Reckless Life: Mad at the World (part 9)

Updated: Feb 4

Welcome to the ruins of Old Vegas


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As I mentioned in earlier chapters, Reckless Life's vague "future" setting was mostly an excuse to not be forced to adhere to closely to reality. The setting of "Old Vegas" was similar but different. It was definitely an excuse to make up my own "New Vegas" and not deal with critiques on geographic or architectural mistakes but it was something very of the time times. Reckless Life was written in the shadow of 9/11 and terrorism was certainly very much at the top of everyone's minds. The idea that someone would want to strike at the heart of Western opulence and consumerism seemed pretty plausible to me as did the idea that Vegas, the ultimate "tear it down and rebuild it" sort of town would just up and re-do the whole thing.

It's also just a really cool setting that I sometimes utilize to it's best and sometimes don't. A later story co-written by Matt Shepherd uses it best but we've got a way to get there. You'll have to suffer through my handling of it until then.

All that said, this page is one of the few instances in which I acknowledge Old Vegas's "origin." There was a LOT of fiction based around terror at this time and while I liked this two Vegases idea it's not what I wanted RL to be about.

I did love drawing these ruined Vegas pages though. Taking existing landmarks and just wrecking them is a fun drawing exercise and it's something I come back to often throughout the series.

You say this idea of an "no man's land" city that has been declared dead by the government has been done? Whatever. The Bat office didn't invent the idea either.

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Crossroader: An old term for Casino cheat. Originates from the Old West where Gambling saloons were located at crossroads.

What an awesome name for an awesome setting. Great job, 2002 Tim. The Crossroader is in almost every RL story and often frequently. It's a little bit Noonan's a little bit