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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

The Matrix: Hunters and Collectors The Matrix
"Hunters and Collectors"
Matrix Comics Vol. 1
Story and art by Greg Ruth


The deaths of his shipmates on the Pequod turns an archaeologist from a collector to a hunter.


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Didja Know?


This comic strip originally appeared on the official Matrix website in 2003. It was later printed in The Matrix Comics, Vol. 1 published by Burlyman Entertainment, a comic book publisher founded by the Wachowskis. 


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story






Didja Notice?


The character of Flint also goes by the name Ahab. This is a reference to Captain Ahab from Herman Melville's classic 1851 novel Moby Dick, who was obsessed with killing the white whale Moby Dick, just as Flint seems to be obsessed with taking down the Sentinel that destroyed the Pequod in "There Are No Flowers in the Real World". "Pequod" was also the name of the whaling ship in the novel.


Nova comments that Ahab/Flint lost the Pequod in a confrontation with a Sentinel. Ahab is now a member of the hovership Polaris. The Pequod was previously mentioned in "There Are No Flowers in the Real World".


On page 4 of the story, Flint--who was an archaeologist in his life in the Matrix before awakening and joining the resistance--remarks, "I was just a battery that dreamed it was an archaeologist." This is a play on the plot of "The Butterfly Dream" from the ancient Chinese philosophical book Zhuangzi (3rd Century BC), about a man who dreams he was a butterfly and then wakes up wondering if he's a man who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was a man.


On page 11, Nova mentions her lack of an APU or a lightning gun in going up against the Sentinel. An APU is an Armored Personnel Unit, a mechanized walker used by the resistance forces in Zion (as seen in "The Second Renaissance", The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions). A lightning gun (usually called a lightning rifle due to its size and need to be wielded with two hands) is a directed energy weapon used by the resistance. Most notably, Cypher used a lightning gun against Tank and Dozer aboard the Nebuchadnezzar in The Matrix.


Among the books salvaged by Nova from the wreckage of the Pequod, seen in panel 4 of page 13 of the story, are Moby Dick and Neuromancer. The page Nova leaves on Flint's grave marker is from Moby Dick. Neuromancer is a 1984 cyberpunk novel by William Gibson; it was one of the inspirations for the concepts behind the Matrix franchise.


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