Issue by Issue – Guns of the Dragon #4

Writer – Tim Truman
Artist – Tim Truman
Colours – John Kalisz
Letters – Ken Lopez

In the finale to Guns of the Dragon, it finds the villain behind it all, Vandal Savage, not looking to use the magical swords for any sort of nefarious purpose or grand bad guy scheme, but simply to keep them from falling into anyone’s hands. It is a little disappointing to say the least when it is all revealed as one would have thought there would have been some end-of-the-world scenario or at the very least, some sort of war in the making but instead of all of that or of anything, there was nothing except for making the villain the actual hero – in a way. Now, who is to say just what it is that Savage is thinking, though he does go on to say if anyone were to gain the power of the swords or gain one of the islands filled with dinosaurs, it would give them an unfair advantage in the coming years and coming conflicts. That being said, having something else come to light would definitely have been far more preferable but at least Tim Truman manages to pack the book with a lot of action and excitement to offset this one bit of a letdown. Inside is a battle between the immortal and Bat Lash, the villain a master swordsman with thousands of years behind him with the hero of the book bearing simple tenacity and it is not a fight that goes very well for the latter. Thankfully, Biff Bradley survived his fall and manages to save the day and Bat Lash while in the skies above, The Bloody Red Baron, The Hammer of Hell himself battles Major Kung aboard his plane amidst a sky full of dangerous predators. Unbeknownst to Kung, Hans Von Hammer might be the most dangerous predator of all. When all is said and done, the companions agree to fulfill their mission with a little bit of deception on their part, with the hope that it works and is what is best for all concerned. Truman does a good job of wrapping things up and the ending was actually fairly interesting as it shows Savage doing what he had set out to do. Altogether, this might not have been Truman’s strongest work, but he did a good job of bringing it all together and creating a fun adventure in the telling of it.

3 out of 5

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