Archangel #5, Page 22

Page 22 sees THE PILOT, and he is in our present.

Panels 1-2.

THE PILOT's grabs a newspaper blowing in the wind.

Panel 3.

THE PILOT is in Germany.

Panels 4-5.

The paper states - "TRUMP'S TRIUMPH" - The New York Times, The Economist, and NewStatesman had that as a headline.

This means THE PILOT is in our world, but our world is a product of the Splitter rather than the "right" history, William Gibson explained this in March 2016 in an interview with CBR:

"The Splitter splits timelines, creates forks in history, so it’s really a pretty standard sci-fi plot device. I think we’ve made interesting use of it, though, in part because our timeline here, today, turns out to be a product of the Splitter, and, for all our problems in our real 2016, we got really lucky compared to everyone in the original timeline, where they finally build the Splitter in an attempt to escape. That’s spoilerish, but I think it goes by so fast in the comic that a lot of people could miss it, so I don’t mind underlining it."





The outcome of the U.S. election was undecided when writing commenced on Archangel, so when asked how the end would have differed had Hillary Clinton won the election, William Gibson tweeted, "In the same place, but with the Pilot simply staring in wonder at the city"

Panel 6.

THE PILOT is somewhere amongst us, keep an eye out for him, and be nice to him if you see him, he's going to have serious culture shock.

THE END.

Archangel #5, Page 21

Page 21 sees THE PILOT arrives in the new future.

Panels 1-3.

THE PILOT's arrival looks a bit like time travel from "The Terminator" movies.



Panel 4.

THE PILOT cannot contact TORRES and the ROBOTIC FLY doesn't work any more, so it's clear he's in an alternative future.

Panel 5.

THE PILOT mustn't have known that TORRES intended to destroy the Splitter.



Archangel #5, Page 20

Page 20 sees the impact of the destruction of the Splitter.

Panels 1-2.

"AMERICA HAVE BOMBED JAPAN" - So history has been put right.

Panel 3.

FRITZ has no idea what NAOMI is talking about, because he didn't travel in the portal, nothing that occurred in the previous four issues happened, this means that FRITZ's girlfriend survived.

Panel 4.

"NAGASAKI. LIKE SOMETHING IN A CHILDREN'S RHYME." -- there was a song:




Panel 5.

"WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED TO THE PILOT" -- we'll see!




Archangel #5, Page 19

Page 19 sees NAOMI and VINCE return to NAOMI's headquarters.

Panels 1-2.

NAOMI and VINCE are sent to her headquarters.

Panel 3. 

FRITZ doesn't recognise VINCE ... why?



It could be that there are four universes in the Archangel comics:

(1) The "prime" universe; the original, where ROBERT HENDERSON is president of the U.S., and the world is in a crappy state.

(2) The first "fork", when JUNIOR HENDERSON used the Splitter, where he went back in time and killed his grandfather, and tried to execute the Archangel plan.

(3) The second "fork", when THE PILOT and CARLOS used the Splitter to go back in time to stop JUNIOR, and NAOMI, FRITZ, and VINCE got involved.

(4) The third "fork"; our world, where DONALD TRUMP is president of the U.S., caused by TORRES blowing up the Splitter, and sending NAOMI and VINCE into this fork in 1945, and THE PILOT into the same fork in 2016.



Either that or there are two universes in the Archangel comics:

When the Splitter was destroyed, it caused a quantum rupture, whereby its destruction not only propagated changes forward, but it also propagated changes backwards, so all of the uses of the Splitter were erased from history, in a way it was as if JUNIOR and THE PILOT and the others never went back in time at all, except Major Aloysius Henderson did die a year earlier, and as a result his son didn't become president, and therefore his grandson didn't travel back in time, resulting in our reality.




Archangel #5, Page 18

Page 18 sees the Fat Man bomb dropped in 2016.

Panels 1-3.

I have to confess, this was a complete surprise to me, I was expecting TORRES to redirect the bomb to Nagasaki, not to the SNAKE MOUNTAIN facility.

