At the end of last issue Clive had been shot trying to escape, Susan and Peter escaped the British army prison and Cornfelt is struggling with the smack he took and is trying to explain himself to the British military commander.
As for Alph and Fawkes they’ve led the army to the point where the aliens first landed to see what’s still there while having the odd bit of banter with the army in the process.
Susan and Peter discover not just where the rest of the villagers are, but Susan makes a surprising discovery about Clive that changes her opinion of him, and as for Fawkes, he’s still being Fawkes and trying to make an escape if he can but has led the army to the place where his friend was murdered by the invaders.
By the end of this issue the paranoia of previous issues has been replaced with some serious tension as the army (or at least a small part of it) finally realises the scale of what it’s up against, not to mention they finally see part of what it can do.
I love the Wild’s End concept partly because of the original way it’s telling a possibly tedious story, and for the fact that whenever the story seems to be lagging a wee bit writer Dan Abnett ups the stakes for our characters and by the end of this issue, the stakes are well and truly upped so roll on next issue to see how they get out of the situation they’re in….