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The Sword Volume 1: Fire Paperback – Jul 15 2008
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The story is lean and the stakes are high, but the conflict doesn't feel forced. Our main character and her friends and family seem driven by their own personalities and experiences instead of a pushy plot-line. Dara is a smart, strong young woman who makes tough and credible decisions under incredible and traumatic circumstances. Both thoughtful and ferocious, she and the sword have an affect everyone she encounters ; the Luna brothers make her a heroine that is easy to care about, to cheer and to fear-for.
These qualities immediately set The Sword apart from other comics I had been reading at the time, and it remains a favorite of mine today. I still buy it as a gift, and though it can be violent I easily recommend this book to fans of the Hunger Games or any other teen+/mature-rated action dramas with excellent main characters, male or female. If you like The Sword and haven't already, please do be sure to check out the Luna Bros' other excellent titles, the sci-fi horror of "GIRLS", and the time-in-the-life of a super heroine "ULTRA", along with their new -also excellent- titles working apart: "WHISPERS" and "ALEX + ADA".
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.
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!
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.