"Betrayal" Part 2
Tron: Betrayal #2
Written by Jai Nitz
Plot by Starlight Runner Entertainment
Pencils by Andie Tong
Salvador Larroca and Frank D'armata
While Flynn is torn between his two worlds, Clu uses the time to
gain more power in his mission to create a perfect world.
We know, from seeing that Sam is a little boy
and not a baby, that the events in this issue take place a few years
after "Betrayal" Part
1. We're never told Sam's age, but it seems to be around 3-4
On page 1, Flynn's narrative, in regards to
the death of his wife, remarks that "Rome fell in a day." This goes
back to his narrative comment on the final page of
1, in regards to the birth of his son, that "Rome wasn't built in
nine months. But it's amazing what you can build in that time."
We're never told the circumstances of his wife's death (though
Legacy reveals she died in 1985).
On page 12, Flynn quotes Seneca and says the man was a "Roman
philosopher who was exiled, and later he...let's just say it didn't
end well." Seneca was an actual Roman philosopher who was ordered by
Emperor Nero to commit suicide for his alleged complicity in an
attempt to kill him.
On page 24, in the ENCOM building, we see several posters, two of
which are just barely legible for the Space Paranoids and
Astro Gunner video games.
On page 25, young Sam is seen wearing a Spider-Man t-shirt.
Spider-Man comic books are also published by Marvel.
On page 31, Tron appears to be having a drink at the End of Line
Club, which will be introduced more properly in
Legacy. In the
background of panel 2, the club's proprietor, Zuse (later known as
Castor) can be seen.
Throughout the "Betrayal" story up to this point, Clu and his men
have had the same blue/white glow as Flynn and Tron and other
denizens of the new world. But when they appear on page 41, they now
have a green glow, perhaps an indication of Clu's deception and
rebellion against Flynn's wishes. Throughout the epilogue of the
story, Clu and his men have an orange/red glow, similar to the red of
the MCP's minions in the original Tron.
The epilogue of the story establishes it as taking place in 1989.
On the first two pages of the epilogue, Flynn appears to be under
attack by Clu and his men and is protected by Tron, indicating Clu's
maliciousness, even against his own maker, in whose image he was
On page 3 of the epilogue, Tron appears to be injured after the
battle and takes off on his light cycle. It almost seems like a
finale, with the hero not to be seen again, but he does appear in
During the epilogue, Flynn's narrative reflects that, in the new
world, he's seen it all: courage, betrayal, evolution, and the
spirit's undying fire. These could be read as references to the
canonical timeline of Tron stories thus far:
What happened to Yori? In "Betrayal"
Part 1, we are told that Flynn brought Tron over from the
original Electronic World (seen in Tron) to act as security in the new world. But,
would Tron have been willing to leave without his lover, Yori? We
never see her here though, and Tron does not mention her. Could it
be that the Tron seen here is a copy of the original Tron, with
memories of Yori, or even the first Electronic World, erased? If so,
might the original Tron still be living in the first Electronic
World? (In a couple of episodes of Tron: Uprising, armor
that looks like Yori's armor in Tron
is seen on display in Able's office, but no explanation of why it's
there is given.)
If Flynn doesn't like the way Clu is carrying out his function in
the new world, couldn't he just rewrite the program? Or erase it? I
understand that Flynn now thinks of these programs as living beings,
so perhaps eliminating Clu is not a morally appealing option for
him, but I would think that with all Flynn has done to/for the two
electronic worlds we've seen so far in the Tron universe,
doing a little rewrite of a program would not be such a big deal.