Dreadstar #8 (“Betrayal”) by Jim Starlin pulls in two directions: advancing the plot in some big ways and recapping the past. The issue begins with Z meeting with the Lord High Papal and offering him the means to conquer the Monarchy. All he asks is that the royal palace of Jewelworld (the Monarchy’s capital world) not be bombed, because he will be killing Vanth Dreadstar there. The middle chunk of the issue recaps The Metamorphosis Odyssey to remind us who Aknaton is and why his seeming return from the grave is such a big deal. From there, it’s all putting pieces into play for the eventual confrontation between Z and Dreadstar.