Synopsis: In A Fine Collection of Swords. D’Artagnan must gather the greatest “swords” of his day if he has any chance of stopping the devilish machinations of Cardinal Richelieu. Unfortunately, that’s proving easier said than done…
One of the Seven Swords is his old rival with the prominent proboscis, Cyrano de Bergerac, who not only has a rapier wit, but also a literal rapier…which he’s been using to fight an on-again, off-again duel with D’Artagnan for years.
Having learned that Cardinal Richelieu is leading a Cult in the last issue. This issue reveals what he is after. We learn this information through Sister Catalina when she tells D’Artagnan the story of Lucifer’s fall from Heaven. Which led to the destruction of his sword Light Bringer. The sword was smashed in two and buried on two sides of the world. Richelieu has the hilt.
So, with little time to waste. D’Artagnan and Sister Catalina set about recruiting the 6 finest swords in all the world. Their first stop sees them interrupt Cyrano de Bergerac who gets into a fight for wooing some of the local ladies. Then we visit the theatre to recruit La Maupin. Perhaps the greatest swordswoman in France and a renowned opera singer. The issue wraps up when the small group of blades play a visit to Don Juan whose undercover operation near as damn ruins their mission.
Riccardo Latina does a fine job of the artwork in this issue. I really loved the epic splash page he did for that depicted Lucifer’s fall from grace and the destruction of his sword Light Bringer. To say this is an absolutely stunning piece of artwork would be a huge understatement.
I also enjoyed his attention to detail in the sequence set in the theatre where D’Artagnan, Sister Catalina, and Cyrano de Bergerac manage to recruit La Maupin. The way in which the artist draws the stage, the curtains, and the Roman Pillars that make up the set. Well, I could almost smell the grease paint.
A Fine Collection of Swords does a fantastic job of picking up the story from where the last issue left off. Writer Evan Daugherty does a fantastic job of introducing the key players to the story. His introduction of Cyrano de Bergerac is beat perfect as his legendary wit cuts deep to the core of those that attempt to intimidate him. I also thought the introduction of Don Juan was pretty funny.
Overall. So far this book is delivering on its initial promise of an epic swashbuckling adventure. I can’t wait for issue 3.