Grayscale is finished on Issue 2. I also realized that my link in the original post on this blog only went to the first 16 pages and not the actual 32 page first issue, so that is now fixed. If you'd like to read the first 32 pages, please do. (I also uploaded the finished pencils of the first five pages of Issue 2 as well).
I went back and re-read the first 32 pages to try and get myself back into the right voice to letter the new issue, and that was an eye opening experience. I knew the dialogue was the weakest link, but I think it needs more help than I initially thought. Right now I'm honestly not real sure how I want to handle this. Half of me wants to go ahead and draw the whole book, and then sit down and just tackle that entire aspect of it last. Write-write the whole book at once and have it come together as cohesive. Half of me thinks it would be a terrible idea to try and tackle writing and lettering 152 pages in one shot and I would suffer a terrible burnout. Either way, I need to approach the writing differently. There are a lot of good ideas and good characters in Benthic and as of right now I'm not conveying those ideas as well as I'd like to be. It's very possible that the now fixed link is indeed a draft of a later, better written comic.
People with editors are luckier than they might think.
In any case, I think uploading the grayscale without the text would just be out-of-context spoiler city, so until I fix the writing problem I'm going to hold off on uploading the new issue. I'm actually pretty happy with how it's looking and the direction the book is going. I'm penciling and inking the first 11 pages of Issue 3 right now and should be on the second half of the book first thing next week.