Issue by Issue – Weirdworld #5

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

Arkon has had enough. Just as he was about to end it all, he remembers that he was a leader among men, a Lord of Warlords and if he has to carve a new Polemachus out of Weirdworld to rule, then that is exactly what he will do. Thankfully that labour will not come to pass for Morgan Le Fay shows up to destroy him and in doing so, reveals to him that Polemachus was beneath his feet all along. Literally. The most visually stunning book published by Marvel during the Secret Wars event, out of all the miniseries that were launched at that time, comes to a close though where one epic comes to an end, another one starts as the book soon become an ongoing later that year. There is a ton of action as Arkon engages in battle with Le Fay and they are soon joined by the resistance headed by Jennifer Kale, Skull the Slayer and her legion of Man-Things. Even Warbow returns along with a bit of comedy to lighten the mood and best of all, Crystar, now reassembled and ready to fight on Arkon’s side in return for saving him earlier. The writing is taut and suspenseful and Jason Aaron really outdoes himself on this last issue, bringing together all of his plot threads into one spectacular tour de force. While Aaron’s story is exceptionally compelling and exciting, Mike Del Mundo’s pencils are what really drive it home for the reader, all colour and movement and every page is a feast for the eyes. The best thing about this series, aside from the creative team, is the cast of characters. There are no A-listers present, only those very rarely seen and often not for years at a time. Though it seemed like a very risky choice, the fact that Marvel decided to take a chance on a book that was not an established property paid off in spades by becoming the best title to spin out of that world-changing event. With the new series that was soon on the horizon, it would be nice to close the chapter on this book just as a new one was to begin.

5 out of 5

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