It's a god eat god world.
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20th Aug 2019, 2:00 AM
Grayling page 0731 Transcription:
In the first panel, Fern's pressing his lips together and sweating nervously as he stares at Lem, who is also sweating and rubbing the corner of his mouth with the tip of his thumb.
In the second panel, Lem bursts out, "Look, it makes sense, I swear!"
In the third panel, we see them both sitting in their office chairs, sitting pretty close together. Fern is hugging his arms to him as Lem sits in his own chair, one leg crossed over the other, gesticulating with his right hand. Lem says, "We're not a hivemind, but we share a selection of memories that help keep everyone on task. We're not 'one' because each agent has their own life & we only touch base occasionally...but I don't really think of myself as separate, since all of my copies have the same ultimate goal."
In the fourth panel, we have a view of Fern's face again. Lem continues, saying, "It came naturally to me because of my element, but you could do this as well! There's no reason to limit ourselves in mortal ways." Fern responds, "This seems like a huge burden to me." Lem says, "Hey, don't knock it till you try it. But I guess I'm not surprised by your reaction. This is why I keep it a secret." Fern says, "Uh. Sorry if I'm not being understanding. It's just hard for me to imagine."
In the fifth panel, we're back on a view of Lem's face. He is speaking calmly, saying, "Since you probably have a better grasp of your powers now after incubating in the ground for so long...You might get it faster than you think." Fern responds, "No, that's not really the problem to me..."
In the sixth panel, we see Fern leaning forward in his chair towards Lem, gesturing vaguely with his left hand. Fern says, "Like, your copy in Tower has a way shittier existence than you, right? What stops that copy from turning against you? Turning against the plan? Aren't you scared of that?"
Lem's face is in profile in the seventh and last panel. He says, "No, I'm not scared of that. I know & I trust myself. I've been the only person I can rely on for awhile."