This page’s title alludes to Zapp Brannigan, the Captain Kirk expy from Futurama.
I didn’t want to drag out the battle any longer with explanations for why things do things, so you are probably wondering what Swanson is doing to that poor cat in panel 3. It has something to do with using the hive mentality of bees to get them to swarm at a specified target. The device Swanson is lugging over his shoulder is able to direct the bees in such a way.
It’s rare that I use color for emotional impact. I’m not a “color thinker.” (See anyone’s comment about UTC’s cartoonish palette.) Color theory was my worst subject in art school. I count myself lucky I can pick colors that are at least not offensive to the eyes. Still, I’m at least aware of how effective color can be. This moment marks such a massive shift in tone, I thought I would try going for a stylistic color shift to convey it.
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.
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 chapter originally launched in November 2015 with this single page. Shortly after posting, I had some serious issues with my ability to complete pages in a timely manner and was unhappy with the overall look of the page.
Eventually I redrew the middle section of the page and improved the backgrounds, adding some subtle textures.
This is the very first time the primary building of Attic High is seen in full. I hadn’t ever designed the complete structure, so the layout was cobbled together from what few exterior shots existed prior to this point, and I attempted to make the building match the established interiors as well. Then I covered almost the entire drawing in snow so you can barely see it. Surprisingly, this ended up being the easiest of all the panels on this page.
The page title comes from the sixth season cliffhanger of Star Trek: The Next Generation. An earlier page was titled “Redemption”, and after a bit I realized that “Redemption” was coincidentally the title of STTNG’s fourth season cliffhanger. I thought “Cool! I can foreshadow the upcoming cliffhanger by naming all of the rest of the pages with Star Trek cliffhanger titles.” But when I looked through my options, there weren’t many that could be used that matched the context of what was going on in the pages. The only one that fit was “Descent”, so that’s all that ended up being used.