Ominous koala is ominous.
And thus begins Balance, a story arc made up of multiple separate, but related, storylines. It's even got a fancy pants framing device, our first glimpse of which will be on the next page.
But what is this page on about? What is this "cost" it speaks of?
Anyway, let's talk about koalas.
Appropriately demanding marsupials
I hadn't intended for any text other than the narration in this comic, but it occurred to me that probably not everyone reading this is aware of just how terrible the diets of koalas are. I refused to budge on the inclusion of the marsupial, so just to be clear, their diet is a disaster, and they are very insistent on it. It is my understanding that any zoos that house koalas better darn well have the eucalyptus leaves they like, or they just won't eat.
Speaking of odd diets, there's a line in the theme song for Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater that says "not for honor (but for you)", and because of that, it repeatedly got stuck in my head at every stage of working on this page, up to and including while writing this commentary.