Other odd notes: Scotty to Jim in Star Trek: “I cannot change the laws of physics!” But fiction authors often do just that – not just in Star Trek, but here in Endtown, as well. It is very clear that, while Wally is a cat and Holly is a mouse, nevertheless, both are about the same size. Is Holly from the south side of Chicago? Rats get pretty big there….More about Wally and Holly: When they first met Jim and Sarah, it was Wally who became willing to listen to them. Holly just wanted to kill them and move on. In light of the actions of just about a year ago, Holly’s actions today are rather understandable..Other odd facts: From about a year ago, we learn that all it takes to “mutate” is the slightest exposure to the atmosphere, for an incredibly short period of time. The “mutation” itself also takes an incredibly short period of time..Wally knocked Jim and Sarah out, punctured their bio-suits, and what seemed seconds later, Jim the raccoon and Sarah the lizard were born..We were told that what the “Topsiders” didn’t know was how to control the “mutation,” becoming “anthros” instead of monsters. Given the certainty – and swiftness – of the “mutation,” the actions of the “Topsiders” are becoming even more understandable..It was also bringing back the memories of this last year’s outbreak of Ebola. Don’t worry, we were constantly being told, it’s really difficult to catch the disease. Still, at the height of the outbreak, every new patient seemed to generate at least five or more new cases – and many of them were health care providers..And let’s not forget about “schism syndrome.” Methinks “Topsiders” are aware of that, too..Which kind of puts “Topsider” activities in a different light, at least for me..Just what the sam hill kind of disease is this that, in order to not be transformed into a monster, they have to be encased in what Jim called “freezer bags”? And, as Jim and Sarah demonstrated, perhaps if “Topsiders” knew how to control the “mutation,” becoming “anthros” instead of monsters, perhaps they would have an another “tool” in their box for dealing with this epidemic..Old saying: If the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems start to look like nails..This, I believe, is the world that Aaron has introduced us to..But maybe one of the next twists and turns Aaron will give us is that “Topsiders” may be more “human” than these “mutants” we have been following for as long as this strip has been around..It began as an apparent war of genocide against “mutated” humans, but may well have been the response of rational doctors, seeing a horrific disease, but not knowing how to stop the spread of infection other than eliminating those who have already been infected..And, who knows, to them, having “mutated” may already be a form of “death,” so killing all these non-human former humans may not mean that much to them. After all, what do we think about the death (or killing) of an animal? Let’s face it; we may feel remorse, but not the same feelings as if the victim were a human….And these “mutants” have been rather misbehaved, of late, as well..Why else did Wally and Holly leave Endtown in the first place?.With Jim and Sarah, we got our first “human” look at “Topsiders.”.What I liked about Jim is that he showed us that not all “Topsiders” are monsters..Which is what has made the events of (our) last few weeks so stomach-wrenching.