A LETTER FROM BWS TO JIM SHOOTER
ABOUT SOLAR ALPHA & OMEGA CHAPTER 10

February 27 1992
Mk II

Dear Jim,
Here’s the last of SOLAR Zero.
As with most of the latter parts of zero, circumstances have changed enough to warrant my situational changes too. One is that Gayle, having fled first Phil, then the media, and now holed-up in a motel most probably wouldn’t be wearing her lab coat or even have it with her. So, having no lab coat means that she has no rad-detector either.

 
The way I played this is that after sucking the energy out of the star Phil is a glowing, blazing ball of energy (light) upon returning to Earth. His light is blinding, the heat terrific; where he steps fire erupts. It’s reasonable that as Phil himself is the energy source, he wouldn’t necessarily be aware of his massive light output. It’s only when Gayle remarks, “Phil, I can’t SEE you!” that he realizes he’s emitting such blinding radiance. Then he quickly and easily shuts himself down.
 
 
Lots of kissy huggy. Even though a love story twines throughout this adventure, we’ve never actually shown Phil and Gayle happy together. Despite their dire circumstances, I wanted to show Phil smiling or laughing and Gayle planting wet ones on him. They’re so happy to be with each other. This brief counterpoint should add more to Gayle’s sudden annihilation just moments later, when . . .