Today, Chapter Nineteen comes to a close. More than any other chapter, I think this one may be best read in one sitting. You can start it at the beginning right here.

This has been, for me anyway, a vastly different chapter from any we’ve done before. I was going through old SuperFogeys files just the other day and I was struck by how much character and little moments of asides are thrown into each and every strip. There’s action and humor, but the real meat and potatoes of a good SuperFogeys strip is really the character stuff.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this chapter was devoid of character stuff, but it certainly took more of a back seat to exposition than any other we’ve done previously. That was by design, a conscious choice. The decks needed to be cleared in a sense. There were so many balls up in the air and so many questions that it got to a point where it just didn’t make sense anymore for the characters to not just sit down and TALK. So, they did. And you guys found out a lot about how the SuperFogeys universe is constructed and why things are the way they are.

For some of you this was exciting and revelatory. Others chafed as the revelations unfolded. With each new reveal of secret hands behind the scenes, you either got up in arms because you felt like the characters were losing autonomy, or you saw how it settled questions and confirmed suspicions you’d long held. Watching the two sides duke it out in the comments was one of my favorite things this chapter.

In the end, I don’t think there was any kind of consensus. I hope those of that are questioning the current direction of the strip will give things a chance to play out.

Part of what I was trying to accomplish with this chapter was to present two opposing world views by literalizing them within the universe (or multiverse) of the comic. There is Earth-Abaddon and there is Earth-Avalon. The dark and the light. The cynical and the optimistic.

In one, the world is not governed by anything more than the actions of those within it, for good or ill.* In the other, goodness holds ultimate sway and the universe is ordered around it.

The question that I think is worth asking–the one I’m trying to get at in my small, ridiculous way with this chapter and SuperFogeys as a whole–is this: which world do we live in?

Well, which is it?

What do you think?

Monday: A piece of teaser art for what’s to come and a special announcement about the radically different way you’ll be reading SuperFogeys in the future.

*It’s worth pointing our here–because I’ve seen that some misunderstand this–Thrice Evil has NOT as yet implemented the Edict of Chaos. He needs to get to Earth-Abaddon in order to do that and he hasn’t made it over there yet.