The Letters Page: Editor's Note 23
Big stuff in this update! Letters Page AND OblivAeon!
Run Time: 1:55:58
We start off by talking about this very podcast! First, the format of the show itself: we'll be recording every Friday (barring scheduling conflicts) and we'll be putting out episodes on Tuesdays. This includes Editor's Notes, which will be recorded live for all Patreon supporters. Also, Extrasodes are going the way of the fondly remembered Interludes. Farewell, Extrasodes! Focusing this show down to the key elements. Each month, we'll have an episode every Tuesday, with the exception of the second to the last Tuesday of the month, which will be an Editor's Note. Makes sense? Good!
Next up, we cover the way that you can be a part of The Letters Page and support the show! The Letters Page Patreon is getting boiled down just to the important stuff as well. Thus, starting next month, there will be two Patreon levels:
- $1: Collectors: You get access to the Patreon, including the live Editor's Notes and anything else we post exclusively to the Patreon.
- $10: Contributors: This is full access. Topic submission and voting, interactions with Christopher and Adam on the Discord and live interactions during the Editor's Notes recordings.
We're excited to open up this community to more people this way, and also focus the show a bit, as well! Look forward to the Patreon changes next week!
Then, we get to the schedule for November:
- Tuesday, November 6th: Episode #90 - NightMist & Harpy
- Tuesday, November 13th: Episode #91 - Inversiverse: Prime Wardens
- Tuesday, November 20th: Editor's Note #24
- Tuesday, November 27th: Episode #92 - Perestroika
After all that business, we get to your questions at around the 15 minute mark! And wow, do you have a lot more questions about OblivAeon!
At the very end of the episode, we mention that an expansion for Spirit Island is currently on Kickstarter! It's awesome! Go check it out!
Thank you so much for listening. We'll catch you next week for a SPOOOoooOOOoooOOOKY episode!
- Baron Blade/Luminary
- All of the various Akash's
- La Capitan/Comodora
- Grand Warlord Voss
- Captain Cosmic
- Void Guard
- Aeon Girl
- Nixious the Chosen
- Wager Master
- Iron Legacy
- Black Fist
- Aeon Master
- Borr the Unstable
- Argent Adept
- They had originally envisioned The Letters Page to be like that section of a comic book - where the readers’ letters asking questions of the comic staff would get posted with answers. While that’s certainly a part of what they’ve done, they really did transition more to them telling stories for the bulk of the runtime with a shorter question section. They’re restructuring. They will still tell stories, but the questions should be a bigger part of what’s going on. They’re also going to try to hit closer to that hour to 90 minute length for episodes (not this one, though - this is primarily the follow-up to the OblivAeon stuff, so there’s a lot to get through).
- They’re also swapping to just doing stuff on Tuesdays. Editor’s Notes will have a standard slot on a Tuesday instead of being on Thursday sharing a week with the regular Episodes. Extrasodes are no more as they restructure the Patreon - the Extrasodes that people seemed to like the most really could have just been regular episodes too. Every Friday they record (schedule allowing), every Tuesday we get content.
- Changes to the Patreon: Only $1 and $10/month levels from here on. All Patrons get to watch the live Editor’s Note recordings, the higher-tier get to participate in the Discord (plus topic submissions and vote on topics), everybody gets to watch the videos.
- See the show notes for the schedule. However, one requires some explanation in order for meaningful questions:
- Perestroika is a new villain team in the RPG. They’re a Soviet team that’s the new home for Proletariat, his first real home since his Golden Age appearances as since then he’d just been manipulated by others. Other teammates: Marxman (an elderly Soviet sniper), a new Iron Curtain, and a mysterious leader who they’re keeping under wraps for now. [Although by the time I actually get around to typing this we already know who everybody is).
- The new heroes in the OblivAeon set are each from one of the main releases (Baron Blade in the Core set, Matriarch in Rook City, Akash'Bhuta in Infernal Relics, La Capitan in Shattered Timelines, and Deadline in Wrath of the Cosmos - with the bonus of Ambuscade representing the mini-expansion concept); was this pattern intended from the beginning or did it just work out that way as a nice coincidence? Definitely intended from the beginning. The only question was maybe which villain from a given expansion would be represented (they waffled a bit on a few of them, but not for long). Ambuscade was a late addition, though.
