Issue by Issue – The Warlord #49


Writer – Mike Grell, Jack C. Harris
Artist – Mike Grell, Tom Yeates
Inker – Vince Colletta, Tom Yeates
Colours – Adrienne Roy, Jerry Serpe
Letters – John Costanza, Gaspar Saladino

This issue sees Morgan and Shakira strike a bet over the use of Morgan’s gun and if he can go one day without using it.  There are no terms yet Morgan agrees and the timing is a little unfortunate as they are about to head into an abandoned fortress of some sort, its origins lost to time.  Suffice it to say, when all is said and done, Morgan cannot help but use his pistol out of reflex proving that maybe, he does rely on it a bit too often.  What is most interesting about this book is that while Travis Morgan is a bit of a chauvinist, enjoying the company of ladies more than anything else, he does not want anything to do with Shakira.  In turn, Shakira is portrayed by Mike Grell as highly sexualized at times, no doubt due to her feline nature, and in certain issues, like this one, when she is around Morgan, it always seems like she wants more than he is willing to give without though nothing is ever stated.  It is an intriguing pairing having these two as companions and more often than not, a lot of fun to watch the banter between the two.  The adventure is a good one that features them battling a mummy while a little sub-plot takes place involving the resurrection of the Evil One.  Also fun to see was a little Lord of the Rings homage in the telling of that sub-plot. The book also features the continuation of the Claw the Unconquered story that sees the man regain his hand, the one bargained away so long ago.  Both stories were pretty good and it would be hard to pick a favourite between the two as they were both told exceptionally well.

4 out of 5

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