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CrossGen Reviews 7-19-02
writer: Tony Bedard
artists: Fabrizio Fiorentino and Matt Ryan
to the Shaman lands with hopes of learning from the Shaman leader, Guild
Master Zai. Their first encounter does not go well. After all, Giselle
has possessed the Shaman Guild Spirit since she was originally given
her sigil. Zai was not happy to lose the Spirit to Giselle, and he holds
However, Zai has
his own problems. A chiwanda from the spirit plane has been attacking
his people, and without the powers of his Guild Spirit, Zai is fighting
a losing battle. But he is reluctant to compromise and work with Giselle.
Events unfold in a predictable way, but it is well done. Bedard is giving
each of the Guild Spirits and Guild Masters their own distinct personality,
something noticeably missing in the issues written by Ron Marz.
So far Giselle's
quest to win over the Guild Spirits has been enjoyable, but it will
get monotonous if the next five issues follow this exact pattern. Let
us have faith that Bedard will not take the obvious route.
Way of the Rat
writer: Chuck Dixon
artists: Jeff Johnson and Tom Ryder
This third issue
is clearly a "middle" issue for the first story arc. Not much changes
over the course of it. Boon is given a deadline of sundown to recover
the Phoenix Heart. If he doesn't have the gem by then, the Silken Ghost
is going to come after him.
Boon has a good
idea where the Heart is. Another thief named Hu Jiao was present when
Boon learned when the gem was, and Boon thinks that Jiao has it.
Bhuto Khan, the
warlord who has been gathering his forces outside the city, makes his
first appearance. He is a huge man and should be a worthy opponent for
Boon in the future. Khan also wants the Phoenix Heart and is willing
to lay siege to Zhumar to get it.
Boon learns that
his Ring of Staffs is just one ring among many, with each of them granting
its wearer mastery over a martial discipline. In addition to countries
analogous to China and Japan on this world, there is another country
far to the west that at first glimpse seems similar to Russia.
Jeff Johnson continues
to do outstanding artwork. Every panel in this issue stretches across
the entire page, giving the issue an interesting flow without distracting
from the story.