Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Sword

Yesterday The Sword #1 came out by the Luna Brothers and Image. The Luna Brothers are Joshua Luna, writer, and Jonathan Luna, artist. The Sword is their third creator owned project from Image and like their previous series, Ultra, and Girls, The Sword opens really strongly and I'm going to guess that anyone who picks up the first issue will definitely be back for more. Both of the Luna Brothers previous series have been collected so there's no reason to think that The Sword won't be collected, but the Luna Brothers are amongst the exceptions of creators who do innovative exciting work and also do it monthly, so there won't be any crazy waits between issues. In the first three fourths of the first issue of The Sword we're introduced to Dara Brighton and some of her friends and family and it's a nice look into what appears to be just a regular day in the suburbs, until halfway through dinner some people come looking for a sword. I'd be okay if the Luna Brothers didn't have anything fantastical going on because they make their characters so interesting, but when the fantastical stuff enters the picture it's all the more powerful because they're really good at set up (without the padding that goes on with some writers who are just stretching out an idea).
Girls was the Luna Brothers second series through Image and is collected in four trades - basically it's an M. Night Shyamalan (Sixth Sense, Unbreakable) kind of story in which some really weird things are going on and it's not until almost the end when we know what is behind the weird things.
Ultra is the Luna Brothers first project for Image and with the first issue, you could tell that these guys were going to just get bigger. Ultra's central characters here (as with all of their work, now that I think about it) are female and this is one of those titles that has super powered stuff and super heroes running around, but again because the Luna Brothers are so skilled at doing the everyday people stuff, when the powers aspects enters the story they have more power (no pun intended) because we, the readers, have more frames of reference. The dialogue at first reminds one of Bendis' work in Powers and Alias without being derivative, with characters that are strong, funny, and fallible, often at the same time.

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