For a second I thought she had dropped it on the White House, but then I remembered that there's a replica White House here:



 By dropping the bomb here, the Splitter is destroyed. We will see the impact this has had soon.



Archangel #5, Page 17

Page 17 sees the Bockscar about the teleport.

Panel 1

The Bockscar about the teleport, notice NAOMI and the bomb have fallen out.



Archangel #5, Page 16

Page 16 sees THE PILOT trying to fly the Bockscar.

Panels 1-3

THE PILOT is trying to steady the Bockscar.

Panels 4-5

NAOMI is slipping out of the bomb bay.




Archangel #5, Page 15

Page 15 sees us in 2016 with PRESIDENT HENDERSON

Panel 1

PRESIDENT ROBERT HENDERSON, a dick.

Panel 2

TORRES is witty to the end.

Panel 3

THE PRESIDENT orders TORRES to be killed, but in such a way that he has plausible deniability.

Panel 4

"OP LEVEL GREEN" - The Splitter is fully recharged.

Panel 5

THE PRESIDENT is suspicious of JACK.

Panel 6

TORRES makes one final appeal to JACK.

Panel 7

JACK does the right thing.



Archangel #5, Page 14

Page 14 sees us back in 2016 at SNAKE MOUNTAIN.

Panel 1

The Splitter is still charging.

Panel 2

TORRES asked JACK to choose a side.

Panels 3-4

THE PRESIDENT's forces break into the Control Room.



Archangel #5, Page 13

Page 13 sees VINCE in jeopardy.

Panel 1

NAOMI draws blood.

Panel 2

Everyone's an expert ;-)

Panel 3

The attacker falls out the bomb bay doors.

Panel 4

NAOMI is falling out as well - "VIIINCE!".




Archangel #5, Page 12

Page 12 sees NAOMI fighting for her life.

Panel 1

The attacker punches VINCE.

Panel 2

NAOMI punches the attacker.

Panels 3-4

The attacker tries to choke NAOMI.

Panel 5

Notice the ring on NAOMI's finger has a blade on it, we could call it a micro-knife, and a ninja would call it a Kakute.




Archangel #5, Page 11

Page 11 sees THE PILOT trying to save NAOMI and VINCE again.

Panel 1

THE PILOT is freaked!

Panel 2

TORRES is planning ahead again, just in case she loses contact with THE PILOT.

Panel 3

THE PILOT emphasises the importance of getting NAOMI and VINCE safe.

Panel 4

TORRES is trying to think of the bigger picture, and doesn't want the mission to fail because of distractions.

Panel 5

THE PILOT knows better.

Panel 6

TORRES agrees to take care of them.


Archangel #5, Page 10

Page 10 sees JUNIOR come to an end.

Panels 1-3

The portal doesn't transport JUNIOR anywhere in time, just in space!


Archangel #5, Page 9

Page 9 sees TORRES come to the rescue.

Panel 1

We see the Bockscar from the front.



Panel 2

THE PILOT seems to be stunned for a moment.

Panel 3

THE PILOT does a one-handed somersault.

Panels 4-7

JUNIOR attacks, but TORRES uses the ROBOTIC FLY to open a portal.



Archangel #5, Page 8

Page 8 sees NAOMI and VINCE prepare for an ambush.

Panel 1

NAOMI appreciates the problems of combat in an aircraft.

Panel 2

Could this be Wilson, out of radio contact?

Panel 3

NAOMI is in charge.

Panel 4

An attack!


Archangel #5, Page 7

Page 7 sees combat in the cockpit.

Panel 1

JUNIOR is in charge.

Panel 2

JUNIOR seems to like shooting people.

Panel 3

JUNIOR fires at THE PILOT.

Panel 4

The bullet ricochets.

Panel 5

...and kills the pilot (instead of killing THE PILOT ;-)

Do bullets ricochet in real life? yes.



Archangel #5, Page 6

Page 6, THE PILOT strikes.

Panel 1

This page shows what a confident and strong writer William Gibson has become in the comics medium, using pictures as easily as text to tell the story. As I see it, the first two issues of Archangel were still a novelist writing comic books, but by one third of the way through issue #3 Gibson became a superb comic book writer. It is a testament to his genius that he has been able to adapt to a new medium so quickly.


Archangel #5, Page 5

Page 5 takes us in to the cockpit with JUNIOR.

Panel 1

"WILSON" - In Count Zero, a Wilson is a slang term for a screw-up.
"A wilson. A fuck-up. It's hotdogger talk, I guess."
Did it again. Shit.
The Finn gave him a very strange look. "Jesus. That's your word for it, huh? Christ, I know the guy."
"Who?"
"Bodine Wilson," he said. "First guy I ever knew wound up as a figure of speech."
"Was he stupid?" Bobby asked, immediately regretting it.
"Stupid? Shit, no, he was smart as hell."

Panel 2

[No comments].


Panels 3-5

TORRES is using a ROBOTIC FLY to attack JUNIOR.



Archangel #5, Page 4

Page 4 brings us back to 2016. SNAKE MOUNTAIN with TORRES and JACK

Panel 1

It appears that each time the Splitter is used, it takes time to recharge, so it must have massive capacitors to store the charge.



Panel 2

Interestingly JACK seems sanguine about the fact that if the past is changed he might cease to exist.

Panel 3

I was wondering why TORRES didn't just eliminate JUNIOR HENDERSON in the original transport, this explains it.

Panel 4

TORRES also realises that her's is a suicide mission.

Panel 5

TORRES is super-smart and seems to have done everything she can to get a successful outcome to the mission, including the fact that JACK could be convinced to switch loyalties.



Archangel #5, Page 3

Page 3 sees THE PILOT formulate a plan

Panel 1

[No comments].

Panel 2

Note the oxygen masks visible in the right of the panel.

Panel 3

It's just as well NAOMI and VINCE did come along, otherwise THE PILOT's mission would have been much more difficult.

Panel 4

"WE'LL GET YOU BACK HOME." I think either NAOMI or VINCE are really, really important in the future, given how careful THE PILOT and TORRES are in trying to get them home.



Archangel #5, Page 2

Page 2 sees THE PILOT getting upset with VINCE and NAOMI

Panel 1

"TIGHT SQUEEZE, TORRES..." I'm assume THE PILOT means that the exit of the portal was smaller because of energy demands.

Panel 2

I still think in THE PILOT's future language is restricted, like Newspeak.



Panel 3

THE PILOT is trying to protect NAOMI and VINCE.


Panel 4

It's not a happy outcome to be partially merged with the vessel:





Archangel #5, Page 1



Page 1 sees the travellers arrive

Panel 1

"1945. SOMEWHERE OVER EASTERN EUROPE". Pictured is the "Fat Man" atomic bomb, that was detonated over the Japanese city of Nagasaki by the United States on 9 August 1945, dropped from the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bockscar.



Panel 2

"FZZZZZZZZ". The travellers are coming.

Panel 3

NAOMI, VINCE and THE PILOT arrive.



Archangel #4, Page 22

Page 22, away we go!

Panel 1

As THE PILOT passed through the portal, NAOMI and VINCE follow

TO BE CONTINUED.








Archangel #4, Page 21

Page 21 The portal opens to teleport

Panel 1

As the portal opens an arc of energy runs between the BOOSTER CUFFs and the portal

Panel 2

THE PILOT is fond of NAOMI and is trying to protect her

Panel 3

THE PILOT jumps

Panel 4

NAOMI grabs the CUFF, and VINCE as well



Archangel #4, Page 20

Page 20 sees THE PILOT ready to teleport

Panel 1

THE PILOT can only teleport by jumping

Panel 2

NAOMI appears to doubt THE PILOT's story

Panel 3

NAOMI needs the truth

Panel 4

VINCE and NAOMI want to go with THE PILOT

Panel 5

You need a BOOSTER CUFF to transport

Panel 6

VINCE stole the other pilot's CUFF

Panel 7






Archangel #4, Page 19

Page 19 sees a missed opportunity

Panel 1

The bomber flies overhead, they are too late

Panel 2

THE PILOT has run off, and NAOMI gives chase



Archangel #4, Page 18

Page 18 sees our heroes try to locate the plane

Panel 1

NAOMI speaks, then VINCE

Panel 2

YERMAKOV has given them a potential location for the B-29 and they are close!

