Re-reading this, before finally reading volume two.
Do the Cumaean pristesses remind anybody else of the Bene Gesserit? There are also some scenes that remind me of LOTR.
I forgot massive amounts of plot. I am actually stunned at how much happened in these six issues that I did not recollect. I liked the plot a lot more than I did previously, especially the ending. That might be due to me reading a lot more comics since the first time I read this.
I decided not to update the single issue reviews.
Now I would like to very much find out the identity of the baroness. I hope Lord Corvin will show up again. Onwards to volume two…
Original review from August 2016:
A dark and grim story about survival, war, racial conflict, hate and the monsters inside of us (paraphrased from Marjorie Liu’s epilogue).
I love the artwork and the colouring. Together with the story it captivated me from the first page.
According to the blurb the setting is an alternate Asia. There are hints–dress, hair styles, a two-tailed cat, but it mostly struck me as fantasy.
A war has been fought between the Human Federation and Arcanics. In this scenario the humans seem to be the bad guys and the Arcanics the monstrous/demonic underdogs.
Great comic, wonderful artwork. The plot could be a bit more speedy, it dragged a little in places. But all in all a great read, highly recommended for fans of dark fantasy.
From here on I review the single issues, there be spoilers…
Issue 1: Maika Halfwolf lets herself be sold as a slave, to infiltrate the city of her enemies, in the search of a woman… Why she searches is not quite clear in the beginning, but there is bloodshed on the way. Present time alternates with an earlier timeline, telling Maika’s backstory. Parts of the story are gruesome, this is not for the faint of heart.
Issue 2: The aftermath of Maika’s escape. This part if fairly short and I am not completely sure what goes on or where Maika is headed.
Issue 3: Do we get to see Maika’s true self? We make a detour into her inner self, which seems to be located in ancient Egypt…
Great artwork again in this issue and some brutal fights.
Issue 4: We finally get to know Maika’s inner monster. I like it. It’s wicked. It might have a sense of humour. Evil, evil monster… And we find out, what the Arcanics are.
Kippa and the cat are great for comic relief in this grim tale.
And the last, full-page panel is awesome!
Is it possible that Marjorie Liu is a fan of epic fantasy? I can’t shake this Dune-vibe. And now it had a love child with Robert Jordan.
Issue 5: We meet a mysterious stranger. I want to say the plot thickens, but there is not really a lot of plot, or rather it’s starting to drag a bit. The end of this issue indicates that something major might happen soon. Let’s hope so!
Issue 6: Volume 1 comes to a conclusion. Sadly, not a very satisfying one. There is hope. And there are many questions. And my need to buy the next issues, I guess.
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Review of issue 1: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…
Review of issue 2: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…
Review of issue 3: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…
Review of issue 4: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…
Review of issue 5: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…
Review of issue 6: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…
I received this free e-copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you!