I’m not really satisfied with panel 2, but for the life of me, I just could not figure out a way to visually show Sky and Bennesaud struggling against the ropes. I think the little white action-y lines are a bit cheesy and don’t fit the look of the series very well, so I don’t use them too often. But it was really all I had to work with to convey some sort of movement.
Regarding Ril’s buckle knives, as I mentioned in previous posts, I like for all the information to be there for readers if they know to look for it. So in this case, I deliberately drew him with his buckle showing back in the first page of this issue, The Big Snow Job #4, Page 1. It’s really tiny and easy to miss, which I guess is the point. But I wanted it to be there. And it’s also why I wanted to call attention to it in the Free Kespa Colony Station disarming scene, way back in The Big Snow Job #1, Page 17.