With another volume heading toward the final stretch, should this series go on? Read on to find out.
The official description from Aspen:
For centuries, the dark lord Rainier has set his sights on mastering the world’s science and technology in order to bring about his rise to power, yet now he’s realized the error in his ways. As Rainier attempts to regain his connection to magic, he may be able to regain everything that was once lost to him!
It took me a long time to pick up this franchise, which to me honestly seemed a bit goofy. I have nothing but respect for the properties created by the late great Michael Turner but for some reason I couldn’t buy into this one. Well cut to right now and I honestly can’t believe how wrong I was. This latest volume is a testament to that reality and why more people need to give this title a chance.
Frank Mastromauro works with writer J.T. Krul to make this newest fantastical romp endlessly engaging. To say that a lot is going on is a bit of an understatement, as our primary cast of characters deal with a cult and the coming storm brought on by a technical genius. The author wastes little to no time on unnecessary exposition and that right there makes the whole journey worthwhile. To sum up: this was an exciting adventure that easily caught my attention.
The illustrations have got to be my favorite part as V. Ken Marion proves why he’s an artist to watch. From the first panel to the final page the talent has an innate grasp of the material so much so that we just buy into the outlandish concepts around us. Add in the colors by Erick Arciniega and the entire package is bound to excite even the most discerning fanboy or fangirl.
All New Soulfire #5 is exactly the type of comic I hope to review for UTF. It carries a striking array of characters, solid plot and a worthwhile cliffhanger. It all adds up to a release that comes highly recommended.