Monday, December 14, 2009

Robot 6's Brigid Alverson Reviews Dragon Prince

Brigid Alverson: I don’t read a lot of pamphlet comics, but Top Cow sent me their mini-series Dragon Prince and I really liked it. I can see where it would have a lot of teen appeal, because it’s one of those stories about a transformation that takes the hero by surprise and changes his life — just like puberty. In this case, though, it’s more dramatic—Aaron, a 14-year-old boy, suddenly has the power to become a dragon. It turns out that his father was also a dragon (but he could shape-shift into human form, so there’s no bestiality here—no way) and Aaron has inherited his powers. That’s the good news. The bad news is that there is now a badass tattooed guy and a whole team of ninjas after him and his mom. It’s a good story, nicely paced, and I liked the art, except that the mother looked like every woman in every superhero comic in the world. Same face, same gravity-defying boobs, same skin-tight clothing. Aaron was drawn with a lot of character, and it would have been nice to see the same creativity go into his mom.


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