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Issue by Issue – Skull the Slayer #5

Skull the Slayer #5Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – S. Trinidad
Colours – Michele Wolfman
Letters – Karen Mantlo

Skull is a man who has had it hard in his life, a confluence of events seemingly working towards him to make things as terrible as they can be. Finding these new worlds has been like a relief for him, but sometimes enough is simply enough. This issue of Skull the Slayer’s ongoing series finds him teaming up with the Black Knight to defeat some demons during Arthurian times and it also sees his enemies in Morgan Le Fay combining her witchcraft with the villainous Slitherogue. Bill Mantlo weaves an exciting tale, one filled with a combination of science and magic and our hero discovering himself right in the middle of it. Skull is getting sick and tired of fighting robots and not knowing who to trust in these strange time periods that he has been finding himself in of late. The worst of it all is that Skull must also face his friends, if friends they can be called, who are now very much alive and are in turn, quite mad at him for abandoning them to die. It is a hard thing to leave someone behind, even for Skull who went through war and who, more than likely, had done it more than once. While the leaving is hard on those that do it, being left and surviving is just as hard, if not harder for not only do you feel abandoned, but you have to live with the thought knowing that the only person you can depend on is yourself. Sal Buscema provides the artwork once again and he gives the book the needed flair to make the characters come alive on the page. What is most interesting about having the Black Knight and Morgan Le Fay within these pages means that even though our heroes find themselves in a land and a time outside their own, even possibly a different dimension, it shows that Slitherogue has been observing the Earth in able to duplicate everything that is seen around them. While it does provide a little context, you have to wonder if that fact will ever be explored in the series, or if Skull and his companions will even make it back to their home at all. So far, everything is in doubt and it makes for a very fun reading experience.

3.5 out of 5

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