My thoughts:The mission that Mallard gave was to blow up the rocket, but cleverly making it look like equipment failure, not a mutant attack. Flask’s personal mission is to launch the rocket and turn it around to destroy the city. It doesn’t matter if the mutts saw Wally, because she can launch it as soon as she wants. This is her own idea, and she believes passionately in wiping out all Topsiders. She wasn’t trying to get rid of Wally, but equally it was immaterial to her whether he returned or not, just as long as he switched the chip.
Flask is deeply committed to her values, as strange and cockeyed to us as they may seem. I even believe she would be willing to die for them.
When she and Petey were human, they had a very close relationship. I suspect he was exposed and turned into an animal, after which she was forced to, or decided to, or was forced to watch somebody else harvest his head. Later, she was exposed, too, with a suit failure, and was forced to come to terms with being a mutant herself. This must have been a long time ago, for her to have gone to Endtown and risen to the rank she has now. She wants to kill any Topsider she can, and she will kill any mutant whom she deems a threat to the community.
(Has anyone made the joke about Blackie Ops?)
Wally has had a hard several years as a lone mutant. I suspect he has seen some very traumatic things himself. I don’t think the label “pacifist” is as apt as describing him as someone who values life highly, be it mutant or human. He will kill when necessary, but would go a long way first to find a resolution that does not take lives.
When he was shooting the mutts, we have to remember that they could have been him – literally. They are people who have been put into machine bodies, as Petey was. Presumably even they could be taken out again, potentially, and interacted with, in other bodies. In any case, he really was killing people. And he has come close to the fate of being a mutt himself on more than one occasion.
Something in the Topsider city is still not right, though, as far as I can read from Blackie. But I don’t buy the ‘fake city, fake rocket’ idea. It’s too costly of resources to pull a trick like that.
The brilliance of this story is that I am just getting more and more sucked into it.I’ve tried looking for a flaw, and I can’t find one anywhere (when you factor in the obvious exaggerations for humorous effect). I rank Endtown along with Usagi Yojimbo and Blacksad as the best comic series I have ever read.
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