Review: Warlord #14

Warlord #14 cover
Cover by Mike Grell

Warlord #14
Published and © by DC, August-September 1978

Title: “All Men Are Mine”
Synopsis: Suffering from blood loss and ravaged by infection, Warlord hallucinates an encounter with an incarnation of Death.

Writer: Mike Grell
Artist: Grell

Review: Ongoing schedule pressures took a toll on Mike Grell’s Warlord in an assortment of ways. Earlier in 1978, editor Larry Hama was forced to turn to a reprint for Warlord #11 (see review). Now, just a few issue’s later, fans are treated to a slight story told mostly in splashes and two-panel pages. While clearly driven by expediency, Grell’s simple tale of Warlord’s hallucinatory showdown with Death pops with a visual “wow” factor. The large-format art is distinct from other books on the spinner racks of the era and Grell’s rendering here is some of his best yet. Good stuff!

Grade: B+

Cool factor: Mike Grell’s art really shines with more room to breathe.

Collector’s note: According to MyComicShop.com, there is a Mark Jewelers variant of this issue.

Character quotable: “Why do men fight me so? Am I so fearsome?” – Death, looks like a lady

Editor’s note: This review was written Nov. 14, 2022.

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