Archangel #1, Page 20

Page 20 - Enter JUNIOR.

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JUNIOR HENDERSON is EVIL!
Flanked by ONE and TWO, A and B.

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Archangel #1, Page 19

Page 19 shows AGENT GIVENS secure a piece of evidence.

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Chromatography dates back to 1903, "GAS CHROMATOGRAPH" - Used for separating and analyzing compounds that can be vaporized. Mainly used for testing the purity of a particular substance, or separating the different components of a mixture, and may help in identifying a compound.




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Panel 5

"CAPTAIN!" -- Oh no!


Archangel #1, Page 18

Page 18 shows us AGENT GIVENS examining the body of the deceased pilot.

Panel 1

Stylized skull tattoo.

Panel 2

"AN AMERICAN CIGARETTE LIGHTER" - I might be misremembering, but were all GIs issued with Zippos in WWII? I think Spencer Tracy insisted his character use a Zippo in "Bad Day at Black Rock" for that reason.



Panel 3

"ONE OF THOSE BRACELETS" - A BOOSTER CUFF ??



Panel 4

"EVERY SECRET U.S. WEAPONS PROJECT" - like Bat Bombs, or Project Pigeon.

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Panel 6

Stainless steel forceps.
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Panel 7

"PLASTIC?" - In 1933, polyethylene was discovered by Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) researchers Reginald Gibson and Eric Fawcett. I hope someone says "long-chain monomers" at some point in this story.



Archangel #1, Page 17

Page 17 shows AGENT GIVENS and CAPTAIN MATHEWS discussing THE PILOT.

Panel 1

"WHAT'S THAT ON HIS WRIST?" - A BOOSTER CUFF?



Panel 2

"HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THE DATE WAS." - AGENT GIVENS suspects the truth?

Panel 3

"OUR NEW C.O.'S DUE HERE" - Guess who?

Panel 4

NAOMI knows how to get her way with VINCE.



Archangel #1, Page 16

Page 16 shows THE PILOT's first meeting with AGENT GIVENS and CAPTAIN MATHEWS.

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Panel 2

"WHAT DAY IS IT?"

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"AUGUST 5TH" "1945" - The day before the US drops the "Little Boy" atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima.



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Panel 5

A BOOSTER CUFF ???



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Archangel #1, Page 15

Page 15 shows THE PILOT communicating with MAJOR TORRES.

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THE PILOT in bed.

Panel 2

"WHERE CARLOS?" - His co-pilot?

Panel 3

THE PILOT is speaking to some flies, but apparently communicating with MAJOR TORRES.

Panel 4

A closer view of the flies reveals that they are robotic.


Panel 5

Opening the cell door.

Panel 6

The flies disperse.


Archangel #1, Page 14

Page 14 shows us the dangers of doing autopsies.

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X-Ray with small object in abdomen region.

"GREASERS WITH SIDESHOW TATTOOS" - Greasers are a youth subculture that was popularized in the late 1940s and 1950s in the United States. Rock and roll music, and rockabilly, were major parts of the culture, and the name "greaser" came from their greased-back hairstyle, which involved combing back hair using hair gel,




In the US a "SIDESHOW" is an extra, secondary production associated with a circus, carnival, or fair, which might exhibit "human oddities" (including midgets, giants, tattooed people, very thin people or very fat people).

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This is a Surgically Implanted Improvised Explosive Device (SIIED), aka a Body Cavity Bomb (BCB), aka a Body Cavity Suicide Bomb (BCSB) which are unfortunately real in our world as well.

Panel 5

First mention of THE PILOT, the third protagonist of the story.



Archangel #1, Page 13

Page 13 shows AGENT GIVENS convincing CAPTAIN MATHEWS to help her.

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Car is a Mercedes Benz Nazi staff car.



Sean Burford wonders about the stone wall visible here, he comments that it "has an interesting pattern.  I don't know whether it's just to fill space or whether there's a message encoded in the pattern." It definitely looks like cladding on a parapet, possibly with some embrasures on it. It's also visible on Page 12, Panel #3.

Panel 2

"YOU'RE ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED" - oops!

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Panel 5

NAOMI knows how to get her way with VINCE.

Panel 6

ditto.


Archangel #1, Page 12

Page 12 shows AGENT GIVENS and FRITZ drive to U.S. Occupied Territory.

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"U.S. OCCUPIED TERRITORY. FORMER NAZI PENAL FACILITY."

Panel 2

FRITZ was a prisoner here.

Panel 3

"PINK TRIANGLE" - (German: Rosa Winkel) was a Nazi concentration camp badge used to identify male prisoners who were sent there because of their homosexuality.

