The title for this page is a callback to strip I. In that strip, the reader is lead to believe Flint has transformed into a monster. This time, the reader is lead to believe that Cass and Flint have transformed back into humans.
Because of the two-year production gap between Chapters 4 and 5, this scene gave me a chance to reintroduce the premise and main characters. We see what Cass and Flint used to look like, we understand Cass’ deep revulsion of her new body and that she’s terrified of her parents seeing her this way.
A fringe benefit to making this dream sequence was depicting Cass actually transforming. Some readers were disappointed her real change occurred off-panel between Chapters 1 and 2. (Only the very beginning of the change was shown.)