This is where the explanations begun in the previous volume (assuming they did, I can never remember much detail from previous volumes) start to come together to make sense of everything, and more of the old team members begin to appear – as soon as I saw a girl in a Union Jack T-shirt a little light came on (metaphorically speaking, and then I noticed the homeless guy in a scruffy suit wasn’t wearing shoes – you know how it all goes). This is, however, a Warren Ellis story, so just because something is explained doesn’t actually mean it has to be either the truth, or permanent.
The bad guys at least are obviously the bad guys, but whether the good guys will actually be the good guys, or remain the good guys, is the bit that makes the story.
While reading this volume, I was suddenly reminded of Planetary, and how I felt on reading the opening of that series for the first time.
There is no higher praise.
I’m going to re-read volume 1 now just to see what I missed. I probably should have re-read that first…