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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (July 17 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582408793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582408798
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 16.5 x 25.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9a957168) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a7fb1bc) out of 5 stars The Sword delivers Feb. 28 2009
By Pete B. - Published on
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The Sword was the first story I'd read from the Luna brothers, having passed over the book several times while searching for new series. Something about the art didn't grab me, and the premise seemed uninteresting. When I eventually sat down with the first volume I quickly realized that the artwork I had dismissed as unimpressive was expressive and precise, and the book's characters were interesting and sensible, with realistic motivations. The actions was intense and violence had consequences. I was immediately sucked in.

The Sword is a rarest-of rare action/drama where the conflict doesn't feel forced, and characters are driven by personalities and events, not the hand of a pushy creative team. This is so rare in mainstream comics, film and tv storytelling. Dara is a smart, strong young woman who makes tough but credible decisions under some incredible and traumatic circumstances. Unlike so many other contemporary stories about young people, Dara, her friends, and the characters who populate The Sword don't waste storytelling time trying to impress the reader with inane pop culture references or empty soap opera histrionics. The story is lean and thoughtful, the stakes are high, and the book's pace is expert in economy and purpose - all very refreshing and highly entertaining.

I bought volume 2 right away, and then followed the issues rabidly until the series came to its close. The characters feel true, and the tale is thrilling, and it's another title I can recommend easily to women I know who have an interest in comics but are stopped short by most typical hero-stuff. If you like The Sword, I recommend checking out the Luna Bros' other excellent titles together, GIRLS, and ULTRA, along with their new -also excellent- titles working apart, WHISPERS and ALEX + ADA.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9abb724c) out of 5 stars I've been saying it for years Oct. 30 2008
By Schuyler Hull - Published on
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The dynamic duo that is the Luna Brothers have been impressing me ever since I purchased Ultra. While some of their stories are unique or a new take on an old genre If you take the time to read these comics you will find brilliance. One thing you will notice about their comics is that there is a bit more dialog going on than most comics. It really helps flesh out the characters and helps broaden the world. I will say it now, if you like this then pick both Ultra and Girls.


The story is that of a young college girl, Dara Brighton, who is disabled from the waist down and just trying to get through everyday life. She has a great best friend who is with her through thick and thin and a supporting family who does just the same. Her entire life comes to a crashing halt when three mysticaly powered strangers come to her house and demand her father gives them their sword. The father denies knowing anything about the sword causing the strangers to kill her entire family. During the course of this debacle Dara crashes through the floor of her now destroyed home. She find the sword under the house and is miraculously healed of paralysis and thus begins the rest of the tale.

The art of this comic is what i would call deceptive art. It's not necessarily the most highly detailed but it easily conveys the story and there is a suprising amount of violence and gore. The closest way I can describe it is adult Saturday morning cartoon. It's pretty colourful and continues in the same style that their other comics were in. It's very much their own when it comes to the art.

I'am quite pleased with how the story started with this volume and volume 2 comes out in December so I will be picking that up as well. The only thing I can say that might through more casual comic reader off is the amount of dialoge. Like I said before thee is a lot but I feel it helps the story out very nicely. I personally can't wait for the next volume.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9abb7984) out of 5 stars Blew my mind. Sept. 3 2008
By Timothy Lazaroff - Published on
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KAPOW! (my mind blowing up). Thats what it was like when I first picked this up. I had never heard of the Luna Brothers before though I read the first issue of The Sword online at the image website and shortly bought the first trade. The art is amazing, and the dialogue is on par with some of my favorites (Kirkman, Ennis). After reading this I checked out their other work which includes Ultra and Girls. Ultra I didn't like too much, but Girls, again, blew my mind.

Back to The Sword, it's a story of a disabled girl whose family is killed by 3 intruders looking for a mystical sword that her father supposedly had. She is the lone survivor and when she finds the sword it cures her disabilities and gives her great powers, but only when she's holding it. I can see why the three intruders wanted it so bad, but why? Well, you'll just have to read to find that out!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9abb7894) out of 5 stars Only one drawback... Aug. 31 2010
By J. Davis - Published on
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The story here is truly great. Great concept, great execution, great piece of work. The only drawback I had was the offensiveness of the language. Now, it may not bother many, most, but I found its use of derogatory terms to be over the top. And I did look beyond this in order to finish the story. But it was pervasive. Just as "heads up" that the language is pretty rough.
HASH(0x9abb72e8) out of 5 stars Interesting mythology and exciting story Sept. 22 2015
By Joseph M. Reninger - Published on
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Paraplegic art major Dara Brighton goes home to have dinner with her parents and sister. They have a pleasant evening until three strangers arrive at their suburban home. The strangers call the father "Demetrios" and demand that he turn over a sword. He denies any knowledge of them or a sword. They search the house. Finding nothing, they decide to torture the information out of dad. They use supernatural elemental powers to harm the family but the dad doesn't give in. They kill the mother and the sister and then start in on Dara. The dad grabs at them and they decide to torture him instead. The female stranger has air elemental power and uses electrical energy on him (which you'd think would go with a fire-based power, but it isn't here). She overdoes it, killing the dad and setting the house on fire. The strangers decided to leave after some of the roof collapses on Dara. They assume she'll die in the fire. She actually falls through the floor into a pit under the house where she discovers an ancient sword. She grabs onto it and her legs are healed. She races out of the house and hides the sword in their pond as the cops show up. She pretends to be crippled as they ask her what happened. She's vague about the details because she doesn't want the cops hauling her off to the nut house. Things get out of control quickly after the three strangers (who are siblings) find out Dara survived the attack. They make plans to get their sword back. But Dara has discovered that the sword not only heals her, it also gives her superhuman fighting and jumping skills, so things aren't as unevenly matched as they might otherwise be.

The story moves at a good pace and explains a lot of the mystery behind the sword by the end of this first volume. The characters are interesting and believable. The art is good, though I find the occasional blurring of an image to indicate speed a bit distracting. The violence is pretty graphic, with lots of people getting cut into pieces by the sword, but they don't dwell on the gore like The Walking Dead or Mark Millar's stuff tends to. It's an enjoyable read and I am ready for volume 2!

Parental warning: in addition to the heavy violence mentioned above, the language is very adult (lots of f-bombs, for example), and there's one mild sex scene that include drug taking (though it really has almost nothing to do with the plot). Late teens and up would be my recommendation.