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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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
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
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!
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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.
When the wheelchair comes off, let the assownery begin Sept. 20 2010
By H. Bala - Published on
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If you haven't yet sussed out that the Luna Brothers are comic books' next big thing, it's past time you did. These guys did marvelous work in their two limited series ULTRA and GIRLS, but I like THE SWORD even better. While ULTRA is a satirical jab at superhero tropes and GIRLS is an engrossing take on alien invasion, THE SWORD steeps itself in the modern-day fantasy genre. Joshua and Jonathan Luna are co-plotters, but it's Joshua who scripts the thing and his narrative grounds itself on well-crafted characterization and allows for events to gradually unfold. The Lunas demonstrate a knack for introducing real people and then putting them in horrific out-of-the-ordinary situations. Given the central theme of THE SWORD, the story gradually evokes a mythic quality.

The Brightons seem a normal family living ordinary lives in Annandale, Virginia. One night, three intruders enter their home demanding the whereabouts of a long-sought-for sword. Some time later, frustrated, they slaughter the Brightons, but unwittingly leave behind one survivor, Dara Brighton, a college art student and paraplegic. Part of the ceiling had collapsed on Dara who fell thru the floor and down into a pit, where she finds a sword stuck in the dirt. She finds herself standing, holding the sword.

THE SWORD Vol. 1: FIRE collects issues #1-6 and tracks Dara as she figures out the sword's peculiar properties and shockingly learns of her father's past. Because her father, Alex Brighton, isn't simply the college professor he'd been masquerading as. For one thing, he'd lived for four thousand years... The murderers of Dara's family aren't about to quit trying to obtain the sword. Dara finds herself on the run not only from them but also from the authorities. The police suspect her of having killed her family. And bad joss for Dara's friend, Julie, and for Justin, a former student of Professor Brighton's who showed up for the Brightons' funeral. Julie and Justin find themselves reluctantly embroiled in Dara's predicament.

It starts out slow and with plenty of exposition, but the dialogue flows naturally and these characters act so much like real people and it so doesn't feel like a "superhero" story. Which makes issue #3 come across as that much more of a shock. This is when Dara finally springs into action and unleashes the sword. What she does is eye-popping stuff (and, trust me, more than eyes get popped out). The Luna Brothers also do a cool thing in that Dara's remarkable exploits don't go unnoticed, not in a world where everyone has cell phones with a camera function. Soon, the media is frenziedly reporting on this mysterious girl and capturing reactions from the astonished eyewitnesses. I like it when the fantasy element trickles into and affects the unsuspecting everyday world.

Jonathan Luna's art is neither flashy nor, at first glance, lends itself to the epic. What he's got is this clean, unassuming style, and it works marvelously well for those moments when nothing seems to be going on except people talking. Jonathan Luna conveys the moods of the narrative and then there's a quiet cinematic dynamism that defines the action scenes. That the art isn't flashy actually serves to emphasize the fantastical feats Dara commits. I frankly dig Jonathan Luna's art. Combine that with a sympathetic heroine, amazing action set pieces, and enough unpredictability to raise expectations even from the jaded reader, THE SWORD cannot be more highly recommended.