The First World
Created by: Chris Campana ,Pencils by: Chris Campana, Inks by : Scott Shriver, Colors by: Ron Wybraniec, Letters by: Nik Poliwko
The comic starts from a simple premise, a premise that is so simple in fact, that it is summed up in just a handful of speech bubbles, quoted here to bring you up to speed.
Before you were born, before any of this surrounded you, there was a world. A world with magical creatures, vast lands, oceans that ran seemingly forever and forests that held terrible, dark secrets. The whispers you hear about monsters in the mountains and leviathans in the sea are all real. Evil spellchanters and enchanted kingdoms are not fantasy. Heroic warriors, mythical beasts, everything existed and it all began in one place....
THE FIRST WORLD.
Now, if you've been reading this blog for long, you have likely heard me singing the praises of Chris Campana. Mostly for his Kantara series. Now you can also hear me sing his praises for "The First World". The First World was Kickstarted only a short time ago, and like Kantara before features some great art. If you took my advice, and picked that series up, you will immediately recognize his style, it is unmistakable in a very good way. His characters are unique, and well defined. Their environments are appealing, and are vibrantly portrayed.
The story so far offers up an interesting world that makes me eager to see what happens next. With that said, it does offer up only a brief glimpse of the world of "The First World". It introduces an antagonist, as well as a smattering of protagonists. It leaves things mildly scattered in the first issue. This is not a horrible thing, it just feels a little stretched thin. The comic happens in roughly 4 scenes. The first scene introduces a female protagonist, and her bald, blue companion. Just when that story is starting to develop, the scene changes to a younger male character, who appears to be the primary focus of the story. His scene continues for a while, is broken into for some villainous monologing, and then we are back to the young male for the final scene. I think it would have been more effective, from a storytelling standpoint, to get one protagonist fully introduced before introducing a second. However, this is not my story, and I do not yet know where these story threads are leading. So it is best to take that criticism with a grain of salt, when the full story is revealed, this may indeed have been the best route to go, time will tell.
Despite my nitpicking of the storytelling, the comic is decent, and offers up a lot of promise for this new world. What does the future hold. I'm curious to know, and in my book, that is the best compliment a comic can get from me.
Final Thoughts: A good start to what I hope will be a good series. Things have a long way to go to reach completion, but I look forward to this journey. If you get a chance, check it out.
22 Pages Grade: B+