Sixty years ago, an “injury to the eye” panel like this would’ve probably been redacted.

Panel 1 tells you a lot about how Byron made it through the intervening years between losing his shire and gaining lasting friendships.

I’m glad we got to address Byron’s losing streak head-on and reverse it for a bit before he berserked.

Yes, he does have a few too many tactics that end up with one or both of his axes out of his hands (they’re not Mjolnir and Mjrolnir, Byron!). But he couldn’t have pulled off a maneuver like this just by throwing a pebble. His knowledge of the weapon and its weight and handling is crucial to success here.