Issue by Issue – The Warlord #116

Warlord 116Writer – Micheal Fleisher
Artist – Ron Randall
Inker – Ron Randall
Colours – Jerry Serpe
Letters – John Costanza

The finale to Morgan’s long-running quest is finally here and Michael Fleisher and Ron Randall make it an action-packed extravaganza.  Despite Travis’ best intentions, he has come back empty-handed and Jennifer may die because of it.  Luckily, or not, a rider has made his way to Shamballah with news of the wizard Muldahara who Morgan first did a favour for and who has now overthrown a neighbouring kingdom with the aid of a magic sceptre that aged their king until he died.  That makes Morgan more than a little angry as it was he who procured the gems for the man and not only that, Travis realizes that it may be the only chance that Jennifer has of surviving.  So off Morgan heads, refusing aid from everyone including Tara who is once again a little peeved seeing her lover go off alone, but Morgan is determined to save his daughter and nothing will stand in his way.  There is a lot going on in this issue as Fleisher tries to tie up as many threads as possible.  Being a sixteen issue-long story arc, you would naturally assume he had enough time to do so over that period of time, yet that did not happen and thus, so it does here.  One of those happens to be that involving the relationship between Tara and Mariah, one you would think damaged due to Mariah’s actions and yet, Tara forgives her and things essentially go on as normal.  That does not solve things between Mariah and Machiste though and when that meeting finally happens; it should be quite the confrontation.  When all is said and done, things end on a happy note and it would have to be after being drawn out for so long.  To do otherwise would be a disservice to fans who held on for so long.  With all of our cast in fine form, it does leave some questions hanging as to what the future might hold for them, but it was definitely one of the better issue to be had in a long time.

4 out of 5

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