As always, go read the issue. It makes the commentary easier to follow.
Rennie's habit of hitting snooze is one familiar to me. I tend to keep hitting snooze until I have maybe ten minutes to wake up, get dressed, treat the cats, and dash for my bus. Nasty's nightwear is based on a few minutes of thought - what would a tomboy who isn't confident about her looks, like Nasty, wear to bed. And, naturally, I worked in a shower scene. It's something that appeared in my early works; oddly, none of them are really fan-service-y. They just followed from what was happening.
Rennie's mother, despite changing her name with every marriage (possibly number three, though I haven't delved too much into Mrs. Hayes' background yet), knows about the relationship between Nasty and Maria. It pains her to see the two fight, though she knows why they do. Mrs. Hayes also lets the reader in on the actual relationship, not just Nasty's view of it.
Meanwhile, the Treasure Department makes an appearance. (Well, if you've read issue 6, you'd know who they are.) This, if anything, dates the web series. Remember from the intro, I mentioned writing this mainly during 2001 and 2002. Issue 7 was written the summer of 2001. The Al Qaeda attack on the World Trade Centre in New York City hadn't happened; meaning, the massive reorganization and added level of bureaucracy known as the Department of Homeland Security hadn't happened. My thinking, in that summer of 2001, was that Treasury, specifically, an off shoot of the Secret Service, would handle the tracking of metahumans. Today, that'd be handled by Homeland Security.
While I'm on this tangent, the attack on the World Trade Centre created a problem*, for me and for writers at DC and Marvel. A Spider-Man movie trailer had to have an image of the WTC editted out, because of raw emotions. DC and Marvel had to figure out how, in a universe filled with heroes, could terrorists succeed at destroying two buildings and coming close to destroying a third**. With DC, their iconic heroes lived in fictional cities like Metropolis and Gotham. Superman can't be everywhere. Marvel, though, has most of their heroes living in New York City, including the heavy hitters of the Avengers. And, I, although not in the same league, have to figure the same thing out. The S13-verse (my shorthand for the setting) is based on ideas from DC and Marvel, with analogues. So, why couldn't my Avengers-analogue prevent the destruction? And, how real time is the story? At some point, I may even have answers.
Back to issue 7. Maria signed over her daughter to what she thinks is Treasury. Nasty, meanwhile, showed that being a hero is something she can do already. She didn't have to help little Jimmy. She didn't have to make sure he got to school safely. She did, though. Many people would have stood by, thinking "kids will be kids" or not even noticing. Being the one to act is tough; it means having to put yourself in a position of responsibility.
The last scene is there to remind people what really is going on, in case something got missed in a previous issue. The two people are still nameless and faceless, though at this point, I know who they are. I just couldn't think of a way to show that. Besides, nameless, faceless people of an evil corporation? There's a reason why it's a cliche.
Tomorrow, Subject 13 #8, "Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign", will be up.
Saturday, over at Fan To Pro, Lost in Translation takes a look at the nature of remakes, as I get ready for the penultimate and ultimate parts of The Avengers Adaptation.
Coming soon here, why Sharktopus was a better movie than Battleship.
* Not to trivialize the loss of family and friends who were working at or just visiting the World Trade Centre. The destruction of the WTC is a major event in American history, from the attack happening to the reaction by the American people and the American government.
** I.e, the Pentagon.