The Sword #1: Fire |
by the Luna Brothers (Image, 2008)
Volume one of this new series from Image, titled Fire, introduces college art student Dara Brighton, a paraplegic, who is sharing a pleasant dinner with her parents and sister when a trio of strangers bursts into the house, calling her father by an unfamiliar name and demanding a stolen sword from him. Not getting what they want, the strangers exhibit strange powers, which they use to torture and kill Dara's family. Only a fluke keeps her alive but, crashing through the floor of her burning house, she finds a hidden -- yes, you guessed it -- sword.
The sword heals her injuries, including restoring the use of her legs, and gives her additional powers that make her more than a match for the three assailants. If only she can find them ... but Dara meets a new friend who might have some of the answers her father concealed from her.
Fire is a brilliant kickoff to the series. Art and writing by Jonathan and Joshua Luna (whose previous work includes Ultra and Girls) are equally strong. Dara is a likable character, and her situation here is unique. The twists and turns as friends and foes alike seek Dara and the sword, as the police chase her and a secret government agency tries to lock her down, as her new friend Justin reveals her father's secrets and Dara discovers just what this centuries-old sword can do -- well, it's a page-turner that, when you finish, will have you looking for volume two.
14 November 2009
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