Panel 3

VINCE doesn't trust the Russian

Panel 4

NAOMI has good hearing.




Archangel #4, Page 17

Page 17, things fall apart!

Panel 1

VINCE plays hero

Panel 2

...and gets his reward

Panel 3

YERMAKOV tells them to leave

Panel 4

NAOMI is trying her best

Panel 5

...and YERMAKOV is persuaded.



Archangel #4, Page 16

Page 16 moves us to the Russian Sector

Panel 1

YERMAKOV is speaking

Panel 2

NAOMI is negotiating

Panel 3

"I DO NOT BELIEVE AS EASILY AS YOU." - big mistake

Panel 4

NAOMI is offering the two gunman's pistols as evidence of time travel

Panel 5

THE PILOT wants to hurry things along.

Panel 6

I'm not sure what this says, but I would imagine it is something like "American scum"



Archangel #4, Page 15

Page 15 sees TORRES defeat the second gunman

Panels 1-4

TORRES uses the robotic fly to explode the gunman's eye (and brain?)

Panel 5

"HOW WE GET THIS UN-FUCKED" - I wonder, in THE PILOT's future are people taught a restricted grammar and limited vocabulary to limit their freedom of thought, like Newspeak ?



Panel 6

NAOMI has a plan, to contact YERMAKOV

Panel 7

VINCE is doubtful

Panel 8

NAOMI knows better


Archangel #4, Page 14

Page 14 sees THE PILOT get the upper-hand of the second gunman

Panel 1

"TIME FOR A HEART-TO-HEART" - Nice, that's like a James Bond pun

Panel 2

THE PILOT needs to locate the B-29

Panel 3

The gunman tries to choke THE PILOT

Panel 4

THE PILOT tries to reason with the gunman

Panel 5

The gunman is nuts!

Panels 6-7

TORRES to the rescue.


Archangel #4, Page 13

Page 13, FRITZ to the rescue again

Panel 1

FRITZ gets HANS out of the line of fire

Panel 2 

HANS sees a gunman

Panel 3

"BE BRAVE, HANS." - FRITZ is great

Panels 4-8

FRITZ drops a heavy car part on one of the gunmen



Archangel #4, Page 12

Page 12 sees JUNIOR's gunman attack

Panel 1

Two gunmen attack

Panel 2

And they don't seem to care who they hit.

Panel 3

More witty banter

Panel 4

"GET YOUR OWN BLOODY GUN" - I love NAOMI.

Panels 5-6

FRITZ to the rescue again!


Archangel #4, Page 11

Page 11 takes us back to 1945

Panel 1

FRITZ is keeping an eye on things

Panel 2

THE PILOT is confident

Panel 3

THE PILOT is planning to teleport onto the B-29

Panel 4

But can't teleport more than 20 miles, even with a booster cuff.

Panels 5-6

I love NAOMI's and THE PILOT's banter.


Archangel #4, Page 10

Page 10 sees TORRES make a decision

Panel 1

All conspiracy theories are false until proven otherwise!
Never forget the Dreyfus Affair!

Panel 2

Did DR. DAVIS help?

Panel 3

It seems he didn't.

Panel 4

TORRES gives him a chance

Panel 5

"FFWIP"

Panel 6

"WELCOME TO THE RESISTANCE" - hopefully DAVIS will live up to her faith.



Archangel #4, Page 9

Page 9 returns us to MAJOR TORRES

Panel 1

MAJOR GUADALUPE TORRES at her console

Panel 2

TORRES is speaking to DR. JACK DAVIS, creator of THE SPLITTER.

