Seven to Eternity #3
Seven to Eternity #3
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Jerome Opeña
Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Cover Artists: Jerome Opeña and Matt Hollingsworth (Cover A), Farel Dalrymple (Cover B)
Seven against the whole world on the road to ruin, so ends Seven to Eternity #3 and thus the real adventure begins. First things first, this is a spectacular comic. The writing is superb, the plot unfolds with a delicious unexpectedness, and the artwork is gorgeous. The completeness of the story in this issue makes it feel as much an ending as a beginning. Comics just don’t get any better than this.
With the first two issues, Seven to Eternity sets up an interesting world and an intriguing story premise. Adam Osiris, an outcast, a magic user, and a dying man sent out to defend his family must face the most powerful person on the planet. The Mud King controls almost everyone with the deadliest of powers, whispers of their deepest, darkest desires. With the power to grant those wishes, the Mud King’s control lies uncontested. Until now. Gathering the last of the Mosak willing to fight, Adam closes in on the Mud King and his faithful right hand, the Piper.
The way the story plays out is one rich layer on top of another. The issue opens with a journal entry, thus interjecting some serious literature to kickstart the story. I love this concept as it allows the comic to tell more story without eating up a bunch of comic pages. There’s still plenty of visual imagery to feast upon, so the word dump at the beginning doesn’t hurt the issue. Instead, it propels it with a juicy little story to whet your appetite. Furthermore, it lays the foundation for the entire issue. This isn’t a story so much about Adam as it is about his dead brother.
Through the story, Adam and the Mosak face off against the Mud King in one epic battle. There’s tons of action as they come so close to victory only to have the tables turned round and round. Ultimately Adam must choose a side, one that tears at the moral fabric of who he is and what he most deeply desires. After all, he heard the Mud King’s offer, his sweet whispers, and it’s all so very tempting. Nonetheless, without spoiler what happens, the ending is absolute perfection and it’s amazing how I completely did not see it coming. To think these first three issues, as complete and satisfying as they are on their own, are just the beginning of the adventure. From here, things truly begin.
Alongside the wonderful storytelling is some excellent artwork. The visuals bring the story to life providing action and texture to the words. Beyond that, they add suspense and detail at every turn. Each panel is dripping with careful attention, no cut corners or sloppiness. It’s great from beginning to end.
I’m not sure how you could ask for a better comic. I give Seven to Eternity #3 a five out of five metal bikinis. Honestly, you could end the series right here and it would be a terrific little graphic novel, but if they can continue to produce a story on this level, then I’m fully onboard with wherever they go.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.