|King for a Day|
John Jackson Miller
Timothy Green II
Jordi Escuin Llorach
Dark Horse Books
June 4, 2019
In the Pride Lands, Simba and Nala are running from Zazu, who is attempting to give Simba a lecture. Simba bumps into his father, Mufasa, who questions his son's hurry. Simba protests Zazu's lessons, claiming that he already knows everything he needs to know to be king. Hearing this, Mufasa decides to put his son to the test, proclaiming that Simba may be king for the remainder of the day. Meanwhile, Scar, Mufasa's brother, plots to use Simba's childish decisions to his own advantage.
At Pride Rock, Simba meets with his subjects, beginning with Okala, the prince of the impalas of the Dusty Plain. Okala requests that Simba continue Mufasa's long-standing treaty with the impalas, and though Scar attempts to intervene, Simba agrees. Okala then requests a place to stay for the night, and Scar suggests a nearby pond. As Okala leaves, Simba continues to resolve the various problems of oncoming Pride Landers.
Soon, however, Simba becomes tired, and he and Nala run off to play. Before long, they begin to encounter problems that resulted from Simba's poor decisions as king. Simba orders Zazu and Nala to sort out the situations, but then he hears an elephant mention that the pond to which Okala was sent is now full of quicksand.
Worried, Simba rushes to the pond, where he finds Scar about to eat Okala, who is indeed stuck in the quicksand. Luckily, Mufasa arrives on the scene just in time, and Scar is forced to help Okala climb out safely.
That evening, Simba asks his father if he had been following him around all day, and Mufasa admits that he had, asserting that a true king never takes a day off. Just then, Zazu shows up, eager to continue Simba's lessons, and Simba takes off in a hurry.