THE WARLORD #82

“Revolution!”
Writer: Cary Burkett
Artist: Dan Jurgens

Morgan and his friends are taken to Washington D.C. The city is covered by an energy force field. It doesn’t take long for Morgan to find out the situation in this future post-holocaust America. He tries to explain the situation to the presidential adviser and gets beaten unconscious. He wakes up in a slave pen with Krystovar. Here he learns that martial law was declared and all survivors not in the military were conscripted into slave labor. Washington and some other key military installations survived the war because of the energy shields but it was not feasible to cover the entire country.

Morgan is put to work in the hydroponics tanks. Here he inspires his fellow slaves to revolt. They plan to clog up a pump which blows. This opens an opportunity to grab some guns and fight the guards. Morgan is in the forefront and responsible for their victory.

“Open City”
Writer: Gary Cohn
Artist: Ron Randall

Jinal and her friends reach the city of Skeen. This is the embassy that the ancients of D’Roz maintain so they can interact with the people of Earth. Barasha goes off to arrange a meeting with the ancients. This leaves the others to explore the city. Renna and Jinal go to the baths for women and have a relaxing bath. This is interrupted by some butch women that start a fight. Soon the whole place erupts into a brawl. Renna and Jinal jump out the window into the street. It is up to Yisrah now that he has equipped himself properly to retrieve their clothes and weapons.

The story goes back to Morgan’s future adventures and it hits the ground running. America is now nothing more than a slave state run by a tyrant. Morgan manages to inspire the slaves and forms a revolt in short order. Good to see Cohn keep Morgan in character that Grell established for him. He is a natural leader that inspires others. A very exciting issue.

The Barren Earth has a nice little humorous adventure. Jinal gets some girl time out and has a good old fashioned brawl. Yisrah shows that he has some impressive skills when properly equipped. Should be interesting to find out what the deal is with these ancients.

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THE WARLORD #81

“Thief’s Magic”
Writer: Cary Burkett
Artist: Dan Jurgens

Jennifer and Faaldren have settled in for some sleep. Young Tinder sneaks into camp to steal some food. The camp isn’t unguarded as Jennifer’s magic alerts her to the intruder. She then finds out young Tinder’s story. He is an orphan who indentured himself to a caravan. This caravan was attacked by New Atlanteans and he was forced to flee after kicking the bull-headed beast-man leader. This beast-man and his New Atlanteans find the group and a well placed arrow in the shoulder disables Jennifer. Unable to concentrate she has Tinder think up a horror. Tinder remembers a story the man in the dungeon told him so he conjures up a train. A somewhat fanciful version but one Jennifer recognizes. What is the mystery of this mysterious youth.

“Other Survivors..”
Writer: Gary Cohn
Artist: Ron Randall

Jinal and company are riding with a horde of Harahashan as they make their way to their winter grounds. While riding along Jinal finds out that Barasha was a student of the ancients of D’roz. Meanwhile not too far away there are four Qlov who survived the battle. They have been patiently waiting for a response to their distress signal which has just been answered.

This issue takes a break from Morgan’s adventures in the future. Instead it focuses on his kids. Jennifer meets up with her half-brother while not knowing he is her brother. This was a great way to reintroduce Morgan’s lost son Joshua. Having him link up with Jennifer was a nifty way to get them both into the story line. Morgan’s only appearance is a dream sequence to fill in readers about Tinder’s story. A nice little break from the main story. Tantalizes of a future reunion between Tinder and his parents.

The Barren Earth was a short story but introduced some interesting facts. Barasha has some knowledge of the ancients and there is a noticeable winter on this future world. Oh and they have giant jackrabbits and spiders. Of course the big reveal is some Qlov survived and others are on the way.

THE WARLORD #80

“Future Trek”
Writer: Cary Burkett
Artist: Dan Jurgens

The New Atlanteans have got the drop on Tara and her men in the ancient weapons cavern. Fortunately a mysterious hooded man armed with a laser pistol attacks. This gives Tara and Scarhart a much needed break which they take full advantage of and defeat the New Atlanteans. Far in the future Morgan, Shakira and Krystovar are stuck in the secret military base in Utah. Morgan spends his time learning about the flying saucers and other futuristic technology. Krystovar spends it in study learning English. Shakira is just bored. So bored she turns into a cat and sneaks out. She is chased by mutants and hides in a ruined city. When she gets back her description of the outside world disturbs Dr. Reno. They go out and find the world destroyed in a nuclear war. It is also the year 2303.

