Writer Peter David
Artist Francesco Manna
Color Artist Espen Grundetjern
Letterer VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Artists Mico Suayan & Rain Beredo
Variant Cover Artists Phlip Tan & Jay David Ramos
Prodigal Sun Logo Design Salena Mahina
I love a good one-shot comic book, a short and sweet story that you enjoy for a brief time, and once its done you can then move onto other fun books. After reading this, I find myself happy, fulfilled, and ready for the next good book. I do have to admit that the ending was a bit of a bummer, one can never condone the destruction of an inhabited worlds sun, even if its people endorse a straight-up murder. Call me a softy.
This books story was a fun, old fashioned quest for vengeance, and writer Peter David did fine work on it. Mr. David deployed some accurate and fun banter between the various characters, which is something I always relish, especially between the Guardians themselves. One scene that I especially dug was the scene immediately after Prah’d’gul is confronted with some revealed truths about his own origin, and his fathers fate. Outside of the palace where the majority of the story took place a crowd of people had gathered and were protesting that Prah’D’Gul’s brother had done the right thing in killing his father, some even had activist style signs on boards. I can’t quite put my finger on why that was so funny and a great little twist in the story, but I did indeed love that.
What stood out to me about this book, in particular, was it’s art. Mr. Francesco Manna delivered some unique, original and very creative work. This being a Cosmic book taking place on another planet allowed him to flex his brain muscles and create some fantastic looking landscapes and places. His head must hurt due to this because some of these pages are truly imaginative. One page stood out as particularly exceptional in regards to creativity, I felt. It’s the second page of the story, right after the Contest of Champions advertisement. It shows the throne room of the palace in which the story occurs, filled with interesting decorations and two pillars which look like they may be filled with water or smoke. The design and construction of this room was well laid out and pleasing to the eye, I’d love to live in a place that looks like that.
Espen Grundetjern, the colorist of the issue, settled right into and atop the art with his colorwork. He did fine work and I enjoyed his exertions, the best of which was on the first page, the orange colors he used in the sky were sumptuous and I loved the sense of speed and movement he conveyed in the panel with Prah’d’gul streaking through the sky and towards the ground below.
Normally I’d talk about my eagerness for the next issue of a book I’m talking about at this point, but this being a one-shot, I won’t!
If you ever find yourself in need of a calming diversion after it’s revealed to you that your father isn’t who you thought he was, take a break with this book and…