Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sword of Sorcery #0

Sword of Sorcery made its debut during DC's zero issue month, and features the character Amethyst, with a short back-up story focusing on Beowulf.

Amethyst is a fantasy with a lot of potential.  Written by Christy Marx (creator of Jem) and illustrated by Aaron Lopresti, this title follows Amy Winston, a loner who has been shifted between schools as she has grown up, her mother training her to fight with a sword in the evenings leading up to her seventeenth birthday.  At her latest school, Amy gets in the middle of a fight as three guys try to take advantage of one of Amy's classmates.  Amy is able to fight them off rather easily, but to accentuate the fact that she really is a lone wolf, the girl she rescues, who has been nice to her in the past, runs from her screaming, despite the fact that she just saved her.  But Amy's high school drama hardly matters as, that evening, her mother whisks her away to a new world, where her evil sister wants nothing more than to wield the full power of house Amethyst, which means she will have to kill Amy's mother for it.  And now that Amy is able to defend herself, she can aid her mother in her quest to reclaim House Amethyst.  Honestly, this title reads quite a bit like a Crossgen comic, especially the latest incarnation of Mystic that Marvel produced.  But I don't mean that in a bad way.  I loved Crossgen, and this is the type of high quality fantasy comic book that a lot of people can't get their hands on currently.  It works, has a fun premise, and promises a cool world to explore in further issues.  I think it's an interesting coincidence that Aaron Lopresti and Tony Bedard are both veterans of Crossgen, but I loved Lopresti's work on Mystic, and he's matured as an artist a lot since then.  Tony Bedard and Jesus Saiz's back-up story, Beowulf, is aslo pretty impressive.  It's a pretty cool twist on that character, and there's some really lovely artwork there courtesy of Saiz.  Overall, this was a great introduction to a new fantasy title, and one that sets itself apart from the other titles in DC's New 52.

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