When we last left Speed, the timbers of the burning, exploded house were falling all around in the basement, where he lay trapped by his bonds.
|But, in the interests of time, Speed willed away his bonds in between panels, or just silhouetted out of them.
Escaping through the house is impossible because Speed says so.
|One must not let soot besmirch the Face of Judgement.
So he escapes through the cellar window, which you'd kind of think would have been his first instinct anyway.
|What do you mean "how am I to chase them?"
Use the Speedmobile. Your car is parked outside, you JUST told Kelvey that while you were tied up. Did they evaporate it? Did that, too, happen off panel?
For some reason we mere readers are not privy to, Speed's Speedmobile is not available to him, even though he drove there in it. But, you know, I'm okay with that, because it gives us this, one of the most perfect Speed Saunders panels of all time.
|I really want Old Speed Saunders to start showing up in random modern stories and doing things like this. Not as a way of contributing to any story, mind you. Just as comfort food for my soul.
An authority figure approaches Speed out of the blue; Speed takes command of him by identifying himself and begins giving him absurd orders with zero further explanation. It's sublime.
|It's like Speed is practicing for a beat poetry competition.
"Watch for spies along the road." Yeah, you can recognize spies because they are the ones carrying goldfish. The mad god Saunders continues his reign of absurdity at the railroad station as he exercises authority over a train conductor WHO CANNOT POSSIBLY KNOW HIM.
|I mean, he's not even wearing the white fedora.
The mad god is, well, mad now and Major Kelvey's larger typeface won't save him from Speed's power of performative utterance as Speed prepares to STATE his way to victory:
Through force of will and impending deadlines, Speed generates another safeybelted authority figure to take charge of Major Kelvey, because that's not the kind of thing you can leave to train conductors, snazzy though their uniforms may be.
|I don't really know what "parcel post" is, but I know it exists on a lower level of reality.
Speed descends to the lower level of reality that is "Parcel Post" where he finds the escaping goldfish along with their accomplice: THE COLONEL!
|Apparently, his name was "Jacks", although this is the first time we learn it.
Okay, sit back in your chair and prepare for THE SPEED-EXPLANATION.
|Don't worry; nothing you do will help it make any sense.
|If Fred Guardineer had drawn this, all fish would have little black marks on them. Everything would.
Spend some time thinking about how hard it would be to paint coded message on goldfish; now, continue and watch as Speed summons a police car from the ether.
Once Speed explains it all to you, don't just you feel stupid?
|"I was going to tell you so at the time, but I didn't know your name."
It ends, as it so often does: with us learning that Speed was just guessing, but it turned out okay because naturally...