It’s rare for me to check out non-superhero comics, but every now and then I get the urge. Recently, comixology offered a free digital copy of the first issue of a series titled The Sword. The description sounded interesting as well, and thus I dived into this comic with no prior knowledge of or exposure to the series. What did end up thinking about the first issue?
Originally published in 2007, The Sword #1 introduces us to Dara Brighton, a paraplegic college art major living a fairly mundane life with her family. Everything changes, however, when a group of strange visitors arrive, demanding a special sword they claim her father stole from them. Who are these individuals? What are the strange powers they possess? And what exactly is this sword upon which they’ve fixated?
The Sword is the brainchild of brothers Johnathan and Joshua Luna. Both worked on the artwork and writing for the work, forming a strong collaborative team. The art of The Sword #1 is quite good: all the characters and locations resemble the real world, with the characters’ bodily proportions some of the most accurate I’ve seen in comics. The writing mirrors the artwork in this manner: the characters speak like actual people, avoiding comic cliches of characters who speak perhaps too perfectly.
While this comic is quite good, there are a few shortcomings. I actually liked the realistic first half of the comic better than the mystical second half, and the felt the shift from one to the other was abrupt. Obviously, the change is meant to be jarring for the characters and, consequently, the reader, but I still feel it was too rapid. I also felt the ending scene of the comic dragged on a little too long.
The Sword #1 is a good comic and, if nothing else, is vastly different than anything I’ve ever read before. It’s nowhere near the best comic I’ve ever read, but the first issue has me interested enough that I may read more. The Sword ended in 2010, meaning its got a definitive endpoint which is a good thing in case I decide to marathon it in the near future. Given that the first issue is available for free on Comixology, I suggest that everyone check it out and perhaps dive into the rest of this Indy title.
-good art, especially character proportions
-awkward shift in the comic’s second half
-ending scene drags
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