Panel 3

Explaining in more detail the disaster mentioned in the last page, it appears a number of world leaders agreed to bury nuclear devices in their countries that would self-activate if they started a war (this must be part of the Pax Americana doctrine).

Now we know why all of the capital cities were in ruins at the start of issue #1.

Panel 4

It's possible to draw parallels between the scenario outlined here, and any number of world events, both recent and as far back as the Suez Crisis in 1956, and before.TORRES is really suggesting that this was a false flag event, which are events that are designed to appear as though they are being carried out by one group, and were actually planned and executed by another.

Panel 5

"BLACK GLASS" - When nuclear devices are ignited in desert areas, the power of the blast will fuse the sand into glass. Sometimes called "Trinitite" or "Alamogordo glass", named after the sites of early nuclear tests in New Mexico.


Archangel #4, Page 8

Page 8 tells us where it all went wrong

Panel 1

"Recuerda" is Spanish for "remember".



"GLOBAL FAILSAFE SYSTEM" - we learn more about this on the next page.


Panel 2

"JUNIOR AND HIS FATHER ARE THE LEADERS YOU GET WITH IT" - Maybe they had something to do with it?


Panel 3

"NEW B-29S" - Boeing developed the B-29 during the second World War, and the first flight of a B-29 was 21st September 1942. Two "famous" B-29s during that war were the Enola Gay (which dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima) and the Bockscar (which dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki).





Panel 4

More of the HENDERSON's plan becomes clear.

Panel 5

MAJOR TORRES is hearing everything through the Robotic Flies.




Archangel #4, Page 7

Page 7 sees NAOMI changes THE PILOT's dressings

Panel 1

Again NAOMI has such a good understanding of time travel and can see things from THE PILOT's point of view.

Panel 2

The military tattoo barcodes onto its personal in THE PILOT's future.

The tracking and bomb activation device that JUNIOR is called a "Memex". The Memex machine was a hypothetical machine proposed by Vannevar Bush (scientific advisor to the U.S. President during WW II) in 1945, which was a desk with two screens and two input devices that would allow people to access text, audio and film-based materials, and create links between different content. The Memex machine concept strongly influenced a number of computer pioneers, including J.C.R. Licklider (who did important work on Human-Computer interfaces), Douglas Engelbart (who developed the computer mouse, computer graphics, video conferencing, and word processing), and Ted Nelson (who pioneered hypertext and hyperlinks).



Panel 3

A Memex is a "MEMORY STORAGE UNIT" here.

Panel 4

The radio-controlled bombs have a 50 feet range, just as well.

Panel 5

"I'VE SEEN" - The other pilot's bomb goes off in Issue #1

Panel 6

[No comments].


Archangel #4, Page 6

Page 6 exposes FRITZ's secret chop shop

Panel 1

FRITZ is running a secret chop shop. A "chop shop" is a business that disassembles stolen vehicles for the purpose of selling them either as parts, or assembling a new vehicle from parts of different vehicles.



Panel 2

FRITZ is selling to the U.S. Army

Panel 3

More and more FRITZ is turning out to be the hero of this story, his illegal activities are raising money for an orphanage (admittedly by employing orphans as child labour, but no one's perfect!).

Panel 4

[No comments].



Archangel #4, Page 5

Page 5 sees the heroes find a hiding place

Panel 1

A large opening appears in the rubble

Panels 2-3

FRITZ explains the secret location.



Archangel #4, Page 4

Page 4 sees THE PILOT convince VINCE (!)

Panel 1

Radio reports confirm THE PILOT's story of Hiroshima.





Panel 2

Now that he has removed the copper wire, THE PILOT can contact TORRES

Panel 3

The robotic flies remove THE PILOT's cuffs (again)

Panel 4

THE PILOT further confirms his story to VINCE by activating his CREEPSUIT.

Panel 5

"FROM THE RESISTANCE" - love it!

Panel 6

"THEY'RE HERE FOR A REDO" - The HENDERSONS have ruined the future so they are trying to reset things.



