Issue by Issue – Weirdworld #3

Writer – Jason Aaron
Artist – Mike Del Mundo
Colours – Mike Del Mundo, Marco D’Alfonso
Letters – Cory Petit

The most wonderful thing to see is when a book that is completely unexpected, surprises the reader and then keeps getting better with each and every issue. This book begins with Arkon and Warbow fighting the Magma Men until finally, they are free, though only with the help of more than a little luck. Jason Aaron is really developing Arkon into a fully-fledged, three-dimensional character and the more you see of him and hear from him, the more you love him. There are times in the book where Arkon has almost decided to accept that he will never be able to go back home and that he will never be able to figure out just how the landscape of Weirdworld works. Warbow says it is ever-changing and that does not fill Arkon with confidence whatsoever. One of the funniest moments in the book is that same scene when our two heroes make good their escape and Warbow shouts their names in exultation for all to hear. It is probably the last thing in the world that he should be doing when they are surrounded by enemies and the reaction from Arkon is priceless. Aaron also brings another guest to the table with Skull the Slayer making an appearance. He looks different than how he is normally portrayed; bigger, stronger and with a demeanour that can only be called ‘matter of fact.’ Of course, as Skull works for Morgan Le Fay, the next person he intends to slay is Arkon. The writing by Aaron on this book is some of his strongest work and maybe it is because on this particular title he can do literally anything he wants as these properties are rarely in use or perhaps he is just having a fun time with it but whatever the case, it also makes it a good time for the reader. Even better is the artwork by Mike Del Mundo who can do no wrong on this book. Each page is a work of art and he makes Warbow and the Magma Men look better than ever, provides a more current and primal design for Skull and leaves the book off on an extraordinary splash page that fills readers both with fear and excitement. Weirdworld is a must for those that enjoy great storytelling as it features some of the best out of Marvel at the time.

5 out of 5

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