John’s ability as a storyteller always gets a bit undersold. He doesn’t talk himself up much, and story’s supposed to be the writers’ area. But a piece like this really shows how much story he can fit into a single image, and this one was all on his own initiative.

We published this one some years before Rana left the Champions to pursue his love’s remains, but it could apply almost equally well to Rana at almost any point in the series (except for “Thief,” his chronological first appearance). Some losses take a long time to heal. Others never do. I’ll leave it to your imagination which kind this’ll ultimately be.

(Wonders what Arkerran astrologers might make of its moon)