(From Irregular Webcomic! Click for full-sized inverse cube law.)
I’ve been waiting for nearly three weeks for some indication of exactly what happened when the universe was recreated, and I may have gotten my answer.
I wondered for a while if there would be some historical “glitches” that would continue the theme of the Irregular Crisis, until I read the Pirates theme from beginning to end. After that, my main hypothesis was that all the themes that had started in medias res in some way (which is to say, almost all of them except Espionage, with the caveat that Harry Potter and Star Wars are out of order and order of events doesn’t matter in other, more gag-a-day themes like Shakespeare) were rebooted from the beginning and would be carried up to about the point when Irregular Webcomic! had taken them up originally.
Death of Inhaling Hatmaking Chemicals’ explanation doesn’t really contradict that hypothesis, and it seems to suggest there won’t be any glitches that require a furthering of the crisis storyline, the “scrambled history” serving as an excuse for any accidental inconsistencies Morgan-Mar may introduce. Like this. Or this.
On the other hand, it could prove to be a case of overconfidence and saying “it’s probably nothing” to something that very much is something…
Or it really is nothing, and merely a reference to the influences events on the Infinite Featureless Plane of Death have on the new universe, such as in the new Scientific Revolution theme, or with the Cliffhangers’ heroes having dropped to Charon.
Regardless, were it not for the curious disappearance of the Me theme from the list of themes after the white-blue-red-black transition, I’d wonder if a reappearance of Me was in the offing, and perhaps a (possibly fictionalized) account of Morgan-Mar’s life up to 2002 in the works… setting up a truly great final strip (whited out to avoid interfering with or otherwise influencing Morgan-Mar’s plans):
“Hey, there’s comics on the Internet! Ha ha ha! What a waste of time.”
Hey, I didn’t say it was going to be original…