Issue by Issue – Silverblade #5

Writer – Cary Bates
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Steve Mitchell
Colours – Joe Orlando
Letters – Gaspar

Jonathan Lord has continued to look for the demon-infested armour of The Avenger for days to no avail and so he breaks off the search so that he might go to an audition, much to the consternation of the mystical Maltese falcon. While this is going on, the ghost of Brian Vane continues to vex Milestone quite consistently, effectively making him quite miserable. More importantly, is the Native American man who held the séance in the previous issue which summoned the demon in the Avenger armour and who is now decades younger thanks to a spell he cast and revealed now as the first Silverblade. Much to the dismay of the magical bird, the original Silverblade is now looking for it and Lord, though for what purpose is unclear. Suffice it to say, there is a lot going on in this book and Cary Bates does his absolute best to keep his readers enchanted with the story, which is really not all that hard to do with such incredible artwork by the legendary Gene Colan bringing it all to life. Those perusing this issue will see Lord, among others, audition for the remake of his old film Silverblade, something he is not going to let anyone else get their hands on and unknown to him, the producer of the film wants him to have it so that he might find out just what it is that Lord is hiding. The pace of the book eventually picks up though when Lord finally returns home to find the first Silverblade about to attack Milestone and so it is that the two battle it out, the transformations between them coming fast and furious as they try to best one another. Bates and Colan leave the book off on a mystery, more than one in fact as the Avenger armour seems to be in two places at once with an empty costume found at Vermillion’s house and secondly, another assaulting Miss Stanyon who had decided to surprise Jonathan Lord at his home. It is hard to say what Lord will do once he discovers this, but it should prove interesting. Finally, one has to wonder just what it is that the Native Silverblade wanted, as that was never revealed. What should also prove intriguing is the fact that Lord has left him alive, taking him back to Shangri-La so that he might get some answers, something the magic falcon does not want to take place. Another good book with a lot going on, so much so that one has to wonder just what the creators have in store down the line in future issues.

3.5 out of 5

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