After the epic battle with the wizard-king Cykroth and the defeat of the New Atlanteans, Jennifer Morgan, daughter of The Warlord, lies in a broken and frail state, her body aged beyond its years. At the moment, there is nobody that can do anything about for there is no one who has the arcane knowledge to undo what has been done. So it is that Morgan heads off to gain such knowledge and in so doing, encounters action and those of questionable morals. This first tale to take place after the incredibly large arc involving the New Atlanteans is a breath of fresh air as it returns Morgan to that which he does best – the classic hero’s quest. Morgan is off to see a warlock that will hopefully have a cure, but upon seeing said wizard, he finds that there is a catch, and when is there not, which then involves him embarking upon a mission to steal some gems. At the end of the day, it still is not as easy as it seems and it is good to see new series writer Michael Fleisher put Morgan through the paces. Fleisher understands all the various characters, their voices and personalities quite well and it shows through in the story that he weaves. Tara is not only troubled by the state of Jennifer, but also because Morgan has to leave once again while she is left behind. It is an argument she has been having with herself and with Morgan for a long time now and it is not one that is going to be put to rest anytime soon. Another good thing to see in this story is that Machiste and Mariah will be staying in the present instead of travelling back to the past. Why they were sidelined for so long is unknown, but it is a welcome change to see them back and hopefully for good. With some incredible artwork from the ever-dependable Andy Kubert, The Warlord is in good hands and it should be interesting to see what comes next.
4 out of 5