Tales of Honor #1
Tales of Honor #1
Writers: Matt Hawkins and Dan Wickline
Artist: Linda Sejic
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Cover Artist: Linda Sejic (cover A, C, D) and Rahsan Ekedal (cover B)
Tales of Honor #1 is off to a good start. As a fan of the Honorverse, I was able to easily slip back into the setting and fall in line with the familiar characters. There’s Honor Harrington, Nimitz, Harkness, Tremaine, and even Venizelos. But as much as I enjoyed the comic, I have to wonder if it will work for readers new to the franchise.
If you haven’t ever read an Honor Harrington novel, it’s a big, sweeping sci-fi epic. It spans across a dozen novels—some of which would give Stephen King a run for his money for sheer size—and tells the story of star nations at war. At the center is a female naval commander named Honor Harrington. It’s a great series with many twists and turns but it’s not for everybody. The books are hard military sci-fi stories, they’re slow burners with rich character building, and they have huge payoffs. But the bulky books make you wait for those payoffs, often after hundreds of pages of buildup.
Tales of Honor #1 appears to be following that format to a degree. There’s very little action and lots of exposition. In the beginning, they sprinkle in some action that doesn’t tie-in to anything yet, but then they jump back and set-up the story. Honor is out on leave to find her missing uncle who got mixed up in an investigation of crime on Eros. Honor drags Harkness and Tremaine along for the ride. It has promise, and the characters are portrayed well. But as a big Honorverse fan, it’s hard for me to separate myself and view the comic as a new reader. I have no idea how it will play to that audience, since I’m already extremely familiar with the characters, the locations, the societies and the locations. One thing I can say is that long time fans are in for a treat.
Thankfully they nabbed a good artist for the series. The artwork is rich in detail and color. The lighting effects are great. The characters look good. They even nail the sci-fi vibe of the setting. It’s visual enjoyment all around.
For fans of the Honorverse, you’re going to want to check this one out. The story is set between On Basilisk Station and Honor of the Queen. While it’s not written by David Weber, it feels like an integral part of his universe. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis for a promising start to the series.