THE WARLORD #3

“Beasts Against Blades!”
Writer: Bruce Jones
Artist: Bart Sears

So Travis is now considered the god Crassus. Regine plays up the god belief and Brovis is taken to the dungeon. Travis then starts to enjoy the perks of godhood. On the surface in Antartica his fiance and friend have landed their helicopter. They find a cypress tree growing in the snow. They also find a T-Rex which smashes up their helicopter. Then it chases them over a ledge. They land in a body of water in a tropical environment. Back in Shamballah Travis is summoned to open the door that the god Crassus left. Surprisingly he uses the medallion he has around his neck and the door opens. Inside is a rocket.

So the story so far continues to have merit. Travis is now considered a god and his new girlfriend Regine is helping him along with the act. His friends on the surface have found a way into Skartaris. We get some more background on the legend of Crassus. And it ends with the reveal of the mysterious rocket. It has kept my interest in finding out what happens next.

Advertisements

THE WARLORD #2

“Brutality in a Barbarian Land!”
Writer: Bruce Jones
Artist: Bart Sears

Brovis the brutal prince from Kolosis picks a sword fight with the stranger. He almost kills him when Regine the woman that rescued him intervenes. She convinces Brovis to fight the stranger in the arena in front of the people which he accepts. So Travis learns some sword fighting techniques from Regine. He has no memory of where he comes from or even his name. He does have a cockiness to him. While this goes on we learn of the Shamballah legend of Cassus the Warlord who will come at Shamballah’s time of need. On the surface Travis fiancee Alexa convinces her friend Terry to take a helicopter and continue the search for Morgan. The chopper has to make an emergency landing to refuel as a storm approaches.

So the big day comes. A fight to the death with the hand of the princess Tara as a reward. Travis also gets Brovis to agree to give up his kingdom if he wins. So they fight and Travis doesn’t even use his sword. But he moves so quick that he beats up Brovis. The crowd think he is a wizard and demand his death which the weak king will oblige. Only as Travis waits for the guards he takes off his shirt. The people are stunned and bow down to him. For Travis wears a necklace around his neck with the symbol of Cassus.

So the second issue continues to be interesting. Travis is shown as someone with some very good skills. There is a love interest growing between him and Regine while his other love on the surface that he doesn’t remember is still searching for him. Some stuff I don’t get is how he can understand Skartarian or why the Skartarians speak English. It does set up a mystery that makes the reader want to find out more in the next issue.

THE WARLORD #1

“Untitled”
Writer: Bruce Jones
Artist: Bart Sears

Travis Morgan is leaving his fiancee to test an experimental fighter. In Shamballah a similar scene is acting out only it is Jhan saying goodbye to the princess Tara. Both women will lose their men. Alexa as Travis Morgan’s plane goes down over the arctic. Jhan loses his life to Prince Brovis of Kolosis in the gladiator ring. We find out that Shamballah is not in a very good position. Kolosis is a strong city state that plans to take over the weaker Shamballah. Later on a group of women fishing pull out Travis Morgan from the water. Their boat is attacked by sea creatures and Morgan manages to defeat them. Princess Tara watched this from shore and tries to arrest Morgan since all strangers are first held as prisoners until deemed not a threat. The girl he saves speaks on his behalf. Brovis has also watched and wants to kill Morgan.

So back in 2006 DC decided to revive the Warlord. Only this would be a reboot with a whole new start. I was excited to hear about this and had an open mind about this new re-imaged Warlord. So far the first issue set up an interesting world. Travis Morgan was a test pilot that crashed in Skartaris. Otherwise there was this whole new set up with Shamballah being threatened by Kolosis. The leader a prince Brovis was introduced as a despicable scumbag. Interesting that the artist decided to color all the surface world scenes in black and white. Didn’t really get that. Still this series started out on a solid footing. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to its potential as we will see in future issues.

