Oh, that's a shame. I understand why, but it's such a shame. What a powerful message that you're sending across. It reminds me of Canadian history class when we learned about how some tribes changed their ways to be more like the settlers.
The way you use spot color is so nice and refreshing. You make it into a theme, and not just an occasional attention-snagger. The color itself becomes a character, especially with so many dark shadows to play upon.