The title is a line from H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, specifically the John Wayne musical version. (Before he mucked it all up with “A New Generation”.) The line is: “Suddenly there was a change…the passing of something…and all that remained was this gaunt quiet.”
This is the last page that I colored until “Sister”, the mini-comic that ran between Chapters 4 and 5 in 2011.