Just when I thought you couldn't possibly get any dumber, you go and do something like this...and totally redeem yourself!
I made no bones about not loving the last issue, but this one rocked so hard!
First of all, damn can Emanuela draw women...Love that last page!
Second, loved the pacing of the issue, which despite not featuring the title characters until practically the end, was perfectly done. The narration between Kay and the Earth was brilliant, and while it initially caught me off guard, so was the "face to face" meeting.
This issue manages to completely set up Kay, the Geomancers, Elyot Zorn and the big confrontation coming between the two sides (Next: Four Against None!). Great issue.
Manga, if you are out there, give this one a shot and see what you think. I think you might like it, or at the very least it may intrigue you enough to finish out the arc.