Review by Paul Fiander
If ever there was a way I could unsee a comics cover it would be for Birthright. This is due to the twist in the plot being pretty much laid out in front of you and as such you lose some of the drama within the story. The opening of the book deals with every parent’s worse nightmare the disappearance of a child. Joshua Williamson writes the actual event in such a nonchalant way that it feels true to life, this gives a large dose of reality to what towards the end becomes quite a fanciful tale.
The real strength though of this first issue is actually the time line between the disappearance and the present day. In around five pages the creative team as a whole show the disintegration of a family unit over the course of a year. The family drama of the situation again helps to the give the issue a sense of reality that a lot of other books lack.
The midway twist allows for this true to life story to become a fantasy romp and here it also feels like a story at the top of its game. This allows the art team of Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas to really flex their muscles as they get to depict epic vistas and fanciful creatures.
This opening look at the trials and tribulations of the Rhodes family makes we want to read more, the mix of fantasy with true to life drama make this an intriguing read and well worth your time.
Issue Rating 4.5/5
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