Issue by Issue – The Warlord #106

Warlord_Vol_1_106Writer – Micheal Fleisher
Artist – Ron Randall
Inker – Ron Randall
Colours – Jerry Serpe
Letters – John Costanza

Shakira’s origin has always been a mystery and with this issue, while it still remains shrouded, a little piece breaks through with the introduction of Daimon, a man who can also turn into a cat, wears the same collar that Shakira does and who causes her a bit of trouble by stealing a diamond. What was nice about this particular story was that while it did not focus primarily upon Shakira, it did split its time between her and Morgan. It has been a long time since Shakira has been introduced in this book and while she has made for a fun supporting character and more than often enough, the comedy relief, finding out her backstory has been a long time in the coming. The entire adventure that takes place here is a lot of fun, but it is essentially just background noise to the little bit of revelation involving everyone’s favourite werecat. The plot involving Morgan trying to save his daughter takes a backseat to everything else that is going on and we are given a little bit of action involving Machiste and Mariah which was also good to see, but this is for the most part, all about Shakira. What would be great is to see at least one of these plot threads coming to fruition though as more things are started while the current storyline goes on, it just seems less and less likely to happen. The writing is strong and Michael Fleisher knows how to weave a good yarn while Ron Randall provides some of the best and more consistent artwork that the book has seen in a while up to this point in its run. A good tale overall that did not necessarily go anywhere or advance anything though it was not as good as the last, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.  It definitely leaves room for improvement which is what one hopes Fleisher and company will take advantage of.

3 out of 5

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