In Review: Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #5

The covers: Magna is again the center of the Main cover, with Flash Gordon to her right and Silver Star to her left. Joe Benitez is doing beautiful work...

Legenderry05CovBenitezThe covers: Magna is again the center of the Main cover, with Flash Gordon to her right and Silver Star to her left. Joe Benitez is doing beautiful work on these covers. All three characters look awesome, the machinery–whatever it is–behind them is great, and the gear covered backdrop is cool. Just great in every way! There are two Concept Incentive Character Key covers, both by Johnny Desjardins, featuring Flash Gordon and Silver Star. Both would be exceptional covers to own. There’s also a Travel Incentive poster cover, this time on the issue’s setting of Landing. I can’t read the artist’s name on the image I found online. This is a very stiff figure of Flash against a very simple, generic cityscape. This is the first letdown in this series of covers. There’s another Exclusive cover for Cards and Comics Collectibles, by Sergio Davila and Ivan Nunes. The image is a graphic one with the trio of leads taking out four armored clones in violent fashion. This art is good with the coloring excellent, especially in the metal shine. There’s also a Reorder cover online by Davila and Nunes with a portly, pirate-like Flash bellowing from a building’s ledge overlooking a futuristic city as Silver Star flies by. I don’t like Flash being so bulky or the city looking like Krypton from the 1980s. Overall grades: Main A+, Concept Flash A+, Concept Silver A+, Travel C-, Cards and Comics A-, and Reorder C

The story: “Big Science” by Bill Willingham opens four days after the last issue with Magna being greeted in Landing by Silver Star, who gives her the lay of the land. Knowing that this city was Magna’s lost sister’s final destination, she asks her super guide to tell her of Landing’s founding. I was really impressed with the justification for Flash still being alive and how technology has increased in this time period (Page 8). The pair continue to discuss how to find the missing sibling until the unfortunate arrival of several antagonists. And speaking of antagonists, far away in the Big City that night, someone major appears, foreshadowing a massive future battle. The entrance of Flash into the present is picture perfect and with his assistance Magna learns where her sister is. Her location wasn’t surprising, as it was guessable from the outset of this series, and now that she’s been found next issue should be action packed. Willingham continues to strike the perfect combination of old and new with iconic characters working together in a unique setting. This is fun to read. It seems like a forever since a comic has just been “fun.” Overall grade: A+

The art: Let’s cut to the chase: This book is a wonderland of images. Artist Sergio Fernandez Davila puts an amazing amount of detail into every page. For example, the first page could have focused on Silver Star welcoming Magna to the city, but, wisely, Davila shows the beautiful ship she sailed in on docked before an awe inspiring metropolis, complete with skyscrapers and blimps. This establishes the setting for the reader rather than the characters who’ve already been seen on the cover. What follows is a double-

paged spread showing the leads walking down the street of a utopia that beautifully blends technology with Victorian costumes. It’s simply amazing. The flashback origin of Flash looks straight out of the Sunday funnies. Page 10 is a graphic fight where no quarter is given. The ceremony on 11 and 12 is perfectly gothic, heralding a hulkish, Hellish arrival. Page 15 is sick with details in the destruction. 18 had me hearing Queen singing–Sorry, but that’s my default on this pose from him. I saw the movie in the theaters when it first came out and it’ll never get out of my head. This book is beautiful looking. Overall grade: A+

The colors: This book opens in a gorgeous sunrise in the city. This is a terrific way to announce the welcoming environment of Landing by Wes Hartman. On the busy streets, Silver’s silver and Magna’s violet and red make them eye-magnets. The Flash flashback is flawlessly faded, aging the story and making it seem like an ancient newspaper edition. When the scene returns to the present, the colors are so brilliant, making the action more vivid. The backlight on Flash’s dramatic entrance makes him a god. Hartman is hitting home runs on every page of this book. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Scene setting, dialogue, story’s title, narration, an incantation, and hellish dialogue, but not one sound from Rob Steen. Their absence are not his call, but I really wanted to “hear” the action of this book. Mr. Steen, I wish that you could be unleashed fully onto this book.  Overall grade: A

By Patrick Hayes

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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