What a perfect time to read this particular issue, but more on that later.
This issue, like many of the previous, is very much of two distinct and separate parts both with their own important part of the story.
This issue is clearly another issue that has been inspired by film (I'm hoping my dates are correct here) and this time the choreography and wire work of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". The first half, the story Hark is telling Snow about her ancestor Ah Lien, contains barely any dialogue and again let's Cassidy's action imagery speak for itself. It also serves to educate the author to the fact that the Harks are more than just a family of wealthy elites who have dabbled in villainy/heroism in the past. They are in fact in possession of some ancient forms of knowledge which propel them into the realm of "super" (hero or villain depending on your perspective).
It is at the end of this first section that we are then introduced to the contemporary aspect of the story. The part I consider fortuitous to the current situation here in the UK. Snow meeting with Hark to discus her partnership with the four and the events surrounding her building from earlier in the story.
Snow, in my opinion, comes across as a politician in these scenes, one who is presenting his parties manifesto to a powerful opponent who could be swayed to become an ally. The way he addresses what she has been given by the four as mere crumbs and that these pale in comparison to the crumbs that he himself has come into possession of. That they can lead mankind into a far brighter future if they work together. Snow also makes a clear and powerful promise about his plan for the four.
The real turning point comes however in the discussion about during the discussion about Wilder including both Snow's knowledge of the true events that led to his transformation but also the almost maternal nature of the relationship Hark has with Wilder. This also contains a throwaway line, and not the first in Planetary, which reveals something important about Jakita's past. The fact that Snow knows he has won Hark over from the brief flicker of a smile which we see in one of four nearly identical panels is brilliant in its delivery.
The ace up Snow's sleeve is obviously Wilder and he plays this despite the fact he has won Hark over. However this also shows us that Snow is very clearly sending a message to Hark, one of the most powerful women on the planet. They both know what she did and they both know the impact this knowledge is likely to have on Wilder if he ever found out. This again shows how different Snow is since the removal of the mental blocks, driven to succeed at any cost and willing to use all of the resources available to him in the process. The final panels again reinforce the relationship between Hark and Wilder and strengthening Snow's position.