So. If this were a finished graphic novel I would let this scene pass by without comment and let the story unfold naturally as you keep reading it over the next hour or two. But it’s not a graphic novel, it’s a webcomic. And there are a couple of things I feel like I need to say at this point as long as you have to wait for days between pages.

Maida is a Muslim. Just in case that wasn’t clear. Her motivations for changing her dress in this scene are… complicated, will be delved into a bit more much later in the story, and are confounded by her living in a different world than we do. But yes, she’s a Muslim.

I like the title I’ve come up with for this comic, but it occurs to me that it could be misread (when you can’t flip through the book ahead of time, read the reviews, or read the back cover blurb). So again, just so there’s no confusion, let me tell you that there will NOT be any Muslim terrorists anywhere in this story. If that’s what you’re looking for there are plenty of other stories for you to spend your time on in a wide range of media. This isn’t that.

That’s it. That’s all I wanted to say. Carry on. In a better world I could’ve spent this space talking about Maida’s cool 3D printer thing that she has, but it’s 2016 and we don’t live in that world.

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Panel 1: Maida's block of flats is big and imposing and identical to the other blocks nearby. We can't see the sky.
Panel 2: Maida is waiting for a device the size of a breadbox to do something. The device says it is "Rendering."
Panel 3: The device beeps and Maida opens the lid. Steam comes out.
Panel 4: Maida pulls out a black hijab.
Panel 5: She wraps it around her head, carefully, in her mirror. Voice-over: "Disguise ready. Meet Maida Kilwa, regular Earther girl."
Panel 6: Maida puts on a pair of sunglasses. Ujana (off camera): "Maida! You'd best get going!" Maida: "Okay, Auntie-ji!"