Synopsis: In ‘Seven Swords’. A weary and jaded D’Artagnan is drawn into a final conflict with the wicked Cardinal Richelieu, whose ruthless quest for power has led him to the supernatural. But the Last Musketeer can’t defeat these infernal enemies alone.
To save the world, he’ll need to join forces with seven iconic swashbuckling heroes: Don Juan, Captain Blood, Cyrano de Bergerac, to name a few.
Set some years after he saved the man in the iron mask. D’Artagnan is the last Musketeer and has been roaming Europe for five years in search of Cardinal Richelieu. Having returned to Paris. D’Artagnan heads for Notre Dame to confess his sins. However, it soon becomes apparent that the priest taking D’Artagnan’s confession is an agent of Richelieu. Having dispatch this agent. D’Artagnan finds himself surrounded by a bunch of sword-wielding monks.
As he fights his enemies off. D’Artagnan finds himself reunited with a long-lost friend. Former Captain of the Musketeer’s Treville tells D’Artagnan that Richelieu has the help of arcane supernatural forces. Added to this. He tells the last Musketeer that he must recruit the bests swordsmen that Europe has to offer and bring an end to the Cardinal once and for all.
Riccardo Latina obviously watched a lot of swashbuckling films when he was a kid because he captures the spirit and action of this genre brilliantly. The first few pages in which D’Artagnan is in the confessional are riddled with tension. The artist maintains this great level of visuals right through the final few pages where we see Richelieu holding court in what looks like a site reserved for devil worship.
I look forward to seeing what this artist comes up with for the next issue.
I have to confess. I’ve always been a fan of this genre and as soon as I saw that this book was about D’Artagnan and included a few more of fiction’s most daring Swashbucklers, I was completely sold.
Evan Daugherty presents us with a pretty solid opening issue. Spending a little more time with D’Artagnan than with any of the other characters, which was a sensible move. I really enjoyed the opening few pages of this and liked how it concluded on a cliffhanger that will keep me guessing.
Overall ‘Seven Swords’ gets off to a solid start.