Synopsis: This month in Compass. Deep in the belly of the underworld, undying beasts and warrior ghouls await…but can Shahidah El-Amin survive the last deadly guardian of the fabled Cauldron of Eternal Life? Finding her way through the darkness is only the beginning—outside the cavern, a Mongolian war party awaits!
Picking up from where last month left off. Sahidah El-Amin and Ling must join forces to both escape the underworld and find and retrieve the fabled Cauldron of Eternal Life. First, the two friends must figure out a few things before they can once again start to trust each other. As Link tells Sahidah that her father is a guest of Margul Khan and it is only her service to Khan that is keeping her father alive.
Justin Greenwood produces some brilliant art for this issue. Particularly his depiction of the Underworld and the massive T-Rex that Sahidah and Link must face in order to make good on their escape. I loved the sequence of panels in which Sahidah and Link plummet down the waterfall while inside the Cauldron of Eternal Life.
I continue to enjoy this story and its various historical references to mysticism and ancient beliefs. I loved the conversation that Sahidah has with Ling as the two hash out their differences so that they can both work to escape.
Overall. For me, Compass is easily one of the comic book highlights of 2022 when it comes to giving us a really good story with some strong female leads. I’ve really enjoyed the writers notes about the various parts of history that the book is referencing. This addition really adds value to the book and I hope that both writers get the opportunity to release a collected edition of this book in trade paperback format.
I anxiously look forward to seeing how this story concludes.