A plane ride in a Cessna with Morgan, Reno, Krystovar and Shakira takes them to the ruins of Salt Lake City. Here they are caught in a tractor beam from a large futuristic USAF ship. Instead of being treated with respect they are jailed and accused of being spies.

“Pursuit!”
Writer: Gary Cohn
Artist: Ron Randall

Jinal and her friends are fleeing the pursuing slavers. Jinal notices that more Harahashan have joined them. It seems Barasha has brought more of his friends. The pursuit takes them to a box canyon and it looks like they are trapped. But it was a trap for the slavers. They are surrounded by lizard-men and the slavers massacred. Later Jinal finds her weapons in a wrecked vehicle and vows to never lose them again.

So Morgan is now in the future. It gets more interesting that the world is destroyed by nuclear war. Even more interesting is the futuristic USAF craft and their final destination Washington D.C. Burkett has been taking the Warlord on a pretty wild ride and I am enjoying every minute. He even manages to bring up that Morgan has already traveled into the future. Reno explains that it must have been an alternate timeline. I love that he is so familiar with this issues past. The big futuristic USAF ship hints at an advanced civilization still kicking in this future. Sets up nicely the interest in the reader wanting to find out more. Oh he still hasn’t forgotten Skartaris with showing us Tara and her adventures. An adventure with a mysterious man that also needs solving.

The Barren Earth is coming along nicely. It was announced that it was getting its own very deserved mini-series so that was something to look forward to. Barasha shows what a valuable ally he is and Jinal seems more determined than ever to find the ancients in their floating city.

THE WARLORD #79

“Paradox”
Writer: Cary Burkett
Artist: Pat Broderick

Morgan, Shakira and Krystovar are flying through some strange void in the flying saucer. They get pulled into the real world by a tractor beam. When the ship lands they are greeted by a man who seems to know them. Before they can question the man the three are confronted by their future selves. The presence of three people meeting their future selves cause a reaction in the man that greeted them. He starts to spew energy and the three friends are thrown back into the void.

They are then drawn to the U.S.S. Eldridge in 1943. The invisibility experiment has caused some strange stuff and they meet the same guy. Once again they are drawn to a different place with the same guy. He gives the three chronal-dampener belts. So now Morgan and company find themselves at a secret base in Utah that is developing the chronal radiation to power flying saucers. The man is identified as Dr. Reno Franklin and they are in the far future of 2068. Meanwhile Tara and the others left behind are ambushed by New Atlanteans and Jennifer Morgan is making her way to find her father.

“Slave Market”
Writer: Gary Cohn
Artist: Ron Randell

Jinal, Skinner and Renna are on their way to be sold at the slave market of M’Breem. They meet a fellow captive named Yishrah. He is a traveling shaman and has the feel of being a charming rogue. He knows of D’roz the floating city of the ancients. At the slave market they are purchased by Barasha only he forgets to pay for them. They make a haste escape from the city with the slavers in pursuit.

So this is where we are finally getting some answers to the US/Atlantean connection. I loved the idea of using the Philadelphia Experiment story. Of course this story also raises a lot of questions that still need exploring but this military base in the future has such wide potential. It makes the reader want more which I eagerly awaited back in the day.

The Barren Earth continues on in a fast paced and amusing way. I love the way they freed Jinal and her friends. Bid real high at a ridiculous price then skip out without paying. We get introduced to a new character in Yisrah. He does seem to be a happy go lucky rogue that probably shouldn’t be trusted too far. He does seem to know about the ancients that Jinal is on a quest for which is why she freed him. The mystery for both stories continues with some questions answered but many more to be asked.

THE WARLORD #78

“Doom’s Mouth!”
Writer: Cary Burkett
Artist: Dan Jurgens

Morgan’s trip to the weapons cavern continues on. First he has to play chicken with a New Atlantean warship which he easily wins. Then they find the passageway and must fight a giant scorpion. Finally they reach the cavern and everyone is in awe. They look for a way to get into the small flying saucer ships. Krystovar figures that the cassette cartridges are the key. Morgan is surprised that one of the cassettes has his name on it. So Morgan and Krystovar are inside a flying saucer examining how it works when Shakira comes in a panic after being chased by a giant rat. She knocks Morgan into a switch and the ship closes up and vanishes.

