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‘Seventh Sister #1:’ Advance Comic Book Review

This is a strange comic, but a compelling one. It’s built on an intricate world of which very little is explained so far. You could spend your time asking, “Wait, now how did THAT happen?” every couple of pages, but if you do that, you’re probably not going to enjoy yourself much. On the other hand, if you just go with the flow and let things unfold as they will, then you’ll find this to be a comic well worth reading.

Bhilren, the great Black Hole, demands a sacrifice. Soraya is chosen by her family to be that sacrifice—chosen without her knowledge and against her will. When she refuses, she’s called selfish and a monster for not being willing to give up her life to save her family—none of whom are willing to sacrifice themselves either.

As a result of Soraya’s “selfishness,” she and her six sisters are scattered across the cosmos to escape the terrible Black Hole and the havoc it threatens. But what happens when Bhilren returns?

The comic can get relentless at times, particularly as Soraya is berated by her family and called horrible things. But there are also some quieter moments and some good people in Soraya’s life, whose characters I look forward to exploring further.

The story is by Simon Birks who did Clodagh and more recently Antarctica. He excels at this type of dark fantasy that can engage you and make you uncomfortable at the same time. The art by Majory Yokomizo has an ethereal quality that helps bring the story to life.

The way the plot is set up, this could have been a great, sprawling epic, with a bloody battle fought across the cosmos and strange powers that bend reality. Instead, it’s a quieter, more thoughtful story with a much greater emotional impact. It’s unexpected, but I like the way it’s done, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Creative Team: Simon Birks (writer), Majory Yokomizo (artist/colorist), Rob Jones (letterer)
Publisher: Fox Red Comics
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Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor



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