- How many months did it take in the publishing history from the initial OblivAeon reveal to the final defeat of Voss? The OblivAeon story wound up basically being one year [January-December 2016] with the huge crossover thing really being the last 6 months. OblivAeon may have had an obscure appearance before that, but it was more foreshadowing than actual “event”. In the publishing meta-verse you can buy a trade paperback of OblivAeon, but that’s just the collected 6-issue limited series and doesn’t come close to telling you the whole story. There would be a lot of other trades all tied into this thing and they’d all have shared branding to help readers out.
- Which titles were still around at the time (and in particular which solo books - the only one I could find definite references to was The Guise Book)? The books that were specifically involved in the OblivAeon event were: Justice Comics, Cosmic Tales, Arcane Tales (which replaced/assumed the position as the main Ra book), Mystery Comics (which is predominately a Wraith book at this point), Freedom Five (and the Freedom Five Annual that happened that year), Tome of the Bizarre, Conflux, America’s Newest Legacy, Virtuoso of the Void, Prime Wardens, Fanatic, Disparation (although that’s its own thing), The Savage Haka, Dark Watch, Cosmic Concurrence, RevoCorp Presents, Time and Time Again, The Guise Book, Void Guard, the Burying the Blade limited series all that year, the Scion Strike and OblivAeon limited series back to back that year, and a number of One Shots. So a number of solo [or close to being solo] titles at this point.
- What exactly went down in FF #800 - it seems like a lot does from the card flavor text? They hadn’t done the big timeline project to get all of the publication history laid out until after they had written up the card references. As a result, in “reality” a lot of the flavortext/art that are currently citing FF #800 are really to #798, #799, or to issues of other titles entirely. Whoops. The vast majority of references in the game are correct [once they set up multiple volumes of titles and whatnot], even through OblivAeon, but there are a number of things that will need to be corrected for the proposed “Definitive Edition” of the game and may be elaborated upon in the History of Sentinel Comics book. As such, they’re not going to try to say what happens in FF #800 as they don’t want to be wrong about it again.
- If the podcast had been active back when the OblivAeon ARG was happening, would you have incorporated ARG stuff into it? Definitely.
- “GloomCult”, “Biomancer”, and “Radioland” all have 9 characters - are you sure the ARG is even over? Well, if it was still ongoing it’s not like they’d tell you about it (but, no, it’s really over [they mention things about how they could have been really mean and make people track down, say, a Riverfront Times article from 2012 or something as part of it]).
- Did the publishers do an ARG leading into the OblivAeon event? Yes, which was mentioned in one of the main episodes about the event.
- Now that Voss is out of the bag, how did the writers resist using him for so long (he was banished by NightMist in the very early ’90s, well before OblivAeon was even a concept to save him for)? Out-of-universe, they intended this from the start. In-universe, there were some big stories involving him through the ’80s and he loomed large in the setting. He was considered to have done as big a thing as he was going to - the Invasion Day story was the pinnacle of his “conquering warlord” gimmick, so how else would you even use him? He was pretty much considered/treated as “dead” for comics purposes, although such a big event would still be a major touchstone in the comics for years after it ended. He might come back at some point, but it was not a pre-planned thing, but they wanted to leave some space and not use him/move on to other things for a while. As far as keeping the Thorathian military around as a thing for heroes to deal with, they used Vyktor as the leader of such groups. Then, when OblivAeon came up they realized that Voss’s return was still on the table and would be perfect to include.
- Why did Voss use “Tim Cosing” as his alias? Sure, it’s a weird, silly name, but the important bit was the fact that it is an anagram of “it’s coming” (both in-comics and for the various versions of the ARG). Fun anecdote: we (the fandom) were supposed to use the color coding/page number rulebook decoding thing to discover the meaning of the name, but Matchstickman just skipped all that and noticed the anagram. We blasted through the ARG stuff way faster than they planned on. They thought it would take a month or two, but in actual fact they would often wind up staying late at the office to draw/write stuff for the next day because we kept outpacing them and took only about a week. Stuff like they had a recursive Morse code video (the video is Morse code that when decoded says “dot”, “dash”, or “slash” that forms a second message in Morse code) that they were sure would buy them some time, but somebody found an audio processing app to automate things within an hour or so. Good times.