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Panel 5

"CAPTAIN MATHEWS!" - Captain Vince Mathews, an American intelligence officer, one of the other protagonists of the comic.


Archangel #1, Page 11

Page 11 tells us that AGENT GIVENS had an American Intelligence boyfriend, and also that she is interested in Foo Fighters.

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"COULD BE A RAMJET AIRCRAFT" - The Luftwaffe created a number of prototype ramjet projects. A ramjet, or a flying stovepipe, is a form of jet engine that uses the engine's forward motion to compress incoming air without an axial compressor.

Focke-Wulf Super Lorin

Panel 2

The UK Ministry of Information is spying on their allies. Neil mentions that "The wartime Ministry of Information was the UK's propaganda agency, so it seems more likely that they were producing a newsreel or similar film."

Panel 3

AGENT GIVENS is no longer --

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DISTRIBUTION LIST:
1. M.I.8.                 [Signals Intelligence]
2. M.I.14(d)              [Intelligence Agency of the War Office]
3. M.I.6. H.Q.            [Foreign Intelligence]
4. M.I.6. H.Q.            [repeat?]
5. M.I.6. H.Q. for U.E.M. [????]
6. Air Ministry, A.I.1(o) [Political masters of the RAF]
7. B.P.I.E.               [????]
8. File.                  [????]

"FOO FIGHTERS" -  Allied aircraft pilots in World War II used this term to describe various UFOs or mysterious aerial phenomena seen in the skies over both the European and Pacific theatres of operations.

"SCANDINAVIAN GHOST ROCKETS" - (Swedish: Sp√∂kraketer) rocket- or missile-shaped unidentified flying objects sighted in 1946, mostly in Sweden and nearby countries.

"PROJECT DAEDALUS" -  A study conducted between 1973 and 1978 by the British Interplanetary Society to design a plausible unmanned interstellar spacecraft.

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"TOP BURNER" - highest priority



Archangel #1, Page 10

Page 10 shows AGENT GIVENS meeting with AIR COMMODORE GORDON TULLY.

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"BRITISH AIR FORCE OPERATIONS SUPPORT BRANCH HQ. FORMER LUFTWAFFE HANGAR." - With experimental aircraft.

Panel 2

AGENT GIVENS, AIR COMMODORE GORDON TULLY and DEREK.

Panel 3

TEMPELHOF is just outside of BERLIN.



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Panel 5

A Stealth fighter emerging from the rift. It looks like their version of a Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit.





Panel 6

The Stealth fighter hits the B-17s (Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress).







Archangel #1, Page 9

Page 9 shows AGENT GIVENS meeting with her driver (and black market specialist) FRITZ.

Panel 1

AGENT GIVENS has a PhD. In an interview with PREVIEWSworld William Gibson says Naomi is a "materials scientist".

Panel 2

Three-dimensional chess is not just something from "Star Trek", 3D chess variants have existed since the late 19th century, one of the oldest being Raumschach (German for "Space chess"), invented in 1907 by Dr. Ferdinand Maack.



As an aside it is worth noting that there is a variant of 3D chess called Parallel Worlds Chess invented by R. Wayne Schmittberger in the 1980s.

Panel 3

FRITZ may have stolen a lorry-load of copper.

Panel 4

COLONEL YERMAKOV is in charge of the swarming.

Panel 5

FRITZ has a Ukrainian contact that works for COLONEL YERMAKOV.

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Archangel #1, Page 8

Page 8 introduces the key protagonist of the story, NAOMI GIVENS, an RAF Intelligence Agent, and a kind of like a female Mulder.

Panel 1

"AUGUST 1945. OCCUPIED BERLIN" - AGENT GIVENS office.

Panel 2

AGENT GIVENS gets a call.

Panel 3

"AN ICARUS EVENT" - craft down.

Panel 4

A phone, it looks like a Reichspost Mix & Genest Model 36.




Panel 5

AGENT GIVENS gets a gun from her drawer, it has no trigger guard, and the handle is wrapped in tape. (From Neuromancer: "The front of the trigger-guard had been cut away and the grips wrapped with what looked like old masking tape").



Her gun sits on the February 1940 issue of Astounding Science-Fiction, with Robert Heinlein's If This Goes On— featured on the cover.




Panel 6

She slips the gun into her bag.

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Panel 8

She exits her office, it's a dump.



Archangel #1, Page 7

Page 7 explains a little bit about JUNIOR's objectives in going back in time (to an alternative world).

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From DR. DAVIS' point of view, we hear MAJOR TORRES suggest that the real plan has always been to ensure that JUNIOR and his cronies survive, and that they do not care about the survival of the rest of the world.

