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Issue 46, "Aftermath"

Writer: Grant Morrison
Penciller: Richard Case
Inker: Mark McKenna

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

We start with a list of the current doings of some characters from the previous Pentagon storyline. Harry Christmas is a famous author, Wallace Sage is still dead, Sergeant Washington is performing in Danny's drag show, and Major Honey is in therapy. Sara Furness has gone home, and Flex Mentallo has vowed to become a real crimefighter -- and a cheerful one, at that.

The Chief has finally come through with a new body for Cliff. It's got better senses, reflexes, power, and so on. Dorothy's being haunted by that strange candelabrum-headed being. The Chief's planning on starting some secret new research, and is in the process of moving the DP's effects to Danny the Street.

In Europe, a cloaked and masked figure called Dr. Silence buys a painting from an auctioneer named Girodias; it's the ruined painting from the 'Brotherhood of Dada' storyline. Dr. Silence has appeared previously, in Issue 27. He was present when the Brotherhood of Dada stole the magical painting from Eismann, the collector.

Cliff chats with Liza Radley, a new personality of Jane's, who says she's going to save everyone. She attempts to convince Cliff to let her get closer to him; she's very grateful for the positive effects he's had on her, and wants to help Cliff with his own personal struggles. But Cliff isn't ready for anything like that.

In two pages of random shots of everyday life, we are asked "Who, who, who is Number None?"

The Chief's new research is revealed to be involve a supercomputer which uses a pool of water as its CPU: it's called the Think Tank. Rebis tells the Chief that s/he knows what he's up to, and that s/he may be obliged to try to stop him. (Of course, we're kept in the dark.)

In the lab, a strange apparition appears, asking "Is it that time already?"

Annotations:
written by William Sherman

p. 1: It is a popular misconception that Joyce and Burroughs wrote nonsense. Bah, humbug!

p. 2: This is the theme from the movie "Goldfinger", which was a huge popular hit (as performed by Shirley Bassey).

p. 2: "The Zen Men" is from the comics shop in the previous issue.

p. 4: "Turn on, tune in, drop out" was a hippie motto in the sixties. I believe that it was coined by Timothy Leary. The "Drop dead" version appeared in Evan Dorkin's "Milk and Cheese" comics, in a story reprinted in "Milk and Cheese's Other Number One"; it was done in 1991, so it's possible that Morrison is referring to it.

p. 9: Jane's logo is also a capital phi. What this means, I don't know.

p. 14-15: "Who is number none?" may be a reference to the television show "The Prisoner" starring Patrick McGoohan, who, at the beginning of each episode, shouts "Who is number one?" The surreal mood of the show is much in keeping with that of the Doom Patrol (thanks to Jason Smith [jsmith@aeha1.apgea.army.mil] for the information).

p. 17: Cray is a real computer company (anybody reading this probably knows that, though) which produces some of the fastest processors around.

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