“The Quest Begins!”
Writer: Gary Cohn
Artist: Ron Randall

Jinal, Skinner, Renna, Barasha and his wife are on a quest to find who was responsible for destroying the ancient star cruiser that Jinal just found. They manage to kill one of the creatures that Jinal first ran into on her arrival that killed her fellow survivors. The Harahashan know how to kill them for a good meal. At night the group is ambushed by slavers. Barasha and his wife managed to sneak away but the others are overwhelmed by numbers and destined for the slave market.

The story is getting more and more interesting. After some fun adventures they get to the mysterious cavern. Morgan finds his name on one of the cartridges. Morgan, Krystovar and Shakira are transported to some unknown destination in one of the mini-saucers. A great ending that sets up a mystery that you can look forward to.

The Barren Earth is also starting a fantastic quest. Like the main story this one also is the start of an epic quest and ends with a cliffhanger. Both stories have set up a strong beginning to their respective quests and leave the reader wanting more.

THE WARLORD #77

“Let My People Go!”
Writer: Cary Burkett
Artist: Dan Jurgens

Shakira and Scarhart free Ashir from the New Atlanteans. On the way to Shamballah they find out that it too also fell to the New Atlanteans. They go to the Valley of the Lion with a reunion with Morgan. A plan is formed to rescue slaves being transported to New Atlantis. They ambush a column and then disguised as New Atlanteans capture a ship. The next stop is the cavern with the futuristic super-weapons.

“Surface Tension”
Writer: Gary Cohn
Artist: Ron Randall

Jinal manages to get the star cruiser she found in working order. Her companions are a bit skeptical of the ship but her enthusiasm wins them over. Jinal has big plans for the ship. She hopes to teach a crew to man it to fight the Qlov. After they leave the ship far away at an unknown location some mysterious figures are alerted to the activation of the ship. They take remote control of it and crash it back into the ocean causing a tidal wave that destroys the pumping pipes.

So this issue starts to gather together the players in the drama of freeing Skartaris from the New Atlanteans. Shakira, Scarhart and Ashir are now joined with Morgan and Tara. Jennifer is also interested in finding out more about these new invaders. The first step is going to the weapons cavern which is well underway. Morgan and Tara are starting to bond again while Graemore is obviously becoming a third wheel. The mysterious creature in the cave steals Morgan’s cartridge. Sets up the next issue for us finally getting solved the mystery of the weapons cavern.

The Barren Earth was a short story but effective. Jinal finds a star cruiser but loses it to some mysterious advanced race. It hints at the end that they will concentrate their efforts on seeking out these people. So both stories parallel each other in that they are going on a quest to solve a mystery. Interesting how both stories are in sync.

WONDER WOMAN ’77 MEETS THE BIONIC WOMAN #6

“Different Flowers from the Same Garden”
Writer: Andy Mangels
Artist: Judit Tondora

CASTRA’s army of mercenaries and Fembots under Radl are winning the battle for Paradise Island. So Wonder Woman and Jaime implement the only option they have. Going to the temple of Athena. There the Stones of Soteria resonate a magnetic field that keeps the island hidden from the outside world. They use the stones to generate a large electro-magnetic pulse that knocks out the Fembots. Meanwhile Wonder Girl, Max, Rudy Wells and Joe Atkinson successfully take out CASTRA’s HQ in South America. The evil villains set off the self destruct and Dr. Cyber vows revenge.

The final issue is this series comes to a satisfying conclusion. CASTRA is defeated and Paradise Island is safe. Some of the villains escape and we learn that CASTRA was not the main player. It was being used by an artificial intelligence called Alex 8000. Alex 8000 in the robot body of a beautiful woman was using CASTRA to acquire the necessary technology for her plans to control the world. So a sequel was left open. I hope its written. I enjoyed this fantasy team up. I could believe that this was a real TV special from back in 1977. It was very true to both series.

THE WARLORD #76

“Aftermath”
Writer: Cary Burkett
Artist: Dan Jurgens

Shamballah has fallen to the New Atlanteans but Lord Sabre-tooth is unhappy that Morgan has escaped. Saabra the witch uses her abilities to turn into a crow to find the survivors. Morgan and Tara lead the survivors to the Valley of the Lion which has plenty of game and easy to defend. On the way they are ambushed but thanks to Krystovar they come up with a strategy to get the lizards the New Atlanteans ride to start fighting among themselves. Morgan decides that to defeat the New Atlanteans he will go to the cave with all the futuristic weapons and liberate enough to free Shamballah. Meanwhile Shakira discovers that King Ashir is prisoner and there is a mysterious set of eyes that are watching Morgan.