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MAJOR TORRES pointing her gun at an empty chair to indicate to DR. DAVIS to sit in it.

Panel 4

DR. DAVIS seems to be indicating that the SPLITTER is not just allowing them access to parallel universes, but rather, that it is creating them.

Panel 5

MAJOR TORRES (cable) ties DR. DAVIS to the chair.

Panel 6

MAJOR TORRES reveals that she lied about the energy levels, and it will be possible to transport others back in time ("A STEALTH FIGHTER AND TWO MARINES").

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Panel 8

MAJOR TORRES reveals she and her group mined the tunnels.

Panel 9

MAJOR TORRES activates a remote control.

Panel 10

On the monitors explosions go off in the entrance tunnels to the SPLITTER.



Archangel #1, Page 6

Page 6 returns us to 2016 where MAJOR TORRES takes matters into her own hands.

Panel 1

MAJOR TORRES, DR. DAVIS, two soldiers and one civilian in the SPLITTER control room. DR. DAVIS says that JUNIOR is "IN POSITION TO PAVE THE WAY FOR ARCHANGEL" (whatever that means?).

Panel 2

MAJOR TORRES initiates “EMERGENCY LOCKDOWN”.

Panel 3

Klaxon sounds.

Panel 4

Metal doors shut.

Panel 5

“LOCKDOWN”

Panel 6

The civilian shoots one of the soldiers.

Panel 7

The second soldier shoots at the civilian, but he dodges the bullet.

Panel 8

The second soldier is shot.

Panel 9

MAJOR TORRES covers DR. DAVIS with a gun.

Panel 10

MAJOR TORRES reveals that she objects to the plan of sending JUNIOR HENDERSON back in time.



Archangel #1, Page 5

Page 5 presents a confrontation between JUNIOR HENDERSON and his grandfather, ALOYSIUS.

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ALOYSIUS HENDERSON confronted with his mirror image, his grandson (JUNIOR).

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Panel 3

ALOYSIUS is dying, this might help the timeline?

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Panel 5

Is JUNIOR enacting the grandfather paradox by garrotting ALOYSIUS?
Maybe not, if ALOYSIUS’ son (ROBERT, the 2016 US president) is already conceived in 1946, he would only have to be 70 years old in 2016.



Archangel #1, Page 4

Page 4 establishes the arrival of the seven people from 2016 to the Pentagon in 1945. One of the seven is JUNIOR HENDERSON.

Panel 1

“FEBRUARY 1945. THE PENTAGON.”

Panel 2

Small panel of quantum flash.


Panel 3

The arrival from the SPLITTER.

Panel 4

JUNIOR HENDERSON looking gleeful.

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Panel 6

Office door

“MAJOR ALOYSIUS HENDERSON” - Junior’s Grandpa.

OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SERVICES” - predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency



Archangel #1, Page 3

Page 3 shows the SPLITTER which achieves quantum transfer. The transfer process only works in freefall.

Panel 1

Speaker.

Panel 2

Seven people on the SPLITTER platform.



Panel 3

DR. JACK DAVIS says to proceed.

Panel 4

MAJOR GUADALUPE TORRES is operating the SPLITTER. DR. DAVIS instructs the participants to ACTIVATE BOOSTER CUFFS.


Panel 5

Speaker countdown.

Panel 6

Seven people on the SPLITTER platform.

Panel 7

Seven people jump off the SPLITTER platform and teleport.

Archangel #1, Page 2

Page 2 introduces us to the villain of the piece, JUNIOR HENDERSON, the US Vice President and a “horrible asshole”.

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JUNIOR HENDERSON, after plastic surgery.

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Panel 3

The post-op room is very futuristic.

Panel 4

JUNIOR looking at his new face in the mirror.



UPDATE:
I thought he was comparing himself to a poster of his grandfather, 
but @GreatDismal corrected me, it's JUNIOR's dad, ROBERT in
the poster, who is POTUS in 2016.




Panel 5

DR. JACK DAVIS is introduced. The SPLITTER is mentioned for the first time.



Archangel #1, Page 1

Page 1 establishes that we are set in a parallel universe where many of the major cities are in ruins, and we have slightly advanced technologies.

Panel 1

“FEBRUARY 2016.” - Same year, but different world.



Panel 2

“TOKYO.” - In ruins.

Panel 3

Bandage scissors.


Panel 4

“MOSCOW.” - In ruins.

Panel 5

“LONDON.” - In ruins.

Panel 6

Bandage scissors again.

Panel 7

“SNAKE MOUNTAIN, MONTANA. NATIONAL EMERGENCY FEDERAL DISTRICT, QUANTUM TRANSFER FACILITY.” - Futuristic military drones.


Montana: