Birthright #13 Review

Posted January 18, 2016 by Henry Wong in Comic Books

Written by: Joshua Williamson

Artists: Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas

Publisher: Image Comics

***Spoiler’s Ahead***

This week’s issue introduces us to Samael, one of the four remaining mages on Earth that Mikey has to hunt down. After a small build up, we get to see just how powerful this “recluse” mage is. And indeed, he puts up a much better fight than Ward, the first mage that Mikey very handedly put down. In fact, after a many-page battle between Mikey and Samael, we finally get to see Mikey’s hubris bring him to a near death state.

When I began this series, one of my first thoughts was, “oh, another fantasy hero story that will probably become a happily ever after.” Though the series is now on the 13th issue, which isn’t much by any standard, I have to say that I don’t know how it will end. It’s not because it’s still so early; rather, it’s how Williamson is brilliantly writing this story. I’ve never once felt l confident in where the story is going because he throws twists at you when you least expect it. And these twists aren’t sudden ex-machina-like twists either. They actually make sense.

This is something that is very appealing to me.

The artistic work has been consistent throughout the series. Andrei and Adriano have done a wonderful job rendering the many different environments that each of the characters find themselves in, especially in this issue, which takes place underneath the subway systems of Chicago. I feel like the artists have definitely captured the perfect setting where a recluse mage from another dimension would be living. Furthermore, this issue marks the longest battle that the characters have fought in, and every action-packed scene is drawn out exceptionally well and in good sequence.

I have high hopes for the rest of this comic, and I look forward to following up on its wonderfully plotted course. The art work and writing have been superb so far, and there have not been any scenes that were explicitly filler. This week’s issue has also set a nice precedent for what we should expect in future battle-oriented issues.

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