Firstly I was sad to hear that this series is coming to an end as it’s clear the Spurrier issues aren’t selling anywhere near as well as the Moore issues, nor does this series wallow in the pornography of violence including rape to give readers kicks anywhere near as much as certain arcs on Crossed: Badlands do. As for this issue it picks up with Future Taylor being introduced to a band of human Crossed killers who hunt and kill them.
This group is more literate and more like the way humans spoke English before the time of the Crossed broke civilisation down and this clearly fascinates Future who at first glance clearly considered them brutal savages but they provide her with the idea to finish off translating Salt’s journals.
Future discovers Salt’s final chapter in his journal is encrypted so only a few chosen Crossed will be able to read it after being give a keyword. In the meantime Taylor is distracted by a Crossed captive captured during a raid who has asked to see her personally..
This issue is about building up the plot and although characters who are introduced seem to be being set up to be important in the future this issue builds up to a confrontation that’s been brewing for all of Spurrier’s run. As part of a whole this is a good issue, but those looking to access this without having read any of the previous issues will be lost, so that added to the fact that you have to work to read the languages created for the comic is probably contributing to it’s poor ongoing sales. That’s a pity because this is a very good work of science fiction with horror laced through it and it’ll be a shame if it goes.