Jim, you are driving me crazy.
Every time I get frustrated with one of the Miracle's little eccentricities (for instance, wasting an entire page on a glamour shot of Colby staring at the same airship that we'd already seen him staring at pages earlier), you whip out some nifty little plot point that just makes me keep reading.
I've been on the verge of giving up on your frequently stagnant pacing many times, and then--BAM!!--here comes another curveball.
If only the plot kept coming as fast and furious as your beautiful art, I wouldn't find myself in this position.