Published by: Malibu Comics
October 1994 - April 1995
Bobby Rae - inker
Charles Marshall - writer
Dave Lanphear - letterer
John Tobias, Mark Paniccia- editor
Patrick Rolo - penciler
Scott Christian Sava / Janice Wismar / Violent Hues -colourist
It's a Malibu Mortal Kombat Comic without a doubt!
Kano sneaks up on Sub Zero, as the Lin Kuei Ninja looks at the Tao Ze Zhan, attempting unlock the next riddle. Kano's attack is thwarted by the mindful ninja, as Subby takes both Kano and and the mutants to town with multiple kicks to each and every throat
Meanwhile, Liu is nursed back to health by his saviour from the last issue, The Order of Light's very own Kung Lao. And if I took a vote, I'd bet Lao could not be more 90's if he was wearing Nike and a shellsuit.
They then spend the next three pages trading blows, barbs....and you know the drill by now.
The Lin Kuei's top ninja is beaten down YET AGAIN, and Cage wonders if the power of the Tao Ze Zhan could be his. Rayden appears to trade... you know what, forget it.
Thankfully, Rayden is full of bluster, as it appears that the Thunder God cannot interfere with mortals choices, other than all the times he has. In other words, He is Sworn Not To Interfere (copyright Marvel, Fantastic Four 1965). Rayden instead talks to Cage like they were both human beings, causing Cage to decide that using the power of the book is too much like faking, which he came to the tournament to prove himself better than.
Rayden is given the book, and all looks well..... Until we return to Shang Tsung's island. Shang implores Shao Kahn, his master and Emperor Of Outworld for his help to return the Mortal Kombat Tournament to normal. Kahn agrees, and returns the players, with the issue.....finishing...on...a....cliffhanger....
Dear god. This ends on a cliffhanger for the "Tournament Edition" issue. Why not make it a 7 part series? Or a ongoing? Or... anything other than this quite horrible idea that I actually find more distasteful than the average modern crossover series.
It annoys me very muchly.
However, the comic itself. Its exactly what you'd expect from this point, more manvouring the players about so they fight each other, and more quips than you can shake a bloody limb at. The art of this issu has a special place in my heart though, I know it's not great, but I really like the solid lines and bulk of it. Lots of grimacing and snarling here.
All in all, it's not a great end to the series, but..... it's not the end of the series. Next up is the Tournament Edition!