The script by Andy Diggle and Eddie Robson is full of the wit and humor one would expect of a story featuring the Matt Smith version of The Doctor. More, there's an honestly engaging mystery at the heart of the main plot, to say nothing of the subplot involving the secret mission of the American pilots Clara befriended. The fast pace of this issue more than makes up for the slow start last month, as we see The Doctor coping with the multiple mysteries as well as the hostile aliens who run the local Black Market.
Andy Kuhn's gritty art style matches the story perfectly in it's dirty but straightforward simplicity. Best known for his work on the series Firebreather, Kuhn's artwork isn't pretty but it is full of detail and character. That's not usually my cup of tea, but for this story it works.