Chico Comics Page Review: Scales & Scoundrels #6
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Sebastian Girner
Letterer: Jeff Powell
Reviewer: Chris “The Bearded Wonder” Natale
Welcome to the wondrous world of Scales & Scoundrels! If this is your first time hearing about this book, you might be a little confused. Let me help you out. This is a tale about a girl named Luvander (or Lu for short) seeking treasure and adventure. Along the way, she runs into a dwarf (Dorma), a prince (Aki) and his bodyguard (Koro). Little does she know that she is being hunted by a mysterious man and his two hounds. If any of what I just said intrigued you, order the first issue or trade at your local comic shop or read it digitally and see for yourself! Now, onto issue #6. I am going to say right off the bat that Scales & Scoundrels is one of my favorite comics of 2017. I love fantasy and the world that Girner and Galaad have created is something quite special. Girner has written nothing but likeable characters from the beginning of the series to this issue. Girner has given us a strong female protagonist who is not afraid to get her hands dirty in Lu, a down-to-earth dwarf in Dorma, a prince who seeks and lives for adventure in Prince Aki, and a wise but protective warrior in Koro. Each character has so much dimension which makes them feel real. Some, like Lu, are hiding secrets about their identity, while others, like Koro, are troubled by their pasts and current responsibilities. In this past issue, a lot of things happened for Dorma and Koro’s respective characters. Without going into detail, Girner gave them a lot of character development and it made them all the more lovable. It’s funny because since the beginning of the series, I never thought that Dorma and Koro would be the two to team up the way they did in this issue, but I also didn’t realize how much I wanted it to happen until the very moment that it did. Dorma and Koro always seemed to be the “Ross” and “Phoebe” out of all the scoundrels, but that all changed within this past issue especially. In this issue, the two must face the demon introduced to us in issue #5. The monstrous demon was something out of a nightmare and its power made it all the more intimidating. It tried to break Koro, but Koro kept fighting and did not give up. In the end, isn’t that what we want from the characters we have grown to love and respect? They teach us to do the same and that is one of the reasons I love comics. Sure, the stories are fun, but you could also learn a thing or two from the characters that will stick with you long after you turn the final page.
As much as I love talking plot and characters, I am also a big supporter of art and Galaad’s art is gorgeous. In one of the letters columns in a previous issue, Galaad stated that he was an animator and it sure shows throughout this book. This book plays out like a Saturday morning cartoon and it is just so fun to read. Issue after issue it proves to be an excellent adventure for an audience of all ages. I usually like to peruse the issues after I look at them just to take in the art alone. Between the design of the colors, the different settings and just the overall atmosphere of this story, Galaad’s art is something I would love to hang up on my wall in my future nerd cave. The letters & design by Jeff Powell also will not go unnoticed. Powell does a great job with the font choice and really lets the reader sit and enjoy the ride that is Scales & Scoundrels.
Overall, this comic series is one of my favorites that I have ever read. It is a rollercoaster of emotions and I don’t want the ride to end. Each of the characters is likeable in their own way and at the same time, they are all different. There is a lot of mystery to the main Scoundrel, Luvander (Lu) and I cannot wait for the next issue to see what piece of the puzzle Girner will give us next.
While Dorma is off searching for her brother, Koro is left alone, face-to-face with an evil monster that has the ability to search the deepest darkest corners of one’s heart and know what they truly desire. Will she be able to face this monster alone or will this be the end of the line for her?
Get back, foul beast! Back to the pit from whence ye came! If you enjoy fantasy, D&D or just a great comic overall, this book is for you, your parents, your friends, your cousins and everyone you know. It includes unique characters that will make you laugh and cry (sometimes at the same time) and it makes you feel as though you are adventuring right alongside the scoundrels. The art is beautifully done and has an animated, Saturday morning cartoon kind of vibe to it. I can’t say enough about this book. My beard approves! It is telling you to go out and get Vol 1: Into the Dragon’s Maw for the exceptional price of $9.99 on Wednesday, February 7th. What are you waiting for? Adventure awaits! The official rating by the Bearded Wonder is a full beard on the beard scale, which is a 10/10.
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