It seems that the conflict that we're seeing here is one imported from the future. Darque, the "Corrupted One," has followed Tama, the Geomancer, into the past to destroy her. It seems that Darque is likely the future version of David that we saw lay waste to the world last issue, but Venditti hasn't yet revealed how he became "corrupted." In "The Valiant," the Immortal Enemy referred to a Dark Age whenever he successfully killed a Geomancer. Is it possible that these Dark Ages are brought to fruition by corrupted Geomancers, as Darque seems to be? If so, it'll be interesting to see how David eventually transforms into Darque.
In the meantime, Gilad schools Unity, using Ninjak's Batmanesque preparation to combat any member of Unity against X-O Manowar in the form of Ninjak's specially designed swords. Moreover, since he engages them in the desert, Livewire's technopathic abilities are rendered useless. However, the battle (and Gilad's certainty that Tama isn't behind the recent ecological phenomenon) give pause to Unity's masters, leaving them to wonder if maybe Gilad is telling the truth that she's not the guilty party. I guess we'll all see, won't we?
*** (three of five stars)