Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Warlord Wednesday: Endangered Species

Here's another installment of my examination of  the adventures DC Comics' Travis Morgan--The Warlord.  The earlier installments can be found here...

"Dragon Country" / "Empty Quest" / "Menu for Disaster"
Green Arrow (vol. 2) #118-120 (March 1997-May 1997)
Written by Chuck Dixon; Pencils by Dougie Braithwaite, Inks by Robert Companella

Synopsis: Connor Hawke, the then-current Green Arrow, receives a black and white photo that looks like his Oliver Queen, his father and the original Green Arrow, in the jungle. His friend (an ex-government agent of some sort) Eddie recognizes the mountain in the background as in the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia. The two head out to see if Oliver Queen is still alive.

The two get help from some of Eddie's old criminal contacts and wind up parachuting out over the jungle in the Shan State. Connor saves a girl from what appears to be a velociraptor but gets captured by the a Kuomintang-descendant Generalissmo.

The Kuomintang take him to where they've got another "dragon-slayer" captive; a man who looks a lot like Oliver Queen. Connor stages an escape attempt. It fails, but Eddie and some allies show up just in time and turn opium-addicted velociraptors on the Kuomintang through the use of torches impregnated with opium.

Freeing the other captive, they discover his true identity:

They take Morgan to a hotel to recover. He tells them about falling through some weird portal in Skartaris after chasing a pack of raptors than stole his meal. He plans to head back to Skartaris as soon as he's fully recovered. Connor and Eddie leave him, and get into further conflict with nefarious types after an American woman they erroneously believe to be a CIA agent. A Green Arrow's work is never done!

Things to Notice:
  • In the flashback sequences, Morgan is wearing the armor he wore in the Warlord mini-series.
This barely qualifies as a Warlord appearance. He really doesn't have much to do in the story. Still, it does reference the events of the previous crossover with Green Arrow, back when Oliver Queen was alive.

In the story, Eddie refers to "smack-fields." "Smack" is a slang term for heroin, but there aren't any heroin fields; it's a synthetic product made from opium. The fields are, of course, the opium poppy (papaver somniferum).


The Angry Lurker said...

I used to collect any appearance of a comic character, no matter how obscure!

Martin R. Thomas said...

Great stuff, as usual! Totally digging your Warlord posts. Wish we'd see a new limited series of his, or maybe even an appearance in the New 52. They've started to open up their multiple worlds (we've seen Earth 2 and comments on Earth 3 so far), so I guess it could happen.

Have you been reading the current Green Arrow? Ever since Jeff Lemire took over in issue #17, it's been really good.

Trey said...

@Fran - This would be one of those obscure ones.

@Martin - Thanks. Well, the last series made an appearance by this Warlord unlikely (though I guess in the new 52 all bets are off). I haven't read Green Arrow, but I like Lemire's work, so I guess I'll need to check that out.