- When Voss punched OblivAeon when they first met, the 6 shards broken off are the ones that powered up Proletariat, Captain Cosmic and Infinitor, and the 4 for Void Guard, right? Yup.
- In the Scion Episode, it was mentioned that Aeon Men are what coalesce when OblivAeon’s “blood” leaks out, why doesn’t something similar happen with Shards? The blood analogy may have been poorly made. There are three parts to OblivAeon: his physical form, his power/energy, and his will. Shards are parts of the physical being of him, Aeon Men are a result of the energy within him getting out, and Progeny is the agent/personification of his will. So, while the Aeon Men have some of his will behind them and the Shards don’t, the Shards do carry a corrupting influence with them - they aren’t autonomous agents like Aeon Men, but OblivAeon still influences people through them.
- When OblivAeon is destroyed, do Aeon Men crystallize into Shards? No, due to them being a different aspect of his being. Much of the energy that makes them was taken up by Lifeline and used to create Aeon Girl, but any left over just dissipated once OblivAeon was destroyed.
- What happened to the Shard that Ra and the Ennead made? Adam first says that it’s the one Tachyon had, but Christopher points out that she was analyzing that one prior to Ra’s strike. The one created there was the one later used by Tempest.
- Why was it so “easy” for Voss to break off 6 at once? It wasn’t easy. Voss is just really powerful and recognized the stakes here and so wasn’t pulling any punches. Maybe Voss being a core-game Villain makes people underestimate him [and remember that defeating his deck is defeating the invasion force, not necessarily knocking him out personally].
- Was the Shadow Cloak an OblivAeon Shard this whole time? Nope, it was its own unrelated thing. It’s this technological thing that Writhe invented that happened to connect him to this cosmic shadow entity, but all of that is separate from OblivAeon. Getting an actual Shard later on top of all of that just adds to how messed-up Writhe is.
- Voidsoul was a space parasite that used to feed on Void energy and switched to feeding on OblivAeon energy, so if the Void is like jelly [I can’t recall offhand if I actually included this running gag in my summaries anywhere - it was a simile that got thrown around a lot back in, I want to say, the AA and Akash episodes to start with] that must mean that OblivAeon energy is like peanut butter - why not eat both as that’s a great combination? To answer the actual relevant question in there - why not eat both Void and OblivAeon energy? - Voidsoul would love to be able to eat both, he just can’t get at the Void energy goodness he craves.
- We learned that Nixious the Chosen can wipe things from time and space, which sound similar to what happened to the Scholar (in his backstory where nobody remembered that he’d ever existed) - are these connected? No relation between Scholar and Nixious, but yes there’s some relation between the types of magic involved in both processes.
- In the OblivAeon episode we see Wager Master help Harpy “fix” Faultless, which seems like the first time we’ve seen him be helpful - why the change? He’s helping because he knows that if OblivAeon wins then all of reality is destroyed and he doesn’t want that because, to quote a great hero, that’s where he keeps all his stuff. He’s chaotic, but also pragmatic.
- [Not a question, but a fun bit about 41 minutes in where the listener had their phone in their pocket while listening to the part where Chrono-Ranger got blown up and then fixed by Setback and they accidentally bumped the rewind/jump back 30 seconds/whatever control just as it got to the part where it said “and the wave of chronal energy kind of resets…” and they thought at first that C&A were doing a clever bit around the time travel stuff. They weren’t, but it’s a fun anecdote.]
