This page wasn’t actually released until January 9, 2009, but it was scheduled for the end of December. A minor coloring issue needed to be addressed, which held up the page. For the sake of establishing the next hiatus, I decided to put the page in the 2008 archive and not immediately begin a 2009 archive.
At this point I knew that dramatic entrances were going to have to be a thing that Noah always does.
Noah’s reveal was originally written and drawn for page LXIV. I wasn’t happy with that page or the rest of how the chapter was written, and that’s the reason for the drastic rewrites that followed. Here, in the final script, he makes a more dramatic entrance under more dire circumstances.
His appearance here is very similar to his introduction on page XX. I didn’t intend to have him show up after so long with the exact same fanfare, but it seemed like the best way to reintroduce him and have a solid mid-chapter surprise to kick off a hiatus in the comic, since at this time I was forced to temporarily stop work on the comic once again. (Chapter 4 had the roughest release of any UTC story.)
This page shares its title with an old DOS game. This isn’t the first Midnight Rescue reference, either. Morty’s first name was inspired by the villain of that game, Morty Maxwell. That game was my second favorite of the DOS era behind Oregon Trail.
This is the second page in the series where all current members of the main and supporting casts appear. The first was page XX.
I thought it would look cool if all of the Attic school buildings had accent lighting that went into “Red Alert” mode whenever an alarm was activated so that emergency response teams knew exactly where to go when they got on campus.
In panel 1, Thirteen was originally going to be in Flint’s place and shout “I can’t believe it’s not butter!” I changed this at the last minute and gave Flint a line instead because I didn’t want to make Thirteen out to be a total dimwit. (She’s actually quite studied.) The problem this later created was that I had dated the comic the same way that I dated it with the Battlestar Galactica reference in strip III. Heroes was only around for a few years, and became less and less popular as it went on. Eventually I decided to set UTC in the near future, not the present day, so the reference was doubly unwise. (As I write this in 2014 there’s talk about bringing Heroes back to tv, but even if this does happen, I doubt the show will be running in the year UTC takes place.)
This is the first page to feature every main and secondary character of Phase One.