reviews by Charlie Wentling
writer: Barbara Kesel
artists: Andrea Di Vito and Brad Vancata
of House Dexter and House Sinister is one of the fundamental
plotlines in The First, and this month the two Houses
and their philosophies take center stage. Framed as a meeting
between Wyture and Enson, the story actually tells the history
of Persha and Seahn. Either of them may be the one that will
bring Dexter and Sinister back together.
of some problems, this is the best that The First has
been for a while. It's also the final issue for artist Andrea
Di Vito, which may prove to be a solution for some of the
book's problems. The overuse of splash pages has been a troubling
trend in many CrossGen series, along with slow pacing. Both
of these flaws are present in this issue, but it's still worth
finally reasserts himself at the end, and next issue promises
to be even better.
writer: Tony Bedard
artists: Fabrizio Fiorentino and Matt Ryan
visits the Tantric guild, squaring off against the beautiful
Master Vashua. By doing this, Giselle hopes to learn the Tantric
philosophy and win back the approval of guild spirit Herotus.
deal with two different but possibly related threats: someone
has sent a succubus to frame Giselle for murder, and some
of the guild spirits, led by Magus, plot to trade Giselle's
soul for their freedom.
is doing an excellent job of turning this series around. He
has struck a perfect balance between single-issue stories
and more long term developments. In the process, Giselle is
becoming a much more interesting character, learning from
her mistakes. And while her visits to the different guilds
could get repetitive, so far each visit seems unique.
artist: Rudy Nebres
are the main servants of Charon, the ruler of the Negation
universe. In spite of the title, this issue is actually about
Charon and his origins. The tale is told from the perspective
of Lawbringer Qztr and does show where he came from, but that
revelation is secondary to Charon's story.
for this issue has to be CrossGen fans. The events shown have
an almost mythical quality to them, and the casual reader
might not be overly excited by them. When this is read with
the backstory of the CrossGen universe in mind, particularly
Negation and Crux, it takes on an added significance.
questions about the Negation are answered, but just as many
new questions are raised. One new character, Appolyon, is
sure to play a big role in future stories.
of the Rat #6
writer: Chuck Dixon
artists Jeff Johnson and Tom Ryder
his showdown with Bhuto Khan. At first, Boon thinks they are
an even match because he wears the Ring of Staffs while Khan
wears the Ring of Swords. Both of them are masters of their
weapons. But there are other factors that Boon was not considering,
including the much greater strength and size of Bhuto Khan.
doesn't go as expected. Even though Bhuto Khan is a barbarian,
he emerges as a man of honor and intelligence. This is in
stark contrast to Judge X'Ain who shows himself once again
to be deceitful and treacherous.
a satisfying conclusion to the first story arc. Dixon throws
in a few twists, and Johnson does a fantastic job of showing
martial arts in a static medium. If the series maintains this
level of quality, it deserves to be a big hit.