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PREVIOUSLY… Sexy-but-sadistic cyborg Superfecta 5 brutally attacks the desert city of ZenZion -- hoping to take control of its plentiful resources -- at the behest of a despotic warlord named Kavanaugh. When the Leader of ZenZion is killed, his daughter (Kathleen) is forced to turn to mercenary Daniel Cray for assistance. Kathleen offers Cray a deal; if he trains her “volunteer” army, she will pay for Cray’s return to Earth. Though Cray believes there is no way ZenZion can avoid annihilation, he introduces a room of hapless students to the way of his fabled blade — the Malathane.

Created and Written by JOHN RAFFO Layouts by MATTHEW HUMPHREYS Pencils and Inks by NUR “POPIA” IMAN Colors by DOUGLAS A. SIROIS Letters by TROY PETERI Story Edited by RENAE GEERLINGS Design by STEVE BLACKWELL

Only six Swordsmen will make the cut. Even fewer will survive the next battle.

IDW Publishing Edits by SARAH GAYDOS

When word comes that Kavanaugh will be arriving with even greater firepower than originally anticipated, Kathleen plans what will most likely be a suicide run -- a pre-emptive strike aimed at Kavanaugh’s sandship, the Gargantua. She begs Cray to accompany her, but the Samurai flatly refuses, and heads for “home.” Now, the six “rookie” Swordsmen are on their own ...against an overwhelming force...and insurmountable odds.

MEET THE TEAM MATTHEW HUMPHREYS— Layouts Matthew is an animation storyboard artist who was born and raised in Los Angeles, and doesn’t like writing bios. IDW founded by Ted Adams, Alex Garner, Kris Oprisko, and Robbie Robbins

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7th Sword #5  

After far too little time together, Cray and his Students part ways—the latter setting off to storm the warlord Kavanaugh's sandship, the fo...

7th Sword #5  

After far too little time together, Cray and his Students part ways—the latter setting off to storm the warlord Kavanaugh's sandship, the fo...