Writer – Mike Grell, Paul Kupperberg
Artist – Mark Texeira, Jan Duursema
Inker – Mike DeCarlo, Jan Duursema
Colours – Adrienne Roy, Tatjana Wood
Letters – John Costanza, Todd Klein
Shakira, Tara and Travis are on their way home to Shamballah when they decide to cut through Ashir’s kingdom and notice that he is in the midst of battle, and losing at that. Getting together with his old friend, Morgan finds out that some resourceful entrepreneurs have set up shop in a tower that acts as a passageway between the lands and are now charging a toll for those that want to pass and hurting the economy in the process. Accomplishing such is easy, as it is positioned so well it cannot be overrun or defeated easily. But Morgan has a plan, much to the dismay of Tara as she was hoping he would stay out of things and keep to his promise. Mike Grell writes another good issue, advancing Morgan and Tara’s characters more than he usually does which was really nice to see. This issue pulls out the old Trojan Horse scheme, with a twist though, and while a little cliché perhaps, this title never really fails at making anything fun. It is a little disheartening to see Shakira exit the book, for a short while at least as she is one of the best things going at the moment for the title, but we know that she will return at some point. Mark Texeira provides some excellent artwork once again, his style looking so similar to Grell’s at this point in time, it is hard to tell the two apart. Also in this issue is the beginning of a new backup feature starring Arion, Lord of Atlantis. Arion would star in his own title as well, one well worth seeking out if you have never read it. A good issue overall, and a fun one, with some strong characterization and some great action to carry it along.
4 out of 5