||All the issues of Inferno will be done with
mock magazine covers; this one hits the likes of Cosmopolitan.
||These captions count as speaking for Inferno.
||Lest we forget, Inferno was born in the 30th century,
and was trapped in the 20th century with some of the members of the
Legion of Super-Heroes. 980 years, however, would be when Inferno
was a little girl, not a teenager.
|It is early morning, before the sun is up. Inferno
has basically been flying since she left the Legionnaires the previous
afternoon, probably scared to death of the night.
|This counts as an appearance for Inferno.
||The darkness, of course, symbolizes the unknown and
the unknowable (the future). More than just being afraid of
the dark, Inferno is afraid of not knowing her role in life.
||The glance up at the moon acknowledges that her 30th
century employer, Leland McCauley, has his base of operations on Luna.
||Infernos thoughts here indicate that she has
been so withdrawn (intentionally) that she has had no interest in
finding out about her 20th century surroundings, merely waiting (impatiently)
for Brainiac 5 to get them home.
||The Emerald Eye here is the transformed satellite from
Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #83 rather than the Eye itself.
||Good Humor is a brand of ice cream.
It makes for an odd phrase for a 30th century native to say.
||Inferno is referring to when she an Ultra Boy both
served as part of Leland McCauleys WorkForce team.
||Is Brainiac 5 right about the risk to time? Some
time travel stories have indicated that activities in the past are
okay because they are in the past and thus part of the past.
Other theories suggest divergent time streams and an inability to
return to the original future if the streams diverge too much.
||Its no more clear to us why Ultra Boy let her
go than it is to Inferno. His speed would be more than ample
to catch her. Then again, Ultra Boy knows Inferno better than
anyone else in the 20th century; he is the only one who might sympathize
|This counts as an appearance for Inferno.
||Inferno probably vastly overextended herself in her
long flight, passing out in the parking lot this way. Another
possibility would be blood sugar problems or a manic-depressive personality,
either of which might be held in check better in the 30th century
due to standard food additives and such that are not available in
the 20th century. In fact, even allergies to things not present
in the 30th century could be partly responsible here.
||Seeing the number of people and cars around, it is
puzzling why Infernos sleeping body was not seen and disturbed
prior to this, as people have obviously been going in and out of the
mall for a while already. It must be the mental powers of the
villain, doing low-level broad band control of the people in and around
the mall, waiting for Inferno to wake up and bring herself into its
||The security guards reference to a train indicates
that there must be a commuter train station next to the mall.
||Among the hanging advertising signs is one for OK,
parodying the CK of Calvin Klein, and one for Avacé,
parodying Versacé. (Sadly, designer Gianni
Versacé was murdered by Andrew Cunanan a couple months before
this issue was released.)
||The store behind Inferno is Coffee Mountain.
Folgers bills itself as Mountain Grown.
||VE Day and VJ Day as Victory
over Europe and Victory over Japan, the anniversaries
of the dates that Germany and Japan surrendered in World War II.
||An odd concern about her lunch, since it was apparently
in her backpack, while the collision was in front. Perhaps this
is a defense mechanism of Jillys.
||Jilly presumably thinks that Inferno has a mini-flamethrower
rather than a means of self-generating the flames.
||This is a freight elevator.
||If Inferno had stuck around, she would have met Robin.
|Hot. Heh. Youre talking
to the original hot babe, Jilly.
||See earlier comments about blood sugar level and the
||We still dont know Infernos real name.
Sandy Anderson is the best weve been given so far.
|Inferno is probably about 10 years old here.
||The fact that Infernos parents are standing underneath
the Titan sign may indicate that Inferno is a Titanian pyrokinetic
and thus something of an anomaly. Not being telepathic,
she would not be required to wear the Saturn badge.
||This is all a dream sequence, of course.
||And of course, Saturn Girl has recently been messing
with everyones brain, so Inferno is a bit sensitized to such.
||The cabin may be a metaphor for Inferno herself, or
for the mall. If the latter, then the Panda may be a facet of the
shadowy villain seen elsewhere in the issue.
||Ailuropoda melanoleuca is the scientific name
for the giant panda, obviously.
||Offer of yourself to swear by another will
presumably be the resolution of Infernos issues in this series,
although it is not clear what that means at this point. Perhaps
it is simply a description of heroism: giving of yourself in the name
||Inferno must have been sleepwalking.
||Inferno is apparently somewhat telekinetic in addition
to her fire powers. First, this allows her flight abilities,
and second, it allows her to manipulate the separate falling shards
of glass to force them to coalesce into the larger chunks.
||The single chunks would seem capable of more damage
than the individual shards, even if they wouldnt cut.
Inferno needs to work on the protection of innocents part
of her job.
||Curious internal design, to not hide away the ugly
air conditioning system like that. Industrial is
chic, but not usually in a general public setting like this.
||Inferno can perhaps even make herself stronger and
recover from the bump by doing this.
||If what this guy is holding onto is a bend piece of
the metal vent system, he has probably cut his fingers wide open,
if not from sharpness then just from the pressure of having all his
weight held by those fingers.
||His t-shirt has a Grey alien on it.
||The bombs were all in the ventilation system, so far
as we saw. Unless there was rubble that we didnt see,
the damage to the floor her is from the fused chunks of glass that
||Keystone City is the home of the Golden Age Flash.
Mentioning it rather than Central City or Gotham City probably means
she has friends or relatives there.
||The silhouette is Helen Cage.
||Helen is wearing an Adidas jacket over her Ok
(Orville Klein?) shirt.
||It must be an Omnicom that was stolen, presumably by
Jilly Major while Inferno was asleep. Note that this is exactly
the thing Brainiac 5 would most fear that might cause timestream fluctuations
and imperil the Legions return home.
||It would appear that the shadowy villain was indeed
behind Infernos dream, or was at least involved in it.