Last issue revealed that Future Taylor has a Crossed child and is protecting it. This issue starts with some darkly comic scenes that reveal where the child came from and how Future rather than kill it,took care of it and are bringing it up like a normal human baby with the aid of Mustafa. With a few precautions of course.
As Taylor plans to leave Murfreesboro for an archivist trip, Spurrier reveals how much more the human survivors have become in the years since the end of his first arc with a working railway system between settlements. It’s on one of these trains where Future updates her journal to tell us how she’s getting on decoding the latest Salt book found with the last group of Crossed they found.
At the Grapple settlement Future meets up again with Cautious, whose got her own story to tell since they last met.
This issue further explores the realities of the developing world, not to mention Future’s new family means that during a Crossed raid she’s reluctant to take up arms against the infected, which is something that bodes badly for the future. However it seems that there’s a more stable world yet there’s the untranslated section of Salt’s journal still dangling around like a twitching severed limb. What plans lie in there?
Spurrier is doing a great job building up tension slowly again. while at the same time throwing in a major twist in terms of Future’s infected adopted child that it’s impossible to predict what exactly is going to happen. And anyhow, who are those mysterious strangers at the end of this issue?