Seven to Eternity #1
Seven to Eternity #1
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Jerome Opeña
Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Cover Artist: Jerome Opeña and Matt Hollingsworth
Seven to Eternity #1 is, quite simply, a must buy. This comic combines stellar artwork with a rich, compelling story and a wildly imaginative setting. It’s quite unlike anything I’ve seen before. There’s a touch of fantasy, a lot of magic, and some creepy Stephen King’esque tones that make the whole thing unique and fascinating. As the story unravels, it draws you in deeper, submersing readers in the world and the characters. If future issues are on par with this one, we’re in for a hell of a ride.
The issue starts with a very nice introduction page that does more to intrigue readers than to bang them over the head with a bucket full of plot. Rather, it paints a scene with some shocking imagery and starts generating questions. How can nails be full of blood? Why are the dead all around him? Who is The God of Whispers? The Mud King? What world is this? So many questions, and so much interest, and this is just page one! It’s a nice way to start things out, but it’s just the beginning.
As you start to look at the panels of this issue, the artwork really begins to drive the world into the reader’s brain. One of the first creatures we’re introduced to is a massive, magical pig. It’s wild looking, colorful and pretty bizarre. But the pig can easily distract you from the little details. Taking a closer look at the panels, Jerome Opeña spares no expense in actually drawing in the details for the leaves of the fauna. The characters themselves look great. There’s tons of detail giving the illustrations a realistic, yet artistic look. It’s not a photorealistic style, but a heavily detailed, illustrative style that looks terrific. I think the panel that really sunk its teeth into me was when we see one of the characters drawing back an eel arrow. The detail on the eel and the characters, that just made me pause in satisfaction as I stopped to drink in the panel for all its glory. And to think there are way better images to come.
From magical battles and fantastic creatures to vivid landscapes and more recognizable humans, the visual feast of this comic is something to behold. Almost every panel is given careful attention, making each scene something you can linger upon. You never get the feeling that things are being rushed forward, that corners are being cut so the artist can take their time on some big splash page. Instead, everything looks good. There’s no need to rush. It’s a great visual experience.
Of course pictures are only half the battle in a comic, thankfully Rick Remender combines it all with an awesome story and rich characters. There’s a lot of mystery built in as readers are slowly introduced to this world. It’s done carefully so that it doesn’t feel overwhelming, yet there’s a nice balance between action, plot building, and showing off the scenery. By the time you get to the end, you don’t want to stop. The story keeps you tight within its grasp as you want to see what will happen next.
With a boldly imaginative landscape, a provocative story and captivating characters, Seven to Eternity #1 is off to a superb start. The artwork and the writing is about as good as it gets. You can’t ask for much more. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.