Issue by Issue – Arak: Son of Thunder #49

Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, R.J.M. Lofficier
Artist – Carmine Infantino
Inker – Tony DeZuniga
Colours – Adrienne Roy
Letters – David Cody Weiss

Having agreed to finally seek out and destroy the dragon which has been tormenting Canton after having found out that Angelica is the culprit behind said attacks, Arak, Valda and the rest of his friends are more than motivated to see the task done. As they make their final preparations, Haakon sets out before them, eager to claim the fame, the glory and gold going to him rather than anyone else and as he does so, Arak and his companions are confronted by their prey as they go to say goodbye to Mu-Lan’s father. It is there that Angelica has found the elixir of immortality, her quest now at an end and yet, Arak foils her plans which leads to her escape and the summoning of the beast they were tasked to best. Illustrated by Carmine Infantino and Tony DeZuniga, the pair make for a great team and the book looks incredible, packed with heroes and dragons, battling it out at sea and it is as absolutely thrilling as a comic can be. Written by Roy and Dann Thomas along with R.J.M. Lofficier, they give readers a lot to digest including the final fate of Haakon which comes at the hand of the dragon, the death of Mu-Lan and a battle that finds Arak digging deep within himself to finally overcome Angelica and put an end to her once and for all. The fight is a grand one and it sees Mu-Lan’s father summon a true dragon, a golden visage called down from the heavens and it makes short work of Angelica’s creature but not before destroying the ship which carries the companions and dumping them in the ocean. As for Angelica, she and Arak take their fight to shore and for a moment it seems like the White Witch might pull out a win until she sees her true reflection in a mirror the old man holds, sees the demon within and it is then she loses grip and becomes trapped within said mirror. The artwork and the story that accompanies it are beyond good, the creative truly giving it their all before the big finale in the next issue and it is good to see them working on closing out all the various plot threads that have been woven throughout the book almost since the beginning of the series. While it was a bit of a shame about Haakon, the man reaped what he had sowed in life and Angelica will finally trouble the Arak and his friends no more. All in all, a truly great issue that leaves its audience wanting more.

4.5 out of 5

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