Roka has always been a bit surly and in this arc, you finally get to learn why. I like that it complicates his relationship with Ril, where he has to work with him every day and does consider him a good friend and partner, but at the same time, he holds Ril responsible for getting him stuck as a smuggler.

I have to be honest: I do NOT like how I have the word balloons arranged in panel 3. I’m usually pretty good about knowing where each balloon will roughly go and how much room to leave for it when I’m laying out and penciling a page. But in this instance, I just could not figure out how to place the balloons in the finished page to fill the empty spaces, read left-to-right and top-to-bottom, and avoid the dreaded, undesirable crossing balloon tails. As it is, the order reads fine, but the two balloon tails on the right pointing across each other are definitely awkward.