The Dangers of the Unknown in Curse Words 12

By Spencer Irwin

This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!

What is magic? In many ways it’s the unknown — mere mortals attempting to wield power beyond their comprehension, attempting to control and contain vast, foreign energy. At the end of Charles Soule and Ryan Browne’s Curse Words 12 Margaret puts her total faith in magic, despite not knowing what effects it may have on her. Why? Because when you define something with infinite possibilities as “magic” that definition makes it trustworthy? Because she trusts the source of this particular magic (Wizord and Ruby Stitch?)? That idea of who and what you can trust, and what you know and what you don’t, is one that runs throughout this entire issue. Turns out not everyone trusts the unknown quite as much as Margaret does.

The U.S. Government certainly doesn’t, as they’ve captured Margaret and are interrogating her for information on Wizord. They’re scared because they know absolutely nothing about Wizord, this seemingly all-powerful being doing whatever he wants with no consequences. Margaret is not only their only chance to discover any intel about Wizord, but she’s really all they know about him at all.

They hold on tight to Margaret because she’s the only leverage they have over Wizord, the only thing in the world they know has any connection to him, that he cares about at all. That makes Margaret absolutely invaluable, which is why they’ll hold onto her even when they know they could be putting the entire world in danger by doing so.

The unknown also pops up in the storyline featuring Sizzajee and Jacques Zacques in the Hole World. Sizzajee holds all the cards here because Jacques knows literally nothing in this world. This allows Sizzajee to string Jacques along with the promise of knowledge about his sons and about Wizord’s history with the Hole World, but also because only he understands how the customs of the Hole World works, what Jacques will need to do to find what he wants. Jacques has no choice to trust in the unknown, but his lack of knowledge and understanding puts him at a distinct disadvantage.

Wizord and Ruby Stitch are the only ones with any real knowledge here, which is what puts them at each other’s throats, and eventually drives them into bed together as well. They know how to push each other’s buttons in ways both good and bad; their closeness both created and solved their conflict, at least for the moment. But these two don’t have the whole story, either; they don’t know where Margaret is, nor that the Hole World isn’t actually destroyed at all.

So maybe Margaret can trust in an idea she knows almost nothing about, but for every other character, what they don’t know threatens to be their very undoing.

The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?

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One comment on “The Dangers of the Unknown in Curse Words 12

  1. There is a lot going on here and I think I need to reread some of this to get a better feel for the relationships between Wizord, Ruby Stitch and Margaret. I’m losing track of exactly how they feel about each other and I was very very surprised to see Wizord and Ruby in bed.

    I also really did not like some of the coloring here. I found the fight between Wizord and Ruby Stitch to be really hard to follow as much of the red overwhelmed the images leading to me struggling to see through it and around it. That might just be me not being good at colors, but I found the battle scene pretty unclear here.

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