Reading this issue, I do think Brubaker is just abbreviating his plans for how Deadenders would eventually turn out. It’s the only explanation for why he’d string together the issue’s awkward little “chapters.”
Even with the dumb dialogue and terrible new characters, the worst thing about the comic is the art. Pleece and Cameron have completely checked out. A couple of the characters–Beezer and another of the original Deadenders–still look like themselves. One of the other characters from the first arc looks different enough I was confused about his identity.
As for the big reveal Brubaker’s been sitting on a few issues? Boring. He can’t even plot out a dramatic scene, not with the terrible third person narration.
Deadenders isn’t going out with a whimper, it’s crashing to the floor and shattering. Brubaker’s managing to remove every good memory of its early issues with this terrible hurried conclusion.