Travis Morgan has run away from his responsibilities once again, taking to the open road and adventure instead of consoling and ruling the people of Shamballah like he should be and all of it over the death of his beloved Tara. A question immediately springs to mind as you read this, with you wondering if Morgan is not in command, who is? Suffice it to say, Morgan always turns tail at the sight of any form of responsibility which is perhaps his greatest flaw and one that has remained consistent since the book first started from Mike Grell through to Michael Fleisher. As it is, after so many powerhouse issues filled with intrigue and excitement, the book heads back to familiar territory with a tale that sees Morgan fighting off various beasts, meeting a mysterious stranger who turns out to be a friend and one in need of some aid and a chance to face a little danger to take his mind off of his troubles. Though it might be a little cliché, the story is a good one and hits all the right notes though you do wish that it would have continued more in the vein of the last six or so books. Mariah also gets the spotlight this issue as we see her in a Russian prison, forced into hard labour which is not something she probably thought she would ever be doing and you have to wonder just what it is that Fleisher has in store for her as her story is really moving at a snail’s pace. The one thing you can probably count on is the fact that Maria will most likely find her way back to Skartaris one way or another and how that happens will hopefully be worth the wait. In all, this was a decent issue, but it would have been nice to see a little more originality instead of the standard Conan fare which it had moved away from of late.
3.5 out of 5