Issue by Issue – The Warlord #48


Writer – Mike Grell, Jack C. Harris, Roy Thomas
Artist – Mike Grell, Tom Yeates, Ernie Colan
Inker – Vince Colletta, Tom Yeates, Tony DeZuniga
Colours – Adrienne Roy, Jerry Serpe
Letters – Ben Oda, Pierre Bernard Jr., John Costanza

Tara is tired of always waiting for Travis Morgan, so this time she aims to go and be with him and either he will come home with her, or he will choose not to do so.  Meanwhile Travis and Shakira are out searching for Jennifer, Morgan’s daughter, when they come across a scene where it looks like a young woman is about to be sacrificed.  But nothing is ever as it seems.  This was a fun tale by Mike Grell who has finally decided to start giving Tara some more face time in the book, which is great as she seems to have been getting the short end of the stick.  It was also fantastic to see Morgan blunder in without knowing the full story and end up getting himself in trouble though luckily he had Shakira there to help him out.  It might have been short, but the story was quite exciting and one of the better tales of late.  The book also happened to feature not one, but two different backup tales.  The first stars Claw the Unconquered by Jack C. Harris and Tom Yeates, who is still tormented by his demon hand, wanting to be rid of it but failing to do so no matter what.  By the end of the tale he comes face to face with the demon whose hand he sports and who in turn, has his.  The second backup is the first appearance of Arak, Son of Thunder by Roy Thomas and Ernie Colon who would soon go on to star in his own ongoing series.  Arak would fight bad men, monsters and come into contact with a mysterious woman, a perfect plot for a fantasy hero if ever there was one.  Now if only every issue of The Warlord could have starred this trio of fantastical powerhouses it would be one amazing anthology.

4.5 out of 5

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