I tried hard to be useless, but made it to the bus in time to get to
Palo Alto for
City Rollers. This issue, the reality-bending Mav Bilium, having
dropped the Dazzlings through a trapdoor into a fractal dimension,
declares that she has won the wager the local and Brooklyn mobs had on
the Battle of the Bands and is now the Mob Boss of Atlantic City
(complete with wide lapels and Stutz Bearcat). Then she drives off with
all of the mobsters present, back into her dimensional sculpture.
Mav is probably up to something, but no one knows exactly what until
her goons try to rob an armored car using strange dessert-themed
weapons. Despite the gooiness, the goons are captured, and most of the
money is saved. When Feathers analyzes the weapons, they are
incomprehensibly bizarre, but when Moth and the Mechanic analyze the
goons, they are willing to say where Mav's new hideout is.
Anonymouse sneaks in through the airducts (which are surprisingly
large for a residence) and finds a bewildering maze with vents that let
her spy on rooms that are not in the same time or climate zone but all
contain Mav, in different-colored outfits. Apparently she is sticking
with the board games theme. Eventually Anonymouse finds the room with
the version of Mav that is briefing her underlings on her plan to do all
the important mob boss things, like bank robberies, but without hurting
any bystanders. Then Anonymouse tries to escape through the room with
the pool, instead of through the ventilation system, and finds herself
trapped in Arizona. Fortunately, she can hitch hike back to cell phone
service and arrange to get rescued before her family explodes.
At this point, the Rollers are convinced that Mav a) just wants to have
a mob boss experience, and b) is strongly influenced by human culture,
so they watch a bunch of classic gangster movies and use this knowledge
to predict where she is going to attack for each part of her plan and
mostly foil her with no loss of life and little loss of property (which
is all insured anyway).
Surely next issue, Mav will go away happy with her mob boss tourism
experience, and everything will be fine in Atlantic city.
FAIL. Unless you count this journal entry.