On The Inside
Down in the center of the earth “The Man” does some exposition in a rather annoying faux southern dialect. Apparently he’s from Kentucky, who knew? The place is called Pandemonium and the three (The Man, Varma and Buddy) follow a no-eyed blue demon to a whole bunch of other no-eyed blue demons swarming around each other like ants or something. This is meant to be important.
The Man explains that this world is a middle world between the spirit world and the material world and acts like a mirror reflecting both worlds’ imaginations. And believe me I have made this much clearer than the comic did. As an example of what happens here The Man shows Varma and Buddy a yellow demon (or “yellow feller”) and a red demon. Here is an example of said explanation:
“The red one is Maxwell’s Demon. He can separate hot and cold particles from a sealed environment, making the second law of thermodynamics and entropy run backwards. Now he just sits there…in a coma or something.”
There is a lot of this pseudo-scientific/mystical speak that passes for plot. I believe it is meant to be deep and philosophical.
Then the Spider Queen shows up and makes the blue demons white. By making them white she now controls the middle world; which makes perfect sense. She then puts Varma to sleep to remove him conveniently from the story for a while. Oh and to use him as a gateway to the material world; which makes perfect sense. She then explains that the world is as real as dreams and souls and imagination. Which makes perfect…oh you get the idea.
She then tells a story, told in the same fashion as Varma’s ant story from last issue, about an idea (or meme) that wants to live and be joined with the “Big Idea” and to do so joins other ideas and becomes part of people’s thoughts and makes them insane and…whatever. It’s all ridiculously convoluted and over complicated. Bottom line is (I think) the Spider Queen is an idea that wants to become reality. (There, was that so hard?)
To accomplish this she tears the skin off Buddy. His skin apparently holds his ego that she feeds to her babies to give them strength for a trip (to the real world I guess?) to infect people’s imaginations. A skinless Buddy then imagines himself in a fairytale, travels to the castle where Maxine’s soul is being held wearing a creepy mask and finally meets the Black Queen who is pregnant and needs help.
Which makes perfect sense.