Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Michael Gaydos
Letters by Joshua Reed
Pearl’s mission, priorities and life change in an instant the moment she decides to save a life instead of taking one.
On the run from both Miike and the Endo Twins, Pearl and company escape to a place personal to Rick in hopes of keeping the clans off their scent long enough to come up with a plan. In the midst of hiding, Rick and Pearl get closer as they reveal things about their past and Pearl learns that everything she thought about Rick was wrong. The revelation throws everything in limbo as she thinks about an incident from her past and how that memory relates to her current situation.
The Endo Twins get a visit from the hitman they sent to kill Rick and his failure earns him a swift and violent end. As the twins map out their next move, Pearl decides that the only safe place they can go is back to Miike. Unfortunately, not only does Miike still want Rick dead, but the clan leader is carrying a secret about Pearl’s past that terrifies him.
This issue of Pearl does a good job of moving forward the love story that has been at the heart of this comic. The moments between Pearl and Rick are very sweet and their dialogue seems very natural as they finally take the time to get to know each other and discover that they share similar experiences in the life they lead. Bendis does a good job of keeping the story interesting, but there are some issues. The Endo Twins haven’t been developed enough to make them particularly menacing and Miike has gone from threatening in the first issue to relatively tame in this one. That shift takes some of the tension out of the plot.
The art continues to evolve and grow with beautiful, dynamic panels and character designs. It will be interesting to see how the art evolves when things become more active in the storyline.