Issue by Issue – Beowulf #5

Writer – Michael Uslan
Artist – Ricardo Villamonte

As of this issue, Michael Uslan and Ricardo Villamonte have taken Beowulf all over the world and they continue to do so as the man’s quest is not quite done. It is in the East that he comes upon a group of standing stones much like the fabled Stonehenge and he knows that he nears the fabled Zumak, that which he needs to finally defeat Grendel once and for all. Things will not be that easy though as Uslan and Villamonte introduce a little of Erich von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods into the picture, having Beowulf and his companions surmise that the stones serve that very purpose and so it is that he encounters an alien ship and the beings that reside upon it. Mixing aliens into the story is an interesting idea and while it does seem somewhat odd, it does manage to work, though it does put a little hold upon that which he needs to do. With such a big idea introduced into the story, Satan and Grendel take a backseat and the alien, its ship and those who reside upon it are given the breadth of the story to be explored which Uslan manages to make more than compelling. As Beowulf and Nan-Zee are abducted and beamed aboard, they are told that they will be added to the specimens already present – warriors from bygone eras that the aliens wish to study. Beowulf of course, will have none of that and his tenure with the fantastic will soon come to an end as he makes his desire for freedom a reality. Another intriguing bit is that one of the warriors that he frees from suspended animation is none other than Ulysses and together, they escape the ship landing in ancient Atlantis before it would sink below the waves for eternity. Villamonte, who has been with the series from the start, delivers his most powerful artwork yet on the book and he mixes the past, the present, the magical and the scientific together in perfect harmony. This issue definitely represents a mixed bag, but it is a good one and a highly enjoyable one at that.

4.5 out of 5

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