Review: Seven to Eternity #1

seventoeternity01_coverartaThe God of Whispers has spread an omnipresent paranoia to every corner of the kingdom of Zhal; his spies hide in every hall spreading mistrust and fear. Adam Osidis, a dying knight from a disgraced house, must choose between joining a hopeless band of magic users in their desperate bid to free their world of the evil God, or accepting his promise to give Adam everything his heart desires.

Written by Rick Remender with art by Jerome Opeña, Seven to Eternity feels a lot like a fantasy western taking a lot of the familiar plot points of classic westerns by throwing them into a world full of crazy creatures and magic.

And “thrown” is the operative word here. Reading the opening text is very helpful in the setup, and I honestly skipped it at first. After reading the issue I went back, and it definitely helps to understand what’s going on. Before reading that though, I found myself really struggling to completely figure out exactly what was going on other than folks refusing to listen to a deal and being shunned. That’s about what I got.

But, because of the familiar genre, the comic was a bit easier to understand when you just focus on that aspect. It’s the standard people trying to defend their home/staying out of trouble and then the bad guys show up, push them around, kill someone, so there’s revenge. Isn’t that a lot of western’s?

As the issue progressed I enjoyed it more, but as a single issue, it doesn’t quite work for me. A lot is packed in, and not a lot is explained. Things just happen, and you have to roll with it.

Opeña’s art is amazing though. That’s not that surprising at all. His work is consistently fantastic and I’m never dissapointed. What I think truly impresses me is how grand everything is made to feel on the page. There’s some amazing visuals and the world feels real due to that. I came for the story, I stayed for the art is the best way to describe this creative combo.

Seven to Eternity #1 is an ok comic, but definitely feels like it stumbles on its own. As a trade it may read much better though. I’m a big Remender fan, but this one is a bit of a miss so far. Too much is thrown together and not enough is explained through the narrative. It’s a bit jumbled like that.

I’m not ready to write the comic off, I’ll check out the second, but high hopes and expectations have definitely been dashed.

Story: Rick Remender Art: Jerome Opeña
Story: 6.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Pass

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review