Common to the region – Chap. 6, Act 4, Strip 80

So, after all that exposition on his motives, the Admiral finally gets to the interesting parts of his presentation of his “plan” – the so-called “plan” proper.

Admittedly, it’s not terribly original, but rather the standard “false flag attack” method popular with this type of villain – of course on a genocidal scale as befits his rank.

And now we finally also know what part the negaplasma reactor plays in the Admiral’s plan…we still don’t know what a negaplasma reactor is, of course, but that sort of detail shines a lot more by its absence. It sounds like something that could ‘go critical’ and take all of Tokyo with it, that’s enough for B-movie purposes. The Admiral did a very good job of drawing it, too – I’ve definitely never seen a better “artist’s impression” of negaplasma going critical.

A key to the false flag approach is obscuring real responsibility, but as the Admiral correctly points out, Tokyo as a target leaves you a lot of leeway in that regard. A giant monster showing up to wreak havoc in Bucharest would certainly raise a lot of eyebrows (many of the very bushy), but in Tokyo it’s something of an everyday occurence, if their media are to be believed. Tokyo meeting its demise by way of a giant monster causing a super-secret high-tech reactor to go critical is somewhat rarer, but you’d probably still get to hear a lot of “told you so”‘s after it happens.

But then, this was still kind of a history lesson by the Admiral, since his Plan A has already failed. So, stay tuned for Plan B on Thurs…uh, Monday!

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