THE WARLORD #10

“The Final Quest?”
Writer: Bruce Jones
Artist: Phil Winslade

The Warlord is taking a ride and exploring the unknown regions of Skartaris. One night he meets a fleeing couple from warriors on horseback. They kill the man but Morgan manages to save the girl and kill her pursuers. Only one warrior a woman survives and the young woman Fhalla is kind to minister to her wounds. Later Morgan gets the story behind the incident. She comes from a village called Hurstwood. A woman had a bastard child that grew up to be a demon. The demon was killed but the vengeful mother’s spirit took all the newborns from the village. She left a message that a virgin must be burned on the site each year or no child is safe.

So basically Fhalla was to be this years virgin sacrifice. Just then a horde of flying demons attack and Morgan manages to drive them off. They were from the Hurstwood witch. Fhalla suggests that Morgan take her virginity to save her. Naturally he agrees. After their night together he is wakened by the warrior woman who was injured. Morgan finds out that Fhalla is the witch and was looking for a mate to breed with. She gives birth to a new demon and other demons come. Fortunately the warrior woman cuts off the head of Fhalla and that kills all her offspring. At the end the warrior woman gets the hots for Morgan who has to be the luckiest guy on the planet.

So the final issue of the reboot was an untold story. The ongoing one was such a piece of shit the writer didn’t even bother to finish it. So for the end we get a standalone story set in the future. Now this was the most coherent story so far which isn’t too difficult since the bar was not set high. My main reaction is so what? This series was clearly ending and why bother with this? A big shrug of indifference to reading it. My only complement is this new artist was real good.

So basically this reboot was a heaping pile of shit. Now shit though does have its uses. It fertilizes the soil so strong and health plants can spring from it. This pile of shit fertilized the soil for the next series. This time it would bring back Mike Grell and the classic Warlord that I and many others had come to love. It showed that there was an interest in Warlord and we would finally get the return that we had been waiting for.

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THE WARLORD #9

“Who Will Rule Shamballah?”
Writer: Bruce Jones
Artist: Bart Sears

Travis is pissed off when he finds that Regine was killed by Tara. So he forces Tara to kiss the dead Regine which brings Regine back to life. As further punishment he makes Regine the new princess and Tara must serve her. Then he magically cleans up the city and takes off on his white horse. Later Terry, Alexa and Brovis drop in with their jet. Brovis has gone blonde with a new hairdoo which does nothing to hide his past appearance. They talk with the new princess Regine who has some jealousy over Alexa who she recognizes as Travis’s fiancee.

Well Travis continues on to Mt. Olyn home of the gods. He has to fight some water nymphs who turn from beautiful women to reptilian monsters. He has no problem killing them. He then gets some directions from the goddess Lorelei to the doorway to the Titans.

So this incredibly stupid series is coming to a close. The story basically ends and we never find out what happens to any of the characters or Travis meeting with the Titans. But for some reason they didn’t mercifully put this series out of its misery. They had to have one final issue. A story that takes place later and just features Travis. Why they did this I have no idea. So we will discuss next week and my final thoughts on this pathetic reboot.

SWORDQUEST #3

“Waterworld”
Writers: Roy Thomas & Gerry Conway
Artists: George Perez & Dick Giordano

The twins Torr and Tarra find themselves on Waterworld. They see a crown which then disappears and the next moment a giant water spout transports them. Torr gets tangled up in seaweed but manages to find a skeleton with a helmet that lets him breath underwater. He then has to fight a giant octopus. Tarra makes it to the surface but finds the skeleton that Torr found floating entangled in Torr’s armor. Thinking her brother dead she lays down and cries.

Konjuro and Tyrannus observe this. Konjuro manages to cast a spell that makes the twins forget. So Torr is chased by sharks to an underwater city and frees the beautiful Aquana who was imprisoned in a giant clam. Tarra is rescued by an ice ship called the Ice Queen. It’s handsome Captain Frost takes her in. The thief Herminius has also been rescued and plots against Tarra. Frost is hunting the whales because they are allies of Aquana. So a battle begins between Aquana and Frost. Her whales and sharks against depth charges. Eventually the Serpent Unspeakable a giant sea snake that breaths flame is unleashed.

Both Aquana and Frost are injured and the amnesiatic Torr and Tarra fight. Eventually they remember that they are brother and sister and unite. They also find the crown and split it in two. They give one half to Aquana and Frost so they will rule Waterworld jointly. Then a sword appears and takes them off the world. Konjuro and Tyrannus plan to personally go to Airworld to deal with the twins.

