Issue by Issue – Mighty Samson #18

Writer – Otto Binder
Artist – Jack Sparling

Mighty Samson, his friends and the villagers are all having a shared feast when all of sudden they are attacked by some strange spear birds from the sky. As death rains down upon them, they flee to find shelter and Samson does his best to fend them off. Soon the cause of this attack is made clear as a group of winged men appear in the sky led by one King Zorr who is looking to rid N’Yark of the tribes-people that live there now. Mindor rightly predicts that the invaders wish to take over the rooftops of the skyscrapers for nests and such though he has no idea how to stop them from doing so. Otto Binder and Jack Sparling present a thrilling tale with just a touch of juvenile romance thrown in, a story that features some new concepts for readers, at least within the context of this series. It is a good thing to see some different types of threats make themselves known in this post-apocalyptic world other than Terra of Jerz. As it is, Zorr does not give up easily and every time that Samson tries to fight back or even simply defend himself, Zorr has another attack ready at hand. Eventually, it takes the combined efforts of a defector named Hawkarr who has had enough of the violence perpetrated by his king and Samson to do what needs to be done. The first step towards all of that is getting rid of the spear birds which takes a little ingenuity and finally facing Zorr himself which finds Hawkarr struck down and Zorr not long after with Samson standing triumphant once more. Factor in a little romance between Hawkarr and Sharmaine as well as a little jealousy from Samson over the attention that she is receiving and it all turns out to be a pretty well-rounded tale. It also makes the death of Hawkarr a little sadder than it might have been as Sharmaine cannot help but cry over the death of the bird-man who fell in love with her. With some new concepts and characters present, this issue of Mighty Samson turned out to be one of the better ones in quite a while, though as a whole, they are all quite enjoyable. As the book continues on, it is hopeful that readers are given more stories such as this to feast upon.

4 out of 5

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