If the first chapter was all about introducing the characters, the second chapter sets up how they come together. Vicki is the only one who had her tickets set up in advance. Nasty gets recruited by the Eagle Foundation to be Peregrine once again and go as a guest. Meredith decides at the last minute. When I wrote Crossover in 2008, it was possible to decide at the last minute to go to a convention and still find a hotel room and get into the con. Today? Not so much, at least for the bigger cons. Meredith has the luck of the narrative behind her.
Eric has appeared in Subject 13. The relationship between he and Nasty is complicated because they make it that way. Everyone else around them can see what's happening. Nasty doesn't want to impose herself on Eric and Eric takes that concept and adds a touch of obliviousness to the deal. They are good friends, with Eric helping Nasty with her homework.
We get to see Prototype Alpha in action this time around. Keith constantly fiddles with the design, making small improvements as needed. Meredith is the test pilot, a role she demanded. There is some liberty being taken; few people can hit 90 km/h in downtown Toronto during the day, even on a Saturday. Just too much traffic. Takes a skilled hand on the wheel, really. Or a lot of luck.
Keith has a Yugo. I've tried to keep the jokes about the car to a minimum, but sometimes, they just slip in. The Yugo is another test bed for Keith. There are few parts from the original manufacturer left. The choice of the car comes from budget; the Yugo made budget cars look luxury when it was released. A used Yugo, if it's not been reduced to component metals, might go for the cost of getting rid of it.
Tomorrow, Crossover Chapter 3.
Also tomorrow, over at Psycho Drive-In, what happened to cheesy movies?
Saturday, over at Seventh Sanctum, the History of Adaptations continues with the Nineties.
Also Saturday, check out Comics Bulletin for comics-related reposts of /Lost in Translation/.