Review: The Foreigner Book One

Fiction has always loved the disruption that outsiders bring to a story, as they are often heroes or villains. They are usually met with reprehension, because their intentions are rarely transparent. Then there are the locals who take an interest in them, either out of curiosity or out of their own self-interest. Then there are those foreigners that are neither the protagonist or antagonist, but those who are just doing the right thing.

The most famous in my mind and grabbed by attention from reading about him in school, is Marquis De Lafayette. As I always wondered why this French man was fighting for a country he had no stakes in and to this day, is considered an American hero and is revered by historians. At the end of the day, it was honor, that spark, most people have, but only the bravest among us have the fortitude to act on. In The Foreigner, we meet a pensive antagonist who finds himself in the midst of war only longing to be reunited with his wife.

The Foreigner is a Kickstarter-funded fantasy graphic novel about Kaz, a socially awkward Brooklynite, who is transported into an alternate universe where he must restore peace between three brother kings in order to return back to his world and save his wife who has just been kidnapped.

Overall, this first volume is one of the most captivating reads I have had in a long time. It pulls you in with the art by drawing you visually into this world, these characters, and the enthralling story. The story by Kensuke Okabayashi is funny, smart, action packed and multilayered. The art by Okabayashi is fascinating, vivid, and gorgeous. Altogether, an adventure where one can escape into a world not unlike our own.

Story: Kensuke Okabayashi Art: Kensuke Okabayashi
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy