Denver Comic Con
June 30 - July 2, 2017
Hmm. Confusing. Any guesses on what’s going on here? (Not that I’ll necessarily tell you if you’re right…)
Everybody’s in some form of shock? Otherwise, I got nada.
Margaret is a significant person from his life- wife, daughter, close assistant- who is now gone. Among other things, Agnes is now a surrogate (intentionally or otherwise) and he sometimes gets confused.
Exact relationship aside, fairly common trope for an older/younger, more/less experienced pairing.
That’s my (broad) guess, anyway.
… My mind must be too much into the lingo of this time period to notice that unintentional “Broad” pun… at least I hope that was unintentional, otherwise that’s in bad taste in terms of Anges’ character. (More due to who tened to use “Broad” as a slang for “a woman” rather than the actual term.)
Wife, I guess, owing to the wedding ring he was seen wearing earlier.
though I remember speculating at the time that he might be a widower. I will observe that it seems more likely now.
This scene is a little TOO schmaltzy to be real, so I’m guessing it’s EXACTLY what Agnes said in panel three: a nightmare that she’s having (And will probably wake up from in the next page or two. Notice how the scene slightly changes in the last panel)
I suspect the general’s reference to “Margaret” was a subconscious reference to his (I assume) late wife that sleeping Agnes accidentally picked up on while the both of them slept.
You’re in the right ballpark, though that’s more than just a slight change in the last panel. We went from a cozy fire-lit den to Hightower’s quonset hut and a space heater.
If it IS a dream, it answers a question I never thought to ask: “What does Agnes pick up when she’s asleep?”
Also, it answers another question from Chapter Three. Specifically when Henry was trying (and massively failing) to woo her outside of Kate and Walter’s hut, Whitney asked “What’s the general got that I don’t have?” to which she replied “For starters, he’s a gentleman.” This may be what she’ referring to; the fact that Hightower’s still hung up on his wife that he doesn’t give her any lewd images to read, other than the occasional “old man’s fancies” which are probably a lot tamer than her walking into a room and knowing instantly roundabout how many guys are imagining her naked in fine detail.
Some good observations there!
As an additional and somewhat frivolous side note, I wonder if Agnes is wearing that dress because Margaret wore one like it, or if it is one that Agnes wears because all women wore potato sacks back then(Seriously, ugh!)
Well, Agnes isn’t actually wearing a dress. Notice in the last panel that she’s wearing pants. The outfit is part of Hightower’s delusion.
So Hightower IS the source for this, eh?
Agh, I’ll bet his detractors would appreciate the irony: some of them probably thought he was senile with his obsession with the Specialists when he was perfectly lucid, and now that he’s vindicated he’s going senile. Sometimes life is a BITCH.
Seriously, this guy must just be bone-weary, but he’s gotta keep steppin’ up or the team may be screwed.
I also noticed that Agnes’ cheeks are a little chubby in panel 5. Was this a feature of Margaret?
Which also shows that ?’s presence probably is either welcome or feels very odd due to him not popping up thought wise.
But “Green Acres” was weird to the point of surreal. Make for a more interesting Mayberry.
i think it’s more likely a nightmare he is having, and she got pulled into it through her ability..
I think he might have gone mad and that is her caring for him. And the first few panels are how he sees the world.
She might have just been seeing what he was seeing before she brought him back to reality. The general looks like he’s getting on in the years, my grandmother had Alzheimer’s for several years before she passed last year. My point being that early on she would just lose touch with reality for a bit until someone brought her back to reality (later of course we couldn’t get her back to reality) . That may what be happening, the general may be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, thus losing touch with reality for brief periods. Especially considering that it was much harder to recognize back then.
Or I may be completely wrong, who knows
That’s a heckuva fan theory, and would pack a whallop if that’s what’s happening.
Whoa. Now *that* I was not expecting. Huh.
Dementia onset. Do have someone there to observe the commands he gives in the future, preferably Mark. If they haven’t done so already (with the radio tune as a trigger) set up an observation experiment to confirm his mental state for any higher ups back home.
either alzheimer’s or psychic leaks
Perhaps my mind just goes to dark places, but is it possible Lady Liberty is manipulating Hightower, and has been for a long time? It could just be me, but her words in the second to last panel sound more like a confession than anything else.
We know her psychic powers are unimaginably powerful, but also that they are appallingly double-edged and quite erratic when her emotions run high.
Perhaps, to her, impersonating the general’s (Dead?) wife is an unmatched way to get some relative mental peace and quiet, away from all the runaway thoughts of the young, the cruel or the scared.
In her mind, it may not even have been wrong to do: she gets to remind the general of happier times, and they both get to find peace and calm in a shared fantasy where each is comfortable with the other and nobody is making any sort of demands on them. It seems like the kind of atmosphere she’d really appreciate.
Maybe I just don’t want to believe Hightower could be going senile.
My guess is that they tested him if he were keeping Secret things Secret, and he failed.
Telepathy. Old dude is hallucinating, and Agnes has tapped in to the delusion.
So we’ve kind of established it’s a dream with the drastic scene change but now the question I’m asking is “who is dreaming it?” Hightower, Agnes, or maybe this is the diversion that’s occupying Agnes’s mind while Geist is taking control?
In one of the replies above, Shawn Gustafson implied that Hightower was the source and Agnes was picking it up.
Holy moly… – many of you are missing that the Nazi that could possess people and alter their minds set escaped WITH the americans from the base. Please see:( http://thespecialistscomic.com/comic/page-237/ ). He’s at play here people. He’s doing something to Agnes… That’s all I’m saying.
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