by Steven Leitman
Soulfire Hope one shot
Aspen Comics 2012
Story: J.T. Krul
Pencils: Jose Varese
Colours: Brett Smith
Have you ever wanted to explore the Soulfire universe but thought it was a daunting challenge to jump into? Aspen is making it easy for you to get acquainted with the Soulfire universe before volume four comes out. Already out is the Primer which catches the reader up to date on what has happened thus far. However to take it a step further here is the first one shot that allows you to get to know the key players.
This is a great time to explore the Soulfire universe and by the time volume four number one hits stands you’ll know everything you need to. I can’t think of many other companies that have gone out of their way to welcome new readers in such an easy going and in my humble opinion delightful manner.
This issue is called Hope because the kingdom has been in a state upheaval and the previous king murdered. It is time for the Queen to find a new King and in the arena a new King shall be found. When it comes to the young upstart and the Queens old beau she wishes Dex to yield to the child. He does what the love of his heart asks but is that the right choice?
This tournament has given the people Hope that a better time is coming. After death, destruction and betrayal giving them hope is the best the Queen can do. Though the young upstart is impetuous and power hungry I am not sure that he is ready to lead these people in a direction they need to go.
Anyway Aspen has done something incredibly good here and it really does help one to understand the universe going forward. This is the perfect time to try it, it is completely new reader friendly and it’s also rather welcoming. J.T. Krul writes some amazing stuff in the Soulfire world and the art is simply beautiful.