There was also some nonsense about a zombie-raising bounty hunter and a key that has something to do with finding Blackbeard, but none of that really seems to have anything at all to do with the plot, such as it is. You can read my commentary on Parts One and Parts Two if you really must know more.
Now read on...
Astute readers will note that the art style for this issue seems to be different. Not better, mind you - just different. The characters are still misshapen and oddly colored but now their eyes are smaller and their hands are freakishly big. And yet, I consider this artist - who is uncredited in all the information I can find on this issue - to be an improvement on Mike Maydak, because while the character designs are outlandish they are also consistent.
Unlike the first two issues of this series, we do not start with a rambling narration from Hanna Teach. Instead, we open somewhere off the coast of Africa, in a tower. Here we find Drake Santiago, Fearless Pirate (TM) bragging about his latest adventures to a pair of conquests. Whether they're bought slaves in matching costumes or ladies of negotiable affection who just happen to wear the same outfit is unclear. It is also unclear if the dark-skinned woman is Hanna Teach, once again working undercover to retrieve something she needs.
Another good question is why do we now know more about Morgan and her motivations and backstory after half an issue than we do about Hanna after two issues? And a really good question is why I'm so much more interested in Morgan's adventures after this short glimpse of who she is and what she does compared to Hanna.
Well, I do have an answer for that last one. It's because Morgan is an interesting, morally complex character who does exciting things! Compare that to the casually exploitative Hanna, who freely uses people without thinking and spent most of last issue walking around asking random townsfolk for information.
Cut to a tavern in Gibraltar, where Patrick and Morgan meet with their contact, collect their pay and find out about the next job their fixer had for them. This is where the plot (such as it is) finally gets back on track as we find the bounty hunters' next target is - big surprise - Hanna Teach!
This issue is the chapter of The Blackbeard Legacy that really made me hate this series with an intensity I usually reserve for child molesters, book-burners and Mark Millar comics. Not because it was bad but because it was so much better than the rest of the series. The fact of the matter is that Morgan Sheppard is a much more interesting and competent heroine than Hanna Teach. To have nearly an entire issue devoted to such a character after two issues of banality is painful because it gives you hope that things are actually improving.
Alas, it is a false hope. As you will see next time when we conclude The Blackbeard Legacy...