, I used to forget what he could actually do..." as if they were there and knew Jack. Maybe it's Jack or Mob in the future, after tehy've discarded their respective identities. [Antlerhead] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 6] This smoke appears to be the descending form of the fifth archon, since it's going into the Shoggoth here and later attacks Jack. So there were 5 archons in ish 3, afterall. [Antlerhead] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] FROM THE SCRIPT: The idea here is that the hair on KM's headdress has razorwire in it, and he's slashing open the soldier's face, "like a strike from a lethal cheerleader pom-pom." [Broad Arrow Jack] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] Roy Lichtenstein was the painter who did blown-up comic panels and used comic iconography, including sound effects like "Whaaam!". You can find some of his stuff HYPERLINK "http://www.posterhouse.com/roylichtenstein/roylichtenstein.htm" \t "_blank" here. [Antlerhead] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 2] The Killing of the King is a freemason ritual, as all Kennedy conspiracy theorists should know, so the three bullets may very well be symbolic. The ritual depends on all kinds of trinities, I think. [Antlerhead] [panel 5] This echoes the killing of Mr. Gelt in HYPERLINK "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/1_1.htm" 1#1. [Antlerhead] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6/7] What is the yellow light that the words are coming from? The Invisible College? Anybody besides me want to drop Key 23 and bust out the Magnetic Poetry set. [Antlerhead] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] FROM THE SCRIPT: Roger is trying to say "Suck my clit, asshole." [Broad Arrow Jack] [panel 3] Jolly Roger's arms are laying in the same up-down position as The Magician's arms in the Rider Waite, and most other tarot card decks. The notes laying on each arm reflect the meaning behind the respective arms position. The left arm points downwards and says 'LIFE' referring to the firmament and our earthly existence on it. The right arms points to the heavens and says 'TOMMOROW', referring to either our existence in, the afterlife of whatever heaven you choose to believe in, or simply, and in keeping with the themes of the book, the future as opposed to the now or past where everything is like a heaven where everybody gets what they want, because after all, that's what King Mob's cell is here to ensure and is in the process of doing even as Roger dies. [uncle sham] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 1,3,4,6] We see the 4d armor/universe surround Fanny just like it does in the future flash- forward in vol. 2. [Lionheart] [panel 5] John was Flint? Is John (and possibly by extension the Blind Chessman) actually the reader? Following what he says later in this issue, he dissapears into the time/fiction suit right before the series starts, and comes back at the end enlightened. Hmmmm... [Antlerhead] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 9] What happens to George, Fanny and John after page 9? I mean they're getting this lecture from John, right? Guys with guns. Very tense. And then nothing till after it's all over. It seemed as if John was getting to a vital point about how and why he allowed himself to be changed, but it stopped before the good part. Maybe I was expecting a meeting between him and KM. [creamedalbeeontoast] [panel 1] The 1st panel of p. 9 depicts the computer surveillance technicians, seen briefly last issue, as their equipment explodes from the pressure of the incoming Archon. Incidentally, I had originally drawn this panel as a Jack Kirby scene of chaos, huge screaming face in the foreground, frenzied panic in the background, but was asked to change it to how it now appears, which in my opinion is a far more boring layout. And again, those fucking colours didn't help any... [Broad Arrow Jack] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 1] Is that the Queen lying dead in the pink? Better check the headlines tommorow... heee heee heee. Also, the smoke has taken a new form after the possession. [Antlerhead] [panel 4] Six and Helga have taken the place of the royal guard guys at the mirror, and also appear to be the Lovers from the tarot. [Antlerhead] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] [panel 2] About the Hylic Grail, briefly: In Gnostic theory, "Hylians" are people who only see the base, physical world. But you already knew that. [Antlerhead] [panel 4] Grant was talking about this in his Comics Journal interview, about how Christ told him during his illness that he had to break