The Pirates Of Dark Water #1
Marvel Comics (January, 1992)
TELEPLAY: Lane Raichert
STORY: Lane Raichert, Kelly Ward, & Mark Young
ADAPTATION: Dwight Jon Zimmerman
PENCILER: Bruce Zick
INKERS: Armando Gil & Ian Akin
COLORIST: Renee Witterstaetter
LETTERER: John Costanza
EDITOR: Rob Tokar
Chased by Blot, Ren and his crew are diverted into the island of the Atani, the “pale warriors”, who do not like strangers. They’re taken before the king and Ren proves he is the son of Primus, earning a friendship with the Atani. However, Ioz and Tula both betray this new trust as Ioz tries to steal some of their gold and Tula steals scrolls she claims were ship manifests she only took to read stories of adventures, not that Ren completely believes her. He returns the stolen items when the Atani give chase but Klonk (who snuck aboard the Wraith along with two other men) kidnap the king to force Ren to give him the compass and first treasure, although Ren manages to save the king at least. Still, his crew is forever banned from the Atani and as they chase Klonk to Janga Town, Ren wonders if he can trust his crew and if he wasn’t better off as a lighthouse keeper.
What they got right: They fit a whole episode into one issue this time, as this is the full adaptation of episode two. This also begins to explore the lore of Mer and the various races that live on it as well as show us more of Ioz and Tula’s character. It’s also a fair cliffhanger for what was a miniseries at the time.
What they got wrong: When did Tula have a chance to bring a change of clothes?
Other notes: I’m not sure why I stopped here. I didn’t know it was continuing past the adaptation so I know why I don’t have the original stories, but I’m not sure why I stopped here. It could be that I had the episodes (although they’re not a very good recording and any attempt I get now will only get the Frank Welker Niddler instead of Roddy McDowell’s) or Diamond screwing over the smaller comic stores, including the one I was using at the time. Whatever the case my collection ends here. Here’s a link to the fan wiki for Pirates Of Dark Water, the page I chose featuring the episode list, although the summaries are incomplete.
Recommendation: The comic’s okay, maybe look for the original tale although I don’t know if it’s any good. I do recommend picking up the full series on home video though.