TEEN TITANS #11

“The Lost World of Skartaris Part 3”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artists: Dan Jurgens and George Perez

Cody the titan that was blown out of the sky city by Mortella crashes into the craft flown by Prysm. He hits and hurts his leg bad but still manages to save the falling Prysm. Meanwhile the others are fighting Mortella who has Prysm’s power as well as other powers. She is winning this fight. The Atom manages to shrink and escape. He finds the room with the power source for Mortella and it is a captive Jennifer Morgan. On the surface Cody and Prysm manage to catch a ride on a pterodactyl and come back in time to fight Mortella. Only now Jennifer is free and can use her powers. Prysm decides to take back her powers to help her teammates and Jennifer helps her. In the end this turns Mortella back to an old hag and ends her threat. The final scene has Jennifer use her power to open a portal home and the Teen Titans are on their way.

So the final issue of the visit of the Teen Titans to Skartaris ends. It was an enjoyable story. This one had guests of the main characters that I loved from the Warlord. Helped that Jurgens wrote for the series so knew how to portray them. Of course it was a mainly superhero story so didn’t really feel like a Warlord story. It was handled well and a nice little bit of nostalgia for the series I missed.

TEEN TITANS #10

“The Lost World of Skartaris part II”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artists: Dan Jurgens and George Perez

The Titans are being escorted by Tara back to Shamballah when they are attacked by a herd of triceratops. They use their powers to stop them but one member falls into a pile of dino poo. They make it back and get to clean up and a change of clothes. They find out from Tara who learned English from Morgan that a sky city that comes at irregular intervals is back. It brings cobras that come out of the ground and take people away. Just then the cobras come and the Titans attempt to stop them but they nullify their powers and transport them away.

Meanwhile Morgan, Shakira and Prysm find themselves on the city. Mortella shows an interest in Prysm. Morgan wants to just leave and as him and Shakira are going to the floaters they fall through a trap door. Prysm is interested in Mortalla’s offer to get rid of her powers so she can be normal which Mortella does.

So the Titans find themselves in a chamber filled with skulls and Morgan and Shakira chained to a wall. They free them and bust a hole in the wall. Only Mortella is there now with the powers of Prysm and blasts one of the Titans clear out of the city. At the end Prysm is on a craft now human and looking forward to a new life.

So this issue had a lot going for it. There was plenty of humor. You get a real feeling that the Titans are immature teens. It sets up the main villain in the sky city and Mortella. A mystery that will be revealed in the next issue. So far I enjoy this crossover with Skartaris. Morgan is more prominent. Others like Tara and Skakira have a part in the story. Skartaris looks as it should be. Not to mention the artwork is beautiful.

TEEN TITANS #9

“The Lost World of Skartaris Part 1”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artists: Dan Jurgens and George Perez

Prysm finds herself in the world of Skartaris. She has lost her powers and is being chased by a T-Rex. Luckily Travis Morgan is in the area searching for his daughter. He jumps on and tries to kill the T-Rex with his sword. Doesn’t help that Prysm tries to stop him from killing the poor T-Rex. The wounded dinosaur decides to go find an easier meal.

Meanwhile Prysm’s team is looking for her over the Arctic. Prysm was captured by some villain named Vault and locked in a cage that drained her powers. Another team member used her energy powers to revive Prysm which caused her to shoot out into the arctic and disappeared. The jet they are flying come to a thunderstorm and they emerge into Skartaris. The storm damaged the craft and it crashes. They then fight an army of sword-men lead by Tara. At the camp of Morgan and Shakira they continue their conversation. Suddenly a giant snake comes up from the ground. It shoots rays from it’s eyes knocking our heroes out. From the mouth comes a beautiful woman named Mortella who has an interest in Prysm.

So another guest appearance for Travis Morgan and Skartaris. I liked this one better then the one in Justice League. First is Dan Jurgens had his first professional assignment on the Warlord so he understands the character. This shows in the writing. I also think the artwork is much better. Now this series is another one I have never read and I don’t know any of the characters. Except Atom but he has been turned into a seventeen year old so not up to speed on the background for this series. As I said though this feels much more like the Skartaris I know and the story so far is a better fit for that world.

