A Review: SOULFIRE (v5) #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of SOULFIRE (v5) #1 from Aspen Comics. J.T. Krul writes, V Ken Marion draws and Kyle Ritter colors.

Malikai and his friends are trying to find a normal life. Well, relatively normal, anyway, considering who they are and what they’ve been through. P.J. is an arena fighter, Grace is still beating herself up, and a trip to Paris distracts everyone for a bit. But when Grace takes off on her own for just a moment, she stumbles across something very interesting.

Take a high-tech near future and inject some magic into a handful of individuals; that’s a brief description of this world. This series has been around long enough, though, that it can be fairly character driven here, and in that sense it doesn’t disappoint. These characters feel comfortable, even though I haven’t followed the series, and they have the banter down pretty well. (That’s a testament to Krul’s good writing, by the way.) And the art is very pretty; Marion is really good with facial expression, and Ritter’s colors are superb.

This is a first issue that doesn’t focus on the world or the abilities of the characters; it’s about the friendships and character development. And I’m a sucker for that, but it still makes me want to see more. I think I’m hooked.

SOULFIRE (v5) #1 is available now at your FLCS and online at aspencomics.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )