Top Cow Productions 2017
Written by Matt Hawkins & Ryan Cady
Based on an idea by Steve Sinclair, Cam Rogers & Ryan Mole
Illustrated by Studio Hive
Lettered by Troy Peteri
Well it seems our merry band of adventures are on the path the to the Golden Door. Though Mitsuki wants to head for Excalibur, which I’m assuming is the sword of mythology wielded by Arthur Pendragon, though she is willing to do that which the Lotus asks of her. I like this, again I’m not a video game guy and maybe if someone said hey let’s play I might give it a try that’s another story, so having no knowledge of the franchise I really like what I'm seeing. The universal mythology idea is perfectly suited for any type of warfare and the characters, races and such are all very nicely developed.
There are stories out there where the cast of unlikely characters come together somehow that feels as natural as breathing, others are brought together in the midst of battle and forge a bond like no other. Either way these groups are the heart and soul of a story and while Lotus isn’t physically there the four of them almost have that crossover appeal to me, coming together as they are meant to be and in the midst of battle. This has that familiar feel but then it diverges into something new, different and possibly unique.
The way the book is structured and how we see the ebb & flow or development of the story is extremely well done. The way information, characterisation and how the story is supposed to advance are all done in ways that have that organic feel to them. It doesn’t feel like a game or that it’s got that first person shooter structure to it instead it has more of an adventuring role playing group and we get the benefit of seeing the DM’s forces as well. So yeah this has a lot of great storytelling techniques to it that make it fun.
The interior artwork here is exactly what I think a series based on a video game should look like. Computer generated. The advancements made in the way it’s possible to do this is amazing to see and the attention to detail and highlights, lowlights and everything as it’s seen by the same light source is very well done. Now I'm not sure if there are specific programmes that let you say hey add this etc so it’s hard to say this aspect looks great and the eye for storytelling while strong it does make me wonder how that’s achieved.
I will wholeheartedly admit that I hadn’t seen this coming when the group went to the Golden Door. I mean we all knew they would when Lotus asked it of them and we knew that Vor would be regrouping and waiting for the right moment to strike. The group knows that too but it’s destined for things to happen the way they do. I mean a Grineer attack that was kind of random then the door and what happens once it’s opened. Yes Vor is on his way and the team has stepped through with no way of closing it and keeping the key to it.
However I don’t think anyone knew what was in store for them when they opened this gateway to another place in space. Not even Vor though he’ll say otherwise. Still I have my own suspicions now that we’ve seen what takes place and if I am even remotely correct then I cannot wait to see the implications.
This is a great story and I like how it’s come together and how the book flows. The characters and how nothing in this feels like it can be pigeon-holed into one genre category is extremely fun. This is a book that you should take a hard look at.