DC Just Stole Pop Culture’s Most Creative Superpower (from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

As their enemies close in on them, DC Comics’ metahuman team the vigil achieves an impossible escape thanks to technology taken directly from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The Vigil The miniseries focuses on the titular team who are tasked with preventing experimental weapons from falling into the wrong hands. In the final issue, Dr. Sankaran reveals what could be the most dangerous piece of experimental technology yet.

The Vigil #6 By Ram V, Devmalya Pramanik, Rain Beredo and David Sharpe sees the team back against the wall, being pursued by Mr. Hep and the government. When all seems lost, Dr. Sankaran reveals the machine he has been working on to augment Dodge’s powers, allowing them to enter Bleed and travel the multiverse.

While even the brilliant Castle seems surprised that Dodge’s powers can transport the entire warehouse where they built their base, Dr. Sankaran asks him if he’s ever heard of the “Infinite Improbability Theorem.” This is a direct allusion to the infinite improbability drive of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The title of the number, all the fishand the fish that begin to fall from the sky once the Vigil disappears remind us of the reference to Douglas Adams’ classic series.

The Vigil Brilliantly weaves in a classic reference

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy inspired a generation of writers

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2005, equipment such as knitted dolls.

The impulse of infinite improbability was introduced into The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. The engine that powers the main characters’ starship, the Heart of Gold, the Drive perfectly represents the union of humor and science fiction that made Douglas Adams’ work a cult hit. It is used to get out of difficult situations, and is made more effective by how impossible it would seem to escape. Its first shown use is rescuing Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect from an open space, with success odds of 2 to the power of 276,709 to one. By simultaneously traveling through every conceivable point in every conceivable universe, you can launch a spaceship across the galaxy, without any “tedious romp in hyperspace.” However, its side effects can be dastardly (and ridiculous): transforming a pair of nuclear warheads into a vase of petunias and a sperm whale, turning the crew into knitted dolls, or creating and then throwing away a million-dollar jar of custard. of gallons.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy The series had such a meandering journey through various mediums that it seems like it took the Finite Improbability route. It began as a BBC radio play, then creator Douglas Adams condensed it into the first the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy book. A BBC miniseries was made in the early 1980s, followed by a video game, comics and a film in 2005. It seems that has now crossed over to the DC Comics universe with the appearance of the vigil machine, sending them to the Bleed, a space between worlds and multiverses that will allow them to go anywhere.

Don’t panic: this is not the end of The Vigil

They are traveling through space between worlds in Bleed.

Vigil Fish

As Dr. Sankaran explains, Dodge’s shrinking power is so fast that he can literally be in two places at once. Considering the momentum from hitchhiker It’s also meant to be everywhere simultaneously, it’s a perfect fusion of pop culture for the series. Beyond a fun reference, Drive allows characters to jump into the Bleed. Originally appearing in Authority #1 As part of the Wildstorm Universe, Bleed is an interdimensional plane between multiverses. The Vigil The miniseries has ended, but in Bleed with an Infinite Improbability Drive taken from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxythe team could appear literally anywhere.

The Vigil #6 is now available from DC Comics.

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