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Issue 33, "The Puppet Theatre"

Writer: Grant Morrison
Penciller: Richard Case

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

Piece by piece, object by object, the entire universe is unmaking itself. Seems that when God said "Fiat Lux" the first shadow was also created, which means that within the creation, He had birthed its destruction.

Cool, huh?

Well, the Cult has released the Decreator and Cliff is trapped in Nurnheim... which gets a lot worse because his new and improved robot body has a couple of bugs and *poof*. He's no longer capable of doing anything, let alone shooting Cult agents.

So he's useless.

The rest of DP enter Sagrada Familia and discover that, well, there is nothing left of Emilio Cuervo but a large man-sized wound. Through the wound come the Starving Skins, and a standard battle ensues where you see little of the violence.

To protect them Kipling lays a "Protective Postcard Spiral." You were wondering what happened to that booze? Alcohol abuse.

The Archons of Nurnberg, who are behind the whole Cult, are two Punch and Judy puppets and the hands of a king and a queen, both of whom have broken necks. After some nice pontification about toys left over, Cliff is sentenced to be executed.

He manages to escape ... he runs around and starts screaming to Josh to hear him. Crazy Jane pulls another Deus Ex Machina and becomes Lucy Fugue, a character that is a shadowy woman with radiactive bones. She figures that the Decreation is a vibration and sets the Sagrada Familia to send out an exactly opposite pattern to counteract the frequency ... of course, she is victorious.

At the same time, Josh picks up the paperweight which Jane gave Cliff, and says, "I'm hearing bells". He smashes the paperweight, which turns out to be holding Nurnheim. The whole thing is really TOO much to go into any reasonable amount of detail; however, Morrison text is so fun to read, and so engaging, that I know that I didn't mind actually READING a comic book.

It turns out that the last thing that the Decreator decreates is Nurnheim itself. So, the result of this adventure is that the counter-vibration stops the Decreator but doesn't kill it... it just makes it very, very slow. Kipling takes his leave and The Chief decides to take a look at Cliff's body.

Meanwhile, Rhea, who is in a coma, seems to be waking up.

Annotations:
written by William Sherman

p. 1: That's a page of T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" being blotted out.

p. 6: St. Vitus' Dance is another name for chorea, a neurological disorder characterized by uncontrollable muscle movements. It is related to Huntington's disease, which is also called Huntington's chorea.

p. 6: Danse Macabre: this is an important allegorical form in medieval arts (painting, literature...). It expresses the obsession with death by depicting people being interrupted by a skeletal Death, and dancing along after it in single file on the way to the afterlife. Its popularity is not surprising, considering the Black Plague and other facts of medieval life. The Danse was a central image in Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal", as well as Woody Allen's "Love and Death". The Danse often reinforced notions of social structure by having Popes and Kings precede the common people in the line, but they all follow Death in the end.

Note that "Nu:rnberg" is another name for the real city of Nuremburg, where the War Crimes trials were held after WWII.

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