“With this, you stand a chance.” (Sera and the Royal Stars #1 Comic Review)

Writer: Jon Tsuei
Artist: Audrey Mok
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Colorist: Raul Angulo
 
Publisher: Damian A. Wassel
Editor-In-Chief: Adrian F. Wassel
Art Director: Nathan C. Gooden
VP Branding/Design: Tim Daniel
Director of Marketing: Kim McLean
Director of PR & Retailer Relations: David Dissanayake
Operations Manager: Ian Baldessari
Principal: Damian A. Wassel, Sr.

Sera and the Royal Stars created by JON TSUEI and AUDREY MOK
Honoring Natasha Alterici

Sera and the Royal Stars is written by Jon Tsuei, features art from Audrey Mok, and follows the Sera, Princess of Parsa, as she sets out on a harrowing quest to save her nation.

 

Summary:

Sera, Princess of Parsa, is a skilled tactician and fearsome warrior. But the powers that be are pulling her away from where she longs to be—by her father and siblings’ side, fighting to protect the Empire during civil war—and sending her on a quest from the deity Mitra to find the Royal Stars and return them to their rightful place in the heavens.

Thoughts:

From the first moment I heard of this story, I wanted to read it. A raging civil war, a chosen one, a harrowing quest from the gods, and magic? Sign me up. Every time.

But then I got the comic, and I went from “quite interested” to “stupidly excited.” The cover art alone could sell me on this story; and the best part is the quality of the artwork stays exactly that incredible all the way through. Every page was stunning. I was constantly blown away by the masterful and beautiful art. Be it character design, backgrounds, clothing and armor designs, or landscapes, every panel was utterly gorgeous. My hat’s off to Audrey Mok for her fantastic artwork, as well as Raul Angulo, for his fantastic coloring. Both did an incredible job bringing this story to life in the most beautiful way possible.

Just look at some of this artwork:

It adds so much to this already beautiful story.

And speaking of story—I have to also congratulate Jon Tsuei for his lovely storytelling. This read like an old legend come to life, with all the magic and mysticism you’d hope for from a fantasy. The pacing was excellent, and we get a good sense for our characters, what’s going on in their lives, their motivations, and some of the history and background that led to this war, all in this first issue. Questions and secrets were also presented to us, which I can’t wait to solve and uncover over the course of this story.

Jim Campbell is also owed praise, as his lettering was all you could hope for: Clear, legible, seamless in the story, and given just enough emphasis for variation in tone, volume, and uniqueness when character-appropriate.

We open on Sera in battle, getting a glimpse of both her strategic prowess and her good heart; she’s a warrior, but not a monster, and we learn right away that our hero is an honorable woman.

But before we can see her engage in battle, we’re swept up—just as confused and disoriented as Sera—into a vision with Mitra, an immensely powerful deity who tasks Sera with a mission…which she promptly rejects.

Back in the battle, Sera is rushed home to safety, and her father is called to her side. We learn that these visions have been plaguing her for some time now, and she staunchly refuses to heed the call. That night, however, Sera is visited once more by Mitra, and this time, she sees the death and destruction that will befall her people if she continues to ignore her duty. And while Sera might have dismissed it as a bad dream before, the shard of starlight where hear heart should be serves as a reminder, even in her waking hours, that Mitra’s warning was real.

Sera is left with an impossible choice and a task that has already claimed the life of one before her, a fact she is acutely and painfully aware of. But regardless of her choice, her people and her family are in peril, and Sera is the only one who can save them.

I highly recommend Sera and the Royal Stars. It’s always fun to start a comic when it’s fresh and new, and this one is sure to be fantastic. I can’t wait for next month’s issue, and I hope by then I have a few more fans to share in my excitement!

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E.V. Jacob
E.V. Jacob is an artist some days, a scientist others, and a writer always. By day, she's a not-so-mild-mannered business woman, and by night, she works on her novels, because sleep is for the weak. She is a fan of tea, a hopeless geek, and an Oxford comma enthusiast. Pick up her book, THE SHADOWS, on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/y5gkjfx6.
Summary
Princess Sera of Parsa has been fighting to protect her family and her people for years, but when the deity Mitra continues to send her visions with increasing frequency, warning of death and doom that will surely fall upon the people of Parsa should Sera ignore this call to destiny. Reluctantly, she sets out on a journey to recover the fallen Royal Stars, but there is a good chance she’ll die before she can complete the task.
Good
  • Beautiful artwork
  • Excellent pacing and world-building
  • Interesting story lines and intriguing mystery
  • Characters you can root for
Bad
  • While her deliberations are hinted at, I would have loved to have seen a bit more of Sera’s internal battle, and her reasons why she can’t go on Mitra’s quest
9.8
Amazing
STORY - 9.5
CHARACTERS - 10
ART - 10
WRITING - 9.5
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E.V. Jacob is an artist some days, a scientist others, and a writer always. By day, she's a not-so-mild-mannered business woman, and by night, she works on her novels, because sleep is for the weak. She is a fan of tea, a hopeless geek, and an Oxford comma enthusiast. Pick up her book, THE SHADOWS, on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/y5gkjfx6.

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