- You mentioned that Sky-Scraper was initially slated to be one of the killed-off characters, but you decided to keep her around because you liked her so much; any other character fates get changed around as you went? A major thing that happened that was not something that had been envisioned from the start was the death of Ra, the Ennead, and Anubis. It came around pretty early, maybe around the time they were developing the Ennead stuff, but it wasn’t as old as the Voss return. Sky-Scraper was one where it would “make sense if she dies”, but they reversed course within a few days there. Legacy was going to die at one point (probably discussed around when Shattered Timelines was being worked on - at first as part of the Iron Legacy story, but they worked out how he wouldn’t die there, so figured they might have him killed at the end). They changed that because it would be interesting to have 2 Legacies around, which hadn’t happened before. And at OblivAeon they didn’t want Legacy’s sacrificing himself to either undercut or be overshadowed by the Luminary stuff which they wanted to stand on its own. Infinitor wasn’t created to die, but they came to that decision in the first week after inventing him as it made sense for his arc. That’s a big reason for his Heroic variant - they needed the story beat of him wresting enough control back to make the necessary actions.
- When you Form the Mecha-knight and are left just floating, Tempest asks why they’re not still in it’s head once it moves - how is Tempest floating to begin with? Well, he can use winds to do that sort of thing, but any of the others in that group are capable of holding him up.
- Why is the OblivAeon-powered Voss on a card in Champion Studios? While the main story takes them from Insula Primalis to Megalopolis, there was a brief detour back to his base in Champion Studios in one of the side books to collect some more stuff he had prepared for this moment.
- Why was Champion Studios still operating (the Legacy stunt double still being there)? It wasn’t “operating”, there were just some people left who were there when the attack happened and when this obvious villain shows up some of them try to help out.
- What became of the stunt-double? Pretty much anybody there who didn’t hide were either casually wiped out or gene-bound into monsters.
- Does this mean that The Last Hunt (Ansel G. Moreau’s comeback film, thought lost in the destruction of the studio) is still in existence? Yes! Good catch! It would take some work as the post-production work hadn’t been completed, but it could be released at some point if somebody were to find it and put in the work.
- Why was Haka, this important hero (in the publication history and in the sense of La Comodora making him as a champion for this specific fight), not given a big “hero” moment in the OblivAeon story? Thematically, it made sense for his big contribution to not just be him punching something - his character had grown beyond that. The choice he makes is to go out into the mist-gate realities to recruit other heroes - that is his big heroic action and is being covered in The Savage Haka rather than in the OblivAeon or other more central-to-the-narrative titles. With the reveal at the end that Haka is lost or at least trapped out of reality at the end, readers can go back to read his story with that end in mind to see how much of a “memorial” his book had been. While Haka was a beloved character, he was kind of played-out in terms of story. The character had gone about as far as he was going to go in comics without betraying the character. So, the way to shake up the character is actually to remove him from play while he’s doing very Haka things, and bring in a new Haka that we need to get to know. Once “our” Haka is brought back in the Prime War stuff, we have the drastic change in his context to make him interesting again.
- How did Zhu Long contribute to the OblivAeon event? He wasn’t seen during this story. There was enough going on that there wasn’t room to include everyone (we don’t see where Plague Rat is either). Sure, he was up to something, but it just wasn’t something that made it into the pages during this story and was revealed later.
- In the Multiverse Recap episode Brian Jewett asked about what happened in JC #144 and was excited to see the cover art in the show notes, but then somebody pointed out that that same image shows up in the Foil Villain Collector’s Box with issue #123, so what’s the deal with the change? Part of the process of the timeline project and History of Sentinel Comics book has involved actual comic history experts (including the main author of that book, Darren Watts). When Darren was visiting during the timeline project, his “job” was to sit in the room while they were talking about which events happened when and pointing out when stuff wouldn’t work (like, this cover mentioning Black Fist’s “Bushido-style Adventures” when there’s no way a comic from that era would mention bushido - he can fight ninjas, but the word “ninja” wouldn’t be in use either). So, they needed to redo that cover anyway to remove that Black Fist stuff, so they also moved which issue number it was and #144 was where it wound up (independently of you asking about that issue in particular). Something that goes along with this is that a lot of the cover art for things like this were just things that Adam drew for fun that they then put a number on without a lot of thought into which number.
- How many “recorded” universes are in the Multiverse before and during the OblivAeon event? They don’t have a specific count, but there are a lot of them. The early Disparation books would say which number reality it was taking place in, but those writers weren’t keeping track of a set count or anything and the first 50-ish issues were mostly new realities every time. Plus all of the other stories where the heroes would wind up in another reality for whatever reason. There are easily over 100 that were noted specifically (with a grab-bag assortment that they have actually specifically numbered as they realized they need that reality to be easy to refer to).
