A mellowed-out Frigg is one who can actually listen to Rachel for a few panels before going off on an angry digression. A mellowed-out Rachel, who was already pretty mellow to begin with, will show only mild concern when Frigg disses not only her religion– she’s almost used to that– but the entire concept of a belief system.

How much this really bothers Rachel will never be entirely clear, but it’ll get maybe a bit clearer in the next chapter, which Phil was very deliberately setting up here.

And yes, we were also rolling out some of Phil’s ideas about the power that Rachel and Frigg channeled and why they channeled it differently. We didn’t follow up too hard on the idea of (ahem) “faith-based healing,” but Rachel would allude to it or use it occasionally as a lesser talent.