Review – Amala’s Blade #4 “Mother Vs Daughter”
Story: Steve Horton
Art: Michael Dialynas
Colors: Michael Dialynas
Cover Art: Michael Dialynas
Published by: Dark Horse Comic
In this final issue of Amala’s Blade mini-series, things pick up where the last issue left off. Amala is seen riding on top of a dragon-like creature, which helped her escaped Avatouon. She is then confronted by the front-line of the Modifiers who are terrified of the creature and start to attack, Amala jumps form the creature and convinces the soldiers, who are nothing but children to stop firing. One of the soldiers informs Amala that she’s been followed by Purifiers who assume she is on their side.
Amala then process to talk with one of the generals of Purifiers, she tells him that her mother is Lady Strawbale, and that if they give her a full pardon she would then join their side.
The general agrees and together they charge thus starting a war between the Purifiers and Modifiers, Meanwhile Smitty arrives and blames himself stating that its his fault the war has begun, seconds later the ghost of Abuela appears before him and asks if he needs assistants stopping the war. This encounter is interesting, it seems like the two have history, like they were lovers in the past.
As promise the ghost begin to stop the war, they some start to appear in front of all the soldiers of each side and convince them to stop the senseless bloodshed. As the ghost do their thing we see Amala ready to give a speech, but is quickly shot down before she can do so. The one responsible for shooting Amala was no other then the Prince, with Amala’s mother Lady Strawbale at his side , he then demands his followers to continue fighting but they turn on him and shoot him down, this drives Lady Strawbale mad to the point she attacks Ren.
The Attack on Ren also drives Amala into a mad rage similar to her mothers and the two begin to have it out in a final battle, during the fight Lady Strawbale insult Amala calling her a pitiful, doomed child. She also brags excessively about being a Modifier and the death of Amala’s father..
The fight between mother and daughter ends on a crazy moment; at one point Lady Strawbale is unable to move because of an explosion that occurred in the middle of their fight, so as Lady Strawbale lays on the ground heavily wounded, Her and Amala talk and it looks as if Lady Strawbale is about to turn a new leaf, But then out of nowhere the ghost of Amala’s father appears and forces her blade into the chest of Lady Strawbale, Shocked and angry Amala demands her father to explain why he made her kill her own mother, he tells Amala, sooner or later in the future her mother would have to tried to kill her, Amala then lashing out telling her father and the rest of the ghost to leave her alone forever, to which they all agree finally leaving Amala alone for first time in her life.
The issue ends with Amala, Smitty and Ren, who was thought to be dead, but turns out the wound he received from Lady Strawbale was not serious, Ren then asks Amala about Vizier. Amala smiles and replies “I have a feeling that problem’s taking care of itself,” in the last panel we see the Vizier waking up in his bedroom and is confronted by Amala’s monkey ghost and the dragon like creature that helped her escape earlier, In the last panel we see the dragon-like creature ready to strike the Vizier bringing a conclusion to the Arc.
Final thoughts: Steve Horton’s Amala Blade miniseries is not a comic that will hook you, in fact there are a lot of holes in the story, and Horton misses to clearly the roles of certain characters in the beginning. For example when Lady Stawbale and Prince Markos are introduce it’s not particularly clear whether or not there bad or good, you only find out at the very end of this issue, that’s when you get a clear picture of what side they are on. Those aren’t the only characters with that problem there are a couple with things similar, but to not that degree.
The story itself isn’t all that great, average at best, but it’s still a good read. Horton’s writing is very consistent throughout the #1-4 dispite all the holes in the story, the comic has a nice steady flow to it. The same can be said about artist Michael Dialynas, he is also very consistent with his work. In the end Amala’s Blade should hold you over until the next big thing hits shelves
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