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The Warlord: The Savage Empire

The Warlord: The Savage EmpireThe Warlord: The Savage Empire by Mike Grell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had an itch to re-read the old WARLORD comics I enjoyed as a child and managed to find this volume on eBay, collecting the first 12 issues of author and artist Mike Grell’s sword and sorcery classic. It’s as fun as I remember, filled with monsters, swashbuckling action, and humor, although being older now it’s easy to see how dated it is. It’s full of cheesy 1970s one-liners (young readers today aren’t going to get the Joe Namath joke in the first issue, for instance) and even cheesier 1970s ideas of gender representation: the men of Skartaris wear loincloths, vests, armor, helmets, and sometimes capes, while the women wear…strategically placed straps of cloth. Still, if you’re in the mood for a fun, fast-moving sword and sorcery comic, THE WARLORD is just what the doctor ordered.

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