Writer David Andry
Artist Alejandro Aragon
Colorist Jason Wordie
Letterer Deron Bennett
Bec, Steph, and Ty recover from the last wave. Bec not being to strap herself in from helping Steph, locked herself in just in time for her brothers to be safe. After Bec crowbarred the door open, Ty fell from the tree he tied himself to. Coming in with bandages at the ready for his sister. Who, under the influence of the wave, picked and peeled at the skin on her arms. Wondering what they would look like. They notice Steph is having a hard time breathing and decide they’re going to have to ration out his medication better. That way it will last until their father returns.
Far away, Dad unties himself from the tree he took refuge in during the wave. At its base, he finds a dog. Wounded, whining, and with the thorns of a fern stuck in his paw. As he travels with his new companion. They are forced to hide as the followers of Maw pass by. With Mad Max style people holding normal people in chains.
Dad wakes up in the cargo chamber of a ship. Arms boud by chains hooked up to the pipes on the wall. He panics remembering he needs to get back to his children. Someone he knows also happens to be chained is able to help him come to and calm down. After some breathing exercises, he’s back to reality. Just when they start to figure what they can do, chirpers warn of a wave.
This series is really turning up the volume of its content. Showing the hardship of shacking down with your family. The struggles of both childhood and parenthood. Being without. Not being listened to. Alongside very gritty, yet expressive art really drives home the point. When you see the prisoners react to the wave and when you slip back to the house with the kids. It’s very hard to forget what you just saw. You are bonded with the stress that these characters feel and it makes these comics a very emotional experience.