I had given last issue a perfect score, which I tend to avoid doing just because it’s quite hard to sustain such a score going into the following issue. Of course, Brian K. Vaughan (writer), Cliff Chiang (artist) and company continue to prove me wrong. This issue definitely kept the intensity that we were left with from last, and it continued to add to the varying plots going on.

Art by Cliff Chiang, Colors by Matt Wilson

One thing that’s gone under the radar with this current arc, is the growing “implosion” that’s going to happen between Mac and KJ,

Of course, this builds off of the fact that Mac doesn’t seem comfortable with KJ’s sexuality. Though, in my opinion, that’s a skin deep set up on Vaughan’s part. He definitely seems to be pushing us in that direction of, homophobia with her character, but I’m not buying it.

If you recall the glimpse into the future KJ saw last arc, it appeared that she and Mac were kissing each other willingly. This screams to me that Mac isn’t yet comfortable with her own sexuality, and it’s not surprising with what we know of her. Tough to the bone, hell, she wouldn’t even express her feelings when she found out she’ll “eventually” die from cancer.

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