Review: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
When it comes to agency and the role of women during any time of history it is usually largely absent. It’s illustrated in the epic Game Of Thrones. The show has many faults in its portrayal of certain characters and largely of certain archetypes. Examples are the women and people of color, where one was mostly at a disadvantage and the other mostly nonexistent.
Of the two, the women within the show had a mixed bag of results of whether they gained agency or suffered because due to the lack of it. We saw Daenerys rise because men usually misunderstood her or underestimated her, where she rose to power unequivocally. We also saw how the sand Snakes meet their demise because of their lack of agency. In a beautiful graphic adaptation of Renée Ahdieh’s The Wrath and The Dawn, we meet another female protagonist, who looks to end another tyrant’s rule of terror.
We meet General Al Khoury, as he ensures the killing of another bride, of the Caliph. As we soon find out that the Caliph, Khalid, is cursed for the kill 100 hundred women for the one whom he took unjustly. We also meet Shahrzad, a young lady who is the first to volunteer to be one of these brides, who is getting prepped to meet Khalid. Her father visits her for what might be the last time they see each other, he tries to impart something memorable of their home, but it soon dissipates, leaving to make one last plea to her to withdraw her betrothal. By issue’s end, we find out about Shahrzad’s reason for volunteering as she looks to end Khalid’s killings.
Overall, a wonderful heroine who does not despair and does not waver. The story by Ahdieh is engaging. The art by SilvesterVitale is breathtaking. Altogether, a harrowing tale of the sheer power of one woman’s fury.
Story: Renée Ahdieh Art:SilvesterVitale
Story: 10 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy