Travis Morgan, the erstwhile Warlord of Skartaris, has deduced that something is wrong, especially as it seems that the forces of Kiro have launched an attack on the outskirts of Shamballah. It is strange as Kiro has been a long-time ally of Shamballah and more to the point, he and Machiste are friends, despite the fact that it seemed like Machiste also sent assassins to kill Morgan. Michael Fleisher and new artist Art Thibert continue the story of Tara’s disappearance by adding in a few layers of political intrigue and a growing resentment between friends. For now, it all looks to be one-sided on Machiste’s part as he still feels the betrayal that Mariah dealt him. Most of it he is taking out on Morgan as Morgan was a big part of that, even if he was under the spell at the time. Though it originated with Mariah, these later machinations are all due to Y’Smalla and further up the line, to Desaad himself who makes a surprising return to the book. It would have been nice if those from Apokolips kept to themselves, but such as it is, he is not the worst villain for Morgan to have. Two other plotlines continue to roll along, including the one with the CIA agent who is now finding himself being turned into a Yeti of some sort and the other story dealing with Power Girl who came to Skartaris to find Atlantis and some mention of her father and while doing so, had fallen under the control of a demon. It is to Power Girl’s luck then that Jennifer Morgan sensed the demon’s evil and was able to free her before any real damage could be done. With a lot of action on multiple fronts and suspense, drama and mystery coming from every corner, The Warlord continues to provide great entertainment.
4 out of 5