Issue by Issue – The Warlord #72

Warlord_Vol_1_72Writer – Cary Burkett
Artist – Dan Jurgens
Inker – Dan Adkins
Colours – Adrienne Roy
Letters – John Costanza

Morgan and Shakira have returned to their own time, courtesy of Jennifer’s mirror, glad to be away from that nightmare of a future.  But the action is just beginning as the portal in the mirror remains open just a bit too long and a black unicorn and a strange man make their way through.  Noticeably absent from this issue is creator, writer and artist – Mike Grell.  Instead, he makes way for writer Cary Burkett, who pens the book with Dan Jurgens still remaining on pencils.  Thankfully the title still feels the same as our hero starts a new adventure, trying to save Shakira from the black unicorn’s plague.  Things of course do not go as smoothly as he hoped for, not as if they ever do usually anyways, and Morgan finds himself in a bind from which he might not escape, leaving the book on a cliff-hanger.  After a full-length tale last issue, the book goes back to its split-issue format with a back-up tale once again making an appearance.  It would be preferable of course to have a full-length book permanently, but of course, we will take what we can get.  Whether Grell is off the book for good or whether this is just a fill-in, should he be gone, Cary Burkett or whoever takes over this title for the long run will have some big shoes to fill.  There have been a lot of great stories to grace its pages though it will be nice to see just what a new writer might be able to do with our hero.  The introduction of this new, time-lost character seems fairly interesting and if his life has been destroyed as was described, he would be an interesting addition to the cast, if the book should head that way.  Not a bad start for the Warlord’s new direction.

3.5 out of 5

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