Seven to Eternity #6
Writer: Rick Remender
Art: Jerome Opena
Colours: Matt Hollingsworth
Letters: Rus Wooton
Publisher: Image Comics
Here’s my disclaimer: I hadn’t read any of the Seven to Eternity run before I reviewed this and I know I’m going to offend fans. Admittedly, this issue isn’t being hyped as a jumping on point, whereas, it appears that issues #7 and #8 may be a better bet due to it’s origin storyline for the character Jevalia.
So for those who haven’t dipped their toes up to now, the series is an epic tale based around, ‘The Mud King, also called the “God of Whispers,” (who) can see the wishes and darkness that men hide in their hearts. The Mud King will grant them their desires in exchange for letting him see through their eyes and hear through their ears.’ The catch is that these poor souls are then enslaved to serve for all time, or die. Years later, enter Adam, who is carrying on his father Zeb’s fight to free the land from The Mud King and sever the connection between him and the enslaved. This battle takes Adam on a quest to find an ancient sorcerer who holds the key to unlock the magic and in this issue, Adam, and his band of wildcard companions, venture across a cursed swamp where even the devil himself would hesitate.
The obvious draw to this book for many is the artwork. The realistic style, with clean, fine pencilling creates a book with a strong identity that boldly stakes its claim on the store shelves. The pencilling carries the motion and rather than a static comic strip, we feel like we’re being led by the hand on a moving walkway through the landscape, which in this case is beautifully depicted as a perilous pit of durge where swamp-slop gazumps every move. The slop feels alive as it is drawn slapping onto our journey makers and, furthermore, hiding the onset of the creatures beneath its surface.
The colouring is masterful. Vivid contrasts between the light emitted from energy sources and the darkness surrounding the figures within the setting is immense. The the swamp dwelling beasts, manifest ghosts of formed trapped souls, are brought to life with shading expertly rounding into the light reflected from lanterns, for example, and this creates a visual feast. Opena’s work has drawn praise throughout the series and there’s no stopping here.
Remender (Low, Black Science) is a decent wordsmith. His characters are given real depth and we get the sensation that every sentence is loaded more than we realise. Each sequence references past rivalries and exploits but that’s where someone in my shoes, jumping in, may feel lost and out of place. (Was it just me, or was the dialogue overly self referential?) Flashbacks were handled diligently and with clarity, and again, dialogue was weighty and this ensured a sense of foreboding was present throughout. Even by the end, I was left feeling something was waiting on the next page…or issue, and that’s exactly how you would hope to feel mid-series. However, I still felt the dialogue was too packed with inference to truly settle into the book. I guess this would be a non-issue for regular readers. The overall lasting feeling was that this was a beautiful book whose art could easily be adorning our walls.
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Review written by Arun S.