One thing I'm trying to improve, beginning with this color special, is to actually SHOW what's going on behind the scenes. There's this huge backstory which I made up back in 2000, but it has been unraveling extremely slowly. I realize now that I can do better. I can do both at the same time - I can tell Naomi's story AND the huge backstory at the same time.
The core concept is, of course, this insanely powerful corporation, A.D., which is divided into three sections - economy, natural sciences, and social services. As has been mentioned in episode 6, it started out as a "loose string of small reseach institutes". Their success has led to its branching out, and the business side has gained more influence over what they're doing, as opposed to actual research. Right now, scientific research is just one of several means to ensure their global dominance.
When they were starting out, they were dedicated to finding a way to replicate consciousness artificially. But their economic success has led them astray. They became complacent, and thought that being the most powerful global conglomerate was an end in itself. It is only when they found out that one of their former employees may have actually succeeded where they've failed, that they started to question their current aims.
And that, in a nutshell, is what the previous episodes were about. This was the set-up for episodes 1 and 2, and most of it was summarized in episode 6.
The "Selkirk" he's talking about is the old guy here, one of A.D's founders. We'll get to his side of the story in the next issue.
There's obviously a lot going on here politically, and some of this talk about terrorists will make more sense if read in conjunction with episode 6 (especially the scene with the prime minister). But again, the difference is that this time, I'm actually showing them (that was the action part of this issue ^_^), whereas previously, it was mostly about talking heads, with the terrorists off-screen :D
Thanks for reading!
no probs :) I do like the way you paneled the last page with the chair in the middle
Thanks! I have to say, I do like it myself :3