There is no equivalent original page to this one. This page is brand new content. If you’ve been keeping up with the regular updates, you are already aware of the event being shown in the first panel, everything else is completely new. This page was added mostly to give some insight into Fae’s character.
It was mentioned in passing once in the comic that Fae use to dance, well this page offers some more insight into that. I’ve never seen Dirty Dancing but I imagine that Fae would be a fan based on the plot. It’s also a fairly iconic dance film so I felt compelled to add it for that reason alone. The other poster is for Cabaret. I have seen Cabaret on stage. It’s phenomenally amazing in a super depressing way. Emphasis on super depressing. I’m not sure if this was unique to the show I saw or what is typically done but after the curtains close at the end of Cabaret the music stopped, the lights came up, and the actors did not return to the stage for a bow. The lack of typical stage conventions at the end only heightened the power of that musical. Fae’s poster is from the film version.
While the text has been changed I was actually really happy with the art from the original page 4. Not enough to keep the art, obviously, but enough to basically redraw the page with some minor changes. The biggest two changes to the art were showing the first scene with Zel and Adrik be post slap and changing Irving’s expression/posture. In the original page I meant for Irving to be holding his side because he was injured but as I got more use to the characters I realized that Irving would never be involved in anything close to a fair fight. Also the first page was a lot more ambiguous as to how Zel died and in this one it is a lot more clear as to what the page is implying. The middle panel will be expanded upon really soon with the regular updates. The first panel will be further explained much farther into the future.
Another tone shift page. Also this page rephrases the message a lot more gently than the original page 3.
Due to technical difficulties that were in part self inflicted, I lost all comments and author notes associated with the comic pages. What is left of the original author notes will slowly be restored over time from what is up on the Comic Fury and Drunk Duck mirrors (minus anything date specific as the time stamps on all of the pages on this site are inaccurate up mid February 2012). There are some world building notes in the original author notes and if you like to guarantee reading as many of the notes as possible while catching up to current events I would suggest reading Eternity Complex on one of the mirror sites up until you reach Chapter 8. However, neither site contains all of the author notes but I believe Drunk Duck has more of the notes saved than Comic Fury.
Not much to say about this re-done page. I think it serves the purpose of setting up Hope as a revered hero a whole lot better than the original second prologue page.
I’m so excited to have the redone prologue pages finally up. So unbelievably excited!
For any new readers the art and writing quality will drop off dramatically once you make it through the redone sections. If you are ever curious to see what you missed, the old pages can be found over here. The new prologue has a bit of a tone shift and I’m hoping that this time around it is a whole lot more obvious that the prologue is being narrated by an outside voice.