Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Charismagic: The Death Princess #1

Have you ever seen the movie Seven Samurai?

Go watch it, I'll wait.

For those who haven't been able to track it down, it's a classic Japanese film that's (basically) about a poor village being terrorized by bandits, so they pool their resources to hire warriors to protect them. The movie follows the gathering of the samurai and other fighters and their struggle to win against overwhelming odds.

Trust me, it's great.

I bring it up because that same basic plot is behind the first issue of Charismagic: The Death Princess.

Which is not to say that this is a classic by any means - just that it's using a classic concept.

It revolves around a powerful sorceress who uses her power to enslave an army. To fight back, a sorcerer (with a tragic past) sets out to gather an odd group of powerful fighters - each more unusual than the last.

And that's about all we get in the setup here, as the team is gathered and the menace is revealed.

The art by Emilio Lopez is very good - an interesting mix of detailed design and a stylized, almost animated look to the characters.

It's a solid start, but this one has a ways to go to see if it can live up to its premise.

Grade: B


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