As far as we know, Lamont was the only agent of the Scientific Society present aboard Westward for its first mission; whether that was engineered or not is still a little foggy. In the final panel, Ben is no doubt referring to the deal they struck a year prior, as seen a few strips back. -e
BEN: Think about what you’re saying. You might have been something special on the last ship, but here you’re just another Scientific Society kid—and so is Lazarus.
LAMONT: I’m not normal. I went through more. What if he’s the same? How would I know? How would I know anything about him?
BEN: For Pete’s sake, Townsend. You did your part, I did mine. For all I care you can take both of ’em and settle on the first habitable planet we find.