Comic Book Review: Sovereigns #1
The same excitement for Sovereigns #0 carries over into Sovereigns #1 as this is an interesting time chosen for a story surrounding the Gold Key heroes. Most times we get stories based around their past or their present, though the period of 2025 to 2525 creates room to explore the unknown about what has become of these heroes. Not only this, but how they can come together to stop a foe that is yet to be fully understood.
Having an introductory issue like Sovereigns #0 begs to question if you can easily jump into the first issue without knowledge of what was set up before. For what is set-up within that story and beyond I would without a doubt say that you would be missing out on a lot, though at the same time I could say that with as little as we do know now you would still be at the same level of understanding of the situation. It doesn’t take too long into this first issue to begin deconstructing this situation down to the who, what, where, when and how.
While I admit that I couldn’t help feeling disappointed that the only hero we really got to see was Turok in the #0 issue, there was patience knowing they have important roles to play following Turok’s disappearance. With that said, it was also surprising to see that Magnus would be the hero this story follows with first. Magnus isn’t one of those I am too familiar with, but the machine guy definitely catches you off guard as the first response to a supernatural problem. Luckily they quickly ease that confusion with interactions that make the statement that this is not your usual cliche where different forces can’t tackle opposites. Being that these guys are Sovereigns, anything happening to one of them would automatically send off some red flags. The dialogue between Magnus and Spektor was very engaging about the kind of world they live in as Sovereigns. The fact that something like this could happen without aid meant that not all was sunshine and rainbows as the celebration of Turok showed. The tension in belief sparked some solid thinking about the reason for the world ending up the way it did in 2525.
The introduction of this Solar was what I was really awaiting. If there’s one Gold Key hero I love most, it was always Solar as the one who knows no limits. I’m going to assume this is the current version of Solar that newer readers like myself are used of. I believe that was where the strongest of the writing came from. The dialogue was fun because there was an enthusiasm which matched our need to know what the heck is going on in The Lost Valley.
This other point in time quickly becomes a point of interest. The details were spotty in the #0 issue which made it hard to fully grasp what was going on there aside from the narration of what was going on in that moment. Whoever this Samson is, they’ve made it clear that he is important, though at the same time it seems they want to take their time fleshing out the world he is stepping into.
Couldn’t have asked for a better art team for Sovereigns. Not perfect, but certainly the right artists for the job. Things did start off a bit shaky at first when it came to drawing Magnus. There were some panels where his face looked a bit off and not as put together as it was later in the issue. That and there was the inconsistency with his eye. That aside, quality work for a majority of this issue when putting us into the world of Magnus, Spektor and Solar. Each of them really fit into their elements. Magnus was surrounded by machinery, while also equipping himself with some cool tech that suits his different needs. Spektor has a cool transformation as someone who went from normally not looking like he has himself together, to someone with some class and status in his profession. That higher plane of existence look nailed the supernatural approach to the magic domain. Then when it came to Solar, I loved that they went with the daughter. Held herself up like someone who was above humanity, and looked as powerful as she is. It was only the color selection that might have hurt my eyes a bit even if it looked cool. The brightness of them, on top of the strength of the reds radiating off of her was a bit much to take in.
By the end of Sovereigns #1 I feel that they were truly able to pull you into this story. Sovereigns leaves us wanting to know how exactly the world could end up as desolate as it is in 2525, how these major heroes could be overcome by this darkness, and what chance they could possibly have at stopping it. I have my theories, but nothing is ever as it seems when the concept of time comes into play.