I haven't read the whole comic yet so I can't comment on the story (I will, though, because it looks great), but I just want to say that the lighting in this page is very effective, especially in that first panel. Nice work.
@Barium Sulfate: You're absolutely right -- if Iaroslav's bad grammar is distracting, I should fix it. He's pretty educated, against his will. :P
(By the way, how'd you pick your username? Barium sulfate is used for...drilling for oil, right?)
I actually picked it about a year ago, when I was a freshman studying chemistry, for no better reason then that all the reasonable names that had something to do with my past/personality were taken. I've learned a lot of interesting facts about barium sulfate; but practically it just gives me an interesting, chemical-related handle. It's also never already chosen as a username, so it lets me be consistent across the interwebs. :)