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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

The Matrix: The King of Never Return The Matrix
"The King of Never Return"
Online comic
Written and drawn by Ted McKeever


Most people remain unaware of the Matrix. Some get the chance to take the red pill or the blue pill. But is there another choice?


Read the story at the Internet Archive


Didja Know?


This story originally appeared on the official Matrix website in 2000. It was later printed in The Matrix Comics, Vol. 2 published by Burlyman Entertainment, a comic book publisher founded by the Wachowskis.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story






the Oracle (mentioned only)

The One/Neo (mentioned only)


Didja Notice?


On page 1, panel 2, the Hotel Ambush is seen in the background. This is likely named for the title of a piece from the soundtrack of The Matrix by Don Davis. The piece accompanies the scene where Morpheus, Neo and the rest are ambushed by Agents at the Heart of the City Hotel after visiting the Oracle.


On page 2, panel 1, a sign that reads "Musket Waltz, Bank of Mexico" is seen on the bank that Phoebe robs. The Bank of Mexico is the central bank of Mexico, backed by the Mexican government. I don't know why "Musket Waltz" would be on the same sign unless the town has that name, which seems unlikely. "Musket Waltz" is the name of a track from the soundtrack of the 1987 film Walker. Maybe writer/artist McKeever was noting musical tracks he was listening to when he drew a particular panel.


Europa creates a spaghetti western program for Phoebe and Tellus to upload into for excitement. A "spaghetti western" is an Italian-made film of the Western genre, usually low budget and violent, the best-known among them being Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). One of the spaghetti western faces seen on page 10 of the story appears to be actor Clint Eastwood, who starred in these three films. Clint Eastwood


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