Bk. 1: The Righteous & the Lost. Comicker. Jun. 2018. 160p. ISBN 9780997487336. pap. $19.99. FANTASY
This Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity nominee sees a band of four thieves in a timeless space frontier planning to use a device called the Chimera in order to earn enough money to escape the ongoing interstellar holy war between the Resistance Coalition and the Zodiacal Conclave. Russell, a telekinetic, jackal-like alien; Alice and Charlie, human brother and sister with slowly revealed pasts; and an enigmatic, chameleon-like translator quickly find themselves facing off against a demon from the Conclave. A third figure, who simply calls himself "God," is on his way to retrieve the Chimera and with his seven priestesses cleanse the galaxies by offering a choice: convert or die. While God has an ace up his sleeve in the form of a traitor in the group, even by stacking the deck, his plans are falling apart.
VERDICT Reminiscent of Fiona Staple's art for Saga but not as detailed, debuter Ellis's digital illustrations get the point across well. Though the opening issues are rather static plot-wise, once the story gets moving, the motivations of the characters draw readers in, leaving them wanting to know what happens next. Contains strong language and mature themes.
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