Eternal Empire, Vol. 1 by Sarah Vaughn

Eternal Empire, Vol. 1

JONATHAN LUNA (ALEX + ADA, THE SWORD, Spider-Woman: Origin) and SARAH VAUGHN (ALEX + ADA, Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, Ruined) return with ETERNAL EMPIRE, a fantasy epic!The Eternal Empress has waged war against the countries of Saia for over 100 years, and now her sights are set on the last country standing. But within the brutal Empire's workforce, a young ma...

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Eternal Empire, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Artemy

    is the new book by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn, the creators of wonderful series

    . Unfortunately, it's nowhere near as good.

    It's a fantasy story, and a really uninspired one at that. It's set in the world where the poor people are enslaved and oppressed by the evil empire. Two main characters are slaves who start to have weird visions, then they escape, meet one another and find out that they can summon flaming swords from their hands when they're close to each other.

    is the new book by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn, the creators of wonderful series

    . Unfortunately, it's nowhere near as good.

    It's a fantasy story, and a really uninspired one at that. It's set in the world where the poor people are enslaved and oppressed by the evil empire. Two main characters are slaves who start to have weird visions, then they escape, meet one another and find out that they can summon flaming swords from their hands when they're close to each other. You can guess what happens next: of course, they decide to fight the power.

    The main characters are boring and flat. They don't have any personality, and their interactions with each other are dull most of the time. The villains are also of the yawn-inducing generic evil kind. Even the world itself doesn't feel remotely interesting! What kind of fantasy is that where every single aspect of it is so mundane?

    The only saving grace is the artwork by Jonathan Luna, which is really good as always, but that doesn't help an otherwise tedious read. I tried giving Eternal Empire a chance to win me over for five issues, but there's just nothing in this book that would make me want to come back for more.

  • Logan

    An Okay read! So this is my first book from this creative team, I never read Alex and Ada(But I heard good things), and since this was fantasy series I thought I'd give this a read. So the story is of a world with multiple nations at war, The Empire are the main military force, and have taken most of the world and put its people into concentration camps. Then One day a girl from one camp and a boy from another escape at the same time, only to meet up and learn that when together they can manipul

    An Okay read! So this is my first book from this creative team, I never read Alex and Ada(But I heard good things), and since this was fantasy series I thought I'd give this a read. So the story is of a world with multiple nations at war, The Empire are the main military force, and have taken most of the world and put its people into concentration camps. Then One day a girl from one camp and a boy from another escape at the same time, only to meet up and learn that when together they can manipulate fire and make swords etc... So right off the gate, this series has a Avatar: Last Airbender mixed with Game of Thrones kind of vibe. I will admit, the world this team has created is interesting, with multiple different cultures and religions; and I did like the relationship that begun to form between the two main characters.

    I do have issues though. Again I have not read Alex and Ada, so this is my introduction to the artwork; overall I'm not the biggest fan, the character models aren't too great and the colouring isn't the best either. But I know that's down to personal taste. Also story wise, not a lot happens in this volume to be honest, the pacing is a bit too slow, and although things do happen, nothing really blew me away or was as impactful as a first volume to a new series should be. Plus this volume isn't $10 like most first image volumes are, and the straight up $17 price tag I feel is a bit too pricy for what you get in this volume.

    Overall this was an okay read, I do find the world interesting, but its not enough for me to really recommend, maybe wait for a sale!

  • Carrie

    I was intrigued enough that I got the first three issues at once and then the next two as they came out. Ultimately, though, there's just not world or character or story to ground me as a reader. There are half-dragon people? There are three suns. Like, some things are cool or weird, but the story is basically: two slaves in separate parts of the world gain the ability to wield fire-swords, escape their villages, find each other, and try to escape the empire together. The trouble is there's no r

    I was intrigued enough that I got the first three issues at once and then the next two as they came out. Ultimately, though, there's just not world or character or story to ground me as a reader. There are half-dragon people? There are three suns. Like, some things are cool or weird, but the story is basically: two slaves in separate parts of the world gain the ability to wield fire-swords, escape their villages, find each other, and try to escape the empire together. The trouble is there's no real sense of who they are as people or who the empress is besides that she's bad and enslaves people. The art is fine, a little simple. One thing that bothered me is that all the action scenes have the characters making random noises like "gkk" and "nng." Fine, people grunt when they jump over roofs and fight with fire-swords, but there was way too much of it.

