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VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy
(W/A/CA) Gabriel Rodriguez
A mythic origin story you never expected to see! This winter, the Sword will be drawn for the first time ever, courtesy of writer/artist/Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez in a five-issue miniseries adventure of epic proportions! A young woman will become the first wielder of the most famous sacred weapon of all time to champion for her world's survival, inspiring a legion of heroes to join her struggle against a merciless alien force. The line between science fiction and magic might get fuzzy, but the line between heroes and villains will be drawn in blood. Bullet points: * Alien worlds! The sacred sword! Brave knights and horrific demons! * The legendary sword is first drawn here!
Date Available: 11/22/2017
Sword of Ages is about the art, maybe all about the art. The story, a tale of space and slavery, talking tigers and heroic humans, doesn't have anything to distinguish itself yet from the pack of independent titles released each week. The writer, Gabriel Rodriguez, is playing with tropes we've seen before. Many of these tropes we've seen done better, or can identify their sources perhaps a bit too easily. Luckily, Rodriguez is working with a great artist.
The artist is also...wait for it...Gabriel Rodriguez, known best for his work on Locke & Key. He has a clean style, almost devoid of spotted blacks. There are parts that remind me of Mark Nelson, parts that remind me of Walt Simonson, and parts that remind me of the early work of Sean Chen. That's just his pencils. His inks scream "I know how P. Craig Russel does this!". There are way worse things for an inker to scream. ("I stabbed a nib into my artery!" comes to mind)
This will be a title to watch, even if watching ends up being the only thing worth doing with it.
I give it 7 out of 10 Grahams