Issue by Issue – Mighty Samson #17

Writer – Otto Binder
Artist – Jack Sparling

Terra of Jerz is back and if there is one thing that readers know about her, it is that she is a very determined young woman who will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. What she wants is to be the Queen of N’Yark and one does have to wonder just why it is that she continues to persist after having been defeated so many times before. That being said, it may just come down to pride at this point though no matter the reason, this issue finds her at it again, this time planting Disaster Seeds throughout the area and unfortunately for Samson and his friends, they walk right into the field where she has done just that. What sprouts all around them at an unnatural pace is grass but it is grass as sharp as glass and it takes a bit of cunning and the strength and agility of Samson for them to escape the danger that surrounds them. Following Terra soon after, they find her heading into a part of N’Yark that has been unpassable for all, all that is except for Samson. Otto Binder brings back Samson’s most dangerous foe and it finds her teaming up with a group of people who simply want to be left alone yet a people who also need slaves to tend their gardens. It is from them that Terra has acquired the Disaster Seeds and she continues to use them throughout the story against Samson. It comes to a point though where Terra missteps, something she always seems to do which causes her plans to fail and here it is no different. What does happen though is a team-up between her and Samson that discovers him saving her life at first before heading off to find that which will neutralize the Disaster Seeds and of course, after doing so, Terra betrays Samson, most likely for not returning her affections. All of this is illustrated by Jack Sparling who continues to do a great job at making these futuristic tales come to life and he also gets to draw yet another defeat for Terra, who once again has to leave N’Yark without a crown. Mindor and Sharmaine also play a part in this story though they are not as prominently featured as they have been like in past stories, this time most of the pages being given over to Samson and Terra as they continue their neverending battle. A fun and exciting tale that never truly disappoints.

3.5 out of 5

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