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The Sword Volume 1: Fire [Paperback]

Joshua Luna , Jonathan Luna

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July 15 2008 Sword (Image Comics) (Book 1)
It was a day like any other for Dara Brighton, a promising young college student, until three strangers knocked on her door, looking for a unique sword, and destroyed her life! A modern day fantasy series from the creators behind Ultra and Girls! Praised as the fusion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Kill Bill!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (July 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582408793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582408798
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 16.9 x 0.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #347,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sword delivers Feb. 28 2009
By Pete B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been saying it for years Oct. 30 2008
By Schuyler Hull - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.

SPOILERS!!!

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
4.0 out of 5 stars Blew my mind. Sept. 3 2008
By Timothy Lazaroff - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only one drawback... Aug. 31 2010
By J. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great comic for comic buffs and noobs May 28 2013
By Laura - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've never been into graphic novels or comics (admittedly, with the exception of Archie comics in my early teens) but this was recommended to me by a few comic buffs. It's on Amazon Prime and was a mere $10 so thought I'd give it a try.

Considering I have no real baseline to compare this comic to, I felt like this had a compelling plot line and incredible graphics to match. For me, this was a real page turner (I finished reading this well under 30 minutes). Another reviewer noted a weak book spine/ binding but I did not encounter this problem- everything is still intact.

I'm super excited about this series and have already ordered Volume 2! Highly recommended for anyone that loves a suspenseful story and great graphics.

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