open his heart to let the light out. [Antlerhead] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 12-14] A return to the moment in Volume II when dane and the blind chessman/satan strolled through the UFO: Dane is not just remembering, it is not just being re-iterated, it is happening again because Dane is returning to this place that is outside time; these panels hadn't been shown before, though, since dane was in his "shamanic sickness" and all. they are no doubt the "most important" because this is where Grant lays out exactly the message he was given in his own "alien contact experience." In fact he explained all this stuff almost verbatim at the DisinoCon. [Mystery Gypt] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [pages 12] FROM THE SCRIPT: [1] -bunch of preamble stressing the importance of these pages, and how they should look very special. Ha!- ...Jack is walking with Satan - as seen in V.2:20 - through the devastated London of the Outer Church.. [3] Jack and Satan walk across the dreadful wasteland past the girl with the baby. We follow them. Up ahead, there are huge grotesque Chris Weston bug-things glimpsed through a swirl of toxic mist. Beyond that, we see what could be towersm like Westminster in the haze of the bleached horizon. This is a world of endless repeating horror, defoliated and bombed and roamed by the monsters of the Outer Church. [5] Jack and Satan walk under the hideous flea-monstrosities. Jack looks up at the horrors which really don't seem so horrible after all. [Broad Arrow Jack] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 2] FROM THE SCRIPT: "Jack and Satan. The great flea-things seen in background are reaching up to pluck fruit from luscious trees that grow here. Grass emerging from the cracks and ruin in the distance as the landscape subtly changes, flushing with life. Greenery beginning to appear between the cracks." [Broad Arrow Jack] One of the meanings I take from this issue is that we are finally being freed from the domination of the comic itself, that now that we have been "educated" by Lord Morrison, we can go forth into the world and get Whatever We Want. Those beetles are cool, too... and there's two of them. Ring any bells? [Antlerhead] [panel 3] FROM THE SCRIPT: "Longshot following Jack and Satan towards the Invisible College, alive with lights in the wonderful twilight. Three figures wait ahead, silhouetted by the green light of an eerie floating circle. We've never seen the Invisible College from here before. We're behind it and there's a river with a bridge and the general ambience is of dreaming spires and scholarly evenings" [Broad Arrow Jack] [panel 5] FROM THE SCRIPT: "Jack turns his head and we see the movement as a process through time, like a solid timelapse, bone merging to bone, the turning mouth like a yawning gash of teeth, the eyes repeated" [Broad Arrow Jack] [panel 6] "The body, decades long, billion eyed" - that's how grant claims to have seen humanity when he himself was outside of time - you look like some big long snake who is on one long line everywhere you ever were in time. [Mystery Gypt] The blind chessman makes Jack/Dane aware of his entire temporal body. Page 14, that pink tree is jack's body as seen from outside of time. A tree. A "finger" of the universe. A game piece growing out of the gameboard. [Lionheart] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 1] FROM THE SCRIPT: "With the head of the creature in the foreground, the time maggot that is Jack Frost stretches towards us" [Broad Arrow Jack] [panel 2] FROM THE SCRIPT "Pull back from the moment, Jack extends into the future also and the future is seen as a steaming amniotic information broth in which potential forms are curled in wait" [Broad Arrow Jack] Binary code is the mechanical notation of the universe created by Light/Dark, Mirror/Anti-mirror. See, everything does rise from duality. Puts a new spin on The Matrix. [Antlerhead] The nature of language as a system of binaries is also a concern of deconstructive and postmodern philosophy - which the Invisibles is drenched in. [TEC] [panel 3] FROM THE SCRIPT: "And back in a great knotted life cast - the shape we make in the surrounding space as we progress through time" [Broad Arrow Jack][panel 4] FROM THE SCRIPT: "And back - a huge centipedal tree of time, human lives extended back - the whole thing glimpsed through the smoky red light of the seething crystal sphere in which the whole monstrous anenome of all life on Earth and all the failed branches...a great timetrack expressed back to the mitochondrial roots. The trues shape of life on Earth. The spheres interset and swallow one another like hungry