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Review: I, Mage #6

i_mage_6-digital-1A Daravon council convenes in a build up to all-out war with the Overq’sai. Skirnir attempts to show an alternative path, and ends up revealing more than he had bargained for. Now the battle is moved to a personal ground. What hope could an off-world boy like Kai make?

Skirnir’s past is revealed some in I, Mage #6. Yet in doing so they raise more questions than answers. Why does a man born from the blood of barbarians want to sow peace? I’m really curious to see how the story continues and will unfold. Will peace happen, or will it be war?

The art is clean and crisp like it was in previous issues. It manages to bring in this almost Lord of the Rings vibe as the council scene opens. It shows two kings of man, an elf and what looks like a dwarfish character, so rather familiar. I’m curious to see what they do with the Thranduil look alike since this is the first time he is seen.

As always, an entertaining series that’s well worth checking out.

Story: Gary Turner Art: Mel Bontrager
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: I, Mage Vol. 2

I, MAGE VOL. 2

Writer(s): Gary Turner
Artist Names: Mel Bontrager
Colorists: Eddy-Swan
96 pgs./ A / FC
$9.99

Adventure continues for a boy from a strange land. While under the protection of a wizard and his apprentice, Kai learns in a world of swords and sorcery there’s no safe place. Follow events as they move from a sieged Dwarven town, a Kings vault, a monster threatened hamlet, to frozen wastes.

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Preview: I, Mage #6

I, Mage #6

Writer: Gary Turner
Artist Name: Mel Bontrager
Colorist: Eddy-Swan
32 pgs./ A / FC
$3.99

A Daravon council convenes in a build up to all-out war with the Overq’sai. Skirnir attempts to show an alternative path, and ends up revealing more than he had bargained for. Now the battle is moved to a personal ground. What hope could an off-world boy like Kai make?

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Review: I, Mage #5

TMc-Issue2CoverEven though Daravon teeters on the verge of war with the Overq’sai, Skirnir chooses to focus upon a local plight instead. A creature stalks the shepherds of the kingdom. Could this monster have an unexpected agenda? Continue to un-Urth a world of magic with Kai in this one-shot adventure.

The blended, action filled, fantasy comic continues in I, Mage #5 with its somewhat unorthodox story. The issue reveals the powerful nature of vengeance and forgiveness as Skirnir discovers a local village is missing a child. Except the missing child is not what she seems, when they manage to find her.

The  nature of the story divides the artwork of this particular issue in two ways. Early pages have a much more light-hearted, and more bright style of art to them. While the latter pages are much darker in both story and art.  It manages to showcase a great amount of contrast, as the settings switch from a castle to a small village.

Story: Gary Turner Art: Mel Bontrager
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: I, Mage #5

I, MAGE #5

Writer: Gary Turner
Artist Name: Mel Bontrager
Colorist:  Eddy-Swan
32 pgs. / Rated. A / FC
$3.99 (reg.)

Even though Daravon teeters on the verge of war with the Overq’sai, Skirnir chooses to focus upon a local plight instead. A creature stalks the shepherds of the kingdom. Could this monster have an unexpected agenda? Continue to un-Urth a world of magic with Kai in this one-shot adventure.

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Review: I, Mage #4

I_mage_04_digital-1Welcome to the kingdom of Daravon, seat of the three deadliest traps in the known world. While Skirnir puts Zawa to test in order to retrieve a powerful weapon of legacy, Kai seeks to mend L’derOne. Along the way Kai comes to learn this safe-haven proves to be anything but.

Humor, fantasy, with a little dash of sci-fi manages to be woven through each issue of this family friendly series. Yet writer Gary Turner manages to make each issue polished, entertaining, and highly enjoyable. Nothing is as it seems, and soon Kai, Skirnir, and Zawa realize that in their own way.

Like the previous three issues artist Mel Bontrager manages to follow Gary Turner’s lead managing to bolster the fantasy/sci-fi elements with polished scenes of action. This issue briefly adds more colorful and contrasting panels on the character’s journey to Daravon. The issue also showcases some of the more simpler moments the characters have in their adventures.

Story: Gary Turner Art: Mel Bontrager
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: I, Mage #4

I, MAGE # 4

Writer: Gary Turner
Artist Name: Mel Bontrager
Colorist:  Eddy-Swan
32 pgs. / Rated. A / FC
$3.99 (reg.)

Welcome to the kingdom of Daravon, seat of the three deadliest traps in the known world. While Skirnir puts Zawa to test in order to retrieve a powerful weapon of legacy, Kai seeks to mend L’derOne. Along the way Kai comes to learn this safe-haven proves to be anything but.

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Review: I, Mage #3

I Mage 3 DIGITAL-1Kai, Zawa, Skirnir and L’derOne converge upon a dwarven town sieged by the all-powerful Overq’sai and his forces. A judgement will be made leaving the fates of the town and their champions hanging in the balance. This is the action packed conclusion to the first chapter in our epic story.

The last issue of I, Mage ended with high tensions, and it set up this latest issue as ready for a scene of explosive combat. This issue delivers exactly that, as magic, steel, and technology clash against a horde of demons and orcs. But, through all of that action the battle reveals a few things about the two villains, and how the world seems to work.

The scenes of combat are gorgeous and colorful. Artist Mel Bontrager depicts every action reads like a miniature movie brought to life by the traditional comic book format. I love how you finally see some powerful magic at works as the two sides clash.

Story: Gary Turner Art: Mel Bontrager
Story:9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: I, Mage #3

I, MAGE # 3

Writer(s): Gary Turner
Artist Name(s): Mel Bontrager
Colorist Name(s): Eddy-Swan
32 pgs. / Rated. A / FC
$3.99 (reg.)

Kai, Zawa, Skirnir and L’derOne converge upon a dwarven town sieged by the all-powerful Overq’sai and his forces. A judgement will be made leaving the fates of the town and their champions hanging in the balance. This is the action packed conclusion to the first chapter in our epic story.

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Preview: I, Mage TPB

I, MAGE TPB

Writer(s): Gary Turner
Artist Names: Carlos E. Gómez & Mel Bontrager
Colorists: Eddy-Swan & Teodoro Gonzalez
Cover Collage Featuring: Carlos Gomez, Étienne St. Laurent, Mel Bontrager, Jomaro Kindred, Eddy-Swan, & Gary Turner
96 pgs./ Rated T. / FC
$9.99

A Scientific mission to study a primitive world of magic encounters catastrophe. All aboard escape in life pods…all except one boy. With the protection of a robot, an apprentice, and her quirky mentor, Kai must survive the savagery of dragons, warriors, and the all-powerful Overq’sai long enough to return home.

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