This is a dramatic re-enactment of the climax of Chapter 1. The angle of Panel 1 was drawn to match the cover art of the first UTC trade paperback.

At first, I was going to draw this dream sequence in a super-deformed style to make it extremely obvious this wasn’t just a flashback. That didn’t feel like the sort of thing Noah would have in a dream, though. The next idea I had was to depict the events as if they happened on the stage of a high school play. Hence the building made of cardboard. Amid the flames and the very wide/very tight framing, the idea that she’s inside a box didn’t fully emerge in the artwork.

So, this scene just happens in a total void. To compensate for the minimized surreal elements and get the intended sense of disorientation, I laid everything out with curved and janky panel borders.

The concept of “poof TF” is somewhat controversial in transformation circles. It refers to any time where a character’s changes take place between two panels and only the before and after stages are seen. (Frequently accompanied by a cloud of smoke and “POOF” sound effect, but not always.) This quick and simple execution works just fine in certain circumstances. It can lend itself to great comedic or dramatic effect. In a real-world context, a poof TF is sometimes the only reasonable way to depict a transformation due to constraints like limited time or budget.

Many transformation enthusiasts are interested in observing the gradual changes across a series of images. It’s fun to dissect and analyze the stages to see how things change; in what order; at what pace. Also, the more stages there are, the easier it is for someone to put themselves in the character’s place and feel as though they’re the one changing. As a viewer, it can be disappointing, or even upsetting, when there aren’t any middle stages to look at. (Whether these feelings are justified, I won’t go into here.)

Personally, I get the sense of disappointment, but I hardly think an artist is obligated to always show a multi-stage TF. Poof TFs are as valid a format of TF as any other. They play particularly well in circumstances where a series of panels would actually lessen the impact. — This page isn’t about Noah’ experience of transforming. It’s about his decision to transform and what he’s able to do once changed. (Survive in fire for a briefly longer period of time than a mammal.) Although, I can’t help but be amused that his change amounts to a poof TF, as this gives him the double-distinction of being the character to undergo the longest and the shortest transformation in the series.