- In an infinite Multiverse, was there a reality where in the Entropy/Preservation battle that resulted in OblivAeon went the other way? If so, did this Preservation entity do something similar to create a new being? No, because they were Singular Entities and there is only one copy of each of them throughout the Multiverse. There are no other copies of them to have had this battle.
- If OblivAeon had succeeded, would he also have been destroyed? Yes. He seeks the ultimate non-existence and that means he has to go as well.
- If OblivAeon is a combination Entropy/Preservation Entity, were the originals named Oblivion and something involving “aeon”? Is that why Aeon Men are named thus as their energy is the remainder of that Preservation Entity? Yes on Aeon Men, good catch. Yes on Oblivion. The Preservation Entity was Archaeon which is a word taken from of type of microscopic extremophile organisms.
- Given that this Singular Entity was about Preservation and that there’s a “Preservation” team in Prime War, does that mean that Jansa (the Prime Aspect running the Preservation team) is related to that original Entity (or OblivAeon) in some way? The connection is intentional, but it’s not a direct one. Preservation was destroyed, but had been carried forward as part of OblivAeon - with his destruction, the domain of Preservation (and Entropy) leave a kind of power vacuum and Jansa is the one to step forward and take up that role as Prime Aspect. [Ok, so I think I’m starting to get what’s going on - there are Prime Aspects who are people/entities/personalities/whatever that… personify? important parts of reality. Singular Entities are just a specific type of multiversal being that are well-suited for holding those positions and/or naturally develop in those positions. If they’re destroyed, that leaves an empty seat at the table and another being can assume their position as Prime Aspect.]
- Did Setback create the Mist Storm Universe with the whole Chrono-Ranger time-reversion thing? Yup. Once Setback created an entire reality and it was awful (although with the occasional bright point like Thiago as Ra).
- How does the remainder of the OblivAeon battle work out in that new reality? Is it pretty identical to the main universe given how similar they are? Not even close to identical - since OblivAeon can only be in one reality at a time, while he’s doing big important stuff in the main reality, those things aren’t happening in the new Mist Storm timeline.
- So now that OblivAeon’s energy has been absorbed by Akash'Flora, what happens to the tree? It takes over the whole city. It had been created by Akash'’Thriya to help protect the heroes at the moment of its creation. Now, with all of that power it’s self-sustaining and kind of becomes the focal point of the whole of Megalopolis. The tree is a Singular Entity.
- If the Sentinel Comics Universe is cut off from other realities because of what Voss did, does that mean that inter-dimensional travel is still possible everywhere else? Does the SCU still branch off new realities? Inter-dimensional travel is still possible elsewhere - that’s mainly what Prime War is about, after all. If the SCU were to have a branch point, it would be branching out into its own new thing [which I take to mean an entirely new multiverse cut off from the existing one.]
- Do the Entities that Voss figuratively gave the finger to when he cut that reality off from everything else ever try to get back in? Time will tell on that one.
- OblivAeon is a Singular Entity and can only be in one place at a time - so, when the Rook City/Broken City split happens, rather than OblivAeon going to Megalopolis, destroying Freedom Tower, instigating the creation of Akash'Flora, and losing his power to Voss, none of that happens in the Mist Storm Universe as he breaks Rook City and just disappears - this means that Thiago isn’t killed in the destruction of Freedom Tower, Akash'Thriya doesn’t make Akash'Flora but instead is forced to go dormant again (leading to Akash'Dharsha), and the heroes are never shown to have defeated this OblivAeon jerk, thus the public distrust of heroes who failed to prevent all the bad stuff that did happen, and likewise because the full scope of OblivAeon wasn’t understood the dangers of OblivAeon Shards aren’t known - how far off am I? Take a bow, because that’s all spot on.
