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It’s a new week! What geeky things did you all enjoy this past weekend? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

The Beat – SWIM TEAM and VICTORY. STAND! make the National Book Awards 2022 Longlist – Congrats! Well deserved.

The Beat – LGBTQ+ stories take center stage at CBLDF’s Banned Books Week 2022 events – Check out the events.

Review

CBR – The Least We Can Do #1

The Least We Can Do #1

Review: The Least We Can Do #1

The Least We Can Do #1

In their new comic The Least We Can Do, writer Iolanda Zanfardino and artist Elisa Romboli posit a world that’s a little bit dystopian, a little bit fantasy, and offers glimpses at a better world. The series follows “brainiac” protagonist Uriel as she wanders around a war-ravaged London looking for items that give off a special kind of energy called Medium not just for war, but to make the kind of world that she wants to live in. At the beginning she serves the status quo, but that definitely seems to change as the issue progresses.

The first thing that drew me to The Least Can We Do #1 is the enthusiasm in Romboli’s artwork, especially when Uriel is involved. Seeing a character that is grounded in being ethical and gaining knowledge to help her fellow humans is a breath of fresh air. Compared to the soldiers that harrass her new allies and are covered in armor like a medieval knight witha more futuristic color palette, Uriel represents openness and optimism. She might be introduced on the first page wearing a hood, but it can’t hold her back for long even though she has to sneak around to find Medium initially.

Although a bunch of other characters of various shapes, sizes, and gender expresssions/identities appear, Zanfardino and Elisa Romboli zero in on Uriel in this first issue and use a well-placed flashback to show readers how she ticks. They place the scene towards the end of the issue once there’s a better sense of her personality, and this makes it resonate on a more emotional level. In a world filled with violence, soldiers, and exploitation, Uriel just wants to read, learn, and improve her surroundings, which is quite noble and makes her an endearing protagonist and POV character.

Another strength of The Least We Can Do #1 is the book’s general aesthetic. Romboli combines a ruined, five minutes in to the future London with something straight out of your favorite fantasy RPG finding a happy medium between fantasy and sci-fi. The magic, medieval-style weaponry, and cozy libraries provide a kind of metaphorical cushion between the story and real world issues like censorship of library/school books and the military industrial complex. Plus Uriel discovering this hidden world of medium users and queer coded characters captures the thrill of finding folks that you can really be yourself around. (But with more colorful explosions.)

The Least We Can Do #1 has colorful visuals (Elisa Romboli’s use of side effects are a real treat.), energetic pacing until the end of the issue, and the cherry on top is that it features a protagonist that is driven by morals and her intellect in a violent, dystopian world. If you like unique, socially conscious takes on the fantasy genre, beefy resistance fighters, or shelves and shelves of books, then this comic is one to check out.

Story: Iolanda Zanfardino Art: Elisa Romboli
Story: 7.7 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: TFAWZeus ComicscomiXology/Kindle

Early Review: The Least We Can Do #1

The Least We Can Do #1

In their new comic The Least We Can Do, writer Iolanda Zanfardino and artist Elisa Romboli posit a world that’s a little bit dystopian, a little bit fantasy, and offers glimpses at a better world. The series follows “brainiac” protagonist Uriel as she wanders around a war-ravaged London looking for items that give off a special kind of energy called Medium not just for war, but to make the kind of world that she wants to live in. At the beginning she serves the status quo, but that definitely seems to change as the issue progresses.

The first thing that drew me to The Least Can We Do #1 is the enthusiasm in Romboli’s artwork, especially when Uriel is involved. Seeing a character that is grounded in being ethical and gaining knowledge to help her fellow humans is a breath of fresh air. Compared to the soldiers that harrass her new allies and are covered in armor like a medieval knight witha more futuristic color palette, Uriel represents openness and optimism. She might be introduced on the first page wearing a hood, but it can’t hold her back for long even though she has to sneak around to find Medium initially.

Although a bunch of other characters of various shapes, sizes, and gender expresssions/identities appear, Zanfardino and Elisa Romboli zero in on Uriel in this first issue and use a well-placed flashback to show readers how she ticks. They place the scene towards the end of the issue once there’s a better sense of her personality, and this makes it resonate on a more emotional level. In a world filled with violence, soldiers, and exploitation, Uriel just wants to read, learn, and improve her surroundings, which is quite noble and makes her an endearing protagonist and POV character.

Another strength of The Least We Can Do #1 is the book’s general aesthetic. Romboli combines a ruined, five minutes in to the future London with something straight out of your favorite fantasy RPG finding a happy medium between fantasy and sci-fi. The magic, medieval-style weaponry, and cozy libraries provide a kind of metaphorical cushion between the story and real world issues like censorship of library/school books and the military industrial complex. Plus Uriel discovering this hidden world of medium users and queer coded characters captures the thrill of finding folks that you can really be yourself around. (But with more colorful explosions.)

The Least We Can Do #1 has colorful visuals (Elisa Romboli’s use of side effects are a real treat.), energetic pacing until the end of the issue, and the cherry on top is that it features a protagonist that is driven by morals and her intellect in a violent, dystopian world. If you like unique, socially conscious takes on the fantasy genre, beefy resistance fighters, or shelves and shelves of books, then this comic is one to check out.

Story: Iolanda Zanfardino Art: Elisa Romboli
Story: 7.7 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Pre-order: TFAWZeus ComicscomiXology/Kindle

Magic and War Collide this September in The Least We Can Do

Fan-favorite creative duo Iolanda Zanfardino and Elisa Romboli reteam for an all-new fantasy series in The Least We Can Do. This ongoing series will launch from Image Comics and Shadowline in September.

Mysterious magical power arises from a world nearly destroyed by war. A young woman fights for her ideas of revolution and to build a new society from the debris. Realizing that she can’t do it alone, she has to prove her worth to the Eclipse Rebels to join them against the dreadful Eden Army.

A story of discovering what is right and what love means in a military-occupied and socially oppressed United Kingdom.

The Least We Can Do #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 14:

  • The Least We Can Do #1 Cover A Romboli – Diamond Code JUL220067
  • The Least We Can Do #1 Cover B Romboli – Diamond Code JUL220068
  • The Least We Can Do #1 Cover C Romboli – Diamond Code JUL220069
  • The Least We Can Do #1 Cover D Blank Cover – Diamond Code JUL220070
The Least We Can Do #1