“Sea Change”
Writer: Gary Cohen
Artist: Ron Randall

The pipe that they are using to draw water from the ocean has stopped working. Something is clogging it up and Jinal decides to investigate. Since she is the only one on the planet who knows how to swim she gets an iron lung made and dives into the sea. There she finds an old maintenance robot has jammed the pipe. After she frees the pipe she discovers an old battlecruiser that she activates.

So this issue deals with the aftermath of the New Atlantean invasion. Obviously the survivors have to reach a place of safety so that is what the story is all about. I loved the interaction with Tara at the beginning. Now its Morgan’s turn to be the responsible one and lecture her on her duties. It was a well handled moment. Not surprising that the weapons cavern is going to be a major plot point in upcoming issues. Also Shakira, Ashir and Scarhart are also joining the action. Oh and the mysterious eyes hold some sinister foreboding ahead. The New Atlantean invasion was a brilliant idea sure the generate a long running story.

The Barren Earth is developing an interesting plot point of its own. Basically they find a working starship so that brings up some interesting possibilities for future ideas. Both stories are developing with great ideas but the reader has no idea where its going which makes for eager anticipation of the next issue.

WONDER WOMAN ’77 MEETS THE BIONIC WOMAN #5

“Attack of the Fembots”
Writer: Andy Mangels
Artist: Judit Tondora

Wonder Woman is wounded by Dr. Cyborg and both her and Jaime are in trouble. But its Wonder Girl and Max the Bionic Dog to the rescue. Max tears off Dr. Cyborg’s arm and Wonder Girl does a good job of smashing up the Fembots. Jaime flies the invisible plane to Transformation Island which is where the hospital is for Paradise Island. Wonder Girl and Max manage to rescue Ruby Wells and Joe Atkinson.

Jaime after dropping off Wonder Woman goes to Paradise Island. She finds that the Amazons are in a desperate battle with CASTRA’s army of mercenaries and Fembots. Jaime has a plan that involves using the generator that shields Paradise Island to cause a massive electro-magnetic pulse and disable the Fembots. But it would also expose Paradise Island to the world.

The action is really heating up with this issue. An army of mercenaries and Fembots battling the Amazons. Wonder Woman mortally wounded. She gets healed at the end and is coming to join the battle. Even Max the Bionic Dog gets in the action. Jaime gets a cool change into Amazon armor and ends with a fateful decision to be made. Everything about this series just makes me want to smile. I feel like a kid back in the seventies.

THE WARLORD #75

“All Dreams Must Pass….”
Writer: Cary Burkett
Artist: Dan Jurgens

Morgan is trying to reconcile with Tara and finding it hard. She is still angry at Morgan for always leaving but she still loves him. While riding Morgan is attacked by a tornado but manages to survive. The tornado was caused by the mysterious black crow who is revealed to be the witch Saaba. Saaba holds a grudge over Morgan destroying the Eye of Shakakhan back in issue #16. She needs help though in her revenge and finds just the ally in Lord Saber-tooth.

Lord Saber-tooth leads the armies of New Atlantis in searching for Morgan and Krystovar for their part in destroying the beast making machine. Saaba tells him that Morgan is in Shamballah. After conquering their ally Khaambuka they march on the city. Morgan meanwhile is with Krystovar in the old computer complex underground. They find that the computer system has been slowly rebooting itself. It is functional enough to read the cartridge that Morgan found in the weapons cave. It is a record of an Air Force lieutenant from 300 years in the future. Before they can explore this further Morgan must rally the defenses of Shamballah.

The New Atlantian army has arrived and they are armed with laser canon and excellent armor. The city quickly falls and Morgan leads Tara with some survivors through the underground complex to fight another day.

Well a lot happened in the issue. It was fully devoted to the Warlord which was what this story needed. A major plot development with the New Atlantean invasion and conquest of Shamballah. Now Morgan is a fugitive with his estranged mate which does conveniently keeps them together in adventuring. This was just a brilliant direction for the series and I looked forward to future developments.

It was great that Burkett was showing that he actually was a fan of the series. He brought back a minor character in Shaaba. She was a one issue appearance back in the early days. Her use made sense and was a welcome addition. Also the computer complex below the city and the awkward love triangle with Greamore. The guy really shows that he understands the concept of the Warlord. Oh and that deepening mystery with the Air Force involved with ancient Atlantis. Good things are happening with this series.