Launching at Thought Bubble this crossover was of instant interest to me as a big fan and supporter of Afterlife Inc.
Added to that I discovered 7String – which I see as an excellent addition to the story.
So first – an introduction!
The afterlife is under new management…
When corporate con-artist Jack Fortune’s life comes to an abrupt and brutal end, he discovers a business opportunity on a previously unimaginable scale. A mysterious Calamity has struck the afterlife, wiping the ruling body from existence and plunging the Empyrean – the great golden city of the dead – into chaos. The time is ripe for modernisation.
With the vision, the business-smarts and a ragtag collection of allies behind him, Jack strives to reinvent the afterlife as a modern-day corporate entity. Establishing a new business is always challenging, but now Jack must balance the demands of a free market with rampaging archangels, a misplaced God and the dark secrets at the heart of their world.
This may be the job he was born to die for, but has Jack’s reach finally exceeded his grasp?
7STRING is an explosive graphic novel adventure set in a universe where music is everything. A once tranquil planet of 4 peaceful Clefs is threatened by the ambitions of a dictator who seeks to rule at any cost. This is the story of the adventure of 4 young people, complete strangers to each other who will find their destinies intertwined and their strength and emotion tested by an epic adventure across an amazing fantasy sci-fi world, in the onset of a musical war.
To someone who is new to both of these stories, you get an excellent rundown of what you need to know, the characters are fleshed out in quick time and we jump straight into the adventure!
Zach’s gonna meet Jack…
Get ready for the groundbreaking crossover between two smash-hit indie titles, 7STRING and Afterlife Inc.
As the sinister Requiem composes his grand symphony of music and death using the multiverse itself as his stave, Zach finds himself stranded in a world he can’t explain. Without the 7STRING! Are the white-suited agents here friends or enemies, and can anyone fight against a song designed to rip the universe apart?
The build up to what is happening is perfectly timed and Zach & Jack get some excellent panel time between them – neither overshadowing the other.
Combining the art may have proved problematic, but instead we get a smooth, well laid out story, with some excellent colouring, large and close-up scenes. The villain is also excellent – with his own plan and reasoning – I especially like the ending with him.
In all this is a valuable read to a fan of both series – and for those wanting something new to jump into!
You can get The Heavenly Chord & other Afterlife Inc Comics Here
or you can get The Heavenly Chord & other 7String Comic Here