While this issue might see a couple of people hop on board to help out, namely R.J.M. Lofficier and Gerald Forton, the quality of the tale remains the same and suffers none at all. So it is that as the crew make their way to a port looking for supplies, they spot a flying girl whom Captain Lucky purports to be Djinn, though just what she is remains to be discovered. Claimed by the king of the land, they take her to him where she soon escapes and all the while, Alsind has started to fall in love with her. Arak will let no harm come to her or to Alsind and as the two fly off, the king demands she be returned or his weight in gems. Thus a quest is soon undertaken to a valley where gems are supposed to be plentiful, the same valley where giant snakes are said to be protecting them and the same valley where the strange butterfly-winged girl and Alsind have fled to. Not one night into their journey and danger strikes the companions as their guide is killed by a snake off in the distance and so they know that finding Alsind is of the utmost importance. Soon that is accomplished and more as the girl after a bit of a struggle weaves herself a cocoon and transforms into one of those snake-like beings that they were warned against. All of this leads to a battle between men and snakes until saved by the savvy intellect of Satyricus. Though the events of this issue were slightly cliché and nothing that readers of this title have not seen before, the Thomas’ and Lofficier make it as compelling and as engaging as ever with this particular issue being narrated by the Captain as he ponders on the charges he was given. He finds most of them strange to be sure – a mage, a satyr, a red-skinned warrior and a child who acts like a king, not to mention a woman who fails to fall for his charms. They have encountered a lot of trouble along the way, perhaps more than he would have normally but he means to see the mission through as is his duty. With stunning artwork once again from the likes of Gerald Forton and Tony DeZuniga, Arak marches on to its conclusion looking and reading as good as ever.
4 out of 5