Jen explained Walker’s electrical horn in the last chapter. I deliberately established it back then so I wouldn’t need to shove in a quick explanation during the big battle.
When I started Phase Three, I wrote down a few “rules” that I should follow to avoid some of the pitfalls I fell into in Phase Two. One of those rules was “no pages with more than 9 panels.” This page has 19 panels. Oops! Looks like we have a new record holder.
I looked through the catalog of background student characters I built up over the past 10 chapters to select a few to join Ken’s team and made choices that were both obvious and unexpected. Gareth fought on Cass’ side against Keris, but I decided to put him in Ken’s corner. Conversely, Toho was all for inflicting punishment on Dr. Mitchell in Chapter 5, so he seemed a natural choice to go along with Ken’s plan.
Lookit all these already-transformed characters we’ve never seen transform.
Just look. No backstories. They’re just appearing for flavor to add to the diversity of the looming fight sequence.
*sobs* What am I even making this comic for.
This is UTC’s first two-page spread! Click the thumbnail below to see the full thing.
Normally when an artist draws a two-page spread, they lay out the entire thing at once. I didn’t. I actually stumbled onto this format while drawing page 228, which was supposed to be a regular page like all the others. I realized the arcing panels at the top could be continued onto the next page to follow the trajectory of the animals, keeping that part of the action distinctly separate from what was happening elsewhere in the cafeteria but still easy to read. Demetrius was falling, so I knew his panel had to be the lowest one spatially. That left me with the question of what to throw in the top-right, and I came up with the blast to the face for poor panda guy. An unfortunate side-effect is that the extension of the final panel on page 228 leaves the bottom-left of this page pretty bare when broken off from its counterpart. But, like I said, this was a haphazard spread. I’m surprised it turned out this decent.
I didn’t intend to have a background in Panel 1 while I drew it. During the coloring stage, I saw how blank the backdrop looked compared to having the foreground pieces (the hints of the machine Ken’s group is building). I also realized that it isn’t super obvious that Ash is breaking through the upper level windows. So I threw some color in the BG and added Ash’s silhouette.
All series I’ve been looking for a way to showcase Demetrius’ “genetic warfare” devices. We’ve seen his biological weapons before, but not any of their delivery systems until now. Aaaaand…it’s basically a tee-shirt cannon.