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Birthright #21 Review

Written by Greg Anderson-Elysee on Tuesday, January 17 2017 and posted in Reviews

Birthright #21 Review

A solid and grappling read with visceral art to keep you engaged and hooked.

Source: Image Comics

Creator & Writer: Joshua Williamson

Creator & Artist: Andrei Bressan

Colorist: Adriano Lucas

Letterer: Pat Brosseau

I'm obviously 20 issues too late. I don't know anything about this book. I don't know who any of these characters are. I don't know anything. I should be lost and maybe a bit frustrated just jumping into this battle with no sword nor knowledge of who I'll be facing and who is fighting alongside me... But instead, I am in love and I am ready to fight!

The book opens up on a flashback of the issue's protagonist, a warrior named Rya, who recounts the day her life changed. Rya, whose parents were killed on a battlefield as a baby, is rescued by an Orc named Rook, who grew to be her father figure and master, training her for the ongoing war against a warlord named Lore. From a toddler to teen, Rya was told of stories of a chosen one who would be the one to stand tall and become the hero to save the land from Lore's tyranny. Through this recount, we see Rya's faith being tested, first when she meets Mikey (who is destined to be the so called Chosen One) as a child and later when we learn just how much her relationship with Mikey had grown into their adulthood.

Once again, I had no knowledge of anything beforehand but this was such an easy read to get into and above all such a joy to read. The writing was topnotch. The voice Joshua Williamson has established for Rya jumped out of each and every page and I found myself instantly wanting to sit down and listen to whatever story she wanted to tell me. While developing her voice and her story, we also got a wonderful fight scene that not only kept me engaged but also provided Rya and myself more information to this story. It wasn't a fight for action's sake, it felt like it was there for a purpose and the scene was drawn so beautifully that I found myself amazed and stuck on the page for a bit, just analyzing the fight scene and just how much information was there without feeling like it was overloaded with no detail.

The art from Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas work very well with Williamson's script. Upon opening the book, I was greeted with such a strong set of visuals that emphasized the story and drama and kept me hooked. I mentioned earlier the art team's wonderful pages for the fight scenes, but even scenes with the characters talking are a joy to look at. Viewing the layouts and storytelling were entertaining by themselves, Pat Brosseau adding the final touches with his lettering, adding an extra dimension to Rya's voice and story. The characters are given a lot of personality and weight, even if you ignore the dialogue. I can only imagine just how fantastic this whole team is on the previous issues and the rest of the story to come.

I'm glad I jumped in fresh for this battle.


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