Issue by Issue – The Warlord #95

Warlord_Vol_1_95Writer – Cary Burkett
Artist – Adam Kubert
Inker – Ian Akin
Colours – Jerry Serpe

After a quick recap the book cuts back to Morgan and Shakira who are seen tumbling over a cliff and down a waterfall as they try and deal with another group of the Vashek assassins. Surviving, they soon run into Captain Hawk and the kidnapped princess and yet even more assassins. The assassins, to put it lightly, are quite tenacious. Thankfully Lord Kuldastan’s men step in and get them out of that predicament. While Morgan is grateful of the reward that Kuldastan presents him with, it is men that he can use in his battle against the New Atlanteans and a way soon presents itself to make that very thing happen. There is a lot of action in this book, taking place literally from cover to cover and when this book is at its best, it is when it is throwing all sorts of challenges and obstacles at our hero to overcome. One of those is Captain Hawk. He is as wily an adversary as Morgan has ever had and throughout the entire story, he is nothing but trouble. By the end of the issue he gives Morgan one extra jab and you can be sure that Captain Hawk will be back again to plague our hero. Aside from the assassins and the good Captain, there are fantastical creatures for Morgan to deal with as well and he does so in quite the dramatic fashion. Coming on board this issue to join Cary Burkett is Adam Kubert and the book looks especially gorgeous under his steady hand. When this book was released, Kubert’s pencils still slightly resembled his father’s and it gives the book a classic, yet exciting feel because of it. He lends a dynamic energy to the pages and though he is more than likely just a fill-in, the book would definitely be a lot better if he were to remain on board. The story also gives us a peek at what Jennifer is doing and it is here that the saga of the Evil One is about to start once again as Tinder has stolen the magical jewel which can return the villain to the land of the living. Things are moving forward and it is fun to be along for the ride.

4 out of 5

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