As Scout and friends hold off the attacking Mexicans, World War Three breaks out, all over. Israel has become a superpower to oppose Russia, as conflicts escalate. Avner Glanzman quells the Texas/Mexico battle as the Israeli air force and warships arrive. There's a lot of extra stuff hinted at, such as a new American Civil War between the Southwestern States and "New America".
VP Bill Loper assassinates President Carver with a lethal injection, and it's all caught on tape, thanks to an Israeli hidden camera. But Carver wrote a love letter to Rosa Winter, before she died.
The biggest swerve arrives when Monday the Eliminator reveals he's part of the ancient order of Samothrace (a Greek island that had some mysterious religious pilgrimages in ancient history). They've been at war, literally forever, with the "Legion of Man"--- a counterpart EVIL secret society, of whom Bill Loper seems to be involved with.
Using his Samothrace secret society contacts, Monday is able to use a space shuttle to fly him and Scout to Russia's Skybase 5-- the worst fear of 80's SDI scenarios, as it's a big satellite station armed with tons of nukes. Monday takes over Skybase 5, then sends a worldwide broadcast, ordering everybody to stand down. If not, he'll blow 'em to hell. WW3 doesn't necessarily end, but simmers into more traditional (non-nuclear) conflicts.
Pissed off at Monday and the current situation, Scout returns home and decides to disappear into the mountains, once more. But he'll be back, in about 6-8 months with "Scout: War Shaman", a new ongoing title, set roughly 10 years later. In the meantime, there are two mini-series to keep everyone engaged: "The Swords of Texas", and Rosa Winter in "New America".
So yeah, this is a very hard-hitting political and social allegory for the 80's. All the fears about Ronald Reagan, the Cold War and even extreme religious groups infiltrating the government. Even the secret society conspiracy that surrounded groups like the Free Masons is worked in. Everything's on display and, for the most part, it works. One thing I was curious about was the re-organized KKK as the "Knights of America", from the first few issues. There's a lot of "world building" in this final arc and it actually makes me want to track down the spin-off books, plus "War Shaman". Scout had almost become a supporting character in his own book, so it's good to take a break, do the spin-offs and come back in a bit.
Visually, Timothy Truman does a great job with his close-ups and military armaments. He gets better as the series rolls on. Some panels of the worldwide conflicts and armored columns seemed to be borrowed from real photographs with some sort of printing/copying process. But they're worked in well and when it comes time to actually draw, Truman nails it.
Oh, and Lone Star beer gets a few plugs in the final issues.
Overall, I think when the book focuses on Scout/Emanuel Santana, it works very well. Problems arise when it tries a little too hard with "world building"....plus the self-indulgent blues/New Disciples nonsense that really had nothing to do with Scout. If you're keeping score, this means the book starts off well and ends well (although, I could've done without Monday the Eliminator in the final arc... but he does fit the purpose of being an immortal eye-in-the-sky with nukes). So, I'll give this book/series a recommendation. You just have to be ready for the bumpy ride in the middle. It's also fun to read all the hippie editorials from the Eclipse crew.