7th Sword #2 Review


7th_Sword_2_alt_coverAs much as I liked the potential, 7th Sword #2 seems to forget any attempt at being original. There are definitely elements people will like, but there’s not much to love.

The official description from IDW:

In the aftermath of a vicious attack, Zenzion’s new leader, Kathleen Galway, seeks out battle-weary Daniel Cray to help defend her people and her home. But will the reluctant warrior pick up his Malathane blade one final time?

Where as the last issue was a little generic but had an interesting enough setting to sustain interest, this issue may as well phone it in. We have a mercenary looking to ‘pick up the sword again’ and train people in need of defending their home. This alone sounds like the plot of far too many terrible Hollywood movies and 7th Sword goes through all the same awkward moments.

For instance, John Raffo puts all the focus in the obvious places. There’s people who don’t trust the main character yet, but most likely will by the end, the potential love interest who’s even lost her father recently and Danial Cray himself. These elements are so generic it ruins the issue and Raffo’s script painfully brings them all to the fore.

Visually, the issue is much the same as the last. While there are none of the more crazy science fiction elements this time, Nelson Blake II’s artwork still has a strong appeal. It’s not as gritty as the comic itself wants to be but it is clear, crisp and easy to follow. The colorful nature Douglas A. Sirois also does enough to prevent bordem, stopping the title from dipping into dull greys and blues on every panel.

All in all, this is a very weak follow up. I can’t find the unique angle in this comic and, if it has lost it’s sense of direction, it’ll need to regain it fast.

  • - Disappointing follow up
  • - Bland story is bland
  • - Little character or charm
  • + Least it looks nice

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