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Seven to Eternity Volume 1: The God of Whispers

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The artwork is truly well done. But it is the story and the complex plots that intertwine the stories of all the characters. The conflicts are done well and are a believable basis for ill will. It is a complex story and as you read you realize nothing in this plot is easy. By the end I was wondering who the good guys were. The God of Whispers is an excellent and complex character. Eschewing brute force he relies on exploiting inner frailties. The bargain he offers is interesting as it changes from person to person. He is truly insidious and Remender does a great job with the individual characters.

Seven to Eternity : Rick Remender (author), : 9781534319318 Seven to Eternity : Rick Remender (author), : 9781534319318

I could go through the book and point out the flawed world-building, annoyingly unexplained plot elements and myriad other problems but suffice it to say, though I can’t fault Remender’s ambitious vision, there’s too much here to take in at once and he’s not a good enough writer to lay it all out well. I’m not saying I need everything spelled out for me or that we should know everything in the first volume, but there are key elements to the plot that we should at least have an idea about to start with and the detail just isn’t there. And this is a problem with magic stories in general: without limitations and anything can happen, it’s really hard to care about any of it.The art is quite good and the plot is one that can be turned into something very intricate and fascinating, so once again - fingers crossed. Or it could just sizzle out into boring old nothing, so you know the odds are really 50/50. The Mud King is psychically linked to millions of people under his control but that’s not enough – he really wants Zeb Osidis to become his slave as well because... uh… When Zeb is killed for defying his wishes, his son Adam must seek mercy in the King’s citadel of Zhal or his entire family will be massacred. However his pa’s not the only dissident in the land and a rebellion is stirring against his Royal Muddiness! we’re left to ponder whether Remender is crafting a direct stand-in for Donald Trump or merely a manifestation of the cauldron of anger and fear that led to his troubling ascent. Either way, the series can’t be read without the pall of the previous year and the four… years to come hanging over the high-fantasy narrative...

Seven to Eternity (review) - World Comic Book Review Seven to Eternity (review) - World Comic Book Review

Seven to Eternity was a nice surprise. Beautifully illustrated, it tells a dark tale of a strange world. Under all the fantasy trappings are some core themes that help ground the book. The question of principles, and when to bend, is constantly on Adam’s mind, as his father’s unwillingness to compromise is largely responsible for his family’s current state. At what point do you stop fighting fights based solely on principle? It’s a struggle many people can relate to, especially when Adam is tempted by an easy solution. The God of Whispers’ abilities to subtly control people, to pull their strings and spread lies, leads to some interesting questions about power and the concept of truth. I can’t help but see some parallels to the currently political landscape. So far, the story up to Volume 1 is very promising. If this series has a satisfying ending, I could re-rate this comic into 5 star.

With 7toE that all fits. But maybe too much. The start was a little bit too much, too intense, and too overwhelming for me to navigate. And (of course) text-heavy. So I struggled at least half of this book with that. And Opeňa's art didn't help at all in that. Rich and quite chaotic (especially in action), even if it looks good and fits the story. Especially with Hollingsworth's colours - he's a great colourist (but I more enjoy him in a combination with some other artists). This observation has much merit. Both The Dark Tower and Seven to Eternity are fantastical, desperate quests with strongly Western frontier themes of vengeance, struggle, and redemption. The shadow of famine through failed crop raising on a desolate prairie haunts the characters at the beginning of the story.

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