Review – Sacrifice HC

Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Dalton Rose, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Cliff Chiang, Paul Azaceta, Emma Rios
Colorist: Pete Toms
Cover: Dalton Rose
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Sacrifice is about a teenage boy, Aztec history. Writer Sam Humphries (Uncanny X-Force,The Ultimate, Avengers A.I.) and Artist Dalton Rose team up and bring Humphries self-published book to life.

The story is about a teenager who’s struggling with life and a empire on its last leg. When I first started reading the lead character Hector was hard to get into at first, he seemed a little out of it during the first half the book. But later on we see him grow and stand on his own two feet, I found this to be the one the best things of the book, to see him develop as a hero after experiencing some lows was cool, I wonder if any teenager who suffers from an illness plus deal with normal teenage issues and on top of that save a Aztec empire form falling. My answer to that, No!. So to see him turn into a hero at the end was epic, even if it takes him awhile to realize it. Going back to what I said about Hector being hard to get into, its because half  of the story is slow in my opinion, mostly cause Hector is struggling with his surroundings, so he’s not acting like how a turn lead character would thus making you want to skip ahead. Then again I wonder if any teenager who suffers from an illness plus dealing with normal teenage issues  save a Aztec empire form falling. My answer to that is, No!

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I enjoyed the story. It successfully weaves together the story of a trouble teenager and an empire on the brink of collapse. It look a bit to get going and Hector wasn’t a character I immediately latched onto, but he grew on me. For a significant portion of the story, he seems to merely respond to the environment around him, instead of actually take charge and command. Naturally, this is expected from someone like him who finds himself in this particular set of circumstances, but it’s not what we always want or expect from a protagonist. However, when he does finally make a stand, it’s awesome. The growth arc he undergoes builds up to the payoff. He has both high and low points, I wonder if any teenager who suffers from an illness plus deal with normal teenage issues and on top of that save a Aztec empire form falling. My answer to that, No!.

The artwork is excellent for most part Dalton Rose, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Cliff Chiang, Paul Azaceta, Emma Rios all contribute to this book. Colorist Pete Toms does a wonderful job with the color scheme,  it has that spanish feel to it, as he uses colors familiar to the Aztec heritage which makes it look even better.

Readers will also enjoy the ending, I won’t give it away, I’ll just say it was satisficing. And on that note I recommend this book to anyone who has read anything  Sam Humphries has done, promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Release Date: August 31, 2013

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Akaneiro #3

Writer: Justin Aclin
Artist: Vasilis Lolos
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Cover Artist: Shu yan
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Akaneiro #3 opens and ends with nonstop action. Basically this issue was nothing but one big battle between the Red hunters and yokai, In the beginning we see Kani, who in the last issue unlocked her full power, fighting against the Ghost Werewolf Clan. With her new found powers kani is surprisingly holding her own against the Wolf demons, The moment shifts when a higher level Wolf demon appears and subdues her, the demon then tells Kani that the Red hunters hunt them down because the produce karma crystals to which they use for profit and personally gain, Kani denies the claim the wolf demon has told her, she then powers up and breaks free of the demons hold and quickly slays him.

Red hunters Mitsuo and Fumiyo make an appearance and help Kani get rid of the other demons. Things once again turn for the worst when the Demon King himself appears, his size alone is frightening, and he towers over Kani and the others, when he attacks you can see the huge power difference between he and the Red hunters and he quickly gets the upper hand with brute strength alone.

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And for second it looks like the end is near for them but out of nowhere the entire clan of Red hunters including Kani’s father show up and joins the fray, At this point we see some pretty cool new characters who display some there abilities, one those characters is the head leader of the Red hunters, this guy fights the Demon King by himself and actually holds his own to point where he knocks the Demon King down to ground so Kani can give him a final attack.

Victory wouldn’t have been possible if the Demon fox that lead Kani into the trap in the 1st issue didn’t betray the Demon King and sided with the Red hunters, the only reason the fox betrayed the Demon king was because he said that the Demon King didn’t respect him. With the Demon king dead it looks as if peace on the horizon for the two clans, so to insure that peace Kani and the Red Hunter leader convinces the Fox Demon to stay and protect the home village, the Fox agrees saying “I have enjoyed being a god so far, if a whole village would like to do so, That sounds fine to me.”

The issue ends with Kani, who after a few months is now a Red hunter and is seen hunting down Yokai with Mitsuo and Fumiyo, Mitsuo comments on how Kani is enjoying herself to which Kani admits she does really love hunting down Yokai and that balance most be maintain no matter what.

Final thoughts: As a final issue Akaneiro #3 was firstrate, it was filled with action form the first page to the last. But it does leave some things to question like, how much of a impact did Kani’s actions effect the world? Instead of elaborating on that Justin Aclin skips that and acts as if nothing or no one was affected by them, which I found kind of a letdown. But besides that it was a nice adaption one worth of praise.

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Release Date: July 31, 2013

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