In the City of Order, Crystar and his people are restless. They wish to go home, yet the problems which have plagued them so far, remain just that. Moltar and his men are not going anywhere and as they talk about that and other things, they face the threat of Malachon and his Malachite Warriors. Jo Duffy takes the fight to Crystar this time around as they are attacked where they never thought they would be and with the aid of the Lava Men, the Malachite’s do some damage and kill a few of the local people. Eventually, Crystar and his men defeat them and drive them off, but by then it is too late as the villains accomplished what they set out to do. The book is a little slow to begin as Duffy packs it full of dialogue and characterization and it was not necessarily a bad thing, but it definitely picked up in pace when the attack was about to take place and everything happened as it did. This issue also lets us get to know a little bit more about Bekk and the relationship, or lack of one, between him and Ika and by the end of the issue, we see something take place that is slightly surprising. Ricardo Villamonte provides the artwork once again and it looks as good as ever. Bekk is an imposing man under Villamonte’s skilled pen, as is most every warrior no matter what side they take. Though Ika does get a little more of the spotlight in this book, it would be nice to get an issue really devoted to her as she is one of the more interesting characters, what with having grown up under the shadow of Ogeode. A good issue all around with a good balance between drama and action.
3.5 out of 5