There are a number of stories that base themselves on the idea that fictional places are real. That they are in fact just alternate universes to our own. Robert Heinlein used this as a basis for many of his books. His premise was simply that once a place and people were imagined and set to paper they became real somewhere. The universe that Quest is set in depicts the fictional realms, Myst, Neverland, Wonderland and Oz, are all linked to earth but lie outside of it.
The realms all protect Earth from the evils that surround it. It seems that a war has long been prophesied that would tear the realms apart and leave the Earth vulnerable to attack. This is where Quest begins. The council that oversees the four realms come together to prepare for the war but are attacked and destroyed. A group of heroes has banded together to try to repair the damage and rebuild the council.
I have to admit Quest was better than I expected. It’s not all that original but it managed to keep my interest. The characters are fairly stereotypical for this type of adventure story but we don’t read these type of stories because we’re looking for surprises. The group fight among themselves but all have the realms salvation as their goal. They are all likable and familiar. The art is good and gives a good feel for the fantasy theme the book is going for.
I’m not a huge fan of quest stories as a rule so I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up but if they are your cup of tea this one definitely hits all the requisite marks for the genre. I’d give it 2.5 stars out of 5.
Grimm Fairy Tales presents Quest 1 of 5 (Age of Darkness)
For centuries, it was assumed that fairy tales and fables were fictional stories passed down from generation to generation. However, that is not entirely true. Beings from four different realms linked to Earth do in fact exist. These realms are known as Myst, Neverland, Wonderland, and Oz. Those born of these powerful realms are known as “Highborns” and those with both human and highborn blood are known as “Falsebloods.” Each has some form of supernatural ability that sets them far apart from moral men. While many of these beings are good, there are many others who have evil inside of them.
A rogue princess named Aisling teams up with Blake, a fallen Wonderland knight, and Bolder, a dwarf banished from his home, in order to protect the realm of Myst from the dark shadows of its past. Journey with this ragtag team of disgraced warriors as they fight for redemption in a world that has forgotten them. This is their story.
Written by Pat Shand
Artwork by Sergio Osuna and David T. Cabrera
Colors by Francesca Zambon
Letters by Jim Campbell