Synopsis: This month in Seven Swords. Cardinal Richelieu and his minions need only the blade of Lucifer’s sword to enact their mysterious plan, and the fact that it’s in one of the most secure vaults in the world, buried deep below the Vatican, won’t deter them.
D’Artagnan and his crew now face the daunting task of infiltrating the vault themselves and stealing the blade before it can fall into the Cardinal’s hand.
Having rescued the mysterious man in the iron mask in the last issue. The team is now tasked with travelling to Italy in order to steal The Lightbringer Sword from the secret vault in the Vatican. To that end. D’artagnan and his team must concoct a fake miracle to lure the pope to his balcony. Their hope is that the extra security needed will make it easier for them to enter the vault. However, things go a little wrong when one of the team pursues his own agenda.
Riccardo Latina gets to have a great deal of fun with this issue. Especially in the opening few pages in which we hear Faust recount the story about his deal with Lucifer and how that spurred him into searching for Lightbringer. We get a brilliant full-page image, which is pictured above in which Faust first sees the Devil. I also really liked the final page in which we see Cardinal Richelieu.
Seven Swords continues to spin a wonderful swashbuckling tale as the story moves forward at a lightning pace. I really enjoyed how Evan Daugherty uses Faust at the start of the book. And I loved how he connected the mythology of the Lightbringer sword to the rise of Vlad The Impalor in the Carpathian mountains.
Overall. This for me is the best issue of the run thus far. I look forward to seeing how things play out in next month’s chapter.