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Sojourn #30

Posted: Friday, December 19, 2003
By: Ray Tate



Writer: Ian Edginton
Artists: Cliff Richards(p), George Freeman(i), Andrew Crossley(c)
Publisher: Crossgen

Not a bad conclusion in Sojourn to the story, but Ian Edginton wastes too much time on the screwball chessplayer and his blind slave. Arwyn's confrontation against this yo-yo feels less rewarding when she shows so much shock over the cosmic screwball's lies about Neven. Arwyn never trusted Neven that much in the first place, and her false connections to Mordath shouldn't really elicit such a response.

Meanwhile Cass and Gareth are on the run from the dragon lord and his harem--also dragons. Like a previous issue, these dragons are shape-shifters, and Mr. Edginton's work rises a few inches on the evolutionary scale by making the dragons a little more sympathetic even if they are trying to kill our heroes. Remember, as far as they're concerned, the meddlers crashed their pad.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Cliff Richards fills in for the missing in action Greg Land, and though the artwork is obviously more rushed than his work for Dark Horse, he does an admirable job of hitting all the right points in Mr. Edginton's script. The scenes with the dragons--in human and reptilian form--particularly impress, and I doubt I'd give this issue a higher grade even if Mr. Land were on hand.



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