Issue by Issue – The Warlord #99

Warlord_Vol_1_99Writer – Cary Burkett
Artist – Andy Kubert
Inker – Pablo Marcos
Colours – Jerry Serpe
Letters – Andy Kubert

With Morgan’s forces decimated, they are now on the run, looking for a place to camp out and hide so the New Atlanteans are unable to find them and so they can plan their next move. It comes as a shock to everyone later on though when Morgan decides that the best move that can be made is if he goes off on his own to defeat the army. Of course, they want to know exactly how he is going to do that and he explains to them that the New Atlanteans are ruled by a wizard-king and if he should be defeated, they will all be defeated. It makes sense even if it is a little foolhardy and so while Morgan thinks that he will do it alone, some of the rest of the gang decide that they are still going to help him out in any way possible. Cary Burkett continues the tale with a ton of action after this point and it finds said wizard-king sending out another Vashak assassin to destroy Travis Morgan, this time powered up and with a dragon to help. You know in the end that our hero is going to win and that there is no chance of him dying in his own book, it simply would not make a lot of sense, but suffice it to say, Andy Kubert draws an amazing fight sequence and it almost sees the villain get the better of Morgan. Action-wise, this issue featured one of the better battles to be seen in the title in a while and seeing a Kubert on this book is probably the next best thing to having Grell back on the title. The great thing about this story is that you can finally see the end of the New Atlanteans saga in sight. It has been running for so long, that it is hard to think of when it even started, but once it is finished, it will be good to see our heroes move on to some other adventures. Another item that needs to be addressed soon is the relationship between Morgan and Tara. Will she keep allowing herself to be used as a doormat or will she finally kick the Warlord to the curb? If she was smart it would be the latter but you can almost guess that it will be the former. Truly an excellent lead-in to the hundredth issue of DC’s sword and sorcery epic.

4 out of 5

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