“No One Left To Fight” or ‘Eagle’ Ball-Z? (Review)
No One Left To Fight #1
It’s always an exciting experience to dive into a brand new indie title, and when the early opportunity to review “NOLTF” came up, I had to jump on it. My first initial impression of the cover showed this book to be right up my alley based off of the bright and vivid colors complimenting the crazy character designs. Thankfully, all of that translates directly into the inner pages of this issue as well. I’ve been fooled by amazing covers that have no translation to the inside of the book in the past; I’m happy to say this is not one of those times. Also, the tag line on the cover that reads “the comic you always wanted” made me wonder, “what comic could that be?” I realized that this is the comic I did not know I wanted until I started to get into it.
This story seems to take place in a futuristic setting that has been inhabited by other alien species based off of the character designs and the technology present, or, it’s just a different planet entirely. I would probably have to lean towards the ladder though based off of the very alien-like names our main characters go by, but it’s hard to say for certain. Our seemingly main character, Vale, is a humble man who just saved the planet and is now making his way to see some old friends, Krysta and Timor, but that’s not whom he’s greeted by when he arrives. When he gets there he’s met by a giant menacing lobster-like creature, Fargie, that turns out to be not so menacing after all, in fact, he’s an old buddy as well. Soon after we meet Krysta and Timor, along with their twins, Tay and Tor. Admittedly, I was liking what I was reading at first, but I wasn’t sure why this book was labeled “the book you always wanted” until I read a few pages including Timor. It turns out the book I never knew I wanted was an Americanized version of Dragon Ball Z. The first indication of what makes me say that is the back and forth jealousy of Goku, I mean Vale, that is constantly spewing from Vegeta, sorry, Timor. The second, and most obvious indication of DBZ inspiration would be the sparring sequence towards the end and that manner that it takes place. Once the action started up, I knew I was going to be hooked on this story. The third and final reason I believe that this book is a direct nod to DBZ is the caption on the final page and how it reads, but you’re just going to have to see that for yourself, as I have been sworn to secrecy.
Although I’m not exactly sure what I’m getting into with this book, I’m looking forward to more thanks to some fun writing that took place in this issue. I can already hear a voice for the characters introduced as I read them, and no those voices are not the voice actors from Dragon Ball. I really do have a great feel for what these characters would sound like, and that is all due to Sitterson’s way of differentiating the tones of each characters presence. Attitudes and personalities were established very quickly, and that is something I really admire in comic book writing. I know that this book will be mostly fun, with some “holy crap” moments as well based what I’ve read so far, and to me that is a big part of the recipe for a great comic book.
The beautiful art on the cover is initially why I agreed to take the time to review this book. I was really hoping that those same awesomely bright and colorful visuals would also be taking place on the inside of this book as well. When I opened it up I was so happy to see that every single page was just as bright and visually stunning as the next. The character designs are all incredibly detailed and so unique to the point where you can’t look at them and know exactly what you’re going to get before even reading the story. The designs leave lots of questions that I’m sure will be answered in the near future, but my biggest question is why every character except for Tay has some version of goggles on their head. I wouldn’t say that bothered me so much as it did confuse me. But, like I said, Im sure that will be answered in the issues to come. I will say that I am a sucker for ultra vibrancy, but there was a moment where it became almost too much. Ossio uses so much detail in his coloring that it became overwhelming, but right as that feeling was creeping up on me, the color pallet diverted giving the eyes a moment to rest. I do also have to factor in the fact that I was reading this digitally, so an actual physical copy may not have the same overwhelming affect that the screen may have had a part in. Overall, the art and colors by Ossio were stunning and honestly is enough reason alone to grab this book.
With a caption that reads “the book you’ve always wanted”, you would hope that this book would deliver something along those lines, right? Well, like I stated earlier I didn’t know I wanted this, but now I am fully subscribed. I know I keep comparing it to a Dragon Ball like story, but I can’t think of any other reason why they would give the cover that caption. I believe this is the comic book I’ve subconsciously always wanted beings that I am not a fan at all of manga, so I would never actually read a DBZ comic, as much as I am a fan of the franchise. Now I don’t want to claim that this is a direct rip-off of any sort, but there are some serious inspirations coming from that franchise in this book. It just so happens that this is a very Americanized version, so you get the tone of DBZ, without the eastern vibe you would in a manga, hence making this seem familiar and also very new and different.
I didn’t know I wanted this, but now I am fully subscribed.