Written by: Chad Bowers and Chris Sims
Art and Colors by: Ghostwriter X
Color Flats by: Ellie Wright
Letters by: Josh Krach
Cover A by: Goni Montes
Cover B by: George Perez and Ivan Nunes
Cover C by: Ken Haeser and Buz Hasson
Edited by: Kevin Ketner
Previously on Swordquest: The villain appears, as the gang meets the vaguely prophesied Conrad Juros. After a brief meeting with Peter Case and the rest of the gang, Juros reveals himself to in fact be the evil cult wizard Terry claimed him to be, and proclaimed that Peter Case MUST DIE!
This time: The gang is in, as they finish up the final touches to their infiltration plan. They set out as Amy and Alvin run into a few of Juros’s nearly literal goons, and Terry manages to get himself distracted by a kill screen on Donkey Kong. Juros himself finds Peter, revealing essentially everything they thought true about his secret wizard past, as Peter is rather dumbfounded at how quickly the dark lord is figuring it all out. But he knows one thing; he still needs the sword, and breaks away from Juros into the crowd. The goons instruct Amy to go along with her presentation exactly as planned, readying her to give a speech on her gaming history book to the convention. When Juros stops their plan of running off with the sword by delivering it himself during Amy’s presentation, Peter distracts the wizard from the audience long enough for Amy to smack him upside the head with her book, as Peter makes a break for the sword. As Terry watches, the sword resonates from Peter’s touch and leaves a plume of mysterious dust in his wake; as our hero is transported to what looks like the world of Atara itself.
Reed Strong’s Strong Read: This book still continues to explore an interesting mythology, with characters of diverse enough identities that help push forward a variety of motivations for the same goal. Outside of analyzing it like that, it’s still just easy to say that this book is real book. Swordquest seems to be building up to its conclusion, so how has it managed to establish so much and work with it so well? The book is excellently paced, each character is easily identified but not purely defined by a few traits. Sims and Bowers weave a distinct story and still manage to work in their signature voice, and Ghostwriter X makes an amazing contribution to the way the story is drawn out in front of us. If it sounds like there’s not a long to say, that’s not the case; but with Peter Case and his story, if you’re in here at technically the fifth issue, you’re enjoying the ride. I sure am, so let’s see where this final journey takes us.