Issue by Issue – Skull the Slayer #7

Skull the Slayer #7Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – S. Trinidad
Colours – Petra Goldberg
Letters – Karen Mantlo

After the trials of the previous issue, Skull and his companions are now headed towards a magnificent city of gold with some newly-made friends. Yet, like everything they have encountered thus far, these new friends are not all they seem to be and this magnificent city holds dangers of its own. The creative team of Sal Buscema and Bill Mantlo continue to take our time-lost team of adventurers and put them in situations where they must battle for their lives, but such is the case if one wants to survive in a land lost to time. Once again, it looks as if Skull might get a little respite, but while most men in the golden kingdom are content, there is one man who has ambitious plans, wanting to be king. That means that the old king must first be deposed and as Skull and his companions are forced to go through a ‘test’, so too is the current king as he is betrayed. While the main plot is quite exciting, despite the reader having seen our heroes fight dinosaurs and whatnot previously, there is a secondary one which adds a little tension to the book with the man known as Lancer who continues to cement his vendetta against Skull. At the moment, the man is no closer to achieving that goal than he was in the last issue, mainly because he finds himself in the present whereas Skull is somewhere in the past, perhaps even in a different dimension. For the moment though, Mantlo is setting up a fantastic rivalry in the book, and if the two men should ever meet again, the battle they will most likely wage will be the greatest one this book has seen as of yet. For the moment though, Skull and his friends are having a hard enough time trying to make it past each encounter that comes their way. Even Dr. Corey is coming around and being a little friendlier, realizing that he has to rely upon the others in the group if he is to make it out of this situation alive. It is a nice little bit of character advancement on Mantlo’s part and makes the title much more interesting by doing so. Once again, the book is left on a cliff-hanger and it is a mystery of the best kind – one that will ensure you come back for more.

4 out of 5

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