Also, Pakrat being cornered this issue was given more space to breath, visually, which helps a lot. In the past, his rages have been somewhat glossed over, but here there is a sizable image of Pakrat charging, teeth barred and claws first. It makes him believably ferocious for the first time. And after that, there are a several other panels of the aftermath, of Pakrat tearing through Rident and his allies. It's the most action the character has seen, and the heaviest action of the issue, something that José Luis García-López has been doing extremely well all along.
Pakrat's story is truly only the B-plot of the issue, though. The real narrative core revolves around Dart and Blackjak's attempt to leave Roc's World and return to her home on New Earth. Their efforts are thwarted before they begin when Kargg, lackey to the mysterious main villain, pays spaceship dealer Lio off to sell them a faulty ship. Lio, by the way, is the greatest character this series has yet introduced, and as far as I can recall he never comes back. But that's fine, this is the perfect dose. He's almost human in his appearance, but so exaggerated in certain features and understated in others that he ends up also looking quite alien, somehow. And his huge, creepy grin matches his disturbingly cheery personality. "Lovely, lovely." It makes me shudder as I laugh. I've praised García-López's character work a lot, but this is the cream of the crop.
*Quick digression: I have looked it up, and yes, the Egg child's name is Babe. Also the main bad guy is the Dark Destroyer. But I refuse to call them that in these reviews until the book starts to, because that seems only fair. Or right. Or something. It's what I'm doing.
The nefarious captain and his pathetic first mate land on New Earth and force their captive to unload the rest of their ship. Quite forcefully. The first mate protests, and the captain ignores him as always, but the commotion catches Morphea's attention and she arrives to investigate. Not one to suffer fools, and physically unable to believe anyone's bullshit, Morphea very quickly learns the truth of the situation through a kind of mind meld with the Egg baby. This is displayed visually in a gorgeous half-page panel, where García-López and Ricardo Villagrán do a great job of recapping events from the child's point of view. The captain's face is made into that of a nightmarish monster, and so is his ship, and the memories blend together in a sort of fluid, singular image that still tells a clear narrative. It's a visual high point of the series, different than anything that comes before but not jarring or out of place.
Tempest and Professor Venture have a three-page conversation that is 100% pointless recap. He tells her about Melissa dumping him, which he also predicts and she openly admits is news she already knows. They then go over for the third time in as many issues how bad Tempest's relationship is with his father, and at the same time remind us that Venture is very much his mother figure, despite not being his actual mom. Who, it is repeated, died in childbirth. And then the scene closes with Tempest having another temper flare up like he did in issue #2 with Melissa's father, while Venture wishes Dart would return since she and Tempest always had a special bond. Which, like everything else, has been said before. So that's a dud scene and a waste of space, but easily forgiven when everything else that happens in the issue takes large strides ahead.