    I'm a little torn over whether I want to continue this. If I do, I'll wait until vol 2 is out and get it from the library.

  • Chad

    I'm shocked this is the same creative team behind the wonderful Alex + Ada. Set in a fantasy world where it's implied a human has sex with a dragon horse to create a new race to fight off foreign invaders. Flash 140 years later, the invaders have taken over most of the world and the humans are slaves to a race of people with tales. Two individuals start seeing visions and flee their slave camps until they meet one another. When they get close, flaming swords appear in their hands and they decide

    I'm shocked this is the same creative team behind the wonderful Alex + Ada. Set in a fantasy world where it's implied a human has sex with a dragon horse to create a new race to fight off foreign invaders. Flash 140 years later, the invaders have taken over most of the world and the humans are slaves to a race of people with tales. Two individuals start seeing visions and flee their slave camps until they meet one another. When they get close, flaming swords appear in their hands and they decide to set off towards the last land that hasn't been conquered by the evil Empress.

    The characters are flat with no personality. The story is joyless and glacially paced. I found very little to like about the series.

    Received an advance copy from Image and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lis Carey

    In a world where the Eternal Empress has ruled for a thousand years, she's on the verge of conquering the last parts of it still not under her control. Into this world, two unusual young people have been born. Tair is white-haired and very pale; Roin is oddly orange in color.

    When they find each other, they discover they have the power to control fire. Events soon convince them they have no choice but to use this power to fight the empire, but how?

    Tair and Roin are both likable and interesting, w

    In a world where the Eternal Empress has ruled for a thousand years, she's on the verge of conquering the last parts of it still not under her control. Into this world, two unusual young people have been born. Tair is white-haired and very pale; Roin is oddly orange in color.

    When they find each other, they discover they have the power to control fire. Events soon convince them they have no choice but to use this power to fight the empire, but how?

    Tair and Roin are both likable and interesting, with plausibly different points of view. The world is definitely not our world; it has three suns.

    It also has dragons, and that turns out to matter a great deal.

    The story doesn't seem terribly original, but it's enjoyable, and our protagonists are likable. I also enjoyed the art, which helped me slip into the story. It's a pleasant way to spend some down time.

    I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

  • Ashley Brooks

    I really like the concept of this series, but it's just not doing it for me. Something is missing, in the writing I think, that should be pulling me in and making me want to continue. It's got all the right elements for a great fantasy story but it's lacking depth all around.

  • [Shai] The Bibliophage

    is a graphic novel written and illustrated by the same author and illustrator of the

    comic series. This first volume of

    compiles issues from one to five, and it is about the story of Saia and its people, particularly the two protagonists:

    and

    .

    Tair came from

    , the southern and colder part; while Rion is from

    , the desert and mid part of Saia. They are

    or workers and both escape from their countries because of the visions they alwa

    is a graphic novel written and illustrated by the same author and illustrator of the

    comic series. This first volume of

    compiles issues from one to five, and it is about the story of Saia and its people, particularly the two protagonists:

    and

    .

    Tair came from

    , the southern and colder part; while Rion is from

    , the desert and mid part of Saia. They are

    or workers and both escape from their countries because of the visions they always see; unexpectedly they met in

    while fleeing. They discover that they both have powers when they first met and they both agreed to fled and take refuge to

    , the only remaining country in Saia that is still fighting against the oppression of the Imperial Palace and the Empress.

    The plot is great but the story telling is a little bit off or dull, and quite predictable also. The characters Tair and Rion are a look-alike of

    ; I just hope that the illustrator,

    , drew the protagonists in Eternal Empire more defined. Another thing that displeased me is the

    which was subtly described in the first page of this book. Regardless of these disappointments, I will still check out the future releases of this comic series because I want to know how it will end up.

  • Krutula

    The story in Eternal Empire begins with the establishment of a line of queens, who are part-dragon and part-human, and fully evil. The current ruler is a tyrant and two workers, Tair and Rion, who have been subject to conditions that can best be described as slavery, have visions and find their way to each other to discover they have powers. However, the army of the Eternal Empress is waging war everywhere and the only safe place left will take them through

    The story in Eternal Empire begins with the establishment of a line of queens, who are part-dragon and part-human, and fully evil. The current ruler is a tyrant and two workers, Tair and Rion, who have been subject to conditions that can best be described as slavery, have visions and find their way to each other to discover they have powers. However, the army of the Eternal Empress is waging war everywhere and the only safe place left will take them through a warzone.

