Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Disarming Edition
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"Oh no! Rex lost both his arms??
Aha! Here's the deal.
The tar is a mysterious black substance that can be alchemically transmuted into new and different things -- from simple materials to complex living creatures -- in response to ambient thought.
The forms of Hart, Brain, and the giant monster they became were made from pure, untransmuted tar. At the climax of the story, all of the tar connected to them -- which, presumably, was most or all the tar that still existed -- was transmuted into stone.
Inhumans are descendants from creatures that were created from transmuted tar. They aren't pure tar anymore, and can't be transmuted into new creatures or substances. They are, however, weak to pure tar, and if they come into physical contact with too much of it, they will break down and disolve back into the mix. (I am sorry to report that any of the poor inhumans who fell into the tar and disolved did not make it back, and whatever is left of them is indeed part of all the stone.)
"How did Hazel 'die'? She was pulled into the tar in Rock Bottom Pt. 51, but so were Sam, Dev, and Fuzzy in Brain Damage Pt. 52 and they came out fine. What was the difference between the two events?" -Jay
Sam, Dev, and Fuzzy were actively brought into the tar and shielded from its physical effects by Brain, Candice, and Hart, respectively... each of whom was hoping to use an outsider to help overpower the others. (Brain mentions that he's protecting Sam from its effects here.)
Hazel, on the other hand, was absorbed by raw, uncontrolled tar responding reactively to her thoughts. Her body apparently developed the same weakness to tar as inhumans -- probably because of how much Brain and Hart had messed her up. (Brain had repeatedly and extensively edited her memories, and Hart hid in her for an extended period of time.) Poor Hazel!