Jeff Lemire’s strange love epic continues to develop very nicely indeed, as both Nika and William have to deal with returning to their own times, and the consequences of just what went on.
The majority of this issue is focused on Nika, as Lemire kicks things off with a flashback to her childhood. Her family is desperate to escape from a Planet that is about to be destroyed by ‘The Caul’, and in the end, she and her mother get on the escape ship, but not her dad, which was a really sad moment. In her present day, she is back on the spacestation, floating in some kind of tank a la Luke Skywalker at the end of Empire Strikes Back, and when she’s out of the medi-tank, she finds out that Pohl is planning to go an attack the aliens for the Trillium plant. Nika escapes, using her talking space-suit and an awesomely retro-looking raygun, and makes her way to the aliens, but the attack from the other humans still comes.
Meanwhile, back in 1919, William is freaking out about what just happened, and tries to convince his brother about what just happened. We find out a few dribs and drabs of William’s history, like his unhappy arranged marriage, but most importantly, Clayton blows open the temple.
This issue returns once again to the stylistic experimentation used in #1, with William’s pages being upside down. I must say I didn’t like this format as much as the ‘flipbook’ of #1, as it was a bit of a hassle to keep turning the book around and around. But it was effective, especially that double page-spread of the two stair-ways, that was truly mind-bendingly impressive. Lemire is really stretching himself here, and the whole book looks fantastic, especially with Jose Villarrubia’s colours.
This issue culminates with the two time periods once again meeting, and this time in a much bigger way, Clayton is in the future, and the spaceships Pohl sent to attack the aliens are now bursting out of the top of the Temple in 1919! Man, this book is mental, I can’t wait to see what’s next, especially now that Nika and William are able to communicate.