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Issue 30, "Going Underground"

Writer: Grant Morrison
Penciller: Richard Case

Summary:
written by Robert Kelly (bobek@rt66.com), edited by William Sherman (sherman@netcom.com)

Crazy Jane has an underground in her brain, and in it sixty-four different personalities live and hide, ekeing out their lives as only their condition will allow.

And because she saved the world last issue, Jane is in a coma.

Cliff has decided to enter this traumatized psyche and save the damsel, er, personas in distress. For those who do not know what Multiple Personality Disorder is, this psyche-trip will give you a good look at one. More than one person who has been subject to child abuse has said this one book is worth a lot more than its weight in gold.

Rebis does some psychic Hocus-Pocus and poof, Cliff is inside Jane. There he meets up with Driver 8, one of the nicer individuals, and goes out to find out why Crazy Jane is trying to kill herself.

The Jane persona plans to chuck herself in a well. Within the well lives "Daddy", who raped her when she was five. Cliff and the Driver meet all the other personas who want to block Cliff from saving Jane because he's a man.

In each persona's area, we not only get to see what their character is like, but a little more of the whole character that Crazy Jane is. Her name is from the Yeats poem(s? there may be more, I don't know), "Crazy Jane and the Bishop". Cliff takes off his clothes and proves that not only is Cliff not a man, but he has no, ummm, huevos? (Another poetic influence is Sylvia Plath's "Daddy".)

Best quote (spoken in a tunnel full of skulls): "It's like a casting call for the role of Yorick". Never knew Cliff was a Shakespeare fan, huh?

Cliff runs in to save Jane just as she is falling into the well. Daddy decides to rise up out of the well rather than wait for Jane to visit him. His form is rather disgusting and Cliff sacrifices himself for Jane, so Daddy decides to eat him. Jane, fed up with Daddy being a rapist, a child molester, _and_ the eater of a fellow team member totally loses it and says, "DADDY, I HATE YOU!"

Turns out that this Daddy was yet another "member" of Jane's persona group.

Jane wakes up and the Cliff-hanger is that we don't know whether Cliff is still alive after being bitten in half.

Annotations:
written by William Sherman

Karin Kross (kkross@craftmier.com) has pointed out the source of the names of many of Jane's personalities: "There are about 7 or 8 Crazy Jane poems by W. B. Yeats; the poen Driver 8 recites is "A Crazed Girl," which Yeats wrote about a female poet he knew. Richard Dadd, who painted the picture Driver 8 says Jane got her name from, is known best for his painting "The Fairy-Feller's Master Stroke." His painting "Crazy Jane" depicts a wild-looking woman all draped in greenery and vines. An interesting sidebar: Dadd spent a lot of his time in an asylum, and his models for his paintings were generally men, since he had no interaction with women inmates. So the subject of "Crazy Jane" has a distinctly masculine look to her. Other names of Jane's people: There are two stories by Angela Carter, "The Executioner's Beautiful Daughter" (a very disturbing little tale of incest in a remote mountain tribe) and "The Loves of Lady Purple" (an equally disturbing tale about a famous prostitute who turns into a puppet and then into a vampire). It is possible that Morrison got The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter and Lady Purple from Carter's stories; it is equally possible that he got the ideas from wherever she got hers (although where that might be I couldn't tell you...)."

p. 4: The Weird Sisters are the three witches from Shakespeare's "MacBeth". They are referred to there by that title, at IV.i.153.

p. 4: "The Snow Queen" is a story by Hans Christian Andersen.

Note that Driver 8's symbol, an 8 on its side, is the mathematical symbol for infinity.

p. 10: Remember the "Miranda" graffito from Issue 19.

p. 17: We are shown many of Jane's personalities. Some recognizable ones are Jill in Irons, Kit W'the Canstick, Mama Pentecost (in the dress covered with letters), Flaming Katy, Flit, the Weird Sisters, the Secretary, Scarlet Harlot, Jack Straw, Hammerhead, Merry Andrew, Snow Queen, Lady Purple and Rain Brain. Is the lady with the crucifix Sin-Eater? Or could that be the nun with the chainsaw?

p. 19: Very Clive Barker-esque. Machinery and endless torture.

p. 20: Daddy is quoting Cole Porter's song "Let's Do It". What does Morrison have against Porter?

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