"The Thing from Another World" Part 2
The Thing from Another World #2 (Dark Horse)
Script by Chuck Pfarrer
Art by John Higgins
Cover by John Higgins
The survivors (and the Thing) make their way to the
Argentine camp in Antarctica.
The Argentine commander,
takes MacReady, Erskine, and the wounded SEAL to the
Argentine research station, Campo del Sur. He insists on
giving the newcomers blood tests, as demonstrated to them by
Childs, to determine if any of them are Things. Childs takes
the test first to prove he's still clean and then MacReady
passes. The wounded SEAL then suddenly Things-out and manages
to escape out into the freezing environment. The newcomers
and some of the Argentines give chase in a snowcat into the
night hours and finally manage to blow up the creature with
a thermite charge.
Upon their return,
Colonel Palomo allows Commander Erskine to use the radio
room. Meanwhile, MacReady realizes that the wounded SEAL had
Thinged-out on them before his blood had even been tested.
The chase interrupted the tests such that Erskine was never
tested. He tells Childs his concerns and they go to the
radio room to investigate, only to find all the men in the
room dead and the equipment smashed. They also find a copy
of Erskine's outgoing message which suggests he is awaiting
Navy extraction at nearby coordinates.
MacReady and Childs race out to the vehicle yard, to find
most of them sabotaged as well. But they manage to find a
snowmobile intact and head out into the night. They soon
spot Erskine and gunfire is exchanged between them, injuring
Erskine, who then begins to Thing-out. Suddenly, a U.S. Navy
submarine crashes up through the ice. From inside, the hatch
on the conning tower is opened, and Erskine makes his move,
killing officers and other personnel as he clambers inside
MacReady and Childs also clamber aboard just before the sub
begins to dive with the hatch still open. Water flows in,
electrical equipment is shorted out and, as the sub floods,
it crashes onto a cliff ledge in the sea, crippled. The
Thing has fled into the forward section of the ship,
possibly intent on using the sub's escape trunk to reach the
Only nine men remain alive after the flooding and they
decide to make for the escape trunk in the forward torpedo
room as well. They arrive there, but are ambushed by the
Thing. In the chaos MacReady and Childs argue about whether
they should escape in the capsule or just blow the hatch and
drown, taking the Thing with them. Childs unilaterally
decides to blow the hatch and he pulls the lever.
MacReady finds himself in the ocean depths and his body
rises to the surface
of the ocean alive, where he clambers up onto a chunk of
floating ice and passes out.
CONTINUED IN THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD: CLIMATE OF
On page 3, MacReady refers to Lt. Commander Erskine and the
SEAL team as "Superman and his friends". This is probably
because the SEAL team came dropping out of the sky (on
parachutes) when they captured him. Superman, of course, is
a flying superhero character appearing in titles published
by DC Comics.
The Argentine research station is called Campo del Sur. This
is Spanish for South Camp. This is a fictional Antarctic
camp created for the story.
MacReady seems surprised at the large size of Campo del Sur.
If it is as close to U.S. Outpost 31 as claimed in
Thing from Another World" Part 1 (30 kilometers), he
should already know all about it.
From the view on the ridge, looking down on Camp del Sur on
page 4, there even appears to be a chapel.
On page 5, panel 1, it appears there is at least one child
and his parents at Campo del Sur.
On page 6, Childs passes the blood test, proving him human.
This, of course, goes against the idea that he is actually a
Thing as depicted in "The Things"
(which was written almost 20 years later, however).
Also on page 6, the Argentine base commander, Colonel
Palomo, refers to MacReady as Lieutenant, likely referring
to his Navy shirt as seen in
from Another World" Part 1.
Somehow, as seen on page 8, another of the SEAL team members
also became infected, though this seems impossible since no
one besides Pybus even touched one of the Thing bodies (in
from Another World" Part 1). Later, on page 17, we
learn that Commander Erskine is also infected without
On page 8, one of the Argentines says, "Madre de Dios!" as
the injured SEAL team member reacts to his negative blood
test. This is Spanish for "Mother of God!"
Apparently the hole in the ice Childs falls into on page 12
just happens to be the hole the Thing has chosen to hide in
for the night; it comes up from below him to attack.
On page 16, Childs makes a reference to Rudolph the
Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph, of course, is one of Santa
Claus' reindeer from a children's book by Robert L. May,
first published in 1939.
on page 17, requesting extraction by the Navy, relates grid reference 23028403. Most of the time grid
numbers of locations on the globe would be presented in
degrees of latitude and longitude, so possibly this number
represents 84.03 degrees S latitude and 23.02 degrees S
longitude, which would place the point in the western
portion of Antarctica. However, if these are the true
coordinates of the extraction point, a ship could not reach
it (as Childs points out), but neither could a submarine,
despite MacReady's claim that it could. That far inland on
the continent is solid land and ice, not merely a layer of
ice over the ocean.
Also on page 17, MacReady tells Childs that D-4-N is a Navy
unit designation for a warship. I've been unable to confirm
if this is a standard designation used by the U.S. Navy, but
seeing as how writer Chuck Pfarrer is a former Navy SEAL,
it's probably accurate.
On pages 17-18, we see that Erskine has sabotaged the radio
room and many of the vehicles at the Argentine base, just as
Blair had done at Outpost 31 in
On page 28, MacReady, Childs, and the surviving members of
the submarine crew make their way to the escape trunk. The
escape trunk is the naval term for a capsule designed to
help submarine crew members escape from a downed sub.
On pages 30-31, MacReady is ejected from the sub when Childs
blows the hatch to kill the Thing (and everyone aboard). But
MacReady's body rises to the surface of the ocean alive,
where he clambers up onto a chunk of floating ice and passes
out. But how did the sub get to an open-water portion of the
ocean? The sub had just cracked through a layer of ice to
reach the surface and pick up Commander Erskine and was
immediately sunk by the calamitous actions of the
Erskine-Thing; so there should be no open water nearby!
Besides that, wouldn't MacReady be severely effected by the
bends (decompression sickness) by his rapid ascent from the
depths of the ocean to the surface? Possibly the sub did not
sink far before coming to rest on the cliff ledge,
protecting MacReady from significant pressurization issues.
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