I tried to make this scene as not-cheesy as possible. The “and they all get along now” ending trope is difficult to get just right without the writer coming across as a Pollyanna. It was, however, important to me that the students come together for a common cause despite the bad acts that had just been done.
It took an embarrassingly long time to think about which characters should inspect the transformation ray. I think my first instinct was to have Noah direct some random student how to tinker with it, since the ray is technically Noah’s invention. But of course, it’s Morty’s build. He and Thirteen are the most qualified ones in the room to inspect it. Thankfully I remembered that before drawing the panel!
After making this page I read up on first aid for a broken arm and one article said you should not elevate the head. I assume this has to do with keeping blood flow to the arm to a minimum. Oh well! Ash is just trying to help.
This is the part of the story arc that many writers (particularly screenwriters of action/horror films) hate. At some point you need to assemble all of the various groups and they need to share information with each other that the audience has already learned. It can get clunky and repetitive. Robert Rodriguez brilliantly found a way to skip this section of his film Planet Terror by literally cutting it out and claiming that the theater had misplaced that reel of footage. I have no such fallback option, so I have to just make this as entertaining as possible. Cue crowdsurfing Flint!
Walker, the unicorn guy, is a personal friend and a Patreon sponsor who pledged to the “appear in the comic” tier. We worked out an appropriate role for him in the story and I think the character fits in well. It helps to have one more “anchor” character besides Keris for this scene.
Speaking of friendly influences, Keris’ role in this chapter is an extension of her character arc in “New Tricks,” which another friend wrote. It goes to show that even solo projects can benefit from some good contacts with fresh perspectives.
Morty’s head in panel 1 was added at the very last minute. At first I just had blank space there because I wasn’t sure how much room I’d need for Ms. Harvick’s word balloon. Then I took a look at the whole page and realized we don’t see Morty until he pops in at the bottom of the page, and although it was established in a previous page that he is in this class with Keris, it wasn’t enough. I threw him in the blank space in panel 1 so he’s clearly in the scene from the get-go.