- What is the link between the Mist Storm and the Mist Gates that NightMist became? The Mist Storm is what’s left of NightMist - it’s not her consciousness and it’s not like she’s trying to reform or something. She became the Mist Gates and she releases her power across realities. In the SCU, these gates and her power are shut down when Voss cuts that reality off from the Multiverse and so it’s dealt with. In the Mist Storm Universe, there was no act to close them like that and so the residual energy runs wild.
- While OblivAeon makes Multiversal travel possible, it’s still not easy - how did NightMist create such a powerful spell to allow her to connect so many different realities? Did her spell somehow turn all versions of her throughout the Multiverse into portals? She’s tapping into a reservoir of power that the Master had built up and is tweaking the Mist Gate spell to allow her to create a network between all NightMists. The door into this reality is made from her, but in each reality she connects to the door is made from that local NightMist. They aren’t saying that every version of NightMist in the Multiverse met the same fate as “our” NightMist - if they could disconnect from the network before the end they could survive. Plus, there’s just the one Mist Storm - you’d think there would have been more of them if the same things happened in those other realities. Time will tell on some of this.
- If the Void connects all timelines, but post-OblivAeon the timelines are cut off from one another, does the Void still connect timelines? Could somebody powerful enough travel through the Void to get to another reality? They actually use the jelly metaphor in a helpful way. Imagine a loaf of sliced bread. Each slice of bread is a reality. Cover the whole thing in jelly (that’s the Void). Now, take out one slice of bread and put it in a sandwich baggie before putting it back in the loaf to represent what Voss has done. It’s cut off from the other realities and still has
jellyVoid on it, but there’s no longer continuity between the Void on that cut-off reality to the Void everywhere else. Now, the Void isn’t just smeared all over reality - it’s meant to be parallel to it and only connects in specific ways (say, the Nexus of the Void) and isn’t supposed to be easy to get into, but sure, if you’re powerful enough and manage to get in, you could theoretically traverse it to wind up in another reality. This is not recommended.
- After Voss cuts off the SCU from everything else, Guise regains his 4th wall and the Singular Entities out in Ur-Space can no longer perceive the events in it; in the Wager Master episode the Future section said that he can still play his games in all realities, so is he special somehow? That was them not wanting to give things away too early and so fudged their statement a bit. If they’d said “he can go everywhere except the RPG timeline”, that would have been really suspicious. This goes back to an earlier question about Wager Master’s motivations. When he helped the heroes, he thought that he was putting a giant target on his back, sure that OblivAeon would retaliate. It turns out that OblivAeon either didn’t notice or just didn’t care about what WM had done and so that attack never happened and WM leaves and goes out to hide elsewhere in the Multiverse. However, because of that worry of retaliation, when WM was designing/giving the spell to Harpy about Faultless, he built in a seed that would create a copy of himself such that if/when he was destroyed he could reinhabit the copy and come back. Then, when Voss disconnects the SCU from the Multiverse, the “main” Wager Master is still on the outside, but it also triggers the backup and so there’s a Wager Master that “wakes up” in the SCU assuming that he must have died at some point since the backup was made. He’s still able to do his Wager Master nonsense in this reality, but assumes that everything else was destroyed since he can’t leave. So, now there are two Wager Masters who can start to drift apart in behavior and whatnot as they have unique experiences. Hopefully they never meet each other. That seems unlikely, though.
- Our previous understanding was that it was the death of OblivAeon that cut of travel between realities, but now we know that was only true from a certain point of view - it’s because Voss cut the SCU off from everything else. Could people still jump between the other realities and Ur-Space? Yeah, people who could already travel between realities can still travel between realities other than the SCU.
- Does anybody in the SCU know that their universe is cut off from the Multiverse (Visionary, Chrono-Ranger, Aeon Girl - is she a Singular Entity?)? There aren’t many heroes that are cosmically aware in the right way to notice. Chrono-Ranger might think it’s weird that he can’t time-travel anymore, but he could just as easily rationalize that since OblivAeon shattered the timelines that his defeat repairs them. Visionary might notice this same thing, but also that it’s “fixed” or “better”. Wager Master knows something is up, but he’s fine here, so he’ll roll with it. Aeon Girl wasn’t created until after that happened, so she has no knowledge of things being any other way. If this were to get reversed at some point she’s going to notice immediately. She has the potential to be a Singular Entity - she essentially is one now, but without the Multiverse to play in it’s largely moot (there’s also some discussion that really any novel thing that comes about in the RPG era is singular due to not existing out in the Multiverse, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re Singular - also a singular thing is kind of the opposite of a fixed point, the former being true in only one reality and the latter true in every reality).
