Issue by Issue – Arak: Son of Thunder #4

Writer – Roy Thomas
Artist – Ernie Colon
Inker – Tony DeZuniga
Colours – Adrienne Roy
Letters – John Costanza

Arak, Valda and Malagigi have made it to Aix-La-Chapelle, the home of Carolus Magnus and the end of their journey. Like every place Arak is new to though, he is greeted as if he were the very Devil himself due to his skin colour. More of the same is arrives from the knights of Magnus himself and though he has come to warn the king of Angelica the White Witch, it is the amulet around his neck depicting Thunor that angers many of those around him. So it is that Roy Thomas and Ernie Colon throw one last obstacle in Arak’s path before he is able to deliver his news and that is making people overcome their prejudices by whatever means possible. That presents itself in the form of a duel and the book picks up in pace at this point as Arak must face the country’s best swordsman and while the battle is fierce, it does not end in bloodshed for Arak is more than just his obvious brawn. Gaining the trust of his peers, Arak finally delivers his message after which a story is told of a demon tree called Irminsul and it is this tale that leads into the final act of the book. If there is one thing that Thomas has added to his run on the book thus far that has made it far more interesting than it might have been, it is a touch of horror and as it usually goes hand in hand with fantastical tales, it has worked out perfectly. That continues here as the demon tree which was previously defeated is reborn in full and it wastes no time in creating chaos at the castle, attacking all those it can including the king. Arak leaps into battle of course, but as regular weapons have no effect on the tree, it is up to Malagigi to end its rekindled rampage. Also good to see in this book was Valda coming to Arak’s aid, the Iron Maiden vouching for her newfound companion and seeing her opinion just as well regarded as that of any man in Magnus’ court. As the book concludes, all that remains now is for Angelica to arrive, as one has to assume will happen at some point and to see just what adventures Thomas and company will send Arak upon in the meantime. A fun and exciting issue from beginning to end.

4 out of 5

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  1. I think I got one of these comics as a kid, in one of those random polybagged 3 packs! I always liked picking something new up even when I had no idea what was going on story-wise!

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