Issue by Issue – The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior #11

The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior #11Writer – Mary Jo Duffy
Artist – Ricardo Villamonte
Inker – Ricardo Villamonte
Colours – Andy Yanchus
Letters – Janice Chiang

Crystar has decided that it is time he and his warriors went home and to do so for good. He has done what his Uncle Feldspar has wanted up until this point, but after all of this time he only sees futility in continuing to do so. There is no reason why a decision cannot be made as to who will rule Galax and as Crystar and his men see it, the only logical choice is him as Moltar has joined the forces of Chaos and those forces are out to destroy all that is good. Jo Duffy and Ricardo Villamonte wrap up Crystar`s adventures in this final issue and it does so with a bit of a surprise, one that was a little unexpected as surprises go because it sees Moltar have a pang of conscience. All Moltar has ever wanted was to escape his brother`s shadow. Never being able to live up to what was expected of him while Crystar became the favourite of everyone around him was hurtful and thus why Moltar accepted Zardeth`s original offer. Today, it is a different situation and Moltar never wanted any of the people he was supposed to rule to get hurt. With the addition of the Malachite warriors to the side of Chaos, Moltar feels as if his goals are being undermined and wonders why things could not go back to a simpler time. The book is full of drama, a little heartache and some action too and serves as the perfect finale to a run that some might say could have gone on longer or was just long enough. There were a couple of plot points that seemed a little rushed, but overall, Duffy`s story was a good one and addressed all the situations that needed them. There are of course, some things that could have been elaborated on and some aspects that could have been explored a little more like Ogeode’s relationship with his peers in the City of Order and just what is going to happen to the various factions of Lava and Malachite men after all is said and done, but as it stands, the book did what it had to and gave us an ending that would satisfy any reader. All of that and an obligatory guest appearance by Alpha Flight made The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior a very entertaining read and overall, a pretty decent series.

4 out of 5

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  1. Thanks for these reviews. I remember the odd fascination that Crystar inspired in me as a comic book reading kid. Marvel’s Warzones stories seem to have inspired the collection of some back catalogue items, but not Crystar yet. Hopefully we’ll see this collected in a trade soon!

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