Just picked up the magazine. I'm liking how the writers finally take liberty into creating non-game-inspired aspects again.
This is probably a blend of 2 chapters when it gets to the volume releases because there are many overlap pages with the Fan issue. It starts with the Hoodman speaking to Ghetsis after the League events. It is revealed that the Hoodman used his Beeheeyem to manipulate several people to release their Pokemon, which influenced trainers with weak minds to do the same, and thus allowed a snowballing effecting of Pokemon liberation in the first place. Ghetsis wishes to work with the Hoodman again some day, but the Hoodman only agrees to it if it doesn't compromise his important research. And as expected, he reveals himself to be Colress.
We go to the same scene as in Fan where Looker is returning to Unova with Croagunk
. After landing, they see many non-Unova Pokemon, and wonder if Team Plasma has anything to do with the change of ecology. They arrive at the Trainer School, and the encounter scene with Rakutsu was basically the same albeit there were several dialogue alterations. Looker confirms with his superior that Rakutsu is of the superintendent class, because even at 12, he is of the Super S rank in the Int. Police force. Looker's senior actually refers to Rakutsu as Mister Perfect, and he has been working undercover in the school for 5 months now. He also comments that Rakutsu has perfect skills with handling girls, which is the exact opposite of Looker.
polishes its scalchop everytime after a battle, and it notices that its scalpchop was slightly cracked this time. Rakutsu comments that out of the 400 battles it had, this is only the second time the scalchop suffered from damage, and rationalizes that the Scolipede
was no ordinary wild Pokemon, but postulates that it used to be trainer-owned but then released back to the wild. On the other hand, there is also a chance that someone knew that Looker was an international police officer, and thus provoked the Scolipede to attack.
Rakutsu then heads off with the Variable Rope, ending up in some backstreet alley where he enters some game arcade. He activates the switch to enter its secret underground chamber, where he meets a weird man called the Magician. It turns out that the Magician is someone who keeps Rakutsu's health and maintains his gears. Rakutsu goes for a CT scan, and the Magician does a fit test for Rakutsu in an attempt to create a hand-fit Pokeball cover, which facilitates Rakutsu in using Pokeballs. Rakutsu pays the Magician to speed up the process of the cover manufacture, and Looker is shocked by all this. Rakutsu takes Looker to the training ground, and gets Croagunk to fire its attacks on some Grumpig
panels. Although Croagunk scores perfect hits in the first attempt, it fails to hit anything when Rakutsu turns up a simulated sandstorm and flames. Rakutsu tells Looker the important of excelling in adverse conditions.
Suddenly, a loud bang is heard upstairs, and they go up to find Genesect
. Rakutsu tells Looker that he went through maintenance regularly for situations like this, when the enemy is apparently stronger than usual. With that, Dewott jumps forward for a Razor Shell...
I haven't played B2W2 extensively, but I believe the Magician and his maintenance store are original materials. I don't recall seeing such part of backstreets in Aspertia either. I'm liking how B2W2 is shaping up so far.