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"The Akkadian Prophecy" Part 1
The Scorpion King #1 (Dark Horse)
Writer: Scott Allie
Penciler: Cliff Richards
Inker: Will Conrad

Mathayus is sent on a mission to retrieve the prophetic Book of Tehuti.

 

Read a synopsis of The Akkadian Prophecy at The Mummy Chronology

 

Didja Know?

 

The Akkadian Prophecy is a 2-issue mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics in 2002.

 

Didja Notice?

 

Mathayus and his brother Jesup find themselves associated with a nomadic desert tribe of Akkadians ruled by King Telent. Apparently Mathayus had killed the previous king, Trion, and allowed his brother, Telent, to rise to the throne.

 

This story introduces King Memnon, who has recently seized control of Gomorrah. The villainous character of Memnon does not appear to have been based on an actual historical figure. Gomorrah was a city of sin mentioned in the Bible and which was later judged and consumed by fire and brimstone sent by God as punishment.

 

King Telent tasks Mathayus and Amnakh with finding the Book of Tehuti, which he believes will give him knowledge of the future. "Tehuti" is known as another name for Thoth, the god of knowledge and writing (and also judgment of the dead) in the Egyptian pantheon. Some sources suggest the Book of Tehuti as the Book of the Dead. However the Book of Tehuti as seen in this story does not look like the Book of the Dead seen in Battle for Redemption and later stories (not to mention bound books did not exist back then, just scrolls written out on papyrus).

 

On page 13, there is, oddly, the skeleton of what appears to be a predatory sea creature (such as a shark) in the desert near the cave in which Hro abides. 

 

On page 13, panel 4, a human skull seen among many strewn in the cave of Hro has an unknown symbol carved into the forehead. Hro's dialog on page 15 suggests that the beast scratches upon the skull of every defeated warrior a letter from an alphabet no man can read.

 

Hro appears to be a multi-headed beast with the heads of a jackal, snake, panther, crocodile, falcon, and human upon its body.

 

On the last page of this issue, Cassandra, Memnon's sorceress and Mathayus' future queen, makes her first appearance. She seems to suggest here that the Book of Tehuti is more powerful in prophecy than even she herself and that the book was the gods' own tool of divination. 

 

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