Archangel #4, Page 3

Page 3 explains JUNIOR's plan

Panel 1

In THE PILOT's version of the future, the second atomic bomb, dropped from the Bockscar, was dropped on Archangel, Russia instead of Nagasaki.

JUNIOR changes the bombing location, and that results in the Nu Earth that JUNIOR is from, so this is a bit of a temporal causality loop.

Panel 2

NAOMI asks the important question "WHY ARCHANGEL?"



Panels 3-4

So instead of the MAD doctrine (Mutually Assured Destruction), we get Pax Americana.

Pax Americana is a real-world term used to describe the relative peace in the Western Hemisphere as a result of the preponderance of power enjoyed by the United States since the middle of the 20th century.

Panel 5

[No comments].

Panel 6

[No comments].



Archangel #4, Page 2

Page 2 sees VINCE try to take charge

Panel 1

FRITZ knows all the hiding places

Panel 2

VINCE cuffs THE PILOT

Panel 3

[No comments].

Panel 4

"HE'S FROM THE FUTURE" - For some reason I was reminded of the real-world time traveller who tried to stop the activation of the Large Hadron Collider (May have been an April's Fool joke, but who knows)
https://www.cnet.com/uk/news/man-arrested-at-large-hadron-collider-claims-hes-from-the-future/

Other time travellers include:


Panel 5

"NOT FROM OUR FUTURE" - NAOMI has a very good understanding of what's going on.

Panel 6

[No comments].



Archangel #4, Page 1

Page 1 sees our heroes on the move

Panel 1

NAOMI is speaking

Panel 2

THE PILOT swears a lot

Panel 3

VINCE is more of a by-the-book guy than he seems.

Panel 4

I'm not sure what THE PILOT means here when he says that JUNIOR "BOUGHT HIS WAY IN". Maybe he doesn't know that JUNIOR killed and replaced his Grandpa? or maybe JUNIOR bribed people to get access to the atomic programme?

Panel 5

FRITZ to the rescue again.



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Archangel #4 is out 26/4/2017



Archangel #3, Page 22

Page 22 brings us to the end of the issue

Panel 1

The bazooka strikes the building

Panel 2

JUNIOR doesn't have time with it.

Panel 3

"I HAVE A PLANE TO CATCH" - could this be the Enola Gay or the Bockscar?



Archangel #3, Page 21

Page 21 sees more action

Panel 1

JUNIOR's jeep is in ruins.

Panel 2

FRITZ's girlfriend is going to make her escape.

Panel 3

JUNIOR shoots at the escaping jeep.

Panel 4

He hits the jeep twice at least.

Panel 5

JUNIOR's gang aim a bazooka at FRITZ's girlfriend. A bazooka is portable rocket launcher designed as an anti-tank weapon. The name "bazooka" is derived from of musical instrument of the same name popularised by radio comedian Bob Burns.


Bob Burns and his Bazooka:


Panel 6

FRITZ's girlfriend runs for it.

Panel 7

JUNIOR's gang  fire the bazooka.

Panel 8

FRITZ's girlfriend jumps out of the building.


Archangel #3, Page 20

Page 20 reveals FRITZ as a hero.

Panel 1

FRITZ to the rescue.

Panel 2

VINCE says "I'LL DRIVE"

Panel 3

MR. BABY's staff member is FRITZ's girlfriend.

Panel 4

[No comments].

Panel 5

FRITZ's girlfriend is out of bullets.


Archangel #3, Page 19

Page 19 sees machine gunfire rakes the whole area

Panel 1

The gunfire hits the jeep that is parked and another one is driving into the firing zone (the identity of the driver is unknown at the moment).

Panel 2

The parked jeep is riddled with bullets.

Panel 3

A crate with "U.S. ARMY" "ROCKET" "MAIROC[?]"

Panel 4

VINCE, THE PILOT and NAOMI can see the new jeep's driver.



Archangel #3, Page 18

Page 18 sees Mr. BABY'S staff member kicking ass and taking names.

