Issue by Issue – Arak: Son of Thunder #14

Writer – Roy Thomas, Danette Thomas
Artist – Alfredo Alcala, Ernie Colon
Inker – Alfredo Alcala
Colours – Adrienne Roy
Letters – Alfredo Alcala, Ben Oda

Arak, left for dead underground and having come upon a strange tapestry depicting his life, follows it to its eventual end which is where he finds himself now. The man is not alone though as he also comes upon three robed figures who turn out to be Clotho, Atropos and Lachesis, the three Fates of myth who spin the thread of a man’s life. They might seem impressive, but to Arak, he is his own master and cares not what they say or threaten. After a brief interlude where he makes love to Lachesis, it turns out to be the best thing for him as Atropos is intent on ending his life, going so far as enlisting the Keres against him. So begins a battle to end all battles as Arak fights for his very life against a foe that cannot seem to be beaten. It is only with the timely intervention of Lachesis as she steals the golden blade of Atropos and passes it to Arak that he is able to overcome thus earning a new lease on life. With this though, comes a new look, as well as Arak gaining a mohawk much like He-No, the god of his people and instead of getting rid of those the monks from the previous issue called servants of Satan, Arak and Satyricus simply leave to continue on their way to find Valda, wherever she might be. Continuing in the last part of the book are the adventures of Valda and it picks right up from the last instalment with the fallout from the Huns’ treachery. As it is, Valda embarks on a quest to find out what happened to the scouts that went out earlier and she comes upon some vampiric horses. Said horses are feasting upon the corpses of the men and Valda is incensed at the sight of it and decides to rid the Earth of the monsters that they end up bothering no one ever again. Things do not go quite as planned and she ends up being knocked unconscious and taken away by a strange masked man. With one story gaining a bit of closure, at least for a moment and the other being left on a cliff-hanger, Roy Thomas, along with wife Danette, creates a fun-filled issue, and one of the best in the series thus far.

4 out of 5

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