Stepping into the Guest Reviewer spotlight today is my pal Jerry Smith, a longtime comic fan who also posts regularly on his own (quite excellent) pop culture and comics blog, which you can read at http://jerryshumbleopinions.blogspot.com (highly recommended!).
His review covers one of his Image comics: Birthright.
Birthright is a fantasy comic from Image that grabs readers like crack on toast. Mikey was kidnapped as a child to a fantasy world called Terrenos, where he trained as a warrior to fight the evil Lore. Now he is back in Earth, reconnecting with his family and running from the authorities.
This issue delves into many of the book’s mysteries, including the identity of Mikey’s grandfather and his connections to Terrenos.
Birthright #19 contains massive battles with extremely angry wizards, some great character interaction between Mikey and his father and brother (and his conniving grandfather), and one heck of a cliffhanger ending. I won’t give it away, let’s just say Mikey’s dad and brother let loose a creature that may give them a chance against all those annoyed wizards. But the cure may be worse than the disease.
The story also features flashbacks from Terrenos and reveals why the wizards are so irate. It seems they have actually have valid reasons, and said grandfather is at the center of it all!
This is one of my favorite monthly comics and one of the top books published by Image. If you like high fantasy, you’ll love Birthright.