Synopsis: In this issue, the hunters return home for answers and to confront the monster magpies that made them flee only to find themselves on a dangerous path to confront an ancient creature.
Having stayed with his old friend Tina in the last issue. Howard has left Lupe with his friend to go back home and see if he can strike a deal with the Magpies. Meanwhile, Lupe who has been thinking of the time that she lost her parents goes down for breakfast to find that Howard has left. Tina tries to get Lupe to settle down for a bit of breakfast but is unsuccessful. Back at his house Howard tries to catch the sole Magpie that has been left there as a watch out but has little success. Thankfully, Lupe comes in and manages to contain the bird and tells Howard. She snuck out on Tina to help Howard.
Having managed to contain the magpie in a cat box. Howard proceeds to ask the Magpie if he can strike a deal with the Queen. The Magpie says that in order for him to do this he’d need to go to the Queen.
Once again Tyler Crook pulls off some impressive imagery that is eerily beautiful and suits the story. I loved the various panels where we see different skyscapes. I particularly loved the sunset we get during Lupe and Howard’s drive to the Queen’s place, which is appropriately in a junkyard that is full of treasure. The final few panels of Howard’s meeting with the Queen are pretty damn spooky. Cook makes very clever use of light and shadow. Especially when it comes to the moments where the Queen is speaking.
A brilliant third issue that makes good use of a car journey in order to give us a few moments where Howard and Lupe can form a bond. I loved the conversation she was having about her memory of sitting with her mum to watch an 80s TV show. I also loved the moment where Howard is thrilled to find a shark’s tooth and how it relates to his interest in geology and archeology.
Overall. A really strong issue with an ending that will keep you on the edge of your seat until you can get your mitts on the next issue.