If you’re into big epic fantasy stories, this series is for you.

This first issue is a lot of setup—which is fine because there appears to be a fair amount of characters and plot development going on. In this series there are magical beings, monsters, and who knows what else once we get into more issues.

But what I can say for sure is this first issue was a lot of fun to read—with its interesting characters and the awesome world building going on. To give you an idea of what it’s about, here’s a quick synopsis.

Fantasy Adventure comic from Michael Watson and James Gage aka Artist JG Marki has learned on more than one occasion that life is hard. If it’s not constantly drilled into her from her parents, it is then reasserted by Queen Syrah’s armies. The world of Allyon and the people in it have proved to her might makes right. Marki is sacrificed in a ritual called the Reckoning. She uses this opportunity to fight back. Instead of freedom, she catches the Queen’s eye. Now an elite soldier she will be faced with celebrating in her newfound life or sacrificing it when the world is at stake.

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I really have to give it up to James Cage, the artist for this book. I wasn’t too sure how I was going to feel about the art when I was just flipping through the comic before reading it. It’s not that it looked bad or anything, it just had a bit more of a anime sort of feel to me; and that’s just not something I normally go for.

But by the end of this first issue I found myself really enjoying the art. It works really well with the action that takes place in this issue.

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This seems like a very interesting world these two are creating. And moving forward, I’m sure it will only get better as we get to know these characters more and get a feel for where the story is heading as it unfolds.

At the end there’s also some pretty cool bonus stuff: like character sketch designs, the writer talking about how he came up with this story, and how he got to the point of putting it out. Overall, this is a very solid read and I think the series’ rating will only go higher as more issues come out.

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Emerald Quest number one gets…

3 shots of whiskey

3 Out of 5 Whiskey Shots

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