Issue by Issue – Arak: Son of Thunder #30

Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Artist – Ron Randall
Inker – Gerard Forton, Thomas Yeates
Colours – Adrienne Roy
Letters – David Cody Weiss

The thirtieth issue of Arak opens on the temple of Artemis where her faithful High Priest has just tried to kill Satyricus. Said High Priest is none other than Arak himself and when the evil wizard named Maximus commands Arak to strike the killing blow, a peal of thunder and lightning crack across the heavens, awakening the mind that has forgotten all for the past few months just in time to save the satyr. Be that as it may, the Moon Axe already bears the blood of Satyricus upon it and with the golden arrow, that is all that Maximus needs in order to gain the eternal life he covets. So it is that the action breaks out in spectacular fashion courtesy of Ron Randall and Gerard Forton as Arak does battle with the minions of Maximus, with the Amazons emerging not soon after. What follows is a travesty as the Amazons are transformed into giant cats and subjugated under the spell of Maximus and then a tragedy as they do battle with the Son of Thunder, killed in defence as no other option is available. So it is the last of the Amazons pass into myth, all but one as Dyanna still lives and she means to thwart Maximus if it is the last thing she does. Suffice it to say, the story has a happy ending and readers are sure to find it both well-deserved, yet somewhat sad as the day might be won, but not without cost. The final pages of the book find Roy Thomas concluding his tale of Valda, Malagigi and Baledor with the Iron Maiden daring to save her friend and it does not exactly go as planned. True, Baledor swore that he would not bring harm to Valda and he does not, but he does plan a little trickery and just when Valda and Malagigi look to get away with it all, it is Baledor who stands triumphant. As readers might recall from previous issues early on in the series, it was Arak who set out to rescue Malagigi from Baledor and defeated his living armour, armour that would contain the Iron Maiden and hold her under a spell, a stranger to her own mind and a slave to the man’s evildoings. This issue would bring both stories to a conclusion and both of them would end up being a great read with Thomas crafting some fine work with his partner in crime, the aforementioned Ron Randall.

4 out of 5

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