Panel 1

She has the MG 42 we saw in MR. BABY's office.

Panel 2

"BUDDA, BUDDA, BUDDA" - I always think of reading Judge Dredd when I see a BUDDA.

Panel 3

JUNIOR's gang run.

Panel 4

JUNIOR's gang run more.


Archangel #3, Page 17

Page 17 sees VINCE meet up with NAOMI and THE PILOT

Panel 1

An unseen person says "HOLD IT!"

Panel 2

THE PILOT looks surprised

Panel 3

We see it's VINCE who said "HOLD IT!".

Panel 4

NAOMI covers him!

Panel 5

JUNIOR's gang come running

Panel 6

"KILL THEM." - JUNIOR is a jerk!

Panel 7

A window breaks.


Archangel #3, Page 16

Page 16 explains why THE PILOT's signal disappeared

Panel 1

NAOMI is macgyvering a solution to prevent JUNIOR from activating the bomb. In the Nu Future, is it possible that they have forgotten about Michael Faraday? or are people kept ignorant about things that could save their lives?

Panel 2

NAOMI is super!

Panel 3

"SENDING OR RECEIVING?" "BOTH." - So THE PILOT may not be able to communicate with TORRES either.

Panel 4

The shoot out from Pages 12-13

Panel 5

[No comment].

Panel 6

NAOMI has been here before.






Archangel #3, Page 15

Page 15 sees JUNIOR trying to blow up THE PILOT

Panel 1

MR. BABY is shot.

Panel 2

JUNIOR takes cover and notices his tracking device is badeeting.

Panel 3

Close up on the tracking device

Panel 4

JUNIOR is happy.

Panel 5

His tracking device allows his to detonate the bomb in THE PILOT (I wish I had an app like that for some people I know ;-).

Panel 6

But...

Panel 7

He gets a [S]IGNA[L] LOST message, we'll find out why on the next page.


Archangel #3, Page 14

Page 14 MR. BABY confronts JUNIOR's gang

Panel 1

MR. BABY is upset about the attack on his establishment, and shoots at the intruders.

Panel 2

Close up of MR. BABY

Panel 3

JUNIOR's gang return fire.


Archangel #3, Page 13

Page 13 JUNIOR's gang shoot up the nightclub.

[No comments].


Archangel #3, Page 12

Page 12 JUNIOR's gang shoot up the nightclub.

[No comments].




Archangel #3, Page 11

Page 11 JUNIOR and the gang enter Mr. Baby's Nightclub

Panel 1

JUNIOR is closing in on THE PILOT.

Panel 2

JUNIOR with ONE and TWO, A and B.

Panel 3

They enter the club.


Archangel #3, Page 10

Page 10 sees THE PILOT catch up with NAOMI

Panel 1

THE PILOT running after NAOMI's signal.

Panel 2

NAOMI sees someone approach.

Panel 3

[No comment].

Panel 4

The signal gets loud.

Panel 5

As we saw in issue #1 the pilots have Surgically Implanted Improvised Explosive Devices (SIIEDs), aka Body Cavity Bombs (BCBs), we learn now that they can be remotely controlled by JUNIOR.

Panel 6

It appears as if NAOMI looks surprised that the SIIEDs are remotely controlled, but not because she doesn't know about remote controls, she would know well that Nikola Tesla demonstrated a remote-controlled boat in 1898, but rather her expression indicates that she is figuring out something to do about the remote control.



Panel 7

[No comment].


Archangel #3, Page 9

Page 9 sees Mr. Baby's staff member reporting to her boss.

Panel 1

We see the lady who was using the peep hole.

Panel 2

She goes to a door.

Panel 3

She opens it.

Panel 4

We see Mr. Baby with in his office.

On the desk is an MG 42 machine gun:




We can also see a Luger pistol:



Is that a statue of Stalin?





Archangel #3, Page 8

Page 8 sees JUNIOR HENDERSON in Mr. Baby's basement.

