Issue by Issue – Warchild #2

Writer – Rob Liefeld, Eric Stephenson
Artist – Chap Yaep, John Stinsman
Inker – Jonathan Sibal, Danny Miki
Colours – Nathan Lumm
Letters – Kurth Hathaway

Rob Liefeld, along with Eric Stephenson on script duties, continue along with their take on Arthurian legend featuring a trio of heroes known as Sword, Stone and Merlyn. At the tail end of the previous issue, said companions found themselves under attack by the forces of the Black Knight and that continues here in this issue as each hero faces off against a fearsome beast, except for Merlyn that is, who finds himself still trapped within the body of a young girl and for the most part, powerless. Bringing this to life are pencillers Chap Yaep and John Stinsman, the latter aiding the former due to illness at the time and yet even so, the book looks great in their capable hands, Johnathan Sibal and Danny Miki embellishing their already impressive artistry and Nathan Lumm making it shine with his choice of extremely bold colours. Unlike the previous book in the series, this one reads far better, more clear and concise without jumping between time periods and it simply being more cohesive than its debut issue. Aside from the main battle which takes up the bulk of the story, there is an appearance by the Black Knight who does little other than order his underlings around, one of those who also happens to be Morgana which readers may recognise and who ends the issue by appearing before the three companions, prophesying their doom which of course, will take place in the third book. Gwendolyne, now with an ‘e’ tacked onto the end of her name for some reason, makes a quick cameo as Sword wields the blade that contains her soul and Merlyn finds that her body continues to grow unexpectedly, though as to why it is never explained. Where the last book looked at Sword’s past, this one looks at Stone’s and it seems the reason he became a cyborg was all due to the Black Knight who had his family killed. Not being able to deal with the tragedy, Stone went a little mad, but when he came to, decided to become as he is now which at least explains why he talks and sounds as he does. At the end of the day, this was a vast improvement over the previous book and is good enough to keep readers coming back for more.

3 out of 5

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