Panel 1: One of my favorite shots of Ninjette with her hair down. Well done, Past Me! (More for way I drew her face and hair than her near-nudity, I hasten to clarify.)
The peculiar shuriken pasties(?) might be a reference to the infamous Janet Jackson “nipple shield” dealies from her “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Superbowl halftime show, but I can’t swear that to be the case. And yeahp, ’Jette really is seriously flat-chested.
In any event, note that she's quite casual about being near-nekkid in front of the Caged Demonwolf. This may be one of the earliest hints that their rather peculiar relationship will be growing even more peculiar in subsequent volumes.
Panel 4: Not 100% sure why I chose New Jersey to be her clan’s homeland, but this probably has to do with the fact I spent three years of my young life there, at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in scenic Dover, New Jersey. And Ninjette is right, in that parts of the Garden State really are just as woodsy as my own rural New England homeland. That said, I went to school in northern New Jersey, whereas Ninjette’s “hidden forest” is almost certainly secreted away in the sprawling Pine Barrens of the state’s southern half.
Panel 5: Brace yourself for another far-from-subtle dialogue-based scene transition, folks!