A brand new hero begins her journey.
As a lot as IDW might deal with huge properties like TMNT, Ghostbusters and the Hasbroverse, they’ve additionally revealed their justifiable share of nice creator-owned comics in addition. None made a much bigger splash than Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key. Now one half of that group is again with a model new house fantasy sequence. Sword of Ages might attempt to cowl far an excessive amount of floor in its first difficulty, however you must admire the fervour Rodriguez is bringing to the desk on this one.
Sword of Ages attracts from a variety of completely different influences (all the pieces from Tarzan to the works of Moebius to the Dune books), but it surely does not really feel notably beholden to anyone property. Rodriguez has clearly put a variety of thought into this huge universe, from the races and cultures that inhabit it to the politics and faith. That basically comes throughout on this densely packed first difficulty, as Rodriguez traces the early hero’s journey of foremost protagonist Avalon. All the trimmings of an epic, fantastical journey are in place by the top.
Rodriguez’s artwork is well the largest promoting level. The sheer creativeness and vitality poured into these pages is one thing to behold. Every characters has a novel look and approach of shifting. Fantastical warriors bump elbows with speaking sabretooth tigers. Superior expertise seems proper alongside magic and arcane imagery in a approach that may solely be described as He-Man-esque. There’s a lot happening on this world, and Rodriguez brings all of it to life with a gradual hand and a aptitude for daring, dramatic imagery. Colorist Lovern Kindzierski offers that imagery a comforting but alluring sheen. It is a vastly completely different kind of e-book from Locke & Key, one united solely by the same show of creativeness and coronary heart.
The largest downside this sequence encounters proper out of the gate is its sense of impatience. Plot-wise, Rodriguez covers an enormous quantity of floor within the early pages. Characters are launched and seemingly deserted in brief order. Different characters are added with out a lot in the best way of introductions. It is irritating to see such a dynamic, numerous world being launched, just for Rodriguez to steamroll proper by key chunks of his story. This appears very very similar to the form of comedian the place it is higher to take issues sluggish, savor the journey and get to know the most important gamers just a little higher.