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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

The Matrix: Burning Hope The Matrix
"Burning Hope"
Story and art by John Van Fleet


A little girl aware of the Matrix eludes Agents by assuming different bodies.


Read the story at the Internet Archive


Didja Know?


This comic strip originally appeared on the official Matrix website in 2001. It was later printed in The Matrix Comics, Vol. 1 published by Burlyman Entertainment, a comic book publisher founded by the Wachowskis.


The operative called Link in this story is not the character who was an operative in "Wrong Number" and who is seen again the sequel movies and video games.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this story


Eight Ball (dies in this story)



the Oracle (mentioned only)





Didja Notice?


Eight Ball arrives at Saint George's Orphanage looking for Hope. Saint George's appears to be a fictitious orphanage.


Charon remarks that Saint George is supposed to have slain a dragon. This relates to an 11th Century legend about George of Lydda, a Roman soldier who is one of the most venerated saints and martyrs of Christianity.


On page 12 of the story, Link tells Hope they're going to fly just like Peter Pan. Peter Pan is a character in the 1911 fantasy novel Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie about a boy who can fly.


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