Please disregard any references to any recent events or controversies (as well as any religious imagery) that you may perceive in this and the next few pages. Any editorial statements you might read into these pages are merely emotional strings I need to pull to get us to the next plot point, which will then help us fulfill the main goal of this whole issue here. This political track is temporary and we will get off it soon, I promise.
Also: I feel panel 11 (lower left corner) may very well be the most wrongedy-wrong (yet so right) thing I've drawn in a long time. I may have to do a full-size painting of that.