Story Davide Hine and Brian Haberlin
Art Brian Haberlin
Colors Geirrod Van Dyke
Letters Francis Takenaga
Lead Developer David Pentz
Production Diana Sanson and Hannah Wall
My love for this book continues. I’m loving the story and how it’s progressing. Sonata and Pau continue to be stranded in the “Southlands,” and their fathers are determined to send a rescue expedition, which will need to travel through a valley filled with slumbering Sleeping Giants. A valley held as taboo by the Lumani.
Sonata’s and Pau’s fathers needing to make their way through the valley is a perfect example of what I really like about this book, which is the story and writing. The Lumani have agreed to send a “Pacifier,” a Lumani whose profession is diverting/distracting the Sleeping Giants, we then are shown that the Lumani intend to kill or let the Ran and Tayan leaders die on the journey so as to hide the secrets that the Lumani are keeping. I’m liking the slow drip of new information and the story unfolding the way it is, the pacing is perfect for me.
Meanwhile, Sonata and Pau sharing the creation stories of their respective peoples, and the art depicting it, were perfect examples of my frustration with the book, which is the art vacillating from good to almost blurry looking.
The Ran people believe that the Sleeping Giants created their first man and woman so that they could bring peace and life to their world. The Tayan’s believe that after a battle between two of the enormous creatures that occurred in space resulted in the blood of one of the creatures landing on their world and then creating the first two Tayan warriors, two warriors who then proceed to engage in “the ‘ole in-and-out” for many “cycles,” thus beginning the generation of their race. The illustrations of these stories were very pretty but could, at times, have a weird CGI look, and, at times, the characters bodies could seem oddly stiff or depictions of motion would seem “off” in a way I can’t express well.
This strange juxtaposition of beauty followed by art that looks like you hit the pause button while watching an animated film is very distracting.
When Pau is telling the Tayan origin story the artist gifted us with actual nipples on a bare-breasted Tayan version of Eve. I appreciate this greatly for reasons beyond my love of the female form in its natural glory. It feels nice to be treated like an adult and not have a clever shadow, bit of stray hair, or some other artistic machination depriving us of the simple allure of a beautiful woman shown as we all are beneath our fashionable, but necessary, coverings from the elements. Thank you Brian Haberlin.
Don’t let my few constructive criticisms dissuade any who read this from giving Sonata a chance. The art is pretty good and the story is fun and always leaves me wanting more.
Pick up this book so you can…