TALES OF HONOR #1 Review

What’s caused Honor to become a prisoner? Read on to find out.

The official description from Top Cow:

THE HONORVERSE EXPANDS TO COMICS!
Based on the bestselling military science-fiction novels by David Weber, this original comic book series introduces spaceship captain Honor Harrington on the eve of her execution. From prison, Honor relays her epic adventures, starting with a command outpost to a hellish backwater star system that ends up being the linchpin of an interstellar crisis that will bring war to her home planet. This series is part of a new multi-platform story world that includes a mobile game app to be released with the first issue and a feature film currently in development.

Tales of Honor #1 variantThis has been a series that I’ve been looking forward to for some time now, as despite having never read any of the Honorverse books I have enjoyed the sci-fi series that Matt Hawkins has produced for Top Cow. Having now finally read it I have to say that I regret having never read any of the Honoreverse book prior, as this was an amazing issue showing a wonderful universe.

Matt Hawkins has done s terrific job with this opening issue, introducing this new fan to the concept and character perfectly. Like most of his previous work Hawkins’ script is mainly narration driven, with the story being told in a flashback manor from Honor herself. Now I usually love this style of Hawkins as it gives a lot more depth to the story, and despite this continuing to be the case with this issue there was a part of me that felt there could have been more character interaction. This however matters little as when all is said and done Hawkins produced a fabulous script that was both exciting and intriguing.

Top Cow has a reputation for showcasing some of the best artists of today, with a lot of these artists producing their own painted colours. Jung-Geun Yoon‘s art follows suit, portraying the Honorverse in a marvellous and vibrant way. He manages to give so much depth and emotion through the character expressions, as despite Honor herself being pretty emotionless through most of the issue, there were some intense sequences that were very powerful. Despite all this it’s still the colour that appealed to me the most, and if Yoon keeps this quality up throughout the series I for one will be very happy.

Tales of Honor is a brilliant introduction for new fans of the Honorverse, showing brilliant characteristics from the titular character. Highly recommended.

Author
I am a nerd, and nerds are cool. Why? Because they get to go to magical places, and enjoy wonderous stories that could never happen in real life. In particular I've always had a keen interested in comics, having accumulated a vast collection over the many years. I eventually decided to utilise my vast knowledge of comics as well as my many opinions and become a review. This is were UTF came in, as after spotting my blog reviews they offered me a spot on their elustrius review team. One that I have been more than joyous to fill and have loved being a part of ever since.
  • z1co80

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this

    • John McCubbin

      I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

      • z1co80

        I trust your judgement mate.

        Aphrodite IX and Cyber Force books you always rate highly and our tastes seem similar.

        Keep up the good work. 😉

        • John McCubbin

          No problem. Just noticed it was you Steve so thanks for following my reviews on here as well 🙂