This issue picks up right where we left off as X is getting mauled by a pack of sangre fiends. Gundog (who we learned is really Lt. Setter) promises these people all the drugs they could need in exchange for X’s heart. Problem is, X can’t kill them since they’re victims and not necessarily bad enough for X to justify killing. Thanks to a little social media savvy from Leigh, X is able to get enough distance from them to make an escape while they all check their phones in confusion. Later on, Leigh is also able to get a sample of sangre to Rudioso so there can be a treatment in hopes of getting addicts stop taking it. This issue especially she seems much less like a sidekick and more like a main character, especially later on. X also teams up with Trigger Warning to take down Gundog once and for all.
There’s a good amount from this issue that I would consider spoiler-worthy so I won’t too far beyond what I’ve already mentioned. I did want to mention that the end was one of my favorite cliffhangers so far and I’m very much looking forward to what’s coming. Those that will be involved didn’t thrill me too much but I have faith in how much I’ve enjoyed the book thus far that it’ll be good.
I enjoyed everything story and action-wise, and there were some exceptionally great panels of art in this issue. However, there were some noticeably and uncharacteristically weak panels in my opinion. Some of the art seemed like it was rushed. The main place where I noticed this was the one where X finally escapes from the addicts and yells “Enough!” To me it was definitely not visually appealing, which is contradictory to how much I usually enjoy the art. I’m not saying it was bad at any means, but I was distracted a few times by the quality which made me enjoy it less than normal. Overall though, we have another solid and brutal entry into X’s bloodstained journey.