I guess Brubaker just found out Deadenders was headed for the chopping block because he kicks off a rapid-fire close-up arc this issue.
Instead of going out with some dignity, he’s trying to answer all of the Deadenders‘s questions, whether they’re important in the context of the previous issues or not.
In order to get things going fast enough, for the first time in the series, he adopts an omnipotent third person narrator. He jumps headfirst into all the regular traps–characters act strange, Brubaker reveals ludicrous secrets about them
Reading this issue, I couldn’t even remember the series’s heights. I get it, Brubaker and company (the art’s fine, though there’s not much for them to do) need to sell comics but forcibly reinventing a series every few issues is a terrible move.
As for the big reveal this issue… has Brubaker read (or seen) Frankenstein Unbound?