sphincters, collapsing and whorling tunnel vortices across the structure of the time solid - the universe as a single entity" [Broad Arrow Jack] "Time is soil and for nourish larvae and grown in" Again, as Grant said in his speach, humanity is larvae,, planted here by the being outside of time. They put us in this time world because they want us to grow, and nothing grows outside of time. [Mystery Gypt] Grant did not say that humanity is a larvae. He said that the universe is a larvae. [Lionheart] [panel 5] FROM THE SCRIPT: "And a final glimpse of the beyond - the time crystal itself with its great and monstrous coiled, twitching anenome of life is growing into whorling electric- coloured infospace. The crystal is attended by glowing silver blobs, metamorphic magic mirror entities of the 5th dimension - our true selves - the adult form of which we and all our ancestry are but the larva" [Broad Arrow Jack] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] FROM THE SCRIPT: "Helga looks up off panel - a final word falls, dislodged by someone high in the vaulting. We can read 'Murderer.'" [Broad Arrow Jack] [panel 2/3] THere's an extract of the script, regarding the strange backgrounds on page 15: ...The Harlequinade are still behind Jack but they've changed and are in their traditional costumes. Pierrot and Columbine make hand shapes. More images vibrate off them - Edith, Tom, Robin, King Mob... Now they are the King In Yellow and his dwarves, making hand movements. Behind them, a whole crowd seethes - everyone who's ever appeared in the series... So, looks like Ridgeway didn't draw the crowd of characters (Jimenez would have), which seems like a pretty important part of the story, if you ask me, and it completely confirms October Ghost's earlier theory that the Harlequinade was, in fact, anyone and everyone... [Broad Arrow Jack] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 5] Helga is collecting the shit and spunk of Sir Miles, as he hangs, into the Black Grail. [Lionheart] This (of course) mirrors the Holy Grail and Christ (only without the shit and spunk). [TEC] FROM THE SCRIPT: Helga is collecting Miles' urine in the cup. [Broad Arrow Jack] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 1] FROM THE SCRIPT: "The eclipse passes and for a moment the sun and moon cross one another in the shape of the Vescica Pisces." [Broad Arrow Jack] [panel 5] FROM THE SCRIPT: "That's KM, off to find a phonebooth.." [Broad Arrow Jack] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] [panel 4] FROM THE SCRIPT: "Supposed to be Audrey Murray on the left, passing the cafe..." [Broad Arrow Jack] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 19] [panel 4] FROM THE SCRIPT: Audrey Murray again, though thanks once again to mister Vozzo she's coloured incorrectly. She looks like Jacqui, but for anyone who dares make a connection between the two, there is none. [Broad Arrow Jack] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 20] [panel 4] FROM THE SCRIPT: The police are there looking for KM. [Broad Arrow Jack] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] DESCRIPTION OF THE "FUCK YOU" GIRL FROM THE SCRIPT: As far as the appearance of the Fuck U girl goes, fashion-wise, I'd like to remind everyone that I merely inked this page. Grant came up with the bizarro clothes which he described in a long rambling note to me as "Straight Edge/Stepford wife/New Romantic/Early 80s Ladi Di/Blouse and Jodhpurs/Midwich Cuckoos/Cute handbag on table/Avon Lady/Straight Edge X on hand. Happy face Nazi armband (NOTE: again fucked up by the colours). Badge: SEX DRINK DRUGS MEDIA (then a little drawing of the badge with the line through it with a note: "also Barbelith."). [Broad Arrow Jack]

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Years have passed since the incident at Westminster Abbey and Jack is breaking into a skyscraper to find out about a new Invisibles game. He is astonished to find out that King Mob is in charge. Jack starts to play the game. Meanwhile King Mob picks up a gun. Around him, the world is being gradually assimilated into the Supercontext, as the burgeoning larval life form that is the universe begins to wake up. He moves through the collapsed portions of time, experiencing moments of his past, which collide with him. Arriving at the laboratory where they await Ragged Robin's return, an Archon manifests in her place. A symbolic gesture later and it too is absorbed into the supercontext. And from behind it comes Robin, speaking in emotional aggregates - something larger than human. And we are left with Jack, watching as the world emerges. And he looks at us and says: OUR SENTENCE IS UP.

