BUAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I knew it! Panel 4 today.
The AI was technically His Masterness from the very beginning. Schlock (and later "Commander" Riff) just commanded it what to do. And while it hasn't been explicitly stated... the His Masterness the execs would have been speaking to
would have been the AI... not Schlock or Riff. After all the M.O.M.M.Y.s called DoR Riff "commander" not "His Masterness." Apparently the robots in the city, and by extension the AI, do not think of DoR Riff as His Masterness. And panel 6 reaffirms just how out of touch with the city DoR Riff had become... meaning he must have been out of contact with the executives for some time.
On a side note... I feel sorry for Ijustwanttofly... this throws an entirely new monkey wrench into the His Masterness deal... and this one well after he already started scoring it all. Technically His Masterness was neither Riff or Schlock but the AI... and then from another point of view they were each one half of His Masterness. Perhaps it would be wise to wait for further clarification from the the comic? Pete said he's planning to show us Riff's final fate by the end of the month... so it wouldn't be a long wait before either the truth of the matter would be relieved or the chance of further revelations on the matter would become 0.
None-the-less... I take panel 4 today to mean the "His Masterness" actively engaged in running the city was the AI... not Riff or Schlock.
I defer to Ijustwanttofly's judgement... obviously...
Harbinger shows an interest in specifically protecting 01209
01209 thinks the outsiders are part of the city (remember, only REA 5 pilots and executives were aware of the outsider problem)
Rammer is unable to swap places with DoR Riff so he can take control.
The AI is revealed to be modeled on Dr Schlock's mind ("terrified behind its smile?" if ever there was a better description of Dr Schlock I haven't heard it)
There is war between REA 5's and Outsiders in the streets of 4U City
Torg's... rebooted memories... are some how reversed... bringing him back into the fold.
Izzy goes to find Torg
Izzy ends up rebooting due to chem overdose