Rating: 3/5 – Solid action adventure with manga-inspired art.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Stephen Bretall.
Scabbards and Gods tells the tale of a group of mercenary warriors out to fight evil and engage in battles and all the other things you would expect a mercenary corps to do in a manga-inspired semi-fantasy setting. It can be found here:
What’s Awesome About It?
The art is a bit weak in the 1st chapter but improves as time goes on. It is manga-inspired and shines through in the action scenes (which are probably the most important part for the art in a comic centered around fighting, as this one is). The story is pretty standard fare, but is relatively engaging and gets the point across. The characters aren’t immediately likable or interesting, but they’re written well enough. The pacing could use some work, but it’s serviceable. The setting is pretty standard, the characters are pretty standard, the action is pretty standard, the story is pretty standard – you get the idea. The comic is one I can see developing over time into something really good – plenty of amazing comics started out much worse than this one and grew into something amazing. But right now, Scabbards and Gods is an average fantasy action series with decent manga-inspired art.
If you’re a big fan of manga/wuxia tales, or just want a quick action comic to read, you could definitely do worse than Scabbards and Gods. This a comic I’d like to revisit in another year to see how things have progressed – the comic has already shown marked improvement from the first chapter and it wouldn’t surprise me if it continued to improve as it went on. But for now… give it a look and see for yourself if you’re into this genre of story.
Reviewed by: Stephen Bretall
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