Okay, been away yesterday but here are my thoughts about the first 3 chapters:
- Nice scene with Marie's "origin" of how she made her way to the abandoned church and was offered the Skull Heart. I especially like the variant of the Trinity stained glass windows from the one we've seen in the Grand Cathedral. Some cool details include how the Mother is surrounded by what appears to be the same Theonite veins that we see in Final Atrium. Abaddon has tendrils with eyes, very similar to the running eye tendrils we see on Double. Khronos's manifestation appears to be.... chains? I wonder if there is any sort of mythological basis or reference for its appearance.
- Very cool flowing sequence that introduced the Skull Heart and previous Skullgirls. The thing that stands out to be the most is the fact that Leviathan is shown to be in Abaddon mode when he is moving towards Squigly.... for some reason? I like to think the writer/artists know what they are doing there, so it probably means something, but due to the abstract nature of the whole sequence it's hard to say if it should be taken literally (that's what Leviathan actually looked like during that scene) or metaphorically (just supposed to hint at his connection with Abaddon).
- We also (finally!) get the exact wording of Marie's wish. I have always thought she wished to save her friends from the orphanage, but the wording of the wish appears to be specific to saving Patricia. Interesting.
- I especially love how Parasoul is more intimidating and militaristic in this story than she is often shown. I think a lot of official extended interactions we've seen so far with her involve Umbrella, so she tends to be more unguarded and goofy, so it's nice to see her being no-nonsense when dealing with serious problems. I also like how we are shown visually how scary Krieg actually is. It's a goddamn napalm secreting umbrella and people like Beowulf would be pissing themselves at the sight of it, as they should
- I wonder if Wulf is Beo's actual surname or Para is calling him wrong, although it doesn't seem to fit her personality, unlike Umbrella and Beo's transaction in her story. Would make more sense that Para has researched him in advance and is calling him by his real name, so I'm 60% convinced that Wulf is indeed his surname. (It's funny because I was making a joke the other day that maybe his real name is B. Wolf or something lol) The other explanation is that his name is really just Beowulf, like how in real life people from certain cultures do not have surnames, and Para doesn't understand this and simply assumed the -wulf part must be his surname
- New named character introduced: Theodore Medici. Since his surname is Medici he must be part of the family proper, and not just some random goon. Some people think he's one of the bodies at the warehouse but I don't think they would have introduced a new named Medici just to unceremoniously kill him off before even showing his face. The bodies are pretty much unidentifiable so they are probably not him at all. My best guess is that he is the unnamed third son.
- Beo's line confirms that the Warehouse District is in South Meridian. Fits in with the old map of New Meridian that we've seen
- Feels like Panzer's size is changing all the time. I guess he is too big to fit into most spaces so they gotta keep it flexible. He was also way too small in Boardwalk
- Highly implied that it was Marie who burned up all the Medici at the warehouse as it fits with what she did in the SGM Main Story. If that is the case then the timeline takes place after Marie has already arrived in New Meridian
- In fact, it seems like the story so far is serving as a prequel to the Medici Tower raid in SGM Origin Story (prequel of a prequel lol). It was confirmed that Hotties Wrecking Bodies is a separate timeline, but not whether it is supposed to be the same timeline as the SGM Main Story timeline or yet another one. I can imagine they may adjust the timeline a bit for the sake of dramatic effects, but I'll have to see more of the story to see how it will pan out
- Panzer and Para Fastball Special hell yeah. Also love the dynamic of the chase sequence and moves from the game being worked into it seamlessly. Good shit
- Adam still acting as the babysitter even without Umbrella around and dealing with Parasoul's mess. Truly a man of many talents
- Another minor but cool detail is the appearance of the Life Gem prior to being swallowed by Fortune. I think it was always known that it must have been smaller, but it's helpful that we finally get to see its actual size.
So that's about it. Enjoying the comic so far and looking forward to next week's.
It's impolite to float your Life Gem around, Lorenzo.
Actually, how many knew about the Life Gem? Was it a well-known fact, or a sort of an "open secret"? I hope the comic will shed some light on this issue.
In Eliza's story, she was surprised to find out Lorenzo had the Life Gem, so it is not publicly known.