Just kidding, he's dead on the next page.
I wasn't expecting anyone to survive, and the comic as a whole is pretty great, but what's the point of hyping up a martial culture of badasses if you're going to kill the guy immediately before he gets to make a single swing of his hammers?
If you're trying to sell the opposition as terrifying, that's the wrong way to do it. Jobbing only works if the jobber in question is known to be skilled. Taking out a nobody doesn't mean anything to the strength of the attacker. If it's total comic size that's the problem, that seems like you'd be better served finding somewhere else to cut instead of sacrificing a good way of actually showing the strength of the combatants in question.
Just something that's bothering me about an otherwise pretty decent comic, is all.