Showcase Presents: Warlord, Vol. 1
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Showcase Presents: Warlord, Vol. 1 (Showcase Presents)

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Inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Jules Verne, WARLORD is the story of Air Force Pilot Travis Morgan, who crash-lands in the primitive, hidden land of Skartaris. Morgan becomes a leader of Skartaris, fighting to protect his newly adopted home from invaders wielding magical powers and hand-held weapons.
Paperback, 528 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by DC Comics (first published September 8th 2009)
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This great collection of writer/artist Mike Grell's 1970s sword-and-sorcery epic was a lot of fun. Each storyarc had an actual quest at its center, good for fans of this genre, and each issue reprint included a gorgeous two-page spread of the Warlord, Travis Morgan, or his friends and loved ones either swinging a weapon or admiring fantastic scenery. Sure, it does seem odd that the first few people Morgan befriends turn out to be kings and such, but hey, it happens.
Writer/artist Mike Grell’s late-70s/early-80s fantasy series still seems doomed to never be anything more than the second best comic book barbarian adventure series, but it does have its advantages over Marvel’s (and now Dark Horse’s) Conan. There’s the modern day setting (Well, now it’s a few decades in the past, but you know what I mean) and the Hollow Earth element, which makes Skartaris more of an unpredictable, anything-can-happen sort of environment. Rogue CIA agents, robots and alien inva...more
Stephen Theaker
1969: on a mission to photograph a Russian installation, Travis Morgan of the US Air Force falls through a hole in the North Pole and ends up in a strange world of adventure: Skartaris! He rescues a beautiful girl from a dinosaur, falls asleep a day - or is it twenty years? - and wakes up with the iconic white beard. He leads a great revolt against the evil Deimos, but that's only the beginning of his adventures...

The stories are very derivative of Conan, but one important element of that series...more
Christopher Dodd
An Air Force pilot accidentally flies his plane into a gigantic hole near the North Pole (that has never been noticed before) and lands in the center of the earth. Here the core of the earth bathes the inner hollow ring in eternal "sunlight". This land is filled with both savage beasts and men. Morgan (the pilot) quickly adapts and becomes a bloodthirsty machine of slaughter and sometimes justice.

Although the name of the comic is Warlord, Morgan rarely leads men in battle. He mostly wanders the...more
With DC restarting creator Mike Grell's warlord series the company decided it was time to put out a relatively inexpensive 500+ page collection of the early series. If you're wedded to color comics then pass this by as to reduce the cost it's all in black & white. If you are looking for mix of sci-fi and old style "planetary romance" than the story of Travis Morgan, Tara, and their friends is for you. Morgan is not the perfect hero (i.e. John Carter of Mars) and if they reprint the later iss...more
Sean Brennan
I loved these comics, set in Skartaris a combination of Ka-zar's Savage Land and Conan's Hyboria, former pilot Travis Morgan battles and loves his way around the earth's core. This is a land where men are homicidal maniacs and the women do not wear much clothing. How Travis ever passed the Airforce Phych tests is beyond me.

Travis believes in travelling light just a furry loincloth and helmet, supplies are obviously for wimps. Armed with sword and shield and magnum which miraculously never runs o...more
Dec 04, 2012 Rob rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Very underwhelmed by this. I wanted to like it, and I might have liked it more if I was invested in the DC Universe the way I'm invested in the Marvel Universe. The art is great, and the ideas are even better, and the plots veer around as if Grell is thinking of them on the spot. I love the motley mix of technology in the Warlord universe, but the ideas and the tech all service pretty cookie cutter plots and despite the great art and intriguing background, each story feels the same, fight the bi...more
Craig Rettig
While a lot of the stories are clichéd sci-fi/fantasy plots, the whole idea for the series (a man falls through a hole in the North Pole and finds an entire world inside of the Earth) is pretty novel. I think I almost prefer this Showcase black & white edition to the original run, because you can really appreciate Mike Grell's astounding artwork.

If you're not looking for anything particularly deep and enjoy pretty pictures, this is a fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Reprints 1st Issue Special #8 and Warlord #1-28. Colonel Travis Morgan crashes into the hidden world of Skartaris and battles to save the people from evil. Warlord is derivative, but still entertaining. It seems like a mish-mash of Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and Marvel's Ka-Zar, but it reads suprisingly fast and does have some surprising moments.
The adventures of the manly Warlord in Skartaris (which lies deep within the bowels of the earth, which apparently is hollow), the land of barbarians and dinosaurs and princesses who shave their legs even though Skartaris doesn't have any razors.

Urgh! Punch! Gurgle!
Mike Grell weaves his magic in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Travis Morgan takes his place alone side the heroes of Burroughs, Michael Moorcock, Robert E. Howard, Leigh Brackett and Fritz Leiber. Wonderful stuff, I'm looking forward to Volume 2.
1st Issue Special #8
Warlord #1-28
In B&W, OOP?
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Mike Grell (born 1947) is a comic book writer and artist.

Grell studied at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Chicago Academy of Fine Art, and took the Famous Artists School correspondence course in cartooning. His entry into the comics industry was in 1972, as an assistant to Dale Messick on the Brenda Starr comic strip.

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