Updated: Nov 19
“Ah, now eventually you do plan to have heist scenes in your heist comic, right?”
This whole sequence has a few good examples of why I set Reckless Life in the “not too distant” future. It’s all basically because I didn’t want to be beholden to reality. I get bored drawing “stuff.” Architecture and cars and tech gizmos and you name it. If the story is “in the future” I figured I had carte blanche to draw things however I felt like. This Camran building is a good example. It’s a little anime, a little Batman Beyond, very little in the way of actual architecture.
Locke’s gear is another example. The arm computer thing does become a mainstay in the series but the electronic stethoscope is just something I thought was cool for this scene. Is there any basis for that in reality? I don’t know. Sorry to break the illusion but I myself am not a super criminal and do not know how to crack safes but ‘it’s the future!” so don’t think about it too hard!
These days I’m actually a bit of a futurist but I definitely was not when I was 22.
I had a rule for myself in RL to not use photoshop blurs and whatnot. As you can see I made it all of 9 pages. The laser mist effect is something I’ll trot out again in future stories. Lots of lasers and ceiling ducts. Again, I am not an actual supercriminal, I just like movies.
I like Locke’s eyes behind the guard in the lower left for no reason other than they’re easy to miss.
Really random Easter Egg: The painting next to the bookcase is all triangles. This is the reference to the Seinfeld episode, The Junior Mint in which George buys a painting of triangles. I’m serious, I did that on purpose and in fact, in college, I did several pieces that I called “The Triangles.” I was very into Seinfeld when it aired. Hell, I still love it.
Locke’s virtual screen predated Minority Report by a few months. You’re welcome, Spielberg.
Two MORE Easter Eggs on this page. The obvious one is the Vader quote in the last panel. The other was just for me. 4722 was my extension when I worked at Harley-Davidson. Hence the name of the lock.
I like Locke throwing the triangles painting here. Once again kind of flying in the face of the silent jewel thief.
Hmm. Locke seems to be wrecking stuff for the heck of it now. Might be significant to the plot…
NEXT WEEK: Who’s at the door?