Finally got this, some random comments. Spoilers ahead, obviously. "Rock of Ages" * I was a tad confused by one particular detail: the time-stamp for the moment when the Stone first begins speaking to Arthur is marked "November 15, 1:06 P.M. GMT"--isn't it supposed to read 1:06 A.M. instead? At least that's what I take from the next King Arthur panel. Given that the time stamps are more or less essential to understanding the story, I find the discrepancy very dissapointing. * I'm also not entirely sure what happened in that last scene. Did Xanatos get to keep a piece of The Rock, or didn't he? I'm not sure its made clear, and time-stamp discrepancy non-withstanding, it's the only particularly confusing bit about the story. * As a guy who appreciates stories about articles of clothing that are not what they seem, I was a tad bit disappointed to see that Fox's new Manolos are just new Manolos. Not enough to make me like the story less but still... * The most interesting part of the story, to me the new insights on The Illuminati. Unsurprising, since that was my favorite part about the Halloween story as well. Okay, so the other #2, Duval, is a cyborg; we have an unammed blonde as the first established #3; and we Peredur Fab Ragnal, whose rank isn't stated but seems to act as their superior--plus, we have "The Upper Echelons", which sounds like it could be someone either higher up the chain or, alternatively, the upper tier of the Illuminati as we know it--say, everyone ranked #5 and up. The 997 arc * From what I remember of the original plan for Time-Dancer, Brooklyn was supposed to dissapear, reappear, and the series would be told as a series of flashbacks. Here we get to see Brooklyn's first adventure before his return instead. While I can see why this was done--it allows for a tidier, more definitive conclusion to "Clan-Building" if we have all the new additions to the clan appear at once, instead of having one group appear before the other--that, to me, is the problem: it feels too pat. Not only that, it makes the abrupt non-ending to the story seem even more obvious. I think the whole thing would have felt more natural if they had indeed gone with "story as flashback" bit, and then have the story stop due to Elisa's interruption. * Although I had reservations about the timing of the storyline--I feel its focus is too narrow when you're still trying to reintroduce the central Gargoyles concept--the story itself is neat-o. It's nice to see some concrete linkage between the Scottish political situation as the Gargoyles knew it and the situation in Macbeth's time. * I'm not terribly sure what to make of the revelation that the hunter line--or at least the hunter motif--didn't actually begin with Gilcomgaine. While one can argue that the mask and the identity are separate things I feel that seeing it used for something outside a vendetta dilutes the concept a bit (even if Gilcomgaine didn't strictly use it for that purpose either). Plus, it seems like a sort of Pandora's box--it makes me imagine that we'll eventually a story revealing that Constantine didn't actually create the look either, and so on, until we find out that it was actually the result of another stable time loop. General thoughts * Last I'd heard, part of the reason why the comic books were late were because of Hedgecock's slowness. And yet he only pencils one of the "new" issues. Given that each of the final three episodes have three different artists, I have no idea what to think any more. Care to shed some light, Greg X?