Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Warlord Wednesday: Full Circle (Part 4)

Let's re-enter the lost world with another installment of my issue by issue examination of DC Comic's Warlord, the earlier installments of which can be found here...

"Full Circle"
Warlord Annual #3 (1984)
Written by Cary Burkett; Penciled by Dan Jurgens; Inked by Mike DeCarlo.

Synopsis: Daamon has absconded with a saucer timeship—and Shakira. Morgan isn’t about to let a “second rate Deimos” get away from him. He and Krystovar pursue on skysleds.

The saucer begins to malfunction. Morgan flies alongside and tells Shakira to jump. When she does, he grabs her with the tractor beam. Daamon manages to bring the ship down in one piece, but then he disappears in flash of chronal radiation into the space between time and no-time (wherever that is). And then there’s the Red Moon:

Back in the Atlantean city our heroes attend a celebration in their honor. Reno can’t enjoy it, because he still hasn’t found a way to free the other timeships from the void. Shakira and Morgan take him over to Daamon's Red Moon-tech sanctum, and Reno’s mood begins to improve. In a few days, he’s got the machines rigged up and is able to pull the other ships from the timestream. The problem now is that they still are leaking chronal radiation and will need to be stored somewhere.

Atlantean guards bring Daamon’s wife and child to Morgan so he can decide their fate. Morgan knows that to let the child live will lead to Deimos being born—and all the pain that the demon priest caused in his life. Still, Morgan can’t kill an innocent. He tells the men to let them go.

Reno calls Morgan over. Morgan turns to see…himself and his friends from back at the beginning of this whole storyline! This time, our heroes experience what they only observed last time.

The chronal fog rolls in and they're transported back to the underground weapons cache they started from. Morgan is reunited with Tara.  He realizes this cave is the perfect place to store the saucerships, because—well, that’s where they found them to begin with.

For those at following at home, Krystovar and Morgan summarize what we’ve learned in this arc:

Things to Notice:
  • Morgan and Shakira seem to specially put back on their future clothes just to make sure their dressed correctly to meet their past selves.
  • Daamon's disappearance into the time void leaves open the option of him returning at some point.
Where It Comes From:
At last, we get back to the paradoxical meeting this storyline started out with back in issue #79. Morgan's refusal to kill Daamon's wife and infant son of course forms a poignant counterpoint to Deimos (their descendant) forcing Morgan to kill his own infant (albeit cloned and rapid-aged) son.


Tedankhamen said...

I don't see that you get much feedback about these Warlord Wednesdays, but I for one am really enjoying them. I was a huge fan way back when. My favorite was the episode where Morgan tracks Daamon through the arctic wastes to a stranded old sailing ship, but instead of killing his archenemy for his crimes (I think he had killed Travis' daughter or son by this point), he lets the wolves get the bastard. Classic, classic stuff!

Justin S. Davis said...

I've always meant to ask...did you read all of these first-run way back when, or are you exploring the series in its entirety for the first time? Or some combo (as in, you read sporadic issues as a wee one, and are now doing the whole batch) thereof?

Trey said...

@Tedankhamen - Yeah, WW has a small and not terribly vocal following. That wasa great story you mention--and had some great panels for the post. Thanks for stopping by.

@Justin - Most of the Grell run I was too young for when they came out. I started reading it in the mid-seventies (issue-wise not decade) but was sporadic about it. I did read all the issues I hadn't read before when I snagged the complete run, but this is actually the first time I'm reading it all the way through in one go.