Scabbards & Gods #1 Review: One Big Battle
If Michael Bay and Robert Rodriguez could make an anime comic book, it would probably be similar to “Scabbards & Gods.” With action scenes galore and a quietly developing epic plot, this comic has the potential to be a sleeper hit on the independent comic scene.
The comic isn’t all ninja stars and hot chicks though. The black and white art, while being solid, doesn’t play well, especially after you lay eyes on the beautiful color cover. Nevertheless, with some polish, the comic can go places.
Speaking of traveling, Dan Littlefield and John Doudican ’s story centers on three mercenaries for hire on a path to um, well, yeah… kick major loads of enemy butt. It’s unclear why these guys are trekking across vast terrain, but it’s obvious they have an agenda. The first comic is essentially a brief introduction to each character, followed by a “Kill Bill” fight scene that proves this trio will make you check yourself before you wreck yourself.
It is here where the art of David Nguyen shines. Although many of the characters have similar facial expressions and faces, the action is choreographed well and is easy to follow. If anime brawling is your thing, you get more than a hearty serving of it here. The transition from the laid back back-story to this fun and frenetic fight is a nice change of space in the story as well. It definitely makes for a spicy first look into this world.
Through this small sample of the characters and their world, “Scabbards & Gods” has earned our attention. It’s just a question of how long it can keep it.
Patrick Hickey Jr.
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