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First off, allow me to apologize for that title. I was trying to come up with something witty and funny, and I failed at both. Whatever, it made me laugh when I typed it, and that’s all that matters, right? Probably not, but it’s too late to change anything. Today we’re going to be taking a trip in the way-back machine. If you don’t know what the way-back machine is, well, that means you’re not old and probably have no clue what I’m talking about. Think time machine, but not really. “Why didn’t you just say time machine?” Uh, because I like pointing out that I’m old…obviously. For those of you who do know what the way-back machine is, you’re already tweeting me about how I’m spelling it wrong. Isn’t this fun and interactive? Anyway, today we’re jumping into a series, but it’s not a new series. Well, it’s sort of a new series, as it’s only on issue four currently, but the first issue came out back in Sept of 2016. Why am I tossing this up here now? Because I want to dissect the first issue then fast forward into an Our Story Thus Far later this week. So, with that overly drawn out explanation, lets get into Seven To Eternity, by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena.
Written By: Rick Remender
Art By: Jerome Opena
Published: September 21, 2016 by Image Comics
Now, I’m the first to admit that if I had read this back in September, it would have easily made it onto this blog way back then. Heck, if I had read this at any point last year it would’ve popped up on this blog, probably, immediately afterward. Unfortunately, life can be busy and I can’t always get to books the moment they come out. I will say that, when it comes to this book, I should’ve tried harder because I had no idea I was missing such a compelling and insane story.
Seven To Eternity follows the story of a family, the Osidis family to be specific. What’s so special about this family you ask? Well, first off, they’re all shunned by the major society within the book, and when I say shunned I mean, their very name is used as a curse. Yeah, you read that correctly, their last name is used as a slur by, basically, the rest of the world. I mean sure, that means their super popular, even if it is in the worst way possible. No such thing as bad press, right?
The other thing that separates the Osidis family from others is that they all seem to be magic users. Stemming from their father, a dying warrior from a time long ago, this family must chose to join in a rebellion, which will probably lose, or pledge their lives to a man calling himself God, the Mud King. You’d think that if you believed yourself to be God, you could come up with something better than Mud King, but whatever. He does have super powers that allow him to basically control the very ground we walk on. Also, beyond the mud powers he basically has about a billion other powers as well, including the ability to give a person what they truest and deepest desire would be.
That’s a heck of a power, like being the genii from Aladdin, without the itty-bitty living space. Ultimate cosmic power without a downside…uhh, yes please. Unfortunately for the Osidis family, their pops refuses to bow to the Mud King, hence the being shunned part, and the fact that the Mud King framed good ole dad for a bunch of murders he didn’t commit. Seriously, this Osidis family is really taking it on the chin in this book.
As it would be expected, life crumbles around the Osidis family when the Mud King tracks them down and basically murders pops right in front of them. The eldest son, Adam, then has the task of figuring out what’s best for his castaway family, and it turns out Adam isn’t so angry at the Mud King. In fact, it appears as though Adam might be interested in that ultimate cosmic power stuff that Muddy Mud is slanging around.
He tells his family that he’s going to go kill the Mud King, but no one really believes him, and Adam sets off. By the end of this first book I was hooked hard, and itching for the next book in the series. Lucky for me, I had it sitting right next to me, and let me tell you, things get even crazier in book two. Yet, I won’t get into that here, I’m obviously saving it for another post later this week, but allow me to get into some of the details of issue one.
For starters, the art, well, it’s unbelievable. I hadn’t heard of Jerome Opena prior to this book, but now that his name is burned into my brain, I’ll be buying whatever it is he’s drawing. This guy is crazy talented and from the looks of it he’s spent thousands of hours honing that talent into the mastery we’re graced with on these pages. Honestly, the first thing I noticed about these pages was just how amazing they looked.
Imagine if the 90’s style and feel was done well, and executed properly instead of a constant double page splash with no real story…that’s what Opena is giving us. It’s like all the greatness from years of study and practice, then delivered in some of the most detailed, action packed, expression filled panels I’ve seen in a long time. The panels are done so well that reading this book felt effortless, and allowed me to absorb myself into the story. The characters a wonderfully designed, the magic being wielded is interesting without being over done, and the action scene speed by.
To make matters even greater Matt Hollingsworth is coloring this thing, and if your not familiar with his work…you should do better because this guy knows how to color comics. His addition to Opena’s art really makes every page come to life with eye popping visuals and mood setting scenes. All of this is backed of course back Remender’s ability to tell great stories. Normally I rant and rave about the story, and break down why I loved it. I’m saving that for later this week because I want to tackle this story with a more focused approach. So for now, just know this book has every bit of intrigue and action wrapped up in amazing character development and world building that establishes this as one heck of a first issue.