Review: Sonata #1
Sonata #1 is a comic that on its own can be enjoyed as a new fantasy world. But, dive into its layers a bit and you have a comic that can be commentary on both colonialism or the situation in the Middle East.
Written by David Hine and Brian Haberlin, Sonata #1 is a surprisingly layered comic. The series revolves around two cultures clashing on a planet. Both believe the wold is their Promised Land. The Rans are peace-loving while the Tayans are a race of warriors who want to colonize and control.
That alone can be read in so many ways which makes the series beyond enjoyable. Hine and Haberlin mix in a religious aspect of sleeping gods and a discovery at the end that makes it clear there’s meant to be more than another fantasy series.
The richness is brought to life through the art by Haberlin. He’s joined by Geirrod Van Dyke on color and lettering by Francis Takenaga. There’s an attention to detail where the art makes sure to give the readers part of the story. We know where each group stands not just by their words but by their clothing and their surroundings. It’s a perfect example of show and don’t tell. The art fleshes out the world and it also brings a quasi-religious feel to it all with some of its visuals.
Sonata #1 drew me in with an interesting concept but left me wanting to explore this world more. I want to dissect the allegory and see what Hine and Haberlin will “say” when it’s all over.
Story: David Hine, Brian Haberlin Art: Brian Haberlin
Color: Geirrod Van Dyke Letterer: Francis Takenaga
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review