Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Secret Edition
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"If Sam got Gertrude's help because he could trust her, why didn't he tell her the role he needed her to play in Operation Overview [from the beginning]?" -Jake
Two reasons, probably. One was security -- he wasn't sure exactly how many spies there were in the Ninja Mafia or how they were observing him. Keeping the truth from Gertrude until the last moment made it impossible for anyone to overhear it, or for her to leak it accidentally.
And two, which is the more ruthless part -- he did it to trick her. Sam only got Gert to work for him under the false pretense of training recruits. He only told her the real reason she was there when it was too late to change or oppose his plan. Everything was already in motion, and she had to either play her role or watch the entire thing fall apart. It was a dick move, which is why she was so choked about it.
"In [last] Friday's Q & A you mentioned how Varney doesn't care much for Sin. Now I'm curious on how he feels about Sam? [...] He has both reason to like and dislike Sam for revealing vampires to the world." -Chad
It's true! Varney unequivocaly supported the "closeting" of vampires, and quarantining any who wouldn't get with the program. Now, maybe he really felt that was the best thing for the safety of their kind. But on the other hand, he may have done so out of pragmatism, because he feared a complete surface ban was the only alternative.
So how does Varney feel about Sam exposing vampires to the public? How do all vampires feel about it? Has it made things better or worse? Well... I'm not going to tell you, actually. But the smart money is on all this coming up in future chapters. So hang tight!
"In strip #1806, it's heavily implied that Brain has done his little cat-scan ability (hah) on Sam before. Why wouldn't the Ninja Mafia compound's cameras have caught that occurrence? With everyone still there during those meetings, Hazel wouldn't have been able to shut them off, right?" -Jared
All of Sam's prior meetings with Hazel occured in secret outside the Ninja Mafia compound. (For example, on the roof of his apartment building in Sub-Newport.) Hazel had to feed Sam information and learn when the compound would be mostly undefended before she was finally able to break-in and look for... whatever she was looking for. Before that, she'd never been inside Mafia HQ before.
Or at least, not since Sam was in charge!
That's a wrap for this week! See you on Monday, team.