To fully appreciate this story, a certain knowledge of the cultural history of the United Kingdom is required. Being a tiny backwater little nation whose best years are about three centuries behind us, I’m never entirely sure how much the rest of the world knows – or cares – about out folklore. Anyone who’s read or watched V For Vendetta will know what I’m talking about, but if you’ve never heard of Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder plot, you might want to click here for an intro. That’s all the help I’m giving you.
Splash page. A huge explosion fills the entire page. Perhaps it’s made up of many mini-explosions, like fireworks on the 4th of July (or November 5th for those of you who’ve clicked that link). An enormous sound effect crashes across the page too – I’m thinking John Workman lettering Walt Simonson.
CAPTION: WHAT IF JUBILEE AND BOOM-BOOM WERE SENT BACK IN TIME BY KANG THE CONQUEROR TO NOVEMBER 5th, 1605... TO DO BATTLE WITH NITRO, THE EXPLODING MAN AND BLASTARR, THE LIVING BOMB-BURST IN THE CELLARS BENEATH THE UK HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT?
Inset over the bottom right corner of the explosion. Present day UK. A small girl in a duffel coat pushes a life-sized rag-doll effigy of Jubilee down a suburban street in a wheelbarrow.
CAPTION: FOUR HUNDRED YEARS LATER…
GIRL: Penny for the Jubilee, Penny for the Jubilee…