Exile and Heartbreak Abound in Riftworld Legends #2
Writer: Jonathan Williams
Art: Daniel Wong
Cover: Toma Feizo Gas
When the Riftworld crew reached out to me for reviewing issue #2, I had to jump on it. The story continues as Jackie and Shim face off against the reanimated skeletal swashbuckler. Thankfully, help has arrived, but betrayal comes quickly on its heels.
I am loving all of these characters. From grandma to Thora, they have all been very interesting, especially the Captain. He’s not as one dimensional as it seems. However, you can’t be sure which side of him is genuine. Gold, Glory, and God is what his crew are looking after. He is a pirate after all. We’re gonna see more of him, and maybe he’ll show his true colors. Until then, Jacie and Skillicorn will have to survive. I won’t spoil that for you, so go get the book!
In case the cover got you asking questions, yes, we have a new character. Thora, a Dalurin huntress, descended from Druids. Along with her falcon, Peek, she keeps watch over the towns on the island. Any evildoers best beware of the huntress who lurks in the shadows. Seriously, I was cautious about this story introducing a new character. This story is set somewhat in what could be medieval times. Gender relations ain’t that great. However, Jonathan and Daniel do a great job of bringing in Thora. Nothing tryhard or gross about it.
I can’t help but get apprehensive when fantasy/adventure comics introduce female characters. Thanks to Williams and Wong for handling it well.
It seems as though each issue answers questions and makes new ones. That’s not a bad thing since it keeps the story going. Williams and Wong are slowly but surely building up to a grander point in this story. However, we need to take a look at what we have. Who, really, are the Dalurin people? How will Jackie and Shim reconnect with Thora? Who is the great evil that Quillian Grey and what does he have to do with Fiona now? This is really getting good.
Adventure/fantasy comics are fast becoming a genre that I will have to keep my eye on. Riftworld Legends is one of the reasons why. It certainly deserves a place in my heart next to Jeremy Whitely’s Raven the Pirate Princess. Make sure you pick up your copy. This story is gonna keep getting better.