If there's one thing I've learned while writing Time Cheetah, it's that you shouldn't have a main character who only ever says one thing. But the other thing I learned? You gotta be patient.
It took us a bit to finally get to the Time Corp lobby reveal, but this scene has been a part of the series since the early drafts of Stalin Island—our first Time Cheetah story. Then... how did it end up all the way in the second story, you ask? With a little something called editing.
Without spoiling what's coming up, Stalin Island used to contain more than a few things that you'll see in the early pages of Ford's Fortune. In our earliest drafts, Cheetah walks into Time Corp—much like he does here, but less hungover—and sits in a meeting where Ryan and Carl explain Stalin Island for a million boring panels. Not the best. At least that was better than the version where Rodriguez and the Chief argued about Time Cheetah for two pages—in an empty room without Time Cheetah even there. Superstar writers here, folks.
But as Stalin Island became less about Time Corp and more about getting Cheetah back in the saddle, certain moments had to fall by the wayside. We kept it in our pocket—we still wanted the lobby reveal, dagnabit—and once Ford's Fortune began to take its final shape, it seemed like a good place to bring Time Corp to the forefront!
Hope you enjoy the wonderful view that the inimitable Matt and Mike Cossin drew up, and stay tuned for a look at Time Cheetah's wonderful new office!