Issue by Issue – Claw the Unconquered #10

Writer – David Michelinie
Artist – Keith Giffen
Inker – John Celardo
Colours – Mario Sen
Letters – Clem Robins

What makes this issue of Claw the Unconquered so interesting is the fact that it appeared a full year after the previous one, the book having been cancelled, at least temporarily and then given a reprieve. Due to various circumstances as written by David Michelinie in a backup article, the final story where Claw was to face King Occulas was never to see print, but as things sometimes have a way of working out, it would – in the next issue. With the book being gone so long, it was decided that a sort of introductory issue was needed to catch people up and thus with some help from Keith Giffen on pencils and John Celardo inking, they would present readers with this one that would find Claw in battle with a giant frog-like creature. Though it would start out as somewhat standard sword and sorcery fare, that would soon segue into something more intriguing and action-packed as Claw would find himself at the gates of a mysterious keep, looking for a place to spend the night. While things seem a little strange, they are not so much that Claw is willing to leave and seek aid elsewhere. That night Claw would dream and present the perfect opportunity for Michelinie to reflect back on the events of the last nine issues, of the quest Claw would find himself on, of the reveal of his origin and more. When Claw awakens and decides to leave, those who run the keep, the immortal sorcerers who have given him their hospitality, refuse as they see something in the man and wish to experience the consummation of his soul Suffice it to say, things do not go quite as planned and the sorcerers are defeated, condemned for eternity thanks to their immortality. The book leaves off with Claw heading to confront King Occulas which has been more than a long time in the coming. With great artwork by Giffen and company and a fantastic story by Michelinie, the tenth issue of Claw the Unconquered is definitely one that any fan of the genre will enjoy.

4 out of 5

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