Shoe-shopping with CAW:
"Well, yes, the red is stylish, and the death-needle fusillade is a great feature, but are they comfortable?"
What ingenious method does our extraterrestrial lawwoman use to save herself from this deadly (really?) attack?
The Hawks are about many things: sci-fi, archaeology, kink. But they are not about dignity.
Actually, in all fairness, she doesn't trip. She IS tripped. By none other than Punjab the Tailer, who, having her best interests at heart, trips her as a way of changing her pitch down, just beneath the flying feet-needles of doom.
Convenient. A bit embarrassing, though. Still, even ignominiously splayed face down on the floor....she's still Hawkgirl.
And, thus, she still kicks ass.
"Well, if not your skin, at least your shin. Still."
So, Sargon-lite explains everything about himself and why he tailing the Hawks. Without mentioning his name. Because that would take up precious exposition space.
Um,yeah... that's not creepy AT ALL.
Not to be outdone by the Nine Unknowns' invention of the Bronze Talking Head that contains all information, the Hawks remind us that they already have a sci-fi device that ALSO contains all information: the Absorbascon.
The Absorbascon? What kind of stupid name is that?
So the Nine Unknowns (we don't ever meet them by the week, they are the MacGuffin Clan) have been pumping out scientific marvels for over 2000 years, including ones that (somehow) told them who and what the Hawks were.
These are same people, I remind you, who simply forgot where their hidden treasure-trove is once they put the info into the Bronze Talking Head. And they lost the Head. And never built another one, or the Solar Lamp that powers it. I guess some people just like to publish papers.
At first I thought it was a rubied turban. Now, given the brain damage all that exposition must be doing to his head, I suspect its actually a bandage and scab.
Remember: there is very little the Absorbascon cannot tell you, when used properly.