Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Review: Sons of Ares #1 - Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin & Eli Powell

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From the world of the best-selling YA series Red Rising comes a story of love and loss and rage!
In the future, when mankind has spread across the stars, the hierarchy of man is dictated by the color of one's caste. The Golds rule all, but what will happen when one falls for a lowly Red? See how a forbidden love will set the course of events for the future and lead to the formation of the formidable Sons of Ares!

Written by author Pierce Brown (The Red Rising Trilogy) and Rik Hoskin (Heroes of Skyrealm, Brandon Sanderson's White Sand), with art by Eli Powell (Yakuza Demon Killers, The 13th Artifact), comes the in-continuity story of revolution and Red Rising!

Red Rising Trilogy:
Red Rising
Golden Son
Morning Star

Sons of Ares:
(This is a prequel comic series set in the Red Rising world)
Sons of Ares #1

Visit Pierce Brown's website for more information

It's been years since I bought an actual comic but I'm a huge fan of Pierce Brown's Red Rising series so of course I preordered this the moment it was available (I even ordered the two different covers because I'm a geek and I just had to have them!). Let me start by saying that this is short so it's not really a full story on it's own, it's more of an introduction to the story that we're going to see play out over the remaining comics (I believe there will be 6 in total). Each issue will probably be around 30 pages so when you combine them all together you're probably looking at roughly a graphic novel sized story (around the same length as a volume of Saga) overall but split into 6 sections. I would imagine if there is demand for it they'll probably print a bind up in graphic novel format but I've not been able to find any confirmation of that one way or the other so I'm taking the chance to buy the paper copies now while they're definitely available.

Now you've got more of an idea what you're actually getting let's get to the interesting stuff like the artwork and the story. Like I said this is more of an introduction but it's enough to tell us that it's set before Red Rising but after the Iron Rain and most excitingly the main character is one Fitchner au Barca. I know I'm not going to be the only one happy to find out more about his background & I really hope we get to see a baby Sevro at some point too!

The artwork is wonderful, quite dark in colour but that fits the gory and violent tone of the story so far perfectly. I love the added touch that each conversation bubble is coloured to match the rank of the character speaking. It's hard to say much more here because we're only just starting this journey but I'm enjoying being back in this world in a more visual format and I'm definitely looking forward to reading the remaining issues. I just wish we didn't have to wait a whole month for the next one!

Source: Purchased

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