Chapter 8, A Voice in the Dark - November 14, 2018
Commentary for November 14, 2018:
You may recognise the Central Command building from its previous appearance in Chapter 4 (a lot of call-backs to Chapter 4 in this one, ne?). Honestly, I changed very little about the 3D model for its use here, but I used some smarter techniques for creating the establishing shot in panel 1, so Station Square looks a lot nicer here than the last time we saw it in Eonís World 2.0. The briefing room is also barely any different, but I swapped the high-backed and elaborate chairs for something simpler.
But whatís really different here is the military. Last we saw, the Terran military was still divided between Earth, Mars, and Jupiter. After all, unification had only been agreed to at the time; it had not yet been carried out. Now, however, the Terran Union has been around for over a year; weíre a year into the first term of its first President, and separate government organisations and agencies for the previously divided planets have now been consolidated into single organisations for the whole Terran Union, which includes the military. This is why it is no longer the United Nations Defence Force, but the Terran United Forces. And with that comes swish new uniforms, natch.
Thereís a couple of sources of inspiration for the uniforms. Thereís a bit of movie era Starfleet in there (albeit blue instead of red) and a bit of 18th century American Revolution/Napoleonic War style. But probably the strangest of the lot is the uniform worn by an air hostess in the original Mobius 25 Years Later story arc in issue #137 of the Archie Sonic the Hedgehog comic from way back in 2004. Seriously, if you have that book, check it out and youíll see what I mean.
Oh gods, I hope a certain litigious former writer for Archieís Sonic doesnít come after me... If youíre reading this, I swear, itís a homage to Steven Butlerís art, not your writing! After all, Iíd rather be dragged backwards through a hedge than have to read Mobius 25 Years Later again. (Eh, Iím kidding. Itís not that bad. Just really heckiní slow and goes on way too long.)
Amazingly, this is the first time in Eonís World 2.0 that General Timmons, one of my real breakout characters from the earliest days of Eonís World, has had any spoken lines! Itís kind of remarkable, considering the role she played in 1.0. However, take note, readers. She is the only white human character in this chapter with any spoken lines. I made a conscious decision early in production of this chapter that all human characters in it (with the exception of previously established ones and a few background characters at the ball) would be people of colour. Itís not even unrealistic, honestly. Most of the worldís population isnít white, and this a world where predominantly white nations no longer dominate and diversity is celebrated. In such a world, it follows that most of the people you will see are not going to be white. But yeah, it was mostly in response to entitled white manbabies crying about the lack of white characters in the (what was then upcoming) Black Panther movie and calling it things like ďwhite genocideĒ. Going forwards, Iíve no intention of introducing new white characters either.
While Iíve still got a ways to go on making it gayer, Iíve definitely succeeded with this chapter in making it less white.
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