Right, well. Last issue saw the main character murdered after being turned into a god, not to mention her family were also presumably killed, plus Ianna, one of the few sympathetic gods to Laura was on the verge of being killed himself. Essentially last issue should have completely changed what this comic is and it’s narrative structure and it does because this isn’t the story of Laura being a teenage girl being dragged into a big story, It’s the story now of her death and how people are dealing with it, especially as Baphomet is being accused of it.
Early on it’s revealed Ianna is also dead having presumably lost his fight with Baphomet, so the issue is told through the eyes of a former intern of Cassandra’s, Beth, who is trying to put together a documentary about the deaths of Laura, her parents and Ianna.
Much of the focus on this issue isn’t just Beth’s attempts to be a bastard while making her documentary but on the god Baal, who is very, very pissed off that Ianna and Laura are dead. As Gillen says in the letters column of this issue these next six issues are all going to focus on individual gods (each issue is going to have a guest artist, this issue if Kate Brown who is a little bit too cartoony in places) with I assume, Beth acting as a framing device to hold everything together now Laura is gone but the comic now reads different thanks to the different voice. Beth is hardly a sympathetic character and it’s jarring after such a traumatic act last issue to go from a sympathetic lead character to one that’s alienating and cold, but there’s the point. This isn’t quite the same comic as it was last issue. Things have massively changed and although Gillen givens no hints, this could be how it is for now on. Regardless, this is a brave direction and in an industry where titles promise ‘all-new’ directions every other month, this is the real thing.