In the sacred location in Kansas, the Old and New Gods meet for an exchange. The New Gods have brought the body of Mr. Wednesday to be mourned. The Gods are in a battle for control, but they follow a tradition to send off the dead. For Shadow, it’s a darker world without Mr. Wednesday around. But he wants to do his part to honor the dead and offers to take part in a ceremony that could steal everything away from Shadow.
Friends and foes meet at Kanas, where all the gods consider it neutral territory. The New Gods consider the Old Gods particularly defeated without a leader like Mr. Wednesday, and offer Shadow on more chance to join. However, Shadow is firm with his decision to see this war through with the Old Gods and refuses. He has given too much time and suffered losses of his own to change his mind. Mr. Wednesday may have brought him into this war, but Shadow will do anything to see it to the end.
This issue explores some of the Gods perspectives of life, death and Mr. Wednesday. The New Gods try to have meaningful words but seem hollow and empty. The Old Gods have vengeance on their mind and are waiting for the truce to be over. Neil Gaiman and P. Graig Russell craft a tense but powerful feeling in the story that greatly emphasizes the troubling storms approaching.