At the end of Si Spurrier’s first arc of Crossed +100 humanity had started taking the fight to the Crossed. This new arc picks the story up five years later with Future Taylor back to being an archivist, and Bailey (the stranger that led the fightback against the Crossed) now a captain in the survivors army, going from settlement to settlement clearing out not just the Crossed, but those humans that have become slaves of the Crossed.
The settlement being liberated is Kingstenn, the same one that tried to offer Future up as a tithe to the Crossed, and they’re destroying the Infected’s archive.
Finding a shrine to Salt (one of the first intelligent Crossed from the initial outbreak a century ago) Taylor and her apprentice are shown what else the Crossed have left behind: an infected child.
Also discovered is a coded journal left by the Crossed that Future can’t translate when she’s back at Mursfreeboro which has become an armed stronghold since we last saw it. Though it is safe, and Future’s lover Mustafa is still there so for now it’s somewhere that’s free of the Crossed yet there’s a secret to be revealed…
This is simply about placing all our characters in the context of five years later. There’s a lot of exposition but Spurrier makes it easy to get through, even though much of it is just people standing around talking and filling in the gaps. There’s not much in the way of character development, but this is a plot issue and as for the final page it’s setting up a very, very interesting second arc from Si Spurrier which if it’s as good as his first post-Alan Moore arc, will be very good indeed.