In Cell by Cell, I look deeply into the panels of an issue, appreciating and analyzing the story and artistic composition.
These two pages develop the relationship between Mack and Meiko as he shows her the final blueprints of the spaceship they’ve designed together for the Protectorate. Cell 1 focuses tightly on them looking at the blueprints on the table. Makoto seeks Meiko’s input: “What do you think ?” She thinks it’s amazing. The tight framing surrounds them with only calm, natural colors of brown, blue, and green. It is a moment of great comfort and happiness for them.
We don’t get to see their working relationship–the plans are already complete–but this gives a strong indication. Unlike the Protectorate’s devaluing of girls and women, Mack actively seeks his daughter’s input on important things. He’s got a little girl consulting on the engineering of a space-worthy luxury getaway. Clearly he trusts her intellect, creativity, and reasoning to have her working alongside him in this way. This is a major step up from co-building a birdhouse. As I mentioned in the last Cell by Cell, this is also the bedrock of trust by which her later actions stem. His trust for her to handle adult work allows her to trust herself to handle adult situations.