Growing up in the 80’s there was nothing out there like Aircel’s Warlock 5. What first drew me in was the cover to issue one but once inside I was really floored by Gordon Derry’s story. And Denis Beauvais’ artwork?

My god it was amazing. The level of work he put into each page was just intense. It was so weird… there was a barbarian type with a sword, a woman with magic powers, a guy who turned into a dragon, a punker with a Mohawk and a machine gun, and a killer robot who looked like the Terminator.

They were all people out of time who were on present day Earth to bring order to the universe. They all wanted to kill each other and basically rule for themselves. There was backstabbing and death. It was gritty, violent, sexy, and, most importantly, completely memorable.

The next five issues came out with painted covers that completely blew me away. I was hooked on Warlock 5. For 12 issues Derry and Beauvais continued the unique story and stunning artwork.  I’m just going to post more stunning panels as an example…

Then something very weird happened. The duo disappeared from the book completely. Barry Blair, owner of Aircel who was a writer/artist in his own right, took over the book.

Blair had his very own unique style. For fun adult books like Leather and Lace this style completely worked. But for Warlock 5?  It was a complete 180. It felt like going from watching Akira to watching a film about stick figures drawn by, well, me. Now I don’t want to take away from Blair’s talent. He was a very talented storyteller, a fun artist, and the man was truly a workhorse.  He could crank out book after book with the same quality each and every issue.  It is just that nothing could compare to the work that Derry and Beauvais had done. I tried to read Warlock 5 on and off but I just couldn’t do it. But those first twelve issues?  To this day they are highly rereadable and still stunning. They have aged beautifully.

I had heard rumors that Warlock 5 would be returning courtesy of Mat Nastos but was stunned to see that Warlock 5 was actually relaunching so soon after Nastos had teased it. The comic is now on Kickstarter with the first of a planned series of original graphic novels.

Here’s the cover to the new book – another throwback to the original Warlock 5’s very first issue. Honestly I would expect no less.  Take away all the logos and just look at the pictures.  It just FEELS Warlock 5, doesn’t it?  Hell yes it does.  And it seems to be a reboot bringing back Tanith, Doomidor, Zania, Savashtar, and Argon to fight this good fight once again.  Already I’m smiling ear to ear.  WARLOCK 5 IS BACK.  I never thought I would utter those words again.  And in years where the big companies do reboot after reboot there is finally a comic book I am so madly excited about.

They aren’t actually calling this a “reboot” but a “continuation.”  Is it continuing from the original 12 issues?  From further on?  I’m not quite sure…but here is what they have to say at the Kickstarter that launched days ago (click here to check it out):

Five guardians protect the multiverse against the chaos that lurks outside the boundaries of reality. There’s only one problem: they hate each other.

“The Grid.  A mystical nexus, a crossroads connecting all times, all realities. Along the key lines of the Grid, the multiverse clusters.  To move along the Grid is to move from one reality to the next. To harness the power of the Grid is to harness the awesome might of creation.  Five touchstone realities exist at focal points along the Grid. From each of these realities, a Warlock is chosen to act as one of five Guardians.

Savasthar, a shapeshifting dragon-like being.  Doomidor, a warlord from the Dark Ages.  Argon, an advanced cybernetic organism from a techno-hell.  Tanith, an ageless sorceress.  Zania, a power-mad, machine gun necromancer.  Together, the Warlocks protect the Grid, thereby protecting all of space and time. They are the last line of defense against the awful forces of chaos that lurk in the darkness outside the Grid.

There’s only one problem….they hate each other.”

The new Warlock 5 Kickstarter seeks to fund this continuation of the Aircel Comics classic fantasy masterpiece. This 2017 reboot is written by Cullen Bunn and Jimmy Johnston, illustrated by Jeffrey Edwards with colors by Andy Poole, letters by Ed Dukeshire (AW YEAH!), and designs by Edward Lavallee and Shawn T. King.

The first thing I noticed is that the reboot is very bright and colorful.  There really is some amazing colors done by Poole.  It lacks the black and white grittiness of the original comic but I am in no way going to be judgmental.  This isn’t 1986.  It is 2017.  And the fact that we are talking a new Warlock 5 comic in 2017 is just fantastic in itself.

Where is the story going?  How is it continuing and from which point?  Will new readers be confused if they hadn’t read the old comics or will this continuation be written so both new readers and fans of the old comic will both be satisfied?

To this I can say I’m not so sure.  Honestly I should have reached out to Cullen Bunn to see if he wanted to chat about the comic…but I was SO EXCITED to get this out there that I just typed it up with the quickness.  Cullen – you have an open invitation.  Let’s chat some Warlock 5.

A newly added perk has anyone who orders the $25 or up tier receives 4 issues of Blair’s AMAZING classic Elflord which is an awesome perk in itself.  I would have loved to see the original Warlock 5 issues offered as perks as well…though I’m sure maybe they are planning to release a new trade(s) somewhere down the line so perhaps they are playing this all close to the chest.

Warlock 5’s return is worth celebrating.  It is hands down one of the best comic books of the 1980’s and anyone who collected comics during that time knows the name Warlock 5.  It is about time it was brought back and I hope this amazing creative team knocks it right out of the park.

You can check out this amazing Kickstarter by visiting: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1124066364/warlock-5-comic-written-by-cullen-bunn-deadpool-x.  There’s only ten days to go so go give your money to this amazing project.