Seven To Eternity #1 Review: The King Of The Gut Punch

Published By: Image Comics
Story By
: Rick Remender
Art By: Jerome Opeña
Art By: Matt Hollingsworth
Cover By: Jerome Opeña
Cover By: Matt Hollingsworth
Variant Cover By: Tony Moore
Variant Cover By: Andrew Robinson

I am a big fan of Rick Remender.  Okay, actually if I am going to be honest, I am a Rick Remender fanboy.  This is no secret if you know me or have ever discussed comic books with me.  I have loved his work on Venom, Black Science, Low and other stories I have read over the years.  The guy knows how to write a story, and keep the reader on the edge of their seat.  He’s also the king of the gut punch.  So many times I will be reading a book from him and say “Wow!  I cannot believe he just did that!” or “Oh, okay.  They’re dead?”.  Not many comic book writers can make me feel anger, and loss, and so many emotions from just paper, pencils, and inks.  Remender does, and does it consistently.  The oddest part of my fascination in Remender’s stories is how much I keep coming back.  He has often bumped off a character I really liked, but he does it so damn well.  He makes death feel like a real thing, which it should.  He sometimes has death come out of nowhere for a character, which it should.  He keeps you guessing and makes you feel anxious much of the time.  That’s what a great writer does, and Seven To Eternity did just that.  It made me want to come back for more, and I will.

The story takes place in a fictional kingdom called Zhal.  We are thrown immediately into the lives of Zebadiah, Adam, and Katie Osidis and the rest of their clan.  The story is very much a classic tale of family, of legacy, and of pride.  The story is very much about what happens when the tyrannical God of Whispers tells everyone in the land to kneel to him, and one man says no, I will not.  The dynamics between generations of the Osidis clan are very interesting, and something a lot of people can relate to.  You’ve got the dynamics of an old man who’s had enough and won’t take anymore, the son who is also a father who will do what he must to protect his family, and the daughter who embodies the bravery and naivety of youth.  While this is a fictional tale in a fantasy setting, the family dynamics are something most people can relate to.

This review wouldn’t be complete without talking about the art, which speaks for itself.  Jerome Opena‘s character and creature designs pop right out of this book.  From the cover until the final page, I just stared at some of the panels, especially a large two full page scene that made my jaw nearly drop open with it’s beauty.  Matt Hollingsworth deserves credit here as well, rounding out the super talented team behind this book.  The colors and inks are crisp, and makes this book feel like nothing else I have seen before.

Like most Remender books, this story moves at a breakneck pace, and that is a good thing.  There is a lot that happens in the first issue of Seven To Eternity, and I cannot wait to see where it goes from here.  I can safely say I have the utmost confidence that the king of the gut punch is crafting another classic tale, and the readers will be in for one heck of a ride.

RECOMMENDATION: MUST READ

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Agents Of Shield Mini Review – Raise A Little Hell!

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Robbie Reyes from the comics (left) vs Robbie Reyes from Agents of Shield (right)

When I heard that Agents of Shield was bringing in Ghost Rider this season, I didn’t know what to expect.  Sure, part of me was excited, but there was a part of me that was worried.  As a fan of the Inhumans, especially the book Inhuman, I was excited when they announced Lash would be a character last season.  That was, until I saw him in action.  Some people forgave the weird makeup and costume over time, but I always had trouble with it.  Every time Lash walked onto a scene, he was supposed to bring fear and frighten everyone around him, and certainly the actor who portrayed him could do just that.  He was a large man with a very intimidating scowl, but there was something off.  It wasn’t quite b movie quality bad to me, but just not good enough for a superhero show of this caliber.  Thankfully, all of that worry is gone with Ghost Rider.  Sure, it’s only one episode, but right away I can see the differences.  Much improved CGI, better makeup and costumes, and just an overall higher production value.

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Lash from the comics (left) vs Lash from Agents of Shield (right)

The show also felt darker right from the opening sequence.  Insert your usual gang of gun toting henchmen in an SUV.  A car follows, but not just any car.  A badass black and chrome Dodge Charger.  Oh and not just a Dodge Charger, but a Dodge Charger where the wheels turn to flame and leave streaks of fire right before it smashes into the SUV carrying the henchmen.  There is an amazing scene in this sequence where the car flips into the air before landing again as it turns to flame.  My jaw was hung open the whole time, and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of CGI here.  As the Rider approaches some of the injured henchmen, one of them is seemingly killed off camera as blood sprays across the next victim’s frightened face.  Again, this is a part of the darker tone the show is going to take advantage of with being in it’s new 10PM time slot.  I won’t spoil any more, but if you were like me, and you liked this show but always hoped for some better effects, and some darker elements, give Agents of Shield another chance.  It’s always been a fun show, but now it wants to raise a little hell.

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The calmer, gentler, non flaming skull murdering side of Robbie Reyes on Agents of Shield