I think we’ve established, if you give me a teenage girl protagonist I’ll read your comic. Put a chip on her shoulder and I’m yours. Of Stars and Swords fits that bill.
Seren is an orphan, her parents and brother were killed by her uncle. Their deaths were recently avenged but not by Seren, much to her dismay. Her town has also just been liberated from the Mad Lord’s control. The rebel group she fights with values Seren’s passion but they also fear her volatility. They plan an attack on the Mad Lord and his forces but find in the morning that Seren has decided to go after the Mad Lord on her own.
Of Stars and Swords is an adventure story, with swords and rebellion and all the ingredients that make adventures cool. At its heart though it’s the story of Seren. Far too young to have lost so much. Bitter, angry and ready to take on the world. I respond to female leads like that I can’t deny. I just couldn’t quite engage with her. I felt like something was missing from her story which confused me since this was issue one.
I dug around a bit and discovered there was an issue zero. Here was Seren’s origin tale. The deaths of her family, what happened to her in the intervening years. How much she had endured and how far into the darkness she had traveled. Seren knows what has to be done and simply does it. She fights for humanity but has little of it left inside. This was the part that was missing. This is what I needed to know about her to engage with her story.
I highly recommend Of Stars and Swords. It plays a little lighter than it actually is. I’m not sure if that’s because they’re trying to move away from what could be a grim tale or if it just feels that way with the supporting cast becoming more of an ensemble. Either way it’s worth the read. Seren has a long journey ahead of her and I’d like to see where she ends up.
Of Star and Swords
Written by: Graham Johnson
Art by: Caroline Johnson
Lettered by: Graham Johnson
Published by: Serious Turtle Studio
Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Webcomics
Page Count: 28 Pages
Digital Release Date: Aug 21st 2013
Age Rating: 15+ Only
Comixology Link (Issues #0 and #1 are available)