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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

"The Rise and Fall of Xango's Ax" Part 4
The Mummy: The Rise and Fall of Xango's Ax #4 (IDW)
Story by Joshua Jabcuga
Art by Stephen Mooney
Published July 2008

The final showdown against the forces of King Xango.


Read a brief summary of the mini-series at The Mummy Chronology


Didja Notice?


The cover of this issue is merely a slightly zoomed-in version of the splash page of page 7 of the issue.


On page 1, Xango refers to himself and his followers as a species. Does he consider his tribe to be something beyond the human species? True, he considers himself a god, but also his reanimated tribe of followers?


The tank Alex somehow manages to steal on page 9, appears to be a Nazi one from the Balkenkreuz cross on the side. The tank is probably a Panzer IV model (though, frankly, the tank looks a bit different each time we see it). It's not clear how he got it, considering Burma was a British colony and even during WWII the Japanese were the principal occupiers, not the Germans.


In the World News Now newsreel seen at the end of the story, the O'Connell's are referred to as "the famed O'Connell family". Apparently they've become quite well-known as heroic adventurers.


In the very last panel of the issue, we see that Lord Horwood has apparently survived his experience in Burma and has even retaken the Third Eye of Shangri-La. 


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