Issue by Issue – Arak: Son of Thunder #50

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

The final issue of Arak: Son of Thunder, brought to readers by the creative team of Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, R.J.M. Lofficier, Tony DeZuniga, Adrienne Roy and David Cody Weiss continue to do so in the manner that has become the custom on the book by telling a great story that engages from the first to the last. It begins with the companions saying goodbye to Re-Is Hazz and Alsind, leaving them in Canton as they set sail once again to find the homeland Arak wishes to return to. Along the way the Serpent Lord scares the crew who abandon the ship, goading Arak before he too finally disappears and leaving the friends to figure out a way to continue on. Thanks to Malagigi and a bit of magic, the ship heads to land and while they know they have not reached their destination as of yet, it is good to get their feet on the ground. What follows is a quick battle with some of the local inhabitants, meeting those who oppose them and then a bit of peace as Arak believes that first group of people to be more peaceful than their first impression implied. It is an interesting bit of story, much like many of the issues that came before it and made even more exciting with the inclusion of a monster in the form of a sky elemental. DeZuniga’s artwork is fantastic throughout and the pages pulse with the action he puts down but with all good things, it must come to an end and as he and the writers of this tale come to the conclusion of the story it does so with a bit of sadness for the reader and a bit of hope for its characters. Though Valda and Arak are in love, they must part – Arak to find his homeland and Valda to return to the court of her king so that she might resume her duty. They know that they will one day find each other again but for the moment they must part, Satyricus joining Arak upon his journey across the ocean and Malagigi returning with Valda. And so it is the book ends, most of the plots wrapped up except for the final one, leaving the reader to wonder and imagine as to the fates of the characters and just where it is that ended up. It is easy to see that Thomas and the creative team could have easily kept this book going for another fifty issues, there being so much more to be told whether it be all that transpires with Arak, his people, his father and the Serpent Lord or that of Valda, of her travels home, her time at court and the possible reunion with the man she loves. There is almost too much left unfinished and yet leaving it to the readers as it was done so lets them imagine the best of things, creating adventures for these characters and taking them in a myriad of directions that the book never could. Altogether a great series worth seeking out for fans of the genre, of Roy Thomas or any of the creators that worked upon it.

4 out of 5

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  1. I agree. An overall good series, on both writing and art. Mostly unknown by today’s readers, so it’s not “hot” or high-priced. Most all of the issues can be found from various back issue sellers for a buck or two, which is less than a new comic today costs.

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