Review: Warlord #3

Warlord #3 cover
Cover by Mike Grell

Warlord #3
Published and © by DC, October-November 1976

Title: “War Gods of Skartaris”
Synopsis: On the hunt for a unicorn, Morgan is captured by lizard men who worship a recently arrived “god.”

Writer: Mike Grell
Artist: Grell

Review: This issue gets off to a slow start as a half-year delay between issues necessitates another origin recap (see this Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed for details). But, once the story gets down to business, Grell delivers a fun, done-in-one tale with clever twists. Even the recap is a treat, though, as Grell executes it as a beautifully drawn two-page spread. The artist really understands the visual nature of the comic-book medium, and regularly delivers crafty storytelling and explosive splashes. With the exception of some issues with anatomy, Grell is already a masterful comic-book artist – and even better comic-book creator.

Grade: A-

Cool factor: Nice character moments. Beautiful splashes. Great cover.

Character quotable: “God help me – I love this!” – The Warlord, with “it” behind battle and carnage, of course

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on Feb. 11, 2010.

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