Well, after a couple good issues, Carlin’s Ka-Zar is starting to unravel.
The issue also has major art problems; some of these problems might even make Carlin’s script worse, but he still makes some awful choices.
He tries to keep up the high level of content, sending Ka-Zar and Shanna through a battle, imprisonment, another battle, an escape, another imprisonment… You get the idea.
Carlin loses track of characters a couple major times, with the character conveniently popping in to save the day, and he also makes a terrible antagonist decision. The bad guy this issue is a pterodactyl man. He thinks to himself a lot and he’s a big meanie. It’s a goofy villain, made goofier by Mary Wilshire and Ricardo Villamonte’s questionable pencils, and the issue sinks thanks to it.
The art looks dated, like a bland sixties comic.
Luckily, the strong cast still makes it throughly readable.