Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Sword #1

The Luna Brothers

***Contains Spoilers!***
I don't know what it is about The Luna Brothers that makes me such a fan, but whatever it is, they've carried it into their new series from Image Comics, The Sword. The Luna Brothers always seem to have great characters and great dialogue wrapped up in fantastic little stories. Maybe I just enjoy the types of stories they tell, usually focusing on strong female protagonists, like in their latest effort The Sword.

The debut issue of The Sword follows Dara Brighton, a college student with a knack for art that has been confined to a wheelchair for the last few years (the circumstances around which have yet to be related). For the first half of this issue, we get to see Dara struggle with her handicap and go to class with her friend, in a typical day of her life, at the same time as her father picks up her mother at the airport. Unfortunately for the whole family, the day doesn't end so typically. A stranger follows Dara's parents home from the airport and when Dara's older sister opens the door during dinner, three mysterious figures enter, insisting that Dara's father isn't who he says he is, and that he has stolen something from them that they will stop at nothing to get: an ancient sword. The events in the latter half of the issue unfold quickly, leading to a final page that, well, we saw coming from the first hint of a wheelchair. But the entire issue is perfectly paced and told in such a way that you don't mind a little predictability when it comes to the protagonist's physical body. As of right now, I have no idea what will happen next, and the only element that I was not surprised by was the character's ability to stand on her own two feet by the end of the issue. The premise overall holds a lot of potential with likeable characters and dialogue that actually excite me, like earlier works by The Luna Brothers that I fell in love with, particularly Ultra: Seven Days, which remains one of my favorite comics to this day. Events that occur may be a little unsettling at times. Things don't turn out the way that the characters want it to, even the villains, and in the end, readers are left with a feeling of satisfaction and suspense for the next issue. That makes for a good comic in my book. A

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