GRAPHIC NOVELS

Maestros

Vol. 1. Image. Nov. 2018. 192p. ISBN 9781534306738. pap. $16.99. FANTASY
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Will makes a nice living selling enchantments to unscrupulous businessmen and has little ambition beyond that until his father, the most powerful wizard in existence and ruler of a vast empire, is murdered. After discovering that he's next in line to the throne, Will must contend with memories of his traumatic upbringing as an unwanted half-breed (his mother is human) and multiple monstrous enemies determined to get their hands on a dangerous spell capable of granting total omnipotence. Skroce (We Stand on Guard) has been one of the most admired illustrators in comics for year and here proves himself a terrific writer as well, delivering a cleverly plotted story with loads of swashbuckling action, gore, pathos, and sleaze.
VERDICT Skroce's dynamic style and pacing keeps the pages turning so fast that fans might want to read this one two or three times in order to catch the exquisite detail (enhanced by the work of colorist Dave Stewart) and impressive worldbuilding on display. Tons of fun, with the welcomed promise of future volumes.

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