Wayward Legends #3
Absolute Comics Group 2020
Written & Lettered by Benny R. Powell
Pencilled by Weilin Yang
Inked by Youjun Yang
Coloured by Kun Song
Hurk, Temis, and Hermaz track the Nemean to Babylon, where they must team up with the humans to try to free them from the tyranny of a rogue band of Tytans. The historic and world-altering conflict between these two factions starts here!
One of the things that I really like about this is the play on the Greek Gods as this interplanetary force. Change the spelling and these folks become the legends of the Greeks, the gods they pray to or just the ones that we’ve come to know. Without writing back then the names had to be spelled phonetically and that makes the legends we know that much easier to associate with these folks. In comics they are superheroes but in the “real” world they are akin to gods and that is what helps me enjoy this as much as I do. Give this a shot you’ll find that it has a much broader appeal than you realise and it’s way past time indie books like this were paid more attention to.
I really like the way that this is being told. How we see the story & plot development through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented extremely well. The character development here is really nice to see and it is that combination of dialogue and how they act and react to the situations and circumstances they encounter that help to really fully flesh them out as people. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing more and more of the story and the twists & turns along the way does a really great job in drawing the reader in.
I’m really enjoying seeing how this is being structured. How the layers within the story grow, evolve and emerge carrying it onto the next issue shows a nice bit of writing. That and the ending here which the forgotten hero is seen and the realisation of why Ninsun did what she did to begin with. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow and how it all works to keep moving the story forward is achieved extremely well.
The interiors here are really nicely done. The linework that we see and how the varying weights are being utilised to create the detail work that we see is extremely well rendered. Also I have to say kudos because Ninsun is a woman whose bore children, still sexy and alluring but more full figured and that’s amazing to see here. Backgrounds are really utilised well, could be better but i’m not complaining, and how we see them within the composition of the panels bringing us depth perception, a sense of scale and that overall sense of size and scope to the story is marvellous. The inking we see on top of the pencils adds that finishing touch and it looks seamlessly as if one person did all the work. The colour work is nicely rendered as well. I like how it feels like we’re seeing a cartoon thanks to the colouring and how the various hues and tones within the colours are utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work.
I love the creativity and imagination we see here and when Hermaz shows us without the under layer of his uniform well it just feels right. This has that mixture of fantasy, history, fables and superheroes so that it creates it own unique niche in the market. There’s also this great humour where it is serious but doesn’t take itself seriously that is completely missing in today’s market and I gotta say this is really one of those feel good series that you’ll fall in love with.