East of West Vol. 3
Jonathan Hickman, writer; Nick Dragotta, artist; Frank Martin, colors
This collection has the subtitle "There Is No Us" all over the Web, but I can't find it anywhere on the book itself. It is a good summary of the action: a summit conference of the Nations breaks down into violence, and war breaks out, with the Endless Nation.making the first move.
Meanwhile, Death is still trying to find his son, and so are the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. These seemingly unrelated threads come together with their convergence at the Temple at Armistice, home of the Message. The Temple falls under the attack of the Endless Nation, but not before Death's son escapes. The Horsemen are convinced that he truly is the Beast of the Apocalypse.
The boy accepts the name Babylon, without really understanding the derivation. And we see that his AI is lying to him (despite assurances to the contrary). It shows Babylon a false image of a desolate land, good only for destruction and rebuilding.
It was useful having the one-shot "East of West: The World" for reference, as it has been a few months since I read the previous collection.
Love this series. I read the series monthly but I was behind so I read several of these issues not to long ago back to back. This is where things really heat up. I believe there have been 2 or 3 issues since the "World" one-shot, the series keeps getting better.
Oh, the story line with Babylon and his AI makes for an interesting wrinkle. I'll be curious to see how this is resolved.