2.12.2016

Review: Swords of Sorrow: The Complete Saga

Swords of Sorrow: The Complete Saga by Gail Simone, Mairghread Scott, Nancy A. Collins, J. Scott Campbell, Sergio Davila, Mirka Andolfo, Dave Acosta

Notes: ARC received from NetGalley.
Graphic Novel, Comics, Fantasy, Time Travel
Print (504 pages, DYNAMIC FORCES)
Dynamite's fiercest females appear in a massive genre-spanning crossover event featuring an all-star line-up of female authors, headlined by Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey)! The ultimate pulp adventure features Vampirella, Dejah Thoris, Red Sonja, Purgatori, Lady Demon, Chastity, Jungle Girl, Jennifer Blood, Kato, Lady Zorro, and many, many more! Villains and heroes from a dozen worlds and eras face off against a legendary evil that threatens all their homelands. Written by Gail Simone, Mairghread Scott, Nancy A. Collins, G. Willow Wilson, Erica Schultz, and Leah Moore, and featuring artwork by Sergio Davila, Mirka Andolfo, Dave Acosta, Noah Salonga, Francesco Manna, and Cristhian Zamora!
Who is this for? (3 stars)

Eager for comics featuring kick butt lady characters I snapped this up only to find myself feeling a bit confused by it. It's a brilliant idea to pull so many iconic (and less familiar) female comic book characters together and sort of clash their worlds. That much I really enjoyed but the overarcing story wound up falling pretty flat with an anticlimatic ending that was pure disappointment.

Artistically I enjoyed most of it, though I feel like I wouldn't be too side-eyed if I mentioned not being a huge fan of how male gazey a lot of it is. They're sexy ladies and I don't mind looking at them but that doesn't mean I gotta love it either. Which ultimately brings me to what I finally put my finger on as the reason I just didn't love it... I couldn't decide who it was written for. Who was the demographic? I'm not sure it really had one and for that it suffered from feeling pulled in too many directions.

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