by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, with Dean Ormston
This issue continues the two-part storyline featuring Australian Detective Didge and vampire Richie Savoy, who are investigating a pair of zombie attacks that they believed were caused by the writing of a young boy. Savoy suspects that Leviathan, the wounded creature that has the ability to make stories real, is involved in what's happening, and he seeks out Madame Rausch, the 'puppet lady' for some answers.
Since the Cabal was taken apart by Tom Taylor a while back, this title has been casting about for a proper villain. We got a cult leader for a little while, and have never been too sure where Rausch stands, although this issue suggests that she clearly has her own plans. This issue introduces the idea that Leviathan is not the only creature of his kind, and that other such beasts, fed by more modern stories, are in competition to fill its place in the story-ecosystem.
This book has always been interesting, and I like the way that Carey and Gross give the spotlight to a pair of characters who don't often get much play. The dialogue between the two works very well, and I always think it's nice when Dean Ormston provides inks over Gross's pencils; it changes the feel of the book a great deal.