The final comic of the short lived Atari game series. Sadly they never released the planned fourth cartridge so there was never the final epic conclusion to the quest. It would be nice to get that final issue of Airworld. Maybe Dynamite will do it some day. This was a very enjoyable series. For a mini-comic included in a video game the writers and artists put forth a worthy effort. It had an excellent story and could have stood on its own as a series.

THE WARLORD #8

“Funeral for a Fallen God!”
Writer: Bruce Jones
Artist: Bart Sears

Morgan and Regine are found on the beach. Morgan is dead and Regine unconscious. Tara decides to frame Regine for Morgan’s murder by planting a dagger in her hand. She has her taken to recover so she can hang her. Meanwhile on the island Terry, Alexa and Brovis are fighting a T-Rex. Alexa manages to kill one with a pistol and the three retreat into the ship. They get it going but it just crashed in the sea. While they try to get the ship started Brovis tells the two that Morgan is now a meglomaniac who thinks he is a god. He offers to help the two take over Skartaris with the new ship. In Shamballah Regine is hanged but the ship starting brings Morgan back from the dead. He is angry at Regine’s death and starts to kill the soldiers of Shamballah. At the end he finds out Tara is responsible for having Regine hanged.

Well another craptacular issue. I really have no idea what the purpose of this series is. Where is it going? What is the point? A whole cast of unlikable characters. Thankfully it is soon to be put out of it’s misery.

SWORDQUEST #2

“Fireworld!”
Writers: Roy Thomas & Gerry Conway
Artists: George Perez & Dick Giordano

Torr and Tarra continue to fall into the Fireworld. The evil wizard Konjuro watches and shows his master Tyrannus where the twins are. We get a flashback to the two twins growing up. How the evil captain of the guard cruelly runs over their adopted parents because they got in his way. Tyrannus tries to communicate with the twins and offer to share the kingdom with them if they will abandon the quest. Wisely the two refuse.

So they arrive in Fireworld a world filled with volcanoes, flame and rivers of lava. The heat gets to the twins and they angrily split up to search for the sword. Torr manages to get help from one of the mysterious wizards and finds out he must find the Chalice of Light. He finds some armor and has to fight fire demons with ice arrows he finds. Then he fights a lizard in a pool of water. His sister also has to fight an octopus thing and a firebird. Eventually they unite and find the chalice. Herminius the thief has also found it and moved on. The twins are drawn into the chalice which is the third world they must visit Waterworld.

The quest continues with Fireworld. I always wondered what that adventure was and now I know. Another excellent story with encounters with strange creatures in a magical world. We get some more background on the twins and the evil Tyrannus. What a name to name a kid. No wonder he turned into a tyrant. Obviously the story was meant as clues to the Atari game. These little mini comics had some quality story and art. Glad I finally get to read it.

THE WARLORD #7

“The Hunting Ground!”
Writer: Bruce Jones
Artist: Bart Sears

Shamballah is free and the Warlord proclaims that the city is back under the rule of King Milius. Also Princess Tara hints that the two should get married. This doesn’t go over well with Regine who is still in love with Travis. She does give him the journal of Travis Morgan that she was keeping hold of. Alexis on the deserted island is rescued from a raptor by Brovis. Brovis then decides as a reward he will rape Alexis but fortunately Terry comes to the rescue in the ship. He shuts the ship down to conserve power.

This then turns Travis back to normal but that’s OK since he doesn’t need the Warlord power. But turns out bad for a giant crab then attacks the two. He manages to get his power back and kill the crab but not before Regine is killed. Travis is mad with grief and curses out the gods.

So by now I could really care less about the story. I mean it makes no sense at all. This is really just one big stupid series. I wonder if Bruce Jones even knows what’s going on. He seems to be just spewing out babble to get something written without any care for quality.

SWORDQUEST #1

“Earthworld”
Writers: Roy Thomas & Gerry Conway
Artists: George Perez & Dick Giordano

In a kingdom two twins Torr and Tarra are thieves. They are also the children of a warrior named Tarr. Soon after their birth the warrior and his wife were summoned before the new king Tyrannus. Tyrannus was given a prophecy by his wizard Konjuro that the twins would depose him when they grew up and sentenced them to death. Tarr held off the king’s warriors long enough for his wife to escape with the twins.

