Issue by Issue – The Warlord #69

Warlord_Vol_1_69Writer – Mike Grell, Sharon Wright
Artist – Dan Jurgens
Inker – Mike DeCarlo
Colours – Adrienne Roy
Letters – John Costanza

It has finally come time to depart the age of the Wizard Kings but not everyone is leaving as Rostov, Mariah and Machiste are staying back.  So it is that Jennifer takes her father and Shakira through the portal, only to realize that she is the only one to emerge.  Being as powerful as she is now, she is afraid that she might have lost them and she has no idea where they could be.  With this issue, Mike Grell and Dan Jurgens start Travis Morgan’s latest adventure into the unknown, this time being the possible future of the Earth and a post-apocalyptic one at that.  It is a very bleak looking future as Morgan surmises that the world was in a nuclear war and thus the reason that he and Shakira find themselves in the now deserted city of Sydney.  There is an interesting little moment that takes place when the two arrive through the portal when Shakira essentially admits she has been on the surface before, either that or she simply remembers Morgan’s stories, though if Grell ever does manage to explore that admission is another thing entirely.  It is good to see Morgan encounter something he never has before, though really, he has been running into situations strange and new ever since he entered the lost land of Skartaris.  The difference now compared to those first adventures is the fact that this is an enemy that Morgan might be unable to defeat as this latest villain is larger than he is in every way.  Luckily by the end of the book, he might have found something in which to relieve some pent up aggression.  Great stuff from Grell with some fantastic pencils from Jurgens and a very intriguing story make this book a continually fun read.

4 out of 5

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