After defeating the hawk-men in the previous issue, Morgan returns to the village and is rewarded with an ancient sword named Hellfire. Noticing that there is a hole where a gem might have been, Morgan digs out the stone he acquired some time ago and it proves a perfect fit. But as the stone is inserted it transports Travis into the past, luckily to the same time and place where Mariah and Machiste had ended up. After a quick hello, Morgan and his companions find themselves in battle with Wralf the Wretched who bears the same sword except its past counterpart. It was great to see Mariah and Machiste interact with out protagonist once again, but a little sad as well that it only lasted a single issue, for now at least. With what has been said and what has been implied about the age of the Wizard-Kings, it shoud not have been too much to have expected more than what Grell has delivered thus far. You would have thought it would have been beautiful, terrifying and magical with great men and women ruling over a golden-like age. Instead we get a foppish little trickster and a villain who is not as imposing as he should be. The issue was still good, suspenseful and with action to spare, but it would be nice to see these things Grell introduces expanded upon just a bit more. It is unclear just what direction the next book will take, but hopefully it finds Morgan and Shakira on the road back to Shamballah.
3 out of 5