Review: Dark Mists 2: Kurotobi Skies

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Writer: Annika Eade
Artist: Babisu Kourtis
Format: 132 pages Full Colour

Review:

Dark Mists: Kurotobi Skies is an epic tale that concludes the story of the leading Geisha Kimi and her Geisha sisters.

At the book begins with Kimi’s disappearance after the murder of her lover and her sisters’ struggling financially. The murder of Kimi’s lover also pays the way for corrupt government official Osamu to infiltrate the government with his Yakuza army and take control over the Gion the Geisha district.

With Kimi missing and most likely dead, her Geisha sisters try to move on an overcome their grief while they welcome a new Geisha Akane who’s true motivations will have dire consequences for Kimi’s sisters and the Gion. Meanwhile, Kimi lives after surviving a suicide attempt, but her memory and eye sight are not intact. Months pass and she regains both and a new resolve to return home and defend her sisters, the Gion, and save the government.

Having not read the first book, I had no trouble understanding what had previously taken place as I read. The story’s pacing is well paced and intriguing, and I didn’t want to stop reading till I got to the end. Writer Annika Eade scripted a great story that features complex characters. I also loved artist Babisu Kourtis’ beautiful and poignant artwork. The coloring of the illustrations fits the story’s tone extremely well.

Overall Dark Mists: Kurotobi Skies is an excellent story that readers will enjoy and want to read again.

5/5

Purchase your copy here. 

Loki: Agent of Asgard #1 Review

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5/5
STORY BY
Al Ewing
ART BY
Lee Garbett
COLORS BY
Nolan Woodard
LETTERS BY
Clayton Cowles
COVER BY
Jenny Frison
PUBLISHER
Marvel Comics

The god of mischief has gotten a bit older and taller since his reincarnated self reappeared from the underworld and now he stars in his own book and he’s on a mission James Bond style!

Something isn’t right with Loki’s brother the god of thunder Thor and the All-Mothers assign Loki the task to figure out what’s wrong and make things right. Along the way he’ll have to sneak into Avengers headquarters and deal with Thor’s teammates, but it’s nothing that our ‘hero’ can’t handle. Will Loki be able to save Thor in time? Does Loki have any nefarious plans? And what exactly are the All-Mothers up to anyway?

Ever since watching Loki in action in Marvel’s animated film Hulk vs. Thor, I’ve become a fan of his and Tom Hiddleston in the live role as well as the Journey Into Mystery book have made me more of a fan. And this first issue continues the trend.

It’s great to get into Loki’s head and see how he thinks. He’s still his mischievous self but I believe that he wants to be a better man than what he once was. His relationship with his brother is also a high point of the story and it’s a humorous and brotherly love that is expressed between the two of them. Thor talking to Loki about his past bullying ways when they were younger and expressing regret and doubt about it was very interesting.

The story is intriguing and the art is amazing. There’s even a throwback page to the classic days of the past when Loki fought the Avengers. Loki Agent of Asgard is off to a great start!