Panel 1

"ASSHOLE'S HERE." JUNIOR is referring to THE PILOT.

Panel 2

"I WANNA SEE HIM UP CLOSE." - to kill him?

Panel 3

[No comments].

Panel 4

One of Mr. Baby's staff is spying on the HENDERSON gang.

Panel 5

She closes the peep hole.


Archangel #3, Page 7

Page 7 brings us back to Mr. Baby's Nightclub

Panels 1-3

THE PILOT figures out the NAOMI is in the basement below him. NAOMI has moved out of the Faraday Cage so her signal returns.

Panel 4

FRITZ is keeping an eye on everything.





Archangel #3, Page 6

Page 6 returns us to JUNIOR HENDERSON

Panel 1

This is where JUNIOR HENDERSON fought with VINCE MATHEWS.

Panel 2

JUNIOR is using his tracking device.

Panel 3

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Panel 5

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Archangel #3, Page 5

Page 5 sees COLONEL YERAKOV and NAOMI moving their discussion onto the identities of the pilots 

Panel 1

COLONEL YERAKOV questions if the pilots are from another world.

Panel 2

He also knows all about Project Daedalus (a British space exploration project), Ghost Rockets (the Swedish name for UFOs), Foo Fighters (the American name for UFOs), and Gremlins (a popular 1984 horror comedy ;-).

The NKVD (Narodnyi Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del) is the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs was the leading Soviet secret police organization from 1934 to 1946. It is known for its political repression under orders from Joseph Stalin.

Panel 3

A Faraday cage (named for Michael Faraday) is a location that blocks electromagnetic fields. They are often used to protect sensitive electronic equipment from external radio frequency interference (RFI).

In the 1998 movie Enemy of the State Gene Hackman takes Will Smith to his homemade Faraday cage ("The Jar").



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Archangel #3, Page 4

Page 4 sees COLONEL YERAKOV and NAOMI discussing "the Bomb"

Panel 1

NAOMI is still denying everything

Panel 2

Russia is worried about the Nazis getting in the atomic bomb. The Nazi effort to build a bomb was called the Uranprojekt, which was led mainly by Erich Schumann, and involved other noted scientists such as Werner Heisenberg.

Michael Frayn's excellent play Copenhagen concerns a meeting between Heisenberg and Niels Bohr discussing whether or not Germany has the bomb, or might get it.


Russia is also worried about the Americans getting in the atomic bomb. * SPOILERS * they have it, and will drop it the following day.



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Panel 4

YERAKOV not only suspects an atomic bomb, but is also aware of the "THERMOPLASTIC RAMJET AIRCRAFT" that the pilots arrived in.

Panel 5

YERAKOV's life depends on discovering this information.


Archangel #3, Page 3

Page 3 introduces us to COLONEL YERAKOV, who might be the Chief Intelligence Officer in the Russian quadrant of Berlin


Panel 1

COLONEL YERAKOV is talking to MR. BABY (Herr Saugling).

Panel 2

MR. BABY is trying to sell copper.

Panel 3

MR. BABY bills you for everything.

Panel 4

COLONEL YERAKOV says (in broken English) that it is rumoured that NAOMI is questioning American pilots in prison.

Panel 5

NAOMI doesn't give anything away.



Archangel #3, Page 2

Page 3 is a single panel view of Mr. Baby's Nightclub

Panel 1

THE PILOT is communicating with MAJOR TORRES, and he is try to locate NAOMI.

The nightclub looks a little like the Femina-Palast in Berlin, which mixes Art Deco and Bauhaus styles. People like Count Basie , Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington played there.







Archangel #3, Page 1

Page 1 shows us Mr. Baby's Nightclub

Panel 1

MAJOR TORRES says the nightclub seems like JUNIOR HENDERSON's kind of place (or maybe she is referring to THE PILOT).

Panel 2

The robotic flies allow TORRES to see the nightclub.


Panel 3

Mr. Baby's seems to be a brothel as well.

Panel 4

Having a good time in the bar.

Panel 5

The fly is tiny.