709: I Am
Title text: Great, LO-M. Do you speak Bocce? I'm supposed to find one that speaks Bocce.
In the Book of Exodus in the Bible, God announces his presence to Moses by way of a burning bush. The quotation in this comic is a combination of Exodus 3:14- "I am that I am", and Exodus 3:16-- "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob."
The punchline comes when God introduces "His counterpart, R2-D2"; theoretically, in the mind of the reader, God's voice would go from booming and sepulchral to snooty and British, much like the voice of C-3PO in Star Wars. C-3PO's programming forbids him to "impersonate a deity", according to his character in Return of the Jedi.
The reference to Bocce in the title text refers to a language that Owen Lars wanted his protocol droid purchase to be able to speak. C-3PO claimed that it was "like a second language to me." LO-M is a model of droid in the Star Wars universe that was made to compete commercially with 3PO droid like C-3PO (and sounds like "Elohim", a Hebrew word for "God".)
- [The Burning Bush of Exodus fame speaks to Moses, who is shielding himself with his arm, as if a great gust of wind is overtaking him.]
- Bush: I AM THAT I AM, THE LORD YOUR GOD AND THE GOD OF YOUR FATHERS, OF ABRAHAM, OF ISAAC, AND OF JACOB.
- [A droid comes into frame, Moses looks down at it.]
- Bush: AND THIS IS MY COUNTERPART, R2-D2.
- BLEEP BLOOP