JUSTICE LEAGUE TASK FORCE #36

“Godwar”
Writer: Christopher Priest
Artist: Ramon Bernado

Truimph is attempting to stop the Minuteman III missile. He does destroy it but three warheads manage to break off. At this time Morgan and the others are fighting the horde that is attacking Vlandar. Ray the superhero has been taken over by the wizard Quantum. Now Quantum is in Ray’s body and vise versa. Quantum is finally pinned by Martian Manhunter and forced to switch bodies. The missile warheads are stopped by Triumph. The warheads were dummy ones because the missile was a test launch that somehow found its way into Skartaris. Morgan at the end takes the task force to the shuttle craft from issue 6 that leads to Peru.

So this issue comes to a close. A very confusing issue with all sorts of stuff being thrown at you. I didn’t feel like the writer really understood Skartaris. Even at the end at the Atlantean shuttle station the shuttle is covered with graffiti in English. Were the fuck did that come from? Interesting to see the Warlord in this but just didn’t feel at all like the writer really got the character.

JUSTICE LEAGUE TASK FORCE #35

“The Sword of USAF”
Writer: Christopher Priest
Artist: Ramon Bernando

Morgan and the Task Force are battling a horde of barbarians to save the village of Vlandar. One of the members Ray is very appalled by the savagery. So he decides to go and find the wizard Quantum who is responsible. He finds the old man who puts on an act that he is defending his people from Morgan and the people of Vlandar. Meanwhile Martian Manhunter gets the talisman that the mercenary their ship crushed was supposed to retrieve. He brings it to the wizard Eballum who can then activate the Sword of USAF which turns out to be a missile. At the end Ray comes to fight Morgan and company after being convinced by Quantum that they are evil.

So the second issue with The Warlord and Skartaris as guest stars. An OK issue. Seems Morgan is like me and only recognizes Martian Manhunter. This series had some very obscure characters. Didn’t really feel like Warlord or Skartaris which isn’t surprising given how its being used. Still nice to see that the character wasn’t totally forgotten.

JUSTICE LEAGUE TASK FORCE #34

“Doomed”
Writer: Christopher Priest
Artist: Ramon Bernado

A barbarian mercenary is outside a city about to go and steal something called The Eye of USAF. He has some modern equipment like binoculars and a computer. Unfortunately he is crushed under the arrival of a spacecraft. Inside are J’onn J’ozz and some other superpowered heroes. They are in Skartaris and have a brief fight with the survivors. Then the ship they arrived in explodes. Later around the fire they talk to the barbarian survivors and tell their story. On another planet their ship was impounded and destroyed so they had to take the panda ship that they had. They went into warp in the Earth’s atmosphere and ended up in Skartaris. They then discuss maybe helping the locals who need these wizard icons to save their people. At the end they meet up with Travis Morgan and Shakira.

So this was an appearance by the Warlord in another title. It starts of course in the middle of something but does a good job of explaining how they came about in their current predicament. I am not familiar with the characters except the Martian Manhunter and just bought it because the Warlord was in it. So far the story intrigues me so interested to see how they handle the time in Skartaris.

THE WARLORD #6

“Ballad Part VI”
Writer: Mike Grell
Artists: Dameon Willich and Tim Burgard

Morgan and his army arrive at Thera. There they fight the undead army of Deimos. Unfortunately fighting the undead has its drawbacks. For every one the undead kill then it rises and joins the undead. So Morgan’s army is decimated. After Petrius dies charging Deimos, Morgan calls a retreat. As they recuperate more troops join lead by Machiste, Mariah and Ashir. As Morgan goes to contemplate what to do his daughter Jennifer approaches him. She says he must sacrifice himself to defeat Deimos. So later Morgan offers to surrender himself to Deimos. At the surrender site Morgan jumps into the lake. He comes out with the Hellfire sword. The sword is the only thing that kills Deimos. With him dead the sun returns and his undead army disintegrates. The epilogue has Tinder talking with Tara about the bright future when he finds out his hero has once again left. In disgust he breaks his lute.

The final entry to the mini-series. It brought all the characters together. It had Morgan once again defeat Deimos and save the world. It also had him once again run away from his responsibility. This was an enjoyable series. It was a leisurely stroll down memory lane for this wonderful character. I remember enjoying having the Warlord back. One thing I was upset about was Grell didn’t take this opportunity to reunite Morgan and Tara with their son. I thought this was a great opportunity missed. Still lucky for us the saga of the Warlord was not over.