Aspen Comics 2019
Written by J.T. Krul
Pencilled by Raffaele Forte
Inked by Mark Roslan
Coloured by Valentina Taddeo
Lettered by Zen
Soulfire is back with its biggest story—and greatest challenge to its heroes ever!
Grace and Malikai have fought together to bring magic back to a world of technology, but now Grace is convinced that there is only room for one all-powerful source of energy. Magic. New battle lines are drawn. New enemies. New Allies. Fighting for the very future of the world itself. Behold The Battle of the Light!
What is it about volume eight that is making these folks pull out all the stops and bringing the magic back, in this case literally. Everyone is coming back, well Sophia isn’t there...yet. And as old enemies return and new ones emerge we see friends become something else and the power of magic is being seen as it never has before, as a weapon to demonstrate who wields the power and is in control and it certainly isn’t going to be the human race, not after this. So why now? What has happened to shift the balance and will this make enemies turn into allies and friends turn into enemies? Only time will tell.
I love the way that this story is structured. While he’s setting up the story and where it’s going we get a good look at what’s come before and how that is shaping what’s to come. As Rainier opens up the issue with what he’s doing and Grace has her own thing going on and it’s something that the Queen doesn’t appear to agree with. Already upon starting this story off we’re getting a look at the events that are going to shape the direction the story is heading. We have seen different directions being taken in the past but this already feels different than anything we’ve already experienced.
J.T. does an amazing, and I do mean amazing, job with how he presents the story & plot development weaving the action and character development through that. The pacing really helps us see how everything we see moves things forward and it creates this ebb & flow through the book that reminds us he truly is a master storyteller. For me this is a perfect platform for him to naturally take the story to that next level and continually surprise and shock us with all the twists and turns.
Good Golly Miss Molly do I adore the interior artwork here. The linework is gorgeous and the way that Raffaele and Mark manage to make this look so strong, powerful and sexy is absolutely gorgeous stuff. The creativity and imagination that we see is out of the world and the way the varying weights of the linework are utilised to showcase this attention to detail blows me away. The utilisation of the page layout and how we see the panels composed through angles and perspective shows one powerful eye for storytelling. Then there is the colour work here which is beyond stupendous. The way that colour is utilised to create patterns within wings or how in the hair and eye-shadow we see these brilliant pops of white like stars. Holy Shitballs! This pays homage to Turner with how damn successful it is while still remaining theirs, see NOT a carbon copy—trying to be someone else, and by god if this isn’t the most gorgeous work around.
When Fathom came out I though that embodied the excitement and thrill of seeing it for the first time all over again and was impressed by that. Now that this is on stands it would seem that the whole line of books that we are seeing from them bring that excitement and freshness as if they have single-handedly revived something thought lost and quite possibly made it better than the original. Trust me when I say that this, this is going to make you fall in love with these characters in this world.