- What happens to all of the alternate-reality heroes who come through the various Mist Portals? Some got home, some died, some are still here, and some wound up in realities other than their home reality.
- With the SCU cut off from the Multiverse, how does Wellspring’s power still interact with the Parsons family? Wellspring just kickstarted the process, it’s self-sustaining at this point.
- How was the OblivAeon event received by fans in the publishing meta-verse? Were some character deaths just the editors finding a way to shuffle off under-performing characters? The event was generally received positively. There were some complaints about it being just so huge and unwieldy and maybe some old-guard fans thought it was overly sensationalistic. There was no attempt to kill off under-performing characters - the ones who died were popular, important ones that just made sense for the story, to show how dire the situation was, and to make room for more stuff to happen after they’re gone. This might be another one of those strictly-speaking unrealistic moves for the industry (killing off a popular character in an event like this), but they’re proposing that there is a possibility for this kind of decision for the creative space it opens up. It made for the post-OblivAeon space being a good jumping-on point for new readers, but it also wound up with OblivAeon itself being a good spot with the caveat of “sure, there’s a lot here you’re not necessarily going to understand, but it’s still really cool, so just buckle in”. The death of Ra was newsworthy in its own right, even outside of comics fandom.
- Is Wager Master in the SCU still a Singular Entity? Yes, but without access to the rest of reality. Once that “sandwich baggie” is punctured (seems unlikely [they’re really laying it on thick with this “SCU probably not reconnecting to the Multiverse” shtick today]) there would be two equally-powerful Wager Masters, who are both Singular Entities of Chaos, which seems like it would be a bad thing. So, good thing that’s not happening [see?].
- Were there any particular fan-favorite Scions? Did popularity impact the story? The Scions were developed into such as a story function and popularity wasn’t a consideration. Two of them are only there as functions of OblivAeon to begin with (Aeon Master is pretty much only this, and while it’s cool that Progeny shows up again, it’s kind of overshadowed by its initial story line). The two who turned out to be popular after the fact were Sanction (taking over Mordengrad and the impact it had on Parse’s story being the big draws) and Borr the Unstable as an end-point of the overall Borr the Butcher story (plus his ill-considered taking of OblivAeon’s offer of power and immediately regretting it was fun) and how it wound up effecting Mainstay and Stuntman. Nixious got a lot of screen time, but he was kind of an “ugh, that guy…” kind of presence. The event was also over too quickly for popularity to really build for anybody, though.
- Who’s the lady that’s part of the statue on the “Great Fortune/Lucky Break” Mission card? To be completely honest, Adam just designed another hero to have a statue. Kind of a combo Wraith/Fanatic character for that world, but somebody who operates in a different fashion than those two.
- Who’s in the red beam in the “Expedition to Atlantis” Mission? Naturalist.
- On “Maria Helena’s Plot”, why is Pike’s corruption of Rook City important to her? Is it a fixed point or something? If Graham Pike never took over, would Rook City have the same importance? What’s going on here is that she is looking at the corruption in Rook City, seeing that she could prevent it and let Rook City instead develop as a sister city to Megalopolis, and she decides not to do so. In comics we see her seeing these options for how history could go and deciding that “This must stay.” The readers kind of had a collective “You could ‘fix’ Rook City and you don’t?!?” at this.
- How important is Slamara to the OblivAeon event (other than the post-event action of prompting the creation of Aeon Girl)? Did she and Lifeline go off together after that? If so, do we have a new ship? She is not important to the event. It’s kind of implied after she shows up at the end that she was around fighting Aeon Men or whatever, but she’s an ancillary character in general (although one involved in Tarogath’s backstory) who shows up here just as a postscript to try to get him to make better decisions re: creation vs. destruction. They do leave together, but whether there’s a ship or not is up to you.
