The all-ages adventure of Aaron Chiang and his mother continues in a new issue of the first storyline in this Top Cow comic.
Marz picks up right where he left off in the first issue, with Aaron and his mother on the precipice of a terrible calamity. Aaron carries the lineage of dragons in his veins, and that lineage is the target of a secretive enclave looking to eliminate dragons through their own magic.
Moder's art here is strong and clean, aptly aided by the colors of Blond (that just seems weird to type). Moder's work has evolved quite substantially since his days on "Stars and STRIPE," almost to the point where his work here feels like it could be a completely different artist. A very keenly detailed, clean-lined different artist, but different nonetheless. The sensibilities of Moder's design here are more straightforward, more cinematic, than they were in "Stars." Here, that works very well. It provides a realism to this tale that might otherwise be hard to grasp, given the fantastic nature of the feature characters.
Image, on the whole, seems to have a market plan to offer a range of similar subjects with different styles, almost like an ice cream store offering thirty-one flavors. For example, the basic premise of "Dragon Prince" is the same as "Firebreather" -- a young man discovers his relation to an otherworldly beast and needs to learn how to deal with it. The approach and execution of both titles makes them vastly different, however, placing "Dragon Prince" more in the realm of the "all-ages" read, whereas "Firebreather" aims for a slightly older target audience.
In targeting a larger audience, the Zawisza household has found multiple readers for "Dragon Prince." Here's the quick thoughts of my eleven-year-old daughter, from in-between dance class and homework.
Amanda: In issue #1 of the "Dragon Prince" series, the whole entire issue makes you want to know what is going to happen next. The story is unpredictable, but in a very good way. The end made me wonder what was going to happen in issue #2? Where will they go? What exactly might happen? I liked the story because it always kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what will happen next. Overall, issue #1 of "Dragon Prince" is extremely good.
Like issue #1 of "Dragon Prince," issue #2 is also very suspenseful. Some of the things surprised me and yet, some of them confused me at first, but when I read on it all made sense. The ending of issue #2 was even more suspenseful than the first. The end page was completely unexpected. Issue #2 was, overall, a very good cliff-hanger. Which (of course) made me anticipate #3.
If you like stories with suspense and cliff-hangers at the end of each story, then I highly recommend this series to you.