There is still a long way to go to reach the former Castle Deimos where Morgan’s daughter Jennifer makes her residence, so he and the werewolf Rostov decide to stop off and visit his old pal Ashir. But as is always the case, trouble follows Morgan and while not so directly this time, it rears its head so that he must get involved. Mike Grell and new penciller Dan Jurgens weave a tale that finds Travis Morgan back out on the road for the first time in quite a while. The tale is a pretty standard one, at least as far as tales involving The Warlord go and there is not very much that is exciting going on, though it is great to see Shakira back in the book. You never know how much you miss something until it is gone and Shakira has been one of the best characters to ever appear in the book, so having her back is one of the best things to happen for the title. As it is, Grell introduces a little mystery, one that involves the returning Rostov, one that sends Travis and Shakira hot on his path, not knowing what they are in for. It is a fun little story, done as only Grell can do it but it does leave you wanting more. After having some really good tales taking place in Shamballah, it would be a shame to have the book just go back to the old status quo. Hopefully Grell shakes things up a bit as the book moves forward. This issue also contains a Conqueror of the Barren Earth backup tale as well as a preview for the Masters of the Universe series that was going to launch that year.
3 out of 5