- In the Deadline/Lifeline episode it was mentioned that he worked with Tempest and Visionary against Empyreon, but that detail wasn’t really mentioned as being there in the OblivAeon episodes [well, it took longer than usual for my summary, but looking at that now he was mentioned as being on Plavu’Col.], so when did Lifeline come to understand that “teamwork makes the dream work”? He was part of that early Empyreon fight [as I mention], which was over in Cosmic Tales rather than the central conflict books and he does take that teamwork thing seriously going forward.
- America’s Greatest Legacy comes swinging in through a time portal via some rigging on La Paradoja Magnifica, but by this point in the conflict the ship had been destroyed - so, who brought him to the fight? Time shenanigans. She created the time portal to connect him to the later point in the fight - they talked about her opening a portal off to one side of the ship just before crashing into OblivAeon. Just because the time she connected him to was after the destruction of the ship doesn’t stop that from working. The line connecting him to his time is no longer attached to the ship - it’s basically a timer. It gets him there for a certain length of time and then automatically yanks him back to his own time.
- What’s with the incap art for Freedom Five Bunker with Highbrow holding his suit’s helmet? See the Incapacitation Episode for that.
- Why does Freedom Five Wraith have a Spite-lookin’ mask? Baron Blade made it and he’s trying to evoke her own feelings of failure and fears to get more out of her. He’s intentionally pushing her buttons by making her confront the fears she has of becoming more like Spite. On the topic of Blade-made suits - Bunker’s has more in common with Blade’s power armor than it does with a traditional Bunker suit.
- In the Sentinels/Void Guard episode we were told that Writhe absorbs Voidsoul, but recently we are told that Voidsoul gets away and is destroyed by Guise - what did Voidsoul do to Writhe in that short of a time that affected him so badly? The two timelines have different ends. In the Mist Storm Universe, Writhe absorbs Voidsoul and that messes him up through the doubling-down on the shadow energy connection. In the Sentinel Comics Universe, he winds up with Voidsoul stripping the shadow cloak from him entirely (which is when he then goes and gets destroyed by Guise).
- So when exactly do we get Completionist Guise in all of this? He was a marketing stunt. He never appears in the comics proper, but in a separate “Guise Guide to Comics” quad-fold checklist poster to help the readers make sure they’ve got everything for the OblivAeon story. He was on those posters.
- What happens to Parse after the whole “connecting to Sanction” thing? They intentionally didn’t go into that as it’s something for the Future. The aftermath wasn’t part of the OblivAeon event itself and the situation was left ambiguous and ominous.
- Where was F.I.L.T.E.R. in all of this prior to Voss showing up with all of the power? They were around the whole time, kind of acting as a militia. They weren’t really important prior to when they mentioned them, though.
- What was the plan for all of the alternate versions of K.N.Y.F.E. on Wagner Mars Base? Voss brought them all there. OblivAeon wanted his shadowy figure servant to find weaknesses to exploit in the whole Multiverse thing and we see them looking at Mars. The plan had been to use Mars as a staging area for his little personal army that he could then release on the world. K.N.Y.F.E. kind of wrecked that plan, though.
- What did the Void Slave and the other Spirits of the Void do? These things from the Nexus of the Void environment are probably better discussed long-form, but in brief. The Void Spirits are there just as protectors of the island. When Akash'Thriya, Argent Adept, and Naturalist are there, they’re kind of just these neutral entities present that the heroes have to work around/avoid. They’re not hospitable to anyone and just try to drive off “invaders”. They don’t have the level of sapience that Akash'Bhuta/Thriya have. The Void Slave was a thing that AA discovered when he was trying to connect to the spirits of the old Virtuosos - that he had essentially doomed Xu when he destroyed the bell to destroy Voss’s ship. It doesn’t have a lot of direct bearing on the OblivAeon event itself, though, it’s more just one more thing for AA to process later. This stuff is generally in the Virtuoso of the Void title at the time.
- Since Voss is alive, can we get an actual Future section for him since the secret around him prevented there from being one in his episode? Not right now, beyond what was stated regarding the power getting drained out of him, he was captured by the Freedom Five, and then taken back into space by K.N.Y.F.E. and Sky-Scraper on his way to be tried.