By: David Pinckney
This issue was a lot of fun. We get some intense situations and some plot points that makes the wait for issue 5 seem almost unfair. This is the fourth installment of the walkthroughs. Same as always, two parts, first part is spoiler free the second part is not. Let's get started.
Coyle and Avery – Their relationship all but shatters in this issue. The reason for this is explained in the not spoiler free portion of the walkthrough, but I will say that there is no turning back for them now. Avery at this point holds more then just resentment towards Coyle. Coyle shows his true colors in this issue. The circumstances that the characters are in lend themselves to be a problematic catalyst for all characters. Coyle is no different. His reactions throughout this issue is rash and, honestly, barbaric.
Simon and Johnnie – Thick skinned and to the point. As said in the last walkthrough, they want to survive and they will do it by any means necessary. This may be a little weak of a character break down, but really, these characters haven't really hoped up more then just showing they just want to live. They don't really divulge to much to Coyle and Avery, which makes sense as they are only together because of the events happening in the story. That said, this is does NOT show a lack of story telling or character development. Edmondson does a really good job of bring in characters that we don't really know all that much about, and making them interesting to the reader.
In the last issue, the plot was getting to Portland. In this issue, they arrive and it quickly becomes a place they do not want to be. Avery wants to find her mother and they do, only everything doesn't play out as she had hopped. Here, we get a rather large game changer. So much happens once we arrive at Avery's aunt's house (Avery's mother is staying with her aunt) that the reader can't help but want to just keep reading.
Note: More of the plot is described in the not spoiler free section
Main events [NOT spoiler free]:
We learn what happens to the infected that don't die quick enough. The light builds up within them and they explode. Their body becomes a walking time bomb. It is pretty shocking when it happens because you don't see it coming.
The four characters arrive at Avery's aunt's house only to find that her mom had been infected and died before they even arrived. Avery reacts very poorly to the situation, and blames Coyle for what has happened to her mother. This starts the fracture in their already dysfunctional relationship.
After the realization of her mother's death, Avery blames Coyle for what has happened. She insists, and insists, and insists, that it is his fault. Coyle tries to tell Avery to stop with the accusations, but she wouldn't listen. In his frustration, Coyle hits Avery. This is more or less the final straw. Coyle isn't happy with his reaction and runs to the bathroom as he beings to cry. This is really one of the first times we see some form of humanity come from Coyle.
Through his tears he notices something about himself. Not a deep down revelation, but an infection. His eyes are glowing with light and knows that he has some how been infected with the virus.
After noticing his eyes glowing he leaves the bathroom but to his dismay, Johnnie has noticed his eyes. Johnnie raises his gun to shoot Coyle, but Coyle reacts faster and turns Johnnie's own gun on him and shoots him. Coyle grabs Avery and they run and try to get as far away from Simon because, as you can imagine, Coyle's actions aren't sitting right with Simon.
As they are running from Simon, Coyle let's Avery know that he killed Johnnie and this puts yet another kink in their, at this point, non-existing relationship. From here we learn that Coyle is planning on going to the source, which he thinks is a power grid, to kill the virus. He knows it's too late for him, but he wants to do this for his daughter.
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