Okay, this whole sequence has gotten way too surreal. I know it’s the “normal” linework and colors that we associate with the reality of this setting, and it’s not the abstract “everything is on fire” kind of aesthetic that usually indicates a dream sequence, but the last few pages have felt unreal and preposterous – especially with all the tiny gags, like the girl in the poster sneering at James, or the flying watermelon, and now the cast from Cabin in the Woods/Until Dawn just strolling in out of the fucking blue.
I’m not entirely convinced any of this is even happening within the context of the story, is what I’m saying.
I mean, I’m not going to disagree entirely, but the girl jumping out of the page is actually par for course.
Fenix Gear was the creator’s last comic, which was basically a lady superhero series. Leylie, the character you saw popping out of the poster, has the power of breaking the fourth wall. It was pretty much her schtick to be like that. If I remember right, there’s been other crossover of the two comics in the past.
On the one hand, her being involved with this arc might mean, as you believe, that it’s a dream sequence or something.
On the other, it might be a sign that the series is wrapping up soon. There’ve been some pretty weird choices lately for the direction the comic’s going. Maybe they’re gonna bundle them up and put it on pause for a bit. They’re doing a sort of denouement for the series (or this portion of it).
Third option is, as always, they just want to try something weird because they’ve gotten bored with the story and want to shake it up a bit.
Never got around to reading Fenix Gear.
Either way, there was one thing I forgot to mention earlier, which makes me think this is a dream: the way Karrie has been acting. Specifically: the line about how “We’re the monsters.” Who do we know that says that a lot? I mean, I dunno, maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I don’t think Karrie would say Mica’s catchphrase like that, and especially not in the context of getting it on.
Plus, the last person we saw before this whole sequence started was Mica, immediately after James “woke up” from a nightmare.
For all we know, that red-eyed bear thing in his head has gotten more creative, and he still hasn’t actually woken up yet.
Granted, I’ve been wrong about things in this comic before. I remember being utterly convinced that pregnant lady looking to get zombified ages ago was a plant for TY, and it turned out, no, she was just an idiot. So who knows.
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