Issue by Issue – The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior #3

The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior #3Writer – Mary Jo Duffy
Artist – Ron Frenz
Inker – Danny Bulanadi
Colours – Andy Yanchus
Letters – Rick Parker

Crystar and Ika, after the events of the last issue, find themselves magically transported into the Sanctum Sanctorum of Dr. Strange. For Crystar, it is a wonder as there are so many things around him that are not present on Crystallium and if they are, those items are in short supply. What is most interesting about this setup is that Jo Duffy does not go the very clichéd route of having Dr. Strange bust in and our heroes fight amongst themselves until they realize they are on the same side. Instead, Crystar’s arrival is one of curiosity and Dr. Strange wants to learn exactly how Crystar managed to breach the defenses of his house without any sort of warning going off. It is a very refreshing moment, one very rarely seen in any comic from any company and for that alone, the book gets far more interesting than it would have been should a battle have taken place. Of course, that is not to say there is no action in the book for with Crystar away, it is the perfect chance for the Lava Men to strike, hoping that our hero will have his defenses down, especially as he has no weapons on his person. The book then follows its eventual course, as the good guys beat the bad guys down and Dr. Strange sends them all back to where they came from. Though most of the action takes place on Earth, there is a little drama taking place on Crystallium with Warbow who swallows back the hurt he feels over loving Ambara, a woman who only has eyes for his lord, Crystar. After seeing Warbow pine after her from the beginning of the series, it was nice to see that he holds honour in his heart and is willing to let his feelings be put aside so that she might find happiness with whomever she wishes. On top of everything else, Ogeode is as forgetful as ever, Wong has no idea what to do with himself and Ika just wants to get home in this fun-filled third issue.

3.5 out of 5

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