Rating if the Book Were a Movie: PG-13
Writer: Cici Affini
Artist: Allie Preswick
Colors: Eren Enrica Angiolini
Letters: Haley Rose-Lyon
Editor: Barbara Perez Marquez
Publisher: ADM Comics
Story: 3.1 Stars
Artwork: 3.9 Stars
Cover Artwork: 3.4 Stars
Dialogue: 3.2 Stars
Mechanics: 3.0 Stars
Editing: 3.8 Stars
About the Book:
Mythfall begins 5,000 years ago on the planet Zymera. We see Vastien become immortal, just in time to be the leader of his people when an asteroid strikes. He gets as many of his people as possible to safety; but many die. We then move forward 5,000 years. Zymera is now the capital of civilized space.
Zymera looks like a utopian society. There is trouble in the galaxy, though. The planet Tyrn is on the verge of a civil war. Rather than trying to find a peaceful resolution, the Zymerian council has decided the best course of action is to close the embassy and withdraw all human government personnel, leaving Secretary Terasmus position of choosing between staying with his people or saving himself and taking another post.
Mythfall reminds me of Gattaca in some ways. Zymera is focused on the ideal genetic makeup. A person’s character doesn’t matter. All that does is looking perfect. Anyone with a genetic defect is looked down upon.
I liked how while Mythfall takes place on Zymera, it touches on things that transpire here on Earth. People with special needs are treated differently. They did nothing to deserve it. Because of genetics they are teased, picked on, and bullied. That’s not right.
Zymera’s desire for genetic purity goes even deeper. We see how some governments won’t acknowledge other races as being worthy. In fact Secretary Terasmus is admonished for having aliens on his staff. One can see why a rebellion is close at hand.
I liked how this cover has most of the key players in the story on it. It helps give us an idea of who’s who before we even open the book. We don’t get enough of that in comics.
The artwork on the interior pages does a masterful job in both the fantasy and science fiction settings. We get good lines and great coloring. I liked how Nevea was portrayed.
I often compare comic book letterers with sports officials. If they are doing their job correctly, it will be taken for granted. Haley Rose-Lyon’s work is an exception to this rule. From the scripts for the narrative to the fonts for the balloons to the onomatopoeia everything was spectacular. It goes a long way toward pulling the reader into the story.
Mythfall has laid the foundation for a story that promises to be interesting. There are many questions. How can Secretary Terasmus best serve his people? What role does the young prince have to play in the next installment? When will Vastien come back into the equation? I’m eager to see where things go from here.