Review: ‘Sovereign’ #1

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Three stories begin in one book in the first issue. Sounds daunting to would-be writers, doesn’t it? “Sovereign” #1 not only does this but does it so well that I wanted to know more about each character that appeared on panel almost instantly. If you like storytelling in the same layered way Game of Thrones weaves a tale, this book is for you.

WRITTEN BY: Chris Roberson
ART BY: Paul Maybury
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $2.99
RELEAS: 19 March 2014

This new fantasy world grabs reader’s attention and gambles on showering both mesmerizing language and visuals on each page. Each section of this story (Leaving Silence, Blade and Bow, and From the Depths) comes across as old and new at the same time. This world created by writer Chris Roberson feels age-old yet ageless at the same time. Like the real world, each part feels like the only place on the planet that matters. At the same time, you know these three very and fantastically different domains will collide down the road.

The artwork by Paul Maybury is just beautiful in its grittiness and range. Everything looks old and original and well-worn. You can clearly see Paul Pope and Marcos Martin influences in Maybury’s work. At the same time, he wholly makes his pages into an original blend into something completely engrossing and tangible. Nothing looks out of place in the valleys, the vast seas or the bountiful country sides.

Like the start to Brian K. Vaughan’s “Saga”, this new world birthed in “Sovereign” #1 gives the impression of being vast. It feels like there is a good deal to explore, experience, and exploit. Sword-wielding masked monks, dead monsters at sea and hunting parties make for a great start to a fresh feeling fantasy epic waiting to grow with each coming issue.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady