In this third issue, Marv Wolfman finally starts to unveil and reveal the why’s and wherefore’s of just what has been going on since the first issue. It begins almost immediately from the first panel and it was good to see as there was a lot happening during those two previous issues that at some points, simply did not make sense – like going into the past, but it is here that it all starts to unfold. Such as it is, Wolfman shows readers that the cult has been trying to influence world events to such a degree that eventually and in time, the planet would become a more peaceful place to live, bereft of wars and violence and intolerance and so forth. They do so through violence yes, removing the necessary obstacles to achieve what they must, whether that be the saving of Abraham in times past or the prevention of a world war, but in their minds, it is justified. Baron Winters finally sees it all for what it is as do his new recruits and that is the softening up of the human race, making it so that when this cult finally comes calling at some future date, there will be no resistance to their rule. All of this is discovered including the fact that the members reincarnate every thousand years and that they are otherworldly in origin. It is too much for some members of the team to ingest and yet they must, especially if they are to save the children who are the unwitting assassins of the cult. Winters for his part is still as cryptic and brusque as ever, more so when things do not go exactly as he has planned, but be that as it may, things always tend to work out in his favour and they do just that here in the end. While the horror in the book was not as prevalent as previous issues, it was still present, both with little children killing other people, the revelation of the aliens and their plans for humanity and the ending which may or may not come back to bite Baron Winters on the backside. This particular book also sees the end of the current story which means there will be a new mystery to occupy both the Baron and readers with the next issue, which hopefully will be a little more straightforward in nature and not so vague as this opening venture.
3.5 out of 5