For the most part, this particular issue of The Warlord focuses not upon Travis Morgan, but upon Tara. It is a nice change of pace as we have only seen her in the book sporadically over the past sixteen issues and she is by far, one of the more interesting characters in it. Of late, Tara has been having nightmares due to the experience she suffered at the hands of Desaad and to rid herself of them, she takes off on a little quest of her own. Skartaris still holds dangers though and a woman riding alone is perfect prey for those with dangerous thoughts in mind. Michael Fleisher and Ron Randall provide a very entertaining issue of The Warlord, one that features the continuation of some plot threads from the previous storyline, but one that is not beholden to it for those thinking that it might be. Morgan does manage to make an appearance, it is a book named after him after all, and we see him relaxing and discussing the future with his daughter who has now been cured of the aging spell that afflicted her. Machiste finally meets up with Mariah where she tells him about the lack of love she feels for him and of course, being angry about it all, Machiste demands to know who it is that she does love – to which he is shocked to find out. Yet for all that went on, Tara is the star of the show and despite being hounded by those that would do her harm, she takes shelter in Desaad’s stronghold and manages to turn the tables on them. There is a moment where she has a crisis of conscience after using one of Desaad’s machines and it harms her on an emotional level, the impact of which will most surely be explored in a future issue and the book leaves off with Tara wishing things had ended differently. An issue both revealing and exciting.
4 out of 5