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o Grant Morrison (Writer) o Frank Quitely (Pencils)o John Stokes (Inks)o Daniel Vozzo (Colors and Seps)o Todd Klein (Letters)o Shelly Roeberg (Editor) The Invisibles created by Grant Morrison INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \*

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INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET Cover: If you look REEEEALLLLY closely at the cover, in the rightmost section, there are teeny words faintly written on the two, blades of grass that point to Barbelith. They read, as far as I can make out: "bowling ball" "it's a cat on a" Reverse the order and you get "It's a cat on a bowling ball." [Cameron Stewart] This is from an issue of wizard where they made fake covers in their price guide section. the cover is actually a cat on a bowling ball, licking it's paw. the caption reads "Invisibles (vol. 3) # [asterisk] The quote from wizard was "The end of the world or just a cat on a bowling ball." Bolland says it was a cat on a bowling ball because it wasn't the end of the world. [Captain Zoom] More cover madness: I count at least 4, mabye 5 faces on the left half of the cover, hidden in the grass. One is visibly Grant's. [Ramiel] They're easier to see if you turn the comic so the spine is at the bottom, gun pointing left. Teeny-tiny and hidden in the dark spaces between the grass. I see Grant, but I can't make out who the others are, but I'd reckon Quitely's there, as is Shelly, probably. [Cameron Stewart] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 1] [panel 1] The written narration throughout this issue is by Reynard, the Fuck U Girl from the last issue. [Cameron Stewart] I'm assuming this is the Technoccult building, and that they've monopolized the "Non" as their corporate image. [Antlerhead] Is there a link between Reynard and Shae Fox? Before she was referred to as Reynard I thought Dane's collegue was Shae, the way she refers to her porn on page 5. The Reynard-The Fox thing has already been discussed so do I take it they are one and the same? In this case she is ascending the face of her own image in this panel. [Twig the Wonder Kid] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 2] [panel 2] Tum-Mo? Is this another magick word from the city? [Antlerhead] tibetan yogi trick that keeps you warmwhile meditating in the himalayas. seems to up the body temp or some such ... jack's prolly radiating heat to keep gaz from freezing, enlightened bastard that he is. [joe crow] [panel 3] One of the shoes says "lemming" (or at least I think that's what it says. Lemming are those cute little furry things that all run off cliffs after their done doing their thing. Like in that ducktales episode. I have no idea what this means, probably nothing, maybe something. [Lemming] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 3] [panel 1] Gideon's shirt on p.3 is the Mod target, twisted into a Moebius strip. [Cameron Stewart] Silver balloons=Magic mirror=White snow. [Antlerhead] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 4] [panel 1] For anyone who wants to read more about HYPERLINK "http://www.memes.org.uk/extracts/SBOct1998Ch1.html" \t "_blank" Susan Blackmore' meme theories there's a first chapter and synopsis of 'The Meme Machine' available online: [Betty Woo] [panel 2] If you look carefully at the bottom of the panel, it looks as if the probing of barbelith is being broadcast on national television. [TEC] There's also a MacDonald's logo on the moon at the top of the panel. [numbernun] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 5] [panel 4] This looks like the Technoccult logo [Antlerhead] [panel 5] That would be HYPERLINK "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/char_crow.htm" Jim Crow they're talking about. [Antlerhead] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 6] [panel 1] The Hand of Glory is in a box on the right side of the panel. [Antlerhead] AND, although it's difficult to see, there's a wee butterfly powering the quantum computer with the flapping of its wings. It looks like it's been covered up in panel 2, but the shadow is still visible. [Cameron Stewart] [panels 4-5] Each panel represents KM's look during each consecutive volume of the Invisibles. [Antlerhead] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 7] [panel 3] Before anyone else says it, the "Invisibles" in a spray can is like "Ubik" in a spray can from PKD's novel of the same name. Ubik is salvation for people who are living in a entropic universe. In PKD's book, Ubik appears as different objects the farther back in time the characters go (the more history regresses towards some primal, more authentic (less mediated by spectacle) state). [Todd] Invisibles" is misspelled! [Antlerhead] [panel 5] "Extreme Impact Environmental Immersion Option" - Ee I Ee I Oh. [swell41] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 8] [panel 4] "If you don't get [the game] the first time, you have to keep running it. It's different every time." Means: Re-read the series. Panel 5: "I use the en-eh-mee..." Another Sex Pistols reference, from Anarchy In The