Rose #6 Review – The Battle for Millhaven
It’s been a bumpy road but Rose has finally met her khat, Thorne, and is becoming a more well-rounded character and hero. She’s a character filled with love and compassion that still has room to grow and evolve. Rose #6 showcases her better qualities and gives readers more evidence that the evil queen Drucilla is a pretty horrible person. Two women with drastically different viewpoints are destined to meet, until then Rose must survive in a world set out to kill her and her allies. While still a series easy to pick up and enjoy, readers are urged to start from the beginning; especially since the trade paperback is coming soon, containing the first six issues.
Two very interesting stories are told in this issue, one being Drucilla’s attack on Millhaven and the other us about Rose gaining a new ally. The two events show the stark contrast between the women as the evil queen leads a brutal assault on an innocent town, Rose uses compassion, empathy and forgiveness to gain Sir Simon Maxwell Dante to her side despite his being sent by the queen to kill her. Drucilla will employ any underhanded and sadistic tactic she can to win, and most who serve under her do so out of fear for their own lives. Conversely, Rose fights with her heart and gains allies due to her good nature. It’s a classic story told very well here. Another nice part of the issue is that other characters get moments to shine as since Rose is nowhere near the battle, she can’t help the town. It’s up to Ila and her gang of rebels to hold down the fort, which they do so with great skill. However, the cliffhanger ending was an unexpected twist that will leave fans biting their nails.
The artwork in each issue of Rose is consistent and gorgeous. From the rough terrain to the well-designed characters, it’s certainly eye candy. While I have no idea how Drucilla’s outfit stays on, it fits her character well and heightens her sexuality along with her evil nature due to the color choices. Something like wardrobe might seem minor but it can tell a lot about a character, like Bjarke is strong and has no need for a shirt due to his size but it also makes him more imposing while Ila wears a cape that makes her look more mysterious. Aside from that, this issue has a lot of great facial expressions, especially from Rose. She has beautiful, thick eyebrows which help convey her emotions clearly from a simple scrunch of them. While the issue is full of action, the simple look in a character’s eyes tell more story than the pages can even handle.
I admit to slowly becoming a fan of this series, Rose is a realistic character with flaws and as a reader it took me time to warm up to her and accept her as she is. She’s grown a lot and has even more work to do but the story is excellently woven to make each issue worth reading and entire you back for more. Rose #6 is exciting, filled with fighting and strategy as well as kindness and hope. If you’re a fan of the fantasy adventure genre then this tale is one that needs to be added into your library, either by single issue or the wonderful trade soon to be released.