Review: Warlord #28

Warlord #28 cover
Cover by Mike Grell

Warlord #28
Published and © by DC, December 1979

Title: “The Curse of the Cobra Queen”
Synopsis: Warlord comes under the thrall of a sexy snake woman (who may have gotten that way due to comet radiation).

Writer: Mike Grell
Penciler: Grell
Inker: Vince Colletta

Review: There’s a tangential plot about a comet connecting this issue’s two features and … it doesn’t make sense. If the Cobra Queen was recently mutated by said comet, how did handmaidens already come to serve her? Still, it’s a fun – albeit slight – story if you don’t think about it too hard.


Title: “Wizard World”
Synopsis: Mariah and Machiste encounter a wizard after falling through a portal (that may have been activated by comet radiation).

Writer: Mike Grell
Artist: Grell

Review: It’s nice to see Mike Grell exploring Warlord’s supporting cast, even if another portal story isn’t the best vehicle.

Grade (for the entire issue): B

Second opinion: “Fantasy fans should find most Grell issues enjoyable. A decent sample is #28, in which Warlord has to defeat an alluring cobra woman.” – The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition), 2003

Cool factor: It’s awesome that Mike Grell gets to draw all the cool things he wants …
Not-so-cool factor: … but it’s better when the story logic supports these things.

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

Character quotable: “I think we’re going to be friends! I think we’re going to be very good friends.” – Travis “Warlord” Morgan, in the thrall of the Cobra Queen

Editor’s note: This review was written Feb. 17, 2024.

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