Building a universe can be difficult, we know this, we’ve seen this with existing franchises, but now image you are starting from scratch. It’s not just about simple physics, or biology, but there are whole worlds and routines to put into place – how individuals react, how they move and what there motivations are.
I use the term lightly here.
AoS has manged a massive feat in all of three issues. What we’ve got in these beautifully imagined books is a whole world!
Religion, mechanics and a world we are still learning about, Septagon Studios have created a whole world that we feel invested in!
Our two main protagonists go on an internal journey which ends up aiding their external one, we get their doubts, their dreams and ambitions, while also getting a good feel for them too! The supporting cast all have their own doubt and ambitions and these come across extremely well as this story progresses. There are some transitions between scenes which have a flow that makes you feel you are flying around the world in a heartbeat.
The art – what is there to say about this art? It’s amazing, combining so many different methods could cause problems, but here they blend in amazingly. There are some scenes which feel like I am seeing in HD!
From close up character moments, to scenes across vast areas the effect is the same, and stunning.
The story here continues on from #2 very well, with a brief prologue first. We get scenes in a dungeon and the reaction from the rebellion, and it all moves along nicely. The scenes with the Priests in the sun(?) are excellent and makes me want to see more of these unpleasant individuals.
This issue feels like the end of an arc, and I’m please to say I’m already looking forward to #4.