Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Tony S Daniel
Colors by Tomeu Morey
Letters by Andworld Design
The Rundown: Val will come face to face with the truth of this world and one of its persistent evils.
Val and Emory continue to race to their destination as Val thinks back on the events just after the end of the light. Events that took everything from them, including their parents. As they travel through the darkness, they find a small oasis designed to give ferrymen a chance to recharge and rest. In the quiet, the old man traveling with them reveals the truth about himself and his mission to Val.
Not believing the man, Val heads back to her rig just in time to get word that the infamous Blacktop Bill is on her heels and taking out anyone that stands in his way. When he catches up with the group, he offers Val a choice. A choice that could potentially seal hers, her brothers and the world’s fate.
The Story: One of the biggest takeaways from this issue is the view of the world through the eyes of Val. Snyder has created a character who is smart and capable while being emotionally scarred by her circumstances. Character traits that make her interesting as a reader. The plot continues to intrigue and engage me as a reader and the introduction of Blacktop Bill is brilliantly done. He is a menacing and interesting character on his own and I am intrigued by where this story is going.
The Art: Tony S Daniel delivers some beautiful and detailed imagery throughout the issue. The characters are visually dynamic and the action is thrilling.