The wife went to an old friend and his wife. She gave them the twins to raise and the wife wrapped up some vases and jumped off the cliff making it look like she killed herself and the twins. So now the twins decide to steal from the wizard Konjuro. They successfully break in and steal a gem. The wizard then sends a demon after them but they manage to escape it. They then break the gem and release two mystical beings that give them a quest. Find the Sword of Ultimate Sorcery. A chasm opens in the ground leading to the first world they must pass Earthworld.

Another thief Herminius is also looking for the sword and follows. The twins split up and explore the twelve chambers of this world. Tarr has a run in with Taurus the bull and steals his key. Tarra meets up with the friendly Virgo and gets a star that can transport her. The two have various run ins with other zodiac characters. Some friendly and some hostile. Herminius manages to turn some of the zodiac beings against the twins. Finally the two twins meet and the star from Virgo transports them to the center chamber with the sword. The are given smaller swords as the main one blasts a hole in the floor and descents to the next level. Torr and Tarra must continue on into Fireworld with Herminius following and the evil wizard observing them.

So this was a mini-comic from the old Atari game Swordquest. I found the comic much more interesting then the game. It was a puzzle game that you could win some expensive item that you would have to sell to pay the taxes. Never figured the game out but just loved the comic that came with it. Thanks to Dynamite they have released all three mini-comics so I can find out the continuing adventures of Torr and Tarra.

THE WARLORD #6

“The Lone Defender of Shamballah!”
Writer: Bruce Jones
Artist: Bart Sears

So Travis is about to be burned on the cross. Regine turns against Brovis but he slaps her down. Meanwhile Terry manages to get the craft started and take off. When the craft starts then Travis once again miraculously transforms into a being with godlike powers. He calls his two winged-horses which cause hurricane winds and drive the Kolosian army away. The Kolosians decide to banish Brovis to a deserted atoll. On the atoll Brovis comes on Alexa who managed to escape from a nest of pteranodon.

So the series continues its slide into complete and utter shit. Well Travis magically is revived and just magically takes care of everything. I have absolutely no idea what the hell is going on. Ten years have not made this series any more likable than when I first read it.

THE WARLORD #5

“One Man Against a Warrior Nation!”
Writer: Bruce Jones
Artist: Bart Sears

So Travis is now imbued with the spirit of Cassius. He has a sword of truth that cuts through armor like butter. As the Kolosian army slaughters the Shamballahians Travis comes on the old man who tended the stables. He heals the old man and gives him the sword. Which he then uses to blind the archers and stop the cavalry charge by planting it in the ground. Later Travis acquires a pair of winged horses and continues to destroy the Kolosian army. Only at his sunken craft, Terry has to fight off a dinosaur and some great white sharks. Trapped in the ship he manages to start the pumps which pump in air. Unfortunately he pushes the wrong button to start the reactors and instead shuts the ship off. This also takes away the powers that Travis had. So he finds himself tied to a cross.

OK so this is where it really loses me. I mean this was weird. Not good weird but what the fuck is going on weird. All of a sudden he gets these god like powers from his submerged ship. Then he just prances around and cause some mischief with the Kolosians. But then he ends up on a cross. This is just incomprehensible. Sadly it hasn’t improved with age this series. It just descends into total stupidity.

THE WARLORD #4

“Man of Two Worlds!”
Writer: Bruce Jones
Artist: Bart Sears

Travis is the guest of honor at a banquet in honor of him opening the vault. King Milnius wants Travis to marry his daughter Tara. While this goes on Brovis kills the sole guard to the harbor so his invasion fleet can enter. He has help from Regine who has betrayed Shamballah. At the banquet after Milnius makes his announcement a flaming ball crashes into him and kills him. The Kolosians have invaded and Travis takes Tara to the vault. Meanwhile Terry and Alexa have found Travis’s plane and it is underwater. Terry goes down to reactivate it and a pterodactyl snatches up Alexa. In the vault Brovis throws a spear and impales Travis but after Terry flips a switch on the ship he disappears and reappears alive and in full armor.

So the fourth issue was where this series started to lose me. I mean it starts off fine. Brovis with the help of the treacherous Regine have invaded Shamballah. Travis’s friends have found his ship. I notice that there is a night with stars so Skartaris must not be the inner world that Grell created. Anyway the whole weird stuff with the transformation is only the beginning. It gets really weird in the next issue.