He can't even look at James when he says all of that. Can't look at anyone. I find that authentic and affecting. I remember being annoyed by the end of this comic the first time, but now I'm just thinking, how else could it have really gone? Of course Javert would try to downplay the whole thing. It's pretty incredible he got any of it out in the first place. Guess he realized (after a few minutes) that you can't make someone actually think by striking them.
I know this is old, but every time I find something that I understand better or differently, or that I think you just did very right, I can hardly help but make note of it.