Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Warlord Wednesday: The Death-Knell of the Universe

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...

"The Death-Knell of the Universe: Chapter I: Where Dwells the Grim God"
Warlord #133 (Winter 1988)
Written by Michael Fleisher; Pencils by Jan Duursema, Inks by Tom Mandrake

Synopsis: Morgan and Aoife are riding with Ishum on his winged mount, on their way to try to steal Ishum’s horn back from Yk’Kphat to try to prevent to end of the cosmos. They happen to pass over angry blob creatures chasing a man. They swoop down and carry him to safety.

It turns out he stole a jewel from the angry blob. He’s Guernon Darkmoon and he claims to be a master thief.

Meanwhile, the god worm Anu winds his way through the cosmos, passing near the Ebondar forest and dropping alien monsters on Skartaris. Luckily, there are heroes to try to protect the people:

In the god realm of Yk’Kphat, Tara is trapped in a pearl around the fat god’s neck as he “fondles” the horn of being. When he tires of playing with it, he has slaves put it back in storage.

Jennifer figures their straights are so desperate she’s got to find allies—even unsavory ones who will exact a price for their services:

Morgan and crew sneak into Yk’Kphat’s palace. Aoife know’s Tara is on one of the god-thing’s pearls, but she has been dithering about telling him because she’s a little sweet on him. She starts to tell him, but then Darkmoon calls her away to help him snag the horn. Morgan and Ishum fly out to keep Yk’kphat occupied.

It turns out Yk’kphat can produce demonic creatures just from his breath!

Darkmoon proves his skill by picking the lock on the god’s treasure room. As soon as they have the horn, a snake-like monster emerges from the mounds of gold to attack. It grabs Darkmoon in its jaws. Aoife means to fight it, but Darkmoon tells her to leave him and get the horn away. Reluctantly, she does.

She arrives in the main chamber just in time to tell Morgan that Tara is in one of the jewels. Ishum tells Morgan they should shatter them all to free the warriors trapped within. Morgan and Tara are reunited, but the ethereal portal they came in is closing, and Yk’kphat has just exhaled a horde of dragons.

It’s Aoife’s turn to sacrifice herself for the common good:

In Skartaris, the force’s of Jennifer’s netherworldly allies are proving ineffectual against halting Anu’s undulations. The assessment of their leaders:


Things to Notice:
  • This is the last issue of Warlord.
  • The letter page announces the end of the series and points out that it was the only comic started by Marvel or DC launched after 1970 to still be published in 1988 [presumably Greenberger means series launched around new characters].


Timothy S. Brannan said...


I knew this was coming but not sure exactly when. Now what are you going to do?

Trey said...

@Tim - I'm probably going to see all the Grell Warlord through. So the 90s limited series after this and then the short 2010 series.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

Don't forget the JLU Animated episode (though I swear you already did that one...)

Trey said...

I covered that, though briefly. I tended to gloss the "other media." I'm going to completely ignore the Jones/Sears "reboot" (or whatever it was) as well.

The Angry Lurker said...

A creepy end to the series.....but still good.

Aos said...

So do they complete the story in the lafer minis? I read an issue of the reboot thing, but it did nothing for me.

Trey said...

@Fran - It's not over yet, the last issue was double-sized so this is just Chapter 1.

@Aos - This story completes in this issue. The story of Travis Morgan does have an end at the end of Grell's second run in 2010.

Pat said...

They're seriously fighting a guy named Icky Fat ?

They're not really trying in the names department.

Trey said...

I think its more Ick Fat, but no Fleisher wasn't really trying.