Written by, Brendan Fletcher
Art by, Karl Kerschl & MSASSYK
Letters by, Aditya Bidikar
In the previous issue, Rook and Queen Olwyn were separated when Rook goes ahead to find food and supplies for the Queen. She meets a strange man, who infers that he is aware of the Queen’s condition, appearing to be a tiger and her position as the Queen’s Royal Guard. However, at the end of the issue, Rook reveals some interesting powers causing wolves to appear. However, she is not able to save the Queen from a group of men who have been pursuing them.
This issue begins, Pring, from Moro who is part human and part animal, leads the Queen away to safety. Meanwhile, Rook is captured but has a knife to one of her captor’s throat, threatening to kill him unless she is released. However, she has little leverage, and their leader tells Rook things that she thought were secret. For example, he knows that Rook of Maar is the captain of the Queen’s Royal Guard, The Tiger is Queen Olwyn of Maar, The Palgarine and Maar people are now at war, and the leader witnessed Rook’s mother die. This causes Rook to drop her knife and surrender to them. Despite Rook’s position, I was never afraid for her safety. She seems too connected to the story to die this soon.
Meanwhile, Pring brings Queen Olwynn through the jungle to the Moro people. He informs the Queen that the people of Moro have been preparing for her arrival and will be excited to meet her. Pring gives a speech about “the between”, which seems to be a metaphor to explain the gap between the physical world and the spiritual world. And he shares his personal feelings about Rook of Maar: she was fortunate to win the heart of the Queen. Meanwhile, Rook escapes from her captors, sees some creatures that are part wolf part human before she is swatted by a large bear. Pring appears to locate and save her. The sequence, although confusing, builds on the mystery of the story.
Overall = 9/10
This is a beautiful book. The depictions of fantasy creatures and use of shading and shadows builds on the mystery and overall feel of the story. I’m very intrigued by the presence of part animal part human creatures throughout. At the end of the issue (spoilers), Queen Olwyn transforms to human form except for her head, which remains a tiger’s head. The Moro people are all part human part animal, as is Pring. What is the connection? I’m interested to find out whether Rook is safe and what will happen to Queen Olwyn in the next issue!