Having seemingly recovered from his nightmares in the previous issue, Travis Morgan now finds them coming true. The group of men he has led through the underground tunnels has been ambushed as has the force that was led by Machiste. Even when they go back to their hideout, they are attacked there as well and they are losing far too many men to have any chance of winning the war now. What is even worse, at the end of the day he just may have lost the one person who means the world to him. While this war with the New Atlanteans has been going on for far too long, Cary Burkett and Rich Buckler deliver a very solid issue packed with action, suspense and more drama than you can shake a stick at. Never before has any enemy in the history of this title gotten the better of the Warlord than the New Atlanteans have. Morgan has never been defeated so soundly and sure, and without a bit of help from Saaba the witch, the Atlanteans might not have defeated Morgan as well as they did though there is every chance that they might have, however doubtful it may have seemed. Not only does Morgan take a beating upon the battlefield but also from Tara who blames him for a tragedy that has befallen one of the supporting cast. Tara’s anger is in part justified, but Morgan believed that he was right and though he had no proof to back up his accusations, Morgan’s influence cannot be denied and such as it is, due to his words, true or false, misfortune follows. Everything that happens in this issue throws everything in doubt by the end – the fates of the men and women, the main characters and the supporting ones and the future of Shamballah itself. With a strong script, some fantastic artwork and more going on than any two given issues out of the last ten, it makes this book one of the strongest chapters in the entire story arc.
4.5 out of 5