PAGE SEVENTY FOUR. The Boardroom, Building One, Olympus City.
Hard to believe it’s naffing February already. January blew through here faster than a smuggler’s corvette packed full of knock-off sexbots.
I have to hand it, once again, to our Argentine artist. Nic comes up with another quintessential ‘Free Mars’ page. Provocative character design, epic and sprawling industrial-scapes, and a nice solid piece of kill tech- the CSC battlelite (Type IV Thatcher Class). The Type IV carries a payload of four fusion “bombs” (more like smart-missiles). Fusion weapons were, ironically, outlawed on Mars by the CSC Charter.
Vice President Tangaroa, a New Maori, is an example of the diverse nature of the contemporary Martian population. Clearly there’s no love loss between Tangaroa and Thule. I guess the CSC leadership isn’t as lock-step as one would’ve imagined.
The sinister absence would make a certain bass player pretty upset, I wager.
We have two musical pairings this week. Nic’s is A Perfect Circle and ‘Counting Bodies Like Sheep’ (is this foreshadowing?). It’s a pleasantly disconcerting song. Well played, NRG.
My choice is more literal. But I had to do it, what with the new album out next week. I would describe my personal musical taste, generally, as pretty 90’s Britpop-centric, but for shear rock ‘n roll, there’s no one that stands the test of time quite like Van Halen. Tattoo. ‘Free Mars’ Trivia: Hannah Valerus’ ship’s System Ident Code is OU812.