The fantasy/sci-fi blend series Jinnrise follows the adventures of international student Andrew as he gets thrust into a cosmic battle for the future of Earth. The alien Kibrani have decided that our planet is their next target for conquest, and humanity’s strongest allies are the mythical Jinn (genies) who have been imprisoned at various points around the globe; however, to tap into the Jinns’ legendary powers, these beings must have a master and picking the right member of the group to control each genie can be a difficult task.
In Issue #7 of the series, Andrew and his friends head to the island of Crete to find the third Jinn to add to their mystic army; however, the alien Kibrani are determined to prevent them from succeeding and confront the group in the dark labyrinth that provides inspiration for the Minotaur myth. When Yunus gets separated from the group by a cave in, Daiuk gets his chance to show his allegiance to the group while the young Jinn master tries to teach a Kibrani warrior the value of mercy.
I wish I had learned about this series sooner, because it reads like an action-adventure fairy tale. It was easy for me to step into the story with #7, because the issue includes a short synopsis at the beginning plus Jinnrise’s creators have mastered the art of how to info dump while blending it into the plot. Yunus plays a primary role in this volume, and he clearly possesses a sense of justice and rightness that makes him an ideal master for a Jinn; however, the other human characters (Andrew, Haya, and Harris) feel less fully developed in this issue, and their motivations were unclear to me.
With such a large cast, keeping the conversation bubbles straight is a huge task, and I appreciate how Jinnrise’s creators dealt with the problem. The Jinn have color-coded dialogue bubbles that match their physical appearance while the humans have plain white bubbles. The Kibrani dialogue is in a fancier, more stylized font to distinguish it from the human speech. My only complaint is that the font used for the Kibrani is a little hard to read in some places; however, I enjoyed being able to easily tell who was saying what without having to puzzle it out.
Elizabeth Torque’s cover for this issue is absolutely gorgeous, but it doesn’t really reflect the art style inside the comic. Torque’s artwork is soft and rounded while Andrew Huerta utilizes a more angular style that works especially well in the action sequences. Additionally, his variant cover for Issue #7 shows an easily recognizable character from the story, Daiuk, rather than featuring a new character who doesn’t appear until the end of the volume.
Jinnrise #7 is another fun installment in Andrew and his friend’s quest to save the world from alien invasion. As a newcomer to the series, I found it enjoyable, and it should also please readers who have followed it from Issue #1.
4 Sealed Jinn Bottles out of 5