Destinies revealed and revolutions brewing… Things are about to boil over!
Giselle continues to excel at school, but is obviously bored. She has already learned much of the beginner stuff in her own private studies, but it comes off as disinterest in the eyes of her instructor. She’s also having trouble with pretty much everyone in the world except for only a few. On top of that, she gets some news she doesn’t want to hear – Master Alexander chose her to be an apprentice because of a prophecy that a girl with eyes the color of the magical aether will eventually save the world from the brink of darkness. After a particularly rough day in school, Giselle decides it’s time to scram and give up the school. Unfortunately, she’s captured by some revolutionaries and she’s unmasked to none other than her best friend Genevieve.
G. Willow Wilson continues to entertain in this miniseries. Along with David Lopez’s nice lines, this book is fun and tells a nice story. It doesn’t need to see the world falling apart in order to draw people in. The characters are doing that. It’s possible for as exciting as the original CrossGen series was and as beautiful that art was on a more grown up level, this story is more interesting and the art makes you appreciate the characters a bit more. I’ve said it before, and I’m going to keep saying it… The Disney/Don Bluth type of look to the book wins me over every time. It helps me realize that the characters and some of the base emotions are what’s at the heart of this book. It may not have the high adventure of Sigil, or the whip smart wit of Ruse, but it doesn’t have to. I like that these Marvel CrossGen books have brought different styles and different genres into play. I think that’s the thing that CrossGen ultimately always wanted, but eventually all fell into a similar trap of high adventure or high excitement trumping the actual characters.
If there’s one thing that worries me is that there’s only one more issue left in the series. I’m not sure that the issue will be big enough or if there’s a plan to leave it a little more open ended for a second volume. Either way, I do trust Wilson and Lopez will deliver a nice ending, but I do worry that the finale will be a tad rushed or feel too quick. Either way, I’ll be there to find out!
I still think this is a book you should buy your daughter or little sister. While they might enjoy it best, there’s still a sense of fun that girls AND boys of all ages can enjoy and actually like.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Fun and good looking. Wilson and Lopez has built a book that actually wants to be endearing and focus on character more than over the top action/adventure.||There still seems to be a lot to resolve, but I’m definitely invested in this book’s potential future.|