Still on the trail to get what he needs to cure his ailing daughter, Travis Morgan is once again in a small town by what seems to be a werecat, not unlike his friend Shakira. Almost mirroring what he is doing, Machiste and Mariah are trying to get back to Kiro so that he might reclaim his kingdom but like Morgan, there are forces at work that are trying to prevent him from returning, namely the current man who sits on his throne. While this is all well and good and the story was a lot of fun, it looks like new writer Michael Fleisher is following the same path that both Grell and Burkett did by padding out their tales with other side stories so as to make it longer. For what reason is unknown, because any writer worth his salt can tell a good, straightforward story if they need to. Fleisher is a good writer, so why he feels the need to inject all of this extra filler is strange no matter how good it might be. As it is, the story never fails to entertain and it is really nice to see Machiste and Mariah back among the rest of the cast and to see them active in a new adventure. They have always been two of the strongest of The Warlord’s supporting cast members and having them sidelined for so long was a mistake on the previous writer’s part. They add a unique dynamic that is not present when they are missing, especially as Machiste is Morgan’s best friend in Skartaris. The majority of this book though has to do with Morgan and his dealings with the werecat and the magician who created it. Fleisher and new penciller Jerry Bingham do a great job in conveying a bit of horror with this issue which is a nice change from the usual sword and sorcery fare and enough cannot be said as to just how nice Bingham’s pencils are in this book. All in all, a very solid issue, it would simply be nice to see the book follow a single path instead of always veering off to the side.
4 out of 5