    Now, firstly I have to get this off my chest -that artwork just made me cringe. Like, it is full-color and everything which usually makes me joyous, but the lineart itself is so boring, no amount of fantastic coloring could save it. There is no flow between scenes, and the art feels, in a simple word, dead. The storyline isn't much impressive either. We start with casual bestiality, then we have an underdeveloped villain who is evil for sake of god knows what, and two random characters who somehow get through miles of journey on barely any provisions. Yeah, super believable even in fantasy. This is a series I will NOT be continuing, that's for sure.

  • Online Eccentric Librarian

    I have vivid memories of Lisa Simpson, of the Simpsons TV show, describing school textbooks as having gone through 'a monstrous deflavorizing machine." That description kept popping up while reading Eternal Empire. Everything was so bland, dull, and oddly generic and inert that it became a real slog to finish. Zero world building, ineffectual and oddly 2-dimensional characters, walk around in an under drawn and 'game wor

    I have vivid memories of Lisa Simpson, of the Simpsons TV show, describing school textbooks as having gone through 'a monstrous deflavorizing machine." That description kept popping up while reading Eternal Empire. Everything was so bland, dull, and oddly generic and inert that it became a real slog to finish. Zero world building, ineffectual and oddly 2-dimensional characters, walk around in an under drawn and 'game world NPC level of detail' morass of humdrum plotting. It felt like a school project result; one that received a C grade at that.

    Story: two people from very different climes - one desert and one snowy - have visions that plague them. They break free of the oppressive regime that has conquered most of their world and enslaved the masses - and head for each other blindly. When they meet up, they find they suddenly have strange fires that they randomly make swords out of - and then walk around blindly encountering some bad guys and helping to free people who don't want the burden of that freedom. Enter underwhelmingly small dragons.

    This was, by far, the most disaffecting comic I've read in a long time. From the art to the plotting, nothing really happens and none of the characters feel very motivated/motivational. The art is honestly snoozworthy - as if the artist was phoning it in with panels repeating the same background/set up over and over with only slight variations in the expressions (and the slight variations weren't there for subtlety's sake, either). That's IF there was something in the background other than generic mud huts, people all wearing the same outfit but colored differently, and everyone pretty much looking alike. If I didn't know any better, I would have guessed the artist loathed the writer and was trying to sabotage the work by doing as little as possible to still get a paycheck.

    Mediocre paneling and illustration work combined with a dull and spineless set of heroes. Sure, we don't want superheroes and there is a heck of a lot of room for growth, let's be honest. But seeing them bumble around drove me to bang my head on my keyboard to stay awake long enough to continue reading to the end. It was all so unremarkable in every aspect.

    I'm running out of adjectives for bland and generic, uninspired and ineffectual. You get the idea. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  • Shannon Appelcline

    A slave discovers she has magic powers. She tries to escape. (That's issue #1.) A slave discovers he has magic powers. He tries to escape. (That's issue #2.) I'm surprised any reader of the periodical stuck around to issue #3. But two issues later, they decide to do something with their powers.

    Overall, a shockingly mundane fantasy with shockingly mundane art.

    The fiery powers of the protagonists are sort of interesting, in a Brandon-Sanderson-magic sort of way. But they never get more detailed th

    A slave discovers she has magic powers. She tries to escape. (That's issue #1.) A slave discovers he has magic powers. He tries to escape. (That's issue #2.) I'm surprised any reader of the periodical stuck around to issue #3. But two issues later, they decide to do something with their powers.

    Overall, a shockingly mundane fantasy with shockingly mundane art.

    The fiery powers of the protagonists are sort of interesting, in a Brandon-Sanderson-magic sort of way. But they never get more detailed than that.

    The characters are definitely not interesting. I don't think they could have been more bland and less well characterized.

    The world: I suppose it could be interesting, but it doesn't have much depth, and the last issue shocker suggests we're going with pretty generic fantasy tropes.


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