Seven Swords, from AfterShock Comics, mixes some of the world’s greatest adventure stories into an absolutely spectacular debut film.
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AfterShock Comics New Seven swords mixes some of the world’s most enduring adventure stories into a catchy and spectacular comic book that is sure to be another hit for the company. Written by Evan Daugherty with illustrations by Riccardo Latina and colors by Valentina Bianconi, the first issue is now on sale in print and digital versions.
In less than a decade, AfterShock has grown into one of the most exciting publishers in the industry, bringing together established talents such as Garth Ennis and Paul Jenkins, as well as newcomers such as the Miranda brothers; the company has received numerous awards. AfterShock also brought in talent from outside the industry. Seven swords scribe Evan Daughtery comes from the world of cinema, having written films such as Snow White and the Hunter as well as the adaptation of Divergent. Daughtery teams up with Latina and Bianconi and appeals to those cinematic sensibilities Seven swords.
Seven swords uses the classic novel The three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas as a starting point. In the novel, the titular heroes team up with a new recruit, D’Artagnan, to stop the evil Cardinal Richelieu. Seven swords imagine a world where the Musketeers have been killed, and now Richelieu has turned to the dark world of occultism; it is up to d’Artagnan to stop him. Richelieu found an ancient weapon in Mexico and will stop at nothing to obtain it. D’Artagnan’s mentor, Treville, tells him to assemble a new team of warriors, all skilled with swords, to stop the evil Cardinal. He then meets, and fights, Sister Catalina, the group’s first recruit. Treville presents D’Artagnan with a list of the remaining members and among them are Don Juan and Cyrano de Bergerac. D’Artagnan must reassemble the team and stop Richelieu before it is too late.
D’Artagnan and Richelieu are only the first in a line of characters, both fictional and historical, who make their appearance. Don Juan and Cyrano de Bergerac have both appeared in literary works and Sister Catalina can be considered a replacement for Joan of Arc. This skillful mix of classic literary and historical figures is reminiscent of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. D’Artagnan must bring together seven different warriors to fight a common enemy, reminiscent of Akira Kurosawa’s epic Seven Samurai and its American remake The Magnificent Seven. It never seems derivative, as the creative team take the best aspects of everyone, creating an exciting debut issue that captivates readers and never lets them go.
AfterShock Seven swords # 1 is a spectacular start, giving classic adventure stories a new twist. Daughtery, Latina and Bianconi have created the next big title AfterShock, not to be missed.
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