Writer: Ron Marz | Penciler: Michael Broussard | Additional Pencils:Facundo Percio, Stjepan Sejic, Paolo Pantalena, Sheldon Mitchell & Nelson Blake II | Inker: Rick Basaldua, Joe Weems & Sal Regla | Colorist:Sunny Gho of IFS | Letterer: Troy Peteri
What Is It About?
Aphrodite and her current “master” are making their moves to find all of the artifacts that are out in the open, and a major character returns to claim what is his.
We’re three issues in to this series and readers have already been through several ups and downs and twists and turns, and this issue throws out a few more! While I don’t plan on spoiling anything from this issue in this review I will say that I’m glad to see at least one of my theories has come true with the return of one of my favorite Top Cow characters (did you see the cover?). It’s been a while since we’ve seen him, and if Ron Marz didn’t bring him back in this storyline I would have been a little disappointed. Why did I ever doubt him?
Last issue Sara, Dani, Patrick, Jackie, and Tom were attacked by a bunch of demons and while I really didn’t think it would be that big of a battle, I was a little surprised it was as short as it was in this issue, but after thinking about it – there are three of the major artifacts in this battle so why wouldn’t it be over quickly? I think if anything it provided fans with a cool couple of pages of action that I think some were missing in the last issue, and it gave readers who are new to the Top Cow universe just a taste of what these characters can do in the heat of battle.
The major push of this issue is Aphrodite’s journey around the world to meet and discuss with all of the other artifact bearers their stand in the upcoming gathering and to also move that returning character I mentioned before into a place of power by gaining control of one of the artifacts. We’re only three issues in and we already have an artifact changing bearers! Marz looks as if he wants to keep everyone on their toes while reading this series, and if we’re already changing bearers I’m curious to see how many more will change and who will gain them (and lose them).
Ron Marz continues to write a very dynamic and exciting storyline. A lot has happened already, and we’re still in the first part of this story. The major players are moving in to place and building up the story’s momentum. I will admit that I had wondered if thirteen issues would be too long for this kind of story, but the pacing and developing that Marz is using within these three issues is just the right mixture that keeps me interested and wanting to see more every time I finish reading an issue.
If there was something of note in this issue it is the mixture of artists that have been brought in to help Michael Broussard and get this series back on schedule. The art styles are not that far off from what Broussard has done so far so there’s not a jarring feeling when the artists switch from page to page, and I must applaud Top Cow for getting this working the way the have. I know some people will argue that Broussard should take as long as he needs in order to keep the same look and feel to his issues, and I can agree to a point, but I think the art in this issue is consistent and enjoyable.
At the end of the first issue I was extremely excited to see what would happen next, and I didn’t quiet have that feeling when we got to the end of the second issue. This third issue got me excited again for what’s coming again. This series continues to be a favorite of mine as a long time Top Cow fan, and I’m excited to see what Ron Marz throws at us in the next issue!