Wow, that’s a fantastic shot of Syr’Nj kicking this page off. As usual, I don’t praise John nearly enough: he’s providing hella crackle to a chapter that necessitates a lot of standing-around-talking scenes.

Ardaic’s line of questioning is partly meant to calm Syr’Nj. He sees her opposition to the Altruist conspiracy as in no one’s interest, and he’s sure she’ll come to join it if she just applies her formidable intelligence to the matter. As condescension goes, Syr’Nj has had far worse.

Kinda appreciate the flashback’s acknowledgement that even Pardo was running out of patience with Annunziata’s self-aggrandizing bullshit, before the latter’s political self-destruction.