Issue by Issue – Arak: Son of Thunder #18

Writer – Roy Thomas, Danette Thomas
Artist – Adrian Gonzales
Inker – Alfredo Alcala
Colours – Adrienne Roy
Letters – Alfredo Alcala

When tied to the mast of the ship, there is only so much a person can do, but when that person is Arak, the Son of Thunder, he will do whatever it takes to be free. Making him even more desperate is the fact that his friends Valda and Satyricus, not to mention the Empress and her son, are about to be burned alive by Sea Fire, more commonly known as Greek Fire. All of this comes about at the hands of Haakon, an emissary sent by White Cathay in order to gain the secrets of the great weapon by any means necessary and that means if bodies have to fall because of it, Haakon will make it happen. Adrian Gonzales and Alfredo Alcala make the action come alive and the fight upon the sea between Arak and those that look to betray the Byzantines is thrilling indeed. Once again it is written by Roy Thomas, joined by his wife Danette and no matter how high they stack the odds up against Arak, he always manages to overcome them. As it is, Arak does just that and manages to rescue his friends and the Empress while doing so. Though Haakon escaped with Kallinikos who invented the Sea Fire, the Empress is grateful enough that she will send Arak after Haakon in order to stop him, even forgiving the fact that Satyricus has been revealed as the pagan creature who might as well be a demon. A new player also enters the mix in the form of Johannes, a Nestorian and just what he brings to the table will most likely be seen sooner rather than later. The same creative team continues on with a second feature starring none other than Valda the Iron Maiden and Malagigi who in the last issue, had come face-to-face with his old flame Greeramada, now bursting with mystical power and obviously quite evil. It is a shock to Malagigi, but there is no time to dwell on it as she is just missing one more piece of the puzzle, the power to raise St. Denys from the grave so that she might rule the world. So it is that Valda and Malagigi must do all they can to stop her and for the most part, it seems hopeless, but in the end, they manage to pull out a win with Greeramada cursing the love that she and Malagigi once had while she dies, impaled by Valda’s sword. A great book with two tales to excite readers, doing just that and more.

4 out of 5

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