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:★★★★☆