WildStorm (January, 2005)
WRITER: Ford Lytle Gilmore
PENCILER: Ed McGuinness
INKER: Jason Martin
COLORISTS: Tony Avina & Carrie Strachan
SELECTED COVER ART: Udon Studios
LETTERER: J. Lay
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Kristy Quinn
EDITOR: Jeff Mariotte
Ma-Mutt kidnaps Wilykat. Knowing it’s a trap, Lion-O, Cheetara, and Panthro journey to Mumm-Ra’s pyramid to reclaim their fellow Thundercat. Lion-O battle’s Mumm-Ra while Cheetara rescues Wilykat and Panthro smashes his sarcophagus. They escape with their comrade, but it was a trick, as the energy released during the battle was what Mumm-Ra was really after. But what is his plan for the body of Grune The Destroyer?
What they got right: For much of the story I thought this was going to be weak. Mumm-Ra kidnapping Wilykat thinking Lion-O would just hand over the Sword Of Omens is something he might have done in the early days on Third Earth but by now he should know better. And then the surprise, that Mumm-Ra actually wanted Lion-O to put up a fight, was a nice swerve…provided the next issue does something good with it.
What they got wrong: Why is Wilykit not involved in saving her brother? She should be upset, yes, but she’s not just some little kid, especially at this point in the series. She’s proven herself in numerous battles and should have been there instead of just crying in Lion-O’s arms and never seen again. And Lion-O shouldn’t be this arrogant by now, especially after the talk of him doubting himself we got near the start of the issue.
Recommendation: Not too great by itself, but if it sets up a good finish I’ll give it credit. On its own it’s not really that interesting, though.