At the end of last issue things were looking pretty crap for our gang of survivors, and this issue starts off with Future Taylor taking a bollocking from the Imam.
It turns out that refugees are pouring into Murfreesboro as the Crossed aggressively tear across the formerly growing human communities with the same demands for sacrifices of people, and it’s always seven women and three men every year.
The other problem is that Future has serious doubts over some of the refugees, thinking that they may be Crossed that have learned how to act more human and less Crossed in order to infiltrate communities like Murfreesboro.
After an argument with Musta about the refugees, and indeed, who might or might not be Crossed, it should start dawning upon people that this is Si Spurrier commenting upon the current refugee crisis in Europe, and the idea (spread mainly by the hard right parties like UKIP) that in among the refugees are ISIS terrorists, so here’s a little horror comic making a nice point as both Musta (who thinks they should show mercy and compassion to all the refugees) and Future (who thinks some of the refugees are suspicious) both have valid points.
But to make any progress Future has to convince the Imam..
The Imam doesn’t listen believing that peaceful means are the way forward, then all of it falls apart as the Crossed finally arrive at Murfreesboro with the same offer they’ve given other settlements.
Everything Future warned might happen is happening, and the settlement now has a week to decide to go along with the Crossed plans or die.
This issue consists mainly of people talking but it’s a fantastic issue because it’s dealing with the different moralities in the new world, and there’s simply no room for mercy or religion, as if the Imam had listened to Future earlier they could have mobilised the other human settlements to make a stand against the Crossed, or even taken the fight to them.
They didn’t, and now they’re trapped in a situation that could see them wiped out. It’s a stark ending to Spurrier’s best issue yet which is let down only by Rafa Ortiz’s art. In places it’s dreadful and coming after the marvelous work of Andrande and the more cartoony, but interesting work of Heinz, this comes as a disappointment.
Still, this is still the best of the post Alan Moore issues and is highly recommended for an exceptionally good script that sets up the next issue perfectly.