Arak’s time at Aix-La-Chapelle has been interesting, to say the least, and it looks as if it is going to stay that way as he joins Malagigi in the casting of a spell that takes them into a hell of sorts. It throws Arak for a moment as he never expected it, but it manages to do two things, the first impressing upon him just how powerful his friend truly is and secondly to expect the unexpected. At the end of it all, said ritual was done so that Malagigi might gain a bit of magic in order that he might locate Angelica, the witch of White Cathay. Writer Roy Thomas soon lets readers know that she is currently in province at Albracca with her father, King Kalafron whose kingdom is under siege from the king of Tartary after refusing an alliance and a marriage to his daughter. Thomas goes on to explain this was the reason that Angelica was seeking out Carolus Magnus so that she might steal away with his twelve knights in order to defend her kingdom, though with all the magic at her command now, readers have to wonder if it will go even further than that. The next day finds a jousting tournament taking place, one that adheres to very strict rules imposed by Magnus that plays into the overall story going forward. It is all fun and games until Angelica arrives, most unexpectedly for Arak and Malagigi did not expect her so soon and so it is that she puts her plans into motion immediately with the two companions being unable to do anything about it, at least for the moment. So it is that Angelica’s brother Prince Argalia enters the tournament with his prize being each knight he defeats. It begins right away and as can be expected, Argalia wins his first match with Rinaldo the first to fall. That night Malagigi and Arak go to put a stop to Angelica however they can and yet after arriving at her tent, they find that she is very well prepared for their coming and it leaves off with Arak beaten and Malagigi kidnapped by demons. Thomas writes a good tale and accompanying him is Ernie Colon whose pencils are incredible. Altogether this was a solid issue, packed with action, drama and magic with a cliff-hanger that will bring readers back for more.
4 out of 5