"The Gospel According to Dumont"
Tron: Betrayal GN
Written by Jai Nitz
Art by Jeff Matsuda
Dumont records "the story thus far" onto Flynn's identity disc.
This story in the graphic novel paperback presentation is
actually simply referred to as "Prologue" (to the
"Betrayal" story). But that
seemed a little too generic of a title for me since it is a
new story that did not appear in the Tron: Betrayal
mini-series and is even drawn by a different artist than the
"Betrayal" story. The phrase
"the Gospel According to Dumont" is used in the closing
narration of the prologue and I have chosen to use it as a
The story, such as it is, is merely Dumont
relating the events of the original Tron
movie, recording the information onto Flynn's disc per his
Dumont refers to Flynn as the Creator and, throughout the narration,
implies that he believes Flynn created the Electronic World. He also
refers to the MCP as Flynn's finest creation before it rebelled. But
this doesn't seem like an accurate retelling of what we know from
Tron. Although there are many of
Flynn's creations in the Electronic World, e.g. vehicles, weapons,
and games (written as video games in the real world), the Electronic
World itself seems to be made up of parts and programs written by
many people who use the ENCOM system. In particular, the MCP is
implied in Tron to have been
initially designed as a chess program by Walter Gibbs, later
modified by Dillinger and gradually added to by the MCP's
absorption of many different programs.
On page 1, Dumont refers to Flynn's world as a city of angels and
lights. Where does the "angels" allusion come from? Is it simply
because Dumont thinks of Flynn as, essentially, a deity, so he
assumes it is populated with angelic beings? (I assume he is not
referring to Los Angeles, the "City of Angels", since ENCOM and
Flynn are revealed to reside in the fictional Center City in
Also on page 1, Dumont describes that Flynn's first act was to make light
in their world of darkness, building the world and its denizens bit
by bit. The reference to making light from the darkness is a
touchback to the beginning of the Biblical Book of Genesis,
"...darkness was upon the face of the deep...And God said, Let there
be light: and there was light," again casting Flynn in the role of
God. The reference to building "bit by bit" has the dual meaning of
the traditionally-known colloquialism of doing something "a little
bit at at a time" and, also, the computing term "bit", the most
basic unit of information in computing.
Continuing on page 1, Dumont comments that Flynn is "unlike other
Users...he was, and is, a creator." It's hard to say if Dumont is
acknowledging that some other Users are also creators or if he
thinks Flynn is the only one of them who is a creator (and,
therefore, the Creator).
On page 11, Dumont states that, after the defeat of the MCP, "the
oppressive red of the MCP gave way to the new blue beam of Flynn."
Yet, most of the Electronic World's denizens already had blue auras,
so why does he consider the "blue beam" to be Flynn's color? It is
more like the "natural" color of the Electronic World.
Also on page 11, Dumont states that after defeating the MCP and
returning to the city of Users, Flynn returned to the Electronic World
often, his guidance and stewardship ushering in a new era. So, what
happened to the original Electronic World after this?
"Betrayal" Part 1 seems to suggest
that the world we see there is a new one built by Flynn, with
(seemingly) only Tron brought over from the original system. Does
the original system world still exist? Has it been somehow remolded
into the new world? The biggest question is, what happened to its
denizens besides Tron?
The final line of the story is "And so ends the Gospel According to
Dumont, the gospel of Flynn's disc." This is a religious callback to
the Synoptic Gospels, the Christian gospels "According to..." Luke,
Matthew, and Mark