In the Lebanon Mountains, Arak and Satyricus are looking for food and water when they come across a mystery, one painted in blood. Of course, Arak wants to investigate, much to Satyricus’ dismay, but if it leads to something they might need to continue their journey, then he is all for it. Roy Thomas and Ron Randall lead the two heroes into danger once again as they follow a set of tracks and that danger sees Arak first knocked out and then made prisoner where he is witness to what could be called kidnapping. It is not long before Arak learns of the giant monster that has been feeding on the locals for the last number of years and of the two girls who are meant to be a sacrifice for the creature. Eventually, Arak is freed and comes face to face with the monster, which is just where Satyricus also happens to find himself while trying to free the two girls and they may have met their match in the leviathan. Two things of note happen as this battle begins and takes place, one being that Satyricus finally shows just how brave that he can be as he faces off against a foe far larger and far more dangerous than any he has seen before. Secondly, while Arak does battle much like he always does, putting others before himself, it is here that readers see him go into what seems like a berserker rage and it is one that sees him seem to lose a sense of himself. When it is all said and done, the creature lies dead, the girls and Satyricus are saved and yet the unthinkable happens as Arak lies dead. There has to be a reason as to why Thomas would kill off the star of the book and one can easily guess even if the tagline leading into the next issue did not give it away. As for what will take place and just how it is that Arak may or may not return to the physical plane remains to be seen, but it is sure to be a good read much like this issue was.
3.5 out of 5