UK. [Cameron Stewart] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 10] [panel 3] what's up with the naked geisha and fat Takashi on page 10? Is she another aspect of the Harlequinade/King In Yellow? [Cameron Stewart] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 11] Robin's voweless dialogue: "Alphabet fish and spelling sharks in the deep neon fathoms of meaning. On Sky in Deep Therapy tanks in the basement at Berkely.", "Kerry's in love with a Straight Edger boy. Says I'm sick behind the eyes and doesn't believe she's part of the story too.". "Am I sick?", "I think I'm going mad, but feels like the best thing that ever happened to to to...". "...happened to to to WE." [Cameron Stewart] [panel 4] Note that the panel is in the shape of The Invisibles logo. [Cameron Stewart] Quimper is Robin and KM's baby, which parallels Grant Morrison's story about Quimper being an abortion his girlfriend had. [Antlerhead] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 12] [panel 2] The Christopher Lee reference isn't to _The Wicker Man_, it's to _Man With the Golden Gun_. The one where James Bond has the duel in the mirror maze, Christopher Lee only uses one shot to dispatch his targets on his own private "Most Dangerous Game" island. He's the deadliest assassin in the world - half villain, half ally. HYPERLINK "http://us.imdb.com/Title?0071807%20" \t "_blank" Details [grant] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 13] [panel 6] [Antlerhead] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 14] [panel 1] LOCATION: King Mob's Old House. [macavity] [panel 2] LOCATION: St Dunstans in the East. [macavity] [panel 3] LOCATION: Paris and India? [macavity] [panel 3,4,5] This is the Harlequin talking - Robin has become part of it now. [TEC] [panel 4] This is Edith's miscarriage in Harrods. [Cameron Stewart] [panel 5] Dane seems to be talking about the Hand of Glory, but his words appear out of order due to the Hand's effects. Read it as: "It's a fucking CURSOR man! It moves around in time. Makes your hand look like a dead claw." [LeKookAmongUs] "Edith, tell robin to call on Buddha. Namu Amida Butsu." In 2.22 pn3-5, jack, returned from his first trip outside of time, says, "And then edith said to call on Buddha, but he didn't hear her properly, and now it's a rescue mission." So somewhere outside of time, Jack hears edith tell robin to call on buddha (and both edith and robin are the harliquinade). and in HYPERLINK "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/2_21.htm" 2#21 p 21 robin is calling, on buddha. But i'm not sure i get who "he" is, in "he didn't hear her properly." Buddha himself? [Mystery Gypt] [panel 4] Didn't notice it the first time through, but that's Jack in the background while Edith is having her miscarriage. It's all happenning at once. [Liquid] Why is Jack boiling that glove? To make it sterile? To help in the birth/miscarriage be sterile? I have a theory. I'm not telling. [TEC] [panel 5] It's a fucking cursor, man! Moves in time around it. Makes your hand look like a dead claw. [Lionheart] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 15] [panel 5, 6] These are from the "She-Man" story arc. [Cameron Stewart] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 16] [panel 1] The King is the timesuit. They summoned it (but didn't Jack already "eat" it? I'm still unclear on this) and now King Mob is neutralizing it [Antlerhead] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 17] [panel 1] The flag on KM's gun couldn't have said anything but "pop". Go back to v2 #12, p10: KM runs into an older Dane in that dream-like place outside of normal time featured throughout this final issue. Dane says to KM: "Better watch out; they'll ask you for a word, right? But the word's not a word. It's one of their words, man. If our words are circles, theirs are bubbles." And how do you burst a bubble? You POP it. [LeKookAmongUs] [panel 3] Note that the usually-flat Barbelith now seems like a 3-D object; the stripe down the middle has rotated. Circles vs. bubbles. [Cameron Stewart] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 18] [panel 3] Does anybody know morse code? On page 18 panel 3 check out the skyscraper in the background and then again on page 21 panel one. There moight be something there, I don't know. [Logos728] INCLUDEPICTURE "http://www.barbelith.com/bomb/spacer.gif" \* MERGEFORMATINET o [page 22] The white clouds are fractals AND thought balloons; the new aeon emerging from the old (Barbelith), covering up the past-including Jack- and giving us a blank slate to make what we will of. The language/imprisonment relation of "sentence" is fucking brilliant. It's like the end of Alan Moore's _The Birth Caul_: the sentence is unwriting itself, back to the light. [Antlerhead] [panel 4] Our sentence is up. Sentence in the context as prison sentence. Our conciousness is freed. Also in the context as writing a sentence. Language is blunt and therefore obsolete in the supercontext. Reminds me of the 'aliens' communicating in emotional aggregates to Mason during his abduction. [zerone]]
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