Poor Vijay Narayanan. Cain probably has him somewhere. Though I’m surprised Henri’s cameras didn’t pick up the deranged guy out to kill them all.
I love how confused poor Dillon is. He really has a way of avoiding security and other law enforcement, doesn’t he? He and his dog Stumpy. Out of all the male characters from the various Moore books I’ve read, I think Dillon is my favorite. Dillon has such a heart of gold.
Ivy de-aging is freaking hilarious. I love it. She’s Ivy, but more impulsive and far more impatient. Moore’s art is brilliant here in that he does the perfect job at making her look younger: smaller boobs, small nose, freckles she had removed, etc. I’m not surprised that she ended up punching all the security guards.
On top of that, there seems to be a new development with Julie’s powers; she’s somewhat of an empath.
I really love the touch of realism in this story about the U.S. Army wanting Alloy 618 to be finished and the next stage is testing it. Especially that China is their main worry. The pressure here feels very real, and Moore is doing a wonderful job at capitalizing on real world events like Iran and North Korea’s nuclear technology fear to embed those fears into his book.
Julie, Ivy, and Dillon being all back together is awesome. I love their dynamic. And putting them in a scene where they’re trying to track down Vijay and Cain, knowing there’s bad stuff waiting for them just makes for great dialog. I’m still loving Ivy getting younger. I just hope she doesn’t evaporate away or something. Julie saving Dillon as he slipped was also pretty cool. It was a nice way to show more of her powers without a big event.
I love what Cain’s appearance says about all the characters and their personal beliefs about higher beings. I love how Ivy continues to be very science-based. Though I do have to say that I’m glad Cain is dead, once and for all.
First, OMG, it’s Casey and Tambi!!! <3s!!
Anyway, I feel like these last few issues that Moore is really back into his groove and knocking it out of the park. I love this book so much these days.
I adore road-trips and books set in the Arctic, so this has just been really awesome. I'm also so happy that all the characters are together. I adored the kookiness of the truck stop, and how the owners thought they were making a movie and were like 'yeah, the government thinks they're smart and top secret about the collider, but everyone knows.' Awesome. Funess.
Ivy still having contact with her organization and being a little shady is also made of win. While I think Ivy has a good heart, I do think she's one to do what's necessary. I bet she has something which will stop all of the Phi Project, but may also kill Julie/Annie in the process. Of course, since she did call in Tambi, we loyal Strangers in Paradise readers are going to be a little more trusting of Ivy as we trust Tambi and Casey. (Oooh, and how cool was the carbon dating on Cain’s finger?)
The scene with Julie in the snow and the fox coming up to lay down next to her was really brilliant and beautiful. Like if I ever get a commission from Moore, I know exactly what I’m going to have him draw, beautiful.
The developments with Julie/Annie is just creepy. Yes, it’s sad that Annie died. But it’s perhaps even sadder if Annie’s strong personality, especially as bonded with the alloy, destroys or takes over Julie.
I cannot wait to read the next issue.