Pic time. There are a lot of new materials so I just selected a few important scenes.
1) Ken, Al and Harry at the Ilex Forest
2) Pryce barely fazed by Dialga's Roar of Time
3) Lance taking on Palkia, who bent Dragonite's Hyper Beam, But, it still hit!
4) Forgot to mention that Archer actually went psycho. He said Giovanni did not meet his expectation as a leader, and thus decided to try capturing Arceus himself. Of course, that's what happens.
5) Flashback on how Giovanni and Pryce met
6) Giovanni suffering from his illness, and nearly floored by Giratina, but Silver to the rescue!
7) Spikey eared Pichu
8) The female Rocket Grunts at Ilex whom I have no idea what they're based on. Maybe distorted versions of the Generals?
9) After returning to the Ruins of Alph, the DPPt trio leaving
10) Giovanni and Silver's 'goodbye'
11) Palmer and Cynthia
12) Backcover. Note the Pokeball in the text box. Art is quite nice and it actually reminds me of the French BW volume designs
And to answer the questions.
- That would put Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald at 15/16 at DP.
- Yes, it did imply that the DPPt trio 'died' at some point, unless by creation, the were just 'dragged' out from their dimensions, though I doubt it because Lance referred to them as 'newly borns'. That creates some ill logic in the sense that if HGSS never happened, Cyrus would have nothing to drag out with the Red Chains in DP. There would be no Giratina in the Distortion World either. I still haven't really digested the so called 'retaining ancient memory' thing. In this sense, they were simply 'resurrected'.
- Pryce simply said he saw how legendaries 'came to this world' in a word bubble, no images to complement that
- Yes, all Gen I to Gen IV attacks have been showcased, and all 493 Pokemon as well. I have updated the statistics sticky at the top of the manga forum
- Dia's Munchlax definitely hatched from an egg (which was said by the writers in the Q&A section on the official site), but the correlation to the Snorlaxes was not clear
- Oh, and one funny comment from Gold to Pich 'Oh, you brought back a girl?' --> since Spikey eared Pichu is female.
May I also say that the writers are almost making Celebi the solution and link to nearly every big legendary clash now. It was involved in the Ho-oh and Lugia plot. It stopped Kyogre and Groudon. It stopped Dialga/Palkia/Giratina too. Guess being able to travel freely through time makes it the 'guardian' of everything, forseeing everything and trying to stop them... Luckily Reshiram and Zekrom's battle are unlikely world-threatening, but then maybe Kyurem will freeze the entire world? I don't know.
P.S. Indeed, that would confuse the Pokedex versions because this suggests that the DP dex comes after the HGSS dex. But then we've seen Arceus's Dex data from the HGSS Dex. Kinda makes Rowan's work on the new Dex in Sinnoh pointless.