Alright so the subject of Ana being the source of the rift between Gabriel and Jack is starting to come up more.
And something that everyone talking about this issue should be aware of is that there is a HUGE miscommunication thing going on between all three Old Soldiers.
Jack and his team are LITERALLY in the middle of taking off. He says that he literally has two second before they fly off.
People miss this panel A LOT, but here, Ana turns off her comms device.
So what does this mean?
Jack was trying to pull a retreat. He had the hostages, the remaining members of their squad was safe, he was trying to get Ana to reign in whatever drive was fueling her to square off against this other sniper.
It’s not hard to believe that by turning off the comms device, Ana may have turned off her GPS signaling or any other way of pinging her location to Jack and the rest of their squad. Whether this was intentional or not is debatable.
So do I think Ana was wrong? Hard to say. This fight of hers was irresponsible, even if it was motivated by purer feelings (”I failed my unit - I lost members of my family.”).
The saying is that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and this is a theme common to all three “Old Soldiers” (Ana, Soldier: 76/Jack, Reaper/Gabriel). This is, arguably, “the theme” of Overwatch as a whole group too - as we saw in Uprising, Jack and Gabriel both made the call to send agents to London against multiple orders from multiple people (their director Petras, UN suspensions, and the UK government).
But going back to the issue of Ana’s “death”:
(It’s important to note that Reaper does not stay for Ana to give him any sort of explanation. In fact, he doesn’t even stay to find out how she’s still alive.)
So, clearly someone thinks that Jack left Ana behind and abandoned her in favor of the mission.
And certainly, it looks bad on Jack’s part - to “force a retreat” with his own captain not on board the ship. We don’t know if Jack tried to find Ana after and could not relocate her, or anything else. But certainly, it seems that some people in Overwatch think he did not do enough to find her and bring her home.
But in Uprising, Gabriel and Jack still had decent communication occurring between them. So what exactly happened? Assuming that Jack tried to explain that he lost communication with Ana, why does seemingly his ex-best friend and companion of nearly 30 years not believe him?
We already know that stress was beginning to build within Overwatch by the time of the Uprising comic - Blackwatch was under suspension, Jack was under pressure to listen to Petras “and stay in line,” governments were beginning to lob complaints, public outcry was starting.
More importantly, if the new skins are anything to go by, Amélie was already kidnapped and brainwashed.
Which means Talon had already infiltrated Overwatch.
It’s not difficult to theorize that some “enterprizing” Talon infiltrator saw the miscommunication over Ana’s “death” start between Gabriel and Jack, and decided to use that moment to drive a wedge between them. Perhaps Jack gets called into the UN Headquarters to explain how Ana died. Perhaps the Talon infiltrator uses that moment to convince Gabriel that Jack “is lying to cover his own failures and that he actually abandoned Ana.” Perhaps Gabriel is so caught up in his grief and confusion that he believes them. Perhaps Jack gets a different (or even the same) Talon infiltrator trying to convince him that Gabriel is “behaving irrationally” or “refuses to listen to Jack’s explanation.”
This is a lot speculation, and without knowing more it’s hard to get any more specific. But I see this order of events as pretty likely. If we assume that Genji and Jesse leave soon after Ana’s death (Genji to find himself and Jesse out of stress and pressure), then Gabriel is effectively without a solid emotional support network to rely on. If we believe that Gabriel was “emotionally isolated” by the conspiracy within Overwatch, it’s fairly straightforward to see how he comes to blame Jack and Overwatch as a whole for “leaving him behind to suffer” as well.
I think people are quick to sympathize with the different Old Soldiers, but fewer people seem to see the steps that could lead someone to become like Ana, Reaper, or Soldier: 76. All it takes is a simple mistake or miscommunication moment, and those who are looking to bring Overwatch down could easily find an opportunity to chisel away at a solid foundation.
And after all -
The best way to undermine something is to take out part of the base level foundation - the original founders of Overwatch.
And then the whole thing comes crumbling down.