The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of SWORD OF AGES #1 from IDW Publishing. Gabriel Rodriguez writes and draws, Lovern Kindzierski colors, and Robbie Robbins letters.
Avalon is grown now, and she’s ready for her destined quest. She’s been training and preparing for it as long as she can remember, by the tigers who reared her as well as strange old Merlin. But now she must travel to the sacred lake to meet its guardian and also meet her new companions, a diverse group of adventurers gathered by the promise of glory, or at least a paycheck.
This first issue gives us a great balance of the strange and the familiar, with an original world populated by humans and anthropomorphs, telling a story that rings of Arthurian myth. It’s a busy issue, introducing us to several different characters, but the pacing is not rushed because of it. And the art is wonderful, equally comfortable with swordplay and fantasy/sci-fi elements.
It’s clear that this is something Rodriguez has been working on for a while now, and the layers of detail and story that we get here are just a glimpse of what’s to come. This is a title that could very well be important for a long time, so get on board now.
~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )