Written by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Ramon K Perez
Colors by Mike Spicer
Letters by Rus Wooton
The Rundown: With troubles in town start to boil over, Ted brings in some unwanted help.
Ted’s trips out of town are revealed when one of the townspeople continues to get letters from a family member wanting to know why he doesn’t visit. In order to keep the secret of the town safe, Ted is sent out by the Judge to silence the potential problem. Before visiting his target, Ted takes some time to drop by some old friends from the military.
After reminiscing with his old friends, Ted takes care of his problem, but he is followed by his old commander. After warning the man to back off, Ted returns, but his warning isn’t heeded and the man has to tell his secret. A secret that will bring in his old unit in a bid to take over the town. A plan that is made easier with the violence during the town meeting.
The Story: Chip Zdarsky ramps up the intensity and the danger in this issue. Ted’s actions for the sake of the town emphasize his brutality and personality. You almost feel for the man at times while realizing just how brutal and sadistic he can be. The story does a great job of painting him into a corner as well and the aftermath is a thrilling cliffhanger that I cannot wait to see unfold.
The Art: Perez delivers some beautiful art throughout the issue. There is a gritty brutality to it that perfectly captures the tone of the story being told.