PAGE SIXTY FOUR.   Interior, green room.  The Leviathan Club, Prometheus City.  Io.

Sol Veneris (Martian Friday) is here again, Earthers!  Alas, this is our last page on the scenic moon of Io.  I hope you’ve enjoyed our Jovian holiday.  I’ve got more planned for Io down the road, so let us just say au revoir to our sulphuric frontier world for now.

Now, I am (was?) a big fan of Orbital Burn, but I suspect that Shade Endgame is going to make them look like three Neptunian Girl Scouts (not to be confused with Venusian Girl Scouts who are trained in a variety of heavy weapons).  I think the Burn saw their targets as easy prey and underestimated the help they’d have.  Shade, on the other hand, is one of those rare purebred psychopaths who no one sees coming.  Should be interesting to watch…

We also get to see our old friend Xander Thule this week, which is nice.  That the Combine employs (or at least works with) serial murderers shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Last week I asked if anyone had ideas about the names of Shade’s Kitty Porn ‘bot backups.  After all the great suggestions, I think I like Ian’s choice of the Germanic versions of the three Fates.  As he suggested, it does seem to fit Shade’s melodramatic personality.  So: Skuld, Verthandi, and Urth.  It gives the comic some much needed class!  Ian, email me at freemarscomic@gmail.com when you get a chance so I can send you a print compilation (which, I might add, are almost gone).

This week’s musical pairing seemed obvious to me.  Maybe it’s too predictable, but I have to go with Jace Everett and ‘Bad Things.’

It just makes seven kinds of sense.  And actually, I totally recommend listening to more of his stuff beyond the fang-banger hit.  I’m not a huge country fan, but I’m not sure I’d even classify this as country.  Check out the album: Red Revelations (awesome title).

And finally, I know I say this all the time, but we really do have a few big things to share soon.  I can’t say too much, but have you ever wondered about how Vikki Grimm, Samantha Darkness, and Taryn Vexx met?  Me too.

Dave